Politicians eager to find gross mismanagement won't have far to look
It is interesting to note the hullabaloo over poor accounting practices by some of our corporations. In my opinion, the corporate culprits need an extended vacation. Guess where?
Now, if you want to change the rules, the first place to go is the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. I suggest no spouse of any senator or congressman be allowed to hold a government job or be a lobbyist. Let us start this new way of thinking with Sen. Tom Daschle, a Democrat, and Sen. Phil Gramm, a Republican. As Benjamin Franklin said, "Work may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning."
Being more specific, let us look at the accounting practices of the federal government. In 1998, the General Accounting Office completed its first ever comprehensive audit. Wow! After 200 years plus, it is time. This fact alone should raise some eyebrows, but think about these facts: Over $100 billion in transactions have been improperly recorded. Millions of dollars worth of equipment and property could not be found. The government financial statements are out of balance by $250 billion. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.
I suggest it is time to point the finger at both the members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Members of both houses are no different from corporate CEOs. Well, excuse me, they are when it comes to the media. They excel at pontificating, and the media loves it.
Hopefully, the American people will not be fooled by this legislative charade against businesses. What we need is good old common sense government. As Stowe said, "Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done." Now, would not that be a first?
It's time to stand up against pornography
At 7 p.m. Monday, a final vote on the issue of adult businesses (X-rated materials and activities) in Boardman may be cast by the township trustees. I would urge every concerned parent in Boardman and pastors/members of our churches to attend.
Purveyors of pornography wield the First Amendment as a right to establish these facilities in our community -- irrespective of the wishes of the taxpayer to set community standards. The framers of the Constitution or its amendments did not intend to protect the vile.
I fail to understand the connection between free speech and peddling seductive wares. Our U. S. Supreme Court did society a grave injustice several years ago by determining they were one and the same. Children across our nation are being abducted, sexually abused, raped and murdered by men who are stimulated by pornography, and there are statistics to back that up.
Please plan to attend.
Remember the '80s, and vote for the tax
Based on my past writing, one might say that I do not care for the city of Youngstown police. This is not true. It is just a few on the force that are trouble.
But, come this November, I will be one of those who will vote yes on the income tax increase because I do believe that the city police do a good job.
I also remember the mid 1980s when police and fire personnel were below the needed number and how crime and fires ran rampant in the city.
So, for all who can remember those times, get out and vote yes on the income tax increase and help the city of Youngstown.
JAMES D. VAUGHN , II