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Bertram de Souza

Stories by Bertram

Finally, a Democrat with guts

It was a political smack down that resonated throughout the state of Ohio. But the ramifications go way beyond House Minority Leader Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, refusing to be a patsy for Speaker William Batchelder, R-Medina.

Williams missed an opportunity

As Jay Williams was departing Youngstown and giving up the office of mayor for bigger and better things in Washington, D.C., a 17-year-old black youth was lying in the morgue another victim of the citys cycle of violence.

DE SOUZA: What are voters thinking?

We can now add the re-election of a criminally indicted officeholder and the thousands of votes cast for a former congressman with a federal prison record to the annals of political corruption in the Mahoning Valley.

Traficant, the bully, gets rolled

It was the “kaboom” moment of this election season. Congressman Tim Ryan, former congressman and now

Balancing our image

Traficant (top). Chance (center). Strollo (bottom). Philomena (not pictured). Will the latest targets of the latest corruption probe add to the Mahoning Valley’s legacy? When will the corruption end and justice prevail?

DE SOUZA ANALYSIS: Oakhillgate reinforces Valley’s image of corruption

It was just about a year ago when thoughtful residents of the Mahoning Valley watched in dismay as

Chewing gum in class pays off at McKinley

A Poland McKinley Elementary School teacher let her students chew gum for a cause.

de Souza: Jokester insults serious voters

In sharp contrast to Monday’s circuslike atmosphere created by the Mahoning Valley’s political jokester, James A. Traficant Jr., thousands of area voters participated in Tuesday’s primary election in a demonstration of true democracy.


1. BRITAIN The Times, London, March 3: What was she thinking? By taking a last-minute detour, on

Years Ago

Today is Monday, March 8, the 67th day of 2010. There are 298 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED

Years Ago

Today is Sunday, March 7, the 66th day of 2010. There are 299 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED

Hey, Mr. ‘Million $$$ Man,’ buy it

On Valentine’s Day, The Vindicator’s news desk gave Eric Ryan, director of the Covelli Centre, the

Bunning had a point

Chicago Tribune: Finally, Democrats and Republicans in Washington have found common ground: They’re

Years Ago

Today is Saturday, March 6, the 65th day of 2010. There are 300 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED


Today is Friday, March 5, the 64th day of 2010. There are 301 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED

Obama fails to deliver on pledge

“We know that our success as a nation depends on the success of communities just like this one. We

Taxpayer uprising the only answer

How can you tell a retired public employee from a private sector retiree? The man laughing all the

Only In the Mahoning Valley

Only In the Mahoning Valley In just about any other region of the country, the decision by

Only in the Mahoning Valley

In just about any other region of the country, the decision by General Motors Corp. to tie its

A decade’s worth of uplifting columns

It didn’t take long in 2000 for this column to become the beacon of all that’s bright and beautiful

Traficant plays us, the press, for fools

The Mahoning Valley’s No. 1 Con Man — con as in convict and con as in conniver — must still be

Is there a reason for Valley to worry?

The two words in the New York Times and Washington Post stories literally jumped off the pages:

Cronin, Tsagaris share a ‘lender’

First, an apology to federal prosecutors in Cleveland who kept mum about the identity of the

Vetting failed in YSU trustee selection

Had Atty. Liz Bernard not resigned as a trustee of Youngstown State University, the governor’s

Now, there’s an honest professor

A staunch defender of Youngstown State University, reacting to this writer’s criticism of the

Obama should weigh in on V&M

“Now, we’ve still got a long way to go. But there is little debate that the decisions we’ve made and

Who’s to blame for sales tax defeat?

Make no mistake about it. Had the renewal of the half-percent sales tax in Mahoning County won voter

Casino foes overplay their hand

In politics, overreaching carries great risk — largely because voters see it as a sign of

Is our Mafia history a factor?

To hear the mastermind of State Issue 3 tell it, Youngstown was under consideration for one of the

Heads must roll at board of elections

Having a clerk take the fall for what is by any measure a major foul-up at the Mahoning County Board

Vote ‘yes’ on Issue 3 to end the hypocrisy

From the anti-gambling puritans, to the group leading the charge against State Issue 3, to some

YSU is not coming up ‘aces’

In just a matter of weeks, Youngstown State University has gone from walking on a $5,275,000 cloud —

The vanities of the ex-cons

There he was in all his criminally convicted glory, talking about running for Congress. Who, James

They rise up in defense of their man

You’ve got to hand it to the supporters of ex congressman-turned-criminal James A. Traficant Jr.,

‘Come to YSU, we even have computers’

To hear Youngstown State University’s administration tell it, the $4,500 bonuses that 400 or so

Traficant: Master of the disguise

The mug shots of James A. Traficant Jr. aren’t meant to highlight the fashion sense of the former

Traficant bans writer from bash

Former congressman and now former federal prisoner James A. Traficant Jr. will in all likelihood

Respect? Not a little bit

The ex-sheriff’s self-destructive streak did him in. From this day forth, legitimate journalists

Blessed is the criminal? Read on

It is not surprising that politicians, by and large, rise to the defense of one of their own —

Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2009. There are 130 days left in the year. On this date

Tsagaris has last laugh with wrist tap

Just two months ago, this space was dedicated to the proposition that an officeholder who corrupted

What would Traficant say?

A telepathic conversation with former Congressman-turned-federal inmate James A. Traficant Jr.:

Judge ignores reality in Y’town

Retired Cuyahoga County Judge Thomas Curran, sitting by assignment in the case of Youngstown killer

Federal judge pick is not a surprise

Let us stipulate that Gene Donofrio, a 7th District Court of Appeals judge, is a nice man who, from

An arena of false profits and false prophets

The headline on the front page of Tuesday’s Vindicator screamed — OK, perhaps not screamed, but

At YSU, ‘me-too’ defines greed

If employees at Youngstown State University had not shown such unadulterated greed in gorging

Why pay to strip homes in Y’town?

At first glance, the city of Youngstown’s “deconstruction” program makes so much sense you wonder

What’s the criteria for granting immunity?

One of the main subtexts of the political saga of James A. Traficant Jr. is how the man who admitted

Governor’s scheme for slots isn’t surprising

Early in his administration, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland was lumped in with other prominent Ohio

Cities can punish ‘foreign workers’

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


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