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To the Editor:

I would like to offer an explanation for my answer to Mr. Sanford’s inquiry about vehicle sales taxes. He was right about the two-tier tax on new versus used vehicle purchases with a trade-in in Ohio. I did find the law in Ohio Revised Code tax exemptions. I’ve had a problem researching when this law was passed, but I will find the answer and make it known as soon as possible. I will not offer false hope to those seeking quick solutions for one group that causes discrimination against another or raises taxes for all.

The tax code is filled with numerous exemptions for all sorts of business and consumer items. Most are aware that food purchased at a store or restaurant for off-site consumption and prescription medicines are sales tax exempt. Elimination or inclusion of certain or all exemptions is not the answer to the tax problem.

We need to reduce the size and scope of government intrusion into the daily affairs of consumers and business. Ohio needs to become business friendly to attract new opportunities for job seekers from all walks of life seeking gainful employment. As the business base expands, citizens and business taxes could be reduced as more money enters and stays in Ohio.

I bring to the table four decades of common sense from the perspective of a blue-collar worker and business owner. I owe no allegiance to any group or political action committee, only the citizens of the 61st District and Ohio. I vow to keep it that way. Thomas Paine once said, “That government is best that governs least.” I promise to do my utmost to make Ohio the best state in the Union.

Michael Foit

Republican candidate,
Ohio 61st District
Amsterdam, OH

To the Editor:
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2006. Every hour, someone is diagnosed with MS, a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving.

Since then I have become more active in MS Awareness and have become a Carroll County MS Activist through the National Multiple Sclerosis Ohio Buckeye Chapter and have been sending e-mails to State Reps about medications and financial matters with the medications and research funding.

To further my MS adventure I completed my first MS Walk in North Canton in April of this year, raising $540.00 and walked 16 miles. Now if this was not enough, last year and this year I visited the Carroll County Commissioners and asked for them to recognize the Month of March as MS Awareness Month in Ohio as signed into Ohio Law in 2006.

In 2011 I would to expand this request and venture to the commissioners meetings in Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas, and Stark Counties and also once again Carroll. I would like to invite anyone with MS from those counties to join me and witness such an event. Please contact the FPS to obtain my contact information as I would like to speak with you regarding this MS 2011 goal. If you come across anyone please feel free to give them my info. Thank you and spread the word.

Edward L. Hale
Carroll County MS Activist

To the Editor:
A special thanks from Relay for Life team Pan, Thin or Hand-Tossed to everyone who supported our recent fundraisers.

Thanks to all who enjoyed a good meal at Ponderosa for our fundraiser Sept. 13, whether you live nearby or came from such places as Cadiz, New Philadelphia, Steubenville or Dillonvale. Special thanks to the lady who had eaten lunch out that day and was driving by and saw the sign advertising 10 percent of the sales that evening went to Relay for Life. This lady turned around and came in to eat out a second time that day. She even supported our raffles and candy bar sales as did many others that day.

Our winners for the event were: Katie Ott, the free basket signup for adults; Judy Rhodes, 50-50 winner; Alan Miller, the basket of goodies for kids and the basket for adults. All the kids who visited received a grab bag.

We conducted our raffle drawing Sept. 20. Winners included: David Hale, Husqvarna chain saw; Wes Frew, $50 WalMart gift card; and Jim and Kay Turvey; $25 gift certificate from Ponderosa. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets.

We are sponsoring a Premier Designs Jewelry Party Oct. 14 at the Carroll County Volunteer Fire Department at 1101 N. Lisbon St. at 6 p.m. We are looking for volunteers to help with this event. Anyone interested should call me at 330-627-7985. There are incentives for those who want to take part. There will be refreshments and door prizes at the party.

We are also looking to recruit new team members. Anyone interested should call me.

Debbie Brown
Team captain
Pan, Thin or Hand-Tossed team

To the Editor:
Lest we forget.
Our great American Heroes who endured the Great Depression and then fought World War II have received well deserved recognition by our 60s generation. Tom Brokaw published two books of “The Greatest Generation” that tell how ordinary people do their duty and hints that such conduct was unique – out of the ordinary.

I agree we should never forget them and what they have done for our country. However, that war eventually brought on the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Both of these conflicts were by and large opposed by most of our country’s so called leading citizens, most of whom did not serve. The “brightest and best” of the Vietnam age group made headlines by critiquing their parent’s generation for bringing about a war they would not fight and refuse to remember.

Campus leaders urged fellow baby boomers not to trust anyone over 30. They taught that their elders who survived the Great Depression and fought the largest war in history were out of touch. The better academic institutions became focal points for protests against the war with few of their graduates going into the military. Harvard College, which had lost 691 in World War II, lost a total of 12 men in Vietnam from the classes of 1962 through 1972 combined. Those classes at Princeton lost 6, at MIT, 2. The media also turned hostile toward those who served. Frequently the reward for a young man who went through the trauma of combat was to be greeted by his peers with indifference or outright hostility.

However, those who grew up on the other side of the fence chose to serve in the military during the Vietnam War are quite different than their peers who claimed to speak for them. In fact, they are much like the World War II generation itself. For them, Woodstock was a slide show, college protestors were spoiled brats who would have benefited from having to work a few jobs to pay for their tuition. Vietnam was not an exercise in avoiding the draft and protest marches. Vietnam was a battlefield that was just as brutal as those their fathers faced in World War II and Korea.

Few who served during Vietnam ever complained of a generation gap. The men who fought World War II were their heroes and role models. They honored their father’s service by emulating it and largely agreed with their father’s wisdom in attempting to stop Communism’s reach in Southeast Asia.

We have another generation today who are putting themselves in harms way for freedom loving people throughout the world. We should not forget them. They and their families need our support and prayers.

Charles Pearson
American Legion Post 375

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