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Low expectations for Obama

Published: Thu, November 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Low expectations for Obama

I write this not in surprise of your endorsement of President Obama but in disappointment in your expectations for this Valley. You said it: “the Valley almost always votes Democratic.” Where has that taken us? A perpetually declining population, an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent (but is most likely much higher since that only accounts for those in the labor force actively seeking work), a poverty rate that ranks worst in the nation, and a deeply depressed populace.

The Democratic Party, led by bullies like Dave Betras, has dominated this region for as long as I can remember and all I’ve ever known is blight and negativity. It is time for a change. Mitt Romney asks the question, “Are you better off?” You are ignorant enough to say “yes.” Your first point regarding V&M star has had nothing to do with the Obama administration. Talks between Youngstown and V&M began in September 2008 before Obama even won in November. The “Let Detroit go bankrupt” is as weak a platform as any. Mitt Romney wanted GM to play by the same rules by which we play. If I make poor business decisions I pay the consequences for those decisions. That’s the incentive for good decision making.

If maintaining the status quo is your idea of being a good president then I don’t want a good president. I don’t want a “good” president that will shove a health care bill down the throats of 70 percent of Americans who did not want the proposed law. I want a great president, who won’t settle for 9 percent unemployment. That is why I will cast my vote for Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

Daniel Kidd, Boardman

Giving credit where it’s due

A few days ago, as I was driv- ing toward the Market Street bridge leading to downtown Youngstown, I saw a large political billboard with a photograph of President Obama and the words “Mahoning Valley: No Better Off.” On the other hand, The Vindicator recently reported strongly encouraging Valley job and economic statistics.

Is the Mahoning Valley better off? If so, to whom do we give credit?

Four years ago, the local and national economy were in collapse, with 800,000 jobs per month being lost nationwide. Our Valley — as it so often does — carried an unfair share of that burden.

This is where we are today:

The Mahoning Valley’s unemployment rate is plummeting, as is the state of Ohio’s. The much debated Obama-led auto bailout directly or indirectly benefited nearly every resident in our community.

V&M Star Steel has constructed a $1 billion steel manufacturing plant, plans to employ hundreds of well paid workers, and was the beneficiary of $20 million of President Obama’s often unfairly maligned stimulus package.

Last month, the Obama administration announced a $70 million initiative to develop advanced manufacturing technology with headquarters of the project in downtown Youngstown, and the short and long-term impact on our Valley will resonate for decades. Downtown is clearly resurgent culturally, residentially and economically.

Mahoning Valley consumers have driven retails sales up dramatically, including a 10 percent growth in the last 12 months alone. Notably, the stock market has more than doubled since it bottomed out during the Bush recession.

The Affordable Care Act has resulted in insuring nearly 3,000 young Valley adults who would have otherwise lacked health coverage. Obamacare’s mandatory coverage for people with preexisting conditions will guarantee insurance for thousands in our community.

So, is the Mahoning Valley better off than it was four years ago? Unquestionably, yes. Much of our success is a result of the work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit and resiliency of our Valley’s residents. But it is unfair to deny the president credit for a revived auto industry, expanding steel production, lower unemployment, the NAAMI Center downtown, and improved health care.

President Obama’s policies have had a more directly positive impact on our Valley than any president in my lifetime. He deserves a second term.

Michael Morley, Youngstown

The writer is a former chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.

Recognizing a great planner

Willard Mitt Romney has one quality that he has never gotten enough credit for: He is a great planner. He has managed to keep himself and his five sons out of harm’s way during all of America’s wars. He did support the Vietnam War, even demonstrated for it, but he thought other people’s sons, fathers, and husbands should suffer death, amputated limbs and post traumatic stress disorders. Like their dad, none of the five Romney boys have worn a uniform. However, to show support for our war efforts, Romney family members do visit veterans’ hospitals — especially during periods immediately before elections.

Now, I said he was a great planner, not a perfect planner. He did serve as governor of Massachusetts. So, one might think those people would know him best. Yet, he is trailing so badly in his home state that he is not conducting an active campaign there and will surely lose. Now I get it. His plan is not to try and win in a state where the people know him, and instead concentrate on Ohio, where he is hoping we do not know him.

