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Letter to Ryan causes concern

Published: Fri, April 2, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.




While going through the mail, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s staff members at his Youngstown office came across a letter that made them concerned, a spokesman said.

The letter addressed to the congressman had no return address and had “critical information” and “requested information” written on it, said Patrick Lowry, a Ryan spokesman.

“It looked suspicious,” he said. “No one wanted to open it. Given the nature of the current atmosphere, we felt we needed to take the precaution to handle it the way we did.”

That meant calling the city police department. Police officers and firefighters were at Ryan’s congressional office at the Youngstown Business Incubator on West Federal Street minutes after the call was made about 11 a.m. Thursday.

The Youngstown bomb squad waited outside.

Employees at companies at the incubator weren’t evacuated.

A police officer wearing rubber gloves opened the envelope and found an “angry letter” about Ryan’s vote in favor of the health-care bill inside, Lowry said.

Ryan’s staff is being safe and not overreacting, Lowry said.

There have been reports of death threats to various members of Congress in the wake of the U.S. House’s March 21 passage of a health-care bill that Ryan, of Niles, D-17th, voted for.

A threat to blow up Ryan’s Warren office was recently made, Lowry said. Ryan’s office called the FBI and Capitol police to investigate.

Ryan’s offices have received “some angry calls,” primarily after the vote, but “it’s really slowed down” since then, Lowry said.

Ryan postponed an informational meeting Tuesday at the Youngstown Community Health Center on Wick Avenue about the health-care bill, citing potential danger to himself and others and inadequate security.

About 15 demonstrators opposed to the bill were at the center’s entrance with protest signs. No threats were reported.


1Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I think Ryan voted against what the people wanted. The quicker he is voted out of office, the better we'll be. He is an immature, Kennedy-wannabe who is so extremely arrogant that he will not--and has not--listened to the people who put him in the office he now enjoys (and abuses). Legislators are supposed to be "the voice of the people", NOT the action of backroom deals.

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21970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"The letter addressed to the congressman had no return address and had “critical information” and “requested information” written on it, said Patrick Lowry, a Ryan spokesman."

WOW! That sure is scary! Or not. Just a political stunt by Ryan's office to be overly dramatic to get sympathy for a lousy vote.

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3EricDP(14 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Sounds like "Lifesnadir" could have sent the letters. LMAO

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4Wilco(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Don't be fooled by this folks...this was the marching orders geven by Pelosi and the Dem leadership. One, when you go home don't meet with constituents.and two, whenever you get the chance accuse people of violence of claim threats against your safety. They are trying to make people who have a right to be angry about this take over of our economy out to be nut cases. I'm interested, where was Ryan's concern for George Bush when all the threats were made against him. Where was the outrage of the people in this valley when signs and letters calling for GB to be hung were common as a democratic vote in this area. Let's gain perspective. While there may be a few nuts in the world the tea part movement is not where they live. Get some stones Rep Ryan and while I'd like to think we could get this pelosi lapdog out of congress I don't have the faith that people in this district wold know who to vote for unless there was a "D" after the person's name.

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The only thing Ryan has to fear is the voters. He has done little to help the valley and should be voted out in November.

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6ytownsteelman(674 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Ryan is using this as a media stunt to paint the TEA Party activists as something which we are not. We are not violent, we do not blow up buildings and we do not take any actions other actions other than peaceful protest. All Ryan received was an angry letter, period!

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7havinmysay(155 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Von1945 I completely agree with you. These 'people' (and I use that term very loosely) are nothing but homegrown terrorists. Janet Napolitono spoke out about these animals and she was forced to retract her statements.

The FBI, Homeland Security, and the Capitol Police should be doing more to charge and arrest these people before we have another Oklahoma bombing situation or worse.

Homegrown terrorists are trying to overthrow the government by harassing, terrorizing, threatening, and trying to intimidate elected leaders and disrupt the government.

These goons are every bit as bad as the Muslim terrorists.

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8IOKIYAR(32 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

usa1 probably did it. Please save this.

I've saved this little gem from you: "All you socialists fear the Tea Party Patriots!" I've sent it to Homeland Security, the FBI, and the Secret Service.

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9andersonathan(682 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

To bad you GOONS are most likely Democrats.

Ryan and the Dems are stretching this 15 minutes of fame into a hour.

But they have no problem when Black Panthers are carrying night sticks out side a Philly voting place. Code Pink will hunt down Karl Rove, Condi
or walk into the senate. You have your 911 Truth's and ACORN let alone your union thugs. You list of left wing groups is so long it is pitiful all are little parasites that will eventually take over and kill your host [ your party.]

So face the names Palin, Beck, Rush, Hannity just drive you insane. The thought that the right has a group organized very quickly and one that is effective. Is a deep thorn in your side. It boils your liberal blood to the danger point that your progressive heads want to pop off.

