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That’s what the Tea Party is about

Published: Sun, September 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

That’s what the Tea Party is about

I was stunned to read the let- ter last Sunday in which the writer stated: “A grass-roots movement is needed to restore our government to one that is of the people, by the people and for the people.”

This is precisely what the TEA Party is. It was founded in April of 2009 spearheaded by millionaire Sal Russo, a former aide to Ronald Reagan. On September 12, 2009, nearly one million of us went to Washington when we literally clogged the streets and National Mall of Washington, D.C. We went again in 2010 — three times — resulting in the Republicans regaining control of the House and a wake up call to Congress. The TEA Party Express, a bus staffed with TEA Party leaders, crossed this nation four times in 2009/2010 and has started the 5th campaign in August, holding rallies in major cities.

I’m rather tired of reading letters, e-mails and articles saying “We need to wake up.” The TEA Party woke up in November of 2008. We’ve been called ridiculous names such as teabaggers, racists, right wing nuts, terrorists and religious extremists. Homeland Security has us on a watch list. Actually we’re made up of real Americans from every walk of life, age, race and color who love this country and refuse to let it be destroyed. If that writer is now awake, it’s not too late to join us.

Dorothy Grappo, Boardman

Still waiting for justice

At the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks I worry that most of the real villains in this tragedy have gone unpunished. We’ve spent years fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq yet the two nations most responsible for 9/11, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, continue to receive U.S. aid and support. This is a brutally cynical and corrupt slap at the memories of our 3,000 fallen citizens from that tragic day.

Large numbers of wealthy Saudis have been connected directly to the hijackers (15 of whom were Saudi nationals) through money and support funneled to bin Laden’s U.S. crew. Several of these financiers were even members of the Saudi royal family.

John O’Neill had worked for years with the FBI to track down bin Laden and died during the World Trade Center attack. He is quoted as saying in July 2001, “All the answers, all the clues that could enable us to dismantle Osama bin Laden’s organization are in Saudi Arabia.”

But the American people will never get those answers. President Bush ordered information that dealt with foreign finance and support for the 9/11 plot blacked out from 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission’s report and President Obama has done nothing to make the information available since he took office.

Likewise, Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency and it’s military hid bin Laden for 10 years. The country is a breeding ground for terrorists who often receive funding and protection from the highest levels of government officials.

After 10 years, it’s time Americans hear the truth. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have been at war with us, not a couple thousand religious fanatics called al-Qaida.

Bill Adams, Austintown

Don’t blame the unions

In last Sunday’s column, Bill Johnson alleges that unions cost jobs. He points out that a company looks for lower taxes and less labor cost. His answer to the question, “Why won’t your business locate in Youngstown?” is to merely to blame the unions. Meanwhile, on page A16, a story reported that Ohio workers lead the nation in wages lost over the past decade. It was fact versus someone’s political-agenda opinion.

Here is the real answer to your question, Mr. Johnson. It’s called NAFTA and free trade agreements. And the corporations love it, forcing American workers in a race to the bottom. That is what is ruining this country. Companies looking for tax breaks on the back of the working people, yet you’d prefer those same working people work for less, pay higher taxes and do so without health insurance.

Unions and collective bargaining rights are not evil, and unions have taken concessions all along, even before these trying times. They’re not greedy in comparison to corporate America, and I haven’t seen a union yet ask for a tax break to build a new union hall or ask the taxpayer to build one for them. Yet, Mr. Johnson concerns himself with where our union dues might be going.

Chuck Altiero, Poland

Young Hoffa’s support is baffling

I was shocked on a recent eve- ning to see how far the once great unions I belonged to and supported for most of my working life had fallen. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is now run by the son of the greatest union leader ever, and he was addressing a Labor Day rally supporting the current resident of the White House. If one was in the right place they could have found the great Jimmy Hoffa’s grave by the trembling caused by his spinning.

