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August 25, 2011
Morning Journal News


For the first time in maybe a century or more, we have a congressional office located in downtown Salem. With easy access to public parking at the corner of East State Street and Ellsworth Avenue, Congressman Bill Johnson, a Republican, had the temerity to open a district office in downtown Salem. He came to Salem to dedicate his new district office. What he got from the local newspapers was a black eye.

By the headlines and lead news story of our local newspapers, you would think that the biggest news story of the day was the professional protesters, mostly Trumbull and Mahoning County paid SEIU union members, who attempted to disrupt the grand opening of the congressman's district office. Selective photos of these protesters overshadowed a lone photo of our new congressman talking to a local dairy farmer. And most of the news copy was about what the protesters thought.

The same negative news coverage occurred when Republican Gov. John Kasich came to Salem a few months ago to celebrate the jobs expansion occurring at MAC Trailer. Never mind that the governor was there to recognize one of the leading employers in Salem, a creator of jobs. The bigger story in the newspapers was that there were a few malcontent Democrats and paid union hecklers out picketing the governor.

The Democrats have had plenty of time to screw things up for this region of Ohio.

Audrey Jensen




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