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‘Welcome home Jimbo’ countdown

Published: Sun, August 9, 2009 @ 12:01 a.m.

The former congressman will get a hero’s welcome home.



YOUNGSTOWN — When former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland is released from federal prison Sept. 2 after seven years and one month of incarceration, he’ll get a rousing welcome home.

“We need to tell this guy: ‘We still love you, Jim,’” said Linda Kovachik of Boardman, who was an aide in the 17th District congressman’s Boardman and Youngstown offices.

On the day of Traficant’s scheduled release, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers minor-league baseball team will observe Traficant Release Night at its 7:05 p.m. home game against the Jamestown Jammers at Eastwood Field in Niles.

“That’ll be the theme of the game. ... It’s not a huge celebration. We’re just going to recognize the release,” said Jordan Taylor, the team’s assistant general manager.

The observance will be announced over the public address system, and the team expects to present slides from Traficant’s career on the video board, he said.

Another event will be a $20-a-plate appreciation dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Mr. Anthony’s banquet hall, 7440 South Ave., Boardman, which Kovachik is spearheading.

Kovachik said it’s not known whether Traficant will attend. Only 1,200 tickets will be available because that’s the hall’s capacity, she said.

Dinner tickets may be obtained beginning Monday at Trolio’s Original T-Shirts, 35 W. McKinley Way, Poland, which sells “Welcome Home Jimbo” T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Tony Trolio, owner of the T-shirt store, said he has sold 500 to 600 of those T-shirts and sweatshirts to date, and expects sales to increase as Sept. 2 approaches. “Jim’s a popular guy, you know,” Trolio said, adding that he has shipped the Traficant-related clothing items nationwide.

“We never got a chance to say: ‘Thank you, congressman,”’ said Kovachik, who was seen on TV regularly accompanying Traficant to federal court during his 2002 trial.

“This is not a political ploy for his candidacy for anything. This is an appreciation for what he has brought here,” Kovachik said of the Mr. Anthony’s event.

Kovachik, who has corresponded regularly with Traficant during his imprisonment, said the former congressman has not responded to her suggestion that he run again for Congress, which Kovachik said he can legally do despite his criminal conviction.

Traficant, 68, is completing his sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn.

In April 2002, a jury in U.S. District Court in Cleveland found the nine-term Democratic congressman guilty of all 10 counts he faced, including racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.

After a 10-week trial, the jury believed he took kickbacks from high-level staffers, used other staffers as farmhands at his Greenford horse farm on federal time, accepted gifts of cash and services from businessmen, cheated on his taxes and tried to influence witnesses.

Using the trial transcript, the U.S. House of Representatives found clear and convincing evidence that he broke House rules. The House expelled him on July 24, 2002, by a 420-1 vote, just one week before he was sentenced.

One community leader who definitely won’t attend either the Scrappers game or the dinner is Youngstown Atty. James B. Callen, founder and former president of the now-dormant Citizens League of Greater Youngstown.

The league was a local government watchdog group that focused on combatting local organized crime and political corruption. The league believed Traficant had close connections with organized crime, Callen said.

“Jim has fulfilled his debt to society. He’s served the prison term. He’s being released,” Callen said. “I’m sure his family and friends are overjoyed that he’s returning, and I can understand that. If they want to hold a party, then that’s understandable also. What I would hope doesn’t happen is that there’s any official sanction for celebrating his homecoming.”

Callen said he hopes Traficant won’t try to run for Congress again.

“I would hope that the residents of the Mahoning Valley and of this congressional district would not look backward and try to reinstate him into a position of public trust,” Callen added.

Kovachik credited Traficant with getting the two federal courthouses and the Covelli Centre (the former Youngstown Convocation Center and Chevrolet Centre) built in downtown Youngstown, with establishing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic on Belmont Avenue and with getting the 711 Connector built.

Callen countered, however, “The harm that he did to this community outweighs any of those brick-and-mortar examples.”

Traficant is in good health and has been keeping his mind occupied while in prison with painting and music, Kovachik said. “He took up guitar. He’s playing the guitar now and singing,” she added.

“When he comes out of prison, I’m sure he will help anyone he can whether he’s in Congress or not,” Kovachik said.

“There are a lot of people in this Valley that are very excited about him coming home. I’m one of them,” said Heidi Hanni, a Youngstown lawyer, who has corresponded with Traficant during his incarceration.

Hanni said she also speaks regularly with Traficant’s wife, Tish, who is her hairdresser.

Tish Traficant declined to be interviewed.

Hanni’s late father, Atty. Don L. Hanni Jr., and Traficant were once political opponents, but they later became friends. The late Atty. Hanni was a longtime Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman.

“He’s not looking for any parades or trumpets. I just think he’s looking forward to coming home and being reunited with his family,” Heidi Hanni said of Traficant, whose children and grandchildren live in the Youngstown area.

“Jim Traficant has always been the guy, like my father, that took care of the little guy,” Hanni said.

“I’d like to see him get back into some form of mediation and helping the community,” Hanni said. “He seemed to have a talent at that,” she observed. She was referring to marathon bargaining sessions Traficant facilitated that ended labor strikes.

“Occasionally, he sends me one of his hand-crafted postcards. He’s becoming quite an artist,” said Dominic Marchese, a Farmdale farmer who was an aide in Traficant’s Niles congressional office.

“I can tell he’s looking forward to coming home,” Marchese said. “I imagine he’d like to spend some time on his farm.”

Marchese predicted Traficant would return to the local talk radio airwaves, where he was often heard before he went to prison. “I know he always enjoyed that. It’s kind of fitting for him,” Marchese observed.

“I don’t think anything can break his spirit. He’s a very strong-willed guy. I think that he’ll always be involved in something,” Marchese predicted.

Atty. David J. Betras, Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman, issued this prepared statement: “I have learned that Jim Traficant will return to our area in the very near future. I know that many people hold great affection for him and are anxious to welcome him back, but it is my hope that they will respect his privacy as he rejoins our community. I wish him and his family well as they begin a new chapter in their lives.”

Traficant will be on probation for three years after he leaves prison.

Dan Cansino, public information officer at the Minnesota facility, said, for security reasons, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons does not disclose the hour of an inmate’s release or his travel itinerary.

He said, however, that Traficant’s supervision will be in the Northern District of Ohio, where he must live. Traficant must follow standard conditions of supervision and any others that may have been imposed by the sentencing judge.



