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Youngstown mayor urging Obama to visit Valley after second shout-out

Published: Sat, February 8, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Mayor John A. McNally is asking President Barack Obama to visit the Mahoning Valley after the president mentioned Youngstown’s advanced manufacturing facility in his State of the Union address for the second year in a row.

“We truly believe we are a shining example of the incredibly positive things that can happen when the public and private sectors share a common purpose and work together to achieve critically important goals,” McNally, a Democrat, wrote in the letter to the president.

In Obama’s speech, he mentioned America Makes, a $70 million advanced manufacturing hub in Youngstown, as an example of how the United States can “beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs.”

Obama also talked about the facility in his Feb. 12, 2013, address.

McNally’s request comes after Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras started a Facebook campaign Jan. 29, the day after Obama’s address, to get 5,000 likes urging the president to come to the area.

That 10-day effort, which ended Friday, attracted about 1,000 to 1,500 likes — the post was on the party’s Facebook wall as well as others, including Betras’. Betras said the post on the party’s Facebook wall was viewed by well over 5,000 people, which is considerably more than any other post on that page.

Echoing Betras’ statements from last week, McNally said there is much more to the area in addition to America Makes.

“We have it all, and we want you to use it all to demonstrate to the entire nation that we are more than capable of exceeding expectations and achieving greatness,” McNally wrote.


1formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yep, Johnny, the Youngstown area has it all.

Political corruption and waste? Check.

Overtaxation? Check.

Union cronies with their hands out to local Democrats? Check.

Double-digit unemployment? Check.

Public school system in academic emergency? Check.

Loss of more than 60% of Youngstown population since the 1950s under mostly Democratic rule? Check.

Why wouldn't Obama want to come here with the national media to view the vibrant local scenery of the Youngstown drug trade?

Yep, Johnny, tell Barack to come on down to the little city with the political corruption of Chicago and the economic incompetence of Detroit. It's the Democratic Party dream in action.

Checkmate, Johnny Mac.

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2jwhitehawke(91 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

This is socialist paradise! We got Party boss David Betras, Tim McNally "Mr Agenda 21", strong arming police, taxpayer money rolling in to build section 8 housing, one of the most dangerous cities in the country, and TIM RYAN!
Obama would be right at home in "Little chicago".

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3papa1(662 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

you'll have to excuse me but my comment does not apply to this subject but permit me please. I can't find the story about the man who was drinking and ran over a little girl and left her lying like a bag of garbage on the side of the road and kept going. I find this unforgiveable horrible. the thing is, he was sentenced to four years for running over and killing a child after drinking! apparently murder of an innocent child while under the influence in Youngstown is a MISDEMEANER?? WTF!! unbelieveable incredible!! what a great justice system!!!!!!

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4formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago


"Idiot", "reSCUMlican", "stupid is a stupid does".

Liberal Rule 1: If all else fails, use emotional namecalling to distort others' facts.

"Too stupid to see any attention for our area is good". I mentioned in a previous Vindy.com comment that the Obama recognition was great PR for the area.

Liberal Rule 2: Only read what you are told or what you agree with.

"Refuses to admit most job loss has occurred under national reSCUMlican rule". Where are your statistics to back up your claim? Here's some. Black Monday 1977 - President Jimmy Carter. Democratic majority in both US Senate and House. Since 1976, Republican presidential years: Reagan (8), Bush I (4), Bush II (8). Democratc presidential years since 1976: Carter (4), Clinton (8), Obama (6). Twenty years of Republican rule and 18 years of Democratic rule since 1976. Not exactly national Republican domination.

Liberal Rule (3): Use generalizations without any factual evidence to support your case. Assume that much of the voting electorate too lazy to look into actual facts or make their own decisions.

"Public schools in trouble because reSCUMlicans constantly cut funding to our schools." More taxpayer money does not equal better education, unless you are a member of the NEA. Youngstown City cost per student (2010-2011) $15,408 (Overall) $7,627 (Instructional). Boardman Local $8,662 and $5,438, respectively. Source: Ohio Department of Education.

Liberal Rule (4): Throwing taxpayer money away always solves social problems and buys votes from those who don't pay taxes.

"A anti worker middle class person equals stupid."

Liberal Rule 5: Only union members are working middle class. Non-union workers making the same money and benefits: Call 'em scabs. Managers/executives (even those previously union members) or anyone who desires to improve their lives without union help: Call 'em one percenters.

"Refuses to admit all northern major cities have had declines in population." Mahoning County Leads Ohio in Population Loss
(http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/mar/16...). Columbus and Dayton populations increasing.

Liberal Rule 6: Never let the facts get in the way of winning your argument.

Now put your handicap sticker on your rear view and drive to your mailbox to get your disability check.

Liberal Rule 7: Always assume you are right. You know what that means.

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5lbf(145 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

former Y-town mayor, now WhiteHousian, Jay Williams, spoke VERY highly of you on yesterday's show.

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6Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Don't forget to bring the checkbook, elections are right around the corner.

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7kurtw(848 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

First two comments on this thread give a pretty good summary of the cultural divide bedeviling this country: Comment one is a good factual analysis of just about everything that's wrong with the Youngstown Area- caused by single party control and the corruption and inefficiency (businesses- employers- like efficiency- they flee and avoid places without those qualities) causing our massive population loss.

The second comment is an irrational attack on the facts presented in the first. Writer doesn't like any of what he reads but he doesn't have a logical response - so he engages in personal attack and insult (a typical Liberal ploy)- "stupid" this, "stupid" that, the "Rescumlicans are to blame", etc (even though, the Republicans have NO political power in the Mahoning Valley and haven't had for many years- might as well blame the Man on the Moon for our problems). I'm surprised the writer doesn't accuse his opponent of "drunkenness"- Gdog is know for that.

There is so much vitality and energy in this town- we don't have to go grovelling to the National Dems for handouts- "Oh, the President mentioned us in his Speech. Oh, Golly Gee, isn't it wonderful!"- Problem is we let them know our vote is "Free"- it's there and they don't have to work for it- that's our downfall...

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8kurtw(848 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

You know, after I read Our Mayors letter to Obama quoted in this story, it almost made me want to throw up. What a Kiss Ass! What is wrong with people like McNally? Doesn't he realize how important the Mahoning Valley is to the national Democrats in winning the State of Ohio? Doesn't he understand the virtue of playing "hard to get"? If you give it away- they're sure not going to buy it.

McNally is just like a girl who can't say No. She doesn't know how to hold back and so, naturally, she get's taken for granted on every date. That's us- the Youngstown Sluts- Were Easy.

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9kurtw(848 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

@ formerdemliberal, comment #9- "Seven Rules of Liberals"- That about says it! Beautiful, couldn't do better if I tried.

I've always known, the greatest enemies of Liberalism are former Liberals themselves- myself included. Slick Willy cured me of the illness in 92 when he and Al came and made all those promises about a Pentagon Procurement Center (approved by Bush) that would have brought 5,000 high paying jobs to Liberty. "If you help me, I'll see you get that Procurement Center", he promised a capacity crowd at the Southern Park Mall that year.

Nine months later- after the election- the project was cancelled and Y-town got what it always got from Democrats- the Shaft. After that, I voted a straight Republican Ticket, whenever possible- useless I know, but I wasn't going to vote for Them- ever again.

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