Residents come through again
To the editor:
Once again, the Salem community has shown its generous and caring spirit, reaching out to help those less fortunate.
On behalf of the officers and board of directors of the Salem Community Pantry, I would like to acknowledge and thank the following organizations for their recent donations to the Pantry, and to all the volunteers who supported these activities:
The Salem Community Center, Rotary Club, and Kiwanis Club donated the proceeds from their Fat Tuesday event, a combined total of $2,680.
The City of Salem donated $2,300, earned from selling Super Cruise hats and T-shirts.
Also during the Super Cruise, the Arby's Cruisin' Crew (and Jackson Automotive) contributed $3,203. This is in addition to the money they donate to the Pantry every week throughout the summer through their Arby's Car Cruises.
The Salem Community Foundation just approved a grant request for $6,586. This money will be used to purchase a used 5-door freezer and a new compressor.
I would also like to express our gratitude to the many churches, organizations, and individuals for their continued support. There's not enough space to mention them. But they deserve a "shout out" for their loyalty and generosity.
We are extremely grateful for this financial assistance, enabling us to help those families struggling to put food on their table. In 2013, based on up to two visits per month, the Pantry served 8,696 families, or 26,908 people, and the need continues to grow.
Also deserving of our gratitude are the many dedicated Pantry volunteers, without whom we could not operate. Thanks to all of you.
The success of the Salem Community Pantry truly is a community effort.
Gary W. Dean,
Salem Community Pantry
Preserving a historic building
To the editor:
No, the building is not going to collapse...it was built as a four-sided building, three bricks deep. It is not 100 years old, but judging by the brick composition, it is closer to 200 years old.
When Lisbon, Portugal, was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in 1752 (50 years before Lisbon, Ohio was founded) it was rebuilt of brick and required to be three bricks deep so an earthquake would not take it down again. So unless man interferes, our building needs an earthquake to take it down.
One thing Lisbon's builders didn't consider was plate glass windows. When they removed the bricks from the front of the building they removed the support of the fourth wall, and glass isn't much of a support system.
This is why the wall on the Market Street side is leaning slowly inward - because of the loss of support from the front wall. But yes, three bricks deep for strength.
Like the restoration of the Hamilton Building, one block to the west on Lincolnway, the front support wall was restored for additional strength.
Lisbon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and all buildings in our downtown but two are included in that list.
The Lisbon Village and Council should use this distinction to collaborate with the federal government and its state affiliate, Heritage Ohio, for financial aid to keep what is our greatest economic tool, our historic well-built buildings and give our town a future.
Contrasting Reagan, Obama
To the editor:
It is quite a contrast between the famous quote by President Ronald Reagan and the unspoken demand of Obama, the trickster. It was President Reagan who said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" and it seems that Obama is making the same demand of America regarding its southern border.
The "Iron Curtain" that included the "Berlin Wall" finally fell due to the leadership of President Reagan and is seen as one of the greatest triumphs in World History and American Exceptionalism.
However, America's southern border is more or less a flimsy picket fence and currently is being overrun by hordes of illegal immigrants, several thousands everyday.
Obama, the trickster must see America as having been founded "unjustly" so in order to remake America it must first be destroyed. Obama, the leader of the Democrat Party cries out (figuratively), "America, tear down this wall"! There is no better way to end the sovereignty of a nation than to "overload" the federal programs as well as "smother" the cultural heritage.
Obama, the trickster is the showpiece of the Democrat Party, these political elitist are assisting in the remaking (destruction) of America for the power they gain.
Understand that with immigration when the word "compromise" and "reform" are spoken by the Democrat, it is guaranteed that "amnesty" is the only focus for them and not border security.
It is also a fact that the arguing defense by the Democrat for any delay is the "war on women," "gay marriage" or "birth control" having nothing to do with border security.
For the Democrat Party, no crisis can go to waste, the crisis must be used to manipulate the American conscious and consolidate the party's power.
WILLIAM E. EARDLEY,
Disgusted with eating contests
To the editor:
I recently saw a picture of two children, 7 and 9 years of age in a watermelon eating contest. I saw on TV that a young person won a hot dog eating contest consuming 69 dogs in 10 minutes. Wow. I've heard of pie-eating contests for years.
I don't know what most people think about these kind of events, but, I have a sense of disgust when I hear, read, or see TV news about them.
There are literally millions of people mainly kids starving each day and we supposedly a nation of humanitarians could promote and support such animalistic and gluttonous acts for the world to see is simply outrageous.
What are we teaching our kids when we show such disregard of food [A God-given gift]. I can remember my Mom kissing a piece of bread in thanks to God for having some.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a kill-joy to disapprove of fun games, but, I think there are thousands of ways to have fun competitively or otherwise.
I truly believe a waste of food is simply a sinful wrong. I think a slice of watermelon, piece of pie, a hot dog distributed to some kids and parents would be most satisfying and appreciated a lot more than to see this food splashed all over someone's face. Funny? I guess! Wrong? Absolutely!
Let's show more mannerism and less piggishness.
New Cumberland, W. Va.