Sept. 2

What: Traficant Release Night

When: 7:05 p.m.

Where: Eastwood Field, Niles, during Mahoning Valley Scrappers home game.

Sept. 6

What: Jim Traficant Appreciation Dinner.

When: 3-7 p.m.

Where: Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave., Boardman.

Entertainment: Rocky Chirchiglia Band and Libby and Her Tamburitzans.

Cost: $20 per person.

Tickets: Available at Trolio’s Original T-Shirts, 35 W. McKinley Way, Poland.

Source: Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Linda Kovachik, former Traficant aide


A look back

Some of the significant events in the political career of former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.

November 1980: Elected Mahoning County sheriff.

August 1982: A federal grand jury indicts Traficant on charges of tax evasion and taking bribe money from Mahoning Valley mobsters.

June 1983: A federal jury finds Traficant innocent. Traficant had represented himself in his trial, which began in April.

November 1984: Elected to the U.S. House. He defeated incumbent Lyle Williams from Trumbull County and an independent candidate.

November 1986: Re-elected as congressman.

September 1987: Federal tax court judges rule Traficant owes taxes, penalties and interest on bribe money he failed to report as income in 1980.

November 1987: Announces his presidential campaign.

December 1987: Appeals tax verdict and successfully pushes a program through Congress to provide counseling to homeowners facing foreclosures.

July 1988: Ends presidential bid; oral arguments begin in his tax appeal case.

November 1988 and November 1990: Re-elected as congressman.

August 1992: Continues his campaign to secure “Buy American” provisions in federal contracts.

September 1993: Takes up the case of Clevelander John Demjanjuk, whom the Israeli government accused of being Nazi death camp guard “Ivan the Terrible” during World War II.

November 1994 and November 1996: Wins re-election as congressman.

November 1999: Secures federal funding for a convocation center in Youngstown, which would become the Chevrolet Centre and later the Covelli Centre. A month later, government subpoenas his payroll and office records.

April 2000: Traficant chief of staff subpoenaed to testify before grand jury investigating the congressman.

November 2000: Elected to his ninth term as congressman.

April 2002: A jury in U.S. District Court in Cleveland finds Traficant guilty of all 10 counts he faced, including racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. The trial took 10 weeks.

July 24, 2002: Expelled from the House by a vote of 420-1. Sentenced to eight-year prison term six days later.

Sept. 2, 2009: Release date from Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn.

Source: Vindicator files


1bobhogue(102 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Sigh... Will this area EVER be able to let go of its past??

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2Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

"Trafficant Release Night" at a Scrapper's game? Do the first 1,000 fans get a schiff or a cake with a blade inside, or a pack of smokes?

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3valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Obama could use a lesson on BIPARTISANSHIP from this man.

Traficant 2010

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Jimbo or Ryan in Congress - I would take Jimbo anytime.

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5timOthy(802 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I agree with ProAmerica . He can't be any worse than those who lie, avoid truths that we all seeing. In Columbiana County the people should be proud of the Interchange he got developed along RT. #7. Now a Coal Company is going to develope a plant there named Braid Engry. That's if Private Money becomes available. Jimbo is a winner ! Enjoy your freedom Jim. You have my vote for congress !

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6MonarchPass(2 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I left the Mahoning Valley in 1979. Articles like this explain why. Until my generation of Valley residents dies out, the area will, most likely, remain the social, cultural, and economic backwater it has become. The only slim hope is if the younger people who have chosen to stay, start businesses, and raise families in my home town see "Jimbo" for what he is: a corrupt, venal, pathetic loser whose return to the area should be greeted with the laughter and contempt this buffoon so richly deserves.

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7oldstown(267 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Glorifying scoundrel criminals...yet another reason why Youngstown is the laughingstock of America and will never recover.

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8DeathBeforeDishonor(9 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

MonarchPass and oldstown: Monarch, you left in 1979 yet you come on this website and give your unexplainable opinion. How is The Valley the social, cultural and economic backwater you claim? Everyone knows of the Valleys economic struggles. But what do YOU mean? Sounds more like drivel. oldstown: the only people who know about Youngstown is NE Ohio and western PA. Outside of that no one cares.

People make these ridiculous statements and comparisons to nothing. Corruption? Has anyone read the story of the Mayors and Rabbis in NJ busted for corruption? Yet you have the nerve to call Youngstown a laughingstock or socially backward? Are you kidding?

From Reuters: "Dozens of New Jersey politicians, officials and prominent rabbis were arrested on Thursday in a sweeping federal probe that uncovered political corruption, human organ sales and money laundering from New York to Israel, officials said."


What Jimmy did was NOTHING compared to what other politicians do and get away with. Let's compare apples to apples.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Not lost is the recorded fact that JJ Cafaro bribed Jim Traficant and did no time .


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10SunnySkies(20 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

This is so bizarre. Only in Youngstown would
there be a welcoming home celebration for a convicted criminal. They say that "birds of a feather flock together" so take note of who shows up at this jamboree. You'll be sure to see some blasts from the past.

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11davemyers(11 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Shake 'em up Jimbo! I've never read a boring article about Jim down here in Fla. I would be very disappointed if he doesn't continue to "stir the pot" in Y-Town with something that makes for good reading.

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12rm09(1 comment)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

This is truly the most ridiculous thing. We are glorifying a criminal. What Jim Trafficant has brought to the Mahoning Valley is nothing but embarrassment. I am so disappointed that the Scrappers would take part in this idiotic "celebration."

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13queenie(12 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Welcome Home Jimmy!!! All the negativity here is amazing. I guess its easy enough to throw rocks at people you think have done wrong but maybe you better look in the mirror and see how perfect you are. The really guilty people didn't even get a slap on the wrist for what they did but thats okay too as they will get what is coming to them in the long run. I really hope Jimmy will be accepted back with open arms by those that truly know what kind of man he really is, the others don't want him because of all the skeletons they have in their closets that they are afraid will get let out. God Bless You and keep you safe Jimmy.

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14snoopy68(1 comment)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I dare someone to name a person who has done more the Youngstown area than Traficant.....

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15VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

If you or I had done the things this man has done, we would still be in jail. To "put off" this man's crime by stating that others have done just as much or more is simply showing how far we have gone in our downward spiraling government.

