Canfield already has term limits

Canfield already has term limits

There’s new crop of politi- cal yard signs in the city of Canfield lately: “Vote Yes” or “Vote No” for term limits on Canfield City Council. What a waste of time and money in an effort to further complicate a political system that is already complicated.

We already have term limits: they are called elections. If there is someone on the council not doing their job, a challenger will emerge to run against that person. If a challenger is qualified, works hard and campaigns on realistic issues, they win. If people don’t have the guts, time or ability to campaign, they probably won’t make good candidates.

This term limit effort appears to come from a group of folks in Canfield that may be frustrated about not being able to challenge the incumbents and win an election. Now they want to drag the rest of us into a convoluted effort to fight for what they could not accomplish by the current rules.

These positions on council, including the mayor, require sacrifice and commitment. Moreover, just as an elected official gains valuable experience, they would be termed out. Why would we want to push good people out of office?

Vote no on term limits.

Robin Schuler, Canfield

Surprise: The stimulus worked

A Wednesday letter stat- ed that President Obama’s “Stimulus was, and is, a scam.” Understandably, the writer could not offer one fact in support of his claim. He then went on to gripe generally about reporting requirements in the law and about entitlement programs. Nothing about stimulus.

The president’s stimulus plan did work, and it is anything but a scam. Proceeds from the law, which eventually cost $840 billion, were roughly divided one-third in tax cuts, one-third to the states, and one-third in infrastructure investments.

The money for tax cuts paid for payroll tax cuts for both employees and employers. Virtually every American worker received a tax cut. It was not well advertised, but trust me, there was a cut in taxes.

Next, stimulus funds protected the most vulnerable, providing rent subsidies for emergency housing, extending unemployment benefits and bolstering Medicaid, keeping at least 7 million people from falling below the poverty line.

Stimulus funds enabled states to call back or continue the employment of public employees, mostly teachers, fire-fighting personnel and police officers.

Millions went for long-term infrastructure improvements, such as road and bridge repair, jump-starting the medical industry’s switch to electronic records which will largely end paper records by 2015, extending broadband internet to hundreds of rural communities and making significant investment in renewable energy that has revived the industry and doubled the output of renewable power.

Independent public foundations and a majority of academic economists believe the stimulus helped the economy grow as much as 3.8 percent, and credit it for saving and creating 2.5 million jobs and keeping our country out of a depression.

The only problem with these programs is that we Democrats failed to talk more about them.

Richard P. McLaughlin, Youngstown

Taking care of Grandma is costly

I worked in a nursing home as a state-tested nurse’s aide in the ’90s. I made $12 an hour. This means 24 -hour care for a nurse’s aide alone would be $8,928 a month. That covers 744 hours in a 31-day month. This cost does not include RNs, doctors, medicine.

If a family of five — mother, father, three children — are lucky enough to bring in $6,000 a month, Grandma’s medical treatment exceeds the income they have. Nothing left to pay mortgage, taxes, insurance, day care, food, personal hygiene, cleaning supplies. Even a millionaire would be broke in no time.

And let us pray Mom or Dad doesn’t get hurt. I did, and now I have to live on $700 a month. Let’s see Mitt Romney do that.

Cynthia Smaltz, Youngstown

Doubling down on Jeep

Agroup associated with Mitt Romney’s campaign has released an ad saying that President Obama wants production of the iconic American Jeep transferred from Toledo to China.

Immediately, the Chrysler Corporation (which owns Jeep) and the Jeep factory in Toledo stated that there are no plans to transfer Jeep production from Ohio to China.

What did Romney do? He immediately doubled down on this ludicrous claim.

Who can we trust? The president, who had a big hand in saving the auto industry in Ohio, or Romney, who apparently wants to gut it?

Lee Guy, Boardman