The real “Jimmy” would be shamed to hear that the union he led to the position of greatest in the world was now supporting the politics of the party that gave us the “Royal Family of Camelot” that railroaded him out of the labor movement and started the downfall of labor in favor of union bosses and their political cronies.

Union membership is not the problem. Union bosses in bed with elected officials is.

Robert Husted, New Springfield

There are good people out there

We always need to know that there are still really good people in this world, better yet in our own Mahoning Valley.

Our family was at the great Canfield Fair Sept. 3 when our worst nightmare happened. Our 3-year-old little boy wandered off and was lost. We were frantic, numb, tearful, even our other young children were screaming his name. Within 10 minutes, as we informed one of the many fairground policeman, we were told that our precious, scared little boy was already at the fairground police office. A wonderful family came to his rescue. There aren’t words to express our gratitude to these guardian angels here on Earth.

Diane Rosario, Youngstown

Where is the shame?

What is going on with peo- ple in society today? Do they have no shame?

It is sickening to see on the news or read in the paper all the abuse — neglect, starving, torture and abandonment — of animals being an everyday occurrence. Where does this disgusting pattern cease?

The rest of us who appreciate and love our furry friends are tired of hearing the excuses.

We need tougher laws and punishment for these irresponsible people. Quit rewarding them with a slap on the wrist. This behavior needs to stop for the sake of all animals

Carol Mikita, Hubbard

Doesn’t condone gay pride

I’m writing in regard to the Gay Pride Festival held at the B & O Station in Youngstown Aug. 26.

This is very disturbing. The very name signifies pride in their immoral behavior, which is completely unacceptable. It is an abomination before God, against nature, and a grave sin crying to Heaven for vengeance.

It is indeed disturbing that Mayor Sammarone of Youngstown welcomed them at this event, which gave the impression of approval for their behavior.

Margaret Marsh, Youngstown


1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

That’s what the Tea Party is about.????
I'm sure you are a nice person who believes in the above BS . But the truth is the TEA the real Tea is just the KKK with a new name . A lot of good pople have been suckered into thinking they are some kind of patriotic movement . THEY ARE NOT . I'm sure I have been to more Tea meeting then you and it took me some time the see the truth

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

"Doesn’t condone gay pride

I’m writing in regard to the Gay Pride Festival held at the B & O Station in Youngstown Aug. 26.

This is very disturbing. The very name signifies pride in their immoral behavior, which is completely unacceptable. It is an abomination before God, against nature, and a grave sin crying to Heaven for vengeance.

It is indeed disturbing that Mayor Sammarone of Youngstown welcomed them at this event, which gave the impression of approval for their behavior.

Margaret Marsh, Youngstown"

Nice letter Margaret ! The GLBT community would like to project the image of natural human behavior . Their ranks are swelled by indoctrination . Procreation is normal human behavior that is in the best interest of mankind . Their behavior shows that nothing is off limits . We still have enforceable laws prosecuting their behavior with minors .

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3redvert(2155 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Freeatlast, don't give us that crap. You have been a flaming lib ever since you came on this forum!

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

m8ke_the_call :

"why do people concern themselves with bashing the gay movement anymore? there are way more pressing issues in this country; what two consenting adults do in the bedroom should be none of your business. "

It does concern society when those two adults are getting it on with minors . . ..

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5ValueCourage(1 comment)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The tea party is really a group of people desperate in one thing; not taking responsibility for their own actions. According to them everything is someone else's fault (our government, Obama, libs, Dems, moderate Republicans, etc) But these are the same people who doggedly promoted starting two wars, who doggedly promoted the deregulation of the financial institutions, who doggedly promoted unquestioned and unrestrained military spending and who doggedly promoted the greatest redistributing of wealth (from the middle class to the rich) in US history. They also doggedly promoted allowing our financial institutions and auto industries to fail (thank God they were not in political power). Without those tea party/Republican policies our country would be in great shape financially. There is no country that works harder and smarter. But the tea party/Republicans refuse to take responsibility and learn from their actions.  Instead of admitting they were/are wrong and making reasonable adjustments to their beliefs, they'd rather burn the whole thing down. They'd rather self righteously blame others and watch our country fail rather than admit their own personal culpability. 