There is something about him that people here in the valley simply admire. Others outside of the Valley see him as a quack. I suppose Dennis Kucinich understands. Maybe both of them have been abducted by UFO's.

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16Attis(1134 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Welcome home, Jim. You have been America's #1 political prisoner for far too long. It is now time again for you to resume your prophetic role as the #1 thorn in the side of the bought-off politicians, corrupt government, criminals in the suites, AIPAC and political machines in D.C, Columbus and beyond.

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17davemyers(11 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Hey Vindyak...........I'm outside of the area and I don't see Jim as a "quack". I think he deserves some respect for standing up for what he believes in. That's what this great country of ours was built upon. Was he wrong for what he did?......Yes. Did his huge ego make him feel that he was above the law? Yes again. He did his time, Give him a break. I think he probably is a good person and genuinely wants to help people. As for my man Dennis Kucinich......I like his Pro-UFO stance. Rock on Jimbo and Dennis the Menace!

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Jim has dearly paid the price while JJ Cafaro did the crime but not the time .



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19janeyblue(227 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Welcome home Jim! We can't wait to see you!
All you negative posters just do not know the man personally. If you did,your thoughts would be different. He is a true gentleman ans all around nice guy.
If you hate it here so much...go live on the moon!

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20cambridge(4140 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

"Jim Traficant IS Youngstown"

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21valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I am a Republican praising this man. He is a hell of a lot better than this far left Tim Ryan we have in office. All Tim Ryan does is buddy up with Nancy Pelosi, and in return he get's whatever he wants through the Appropriation Bills.... pretty sad.


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22cambridge(4140 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

valleyred....When you say "All Tim Ryan does is buddy up with Nancy Pelosi, and in return he get's whatever he wants through the Appropriation Bills....pretty sad." Do you mean that he gets the Federal government to invest in projects in the valley to benefit it's citizens? I'm pretty sure that's his job.

Would you actually rather have a buffoon making a fool of himself and pi**ng everyone off on the floor of Congress than someone that could get the Feds to bring investments and jobs to the valley? Do you even understand what the job of your representative is?

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23EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

There's a lot of heat and very little light in this discussion. Let's review the facts, shall we?

1) There was never any evidence that J.J. Cafaro committed the crime of bribery in re: Traficant.

2) J.J. claimed that he bribed Traficant, and in exchange for 'confessing' to that new crime he got a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card for his previous confessed perjury in the Strollo/Chance case -- J.J. did NOT do 18-24 months for his perjury.

3) Evidence that J.J. and Capri Cafaro were guilty of TAX FRAUD and TORRICELLI MONEY-SCRUBBING was given to prosecutor Moford by former Cafaro Company test pilot Richard Detore.

4) Detore (who holds a "Top Secret" security clearance) had been hired by Cafaro to bring his patented laser landing technology to market -- technology that was successfully installed on Nimitz-class carriers and was used aboard the Presidential helicopter, "Marine 1."

5) Detore was appalled at Cafaro Company financial shenanigans. Detore was also appalled to learn that J.J. had set up an unregistered 'shell' company in Virginia, with his teenage daughter Capri as the President.

6) Detore testified to Congress that "the Cafaros were lying to the government about contracts" and that J.J. was positioning to replace Traficant in Congress with Capri (which explained why Capri was busy splashing cash all over Capitol Hill rather than having anything to do with the aerospace startup).

7) J.J. fired Detore. Detore sued the Cafaro Company for the balance of his employment contract. (J.J. and Tony Cafaro were later sanctioned for lying to the court in Fairfax County, VA, in a showdown with Detore.)

8) Morford approached Detore to solicit dirt on Traficant, who had been promoting Detore's technology in the hopes of bringing jobs to Youngstown.

9) Detore gave Morford evidence about Cafaro Company tax fraud and Torricelli money-scrubbing (viz., a Cafaro Company AmEx card was used to buy jewelry for the Torch's then girlfriend, Bianca Jagger).

10) Facing federal prosecution for tax fraud, J.J. conveniently recovered his memory about an unwitnessed bribe to Traficant.

11) Morford and his cohorts attempted to get Detore to 'remember' overhearing conversations about the alleged bribe.

12) Detore refused to lie, despite a month of high-pressure from Morford (via attorney John Nassikas).

13) J.J. suddenly remembered that the bribe had been Detore's idea in the first place!

14) Morford indicted Detore, while giving J.J. a 'walk.'

15) Detore testified about all this to Congress, whereupon one of the Traficant jurors immediately and publicly recanted his 'guilty' verdict.

Youngstown needs to refresh its memory about the C-SPAN testimony: http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library...

If Detore was telling the truth, then J.J.'s crimes were tax fraud, money-scrubbing, and a second perjury ... not bribery.

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24MOM509(8 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Welcome home Congressman. You are the only one I ever wrote that answered me personally when I had a question or problem. I do not care what others say YOU CARED ABOUT THIS VALLEY God bless you

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25MOM509(8 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Want to add you also have the common sense needed in government that we see so little of. Thanks for being our congressman all those years. If you run again for anything you have my vote

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26EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Here's a hypothetical for the Vindicator's political reporters (Messrs. Skolnik and deSouza).

If Traficant were to:

1) produce a viral C-SPAN clip video about the Cafaro and Sinclair perjuries and Morford's obstruction of justice ...

2) pop up a comprehensive website about all the perjuries and obstructions, including new evidence such as the tapes excluded from the trial by Judge Wells, and other materials ...

3) publish a comprehensive, ever-growing online eBook about the case, which would serve as an invaluable resource for reporters ...

4) win the Republican nomination for Congress ...

5) run against Tim Ryan all next year.

Would the Vindy do an in-depth examination of Traficant's career and the Traficant-Cafaro-Morford-Sinclair case? (There is, for example, new never before published material about the first Traficant trial during the 80's.)

If so, it would cement my intent to volunteer my services to those who are already discussing publication.

Personally, I think that a great title for a video-website-eBook would be: "Traficant: Political Prisoner." http://www.TraficantPoliticalPrisoner...

I hope that the Vindy will buy a couple of tickets to the Traficant appreciation dinner at Anthony's, so you can discuss the case with the people who know the most about it.

