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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.


1repeaters(314 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey gdog;
Former lib idiot. Check

Lifelong Liberal who can't see the forest for the trees...CHECK

Too stupid to see any attention for our area is good Check

Any attention to this area, is to keep voters like you still believing 'the dream'......CHECK

Refuses to admit most job loss has occurred under national reSCUMlican rule. Check

Most job losses occurred because the US wasn't going to be the supplier for the rest of the world forever; in other words, WW II is over; their economies are coming back.......CHECK

Public schools in trouble because reSCUMlicans constantly cut funding to our schools Check

Former Gov. left with $0.89 cents in the rainy day fund. Besides, were there not levies on the ballot WHEN the state had not made cuts to the schools? What happened to that money.....CHECK

A anti worker middle class person equals stupid Check

Try to find the definition of 'middle class'; it's all over the place, like your views.....CHECK

Refuses to admit all northern major cities have had declines in population Check

So what's wrong with people going to where the 'JOBS' are instead of waiting for the steel mills to reopen ......CHECK

What more can be said of these reSCUMlicans. I mean stupid is as stupid does. Now put your handicap sticker on your rear view and drive to your mailbox to get your disability check.

You've been voting 'D' all your life, electing the SAME politicians who give you WHAT, so whom are you calling handicap......the big CHECK

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2redeye1(5663 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

gdog If you look around at all major cities that are in financial trouble , those are ones that have been under the LIBERTURDS guidance for many many years. Ex. Detroit, Thugstwon,

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3dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

@eivo, the reason you always look at the Vindy Jobs listings on a daily basis is because you don't have a job. Apply for one if those jobs are so great. If you see one that says, "grumpy, negative, irrational, hypocrite wanted" you will have a job soon! Good luck

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4jwhitehawke(111 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months 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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5papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months 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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6isaac45(412 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

would be nice but might be too dangerous, one of the regular commenters here might show up...we don't want to be known for that, like Dallas

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7lbf(220 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

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

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8Silence_Dogood(1675 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

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

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9DSquared(1788 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Please come for plenty of photos your Highness( Pun Intended, lol). And show the rest of the country what they too can become!!!

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10kurtw(1823 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months 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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11kurtw(1823 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months 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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12kurtw(1823 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months 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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