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6cambridge(3262 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

dorothy....When you say " On September 12, 2009 nearly a million of us went to Washington" you lie. According to Fox News who ran the event with glenn beck, "tens of thousands" were there. "Tens of thousands" would mean less than 100,000.

You're welcome. :-)


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7rocky14(757 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

A year ago in Mercer,Pa.there were a thousand people at a Tea Party rally.
Yesterday there was another rally there.
There were 300 people there.What happened?
What happened was that most of those people found out that the Tea Party wanted to do away with our S.S/Medicare as we know it.
A lot of people at these rallies are senior citizens.
MAYBE they have finally wised up.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


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9Peregrine(47 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

It would be fitting to can the vitriol for at least today. There are many sincere people who identify with tea party ideals. At least Dorothy had enough public spirit to write the newspaper and sign her name and should not be vilified for doing so.

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10RustOnMyBelt(153 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

"Homeland Security has us on a watch list"..HA! Your "grass roots" tea party may have had such humble beginnings,Dorothy, but it has been hijacked by billionaire play-callers who don't mind using well-meaning people like yourself to gather the votes they need to further their own self-serving agenda. W did it with the religious right and your tea party will go to any length to accomplish their mission as well. SB5 needs to be scrapped and a new bill carefully drafted from scratch.

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11Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

TTT =KKK and you know it

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

So Freeatlast, are you hosting the next Klan Rally at your house ?

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13Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Tea Partiers are people who are upset with the direction the country is heading in. I agree with them. It's heading in a bad direction.

But they are also completely bamboozled by the GOP and Libertarian leaders out there who are basically going to make things even worse for them. They play on these people's sense of values, which are generally good, and lie to them, sweet lies that sound good but that they'll never keep.

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14Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

And Margaret Marsh? Please return to your time machine and dial it back to 1950, where you came from.

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15mvpridecenter(13 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

You know what else God calls an abomination Margaret?

That polyester housecoat you were probably wearing as you wrote your thoughts is made from two threads, an abomination to God. Over the past 3 years the group that has put on the Pride Festival have been upstanding citizens in Youngstown, the 3 organizers faced prejudice such as yours and have averaged about 1,000 visitors a year to the festival, including city, state and community citizens who I would be proud to stand next to. As palmer said above, thee who is without sin, especially thee who feels you are on equal footing to judge others with God..... I seem to remember Jesus having some kind words to say about most he met, he would be thrilled with how you are speaking for his Father.

As for Stan, this is an argument you have waged and lost many times friend. I will stand beside you to prosecute and punish anyone in the GLBT Community who commits child abuse, it is unfortunate that the small percentage of those that are gay seem to be more important to you than the huge percentage of molesters that are straight.

The Mahoning Valley GLBT Community have some of the nicest people I have ever met Margaret, and I am sure you would say the same thing if they weren't afraid to come out to you in person Margaret. They are the officer who writes you a ticket, the customer service agent who helps you at the Mall, the fireman who saves your house, the member of the congregation that went to your church, and yes even the hairdresser that set your hair.

Come out of the Old Testament Margaret and read the New....Jesus had but one commandment to put above all others, love your neighbor as I have loved you. I think he would be a bit disappointed in you Margaret.

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16Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

mvpridecenter :

Can it with the BS . You and I both know better . Those with corrupted moral values have no restraints . The fellow who owns the Tornado Bowling Alley finally met the law head on . Yep, he is facing a lot of prejudice for bonding with young boys . . ..

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17Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Political correctness is working its way toward total acceptance of all the actions of the GLBT community . Now we still have laws on the books and they are enforced . We still attempt to control some aspects of human sexuality .

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Raunchy behavior from a member of the GLBT community .