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27joebag09(354 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

No....not all Y-towners support or glorify criminals. I do believe Mr. Traficant did some wonderful things for this area, but he also commited crimes. I won't be one of those welcoming him home. If he was your friend and wish to support him, so be it, you're a good friend. I think, with the good he did, he was also an embarassment to this area, as were Phil Chance, Mark Dann, etc. and I can't be supportive.

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28EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm unimpressed by the "wonderful things" that joebag69 thinks Traficant "did for [your] area."

All Congressmen do "wonderful things" with the people's tax money.

I'm more impressed by the fact that Traficant fought tooth-and-nail against the growth of oppressive government power -- power that we now see being exercised by several dozen unaccountable 'czars' -- power that we now see taking over financial institutions and manufacturing companies -- power that is trying to nationalize the entire health care industry.

(In Canada, I understand, dogs and cats get quick service for MRIs etc. Canadian people who want quick service, flood into the United States.)

Youngstowners should be amused to know that after Craig Morford was quietly dumped from his brief tenure as #2 at DOJ, he left the government and went to work as the high-profile legal 'face' of Cardinal Health, a company with a long history of securities fraud ... and N.B. that Cardinal just recently settled with the SEC for $35 million rather than see executives go to jail ... another Morford "Get Out of Jail Free" card (well, not quite free ... like Cardinal, J.J. Cafaro had to pay a fine of $150,000 which is the equivalent of a couple of weeks of his reported allowance from the family).

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29AreYouKidding(1 comment)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

When I saw this headline, I initially thought it was a joke. I realize politics and corruption are no strangers, but don't you realize that you deserve better leadership than this? You have plenty of real heroes in your midst to celebrate. Traficant isn't one of them.

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30jethead11(139 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

OK, I must have missed something. What in the world did Jim Traficant do to get an "appreciation" dinner. This sounds like one of those April Fools stories.

It's weird, people who would be run out of town anywhere else in America are embrassed in the Mahoning Valley.

Maybe they should throw an "appriciation" dinner for Michael Vick as well.

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31valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

So how many of you here think Traficant will speak out against Obama once he is released.

Go to Youtube and watch him lash out against the Dems and praise the GOP in his final remarks before Congress.

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32tookie(64 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Traficant was nothing but a two-bit greedy egomaniac. He made this area a laughingstock.We've spent years trying to get over Traficant by working to change our image. We finally have young, dynamic political leaders who are working to make the Valley a great place to locate a business again. All Traficant cared about, in the end, was himself. He's old news. The Valley has long since passed him by.

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33rocky14(839 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

The ones who want Jimbo to run for office are the same ones who thinks Steelmills will return to Youngstown.
They are living in the past on both counts!

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34willinnyny(121 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I have never known of a person more outrageously --- and seemingly unjustly --- punished for a paltry crime. The punishment FAR outweighed the crime involving ~$10,000.
Other public officials steal hundreds of thousands of dollars and take huge bribes --- and they only get their wrists slapped and are sent back to their jobs in government.
Jim Traficant, however, was --- "crucified."

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35Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

DeathBeforeDishonor - great comment....could'nt have said it better....

SunnySkies, I recall that a town in Atlanta was going to give a celebration for Michael Vick - a convicted criminal that did alot worse things then Jimbo did.....

Welcome home JIMBO!

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36Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Sorry meant Newport News, VA...his hometown, not Atlanta...


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37NoBS(2829 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I am greatly amused by all the Jimbo defenders who start out by admitting they know he's a crook and a felon and all that, and their rationalization for their support is that "everybody else does it, too." Think back to Herman Hill being ousted from Youngstown city council for misuse of the city credit card. His sole defense? "Everybody else does it, too!" So, exactly how many people doing criminal things does it take before that criminal behavior becomes legal?

My personal standards for who I want as an official elected to represent ME is someone who is honest, hard working, and has ethics and morals. I am not willing to settle for someone who I know is a criminal, and who has demonstrated that they have no morals or ethics, just because I can think of others who are bigger crooks.

I wonder how many of these Jimbo supporters would not turn away from criminal activity themselves, given the opportunity? THAT's why this area is a laughingstock. And yes, if you do travel beyond the narrow rut that is the Mahoning Valley, people have heard of us. Our corruption and our crime have made us well known, but not as a place where anyone would want to relocate.

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38Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Once again, there everywhere.....


Top 25 corrupted politicians on MSNBC...including Jimbo...


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39Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

NoBS - My personal standards for who I want as an official elected to represent ME is someone who is honest, hard working, and has ethics and morals. I am not willing to settle for someone who I know is a criminal, and who has demonstrated that they have no morals or ethics, just because I can think of others who are bigger crooks.

Sad to say, but you won't find that no matter how far and wide you search, nowadays just about every politician is a crook....in one way or another. You can have a gungho honest person start out great, but they will fall under the pressure of corruption. It seems like now, everyone is hiding something....

And it's people like you that always have to put down Youngstown, stick up for it, maybe if we all stick together and take back Youngstown and be proud of it, maybe, just maybe, we can make Youngstown a better place...might take time, but it's worth a shot.

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40Westsider(269 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Are you flipping kidding me? A dinner? Recognition at a Scrappers game? For what? A man who has made the Mahoning Valley a laughingstock and a nonentity in politics? Of course a convicted felon should be given every opportunity to get his/her "life back in order." We all make mistakes and indeed Mr. Traficant has obviously paid his debt to society or he would not be released from prison. Mr. Traficant himself should put an end to this circus - but I have a feeling he does not mind at all - whether or not he personally attends any of these events. It's a great way for the Mahoning Valley to receive national recognition for all the wrong reasons.

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41TISHIMSEL(1 comment)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

How sad for the valley when the return of a corrupt former congressman is treated like a return of a hero.I don't respect dirty politicans at all they are a black mark on our country.I had four tickets to the scrappers game I have been attending ten or more a year but i will not any more because of jimbooo night.I wonder how much of a kickback he will get from the dinner.Traditions are hard to break.The big bully served his time and i hope he lives in peace with his family and friends.Thank God covicted felons can not run for public office nor can they vote.And anyone who tells me all politicans are dirty all i ask is prove it or shut up.Jimbooo fans get your best hold his private life i wish him well be if he runs again may he go to

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42Level_Headed(30 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Hmm.. Sounds like NoBS hasn't voted in about 20 years, based on his (of her) criteria for elected officials... also funny that his (or her) username is the same as Traficant's motto?
Will be nice to see someone who isn't afraid of being bullied by politicians, businesses, or companies back in town. I don't ever remember hearing any political double speak coming from Mr Traficant. THAT is what people need. Maybe he doesn't need to be in office, but people need to take notes on how he performed when he was in office.

