Doesn't want land ruined
To the editor:
I wonder why the club I have been a member of for about 50 years has decided to sign up with the deep gas drillers. The East Palestine Fish and Game Club is a non-profit organization. We are supposed to be interested in fishing, hunting and outdoor activities.
From what I have read about fracking, it is supposed to be dirty, very loud, using thousands of trucks, and will ruin a lot of good water. I believe that drilling will turn out to be a disaster for our club and Columbiana County.
I happen to know that the East Palestine Fish and Game Club has a sizable bank account. We don't need the drilling money. Why are we signing up? For the money. Some members must believe that the more money the better.
I am 76 years old, an old man, but I am smart enough to know that you don't let oil people come in and ruin your land. I want everyone to know that I am against signing.
EPA using power to control energy
To the editor:
Don't hold your breath! What kind of "yellow journalism" is being spewed over the latest and greatest EPA report?
If you live in Ohio and breathe you'll get cancer. The fact that the EPA considers carbon dioxide (what we exhale) to be an air toxin makes Friday's headline more of a threat than a joke.
The EPA is using its power to control the consumption and expenditure of energy. During dry weather it's not uncommon to read about communities rationing water.
How are we going to ration driving if the EPA says air quality doesn't meet the set standard? How will they enforce it?
WILLIAM E. EARDLEY,
Our country is losing cultural war
To the editor:
Our country has been in the midst of a culture war for the last half century and we are losing badly. How often are we exposed to things today that would have shocked us out of our shoes 30 years ago?
When we respond in disgust and often in anger, we are met with the usual. These are modern tines, your just old fashion. Is it old fashion to believe in the right to life?
Is it old fashion to believe in the sanctity of marriage? Is it old fashion or acceptable that 70 percent of all children born in this country are born out of wedlock? Is it old fashion that some of our public grade schools are conducting classes in homosexually and portraying it as a normal form of lifestyle? Is it old fashion when we recoil from the foul language flowing from the TV and movies?
Is it old fashion to remove God from our schools, money and all public places? Is it old fashion to abandon our Constitution, Bill of rights and to be overrun by a progressive movement who's goal is to sweep us into some form of socialist system leaving the government with complete control of our daily life's and freedom as we have known it, a thing of the past?
Our founding fathers believed a government by the people and for the people could not be formed and last unless it was built on a solid Judeo Christian Foundation.
Could it be that throughout the years we have allowed that foundation to erode and weaken?
We have always looked to our military as a example of honor and discipline.
Not that I recommend this sort of discipline for the nonmilitary. Although a touch of it here and there might do some good.
I feel I have to speak out about what has just taken place in Washington regarding don't ask don't tell. I served my country during World War II as a enlisted man. It was many years ago, but human nature hasn't changed. I see trouble ahead.
Trouble in the ranks and in the recruiting centers. It's critical that we maintain a strong healthy military. Why can't those clowns in Washington learn to leave well enough alone?
Dwight D. Eisenhower once defined something he called the great equation. "Spiritual force multiplied by economic force, multiplied by military force is roughly equal to security. If any of these factors falls to zero, or near zero the resulting product does likewise."
LEON J. WHITE,
Salvation Army thankful for support
To the editor:
The officers and board of advisors of the Salem Salvation Army wish to thank Salem area churches, businesses, organizations, and individuals who supported our annual Christmas campaign.
Your generosity and compassion have made a difference in the lives of many.
Our commitment remains the same, "Heart to God, hand to man." May God bless you this New Year!
JOHN BRAND, Captain,
Salem Salvation Army
Tips for those filing tax returns
To the editor:
Income tax filing season has begun, and important tax documents should soon arrive in the mail.
Returns aren't due until April, but an early start will make filing easier. Here are tips to make the process run smoothly.
Round up documents you'll need for filing - receipts, canceled checks, etc. - to support deductions and credits you'll claim.
If you've not received copies of W-2s and 1099s by Jan. 31, contact your employer or retirement fund agency. Follow-up with the IRS for further assistance after Feb. 14.
Weigh filing options carefully. Low-income, elderly and military may receive free tax filing help from trained community volunteers statewide. Free, face-to-face filing help is also available for those with incomes under $49,000 at IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers.
File electronically. IRS e-file is the safe, quick, easy way to file. If you're due a refund, opt for direct deposit and receive your refund in as few as 10 days.
Visit www.IRS.gov/freefile for information on free brand-name tax software and/or to access Free Fillable Forms (electronic versions of IRS paper forms).
Before filing, check all the Social Security numbers and math calculations, as these are the most common errors. Mistakes slow down the processing of your return.
If you run into a problem - don't panic. The IRS can help.
Answers to many questions and additional tax tips can be found online at www.IRS.gov. Or, call toll-free to 800-829-1040 (800-TAX-1040). With planning and preparation, you can make this year's tax filing the easiest yet.