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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?

EDITOR:

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.

MARGARET BIDINOTTO

Youngstown

Greed isn’t good; God is

EDITOR:

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.

LEO FEHER

Youngstown


Comments

1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Feher:

As you view the world, remember that the black patches of evil which you see are shown against a white background of ultimate good, not merely white patches of good shown miserably against a black background of evil.

Explain to all the people of the world who have been poor, oppressed or have suffered for decades that what is going on now is the prelude to Armageddon.

Religious belief is no guarantee of moral probity; horrendous crimes have been committed in the name of God, and religionists often disagree vehemently about concrete moral judgments (such as euthanasia, the rights of women, abortion, homosexuality, war and peace).

I NEVER TOLD MY RELIGION
NOR SCRUTINIZED THAT OF ANOTHER
I NEVER ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A CONVERT
NOR WISH TO CHANGE ANOTHERS CREED
I HAVE JUDGED OF OTHERS RELIGION
BY THEIR LIVES
FOR IT IS FROM OUR LIVES
AND NOT OUR WORDS
THAT OUR RELIGIONS MUST BE READ

~THOMAS JEFFERSON~

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2aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

"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."

How can this woman even say this? Does the same apply to anyone from Youngstown from this point forward who actually makes something of him or herself?

Kelly Pavlik is doing something that he is good at and that he loves. This woman has some nerve making it appear as if this is something someone should be ashamed of. Regardless of what his job title may be, he exhibits a sense of hope and potential for a lot of people in our area who are aspiring for success. Whether it be boxing, acting, business, volunteering, or what have you -- he has set a wonderful example for anyone who wants to chase after their dreams.

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3localobserver(13 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

If you read the letter in full, you will see that the comments are not about Kelly Pavlik, but about the way he is perceived in Youngstown. And the point of her letter has to do with why a fight is not a showcase for the city.

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4msweetwood(163 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I hope the letter writer takes a look at Monday's newspaper which will feature a look back to 1982 and the last great title fight here featuring the champ, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. The crowds were huge, the excitement was electric and the champ was feted with everything from a key to the city to giant billboards touting his status as "Youngstown's Goodwill Ambassador." Is that part of the "long dead past?" The reality: In this economy, it would be easy to find hundreds of communities excited about a sporting event of this magnitude with the potential economic impact, let alone the excitement of having one of its own as a world champion. Mindsets might be stuck in the past, but many people are choosing to find and celebrate the good that is happening, too.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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