How smart would a veto have been?
To the editor: Salem Mayor Jerry Wolford's recent threat to veto a measure that Salem City Council had passed with unanimous consent, strictly regulating and limiting the future placement of so called "internet cafes" made no sense whatsoever. The supposed reason for the mayor's threatened veto was that, despite the fact that the ordinance assigns a $5,000 annual license fee to any future such sites, it failed to produce the amount of fees per machine or per computer as the mayor would have liked. How smart would a veto have been anyway? In the first place, these so called "internet cafes" are already the target of increased scrutiny by communities all over Ohio and all over the nation as they have become sites where illegal gambling can be brought into a community, where access to indecent web sites can be made available and where emails can be transmitted by criminals that don't want to have any trace back to their own personal computers. Maybe this is why Warren, Ohio, recently banned these sites altogether.
Is this what we want for Salem? No matter how much we can tax these so called internet "machines," do we really want these kinds of "cafes" populating our community, most especially near our schools and churches...or even next to bars where intoxicants can stumble in to gamble away what's left of their paycheck? Add this to the growing number of tattoo and body piercing parlors in town-and wow, what a message we are sending. Maybe the mayor would permit adult bookstores and topless bars in town if only we could tax them enough to support free health care and an even richer pension for everybody at city hall? While expanding the tax base of "internet cafes" might help with the mayor's short-term budget objectives, it would hardly be a sound or advisable long-term development strategy for this community.
DAVID VENTRESCO, Salem
Claims newspapers gave Johnson blackeye
To the editor: For the first time in maybe a century or more, we have a congressional office located in downtown Salem. With easy access to public parking at the corner of East State Street and Ellsworth Avenue, Congressman Bill Johnson, a Republican, had the temerity to open a district office in downtown Salem. He came to Salem to dedicate his new district office. What he got from the local newspapers was a black eye. By the headlines and lead news story of our local newspapers, you would think that the biggest news story of the day was the professional protesters, mostly Trumbull and Mahoning County paid SEIU union members, who attempted to disrupt the grand opening of the congressman's district office. Selective photos of these protesters overshadowed a lone photo of our new congressman talking to a local dairy farmer. And most of the news copy was about what the protesters thought.
The same negative news coverage occurred when Republican Governor John Kasich came to Salem a few months ago to celebrate the jobs expansion occurring at MAC Trailer. Never mind that the governor was there to recognize one of the leading employers in Salem... a creator of jobs! The bigger story in the newspapers was that there were a few malcontent Democrats and paid union hecklers out picketing the governor. The Democrats have had plenty of time to screw things up for this region of Ohio. Just look at Youngstown if you want to see the ultimate and final result of a city ruled by Democrats for the past 50 years. Is that what we want for Salem? Or for the whole area?
Making a huge negative out of a congressman's official dedication of a new district office hardly seems right and certainly serves no positive purpose. Frankly, it is a disservice to this community, regardless of one's political persuasion.
AUDREY L. JENSEN, Salem
Thanks for supporting picnic held for vets
To the editor: On Friday, Aug. 12, the Veterans Appreciation Picnic took place in Calcutta Square. We, the committee for this picnic, thank all businesses, service organizations, clubs, and individuals who gave so generously to make the picnic a big success. The ones who need to be recognized the most are the veterans. We tend to forget the price they have already paid. They signed their life over to the United States government when they enlisted. Some came back home, some did not. What many of us fail to realize is: so many of the veterans among us are still paying for their service. They still carry their battle scars to this day. Veterans, this picnic was to show appreciation to you, true heroes, the men and women who have given their lives for our country.
Veterans Appreciation Picnic Committee
MARY ANN NOVAK, TERESA LOY, BARBARA FULLERTON, RUTH SULLIVAN,
Upset with beating of World War II vet
To the editor: Nothing I have read in a long time was as disturbing as the article in Friday's paper, where the "born a male" beat up his neighbor, a WWII vet. I felt sick reading that! What is this world coming to? Just a week ago we honored our WWII vets in a parade here in Salem, my father-in-law among them. People cheered as they went down the street, some cried. A well deserved reception!
Back to "born a male." I refuse to call him a man, he can be glad I don't make the call on his punishment! As for Mr. Kastelic, sir, I don't know you, but I'm keeping you in my prayers for a speedy recovery. God bless you.
SHARON K. GALCHICK, Salem
X-Tra Mile Club appreciates support
To the editor: The members of the Salem X-Tra Mile Club would like to thank all who contributed toward making the 18th running of the Star Trax 5K Night Run an overwhelming success. At 9 on the evening of Aug. 6, a record-setting field of 681 registered runners raced out of Reilly Stadium onto the luminary-lined streets of Salem to benefit the Salem Senior and Junior High School's boys and girls cross country and track and field programs.
This year's race honored Salem's own Wayne Walter who fired the starter's pistol. The run features a United States Track and Field certified 5000 meter (3.1 miles) course making it one of the premiere races in northeastern Ohio.
