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April 29, 2011
Salem News

Message to United superintendent: So what?

To the editor:

Superintendent Ruth Ann Rinto stated, in her letter of April 1, that two of the three letters written against the new school issue was by the same person-so what? We do have the right, or at least I thought we did (Constitution) to express our thoughts and opinions if we so desire. As I see it, this person came forward and stated what they thought of the need for building a new school. It should not make a difference whether someone writes one or 20 letters on the issue, at least they are doing so. To voice your opinion is your right whether everyone agrees or not it is their right. Mrs. Rinto also stated that much of the information in those letters to be inaccurate. What are these inaccuracies she speaks of and why didn't she point them out? Did she take time or initiative to contact these people and inquire of the accuracy? What is the accuracy of all the information and claims provided in her article, or are we just to assume they are inaccurate because she has the title of superintendent? There are pamphlets going around about the school bond issue. An article in the pamphlet states new construction would provide a boost to local economy-oh really, and how do they figure that? First of all, the architectural firm designing the school will have the construction company under contract. Already in place will be their plumbers and electricians. The cooling and heating systems, security equipment, computer systems, furnishings for classrooms and other areas will already be decided under contract. Does union ring a bell?

Also mentioned in this pamphlet is the keeping of the 1998 gym/auditorium and the construction of three new ones. What is the need of four gym/auditoriums? With all the scheduled tours of the school buildings being set up by the school board and superintendent one may think, are there things being done or not being done to make the school buildings look worse than they are. You know "don't make it look too good" we want to have the levy pass. If this levy should happen to pass, remember this is just to build the school. Sooner or later you are going to be required to pass a maintenance levy. A thought, with the economy the cyber way it is and seems to be heading. What about other alternatives? Cyber school, there would be no bussing of students, peer pressure and building would be eliminated and our children still get an education. For those who feel the need for their children to have a school to attend how about dissolving United Schools and send students to Salem, Lisbon, West Branch, Minerva, Southern Local, and/or Carrollton?



We should all care for the environment

To the editor:

Caring for our Earth's environment is vital. When we pollute, we damage the ozone layer that protects us from ultraviolet rays from the sun. Pollution also hurts the air we breathe. Studies show that 73 different kinds of pesticides have been found in ground water, which is potential drinking water. Pollution is a major factor in disease, and researchers estimate that pollution causes 40 percent of deaths annually. That is why it is so important to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Everyone should realize that 70 percent of what we throw away can be recycled, yet only 30 percent of it ends up being recycled. Here are a few examples of how long it takes things to decompose. It takes a milk carton five years to decompose, a plastic bag 10 to 20 years, a plastic container 50 to 80 years, a tin or aluminum can 80 to 100 years, a plastic soda bottle 450 years, a glass bottle 500 years, and Styrofoam never.

I bet you didn't think it took that long, did you? Just stop and think the next time you go to throw away that water bottle or soup can. Earth Day is one of the most important holidays of the year. It is a very important day because it is a day for us to reflect on what we can do to help keep our planet healthy. There are many different things each of us can do to help protect our land, water, people, and animals. You might be thinking, what can I do to help the Earth? Well, you can start off by riding your bike or even walking to school, work, restaurants, or a friend's house. This is a great way to help reduce the pollution caused by transportation. You can also plant trees, flowers, and bushes around the outside of your house. You can recycle! Recycling is a very important part of keeping Earth clean. Earth Day has been celebrated from 40 years, and its 41st anniversary was on Friday, April 22, 2011. Millions celebrate it every year and you should too. Once again, caring for our Earth is extremely important. I hope this letter convinced you to go green.





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