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Outpouring of help for cleanup proves Youngstown still rocks

Published: Wed, March 7, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Outpouring of help for cleanup proves Youngstown still rocks

It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood! Thanks to all the great people of Youngstown and surrounding areas for their help in cleaning up the house and property of Rik Blake on Lora Avenue.

I first had this idea when I was standing outside of Rik’s house talking to a gentleman who had offered to do his plumbing. People were there dropping off items such as a bed, dog food, etc. I was going to call my Crandall Park South Neighborhood Association and the other North Side associations to help Rik clean up a little bit while I thought of how I could help him.

Within an hour, the work day was off and running. The past six days, I’ve been told I had lost my mind and was called determined, then stubborn and feisty.

I’ve said many, many times during these days of complete madness that I have been overwhelmed, amazed, and humbled to have been able to be a part of this cleanup. Thanks must go to businesses that stepped up to this challenge with responses of “Just tell me what you need” (I must mention Uptown Pizza — who I hadn’t talked to before T-shirts had started printing), to local contractors who said, “You get me what I need and I’ll get it done,” to the citizens who asked, “What do you want me to do?” and to the people from Toledo to Texas who emailed.

Finally thanks must be given to Ashley Luthern and The Vindicator, Phil Kidd of Defend Youngstown, Eric Holm of Crandall Park South Neighborhood Association, and Peggy Gurney of Cochran Park Neighbors, who was my go-to gal.

Without them it would not have been possible. It was a great day with much accomplished. We’ll keep you posted on the progress. Youngstown Rocks!

Connie L. Lauderdale, Youngstown

More Bible, less Quran for liberals

All right I admit it. I’m a devout atheist and libertarian, so in the recent dust-up between the left and right over Christian values, one can say I don’t have a dog — or should I say “God” — in the fight.

But as a fallen Catholic, former altar boy and Catholic school student, I sometimes wonder how nice it would be if President Obama and the liberals and socialists in government would support Christianity and the Bible half as much as they support Islam and the Quran.

Frank Santolla, North Lima


1connielaudrdle(8 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank You for printing my letter--had to let the residents know how much I personally am grateful!

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2peggygurney(405 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the mention, Connie. It was and is my pleasure to help Rik, and anyone else who needs it, in any way that I can.

God bless you, gal!
Peggy Gurney
Cochran Park Neighbors

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3Jerry(590 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

To Frank Santolla,

I wouldn't say I am a "devote libertarian" and I never was Catholic, but it sound like you and I have similar concerns about President Obama and our current liberal/progressive government.

I just finished a comment exchange regarding why I am concerned about the administration's recent effort to violate religious liberty and force the Catholic Church to provide birth control. I'll bet you would agree with my final words.......

...."I do not object to President Obama's policy at the crux of this argument because I object to birth control. I, in fact, do not object to birth control.

I object because I wonder, if Presidient Obama can force the Catholic Church to provide birth control against their will today, what might he force me to do against my will tomorrow??......"

Keep writing Frank.

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4peacelover(802 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Oh geez.

For like the hundredth time, the President granted the Catholic Church exemption from paying for contraceptives in their healthcare insurance plans. I wish you right wingers would keep up with things.

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5whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

He turned out to be a drug addict / con
bummer hell so did she.

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