Bowling alley owner charged with molesting five more boys
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
By Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The owner of a bowling alley in Mercer County, already awaiting trial in two molestation cases involving seven young boys, has been charged again with molesting five more boys between 2008 and last year.

James M. Kopan, 47, owner of the Tornado Alley bowling lanes in Coolspring, was arrested last week by state troopers and now faces a combined 55 felony and 21 misdemeanor counts pertaining to 12 boys ranging in age from 10 to 15.

Troopers said in an affidavit that two adults also have come forward to say Mr. Kopan molested them, too, when they were minors, but the statute of limitations will likely prevent another prosecution.

In the current case, Mr. Kopan is charged with unlawful contact with minors, indecent exposure and related offenses for conduct at the bowling alley. The boys said they would spend the night there and that Mr. Kopan would expose himself to them, show them pornography, slide naked with them on a Slip N Slide, bounce naked with them on a trampoline and masturbate in front of them at various times.

He turned himself in on Friday and is free on bond.

The current case and the two previous ones are pending in Mercer County Common Pleas Court, although Mr. Kopan's lawyer indicated last month that his client planned to plead guilty and faces more than two decades in prison.

Trooper Troy Owen began investigating molestation claims in January, when four boys reported incidents they said occurred at Tornado Alley in November 2010.

That case led to a second one, started last month, when three more boys came forward and said Mr. Kopan had molested them at the bowling alley in May 2010.

The latest case involves two 10-year-olds, two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old, all of whom recounted similar episodes as the boys in the other cases. In addition, Trooper Owen said they provided the names of more juveniles who were present at the alley at the time of the incidents, but those boys have yet to come forward to give a statement.

Trooper Owen said Mr. Kopan also was under investigation in 2000 concerning similar acts with young boys at the alley. According to a report from Children and Youth Services, Mr. Kopan was interviewed in April of that year and said he had children spend the night at the bowling alley and would "wrestle" with them. He denied touching them, however.

The case was classified as unfounded, Trooper Owen said, because witness statements "were found to be vague."

Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.

First published on June 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

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19mvpridecenter(13 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Stan, as I said, the person above should be prosecuted and thrown in jail, unfortunately you are still on the wrong side of the argument that all GLBT are child molesters.

If you wanted to match news articles of straight men molesting young girls to gay men molesting young boys we could be here for days. Have you ever seen "To Catch A Predator" Stan? There are sexual deviants in straight community who hurt children as much and more then there are in the GLBT community, so give it a rest will ya?

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20Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

James M. Kopan is well known to the GLBT community . As this investigation goes on more will be uncovered . Jail time will truly end his indoctrinating the young into a life of homosexuality .

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21peacelover(802 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

jrolley, I thought the same thing.... I thought this was the "pro-life" crowd.
I don't know why they call themselves the tea party since all they do is drink Kool Aid and whine.

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22Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Well libs, when Obama Care kicks in that $1500 fine for not having medical insurance you will feel much better . Whoa wait a minute ! Since many libs are on welfare and get free medical benefits this wont affect many of you . If Obama forces you to die from lack of medical care it will be OK . . ..

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23Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

geromajor :

"So please do not try to play the people will die under the Obamacare...."

Do explain what the OBAMACARE $1500. fine will do for the working poor who can't afford insurance ?

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24Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

geromajor :

So, if they pay a $1500. fine for not having heathcare they can die in peace knowing that Obama willed it . Perhaps we should cary this a bit further and charge the starving a fine for not having food available . . ..

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25Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The KKK was hate for the black man
The TTT is all about hate for the black man .
If you can not see that then there is no point discussing it .

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26Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

A $1,500. yearly fine for not having health insurance fixes nothing . . ..

