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Valley needs Ryan in Congress

Published: Sun, October 24, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Even if the Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, as polls suggest they could, Congressman Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, would still be in a stronger position to secure federal dollars and other assistance from Washington for the Mahoning Valley than his two challengers. Ryan’s seniority makes his continued membership on the powerful House Appropriations Committee a certainty.

The Republican nominee in the Nov. 2 race, Jim Graham of Cortland, a political novice, would be one of many freshmen vying for plum committee assignments. The Appropriations Committee would be out of his reach.

The independent candidate, former Congressman James A. Traficant Jr., would be spurned by both parties as a convicted felon who was expelled from Congress before going to prison.

The voters of the 17th District, which includes most of Trumbull County, a portion of Mahoning County, and parts of Portage and Summit counties, would be making a grave mistake by not returning Ryan to Congress so he can continue to build seniority. Years of service on Capitol Hill equate to political influence.

The hundreds of millions of dollars that have flowed from Washington to this region are proof of Ryan’s effectiveness.

Blind opposition

We remain skeptical about Graham’s almost blind opposition to the major Democratic initiatives. His criticism of the health-care reform act is telling, given his first-hand knowledge of how ever-increasing costs have hurt hospitals and other health-care providers.

Like other Republican candidates for Congress, Graham does not present any substantive solutions to the health-care crisis.

If the Republicans take over the House and Senate and keep their promise of rolling back the health-reform act and withdrawing the billions of stimulus dollars yet to be spent, what will happen to the Mahoning Valley? Graham doesn’t say.

Ryan understands that this region has not yet recovered from the demise of the steel industry. He has focused on job-creation and other economic development projects.

Ryan’s fingerprints are on just about every major project in the 17th, from V&M Star’s $650 million expansion, to General Motors’ decision to build its new compact car, the Cruze, at its Lordstown plant.

The Mahoning Valley needs Ryan in Congress, and we strongly urge his re-election.


1Attis(1134 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Why send a pelosi poodle back into that House of ill repute when we have an opportunity to re-send someone who fights like a junkyard dog for We The People? Go Jim!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

You have done far too much for us already Dan . It's time to retire ! Backing Nancy Pelosi's no drill policy cost us dearly . Four dollar a gallon gas brought our economy down to its knees and caused a recession . If that wasn't enough you cut five hundred billion from medicare so the elderly would die faster without treatment . Thanks a lot Dan, you have done far too much for us and we don't need any more of your help .

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3mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I can't see how Tim Ryan can lose this election. Like him or not, he is going to win. He honestly has no competition.

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4ytownoh330(14 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I can't stand little timmy boy, time to send this jerk home!

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5davidjohn(144 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

need corroboration on a rumor

didnt know which article to put it under

maybe i missed the story

heard that gains traficanti ludt and tablack tried to swing $50,000 to a big columbus firm

to defend the request filed in the supreme court by the cafaro lawyer

$500.00 per hour

in a county that always cries it is broke

why cant the prosecutor represent the county

or if there is a need for outside counsel how about local lawyers

who dont charge $500 per hour

and arent looking for $50,000

this is outrageous if accurate

the vindicator should be all over this

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6piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Need Ryan in Congress? Another "career" politician; is this all we have?

RE: The republicans saying no. What are they gonna say? Yes to everything the Annointed one wants? What the messiah wants is inimical to the republican's wants. So they sell out and rollover for the dems? Anyone who expects them to to do that is delusional!

The dems had the power. They had the votes, the White House, the momentum. What happened? Has it been forgotten that a lot of the PEOPLE in this country got back to their congress persons and let them know what THEY thought of a lot of this legislation. Blame the tee party all you want, but they aren't going to stand around and be crapped on by ANY political party.

Then there's Ms (Rich as Croesus) Pelosi who some politicians are saying they don't want back as Speaker of the House. Slim chance, but it could happen. What does Timmyboy do in that case?

