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Bertram de Souza

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Don’t expect Youngstown lawmakers to do right

Warning: Holding your breath in the hope that Youngstown City Council acts on proposed charter

Intrigue veils race for mayor

Retired Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes’ decision to drop out of the race for mayor and support

Betras can’t be blind to the scandals

From the time he was chosen to lead the Mahoning County Democratic Party four years ago, David

Why did FBI interview Sciortino?

It was just five lines in the 21-page report on the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office Internal

Obama now knows how Valley feels

First, it was China that gave President Obama a figurative wet noodle when he asked the communist

Has private jitney service returned?

If a publicly unidentified high-ranking officer in the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department (we know

Will trial in Boston spur FBI?

James “Whitey” Bulger, who had shared top billing on America’s most-wanted list with the world’s

Youngstown continues to shed people

The city of Youngstown’s unenviable No. 1 national ranking for population loss does not tell the

Will Valley racino trump competitors?

Ground was formally broken Thursday — site clearance has been going on for a while — for the $125

Oakhill haunts McNally

Regardless of how you cut it, John A. McNally IV’s 150-vote margin of victory in Tuesday’s

Camera never lies or blinks

As the city of Youngstown cracks down on curfew violations with a new initiative aptly named “Do You

Let state racing panel pay

Conspiracy theories aside, the reason the Ohio State Racing Commission is making such seemingly

Will Valley racino ever be built?

Has the Mahoning Valley become Ground Zero in the battle of the “Casino Titans”? That question looms

They’re off, but not in the Valley

There’s a racino (horse-racing track and slots casino) opening on Tuesday — within driving distance

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


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