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Media came through for us

Published: Mon, May 7, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Media came through for us

Too often the media get A “bad rap” for promoting negative news to sell newspapers and improve ratings, but this time the media deserve kudos for its promotion of the Walmart Fighting Hunger campaign. It made my heart feel good to see television coverage morning, noon, and night on all local stations.

Youngstown would not have finished first without the blitz of promotion by the Youngstown media. WFMJ, WYTV, WKBN, The Vindicator and suburban publications united the Valley in a cause that will feed and educate thousands of people for years to come.

Rosie Marich, Austintown

Financial trouble all around

Austintown schools, finan- cial trouble; Boardman schools, financial trouble; Canfield schools, financial trouble; Liberty schools, financial trouble; Youngstown schools, financial trouble ...

Who can we thank? Our Republican governor and everybody who voted for him, especially 40 percent of the teachers who voted for him and finally are realizing they cut their own throats. We can give our money and tax breaks to everybody except where it counts.

Congressman Tim Ryan is giving Youngstown $1 million to help lure business, but without educated students, the only thing he will create are more $8-an-hour jobs.

Our young people will have to rely on the “Iron and Steal” business, the wife irons all day while the husband goes out and steals.

Andy Pappagallo Sr., Mineral Ridge


1Benjii(26 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Mr. Andy is a typical Valley Democrat who looks for every opportunity to blame a Republican for his problems. Unless you live in a cave Andy, we have been having problems with school funding long before the current, or last 4 Governors. What is happening is that we can no longer afford the system that is in place. Every little burgh in Ohio, or anywhere else for that matter, can have it's own everything. Own school system, own police, own fire service, own EMS, etc. Nobody has the money to pay for it. Ohio has over 1,000 school districts with the administration and infrastructure to go with them. How do you pay for all this waste, Mr. Andy from Mineral Ridge? Maybe you slept through economics 101 and have spent a lifetime reading nothing but the liberal newsletters that come to your home. But clearly, you are not going to pin this on our Governor nor those that came before him. Ohio determined that how we fund schools is unconstitutional over 15 years ago, and our politicians have done nothing to change it. Maybe you should b...h about that, Mr. Andy.

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2DontBanThisDrone(607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Education budgets are by far the largest of any Local public entity, often dwarfing the municipalities they serve by 2-3 times, or more.

If you haven't properly educated your young by now, you're never going to.

[80]% of school budgets go to salaries, benefits and pensions. 8 out of every 10 dollars goes for personnel. That's 8 out of every 10 dollars. You can't exactly hide that. It's clear where cuts need to come from in order to make changes of any real significance. Everyone knows it, but they don't want to admit it.


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3DontBanThisDrone(607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Just wait 'til the "real" fallout from Those pensions comes due. That's the real proverbial 'noose around the neck'. Wait 'til that baby tightens, lol.


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