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Thanks to Traficant for all he's done for Valley



Published: Tue, April 23, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Thanks to Traficant for all he's done for Valley

EDITOR:

Now that Jimbo's time in office appears to be dwindling to a few precious months, I'd like to take the time to thank him for the past 20 years.

Thanks for taking that money from the mob and using it to clean up organized crime in the Valley. Thanks, too, for improving the vocabulary of the Valley's children and showing how real Mahoning Valley residents should talk.

Thanks for improving my cable television system by making C-Span another comedy channel with your "beam me up, Scotty's" and your bogus claims about just about everyone involved with government. Thanks for opening my eyes with respect to why I should fear the FBI and the IRS. Kudos for helping me realize that balding men should not give in to the temptation to get a cheap hairpiece.

Thanks for pointing out which contractors I should and should not do business with. Thanks for voting for Dennis Hastert thereby rendering you impotent as a legislator. Thanks for pointing out the abnormal physical attributes of Dick Gephardt and various others that spoke out against you.

Special thanks for the $26 million for the convocation center which has caused local politicians to fall all over themselves trying to figure out how they can profit from it.

But most of all, thanks for prompting the FBI to come to the Valley and clean up all the corruption and organized crime. Now if only we could get them to do the same for Warren.

BILL JOHNSON

Boardman

Don't settle divorce until all issues are resolved

EDITOR:

The lawyers who make their living in domestic court have pulled an old trick out of their bag of tricks to make more money.

The Marital Rights Task Force wanted to make one critical point in helping to finish the gender bias study that was done by the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1992. The Ohio Supreme Court agreed with us that divorces should not be "bifurcated." That means the court agreed that divorce cases should not be divided.

You cannot pronounce two people "divorced" until their finances have been settled. Issues such as their real estate, automobiles, alimony, child support, pensions and income taxes must be decided.

One of the main reasons that Tom Norton was forced to resign in 1993 as judge of the Domestic Relations Court was that the court had accumulated more than 200 cases that were "bifurcated." These people were literally living in limbo. After their divorce was granted, they were still having to attend hearing after hearing to decide critical issues that were still pending between them.

People who are faced with this dilemma right now have been contacting our group. Many individuals telephone us to say that their divorce was granted, yet they have been attending hearings to decide critical issues that were undone.

If you are now in domestic court for a divorce and your attorney asks you if you would like to be granted a divorce and clear up the property settlement after the fact, tell him or her "absolutely not." When your spouse is granted a divorce, there is no reason or leverage that you have to finish those critical issues left to decide because the court also does not enforce its issues except to find someone in contempt of court with no punishment.

It is a hollow finding of contempt. You could be left with a house that you cannot afford to live in and not be legally able to sell it. You may be forced into bankruptcy because your spouse is in financial trouble. You may not be able to finish your income tax return if it has not been decided who will claim dependents. The ramifications are many.

CONNIE CERA

Warren




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