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January 15, 2012
Salem News

Roses and the best of luck to new Salem City Council members Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey, Clyde Brown, Jeff Cushman and Rick Drummond along with mayor John Berlin. May those of you elected to your positions fulfill your platform promises. That would benefit the city as a whole which is the whole point of it all. The appointed Cushman did fine work as a board of education member and should transition that productivity to the council chambers. He was a good choice. As was Ken Kenst as city service and safety director. Now, can someone please get the names updated on that website?

Roses to former city leaders Mary Ann Dzuracky, Dennis Groves and Jerry Wolford. Also former service/safety director Steve Andres. Thank you for your service and dedication. Especially you Mayor Wolford. You dutifully served the citizens of this town and Perry Township for many, many years. It is truly appreciated.

Roses to Quaker Manufacturing. As highlighted on a page 1A Thursday story, the local company is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Given the economic tumult that struck the industrial sector, it is especially heartening to see a company remain sturdy. Quaker Manufacturing provides nearly 150 jobs to our area. That is critical and all you need to know about its importance in our community.

Roses to the family of that little boy killed last Friday evening in that freak traffic accident on SR in Unity. This is when you really, really have to wonder why such tragedies happen.

Roses to a carry-over balance of $2 million in Columbiana County. That is more than $700,000 than at the conclusion of 2010. Revenue was up this past year due to an increase in sales tax collections and office heads were fiscally prudent. County citizens are being well served and the addition of John Payne to replace the departed Penny Traina was a very wise choice. He will serve the county well.

Thorns to the ambulance issue in Lisbon. If you have multiple services and everyone is on equal contractual footing, then evenly rotate the use of such services.

Roses to Stadium GM. The big dealership in Salem is expanding via a $3-million plus project. Stadium GM has been here for 25 years and is one of those feathers in our business caps. The project will provide local construction jobs and then security for the 75 current employees. "We're here to stay," said Stadium GM owner Shorty Navarro. That is great to know.

Roses to those reasonably concerned about any deep injection well drilling/earthquake link. You have that right.

Thorns to anyone making like Chicken Little over all of this. No the sky isn't falling and the ground isn't crumbling all over. At least yet.

Roses to that lion seen in our area for not eating anyone. At least yet.



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