This year's men's and women's overall race winners were Jarrod Eick of Hartville with an elapsed time of 15:29.7 and Youngstown's Samantha Hamilton, setting a new women's course record of 17:27.9. A special "thank you" to the over 100 race night volunteers and the many financial donors to this event including our corporate sponsors: Pepsi, Salem Community Hospital, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sebo, Stadium GM Superstore, Stratton Chevrolet, Youngstown Orthopedic Associates, Butech, Salem AMVETS Post 45, Salem B.P.O. Elks Lodge #305, Dr. Varun Kalra DDS MS and Stark Memorial. We are also indebted to all of our sponsors who provided financial support as a trophy or T-shirt sponsor or provided items for our goodie bags, which are given to each runner. This year's T-shirt sponsors included: Church Budget Co., Custom Images, Dynamic Auto Parts (Salem NAPA), Home Savings and Loan, The Insurance Center of Salem, Johnston Accounting Services, Mr. David Johnson, Josie's Pizza, Lincoln Machine Co, The Moore Agency, Morris Financial Group, Perry Masonic Lodge #185, Salem Giant Eagle, Salem Veterinary Clinic, Scullion Vision Clinic, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Shivers, Dr. Lee Simon MD, Dr. Chris Stiff MD, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stone, Thorne Management, and Doctors Matthew R. Yerkey DDS and Dr. Kevin Madjarac DDS and the United States Air Force Reserve. Other contributors to this year's race also include Dr. Peter and Sherri Apicella, Ted and Carolyn Marroulis, Walmart, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Fawcett, Hal and Rhonda Gorby, J. H. Lease Drug, Quaker Corner Flowers and Gifts, Salem Welding, Taylor Pattern Inc., Ron and Debbie Waite, Madeline Patton Writing and Editing Services, Independent Hose Company, Salem VFW, Chappell and Zimmerman, Norkus Orchard, PowerBar, RedStar WorldWear, Road ID, Runner's World magazine, Salem Band Boosters, Salem Community Center, Salem VFW, Second Sole, Udder Cream, Youngstown Road Runners Club, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Jones, Ken and Lydia Gross, Bill and Ashlee Thorne. Much thanks also goes out to the Salem Police, Safety and Parks Departments, EMT Ambulance for providing emergency medical transportation, the family of John and Julie McClish for providing our course "water stop," Arby's, Burger King and McDonald's for providing the cups and Donnell Ford-Lincoln-Mercury of Salem for housing our supplies throughout the year; our "Registration Director" Mr. Ron Waite, "Awards Director" Sandy Huston, "Luminary Directors" Ed and Beckie Stone and "Sponsorship Chairman" Matthew Yerkey. Most of all, thank you, to the community and residents living along the race course. Your enthusiasm and help in placing and lighting the nearly 800 candle-lit luminaries over three miles of race course race is what sets our race apart from the others. Runners return year after year because Salem's community support is #1 in the sport. Team running in Salem has a rich history of excellence including seven state titles in cross country and most recently a state runner-up finish in track and field. We're very proud of our dedicated coaches and athletes and the X-Tra Mile Club is proud to support you. We pride ourselves in putting on what we feel is a premiere race designed around showcasing our beautiful community, hospitable citizens, and generous sponsors. If you would like more information about the Salem X-Tra Mile Club or Star Trax, please log on to www.salemx-tramile.org or follow us on Facebook under "Star Trax 5K Night Run." Thank you, Salem. Go Quakers!
TED and LORI YUHANIAK, Race directors BRUCE MAHER, X-Tra Mile Club president CHRISTINA TEXTER, X-Tra Mile Club treasurer
Grateful for yard garden recognition
To the editor: I was thrilled to have my yard and garden chosen as Salem's Beautification House of the Month. The time I spend planting and caring for my flowers is enjoyable but, it's also nice to know that others appreciate the beauty of my efforts. My thanks to committee members Betty Colian and Clyde Brown. Also, thank you Karen Carter for the lovely pictures.
THELMA TAYLOR, Salem
Update from mother of injured girl
To the editor: It was one year on Aug. 15 that a reckless driver from West Point, Ohio, ran over my daughter Melinda "Mindy" Michael. She is doing much better now. She still has a long way to go but she will make it. She is up and walking down by the playground again so if you are in the area and see her stop and say hi.
We would like to say thank you to all friends and family that kept her in their prayers and thoughts and to everyone that sent her gifts and came to see her, thank you so much. And a very special thank you to Dustin Wilson, Rev. Matt Camlin, Bishop Randy Ogden, Elwood Fox, Bob Weber and Sherry Emery for all of their help. These people went out of their way to help at the time of the accident and after the accident. Thank you all so very very much.
SHARON MICHAEL, Chester, W. Va.