Romney is such a great planner that I bet he is already planning to keep his grandchildren out of the military conflict as he plans future wars in the Middle East. Let somebody else’s grandchildren do the fighting. Like the grandkids of all those takers and moochers who make up the 47 percent.

Robert E. Casey, Boardman Township

On life, marriage and sharing

I believe in one God, and I was raised in the Catholic Church and to this day this is how I believe and live. I was raised that it was a sin to kill an unborn baby (from the moment of conception) and that euthanasia is a sin. God gives life and God takes it away.

I believe it is a sin to live together outside of marriage or to sleep with another. Marriage is between a man and a woman to bring children into the world. Marriage is a sacrament. I believe it is wrong to redefine marriage.

Jesus said we are our brother’s keepers and we should help each other. This is how I believe. It does not matter how much or how little we have, just share with each other the best we can. Also, give people your listening ear or your smile.

Joan Marie Bodak, Youngstown


Julie Liddle was incorrectly identified as president of the Citizens for Poland Schools in a signature line on a letter that appeared Wednesday.


11Marine(29 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you for your letter Mr. Casey. As a transplant of 20 years to the valley, I am always amazed at the failure of our populace to realize how very much they are taken for granted by the democratic party. The valley is much worse off than it was when I moved here 20 years ago but voters keep supporting the party of failure. Clinton promised a finance center; how did that work out? My daughters graduated from college and left the area for well paying jobs in other states and that is sad but we know the party to blame.

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2Knightcap(700 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

What about all the democrat corruption that dates back before me. We're talking decades of this sh_t. There's got to be a list of who's who of all the corrupt democrats who got indicted, arrested, sent to prison. I wonder if anyone kept score. And how they kept getting elected and endorsed.

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3djgolf(6 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Dear Mike you must have been asleep during the pro life discussions at mooney and st doms. Obama is anti life, put anti catholic policies in health care reform and planned parenthoodnhas made abortion a means of birth control. Y town woukdnhave come back without his policies. And our small business failed. You fail to realize how stimulus money forced use of union workers and cost us taxpayers double on all the VM star bids. As a small contractor we had to pay up for union membership and double what were good wages which you know triggered much higher payroll tax. Let business do business. What stock would you buy for 53 a share that is worth 23? Thats what Obama did. I am out of the dem party based on lack of respect for life but worse legislating mandates and using our dollars for bad investments.. Good luck but obama will lose this one.

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4JD0101(2 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Obama slept while people died in Benghazi. Also Romney had written his plan to take GM through bankruptcy. Guess what no brain Obama followed it to the tee. Obama has nothing for the economy for the last 4 years and is unable to give us a plan for the next 4. Anyone that is casting a ballot for Obama is either racist or stupid.

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5johnbates4(16 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Did Ms. Bodak have a point? Why was that even published? Whats next, "I like puppies and leaves in the fall?" What a waste of time. Thanks for nothing.

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6Dagwood(111 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

Thats Obamacare in a nutshell, except those who will pay for the others are going to see a drastic decline in the quality and efficiency of their current health care.

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7sameolhub(55 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Youngstowner's can't figure out why we have nothing here? We finally have a steel mill up and running making pipe to be used for fracking, but O'bama wants to shut down fracking. So let's support Obama and cut our own throats. Obama care is destructive, "read the ad in today's paper paid for by many physicians" who have actually read the law, unklike the dumocrats that voted for it. The only thing Obama has done good for the valley was to take Jay Williams to Washington and let him screw things up there instead of here. For all you race baiting jerk wads out there, I don't care if Obama is purple, he is incompentent. Just be glad you aren't related to one of the four American's Obama watched get murdered in Libya, then lied about for over 2 weeks, and still won't tell the truth about. Yeah 4 more years 4 more years, we are on our way to becoming a 3rd world country, but hey all you morons run out to the polls to put the final nail in Youngstown's coffin.

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8sameolhub(55 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh yes just one more thing, I am not a bible beater, but somehow I just can't support a party that took 3 votes, and thousands of boos, to put God back in thier platform, Im betting on the Republicans.

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9sameolhub(55 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

If you are Catholic, a vote for Obama is a vote AGAINST your religion. He is evil and is attacking our religion. VOTE HIM OUT

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