Teddy's law focus is on child abuse prevention; don't badger YSU trustees; connecting gun violence and abortion

Aim of Teddy’s Law is centered squarely on preventing child abuse

A lawsuit against Mahoning County Children Services was recently filed on behalf of Shawn Tedesco, father of Teddy Foltz-Tedesco.

Shawn’s son, Teddy, suffered abuse and torture ending in his death Jan. 26, 2013, at age 14. Shawn was unaware of the abusive environment at the Struthers home of his son.

Abusers are experts in isolating the children they abuse. These kids are threatened into remaining silent.

They are just kids; they live in fear, unable to speak for themselves. Denying the abuse is their only option.

Shawn is fighting to stiffen penalties against child abusers and planning to establish a foundation to help other abused children.

Teddy’s neighbors and teachers called Children Services many times. Concerns for the safety of Teddy and his younger brothers were reported. The investigations resulted in no direct action.

Shawn, his family and friends truly believe Teddy’s life could have been saved. They desire that Children Services be held accountable if this is proven. A future court of law will be responsible for the legal outcome.

Teddy’s loved ones will grieve for him throughout the remainder of their lives. The legal battles will end but not the pain.

This family is suffering deeply. They do not have any room within their emotions to fit in any political agenda. Their mission is about justice for Teddy and being a voice for all abused children. Teddy is gone, but many children continue to be abused and live their daily lives in silence.

The main focus of Teddy’s Law is and will remain on helping stop child abuse. Please do not forget about these kids; their abusers have stolen their youth and too often taken their lives.

Margaret Van Dyke, Struthers

Don’t badger YSU board of trustees with endorsements of Jim Tressel

Jim Tressel could be the per- fect candidate to lead Youngstown State after the back-door departure of Randy Dunn. With Valley ties and a recognizable name, he could be just what the doctor ordered to draw in new students to a university struggling with admissions.

But this is not for the politicians to decide.

Tim Ryan got the ball rolling with his recent petition to the board of trustees. Ryan and a group of Valley moneyed residents decided to throw Tressel’s name in the presidential hat for him. Even Bob Hagan spoke with Jim Tressel about his interest.

Two problems: What if the university decides on someone else? What if Tressel doesn’t want it?

University trustees have already contracted AGB, the same agency that found Dunn, to conduct another presidential search. If this leads to any candidate besides Tressel, disappointment could reign for the Tressel backers that Ryan and Hagan have stirred.

We as a community cannot hold ill feelings toward either party if the persistence of Ryan and others does not result in the realization of their vision for YSU.

Ryan, Hagan and the wealthy Tressel patrol are only putting Tressel and YSU in a no-win situation. This is far from fair to Youngstown State, Tressel and any other potential candidates.

The outcry for Tressel is understandable, but the board of trustees needs to be left alone to make whatever decision it feels is best for the university.

Anthony Potts, Warren

Mother Teresa drew parallels between gun violence, abortion

In the March 2 issue of The Vindicator, Matthew Mangino writes a column titled, “Guns soon will surpass cars as leading killer of young people.”

Statistics for 2010 are startling: 6,201 young people between 15 and 24 were killed by guns. Mr. Mangino writes, “More must be done to deal with this disturbing and embarrassing trend.” He continues, “Policy makers would do well to use research and evidence-based practices to reduce the number.”

Well, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was no policymaker, but she dared to speak her mind and heart on this subject at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C, on Feb. 5, 1994.

“If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

Bob Halko, Austintown