McKelvey is right about convocation center funds
Mayor McKelvey is to be commended for his insight into the building of Youngstown's convocation center.
If it is indeed a viable concept, then private investors should be clamoring for the opportunity to acquire $26 million in public funds to build and operate such a facility.
If it is just another of Mr. Traficant's ploys to retain his position as congressman by pulling the wool over the electorate's collective eyes, then the sound of private investors will be nary a peep.
So far, the silence is deafening.
Hire the unemployed to clean up, beautify city
I'm sorry, Mahoning County commissioners, but many of my rural neighbors and I just don't get it. The main reason most adults living in the suburban and rural areas around Youngstown don't go downtown is because it's a dreary, rundown place with nothing to do and some of the nearby streets can be pretty scary.
Yet I recently read in The Vindicator that the head of the Urban League says there are hundreds of non-working young men and women in the city that have been schooled in the skilled trades of construction, repair, general renewal and maintenance.
Youngstown is, after all, the seat of our local county government. It's where most of our elected officials and county workers go each day, conducting the business of all the people who call Mahoning County home. Surely there is enough money in the county vault to put these young persons to work in the renovation and beautification of the downtown and adjacent areas.
We the people of Mahoning County already pay through a separate tax for one of the most pristine parks in all Ohio, Mill Creek Park. Plus, voters recently passed a controversial 0.5 percent sales tax levy. On top of all that, the lovable Mahoning County auditor's office slapped much of the entire county with huge property value increases. Some as high as 32 percent and 55 percent and in one, Sebring (West Branch Schools) a whopping 85 percent was added on. Only Campbell, Coitsville, Youngstown proper and Smith Township escaped with single-digit increases.
Those figures alone add up to a lot of extra cash flow for the county, not figured into the projected figures before the half percent levy passed.
Mahoning County commissioners would better serve all the county taxpayers by remembering the old adage: "the cobbler's children should not be shoeless." We need to be our brothers' and sisters' keepers in Mahoning County before we look to regional, state and national projects to spend our hard earned tax dollars.
Harness the tides to produce energy
History records show at the close of the 18th century, a Monsieur Girard of Paris bridled tidal forces for mechanical power, to saw wood and grind grain. More recently, the objective in harnessing such power has been to generate electricity.
Wave-energy specialists, reports the April 14 Science News, have estimated the power of billows by kilowatts per meter of shoreline. Our country's northwest and northeast coasts are rated high in wave-power potential. And our own oil and gas industry has nudged the concept toward fruition by evolving better ways of anchoring equipment and by producing corrosion-resistant materials.
Against this optimistic backdrop, it's extraordinary that the Department of Energy seems indifferent about advancing expertise in so workable an energy option. The tides are environmentally benign and as certain as the orbit of the moon.