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Bertram de Souza

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Teachable moment for Y’Town

“No doubt the picture here remains murky and unfinished. For all the talks of a private sector

Feds won’t get a pass on probe

In response to this writer’s December column urging the FBI and federal prosecutors to clean up the

Elections staff gets smacked

Joyce Kale-Pesta, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections, is the ultimate political

Are Cosby’s comments also racist?

Embattled Youngstown school board member Lock Beachum should have found comfort in entertainment

Public pensions a travesty

First a reminder about the public pension system in Ohio: It is shrouded in secrecy with regard to

Sheriff should call the FBI

It was a shot in the dark that ended up hitting the bull’s-eye. The question from this writer to

Worst of the worst In 2012

There were loads of bad decisions made by public sector workers and entities in the Mahoning Valley

Who was naughty, nice in ’12?

As Santa Claus (Father Christmas to our Anglophile readers) goes over the list of Mahoning Valley

If Vegas calls, don’t answer

Youngstown’s clerk of courts isn’t shy about traveing — at taxpayers’ expense.

Will GOP ax Y’town judgeship?

Given that the debate over the Youngstown Municipal Court comes down to money — specifically, the

Money trumps good sense

If you had any doubt about money being the root of all political evil, you need only look at the

President must face ‘reality’

Barack Obama apparently believes that America is “Masterpiece Theater,” when, in fact, it is “Honey

Romney’s loss would spur Kasich

In politics, perception is reality. And there is a growing perception that the Republican governor

Courts slow GOP attack on voting

No one who knows U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus (this writer has supported him since he

Will Ohio autoworkers back prez?

It’s no accident that Ohio Gov. John Kasich did not mention how important the auto industry is to

Traficant: America’s con man

First a confession: This writer has not read James A. Traficant Jr.’s book, does not intend to read

GOP faces backlash over voting

Just as Senate Bill 5, the assault by Ohio Republicans on public employees, lit a fire under the

SB5 comes back to bite Gov. Kasich

It should have been John Kasich, the governor of battleground Ohio, standing next to Mitt Romney, as

Y’town pols lacking in credibility

Whenever politicians insist that a public sector job is absolutely necessary, hold on to your

Judge Lioi speaks for most of us

U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi’s eloquent reprimand last week of former Cuyahoga County

We need to hear from feds

If the FBI wants to avoid being ridiculed for its attempt to nab Anthony M. Cafaro Sr. on government

Obama can’t be that naive

Perhaps he was still on cloud nine as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the

Will the real Mitt stand up?

The disturbing aspect of Mitt Romney’s take on the American auto industry is not his brazenness in

Y’town lawmakers be warned

If members of Youngstown City Council have the audacity to replace the judgment of the voters with

Public employees on notice

What was the message delivered Tuesday by voters in Wisconsin, San Diego and San Jose? Quite simply

Break down of family is costly

Family fragmentation costs American taxpayers a mind-boggling $112 billion a year, or more than $1

Take aim at root causes of crime

Just days after law enforcement officials in Mahoning County had warned of possible gang violence at

GOP afraid of public employees

By one calculation, Ohio’s five public pension plans have unfunded liabilities of $66 billion. And

Attack on store owner was obscene

It would be a grave injustice to equate the unprovoked beating of the owner of a neighborhood store

Parking wars loom at YSU

In the annals of dumb decisions made on the hallowed grounds of Youngstown State University, the one

Politics rears its ugly head

To understand just how difficult it will be to change the court system in Mahoning County below the

Republicans overplay their hand

Democrats in the Ohio General Assembly will be held up to public ridicule if they’re taken in by the

‘Caveman caucuses’ overreach

Ohio Sen. Nina Turner, a Democrat from Cleveland, was so touched by the concern of her Republican

No reason for Gains to celebrate

It isn’t just the sliver of his margin of victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary that should keep

What if Macejko is fired?

It’s possible that Youngstown City Prosecutor Jay Macejko could win the Democratic Party nomination

What has happened to GOPers?

If ever there was a year for the Republican parties in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to chip away

Macejko, Gains clash on Ch. 21

Does Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains show up for work drunk — when he does show up, that is?

Witnesses to crime are afraid

Two and a half years ago, the judge assigned to the case of Youngstown killer Anthony Caulton was

YSU can’t spin the bad news

Perhaps in the rarefied air of academia a decline in enrollment isn’t worth losing sleep over. But

Courts won’t go quietly

“Ungaro pushes to cut judge” “Abolition of post is target — Leaders seek just two judges” Those

Austintown, Boardman officials OK funding for radio project

By Elise Franco and Ashley Luthern news@vindy.com Austintown Both Austintown and Boardman

The good, the bad, the ugly

Youngstown City Prosecutor Jay Macejko insists he has no ties whatsoever to members of the Cafaro

‘Did he just call me a drunk?’

During a recent candidate forum in Boardman hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, Youngstown City

A rare stone for Christmas

His career has spanned decades, and yet he had never come across anything like it. The color, the

Traficant: Delusional to the end

Although former congressman and ex-convict James A. Traficant Jr. has kept out of the public

Kill 3-High formula for pensions

Don’t look for Republicans in Columbus to fast-track legislation dealing with public employees’

Occupy Y’town in the Hood

Private sector working stiffs (those in the public sector defy description) could be forgiven for

Kasich, Obama on the hot seat

Let there be no doubt that if State Issue 2 (a referendum on Ohio’s new collective bargaining reform

What sacrifice at YSU?

The Youngstown State University business-size envelope was addressed (handwritten) thusly:

Who put the blade to Betras?

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras appears to have been bladed by Republicans


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