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Ryan missed a chance in Dayton

Published: Fri, July 5, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Ryan missed a chance in Dayton

I want to make it very clear that I have been a member of the Democratic Party for over 41 years. In my entire voting age life I have voted for one Republican candidate for county commissioner, and I was a registered Independent from November through May of one election cycle back in the early ’70s.

I have provided store fronts for Democrat candidates, I have worked on campaigns, even chaired a few. I have served as a Central Committee member and helped draft a revised set of bylaws for the Trumbull County Party. While I have never been an insider, I have believed in and upheld the genuine platform of the real Democratic Party, not this coalition of selfish special interests who have hijacked the political philosophies of Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, McGovern and even Carter. Chuck Carney embodied leadership in a cause that held working men and women needed an equalizer. Traficant, when on his best behavior, was capable of the same. Now, we have Tim Ryan. Mr. Ryan has demonstrated a fair tactical capability of surviving in Washington and Mahoning Valley politics, but that does not prove his “Democrat” pedigree.

Last month, there was another in a string of House Subcommittee hearings on the Delphi salaried issue. It is my understanding that Mr. Ryan was invited by the host, Congressman Turner, to participate. Keep in mind that Ryan made a big “to do” about his co-founding of the Delphi pension task force, along with Turner. Ryan has 1,500 retirees and thousands more directly related salaried stakeholders living in his home district. Yet, Ryan refused to go to Dayton to speak for the retirees and to render the input that needed to be included in the record of what some observers have considered little more than a Republican dog and pony show geared more toward witch hunting than genuine injustice correction.

When I asked a Ryan staffer why his boss wasn’t going to participate, I was told that he had other previously scheduled items on his calendar for that day. Ryan turned a cold shoulder, again, toward the needs of his constituents when he could have provided significant emphasis to the bipartisanship that we so often hear about but never really witness.

John Vogel, Mineral Ridge


1redeye1(5112 comments)posted 2 years ago

When are the people of this valley going to learn that little Timmy is only out there for himself. He's all talk and no action. If you have followed his career you will see a common thread to what I'm saying.. He hides until election year, then he's out promising everything to everyone just to get re-elected. Wake up People its time for a NEW congressperson.

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2classics(53 comments)posted 2 years ago

So the Republicans are giving a dog and pony show while the Dems are giving a No Show. This is a ridiculous statement as you say Dems were invited in the first place. Recall that the only things that have broken loose for the retirees, i.e., documents & Admin witnesses, have been under Republican hearings. The Admin has had it in their power to fix this from day one. The heist of these pensions must be taken seriously by all, whether Dem or Rep. The law was broken by the very people whose responsibility it was to protect the pensions in the first place. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp did not file additional liens on Delphi assets as they could have and should have nor did they hold fast on the liens they DID hold. While the creation of the PBGC was a good thing, they should be operating with complete transparency. Otherwise, you have to wonder how many other pension funds these people have ineptly or illegally handled. PARTICULARLY if they are used as a political tool.

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3papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years ago

"you have to wonder how many other pension funds these people have ineptly or illegally handled." and that's exactly why the Delphi salaried retirees will never collect a dime. because if wrongdoing could be proven that would open up a whole can of worms and everyone else who lost pensions and got screwed would be screaming. and they're not going to pay everyone who ever suffered this injustice. forget about it. and it is purely political whether its dems or repubs.

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