Who more deserves the blame?

Who more deserves the blame?

On Sept. 11, 2001, and in the days, weeks and months after the attack on the Twin Towers, our police officers and firefighters were hailed as heroes. Every day in Ohio, our law enforcement officers and our firefighters face life endangerment each time they are dispatched. Now they are vilified and scorned as being responsible for the deficit our state finds itself in.

Our governor referred to a police officer, who was doing his job when he pulled the governor over and ticketed him in January 2008 as an “idiot”. He used the term several times while speaking Jan. 21, 2011, so his attitude toward police officers is how he views them now.

In a speech to the Ashtabula County Republicans in March 2009, Kasich spoke of the need to “break the back of organized labor in our schools.” Ohio teachers supported former Gov. Strickland. After Kasich won, he said, “I am waiting for the teacher unions to take out full-page ads in all major newspapers, apologizing for what they had to say about me during this campaign.”

All public employees, no matter their profession, are being singled out and targeted by the governor. This is from a man who claims he is not anti-union.

Kasich worked as managing director of the Columbus division of Lehman Brothers from 2001 until the company collapsed in September 2008. In 2008 he was paid $587,175 in salary, bonuses and benefits. Over $400,000 of bonus money was credited to Kasich for using his political connections to facilitate investment of $480 million from the state pension fund with Lehman Brothers. All of the $480 million investment was lost when Lehman Brothers bellied up.

Perhaps the reason our state has no money lies with folks like our governor, not with hard-working, middle-class people just trying to earn a decent living.

Barbara Mansky, Boardman

A gift that was an investment

With their donation to Animal Charity, Tony and Mary Lariccia not only saved the animals, but they saved jobs too. We need more people like the Lariccias.

I’m a big animal lover and sometimes ride around looking to see if the animals in my area are being abused. Thank God for people like Dave Nelson and the others for their hard work and caring.

Linda Peron, Youngstown

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