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Boardman officer is cat’s meow to West Side volunteer group

Published: Wed, December 25, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Boardman officer is cat’s meow to West Side volunteer group

During the Christmas sea- son, people are busy with family and shopping, and sometimes it is hard to find the time to stop and help out others.

This was not the case for off-duty Boardman Police officer Paul Poulos. Last Saturday, Paul took the time to stop by West Side Cats to donate some items from both him and his wife.

That was truly a generous gesture by itself, but Paul did not stop there. As he watched our volunteers working hard cleaning and caring for all of our shelter cats, Paul asked if he could stay and help us.

He spent a few hours working with us, and it helped out tremendously. It was a simple act of kindness but it just made our day. He offered to come back when he could.

I find that it is a tribute not only to the character of this upstanding officer but also to the Boardman Police Department that hires some of the best officers around. They truly do a great job and deserve to be commended.

We want to thank Officer Paul Poulos for his kindness and generosity and for being such a blessing.

Marianne Bernard, Youngstown

The writer is a board member and volunteer for West Side Cats.

The best Christmas gift for US? Grand Old Party disappearing act

Unemployment is at a five- year low while stocks are at record highs. Construction and manufacturing are adding more jobs. The average hourly work week is up and so are wages. Higher paying jobs lead to faster growth of the economy. The fact that all this is accomplished in less than five years is miraculous.

October’s shutdown of the government backfired on the GOP and especially the tea party. Now they want to jump all over the Affordable Care Act. One GOP representative actually had the audacity to compare Obama’s ACA to Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Are you kidding me? Thousands of Americans were killed and maimed during the Iraq War. On the other hand, the purpose of the ACA is for prevention and detection of illnesses to save lives and to treat those already ill.

This comment by the GOP representative shows just how disconnected the party is from humanity. The tea party threatened to shut the government down again in January. Instead, a compromise has been reached and a new two-year budget passed in the House and Senate. It looks as though the GOP has finally put the tea party in its place.

We are in the season of love and giving. I understand GOP members anoint themselves as the party of the Christian right. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said “suffer the little children to come unto me.” However, it seems the only part of this quote the GOP took note of was “suffer” as shown by its cutting food stamps to the less fortunate families at the holidays.

It appears the GOP represents the rich and greedy, not the poor and needy. Let the GOP write its own ticket out of existence. That would be the best gift for all of us. Merry Christmas.

Robert W. McKay, Grove City, Pa.

Free Christmas tree lightened burden of the Great Depression

In the throes of the Great Depression, Christmas was celebrated with the same joy and anticipation without all the plastic trappings of today’s world.

One of my happiest was in the mid-1930s.

The decorated tree in the living room was of the fir variety and a bit pricey for a large struggling family, so like most of our neighbors, we were doomed to pass on that custom.

My oldest brother Jim was walking to midnight Mass, when he noticed a make shift sign at the corner grocery store saying the unsold trees were free for the taking.

On the trip back home from the church, he lugged one of these “freebies” to our house.

He tip-toed to the attic in the wee hours of the dawn, brought down the baubles, tinsel, etc., and trimmed that gift tree.

When the rest of the family awoke on Christmas morning, there were tears of joy and happiness, so along with the big dinner, it was a most festive day.

That grocery store that gave away the unsold trees was run by the Malkoff Brothers, who I’m sure celebrated Hanukkah at the holiday season.

Edward Orlando, Youngstown

Supporters of Teddy’s Law will not give up their fight

Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro made a public announcement Dec. 16 in reference to Teddy’s Law and the proposed passage of Senate Bill 248. This would have stiffened requirements and procedures for placing children in home-schooling programs.

Teddy Foltz-Tedesco was abused, tortured and died as a result of ongoing child abuse. He and his young brothers were removed from public school and enrolled in a home-schooling program.

Teddy’s Law on Facebook has received over 2,000 supporters for stronger penalties against child abusers.

The public release of SB 248 has created a firestorm of opposition.

This law is designed to help save children suffering abuse, not to shed any blame on parents who are involved in home schooling. We respect all viewpoints and rights of these parents. Abused children have lost all freedom living in a silent world of fear and hopelessness. We are their voice and will remain firm in our fight against child abuse.

The reports and investigations of Teddy’s abuse resulted in no legal action. His removal from the public school system was another method of hiding the horrific acts of abuse. The systems in place failed this child. Improved investigations and stronger laws are needed to effectively stop child abuse and save lives.

Our path will take many turns, and the struggle in reaching our goal will be long and difficult. Saving a child from being abused and murdered is what matters.