Poker Run was 'furrrr' a good cause
To the editor: A special thanks from "Paws-R-Riding On It" Poker run on Aug. 20, with proceeds helping the HSCC. To our sponsors "Carole's Daycare and DPS Penn" our volunteers Shane, Judy, Sally and Lora, Dave Morgan the evening's entertainment. To all who gave gifts for the auction, all the riders and supporters who attended and the stops for the poker hand. It was "furrrr" a good cause.
MARSHA McGINNIS, Wellsville
Appreciates support for Festival, Parade
To the editor: On behalf of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce's Retail and Business Association, we would like to thank the wonderful volunteers and business contributors who helped support this year's International Festival and Salem Grande Parade. It was a funfilled weekend of family oriented activities that was enjoyed by hundreds of Salem residents and visitors. We are very appreciative of the hard work from so many. Kudos to the I-Fest committee of the Chamber who includes Bill and Lisa Cartwright, Camille Franzen, Susan Frenger, Ginger Grilli, Janet Keene, Dr. Michael Traina, and Rita O'Leary. This group of volunteers has been working together as a team since earlier this year and they successfully brought an outstanding event to our community that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended the festivities. Additional helpers to be acknowledged include Jim Wenderoth, Carl Romeo, Connie Frenger, Candie Cain, and Kay Thompson. A big round of applause goes out to Ken Gross from Julian Electric for going above and beyond the call of duty. His expertise was invaluable the initial day of the festival. Many thanks are also extended to the Salem Parks Department, Doug Moffett of the Salem City Traffic and Safety Department, Mike Bibbee of the City Electrical Department, the Salem Utilities Department, and to Davidson's Towing for their assistance, as well. Water from Huntington Bank was donated and we are very appreciative of their generosity. The stage decor from Diamond Cut Landscaping and Garden Center was beautiful and we thank them for the use of their plants. Pre-festival advertising was generously sponsored by Scot Darling of the Farm and Dairy and we thank Mary Ann Greier for the excellent coverage in the Salem News. The hilarious comedian and juggler, Mike Hemmelgarn, was graciously hosted by Ginger Grilli and Rick Drummond and we thank them for their warm hospitality. A special cultural display was sponsored by the Salem Historical Society and it was a wonderful representation of the ethnic background of the residents of our community. We give a special acknowledgment to our Salem Historical Society friends who always coordinate activities with the chamber. A new activity was added to the schedule of this year's festival, a "Meet the Quakers" rally. We would like to thank the following teams for their participation: SHS Girls JV/Varsity Soccer teams, the SHS Girls JV/Varsity Volleyball teams, SHS Girls JV/Varsity Golf Teams, the SHS Boys JV/Varsity Soccer teams, the SHS JV/Varsity Cheerleaders, and the SHS Pep Band. It was fantastic to see the community pride and spirit as each player was introduced to the crowd. Thanks to the coaches, players, the cheerleaders and to the band for attending this pep rally. It is our hope that we will have even more teams at next year's event. A hearty round of applause goes out to the Grande Parade Committee, chaired by Mel Lippiatt. This year's theme was "Celebrating Salem's Heritage and Freedom" and the patriotic spirit was prevalent among the units and the audience. A special dedication was made to veterans on the 70th year anniversary of World War II. We give recognition to the VFW Post # 45, the Salem AMVETS, and to KLG Ambulance for providing transportation and for hosting and welcoming the vets to Salem. Other Grande Parade committee members to be thanked include Dave Coy, Roland Dennison, Ernie Greenisen, Anita Lloyd, Kathy Montleone, Dave Sprouse, Jim Bonfert, and Jerry Wright. This year many helpers were sought and we thank them for their assistance. Those individuals include Bill and Lela McClaren, Allan and Jane Avnet, Don Kemp, and Diane Foreman. Thanks, also, to the Salem Area Amateur Radio Association for their help. We acknowledge and thank the financial donors that sponsored the 2011 Grande Parade. A grant was awarded to the chamber from the Salem Rotary Foundation to help sponsor the high school bands who marched in this year's parade. The generosity of this group enables us to provide a donation to each of the high school bands to cover costs. Thanks to several others who provided a donation, including the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing, Salem Community Hospital, Salem Fun Factory, the Columbiana Area Republican Club, Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association, and Salem Computer Center. We extend a special thank you to Bob Hickey from Hickey Metal Fabrication for use of his military jeep for us to ride in during the parade. Other vehicles for the parade committee and Chamber members were provided by Stadium GM and Salem Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler, and we thank them for the use of these beautiful convertibles. Lastly, we thank everyone who came out and supported the International Festival and the Grande Parade. It was a wonderful weekend and it was great to see everyone. If you are interested in getting involved with the planning and coordinating of one of these events during the summer of 2012, please call the Chamber office at 330-337-3473 and talk to Executive Director, Audrey Null or Administrative Assistant Tammy Peppel.
STEVE FABER, Salem I-Fest co-chairman; FRANK ZAMARELLI, Salem I-Fest co-chairman