So take you lesson in community organizing 101 that we are handing out to you all over this country and deal with it.

At least we are not going going to take a well spoken, teleprompter reading, ACORN Community Organizer Kool Aid promising. With no meat to his bones, offering a pocket full of hope and change. And try to put him in the most powerful position in the world.

And chances are Obama is the most inexperienced person in the room.

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10IOKIYAR(32 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

anderson -

You're quote - "At least we are not going going to take a well spoken, teleprompter reading, ACORN Community Organizer Kool Aid promising. With no meat to his bones, offering a pocket full of hope and change. And try to put him in the most powerful position in the world."

Yea you're just trying to put a dolt, quitter, beauty queen into the White House. Who speaks like a 5 year old even when she reads off of her hand.

The last smart republican President was Richard Nixon.

Call President Obama unqualified and inexperienced but he destoyed you in the election, he is bashing you over the skull with his agenda, and he will whipe the floor with any moron you choose to run against him in 2012.

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11IOKIYAR(32 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

jessie - A vocal MINORITY does not equal a MAJORITY.

Obama ran on exactly what he just did. Seems to me that if a majortity opposed him he wouldn't have recieved 365 electoral votes and 70 million popular votes.

You f%$&*# our country up for 8 years, you cannot have it back.

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Tim's only "REAL" fear is digruntled voters not supprting his re-election . All the "HOOPLA" over a letter with no return address is simply a publicity stunt . Bob Hagan didn't make this much of a big deal when he was sucker punched .

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13cambridge(3620 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

USEless1....Thank you for telling that lie again about the 130 pound diabetic being punched and kicked. It gives me another chance to post the video of the incident,

I don't see a punch thrown or anyone being kicked. I see some people stumbling around.


Afterwards the guy you say took a vicious beating is calmly walking around talking to people with no sign of any injuries,

My Grandma gave bigger bruises pinching cheeks.

Keep those lies coming with every post. You do more to get Obama and people like Ryan and my home girl Nancy Pelosi votes than anyone I could think of. It reminds people that when they vote republican they vote the same way you do.

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14cambridge(3620 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

This is all you need to know about teabaggers. Listen to the applause when Sean Hannity calls them Tim McVeigh wannabe's.


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15MFC997(258 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

This is all BS ... voters will speak in Nov. and it will be game over. Get this country back to normal thank God ...

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16cambridge(3620 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

USEless1....The video speaks for it's self. Nobody got beat in that video. Produce one that shows a beating or you lied.

Read the link from the "Fox News Network" and tell me how many teabaggers they say were in DC on Sept. 12. I dare you to tell me what FOX said.


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17Jbreed2011(37 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I hate the health bill too but if you aren't going to act in a professional manner then you don't deserve to have your voice heard whatever your view is. Sending a letter like this is far from acceptable even though his frustration with government is very much justified. If you are trying to undermine Tim Ryan and all the scum politicians in Washington (you'd think being scum is a requirement to even set foot in DC) then why are you giving them reason to ignore you? Atleast sign your name and take credit for your stance. This is what makes me dislike politics in general, our education system is so bad anymore politics is about talking points and putting in jabs against you opponent rather than making a logical and reasonable statement to back up your position

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18WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

And the world as we know it is going to end because this country FINALLY decided to help people who cannot afford medical insurance. We are the LAST industrialized democracy to do so. The problem is democracy and free enterprise, which was almost completely unfettered by Bush and his cronies, are NOT synonymous.

My brother is a self-employed house painter who cannot afford insurance for himself. He has several medical problems for which he can't even go to a doctor because he has no insurance and can't afford to pay cash. He takes half of what he's supposed to take for medications for his health issues because he can't afford to pay for his pills. His options are either to quit working and go on welfare so he can get Medicaid or possibly to die from high blood pressure and diabetes left untreated.

I am fortunate that I've got a good education and have been always able to get jobs with medical benefits. I don't mind sharing some of what I have with those who don't have those options.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!? You don't want people on welfare, you don't want any sort of government subsidy for the working poor, but you call yourselves Christians? What about mercy, kindness, humility? I don't know...

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19Jbreed2011(37 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Agreed, although I believe it is the job of churches and charity to do that.

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20CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

WhatR...I agree completely and wholeheartedly.

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21cambridge(3620 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

USEless1....If Fox News is so trusted why wont you tell all of us how many teabaggers THEY say were at THEIR teabag picnic in DC on Sept. 12? Just read the article and tell us all what it said. Is it that hard to face reality?

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22Wilco(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

PenguinBird....you just made the tea party point and didn't realize it. Hawaii is a state. States have the rights to enact this legislation. The federal gvt has no constitutional authority to do this.

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23Overtaxed_Voter(14 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

If the Fire Dept didn't feel the situation justified the evacuation of Ryan's office, much less the rest of the offices in the Incubator and police didn't do anything more than wear some gloves when opening the letter, it sounds to me that the staff was indeed "overreacting", no matter what Ryan's spokesman had to say.

