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January 29, 2012
Salem News

Thorns to gas prices. Nothing new. But how can anyone justify raising gas prices from $3.17 to $3.44 in a matter of mere hours as was the case Thursday in Salem??And our politicians wonder why we get so fed up and disgusted.

Thorns to local youth sports coaches who use smokeless tobacco during practices and games/matches. This complaint was passed along as a suggestion for this column. It's a known fact that smokeless "spit" tobacco contains over 2,000 chemicals. We've all heard the facts and figures of dipping being as dangerous as straight-out smoking. We aren't trying to be preachy here. But for those who dip, do it away from the kids. Yes, these coaches are definitely setting a poor example for the youth. Every organization should make a rule to stop this.

Roses to all residents who recycled their live Christmas trees in a "green fashion." What are the benefits of recycling your tree? The trees provide a home for wildlife before entering your home for the holidays, but as a recycled tree it will now provide life for plants, vegetables, trees, fruits and more as valuable mulch and compost. During a recent Salem City Parks Commission meeting, Park Foreman Jim Grimm said his department received 151 Christmas trees for recycling. That's a good amount. Hopefully, that number will increase next year if more people become interested in "going green." It's not too late to recycle that tree. Live Christmas trees may be dropped off, before the Jan. 31 deadline, at JDS Landscaping on Route 14, Columbiana; Rogers Village Garage on Route 7; Butler Township Hall on Slater Road, Salineville village building and Memorial Park in Salem.

Roses to Columbiana County Auditor Nancy Milliken who was recently appointed to serve on the 2012 Statewide Executive Committee of the County Auditors Association of Ohio (CAAO). The CAAO Executive Committee assumes leadership of the agenda for the CAAO at a time of increased activity and visibility. Milliken and the committee will work closely with new Administration and General Assembly to monitor and suggest legislative proposals which impact local taxpayers and to encourage policies which positively impact county government. Milliken has quietly and diligently served Columbiana County for years. She is a asset.

Roses to steam building for this summer's Quaker Cruise. A very productive meeting was held this past week and another is scheduled soon. The event is the best thing to happen to the downtown area over the past several years and everything should be done to accommodate bringing it off.



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