Letter writer says he isn't a pro protester
To the editor:
Audrey Jensen wrote a letter to the editor that she was upset be cause "professional protesters, mostly Trumbull and Mahoning County paid SEIU union members" recently appeared at the Salem office of Congressman Bill Johnson "to disrupt" the opening of his district office. Well, I am not a professional protester nor do I live in Trumbull or Mahoning County. I am a lawyer who lives right here in Columbiana County and I was there along with many other Columbiana County residents to bring to Johnson's attention the need for him to fight for jobs.
Jensen totally misses the point of having a congressional office. It is to allow citizens to voice their concerns to their elected officials. And what better time when the congressman is actually at his office. It is not merely a place for one to enjoy some tea and cookies. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees everyone the right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Rather than being critical of what other fellow countians and I did outside Johnson's office, Jensen should applaud our actions for we were engaged in our cherished democratic system of government.
JOHN T. DEFAZIO, Lisbon
Mobile Meals thanks Fernengel's Tavern owners
To the editor: The board of trustees and its officers, as well as the recipients of the meals provided by Mobile Meals of Salem, would like to express their appreciation to Brent and Sue Baddeley, owners of Fernengel's Tavern at 496 S. Broadway Ave., Salem, for their donation of close to $1,000 for Mobile Meals.
Fernengel's Tavern hosted a poker run on Aug. 20 in remembrance of four friends who had passed on, Chris Atkinson, Harold (Row) Denton, Vernon Phillis Sr. and Kirby Tinsley. Mobile Meals of Salem would like to extend the appreciation to the organizers, all those that participated in the poker run and all those that donated.
The outpouring of support for Fernengel's Tavern and friends, is just an example of the continuing support the citizens of Salem give Mobile Meals and on behalf of the recipients of the meals, I again express my appreciation.
GEOFFREY S. GOLL, President, Mobile Meals of Salem
Unhappy with way Salem students dress
To the editor: There's more to school than grades. Before I begin let me say that I have always been behind Salem schools. I believe Salem has a lot to offer however, in the last several years I have seen firsthand things that are lacking. While an excellent rating is important and something to be proud of, another goal should be teaching kids how to act and how they're expected to dress so when they finish school and go out looking for a job they know what to do. A very prominent person wrote an article recently questioning where kids thought they could get a job with their hair of multiple colors, piercings all over their face and inside their mouths, tattoos up and down their body that can't be covered up, fat rolls hanging out their tops or pants hanging around their knees and flip flops. Doubtful many employers would hire them even if they were the smartest kid in class. While you may think this doesn't happen, it does. Our society, much as it shouldn't, judges on appearance at first glance. What our parents said about "put your best foot forward" is true. So I ask you, why aren't our schools requiring decent clothing worn to school and why do we still hear of unresolved bullying issues? It's not enough to have a bullying policy or a dress code if it's not enforced. It's been a long time since I was in high school and we had a very strict dress code. Girls actually were checked on the length of their skirts, (yes skirts, no one wore shorts) and they made sure the boys didn't wear T-shirts with disgusting pictures or words on them.
We of course groused about it but it taught us what was acceptable and what was not, and, it was enforced.
We had a principal and superintendent, and even teachers,who walked the halls and made sure we acted accordingly and were dressed accordingly, not for the beach as it so often looks the way kids dress now, but for school and learning. If we didn't obey the rules, it was simple, you were sent home to change.
Again, I support Salem schools and we have a lot of wonderful teachers in them. How though can you expect teenagers, whose hormones are in an uproar anyhow, to concentrate on their studies when there are girls in clothing that shows their underwear and boys in shirts with suggestive writing? If you think I'm overstating, please go to the high school when the bell rings and see for yourself what the kids are allowed to wear and how they act. It's quite an eye opener. And parents, what are you thinking letting your kid go to school dressed like that?
SANDY CAPEL, Salem
Iden breakfast, trap shoot was a big success
To the editor: Salem Hunting Club would like to thank everyone who helped make the eighth annual Lowell Iden breakfast and trap shoot a big success. The 50/50 drawing was won by Floyd Smith and the Beretta shotgun was won by Ryan Urban. The basket winners were Marla Hollenhead, Sylas McClish, Christine Scott, Marlene Skomra, Deb Jones, Connie Green, John Untch, Vickie Clunk, Sue Iden, Pat Iden, Janine Beasley, Mary Jo Kidd, Ellie Kidd and John Adams. We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support and contributions: Runzo's Outdoor Sports, Yuhanick's Cleaning Fair, East of Chicago Pizza of Salem, Salem Sparkle Market, Frontiers Unlimited of Lisbon, and Happy Clipper II of Lisbon. All proceeds went to the Lowell Iden-Larry Iler Scholarship Fund. The 2011 scholarships were presented to Jaime Socotch, Ohio State; Gabe Jones, West Virginia University; and Jamason Rohaley, Kent State. Thanks again for the large support of family, friends, club members and anyone who made this annual fundraiser a big success. Thanks to you, the Salem Hunting Club will be able to continue to give scholarships in the future.
