U.S. Senate should have passed seniors' drug bill
Sens. Voinovich and DeWine have just voted against the latest drug prescription program put forth by the Democrats, righteously declaring that their plan was better; and the Democrats killed the Republican plan, righteously declaring it favors the wealthy. And what do the citizens who elected these people to represent them get? No plan at all.
Now the senators will adjourn for the summer recess and return to their homes secure in the knowledge that they followed the party line and also that any prescription drugs they may need will be paid for by the taxpayers. For shame.
Meanwhile, older Americans on low fixed incomes can keep on deciding whether to eat decently or buy the obscenely priced prescription drugs they desperately need.
When it comes to the economy, history repeats
The July 22 Vindicator carries the headline, "WorldCom goes down." This is only the latest in what has been happening in our economy as of late.
I make no claim to being a prophet, but if you would reprint my letter that appeared in The Vindicator on Nov. 22, 1999, you would see that these events were expected. History does, in fact, repeat itself.
The reason is simple. Man has not changed since the debacle of Black October. That is Thursday, Oct. 24, 1929. In the aftermath of that event, laws were passed supposedly to prevent such an event's happening again. As Congress struggles with new laws to again prevent what has happened not to happen in the future, maybe all they have to do is to repeal the laws that repealed the laws that were put in place after Black October.
LEONARD J. SAINATO
Youngstown doesn't need large council any more
This letter is in reference to the Vindicator article "City layoffs" comparing layoffs in various departments and the 2002 budget of the city of Youngstown. As the senior ex-councilman still living in the city, I feel that it is my duty to voice disappointment with the council whose members did not cut their budget. In order to maintain their integrity with the voters, I encourage them to act in two ways by immediately cutting the salaries of their aides and then amending the City Charter.
With the decline of population from 180,000 to 85,000, a Charter Committee should be created by the "Initiative and Referendum" provision provided for in the Home Rule Charter. The decline of population reflects the need to decrease the number of councilpersons to meet the financial income of the city. I would suggest the following:
1. Decrease the City Council to five members.
2. Eliminate the president of council, and let the members of council elect one of their own to assume dual responsibility with adjusted compensation.
3. The pay of the council aides would be limited, and they would be excluded from benefits.
Without a doubt, these would be two bitter pills to swallow, but once done they will find out that life will carry on.
WILLIAM W. WADE
Hairpiece, museum piece
Now that it has been confiscated, I believe that a historic relic like Jim Traficant's hairpiece should be given to the Smithsonian Institution.
However, I can't decide whether it should be displayed in the American History Museum with the inaugural gowns of the First Ladies or in the Natural History Museum with the fossils.
Or maybe it should go to the Air and Space Museum because Traficant seems to come from another planet and keeps asking to be beamed up.