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27peacelover(802 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

geromajor, I have an idea but I suppose the insurance companies won't go for it. Take your average health care plan, which is several hundred dollars a month, two thousand a year deductible, no physicals,eyeglass, dental, or prescription coverage. (sounds like a rip off but that is typical). If you are a healthy person you are paying all this money out and never even coming close to using your yearly deductible. My idea is that the insurance company should reward you for staying healthy just like some car insurance companies reward you for not getting into an accident, by lowering your rates. Say after 1 or 2 years you only use a very small percentage of your deductible. So the insurance company, in turn, should reward you for making them rich by giving you a price break on your premium. Or some other way, maybe tell you that you can have dental coverage for a small fee or something similar. After a few more years, they give you another break on something else, etc. Might make private insurance more affordable in the long run. You have a lot of good ideas in your post, except, I was wondering, if someone in prison has a heart attack, how do you not give them medical care? Not that I am in favor of catering to prisoners, but you have to treat them with the basics I would think. All of your other ideas make a lot of sense. Again I am not well versed in the insurance industry and how it runs, but I thought maybe that my idea might entice people to stay healthy. I am sure a lot of you will come up with differing opinions!

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28Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

geromajor :

"Then don't go to the hospital or doctor unless you have the cash to pay for all that you have done"

Then don't take my $1,500. so I can . All the fine politicians did was put a $1,500. yearly tax on the working poor . Welfare drug addicts still get all of their medical bills paid .

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29Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

geromajor :

Now let's get back to the main course of the conversation . . .. The libs get your $1,500. for not having insurance and the medical facility will sue you if you don't pay . Now you will have $1,500. less in which to pay them with . Welfare drug addicts are fully covered and pay nothing .

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30slappysmith(55 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

stan you're a moron, there would be no $1500 or cost for not having health care insurance if it wasnt for the republicans who threw tantrums blocked the legislation until it was changed to where people had to pay for obama's proposed free health care

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31Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

slappysmith :

You are devoid of any resemblance of intellectual fortitude. . . ..

For $1500. you get nothing but the pleasure of having dry sex with Obamacare . . ..

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32reallytired(84 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Question? If Obamacare is going to be such a great deal, why did obama and Congress exempt themselves from it? The same deal that they made for themselves with social security! as far as the Tea party i haven't seen anything that makes them racist. if anyone that knows history will tell you, the Republican Party has done more for black Americans then the DEmocratics ever did. Start at Lincoln and work your way forward. Even Ike tried to get the Civil Rights bill passed in the 50's but was blocked in the Senate by a senator called LBJ ! So get your facts correct before you spout off.

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33reallytired(84 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Ok let's follow the money then,,, Al Gore has made about $100 million dollars on being the green guru,, just happens to invest in all the companies that are getting the stimulus money,, From the obama administration

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34taliwacker(54 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Slappysmith: really... Republicans had no say on the matter of obama care.. remember it was constructed behind closed doors.. and then the " vote on it, in order to see whats in it"... Anyhow, with the democratic majority of congress at the time, WHY would they care what Republicans wanted??? O yea that's right they didn't.. But you keep blaming the Republicans for doing the Democrats jobs for them... Lets not forget the Democrats in that time, worked real hard for this Obamanation care.. They also FAILED to pass or even think about a budget plan, up till 2011.. They also failed to create any type of jobs. They figured this socialistic health care was more important than Americans getting back to work... And now its the Republican's fault, that they had to go back and do the job, the Democrats FAILED to do..

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35taliwacker(54 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

lets take a look at good old Timmy Ryan... The only thing he is good at, is speeches, that involve spending more money.. Spending tax money on a bunch of useless nothingness, and cashing his paychecks at the bank, and laughing all the way home...

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36Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The liberal solution to their bottom line is to simply get more of your less and less . Productivity is not rewarded and the dependant voting masses are favored . This country needs to generate wealth through manufacturing once again .

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37carago11(44 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Love the TEA PARTY!!! They respresent the way our country should be run! This Obamacare and other programs are crazy. Our country is in trouble. Vote with the leaders of the TEA PARTY. This KKK comments are BULL CRAP! People are always afraid of change. We gave Obama a right to change and see what happened? Its time to support the TEA PARTY and get this country back on track!

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