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43dmets(575 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Welcoming home a crook. And people in the area wonder why the area is so bad. Come on people wake up! He is a crock not a hero! This is just nuts! And to say he should run for office again? He should NEVER be able to run again. Regular joes have a hard time getting a job flipping burger with a record!

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44Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

In politics, the main thing is to win elections. Unfortunately, the rules by which elections are organized are established by the very ones who get elected. Also, there is no difference between a senator or congressman who did an extremely dirty campaign and one who did a honest, positive campaign. Once elected, the two are equal in congress/the senate.

As a consequence, it is not the most honest who gets to win, but the one who does all that's necessary to win. So the ones willing to ... use flexible principles have an edge over the ones who stick to their principles and don't do anything immoral in order to win an election.

As a consequence, the political class is formed mostly of people shy of no compromise, for which winning any competition is their most important guiding principle. The ones for which ethics are more important don't get too high up in politics.

That is, in my opinion, why politicians are generally viewed as corrupt and unethical.

Read the News....


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45Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

TISHIMSEL - "And anyone who tells me all politicans are dirty all i ask is prove it or shut up."

Congress - John Murtha
John Murtha says that if he is guilty of any political misdeeds, there is good reason for it. Murtha tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district. My job as a member of Congress is to make sure that we take care of what we see is necessary.” No one knows exactly how much money Murtha has poured into his district during his 35-year career. Estimates run into the billions of dollars. The report says most of that was lobbied from federal agencies, won through open bidding, or controversially steered by Murtha directly into his district. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has branded Murtha as, “one of the most corrupt members of Congress.”

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46Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband’s real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.

Treasury Secretary–designate Timothy Geithner
What was he thinking? That is without doubt the question asked most often by nearly everyone looking into Treasury Secretary–designate Timothy Geithner’s failure to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes in 2001, 2002, and 2003. It’s certainly the question that will be asked at Geithner’s confirmation hearing on Wednesday. But it is also the question perhaps least likely to be answered to anyone’s satisfaction, because according to sources close to the confirmation process, Geithner doesn’t have an answer to that most basic question about his behavior.”

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47Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

TISHIMSEL if you want me to go on and on I can.....

Mayor Ray Nagin
Mayor Ray Nagin expressed bewilderment Wednesday when asked about a November 2005 trip he and his family took to Jamaica courtesy of a technology firm whose owner had several city contracts. News of the first-class flight to Jamaica came after an earlier revelation that NetMethods, owned by city technology vendor Mark St. Pierre, also paid for a December 2004 trip to Hawaii taken by Nagin, his wife and his three children.The Metropolitan Crime Commission filed a formal complaint against Nagin with the state Board of Ethics on Wednesday, seeking an investigation into the trips.

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48ytown9999(55 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Well beam me up Mr. Speaker!

Welcome home Jimbo.

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49Rocco(99 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

As the stomach turns...........gag me. You folks still worship crooks. It's no wonder Ytown has been down the tubes for so many decades. You get what you deserve you Dumbo's. Un freakin believable!!!!!

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50msell716(9 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I am so upset over this. What a loser. This is why our valley has bad reviews. We are idolizing a "thug'? Why not have homecomings for those who have servind in Iraq and are returning? He is a LOSER!

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51msell716(9 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I can't believe the people of this Valley. This is why my daughter, a family doctor wants to leave. We are idolizing a thug, Jim Traficant??? He has embarassed us and made us fools. I am ashamed to say I know him and he graduated from Ursuline High School!!!

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52ecklyn(4 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Welcome Home Jim...it's not really "Home" anymore, but you make it what it is!!!!

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53msell716(9 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I can't believe the people in this valley are so naive. Wake up. He is a thug!

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54ecklyn(4 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

BTW, My last post was an honest greeting to Mr Traficant. I wish I could be there at the dinner, but alas, I moved from Y-town last year and won't be returning any time soon. I do like Jim Traficant, met him once at the pharmacy where I was working and he took a lot of time talking to me while his prescription was getting filled for someone in his family (wife, maybe). I found him to be a normal, nice, relaxed, approachable, kind of guy...how many politicians can you say that about?

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55janeyblue(227 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

See you at the dinner Jim!

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56olepops45(39 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Please...give this ex-con a overdue passing. He served his time, now let him quietly go home to die in disgrace, he deserves no acclaim.

I will vote against anyone who betrays a public trust. The only other person who compared with him was the "Dick Nixon".

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57cambridge(4140 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I live all the way on the other side of the country and I asked my neighbor if he knew who Jim Traficant was and he just started laughing, True story.

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58Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

rocco, tomcat,msell716 - You put down Youngstown, but this is ok in Newport News, VA to have a celebration for Michael Vick?? A convicted felon for "Dog Fighting"

Organizers plan Michael Vick “celebration” in his hometown

(AP) NEWPORT NEWS—Some residents of Michael Vick’s hometown are preparing a “celebration” for the former NFL quarterback, and Vick is expected to make an appearance at the event, an organizer said Friday.
The event is being sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The SCLC chapter president in Vick’s hometown of Newport News, Andrew Shannon, said Vick is scheduled to speak at the event intended to promote Martin Luther King Jr.‘s teachings of nonviolence.
“We believe (Vick) has made atonement and we are hopeful that the public at large gives this young man a chance to move forward with his life,“ Shannon said.

He said he expects anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people to attend the family oriented event, which will feature face painting, pony rides, music and other festivities. Retailer DTLR was also among the organizers.
“It was his idea,“ John Eley, one of the organizers, told The Associated Press on Friday. “Vick wanted to give back to the community, like he always does.“
The Aug. 8 event will include Vick, who grew up on the city’s tough east side, Eley said. He said the city was providing a tent and chairs for the “Michael Vick Community Celebration.“

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59alwaysremember(1 comment)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Jim, I always remembered you. I never forgot you. You helped make it much harder for the gestapo IRS with the legistlation you passed. You were railroaded because of your beliefs. It's been 7 years but I thought about you often. god bless you Jim Trafficant

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60Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

olepops45 - the following were worse then Jimbo...

