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Is a fighting chance the only one Youngstown has?

Published: Thu, February 12, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Is a fighting chance the only one Youngstown has?


Sunday’s paper asks, “Have we forgotten how to celebrate a winner here in Youngstown?” and bemoans the city administration’s lack of excitement for the upcoming Pavlik fight.

The same edition has an article about Youngstown’s image, and another about a large drunken brawl on Market Street. Either the writer doesn’t read the whole paper, or doesn’t recognize the irony in their complaint.

While not a fan of professional boxing, I can appreciate Mr. Pavlik’s athletic achievement,and wish him luck. But world title or not, this event is a fight — and frankly, we have too many of those around here.

Youngstown has not forgotten how to celebrate a winner — it has forgotten how to create one. It remains rooted in the belief that its best days are behind it. Mr. Pavlik is viewed not so much as an individual who has carved out his own niche in the world, but as a symbol of all the people who have lost jobs and want to beat on someone.

A prize fight is not an event to showcase a city trying to look forward; it is an event that sadly confirms a city stuck in the long dead past.



Greed isn’t good; God is


The problems with our economy can be summed up in one word, “greed.” The greed of the big people and the greed of the little people. The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil and that a person’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.

The government tells people to spend to stimulate the economy and then borrows money to bail out businesses that have failed. People live beyond their means and then cry when things go wrong.

The forefathers of our country struggled when they came here and America has many skeletons in the closet. All manner of evil is allowed in our country and the judgment of God is upon us.

Those who say that everything will work out are false prophets like the false prophets of Israel who prophesied that everything was going to be all right when the people had turned away from God and worshipped false gods.

God has told them to be careful that when they get rich not to say that they did this by their own strength because it is God who gives strength to people to achieve things. God had given them commands and told them if they obeyed them that they would prosper, but that if they disobeyed them that their enemies would defeat them and destroy them.

America is in the same situation today and must turn away from all the evil that is so prevalent in this country. People trust in the government, their leaders or their doctors instead of trusting in God.

The country allows all kinds of evil in the name of tolerance and if anyone dares to question these practices he is branded as a fanatic.

It is time for the people of America to wake up and turn back to God. If God’s people will turn from their sins and pray, God will hear from heaven forgive their sin and heal their land.

The time for compromise is over and all the prophesies of the scripture are coming true before our eyes. Jesus said that in the end times it would get worse and worse and many will turn from the faith. The churches are empty and many that are still open don’t even know Jesus, but preach another gospel of greed and worldliness.

People should stop complaining and start cleaning up their lives by turning away from the worthless things of this world and back to God.




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