There are quite a few personal insults being directed at Shawn Tedesco, Teddy’s father. How did he not know what was happening to Teddy? There were many times he tried to be with Teddy but he received numerous excuses and vague threats to delay or stop visits. This child, as many abused children, was not able to speak freely. Fear is very powerful, and these kids know they will be punished if they speak out.

Teddy’s dad, family and friends have and are still suffering; they will always grieve for their loss. They were not able to save Teddy but are dedicated to helping save other children. They have the love and support of so many to help carry their burden.

Teddy’s Law is not self serving or political. Laws can only be passed through government sanctions, not by any individual. Any inconvenience is worth saving a child from abuse. We are only about saving abused children. Good is the only way to end evil. It just takes time, effort and tears.

Margaret Van Dyke, Struthers


1Sensible(118 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Referring to post #1,

Revise and contort history all you want, ACA was not going to be repealed because the president would have vetoed the house bill.

Reid's refusal to bring to the Senate floor a bill that had zero chance to become law is reasonable.

I don't agree with Mr. McKay that the "loyal opposition" should disappear. I would agree and support the proposition that the extremists of both parties are harmful to our country.

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276Ytown(1316 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Mr McKay, Merry Christmas. Yes, this is the season of love and giving. It warms my heart to hear of the generosity of our fellow Americans in rising to the needs of others.

Americans want to take care of the needs of those less fortunate. Our hearts tell us that's what we should do. Instead of this massive government takeover of our healthcare system which has proven to be a "make it up as we go" plan, we could have solved our uninsured problems by expanding Medicaid and keeping the safety net program for pre-existing conditions which was scrapped earlier this year The fact that Obamacare is not affordable and that people are losing benefits that suit their needs for less cost also shows that this program is a failure. Is a government premium subsidy a logical way to tackle raising healthcare costs? In the end, it does not include the issue of the illegal alien uninsured. A better way to control our costs would be to reduce costs at the source.

Is the disconnect with the GOP or teaparty, or is it with the media? We are being told, as you stated: "unemployment is at a five- year low while stocks are at record highs. Construction and manufacturing are adding more jobs. The average hourly work week is up and so are wages. Higher paying jobs lead to faster growth of the economy. The fact that all this is accomplished in less than five years is miraculous."

It doesn't take much research, however to know that the numbers reported do not reflect facts. The Unemployment numbers represent only those currently collecting benefits. Our young people 16-24 face unemployment numbers of more that 16%, 28.2% for blacks. Stocks at a record high only means that we are back to where we left off when the market crashed. I challenge you to research the numbers being reported in jobs creation and vs the number of jobs lost. Companies are cutting jobs and hours due to Obamacare, not to mention the loss of benefits for those currently covered.

I do agree with your last point. I think you are spot on... "The fact that all this is accomplished in less than five years is miraculous." as we are seeing our country being fundamentally changed. The middle class is being crushed from the top down and eroded from the bottom up and there are now more people uninsured than when Obamacare took effect.

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3Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

And as I seem to recall the market lost 44% of it's value during the last 18 months of the ____ administration.

While the stock market has more than doubled under the "bad president"

76 is entitled to her opinion. But her own set of facts?

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4Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Did you flunk math?

Jan 20 2009 DJIA = 7949
Dec 27 2013 DJIA = 16479

% Change = 107.3

time = 4.9 years

rate of change = 21.85% per year

your ignorance is astounding!

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5SheDevil(120 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

quoted from another thread...

"evio just makes stuff up and changes the subject"

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6GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

It's actually, evio is a one trick pony, who after you read their stuff once, you keep seeing the same stuff over and over and over again.

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7Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I'll call you out on that.

Show me that the DJIA rate of change during the Obama administration was 2.5% per year.

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876Ytown(1316 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago


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9Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Your post #8 includes 18 months of the Bush admin.

Your claim addresses the Obama admin, so try to show that the rate of change is 2.5.

76, your calculator is incapable of including 2013, one of the best return years in a long time. Even so, the CAGR is 14.6 percent. One dollar invested on 1/1/09 had a value of 1.73 on 12/31/12, anyway you slice it that a 73% increase.

So no proof

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10WilliamC(10 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Any investor?
My personal experience this year has been a 27% return on investment.

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11HappyBob(285 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Poster #17 is trying very hard to change the basis of his claim, by including the ditch that the Bush administration drove the country into.

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12WilliamC(10 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Any investor ?????
My personal experience over the Obama administration has been a 112% return on investment.

