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December 5, 2010
Salem News

Objects to coverage in Salem News

To the editor:

I writing in response to the over blown front page article about the young man who has served his country and now is being bashed by the Salem News as a low-life criminal.

Yes his action may be wrong and they need be addressed. Has anyone though that the government has again turned their back on a soldier that once stood proud.

Obviously he has a behavior problem which may have been brought on by his service to his country. This is another example of how we treat on veterans after many have served so you writers have a freedom of speech.

Also, after reading this article, it almost sound as you are trying to make the local school he has attended as a bad place to attend.

I do not see you write that John Doe was as arrested for DUI , and by the way he attended our city school system.

Maybe you should start putting the names and faces of all the people who get a ticket in the city on the front page, and don't forget to write where they went to school.

All our local schools to the best they can to help educate and prepare student to become law-abiding citizens.

We do not need the local paper making all of our local school systems sound as though they do bad job and turn out nothing but criminals.



Upset with charging for obituaries

To the editor:

I have a question, why do newspapers charge for an obituary? It bothers me that a death of a loved one can't be a free service of the press. After all, we just want family members to be able to reflect and console each other during a tough time. Without this paid obituary, this time to reflect and give support to those in need might be overlooked because the family may not be able to pay for an obituary notice.

Are the criminals charged for their names and crimes they commit? It seems wrong that all the page after page of crimes and dogs barking keeping people awake at night or domestic violence calls get in the paper free.

Paying for an obituary should be reviewed by the newspaper, and hopefully turned into a community service like it should be. Thanks for your time.



Editor's note:?The Salem News was among the last of area newspapers to begin charging for some obituaries - a very liberal free obituary option is still available.

Thanks for the Thanksgiving help

To the editor:

We would like to take a moment to thank all businesses, organizations, families and individuals who contributed big or small to Salem's annual community Thanksgiving dinner at the Salem Memorial Building.

More than 650 meals were served or delivered because of the generosity of so many people who gave of their talents, resources and time. Thanks also to those who took the time to request meals for a neighbor, acquaintance or even a stranger they knew would appreciate it.

We are reminded every year of what a truly generous community and region we live in. Thank you all for caring. Thank you all for giving. Thank you all for serving.




Uplifted by Mystery Marine story

To the editor:

I have just read the article about the Mystery Marine and was uplifted by this great story. I know we need to have all the other news but it would be great if we had more human interest stories like this one. With all the turmoil in the country it is refreshing to read these kind of stories. Thank you.



Responds to editorial

To the editor:

I am compelled to respond to your Dec. 1, 2010, editorial, Reforming Ohio Workers' Comp will boost employment, and wish to set the record straight on the state of Ohio's workers' compensation system.

When the Strickland Administration was handed the reins of state government in 2007, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) was an agency with many challenges. The two biggest challenges were dealing with the fallout of the investment scandals of the previous administration, and an extreme imbalance in what group-rated and non group-rated employers pay for the same workers' compensation insurance coverage.

The investment issues were resolved by bringing in professionals who incorporated sound investment practices and put controls in place to prevent abuse. Today, Ohio's State Insurance Fund is performing admirably. The other major challenge was to get Ohio's base rates to an actuarially sound level and to eliminate the extreme premium imbalance experienced by many employers.

With the guidance of the professional BWC Board of Directors, and the skills of a true, professional actuary, we have achieved actuarially sound rates for all employers in just three years. Throughout the recent gubernatorial campaign, the subject of workers' compensation came up and unfortunately the data that was being bantered about was quite outdated. Candidates were quoting figures that were based on pre-2007 data, and very inaccurate when compared to today's workers' compensation costs.

The facts are Ohio's BWC has been reformed. The majority of Ohio's private employers are paying premium based on rates that are on average, 35 percent less than they were in 2007-with public employers paying 33 percent less. Once one of the most expensive workers' compensation states, Ohio now ranks in the mid-range, making the state more competitive for new investment, a recently released national study confirms this.

Our investments are strong, our benefits to injured workers are among the best in the nation, and today Ohio's rates are in line with other states. There are those who cry for privatization, believing that is the answer.

The facts are Ohio's state-run system is no longer broken. To compare Ohio to West Virginia is like comparing apples to anchovies. West Virginia's system was in dire straits and financially insolvent. Ohio is well 'in the black' and has the ability to cover today's claims and those of the future. The state-run system has worked for nearly 100 years, protecting employers and injured worker from loss due to workplace injuries.

We should keep the transparency and governance models that have been created over the past four years in place. Workers' compensation should not be used as a political pawn or for financial gain by a few.



Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation



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