JANET IDEN, Salem Hunting Club
Parents upset over being denied preschool
To the editor: Hello my name is Steve Homan. I live in the Southern Local School District. Recently, my wife and I have tried to enroll my son into their preschool program. Much to our surprise we were told he could not be accepted, due to the fact our income was too high. This comes as a bit of a shock to us because only one of us works and the other is a full-time student. We were told there was no openings countywide for any preschool program. And that the program is for underprivileged kids. How in the world can our county decide on any child eligible, to enter their education programs? We were fully prepared to pay the cost of his schooling. We were not looking at this as a way of daycare for our son. But as a way to give him a early start on his education.
As parents we have taught him his ABC's, colors, shapes, and basic things to prepare him for class. Other children in our neighborhood have started the new school year, and he watches these kids get on the school bus. He himself is excited to go. But now we have to tell him that he can't. He doesn't understand and quite frankly neither do I. I thought an education was for every child meeting the age requirements in this county.
We as citizens pay our taxes to keep our schools open. And yet because we work and make a decent living, our children pay the price of ineligibility to programs our tax money funds. I am not enrolling him into a college, it's a preschool program. What does it matter how much money you make, when the educational programs we fund won't allow our children to participate?
STEVEN HOMAN, Salineville
Opposed to expansion of disposal impoundment
To the editor: I came across an article dated Aug. 10, 2011 from the Associated Press that stated, "The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering free pills to protect against nuclear radiation for people who live near one of the state's five nuclear power plants. The agency planned to offer four potassium iodide tablets per person at 12 locations around the state on Thursday. The pills help protect the thyroid gland against radioactive iodine. Anyone who lives within 10 miles of the Beaver Valley, Limerick, Peach Bottom, Susquehanna or Three Mile Island plants are eligible for free pills." We all have knowingly assumed the risks associated with living near a nuclear power plant, but we have not knowingly assumed the risks of living next to a coal power plant. What I am talking about is First Energy's Little Blue Run Residual Waste Disposal Impoundment. The structure that is holding this impoundment together is one of the country's largest earthen dams. This dam is plainly visible from the Ohio side if you would take care to notice. This is a catastrophe waiting to happen. Little Blue is one of the country's largest unlined containment lake. According to First Energy's own correspondence, Little Blue contains fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, flue gas emission control residuals, coal pile runoff, and boiler cleaning materials solely from the Bruce Mansfield Power Station. If this dam were to break the results are estimated to be up to 50,000 casualties, the Ohio River becomes toxic all the way to the Mississippi, and there will be countless injuries and severe health problems. According to the Pennsylvania Code of Dam Safety and Waterway Management, the dam has a Size Classification of Class A (impoundment storage equal to or greater than 50,000 acre feet) and a Hazard Potential Classification of 1 (substantial loss of life and excessive economic loss). This is the reality we live with every day. If the above isn't enough to scare you, a bigger threat to life and property is the fact that Little Blue impoundment is unlined. It doesn't take a scientist to realize that the toxins admittedly contained in Little Blue are seeping into the ground water and the size and weight of the impoundment has significantly altered the landscape of many properties owned by citizens in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Many of us are having our water monitored and tested on a monthly basis looking for higher concentrations of mercury, zinc, lead, arsenic and selenium to name a few. All of us involved in the prevention of the expansion of Little Blue by First Energy have experienced the effects Little Blue has on our lives and property. Many of us in the Lawrenceville area have seeps (the legal term is illegal discharge) on our property. First Energy is now attempting to correct the seepage on a broader basis by installing collection stations throughout the area to pump this illegal discharge back into Little Blue. None of us involved are sure how this corrects the problem.
