Questions about closings
Questions have to be asked about the recent closings of the two Cold Metal Products plants.
Why, if the company was in such trouble when the present CEO took over, would you move the corporate offices from South Avenue, Youngstown, to Sewickley, Pa., when adequate office space was available at the Youngstown plant?
What was the reasoning for pouring money into a plant (Ottawa, Ohio) that doesn't have a proven track record for productivity and quality? When orders couldn't be done properly there, they were sent to the Youngstown plant.
Where did they get the information to state such a falsity about the two plants (Youngstown and Indianapolis, Ind.) that were closed as being unprofitable? If they are unprofitable, then it is only because their profits were put elsewhere.
These two plants were the ones that suffered the most when it came to job cuts and, for the last 20 years, wage freezes and concessions. The Youngstown plant was continually the one chosen to run the trial orders, the orders that brought new business to the corporation.
To be successful, good people are needed on both sides. Also needed is morality and trust, which seems to be dying out in America.
One makes rock 'n' roll; one makes big rocks little
I was faced with the most difficult decision of my life on a recent Wednesday night. I had a choice to make that would have made a lesser man cry. Whether to see a rock 'n' roll legend perform in front of 20,000 screaming fans belting out every word from his new No. 1 album, as well as his classic tunes, versus the opportunity to go to a minor league baseball stadium and witness a spectacle that would make Barnum & amp; Bailey stand up and applaud (midgets!).
Springsteen vs. Traficant. Ttraficant vs. Springsteen. What would tip the balance and help me decide? Bottom line, since WFMJ decided to go to a live cut-in from the federal courthouse, thereby interrupting my videotaping of Bruce's Today show appearance, I chose Bruce. Jimbo should have gotten 50 years just for that.
Springsteen may be a prisoner of rock 'n' roll. Traficant is a prisoner.
Bishops set penalties for wayward priests but none for themselves
The Catholic Church, based on its bishops' recommendation, proposes that priests who have only been involved with one sex molestation be allowed to stay within the Church, while more than one abuse would mean they would be gone. But the bishops must do more! They must establish effective mechanisms for culling the priesthood of sexual predators.
Their regulation goes wobbly on past abuse cases, establishing no automatic penalties. Priests who committed no more than one act would be allowed to remain as long as a review board composed mostly of laymen concurs. At the very least, priests who fit this definition should be forbidden to mingle or administer to children.
The bishops' regulations are appropriately rigorous on the priests, but it contains no provisions spelling out penalties for bishops regarding the alerting of public authorities and segregating of suspected abusers. They contain no mechanism for holding bishops accountable! Also, the bishops must address the problem of the rapid eroding of Catholic charitable funds to satisfy personal liability complaints and suits.
Hopefully, the regulations will do justice to the victims, to the greater society of which they are a part, to the many good priests , and to the millions of lay Catholics who feel betrayed by the bishops' past inattention to this serious crisis.
VINCENT J. DORIA