Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Youngstown, Cleveland praised

Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Youngstown, Cleveland praised

The scandalous revela- tions concerning veterans’ treatment at numerous Veterans Affairs clinics and hospitals must be countered with the care I have received at the Youngstown VA Outpatient Clinic and Cleveland’s Wade Park facility.

A routine exam at the local VA clinic revealed a possible serious condition. I was X-rayed that day and a CAT scan in Cleveland followed in five days. Further treatment has been prompt over the last six months.

For 40-plus years, I have always been treated promptly and, I believe, competently by doctors, nurses and office personnel.

It is important to display both sides of VA care.

George G. Dyer, Boardman

Are they corrupt, stupid or both? Indictments make one wonder

I was a resident of Mahon- ing County for many years. I’ve been reading and hearing about political and other corruption for many years. However, this latest round is perplexing to me.

For at least 20 years, FBI agents and prosecutors, both federal and state, have augmented their careers by going after county officials. In this light, any person in authority, you would think, would have to assume that he or she could be a target of a corruption investigation. One might also assume that these persons would have every incentive to be squeaky clean about everything they do.

What we have here are officials who may be guilty of corruption, but I think, may also be guilty of gross stupidity.

Edward Alleman, New Castle, Pa.

Where’s the outrage over latest round of corruption indictments?

Don’t they yet not get it? After all the indictments and convictions of the 1990s of judges, lawyers, city and county public officials by then-federal prosecutor Craig Morford, here we go again.

With the indictments of Youngstown Mayor John McNally and county Auditor Michael Sciortino and Atty. Martin Yavorcik, I ask where is the public outcry? Certainly this is not a positive or encouraging thing for the good citizens of the Mahoning Valley who really want change.

Although innocent until proven guilty, public officials with indictments are hampered in the ability to govern. Politicians won’t risk standing beside him if he remains in office. We the citizens indeed suffer. The indictment compromises McNally’s ability to do his job as mayor. He can’t even leave Ohio without permission.

And to add insult to injury he chose to give the address to the young graduating class at Ursuline High School’s 2014 commencement. Ha! Ha! Ha! And the saga continues, I’m sure the state politicos in Columbus view Youngstown as a “big joke.”

Rev. Charles F. Ellis, Youngstown

World history should be required course in every Ohio high school

Unlike any other time in the course of history, Ohio’s citizens, institutions and businesses are inherently connected to the world and its people. Within seconds, events in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe ripple through U.S. stock markets and exchanges directly impacting the price of U.S. goods and investments.

Most troubling is that as depicted in The Vindicator article of June 4, “Ohio Grad Testing Changes Clear Senate,” Ohio lawmakers have neglected to require its youth to complete any instruction in world history in order to graduate from high school.

Instead, Ohio’s lawmakers have decided to require that students complete coursework only in American history and American government. In fact, recent research has indicated since world history isn’t required for high school graduation, and students aren’t currently required to pass a statew exam in it, many of Ohio’s schools have simply disinvested in world-history instruction or downgraded it to an elective status.

This is totally unacceptable, as today’s youth must be prepared to be informed and active U.S. citizens that understand the world, its people and issues. Ohio’s world-history standards include such topics as the Holocaust, the rise of India and China and the origins or the global war on terrorism, all of which they will not learn if world history is not required.

As our country opens its doors to businesses and immigrants abroad, it is essential Ohio’s lawmakers require students to complete instruction in world history before high school graduation.

I applaud the Ohio Senate’s recent passage of SB 96: The World History Bill, introduced by Frank LaRose, R-Copley, which would require students complete one unit of instruction in world history before high school graduation. Now, it’s up to the Ohio House and its Education Committee to ensure this vital legislation gets to Gov. Kasich for his signature.

Brad M. Maguth, Seven Hills

Dems aren’t mindless puppets; Republicans aren’t superheroes

The recent self-serving and politically motivated comments by Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Mark Munroe prompted me to write. All these indictments of public and private individuals are very troublesome, and for the Republican chairman to use this situation in such a blatantly political way is so wrong.

This is a time for people of all parties to come together for the good of the Valley. Instead, he insults all the Democratic voters. We are not asleep; we are not mindless puppets with others pulling our strings. We are capable of making our own political decisions and if our chosen leaders fail us, we can and have acted accordingly in other elections.

Mr. Munroe would have you believe that if no Democrats were elected, the Republicans would solve all the problems. They would get rid of the “poison that is eating away at the Valley.”

Can the chairman guarantee this?

Caliope Gialousis, Campbell

Teddy’s Law deserves as much support as Jim Tressel received

Well, now that the prima- ry election has come and gone, Jim Tressel has returned to Youngstown State University and the Community Bill of Rights has failed for the third time, I think it’s time to get serious about passing legislation to protect abused and neglected children.

It has been over a year now since Teddy Foltz was killed in an abusive home environment in Struthers, but there’s still no law on the books to protect children like Teddy.

Should we turn a blind eye to child abuse? Or should we wait until the next Teddy Foltz becomes headlines in The Vindicator? We are all very good at enacting swift justice after the fact. It is time to become more proactive than reactive to the problem.

Local politicians and business leaders jumped on the bandwagon to sign a letter to the board of trustees at Youngstown State to get Jim Tressel to Youngstown, but these people are not coming forward to support Teddy’s Law to protect children or a version of the bill. Is this not just as important? Maybe we need to get our priorities straight as to what our mission should be.

Jim Eidel, Beaver Township