Perhaps Congressman Ryan should quit charging the taxpayers for his subscription to Sports Illustrated (as found in the Congressional spending documents) and invest that money in some boxes of rubber gloves for the staff members who open the mail if they are that concerned about their safety.

I'm sure that the local law enforcement agencies would prefer to spend their time dealing with REAL crimes and suspicious activities rather than playing nursemaid to Tim Ryan and his staff.

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24andersonathan(682 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

LMAO Little Timmy is getting treats. Well for one he could just resign that would solve some problems. One less member of Congress sworn not to the Constitution but to Nancy Pelosi.

Or hopefully be booted by the voters in his next election.

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25andersonathan(682 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago


The Truth About Obama’s Teaching At Chicago Law School
April 2, 2010 · 7 Comments

A big h/t to FellowshipOfMinds member FS!

This is MAJOR news.

One of the accomplishments much trumpeted by Obamabots is that their man, the Punk, after he graduated from Harvard Law School was a “professor” at Chicago University Law School. Finally, a leading faculty member at Chicago Law has come forth with the truth on Obama’s teaching, including:

* How Obama got a job teaching law: It was a political favor. The law school actually had turned down his application to teach there.
* What his academic title was: Obama was a “lecturer,” never a “professor,” not even an “adjunct” professor. The distinctions between/among these academic titles are important. A lecturer is someone who is hired on a year-by-year basis, without going through rigorous screening or possessing sterling academic credentials.
* How other faculty members regarded him: They thought him lazy and unqualified.
* What he taught at the law school: Although he was hired to teach Constitutional Law, Obama instead taught Machiavellian power politics à la Saul Alinsky, the Marxist ideologue who dedicated his book on community organizing, Rules for Radicals, to the fallen evil angel Lucifer.

I hope this revelation of Obama’s Chicago Law School “teaching” will be the first of more truth-tellings by those who had known the Punk.

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26borylie(923 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

47% of Americans pay no federal income tax, so they have no dog in this fight. They don't care how much the other 53% pay in taxes as long as they don't have to. Of the remaining 53% many are federal employees and they won't bite the hand that feeds them. That leaves a minority of taxpayers who can express themselves as being workers and producers that are over taxed. These people aka tea baggers are doing the only thing they can to let the government know that they can't keep shrinking the tax payer base and still expect this country to be anything but socialistic. The liberals/democrats/communists now running this country have most of you right where they want you, either taking from the tax payers or not contributing so that they can be your keeper and control you. Don't go down the road that the non- taxpayers pay all the other taxes. So do the rich and it's all proportionate in the returns on those taxes. In other words a rich person only pays so much into Social Security and can only get so much out of Social Security. When you start railing against good, hard working people sticking up for themselves, then you'll regret the day when government takes over your life and you will not be allowed to protest.

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27twycross(1 comment)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I hate to say it, but the maturity here is abyssmal.

Personal attacks, hate filled epithets, and libel all around...not exactly the best way to convince anyone, much less those that hold the opposite conviction from you, of the benefits of your views finer points.

As a new transplant to the area, it saddens me a little to see this sort of ill conceived, poorly researched, and shrill rhetorical hyperbole come from so many otherwise intelligent people.

I, personally, am not going to officially state my opinion on the issues raised. This is because of my newness to this area, and am less familiar with the politicians in the area than I am with the ones from whence I came.

My apologies if I have offended anyone. If I have, all I can do is ask for forgiveness.


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28andersonathan(682 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Actually if you follow the Tea Party and one very strong interest they have. At least this is why I will support them is the issue on Fair Tax @ http://www.fairtax.org/site/PageServer.

Under this system 100% will pay a taxes this will include visitors, illegals, the rich and poor anyone who spends a dollar in this country will pay a tax. And be taxed equally. And the best thing is that there will be none taken out of your paycheck.

So call everyone a bagger if you want to , keep thinking we are a right wing fringe group. And learn a hard lesson in rationalizing the thought of a party of PO'D Democrats, Independents looking for a party, and Conservatives looking for a candidate not a moderate [McCain]

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29govohio(7 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Ryan ran away like a tot and will run away again and again

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30borylie(923 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Hey one track bird brain, Neil Cavuto talks about the stock markets every day including Saturdays and Fox Business Channel is on every day talking about the stock market. Bret Baier talks about the stock market every evening. Can you post something of intelligence just once in a while? Oh,you're not capable. OK, now I understand. BTW, 3000 more points and the DOW will equal President George W. Bush's high water mark. That's a bull run dum nuts.

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31beinghonest(22 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

"For those of you teabaggers that think the law is unconstitutional, let me remind you that Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He taught CONSTITUTIONAL LAW at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004."

The devil probably knows more about the Bible than anyone else. So, what's your point?

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