Commissioners are taking government to the people
I recently attended a Mahoning County commissioners meeting at the Goshen Grange. It was well attended by officials, department heads and residents from all over Mahoning County. It was a rare opportunity to witness and participate in a revolutionary form of government, taking the county government to the people. How refreshing.
Our county is in bad shape financially. Even with the passage of the half-percent sales tax we are not out of the woods, the situation will improve but will not totally be resolved. Only prudent changes in the state policies can resolve some of these problems.
These meetings are a great start. I believe this team of commissioners will accomplish this gigantic task. They are trying to restore confidence in the county government. No one can dispute the fact that the previous administrators failed miserably in this regard.
As voters, we need to attend these meetings and show the commissioners their efforts are to be commended and we truly appreciate their efforts.
They display sincerity and dedication at these meetings and they explain in detail questions put to them. This is the kind of commitment I expect from the people we elect.
Passing the sales tax will give these men the tools they need to do the job the voters expect.
Please attend these meetings and be a part of history. Taking the government to the people, for the people, is an old idea that has been forgotten. It is now being restored. That's progress.
GRACE A. HARKLEROAD
The worst of the legacy
Youngstown has a long legacy of having leaders who abuse the public trust placed upon them; the legacy itself hurts us as well as the consequences of the deeds.
The efforts of Judges Krichbaum, Douglas and Bannon to obtain leniency with a federal judge by writing letters extolling the & quot;virtues and integrity & quot; of a major player in Youngstown's illegal drug trade make us wonder if that ugly legacy will ever die.
The judges certainly must be aware of the personal and social effects of drug abuse. They see the crime it propagates and the misery it brings to the drug users, their families and friends. They also see the enormous expenditures of money and energy to fight the war on drugs and to help the victims. One would think that they would have utter disdain for anyone who played such a large role in the trafficking of drugs in Youngstown. Yet their concern for their friend outweighed their concern for the many who suffered directly or indirectly from the drugs he brought into this community.
The judges' high regard for Mr. Umbel must be particularly offensive to the police officers and members of the Drug Task Force who risk their lives doing their part in bringing those like him to justice.
Selling jets -- how Christian
Over the strong objections of the Indian government, the Bush administration agreed to permit the sale of more than 20 supersonic jets, all capable of delivering nuclear weapons, to Pakistan. The offer is considered by everyone to be a reward for their loyalty to our "counter terrorism" efforts in the region.
How Christian of our regime.
While the American people struggle for scraps economically, while research money for cures to disease go unfunded and while our public schools rot from within, our government is selling weapons of mass destruction to other unstable regimes.
When will the outrage begin? Who will scream the loudest? Maybe when all the highly spirited Catholics and evangelicals wind down their obsession with the Schiavo campaign, they'll have more time to focus on this rotten turn of events for humanity.
A Wednesday letter was written by Brenda Kenjevari. Due to a typographical error, her name was misspelled.