I am not a daytrader, I parked my rolled my 401K into an IRA invested in an index fund and just let it sit.

No need to spin; you are just plain flat out wrong.

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13SheDevil(120 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

eivo..... just makes stuff up to see his name listed.
Troll of the month award goes to him!

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1476Ytown(1316 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Good for you if you got into the market at the bottom. For those of us that were in prior to the crash in Oct '08, the numbers are different. It's been 63 months since the crash. Note, the calculator doesn't account for inflation and you can't add money you've added since 10/08 (dollar cost averaging).


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15Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Of course they are different. However you and the troll are pushing the theory that the stock market has not seen any real growth during the Obama administration.

To evaluate the accuracy of your position, you look at what happened during the Obama years.

The numbers don't lie, you guys are just wrong, plain and simple.

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16SheDevil(120 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

When he can't sustain his position, the troll reverts to name calling.

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17Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

You said: "The Unemployment numbers represent ONLY those currently collecting benefits."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says:"Where do the (Unemployment) statistics come from?

Some people think that to get these figures on unemployment, the Government uses the number of persons filing claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits under State or Federal Government programs.

Actually the government conducts a monthly sample survey called the Current Population Survey (CPS) to measure the extent of unemployment in the country. There are about 60,000 households in the sample for this survey. This translates into approximately 110,000 individuals, a large sample compared to public opinion surveys which usually cover fewer than 2,000 people.


Why should I believe you???

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1876Ytown(1316 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics uses U3 (total civilian non farm unemployment) for reporting of unemployment statistics.

The true unemployed is reflected in U6 (total unemployed plus marginally attached workers, plus total unemployed part time for economic reasons) report which includes all of the collected data you mentioned.

10,818,102 official unemployed - U3
20,352,567 actual unemployed - U6

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19dontbeafool(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Eivo is Chicken Little who is mr negative. You can hear "the sky is falling" in everyone of his post. Unless 76 comments, then he acts like a rock star groupie. 76 is just a Debbie Downer.

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20Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago


Let's review, you said "The Unemployment numbers represent ONLY those currently collecting benefits"

Is that a true statement or not?

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21Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago


Mckay stated: "Unemployment is at a five- year low while stocks are at record highs."

Do you disagree?

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2276Ytown(1316 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see. Ben Franklin

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23SheDevil(120 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Are you suggesting that we should believe nothing of what we hear from you?

BTW, Ben Franklin knew nothing about photoshop.

So what is your point?

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24SheDevil(120 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Finally eivo speaks truth !

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25SheDevil(120 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Now convince him that the stock market is UP.

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26dontbeafool(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Devil, can I be a groupie of yours like eivo is to 76? I'll stroke your ego every day and tell you how great you are! Funny comments.

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27dontbeafool(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

See how sickening it sounds? "You got it going on 76", great point 76", "I love you 76", "you are my favorite right winger 76!"

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2876Ytown(1316 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

This needs to stop.

You may not agree with another opinion but you do not have the right to middle school bully tactics of insults, put downs, criticizing, belittling and trying to play the audience.

An adult exchange of various opinions and views in different styles is what most posters bring to the discussion forums and most of the debate is done respectfully.

Move over to the Talk of the Valley forums if you want to join the chummy buddy name calling gang up on someone insult community.

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29SheDevil(120 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Presume you are addressing eivo and dontbeafool.

Both are acting like children and egging the other on.

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30Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Pretty sure she was referring to e and d. Those two seem to be serial offenders.

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31Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Not a problem here.
Maybe you should address your indignation to whoever had a problem with it.

If you and another poster have a "bromance" going on,... none of my business! Nor do I care!

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32SheDevil(120 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

let's get back to your misconceptions about the stock market, specifically the DJIA.

I say that the DJIA is UP during the Obama presidency. Do you agree?

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33WilliamC(10 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

October 9 2007 14.164 (peak)
March 9 2009 6,547 (trough)
March 5 2013 14,253 (recovered peak)
Dec 30 2013 16,504 (current)

POST recovery the DJIA has gained 2340 points or 16.4%.

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34southsidedave(5049 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Some real hating going on in this thread...

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35dontbeafool(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

sorry if I "bullied" anyone, just hate hypocrites. And the same goes 76, if you don't like the comments, you can A) ignore it, or B) go to the Fox News message board where you will be loved.

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36dontbeafool(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Not happy with the private sector's job with technology issues, not happy with trying to fix issues with government run technology. Not going to please you either way, bottom line is your not happy.

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