Outgoing Salem Council member offers appreciation
To the editor: As my term comes to an end on Dec. 31, 2011, I want everyone to know that I am very honored to have served the citizens of Salem and the residents of the Fourth Ward as a Salem City councilwoman for the past four years.
I have really enjoyed taking your calls and going out to meet with you to learn about your concerns and problems. It is my hope that my efforts on your behalf have been of benefit to you.
In terms of broader issues, I am pleased to have been a part of addressing such issues as the bed and breakfast, Internet Cafe and Green Zone legislation along with the issue of new traffic signals. Furthermore, being a part of the process that extended Pershing Avenue so that there is now a second entrance to Marc's and the other stores close by is something that I am proud of.
I am pleased that I had the opportunity of going to Fire Fighter's School for a day as doing so gave me a real insight into what all is involved in the training to become a firefighter and also the knowledge and skills the firefighters need to acquire to save people's lives and property.
The ride-along with the police officers also gave me more of an understanding of what knowledge and skills are required of these civil servants to protect businesses and the lives of Salem residents. While I value all of our city employees, the members of our city safety services have a special place in my heart.
In reflecting back over the past four years, I remember the prayers we said before we started our council meetings and specifically will remember the part of the prayer that "all council people work together tonight for the betterment of our citizens." I thank both the Boy Scouts and local ministers for coming to our council meetings and starting them off with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
As a public official, I was humbled to be a part of the annual Memorial Day parade commemorating our fallen heroes who served in all the different wars, often giving the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. More recently, I was honored to be at the AMVETS' 9-11 memorial service this past September. We will never forget that day and all the prayers that were said that evening for the innocent victims of those who fear freedom and democracy.
I enjoyed working with all of my fellow council people in the past four years. We were like a family. We may not have agreed on everything, but we respected each other's opinions.
In closing, I want to thank not only the residents of the Fourth Ward for your vote of confidence four years ago in electing me to be your Fourth Ward councilwoman, but also those of you who reside elsewhere in the city who sought my help with matters of concern. It was an honor to serve you.
God bless you all.
MARY ANN DZURACKY, Salem
Newly-elected Salem Council member thanks voters
To the editor: I want to take a moment to say thank you to all the voters in Salem's Fourth Ward. I am very grateful that so many of you gave me your faith in the form of your vote. I also appreciate the time many of you took during the campaign to share your opinions and concerns with me. I also want to thank the Salem News for the articles they published and the forum they helped to sponsor. You reached the people I could not.
Thank you to everyone who put my signs in your yards, contributed funds for my campaign, stood for me, as a reference to others, attended my fund raisers, helped to cleanup on election night, or gave me morale boosts and encouragement.
Also thank you to the Republican Party, who took a chance on a political new comer.
I look forward to all your input and further support in the following years to come, whether you voted for me or not. I sincerely mean it. I am your voice and I can't speak for you if I do not hear you. I was elected, but we all share the responsibility of governing. After all it is "government for the people, by the people." I will work to the best of my abilities to lead Salem into a bright future and overcome the challenges before us.
Again, thank you.
CYNDI BARONZZI DICKEY, Salem
No longer believes in the 'system'
To the editor: My father of a family of 10 children always taught us kids that being faithful, hard-working, and diligent would always pay off. Well, I no longer believe in that system.
After 35 years of being faithful, hardworking and diligent did not pay off for me. I realize in Ohio we have free will that means anyone can be fired for no reason. Does this make it OK?
Where is the justice? With the economy so bad, jobs so scarce, there should be more attention on those treated unjustly. Unemployment does not solve the problem. I thought and do believe I still live in the USA.
MARCY McFEELY, Salem