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February 2, 2014
Salem News

Roses for Alexandra Prychodczenko of Salem and the over 40 people involved in "Bundles for Ukraine." This group has been sending clothing, shoes, coats, basic necessities to orphans in ravaged Ukraine. We recently heard about Mrs. Prychodczenko's recent purchase - aahh, sweet candy. She bought a huge supply of candy canes left over from the holidays from a local store. She plans to properly package the confection and send it off to the orphanage at her own expense for all the boys and girls to enjoy. And she's been doing gestures like this for years.

Roses and come up and take a bow in front of the classroom for this bright group of Salem High seniors. Scoring in the 90th percentile or above on the ACT - basically the stratosphere of this college entrance exam - were Hannah Carner, Camrin Costal, Nathan Eisel, Mark Frederickson, Carson Herron, Caleb Holbert, Dylan McKinney, Anneliese Radcliffe, Dominic Righetti, Rachel Shockey, Emma Wilson and Max Wolfgang. Students' scores ranged from 28 (90th percentile nationally) to 33 (99th percentile nationally). That is impressive. It is a sampling of the hard-working students in the district. It reflects the kind education being provided by teaching staff and administrators.

Thorns to anybody not using a seat belt.

Roses to Columbiana County Municipal Court judges Carol Robb and Mark Frost. Working with Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. ?Joe Dragovich, they have announced that fines for seat belt and lane violations will be increased. Will it serve as a deterrent? Hard to say. A lot of fines now like speeding, reckless operation, driving under suspension and, of course, driving impaired carry hefty financial consequences. Yet many still routinely break the laws. Check and see how many tickets are handed out today, what with it being an undeclared national holiday called Super Bowl Sunday. But at the very least a public alarm is being loudly sounded on the non-use of seat beats. A mere month into a new year and we've already had five non-motorcycle related deaths in our county. As unfathomable as it seems, there are those choosing not to wear seat belts. Who knows why??There is not a single valid reason for not doing so. And we don't even want to hear the blah, blah, blah about restraints being an imposition on freedom of choice. Stick that rant in the back of your car and lock it in the trunk. Lives are being lost because of this attitude. As reported by staff member Deanne Johnson, Lt. Dragovich relates that between 2012-2013, there were 23 fatalities on county roads. In 2013, three died on motorcycles the rest in vehicles. None of the eight dying in vehicles wore seat belts. In 2012, 11 of the 12 people killed weren't buckled. Do the math then grimace. Nineteen of 20 non-motorcycle fatality victims weren't buckled up, in, whatever. It should sicken your stomach. Would some of those not wearing seat belts died regardless? Maybe. But survival odds would've been better. It is indisputable that seat belts and restraints saves lives. We all should keep screaming about this and enforce the laws until everyone is complying. And regarding another safe driving nemesis: distractions. Does anybody really know why - actually we know it's profit - would automakers build and the government permit new vehicles being put out with every tech gizmo known to mankind available? Forget texting while driving for a moment. Just wait until they start pulling people over for console Facebooking (ok, not a verb but you get it) while driving.

Thorns for Cleveland Indians management. There are plans to build a statue honoring Jim Thome. Sure he is the franchise leader in career home runs. But isn't the same guy who said - back in 2002 when his contract was up- that it wasn't about money before running to Philadelphia for riches beyond what the Indians ' payroll could afford??What about a statue for someone more deserving? Perhaps Larry Doby, Herb Score or Lou Boudreau. Or, if they want a modern-era player, then how about fan favorite Omar Vizquel?

At least he never left Cleveland for more money



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