Maybe Graham isn't going to say much until his party finds out what they gained (or lost) in the election. One thing will be certain: if the republicans win, they will have to start chopping into the outrageous debt we acquired since January 20, 2009. Nice smokescreen about Bush, but just look at what we've put our future generations in hock for since the messiah came into office.

So now, lets see what plays out on Nov 2nd. I think there will be some surprises nationwide. The messiah has ticked off some people with his elitist comments which are going to haunt him.

A lot of people see this election as one that is a last chance to save America. Don't believe that? Why did the democrat politicians suddenly pull back from ramming through this glorious legislation the messiah inspired? Think about it.

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7Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Timmy voted for a large tax increase on every constituent (Cap and Tax).

Timmy voted for budgets that have amounted to $3 Trillion of additional debt since January 2009 alone, as well as the failed porkulus bill.

Timmy voted for the dangerous Obama"care" that we know know will INCREASE the number of uninsured for preventative care, including children, will increase premiums, and will increase health care spending and the debt.

Timmy lied on the floor of the House claiming that President Bush was going to start the draft.

A vote for Timmy is a vote for the continued efforts of the DSP to destroy America.

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8UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Tim Ryan is a liberal socialist DemocRAT who never met a unionite he didn't like and a tax dollar he couldn't pork. Enough said - vote for the Tax & Spend cutter - RepubliCAN Jim Graham.

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9NYR1(19 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

How unbelievably sad. This clearly shows why our area is considered a joke all over the country. We have one of the lowest education rates in the country along with some of the highest crime, poverty, and unemployment rates. Our solution: re-elect our never-had-a-real-job puppet of a Congressman. And our totally biased hometown newspaper comes out over a month ago with a unconditional endorsement of him as a preemptive strike against their hated Jimbo's nonexistent campaign. Is it any wonder we are looked at so poorly by the rest of the country? Even the newspaper doesn't get it.

Ryan is so arrogant and stupid (remember "W"?) that he thinks we should have spent even more money on the bailout and we should have borrowed it from China. And he doesn't even mind talking about it in public. Talk about job security! This guy needs to get an education, preferably in the real world, and find out what debt does to your future financial well being. Anyone with a decent business or financial background would destroy him in a debate of this topic.

And here is the best part. He is a shoe in to represent us again! The country will never stop laughing at us while we continue to elect jokes like this.

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10Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

This is pretty much why I kept the Vindicator around, so I can use something to carve my pumpkins on. It's about the only use for it I have right now.

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11henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago




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12TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

We need Timmy in there, he is the only one who can secure another 400k in STIMULUS money to keep the profit producing North Side pool open next year.

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13cbog76(22 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Being on medicare I already have been informed that the actions taken by congress will be reaching deep into my wallet. I have never voted any straight party line in the past but the democrats are certainly trying to push me there this time. As I see it, I will not vote for ANY incumbent because they are part of the problem.

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14Conservatism_Will_Prospers(91 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Ryan is a waste of our tax paying dollars. He secured a grant for the "Shot Sensor Detectors" that were supposed to reduce crime and help solve investigations. 590,000$ of our tax dollars and name one crime that it has helped to solve.... Anyone??? This valley does not need anymore wasteful spending like that! Remember who has been in charge for the last x-amount of years! If you like the direction of this valley then continue to vote people like Ryan into power. If you do not like what we see in this valley, vote in someone else! Simple as that!

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15Conservatism_Will_Prospers(91 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

P.S. In reference to the wonderful health care plan check out CAMC in Charleston West Virginia. They are cutting 40,000,000$ from their budget starting January 1 of 2011. Read the details on that and tell me how good this new health care legislation really is!

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16SHELIAD(1 comment)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Please turn off Fox News & Rush Limbaugh, You know that outside of Fox there is a Brave New World out there. The only thing I can say is if the Republicans take over Congress I'm moving to Canada. Vote Tim Ryan! Vote Dems, Fired Up & Ready 2 go. We got yur back Mr. President

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