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To the Editor:
I would like to share how the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) impacts the 10- county Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association’s (OMEGA) region. Our district serves the residents of Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties.

The federal ARC plays a key role in fostering economic development and improving the quality of life for the 23 million people who live in the 13-state Appalachian region (including Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania). Since the program’s inception, the region’s poverty rate has been cut in half (from 31 percent to 13 percent), the infant mortality rate has been reduced by two-thirds and the percentage of adults with a high school education has increased by more than 70 percent.

Each year the ARC program provides funding for business development, health care, education and job training, telecommunications, energy, infrastructure, community development, and transportation projects. ARC funding assists in creating thousands of new jobs; improving local water and sewer systems; increasing school readiness; expanding access to health care; assisting local communities with strategic planning; and providing technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses.

Last year across Ohio’s 32 county designated Appalachia region, the federal ARC program funded 36 projects that created 639 jobs and retained 12,226 more.

It is important to note Ohio is the ONLY state in the region that currently matches federal project funding with state funding to ensure the monies go even further toward serving the region. In the OMEGA district alone, FY09 proved to be another highly successful year; the state and federal ARC program funded 21 projects that created 270 jobs and helped to retain another 6,923. Without the state ARC program, many of these vital projects in the region would not have been able to move forward.

It is without doubt that the residents in Appalachia Ohio greatly benefit from the state and federal Appalachian Regional Commission program.

Greg DiDonato
OMEGA Executive Director

To the Editor:
This letter is in response to two letters last week about the Ohio Governor’s race, Senate and Congressional races.

Those letters were pretty much one-sided. We have been losing Ohio jobs for a long time because we have had a state government with an anti-business mentalilty. Why is it that Indiana and Pennsylvania have a lower unemployment rate? It could be their tax codes are more business friendly. The states in the most financial trouble and close to bankruptcy are New York, Illinois, California and Michigan which are controlled by Democrats.

I’m not saying we are as bad off as those states, but look at what is happening in New Jersey with a new Republican governor. He is cleaning house and turning the state around economically. Maybe new ideas like New Jersey’s Governor Cris Christie are needed.

In reference to the House and Senate seats, do you really want the same control of Congress? Ask yourself this, why are the incumbents not running on their records? When they can’t defend their record and debate the issues, the only thing left it to throw mud; character assignation.

Randy Miller
Carrollton, OH

To the Editor:
This letter is written in response to Miss Ann Yeager’s letter.

Miss Yeager needs to write in a format most readers understand. As in this letter and previous letters, you use quotes and words that don’t make sense to me. In my opinion, the vendors should be allowed to use the park, but I don’t understand what you are for or against. It would probably be easier to sign a “no fee” agreement to use the park. It sounds to me that you always want to create controversy just to write a letter no one understands.

Asking for the resignation of public officials does not solve anything. Do you honestly believe that asking for Mr. Burns and Mr. Walters’ resignation would come from this letter to the editor?

In your own words, it is true you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

Sandra L. Flanary
Carrollton, OH

To the Editor:
I took the pop can tabs to Akron Children’s Hospital Oct. 19. We had 275 pounds, the most ever! Last year the total was 236 pounds.

I want to remind everyone that tabs are on lots of things, not just soda pop and they accept all tabs. Please keep that in mind for next year.

Thank you so much to everyone who saved the tabs for the kids. I know they really appreciate the help. We have lots of people from all over the area saving them.

Please continue saving the tabs for next year.

Judy Stidom
Harlem Springs, OH

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