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Bertram de Souza

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Remove pension shroud

On Jan. 15, the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio and the School Employees Retirement System

Kasich on the hot seat

EDITOR’S NOTE: The New York Times has endorsed Gov. John Kasich for the Republican nomination for

Gains fails as a leader

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains should thank the political gods that he’s unopposed in his re-

Obama disses GOPers

If there were any doubts about how Republicans have benefited from the political chicanery involved

High stakes gamble?

Before delving into the looming debate in Columbus over the enticement that casino and racino

2016: A not-so new year

A colleague in the newsroom suggested a positive column from this writer to ring in the new year.

Political stench of 2015

The rotting fish in Mill Creek Park’s Lake Newport in June were the manifestation of a major

Show us the payrolls

Remember that iconic Wendy’s commercial featuring actress Clara Peller who angrily exclaimed

Voters are in a quandary

It happened again. An area officeholder was rumored to be the target of a criminal investigation,

Dellick fits CEO profile

First, an admission: This writer has not discussed the premise of today’s column with Mahoning

Are the G-Men lying?

First, let there be no misunderstanding: The headline is not a reflection of this writer’s opinion

Why did it have to be us?

The immediate reaction to the news that a gelding (a male horse without his testicles) had won an

Dems’ walk of shame

When the “Trial of the Century” gets underway in March in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, there

Sciortino is on the Oakhill hot seat

The “Strabala Tapes”, as they will be referred to in the annals of government corruption in the

Y’town fails its children

Critics of the “Youngstown Plan,” the last chance for the revival of the academically challenged

Show us public payrolls

In the real world, the employer knows how much an employee earns, what benefits the employee

Show us the money

Imagine this scenario: An overflowing crowd is rocking to the music of Red Wanting Blue, getting

Why arrest ‘johns’?

No, the headline isn’t an apologia for the procurers of “ladies of the night” – or in the language

Trump is still The One

Donald “I’m Really Rich” Trump has broken just about every rule of presidential politics, including

Smarmy apologist for Tony

Dear Anonymous Letter Writer: If you’re determined to hide your identity, you might consider

Smoke, mirrors & marijuana

If voters in Ohio decide to legalize marijuana in the November general election, the ultimate

Belinky’s evil rivals Goldberg’s

When he admitted to a special agent of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation that he had stolen

Big Tony does it again

Each new revelation of businessman Anthony M. Cafaro Sr.’s machinations to control the politics of

A political wallflower in the state for decades and the Rodney Dangerfield of politics

When you have been a political wallflower in the state for decades and are the Rodney Dangerfield

Ohio Democrats are flailing

Do they even matter any more?

Do they even matter any more?

Was AG DeWine just coy?

There was a noticeable difference in Attorney General Mike DeWine’s demeanor and attitude from May

Trump's outrage familiar

Twenty-eight years ago, this writer followed a loudmouth, profane, self-assured, flamboyant

Kasich needs to go big

If Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to be more than an “also” in the Republican presidential sweepstakes,

'Save our Schools' in Youngstown? Get real

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bertram de Souza is back on the job as the editorial page editor of The Vindicator.

Taking to a road not traveled

You know it’s time for a break when ... You answer a call from Jain, your significant other, with

An attack on reefer madness?

It’s no accident that Ohio Auditor Dave Yost keeps using the words “marijuana cartel” to describe

Trustees at YSU slam ACE

Unlike seven years ago when then-president of Youngstown State University, Dr. David Sweet, and the

Political shake-up hits Niles

It wasn’t just the longtime mayor of Niles, Ralph Infante, who was a victim of the political shake-

Let’s not sugarcoat the rioting

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of the embattled city of Baltimore was absolutely right when she

Hathorn’s honesty was his undoing

When Dr. Connie Hathorn had the audacity to publicly criticize parents and guardians in the city of

A debt of gratitude to Republicans

Let there be no doubt about it: Had Michael Sciortino won re-election last fall, the Mahoning County

Population loss bad for the region

It’s a tale of two areas in Ohio, highlighted by the following headlines: “Vanishing Act — Despite

You’ve got to feel sorry for them

In the words of Michael Corleone in “Godfather: Part III,” “Just when I thought I was out ... they

Sales tax buyer’s remorse

Each new revelation of public dollars squandered by Mahoning County government officials is

Baptism by fire for Meacham

Focus on the third word in the headline, because it best describes what’s going on with Mahoning

Democratic brand needs a makeover

After suffering the indignity of losing Mahoning County to Republicans John Kasich and Ralph Meacham

What was Sciortino ‘buying’?

That question immediately came to mind when The Vindicator revealed that outgoing Mahoning County

Window dressing in Y’town

Two black leaders in the city of Youngstown have been appointed to the Youngstown City School

Change the retire-rehire pay formula

First an admission: Hell will freeze over before the obscene public pension system in Ohio undergoes

Oh, how our mighty are falling

On the page opposite this one (for Vindy.com subscribers, that’s Page A15) is a picture of Edward J.

Tress talks cost cuts in athletics*

If you haven’t gone to the end of this column to find out what the asterisk is about, please do so

ACLU’s arrogance condemned

A day after The Vindicator ran an editorial that blasted the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio

Mrs. Hagan bites hand that fed her

It has been an inauspicious beginning for Michele Lepore-Hagan as the state representative from

‘Oakhill’ case gets intriguing

What do John A. McNally, Michael V. Sciortino and Martin Yavorcik have in common besides being

Meacham, Rusu allow us to hope

There’ll be something of significance missing when Mahoning County’s auditor and probate judge start

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