Citizens of the tri-state area, this disposal site affects all of us, affects our health, our property, our property values, our livelihood, our children and our grandchildren. Little Blue Run Coal Ash disposal site is the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi and listed on the EPA's top 44 High Hazard Dams. Is this the kind of commerce we wish to expand? I believe that in today's world we all would like to develop areas that create jobs, create wealth, create higher property values, and create new revenue for our municipalities. We do not need to expand Little Blue and create even more despair, more ill health, more hazardous chemicals in our ground water and lose more good citizens to other states that don't have these issues. Please support our efforts to stop the expansion of Little Blue and make this a safer and healthier area for our children and grandchildren.
SHARON K. FINEMAN, Core Member of Citizens Against Coal Ash, Chester, W.Va.
Urges all citizens to display flag on Sept. 11
To the editor: On Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this 10th anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms. In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds. Action Plan:
So, here is what we need you to do .... Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Please make it a priority to display our flag on this day. Thank you for your participation.
RAY ESTERLY, Salem
Grateful for support shown for Hope Ride
To the editor: We would like to thank the local and extended community for their tremendous support of the recent Pan Ohio Hope Ride for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodges in Cleveland and Cincinnati.
In addition, The Cardinal's Peloton 25k Fun Ride, through our participants and our sponsors, helped us contribute even more money for this important cause. Because of private donors and commercial sponsors our team of 4 riders, The Cardinal's Peloton, was able to raise about $7,500 while the Hope Ride was able to raise over $580,000. Every $1,000 raised provides free lodging for two weeks. These donations are critical in giving patients and their families free lodging while they undergo long and difficult cancer treatments in far away places. Because of the money raised we can keep families together and provide a network of support while they face difficult challenges. A sincere thank you to all of our supporters including Giant Eagle of Salem, Mario's Pizza Kitchen of Salem, Stratton Chevrolet, NAPA of Salem, Infinity Performance, Ron Jennings Nationwide Insurance, Lisbon Tire & Lube, Ventra Salem, T & D Lawn Service, Mary's Pizza of Lisbon, Fred's Pharmacy, Dr. Matthew Yerkey DDS, Eagle Landscape of Greenford.
JASON and ERIC MURRAY, Salem
Vi-Lar Kadette Reunion was given much backing
To the editor: We would like to send our thanks to the local establishments that helped us to have yet another successful Vi-Lar Kadette Reunion.First, is to thank Kent State University, East Liverpool campus for the use of their facility. Next, thank you to Frank's Bakery, Chester, W.Va., for our cake. Still, another thanks to Tri-State Supplies, East Liverpool, Ohio, for their donation of some supplies. Our special guests were Vicki Myers Broadbent, and Larry Myers, from the Myers Dance Studio. We will always remember you and the many lessons learned. Thank you both for giving us all of the opportunities involved in competing at state, international, and national level competitions. Next year, will be the 50th year since the Vi-Lar Kadettes formed, and the reunion will be extra special. Contact any committee member for more information, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org . Please type Vi-Lar Kadettes, in the subject line.
HELEN LOTT, Reunion committee member, New Manchester, W.Va.
Calls the Community Theatre a hidden gem
To the editor: I had the recent opportunity to stop in the Salem Community Theatre one evening to drop off my ticket order for their next performance. Not seeing anyone in the office, I went inside the theater where I heard a swell of music that made your heart race with excitement ... inside they were rehearsing for their next show which is the Three Musketeers. My grandson read the book and I thought it would be fun to take him to see the play. I was amazed from the little bit I saw the talent and precision which the actors on stage were swordfighting. And what makes it even more amazing is that the two at the time were women! It honestly looked Hollywood caliber. I know there is a lot going on in our little town, but one of the hidden gems is the community theater. The past two performances there were great, and from the little I watched before I left the Musketeers will be sure to thrill. I know my grandson is very excited and cannot wait.
DEB NEELY, Salem
Back to School program assisted 400 children
To the editor: The members of Salem Church Women United would like to express their thanks for the generous response to our annual Back to School Clothing Voucher Project. This year over 400 Salem School District children from lower income families, from Head Start through eighth grade, were given vouchers to purchase new clothing and shoes for going back to school. Our thanks is extended to individuals who gave financial donations, to Salem Community Foundation and The Pearce Foundation for grant monies, and Salem area churches for their donations. Thanks also to Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the use of their facilities. Thank you to all the volunteers for help with sign-ups. Thanks to the Salem News for their assistance in providing the necessary publicity to get the word out to those who needed it. We also give a special thanks to Salem Walmart for being our project shopping center, for their kindness and professionalism. May God bless the people of Salem for their generous support of our project year after year.
THERESA A. FITHIAN, C.W.U. treasurer, LAUREL TODD, Social Concerns chairman