Charles Forbes
Rod Blagojevich
Schuyler Colfay
Randy "Duke" Cunningham
Richard Kelly
Spiro Agnew
Jim Wright
the list can go on and on.....

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61Tugboat(759 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

"My soul knows my meat is doing bad things, and is embarrassed. But my meat just keeps right on doing bad, dumb things."

- from 'Bluebeard' by Kurt Vonnegut

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62dmets(575 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Life2Short: Vick should not be celebrated either! I completely agree there! But you need to understand that people who are mad in the valley over Jim be celebrated have the a right to be mad! It is a criminal just like Vick! Completely different crimes but they are both bad marks for their "home" towns"!! I don't get the hype of criminals at all! I think that all people should be treated the same! If Someone who is well known should have the same difficulties getting a job as a regular joe! Yet hey seem to be handed out anything they want! Not right at all!

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63Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Only problem with that is, in Jim's case, he's not asking for nothing....it's his friends and indivduals that are doing this, it's not the city....but in Vicks case, It was HIS idea...and the city is donating it's time to it. It's just everybody has to put down Youngstown (and granted, it's not the best place right now, but like every other city, they all have issues ) but places like Newport News....noone complains about that.... and this is in there daily paper today.....
Police charge man in shooting of teen.
Two vigils to be held in Newport News in memory of slain teenager.
NN man admits to posing as fed agent.
Man accused of raping 12-year-old girl
Police: Woman ran immigration scam
Suspected drunken driver could face manslaughter
Hampton police identify 3 suspects in Sunday's fatal shooting
Shooting victim dies; July 20 incident now a homicide
Suspected drunken driver could face manslaughter


So everybody that puts down Y-town, READ THE PAPERS...from across the land!

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64Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

and also, Jim is not pushing to get a job or anything for that matter, unlike Vick, who is pushing so hard to get in the NFL and make his millions again..... it's comparing 2 felons released around the same time....one is'nt doing nothing, saying nothing and the other is kissing a@#$ to get back in the NFL ..... but everyone wants to put down Jim and is ok with the other.....interesting....

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65jethead11(139 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

They are giving Vick a "celebration" of coming home. Youngstown is giving Jimbo an "appreciation" dinner. I asked what is it that the people of the valley "appreciate" about Traficant. A welcome home dinner for a long time friend is one thing, to say he is appreciated is kind of crazy, don't you think?

Anyway, if he just did "what everyone else in politics does", do we appreciate the fact that he was dumb enough to get caught? How many others have gone to jail for what they did? If he is just doing what "everyone else" is doing, I would "appreciate" that he get better legal representation next time.

A welcome home dinner is fine, an "appreciation" dinner, crazy.

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66harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I would vote for anyone except that Pelosi puppet Tim Ryan. He needs to go next time around.

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67Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

welcome home, appreciation, same difference.....
and as far as dumb enough to get caught, what about these winners who got caught and sent to prison?

Former governor George Ryan
Former Illinois governor, Dan Walker,
former 25th Ward Ald. Ambrosio Medrano
Jack Abramoff, Former Lobbyist
Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA)
Former Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)
David Safavian, Former Bush Administration Official
Frank Thompson (D-NJ)

and to refresh your memory about
The investigation ultimately led to the conviction of a United States Senator, five members of the House of Representatives, one member of the New Jersey State Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, and an inspector for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

All these were dumb to......
and of course the list can go on and on and on...

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68Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

While Jim was in prison and out of the way what great things happened in The Valley ?

Crime soared to new unimagined heights . Thousands of jobs were lost . Retirees had pensions and health benefits drastically reduced .

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69janeyblue(227 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Well said Stan!

As for Vick...castrate the eejit!
Bring back public stoning!
IF he gets picked by a team...I refuse to watch!

Welcome back Jim! You sure have been missed!

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70AceMarketing101(11 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Jimbo should be welcomed home by family and friends in the privacy of their home, but to suggest he deserves a "Hero's Welcome," is absurd and the frustration of everyone. So he did good stuff for the Valley, he did bad stuff too, and just because you feel there are others who did "More Bad Stuff Than Jim," shows your ignorance of what is right and wrong. I too think that being away in prison for 7 years, white collar or hard core will change a person, and I hope it has put sense into Jimbo and he realizes he needs to be a private citizen, and if he wants to help out the Valley as one, more power to him, but people need to understand he is a criminal and should not run for public office ever again.

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71Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Who said anything about him running for office? Who said he asked his friends to do this? Who said he's going to acknowledge it? From what I see, Jim hasn't said ONE word...and he's getting crucified? He isn't even out of prison and all the hate. Just because the Vindy puts something in the news, btw it's just ONE reporter, doesn't make everyone treat him as a hero. The Vindy is not a major newspaper.
And also, I quote from jimhead11 ""Anyway, if he just did "what everyone else in politics does", do we appreciate the fact that he was dumb enough to get caught? How many others have gone to jail for what they did?""
And I quote you ""just because you feel there are others who did "More Bad Stuff Than Jim," shows your ignorance of what is right and wrong.""
Did I ever comment that I thought others did more bad stuff then Jim? No, I just answered what jimhead11 asked? About how many others have gone to jail?
I know what is right and wrong, but to put someone down for what he did, when he doesn't have a chance to answer, seems hypocritical to me.

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72AceMarketing101(11 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

It's Official, Chris Mathews Hardball, Nationally shown on MSNBC 3 times a day, just made fun of the Scrappers night honoring Jim Trafficant. Embarrasing! Time for the Mahoning Valley to be a Laughing Stock again!! Sigh!

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73jennken(1 comment)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Jim always had a backbone, spoke with knowledge of the subject matter and was well respected nationwide..

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74JUST1OPINION(10 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

As I travel around this country for work I always say I am from McDonald Ohio, and if asked where that is I just say North East Ohio. Why do I do this? More times than not if I said Youngstown I would be answering questions about "Jimbo", murder rates, Mafia, or some other Youngstown/ Warren black eye. I don't mean just people in NE Ohio or PA, I have had these question from people as far away as LA. So to all of you that love him and speak of all these great things he has done, remember I have never had one conversation about the 711 connector, or the convocation center but many about the felon congressman that got them added to the bottom line of some bill that he knew would pass either way. If he dose somehow get reelected I know I will be abandoning this area and all hope of it ever being able to recover and I really dont think I will be alone.

