De Souza, Betras keep racial fires burning in ‘Youngstown, Miss.’

De Souza, Betras keep racial fires burning in ‘Youngstown, Miss.’

Regarding Bertram de- Souza’s column on Nov. 10 about a “coronation” for “King David” for his Democratic Party success — real or imagined — here in the fiefdom of Youngstown, Miss., and its historic institutional racism: A coronation for “King David” would bring shame to the meteoric rise of Idi Amin, Bashar al-Assad or Saddam Hussein when observing and evaluating his very toxic masculinity indicative of most white males in powerful positions. The whole “power corrupts” equation comes into play.

We see once again where Mr. de Souza defends “King David’s” mandate as chairman of the Democratic Party in echoing “justifiable action” was in play in removing several black Democrats for not obeying the orders handed down from Mount Betras.

What “King David” and the columnist have missed in definition and clarification is the difference between the administration or organizational rules, policies and procedures and the clear and distinct letter of the word, the intent of the creation of the word and the spirit of its adjudication. These policies and procedures should not be confused with the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Racial tensions during this past election cycle ran high as always, but “King David” still maintained the status quo and made no attempt to build a coalition to circumvent the ever-rising arrogance of the white citizen voters west of Glenwood Avenue to place yet another Irish and Italian-American white male in positions of authority to make themselves feel comfortable.

E. pluribus unum does not translate in Youngstown, Miss. The white voter-citizens must get acclimated to the fact that City Hall and City Council do not belong to them by heritage, coronation, osmosis or personal interpretation of the city charter (Section 6 and 6-1A).

When “King David” learns to be clear in his thinking and admonishment of justice and keeps the election promises he made to the black community upon his bloodless but painful coup d’etat to office without the temerity that lends itself to the foundation of racial insensitivity here in Youngstown, then Mississippi gives substance to the racial thought process west of Glenwood. (See Political Writer David Skolnick’s ward breakdown in the same issue of Nov. 10).

If this racial equation is not addressed and adjusted in an equitable direction by the Democratic Party to be inclusive of black, qualified candidates as promised by “King David,” we must conclude that the election of Jay Williams, an African-American, to the mayor’s office several years ago has proven to be an aberration at best.

C. Nolan Boles, Youngstown

Environmental zealots hurt Valley

The anti-fracking liber- als are no different than those who drove the basic steel industry out of the Mahoning Valley.

Thousands of high-paying jobs were gone. Why? The steel mills had smokestacks. My goodness, how are the liberals going to live forever with smoke in the air?

These zealots, if not stopped, are determined to use health and safety to turn the U.S. into a nation whose only gross domestic product will come from the growing of fruits, vegetables and marijuana. If I have any money left, I will bet that they will find something unhealthy about that too, except for the marijuana smoke, because to many liberals, that smoke is good smoke.

Thomas R. Watts, Girard

Food-stamp cuts will harm many in the Valley this holiday season

Take away 25 meals per month from a single mother feeding a family of four or an elderly person who is disabled and can’t work. That’s exactly what the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cuts (food stamps) enacted this month will do. Food pantries not only in Ohio, but every state, will have to help feed more families than they normally do this holiday season. People who have never been to food pantries will need help.

The number of people going to pantries and soup kitchens is already at record numbers, around 15,000 people a week, in the tri-county area alone.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 raised SNAP benefits by 20 percent providing that benefit levels would continue at the new higher amount until the annual inflation adjustments were made. SNAP benefit levels for each household size are equal to the cost of $1.30 to $2 per meal. At the time it was enacted, food inflation was expected to be high, but it turned out to be lower.

Many SNAP recipients buy food day by day after they’ve used all their food stamps. A single mother of three children, who relies on the already little amount she receives in food stamps won’t be able to fathom anything less. She has bills to pay just like everyone else, she sends her children to school and then goes to school herself. But still people judge her when she says her food stamps are going to be cut, and she doesn’t know how she will feed her children.

So then this holiday season will be the first time she goes to a food pantry. Is it food for her children or a new winter coat for herself? Is it hamburger meat for her children or that big bag of potato chips? These are just some of the realities recipients have to adjust to.

SNAP has never experienced a reduction in benefit levels that has affected participants in every state. There have been cuts in specific states, but these cuts have not been as large or affected as many people.The SNAP Program currently serves over 48 million Americans, including 46,000 in Mahoning County and about 34,000 in Trumbull County, according to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The withdrawal of government assistance makes it imperative that local and even private organizations come together and do a little more this holiday season for the families of our very own community.

Megan Calderone, Austintown

Victory of Canfield school levy restores normalcy to district

The passage of the school levy in Canfield this month was like a breath of fresh air. As a taxpayer in the community, I am so pleased that we can go back to the way things were. After the failure of the last three levies, it appears the majority of the people of Canfield were not happy with the cuts that had been made.

Because we are a community made up of people who care, passing the levy was the best and only thing to do for our children.

I would, however, like to address the comment made to The Vindicator by Superintendent Geordan “... this time the district ran a positive, transparent campaign, telling community members exactly how their money would be spent.”

Excuse me, Mr. Geordan, but many people including myself worked diligently on the past campaigns. Let me correct you in saying the past campaigns were positive as well as transparent with all the mailed literature, town hall meetings, and door to door campaigning. The community knew exactly how their money would be spent. Their money would be spent on all the things that were cut that you now have the liberty to reinstate.

Let’s face it, the people of Canfield were ready to get things back to the way they were. They were tired of all the cuts and inconveniences. Therefore, the citizens are now willing to dig deeper into their pockets to have the best for their children. The levy was due to pass no matter who was at the helm. In my book that is called “timing.”

Thank you, Canfield community, for doing what is best for our children, our hardworking teachers and our property values.

Linda Mazias, Canfield