Early voting was a chore

Early voting was a chore

My first problem in fol- lowing the instructions on the yellow sheet in the absentee voting packet was that No. 8 directed those who wished to deliver their ballot in person to go the Board Office at 2801 Market Street. However, the Board of Elections has already moved to 345 Oak Hill Ave.

Once you enter the building, you must wind your way down several corridors before you reach the absentee voting area. One elderly lady behind me with a back condition collapsed in a chair. She said she was not expecting the long hike to the polling place. So if you are bringing someone with physical problems to vote, make sure you can provide them with assistance to get to the polling place.

Margaret R. Floyd, Youngstown

One supremely important reason

The future makeup of the Supreme Court is one issue of the upcoming election that has not been much publicized or debated even though it’s an issue with considerable consequences for all of us. Decisions made by the court can have a dramatic impact on our political and social landscape as a number of recent court decisions attest. The following represent only a partial list of these decisions.

The court has declared that corporations possess the same rights as do individual citizens (as someone famously said, “Corporations are people, too, my friend”). It also ruled as unconstitutional the McCain-Feingold Act, a bipartisan law that placed limits on late-campaign ads made by unions and corporations.

The court has recently ruled that anyone who is arrested, even those arrested for a simple traffic violation or failure to pay a traffic fine, may legally be strip-searched and subjected to a body cavity search.

Concern about the makeup of the Supreme Court might well override all of the political issues currently being debated. Politicians and the programs they initiate can be replaced at the next election. However, since only one Supreme Court justice has been impeached in our 236 year history, Supreme Court justices, good or bad, can be expected to serve for life.

Robert F. Mollic, Liberty Township

Take a look at the real world

I am acutely aware that the Mahoning Valley is virtually a single party political district. I understand this is because of the booming economy, the academic excellence of our students, and the numerous employment opportunities. This after decades of Democratic leadership.

But, out in the real world, the Democratic leadership has failed us, lied to us and told us not to worry things are getting better. We are told to ignore the facts and take their word for it. Food stamp use, welfare, unemployment if properly calculated are all on the rise and our president tells us to trust his failed agenda for four more years. We can’t afford it.

A letter writer a few weeks ago complained about a Democratic party worker supporting a candidate who is Republican in a non partisan office. His choice was vote for the Democrat who was labeled unqualified by his peers. Party loyalty over qualifications.

Robert J. Husted, New Springfield

Obama vs. Romney on disaster aid

On Monday, as President Obama was coordinating massive efforts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the first responders concerning the devastating crisis along the eastern coast, I couldn’t help but remember that Mitt Romney called federal disaster aid “immoral” and said that FEMA should be dismantled, and any crisis turned over to each state — even to the private sector.

Although I was one of those initially disappointed that President Obama would not be speaking in Youngstown on Oct. 29 at the Covelli Centre, we all understood the severity and suffering of our brothers and sisters to the east of us

At the Centre, Vice-President Biden and former President Clinton restated the administration’s positions as to the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act (equal pay for women), the Affordable Care Act and many others. They criticized Romney’s remarks about moving Jeep to China. Even Chrysler has delivered a scathing rebuke to the Republican candidate.

What was distinct and noticeably prominent in Youngstown were the faces. Our faces represented the American people — young and old, different ethnicities. Faces of single moms, retirees, college students, firemen, teachers, postal workers, waitresses. Nearly all hands were raised as we acknowledged loved-ones we knew serving in the military.

As I looked around, I saw the faces of America here in Ohio. President Obama was looking out for all of us — all 100 percent.

Diane Jerich-Domin, New Castle, Pa.

Obama’s oblivious cheerleaders

Last Friday I went to see my alma mater, Boardman, play football at Uniontown Lake High School.

During the first half we were leading by a couple touchdowns and all the Boardman fans were feeling good, the band was playing and the cheerleaders were performing enthusiastically. Things turned around in the second half as Lake came back and took the lead by a couple touchdowns. The Boardman Band was still playing and the cheerleaders were still cheering, blissfully unaware or unconcerned with the impeding downfall, because that’s what they’re supposed to do. But the fans in the stands who made the trip recognizing the inevitable calamity descended unto a state of gloom.

I was struck by the parallel with our political, social and economic situation in the country. President Obama’s cheerleaders and bands are blissfully unaware or unconcerned with the looming disaster we’re facing because that’s what they’re supposed to do, but the fans in the stands all over the country recognize that no amount of superficial cheerleading is going to alter the underlying problem: It’s time to get a new head coach for Team U.S.A.

Mark Rappaport, Mineral Ridge

Romney distorts the Jeep story

Something needs to be said about the misleading political ad put out on behalf of Mitt Romney. In an attempt to rebut the president’s assistance given to the auto industry, former Gov. Romney claims that Jeep, manufactured in the Toledo area, plans to shift its operations to China. This is absolutely false. Jeep plans to continue its operations in Ohio and will add to its job force here. Chrysler, which manufactures the Jeep, has indicated that it intends to open a facility in China to produce Jeeps for the Chinese.

John DeFazio, Lisbon