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75Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

My post are to long, because I state FACTS, not just bias opinions... and it seems people still don't get it. There so full of hate it's actually scary.

AceMarketing101, The Scrappers are not the 1st team to do this...and I'm sure not the last...

The Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL held a “Prison Jersey Night” last Friday, in honor of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


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76Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

JUST1OPINION - Leave, Move, do what ever you have to do...Noones keeping you in Youngstown. You think it's so much better elsewhere, then go.....find your rainbow.....

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77Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Tomcat - It's so sad, but it's like you don't like to see the Facts on issues that happen everywhere and not just in Youngstown.....amazing how it seems that it's not just Youngstown, but all over the world, yet, you just hate Youngstown so much your blind. Youngstown is far from perfect, but look at the good things instead of the negative things, and maybe the hate will dwindle down...
I have a nice life, 3 beautiful children, I'm alive, and I have GOD in my life, so I do have a life. There is'nt much more to it then that.

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78atek101(77 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

As a college student at YSU, a life-long valley resident, and long-time Youngstown advocate, I find it absolutely shameful that anyone would formally celebrate the return of a corrupt and convicted politician that represents everything that was wrong with politics in the Valley back when I was a little kid.

Maybe Traficant helped make some nice things happen for the Valley, but he did so by breaking federal laws, and while at it, making a complete mockery of our region in front of the entire country. The fact that there are more corrupt politicians than Traficant out there is a moot point. He's a felon convicted of racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion: all offenses he committed while holding public office. And we should praise him for it? Is this the sort of behavior that young people growing up in the Valley should be taught to idealize?

I'm sure his family is happy he's coming home; he's served his time for his crimes. But as a community, let's let the past be the past and advocate for a higher standard of leadership.

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79Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

as Callen said. “I’m sure his family and friends are overjoyed that he’s returning, and I can understand that. If they want to hold a party, then that’s understandable also. What I would hope doesn’t happen is that there’s any official sanction for celebrating his homecoming.”

Has the city of Youngstown sanction anything??? I don't see it? If they do, then I can understand the agruements but they haven't, everyone is assuming it, and all I'm saying is that it is not fair to criticize him on that basis, esp. in a public forum!

And why is it not a moot point to compare him to other corrupt politicians? You bad mouth him, but won't on the other ones? Why?

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80Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

And I agree with you 100% on letting the past be the past and advocate for a higher standard of leadership.

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81Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Scrappers game - (Palisades Baseball) - Don't go to the game.
Jim Traficant Appreciation Dinner - (Friends) - Don't go to the dinner.

Don't acknowledge it, no harm and there not bothering noone.

Nothing Official from the City of Youngstown.

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82Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Who are the other felons they accepted? And Youngstown is the only city that had a convict in office? And all because of someone getting out of prison, that has nothing to do with the city in over 7 years if not longer, Youngstown won't regain it's economic stature, I thought it was who we vote for in the CURRENT and FUTURE administration that effects the city? Not what happened way way way in the past....which people STILL have to bring up....yes that is rather funny....The past is gone. This is TODAY.....Youngstown has a past - as ALL other cities - whether good or bad, it's HISTORY.... no more no less...can't change it...so why dwell on it? move on!

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83Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

America's Most Miserable Cities


America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime


The Worst Places to Live ... Or Are They?


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84redvert(2240 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

The biggest news from the welcome home dinner will be that Jim did not show up!

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85Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

You folks are nutz. Still going ga-ga over criminals and known cons. You all get what you deserve with your mindset. It's no wonder nothing has changed in Ytown for decades. What a joke!!! It's so sad it's almost laughable. yea, right - go Jimbo - go away!!!!!

Hey Life's tooooo short - who gives a crap about Michael Vick and why are you writing my name in the same paragraph with this looser. Life's tooo short - you need to get a life. Your posts are too long and your life is too dull.....LOL

Life's way tooooo long - in what sentence did I say anything about hate. Man, you must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle!!!!!! LOL

Tomcat - Why are you so full of anger?

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86steelerman09(111 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Everyone on here that wastes time (like myself) in posting a comment should really sit back and think about something....What did Traficant do for Youngstown? He has been gone for some time now and everything is still the same as when he left. A crappy place to live, with shootings every other day, a declining economy, and businesses going under. Tim Ryan is an ABSOLUTE joke and if ANYONE thinks that he has EVER done anything good for this Valley, then you are about as dumb as the "Socialist" president that Mahoning County voted for. Every 4 years, Mahoning County helps the Democraps out with their "blue collar vote". Now we have Obama in office and you GM'ers just got back to work. God Bless America, you bums!

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87jmdavis(2 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

While I was not a big Traficant fan to start with, Lets remember that this valley still elected him even after we knew of him, and probably would again if we could. It's the Government Machine that sent him away. If Cafaro had any "stones" they would go forward and let you decide for your self weather you want to go. Or maybe we need Barock and the machine to decide that too!

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88willinnyny(121 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Every human being is FAR more than just the sum of the worst things they ever did. So, let those of us without sin throw stones at James Traficant. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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89Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

wow - willinnyny - someone who makes sense!

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90Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

well I guess this should make everybody happy..... is Youngstown ok now? Pacify the residents that could care less, just to b#@$ about something....on a minor leauge promotion.......unreal

A night at the ballgame to celebrate the release of former congressman Jim Traficant from prison has been scrapped.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have cancelled the event after being flooded with complaints.
Team officials say the event wasn't intended to be a celebration.

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91Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

No, noone owns a public forum....it's for the masses. Why do you say I own it? And actually I took some time off and thought I might join in and see how Youngstown natives are doing.
I never said you hate anyone, I said you hate Youngstown, and I get that from the comments you make, it's a opinion nothing more, nothing less. so don't lose sleep over it, which I hope you don't.
Stupidity? Well that is your opinion, so your free to say that, but funny you don't know me, but think I'm stupid. But that's the nice thing about Life, you can say anything you want because that is your feelings and compassion, can't beat that.
And yes, I do work, I went to school, studied hard, and started my own business, which is doing great, in these troubled times, and really THANK GOD for helping me even when I was putting in the hard work, long hours and really struggled to get where I'm at. I'm content, my employees love me and GOD IS GREAT if you didn't already know.

And really, I'am glad your not angry anymore and you also have a nice day.....isn't Life just a blessing when your happy and blessed instead of being always angry.

