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Bertram de Souza

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Cities can punish ‘foreign workers’

Now that the Republican dominated Ohio Supreme Court has told public employees they are free to live

Tsagaris can’t be chuckling these days

In September 2005, at the formal announcement by Pan Am Airlines that its regional carrier, Pan Am

It’s a good thing area wasn’t on feds radar

Now is not the time for the Mahoning Valley to be attracting national attention to the crucial role

Pros and cons of stores in the Hood

The May 10 column headlined “Will store closings end crime in Y’town?” opened with the following:

Opposition to casino proposal growing

It’s always risky to bet against a guy with boatloads of money, but here goes: Dan Gilbert, owner of

Dann’s apology churns the stomach

Yes, a year does make a difference. Last Tuesday, the disgraced former attorney general of Ohio,

Will store closings end crime in Y’town?

Let’s get something straight: The owners of the neighborhood markets in the city of Youngstown, many

Rep. Ryan’s decision to stay put is right on

There was a collective sigh of relief in the Mahoning Valley, especially within the ranks of the

A plucked PETA chick vs. plucked KFC chick

Warren Mayor Michael O’Brien should consider the following question as he decides whether to hitch

Antonini remains a joker to the end

A tip of the hat to Lisa Antonini for the comic relief she provided as chairwoman of the Mahoning

To repeat: Rep. Ryan should stay in House

What a difference three months make. On Jan. 18, this space was dedicated to the proposition that

Cafaros know how to get even

Reports of Anthony Cafaro’s political demise — in this space — have been exaggerated. Cafaro, chief

Is a sweet deal in the works for YSU prez?

Having failed to get the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio to agree to a plan that would have

Strollo, Madoff: Corrupt soul mates

One is now in federal prison, where he’ll spend the rest of his life; the other was in federal

Let the Y’town judges roll dice

Youngstown’s municipal court judges have threatened to go to the Ohio Supreme Court to force city

Valley left out of casino proposal

If the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and his high-rolling cohorts think they can pass a

There are none so blind as those ...


Make the GOPers beg for stimulus

Ohio stands to receive $8.2 billion from the stimulus package passed by Congress — with no

Rendell creative with gambling

There are at least 17,000 illegal poker machines operating in Pennsylvania, and Gov. Ed Rendell

Obama should send CEOs to Valley

President Barack Obama wants top executives from companies seeking federal bailouts to experience

Y’town needs a new ‘court’

A half century ago, when Youngstown was justifiably the center of the Mahoning Valley universe, when

It takes courage to be a leech?

“Today we agreed to put to rest a series of events that was unbecoming of the leadership of the

Rep. Ryan should remain in the House

To understand why U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, would do well to disabuse himself of the

Should ’09 be the year to embrace our slugs?

“Nice job kicking a guy when he’s down!”

Antonini, Cafaros good for a laugh

About a month ago, Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairwoman Lisa Antonini, reacting to an entry

Is $45M cost fo arena valid?

That question has preoccupied this writer ever since the publicly owned Chevrolet Centre opened three years ago. An effort to get the U.S. Government Accountability Office to conduct a cost analysis of the downtown Youngstown sports and entertainment facility failed because neither the mayor at the time, George M. McKelvey, nor members of city council expressed interest in such a review.

Traficant has not asked for a break

President Bush’s latest list of pardons made national news last week — but received passing mention

Dem chief Antonini should step down

To quote Chris Matthews, the insightful and aggressive talk show host of “Hardball” on MSNBC, “Ha!”

McCain’s pick of Palin cost him a vote

If only the John McCain on the presidential campaign trail had been the John McCain in the United States Senate.

Yavorcik’s ties to Goldberg revealing

If it is true that if you lie down with dogs you get fleas, then Atty. Martin Yavorcik, an independent candidate for Mahoning County prosecutor. should be worried about infestation.

Ohio GOP finds an energizing issue

Four years ago, the Republican Party secured victory in Ohio for President Bush by tossing out red meat to its faithful in the form of a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The GOP’s campaign across the state for passage of the amendment could be described thus: If you don’t vote yes, the wrong type of people will flood into Ohio.

Hypocrisy underlies election — again

This isn’t about the merits of State Issue 6 on the Nov. 4 general election ballot in Ohio, or about

Dann’s misdeeds haunt Democrats

As the debate over the $700 billion federal bailout of Wall Street was raging last week, a host of

Dear John: Your pick of Palin is unlike you

When Democrats threw political caution to the wind and nominated Barack Obama, a first term U.S.

Palin's family off-limits? Get real

The campaign of Republican presidential nominee John McCain has taken exception to this writer’s

Obama will be a tough sell in Ohio

As this is being written, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is on national television

A bridge over troubled waters?

As the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District launches a marketing campaign, it might want to consider

We should up the ante on casino initiative

There, he said it. Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams used the “S” word in a recent interview with The

Dems’ political fortunes dwindling

Not long after the November 2006 general election in which Ohio Democrats captured all but one of

Is it unfair to assign an ulterior motive?

There he stood in all his Florida-tanned glory, waxing eloquent about the late Don L. Hanni Jr.

At the risk of being berated by some ...

Let us stipulate that Marc Dann, Leo Jennings III and Anthony Gutierrez are pond scum. Let us also

It was a bruising, wild ride with Don

Let us not wrap Don L. Hanni Jr. in a cloak of sainthood. Don needs to rest in peace, and emoting

It’s a debate worth having

Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky has yet to get traction on an idea he launched in April

In Ohio, it’s 2004 all over again

It’s back to the future for the Republican campaign for president in battleground Ohio. Four years

Why the hurry?

Why the hurry to reach a settlement on the sexual harassment complaints filed by two female

For $1M, Ohioans deserve a show

Why the hurry to reach a settlement on the sexual harassment complaints filed by two female

What would the Bull Moose be saying?

Dear Don: You probably don’t have a laptop computer at the hospital — and even if you did, you

Is it fair comment, or cheap shot?

When he was attorney general, Marc Dann blatantly lied to this writer. He subsequently admitted to

Dann’s troubles far from over

As predicted in the “Dann Is Toast” piece published May 4 in The Vindicator, Marc Dann resigned as Ohio’s attorney general — his fall from grace the result of a boys-will-be-boys mentality that brought down another prominent Mahoning Valley Democratic officeholder, James A. Traficant Jr.

Some seasoning to go with the crow

Salt and pepper will enhance the flavor of crow being served today in the Marc Dann/Bentley Lenhoff


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