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92jethead11(139 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I don't mean to change the subject, but did you see that Youngstown ranked as one of the 10 best places to start a business by Entrepreneur Magazine, August 2009 issue. It probably made the news up there, so sorry if you heard. Finally Youngstown gets some good press! We should all celebrate that.

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93Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Now jethead11 that is great! That is the kind of news that people should be commenting on. I didn't see that, but thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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94Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

it really is amazing, the negativity on the other headline in the vindy:

Call-center operation is ‘home run’ for city

Just remarkable the mindset of Youngstown natives. Very sad.

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95gmann415(268 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

WELCOME HOME JIMBO. Run for congress again you got my vote. and thanks for all that you have done for the mahoning valley

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96Sharon_Rose(3 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I see a reality show on the horizon!

DeathBeforeDishonor: Reality check for you, since you apparently are holed up in Youngstown and don't realize it. He made national news, I'm sure that surprises you somehow. He & your area most definitely were/ are looked at in disbelief, and laughed at. I've never lived in Youngstown or the area, I think it's sad your predicament, but if this is how people there are, then it's not surprising at all! I am aware that he (like many other politicians of any party) funneled $ into your area through earmarks & truly illegal ways...I'm betting we have no idea what all he actually did!

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97Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

interesting reading.....and funny Youngstown isn't mentioned but maybe once......

What are the 10 most corrupt cities in america?


USA TODAY - State Corruption
(read the 870 comments)


Seems people don't think Youngstown is the laughing stock people think it is.....

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98epicfail(217 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Yep, when I want solid hardcore facts I go to Yahoo Answers.

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99Sharon_Rose(3 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Great comment epicfail and so true!
Lifes2short: The fact that Youngstown was mentioned at all should point out something, especially considering the size...I think Youngstown was the least populous (by far) city mentioned. Most were large cities and/or state capitols. The person's comments, "Buffalo, new york is pretty bad. The whole of new jersey and rhode island are mafia run. Chicago is a pit. Youngstown Ohio is exclusively mafia owned. All those boss hog Louisiana cities are total jokes"
The USA Today (no I didn't read the 870 comments, nor will I) article is RE: convictions. Which, surprisingly, don't necessarily go along with corruption. It is also about states, not cities or communities. I'll admit here I started to read it, figured that much out quickly and didn't bother to waste more of my time on it.
I am not saying Youngstown is necessarily a laughing stock, or that the entire nation/ world's eyes are watching, but Youngstown & it's situations are not only known in the immediate area as DeathBeforeDishonor stated.
I think many people feel sorry for you. If people there continue to act as though Traficant is a hero or something (and holy cow possibly once again ignore his misdoings and try or succeed in electing him for something) then you may very well earn the distinction of laughing stock.

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100Sharon_Rose(3 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Maybe you'll like this:

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101Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

If you read my comments, I never said that Traficant was a hero or such, all I said is that the man hasn't said one word, and everyone is crucifying him for a welcome home dinner or the Scrappers promo. They are is friends doing this, not the man himself, and Palisades Baseball (Scrappers) see a opportunity to bring fans in, that's all I'm saying, leave the man alone....people judge him for his past and he hasn't uttered a single word. Because one Vindy writer puts a Hero's welcome, everyone bad mouths Traficant. Let the man speak for himself.
As far as Yahoo answers, it's opinions from other people who live in other areas, so if you read the papers and such of other cities then you expand your mind instead of just Youngstown.
Milwaukee (racial,gangs)
Shreveport (political)
Corsicana,tx (illegal alien haven)
and on and on....

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102Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

If someone told you, you have only a few more months to live, would you change your atittude? (thus the name Lifes2Short). I have to say that living for today and looking for a bright future far outweighs the negativity. There is nothing wrong with it. Forget the past and bring a brighter future for you and everyone that loves you. When you turn to ashes in your final resting place, wouldn't it be nice that people thought of you has a positive influence in there life instead of a depressing, gloomy person? We are but just a little grain of sand in this World, and wouldn't it be better for once in your life, to be happy and enjoy the precious moments we have while were here? If I made one person change there thinking, then I'm very happy. I really pray that Youngstown turns out to be a happy and wonderful place to call home, and on a side note, well not in my time, but that the Pirates win a world series. <smile>
Well I have to move on now, but remember, you can make a huge difference in your life if you just make life happy. God Bless
and remember - Life is 2 Short

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103najjjj(106 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

You know folks, there is a reason the valley is the butt of so many jokes. Personally I find it very entertaining that it takes so little to entertain some people.......and Traficant is so little, as in small person with no conscience.

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104knowsomething(4 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Jimbo was never my congressman but I admired him because he was the mouth of the people and not the mouth of his party. I believe he was railroaded by the democratic party while people like Sen. Dodd and others get sweetheart deals and represent the party and special interest and screw the people! I hope Jimbo can still stand up for the people in some way!

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105gmann415(268 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Jim does deserve a welcome home party. he has done much good for mahoning and trumbull couny. Who do u think you can thank for the Trafficant centre? opps, i mean the chevy centre. how about when the youngstown airport was going to close. or even the air force base. and yes he has even done alot to get the baseball team up and running. that is just to name a few. what did he truly do that was so wrong besides stand up for himself. i dont care who you are or where you are from, Trafficant was and will still be the greatest leader mahoning county has ever seen.

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106Laurieljc(63 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

'We dont care how we get anything.........as long as we get it!' That should be the motto of the Mahoning Valley. If we have to lie, sneak, bribe, steal, and deal with lowlifes who do the same, well then so be it. The problem I have with all of this is that my family, and families like them, built this area with their hands and with their sweat. They didnt lie and sneak and steal to get anything. They worked hard wanting a decent life and wanting to raise a decent family. We cannot let our area continue to be known for corruption and cheer about it."Something for nothing" and "getting anything that we can at any cost" has given us the generation that we now see before us. It has given us the reputation that we have now that would shame our grandparents and great-grandparents. Let's go back to hard work and values. I know it is hard to believe, but that is what Youngstown used to be known for.

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107sistersun(49 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I like Jim, I welcome him home,this town has been corrupt way before Jim, What's the problem,You guys scared he won't hesitate to tell you where you can get off? Welcome home Jim !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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108sa(1 comment)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

We love and support you Jim. Please contact us to do a live radio (your format) interview. We support ALL your agendas Jim. http://theforbiddentruth.net

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