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Bertram de Souza

Stories by Bertram

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

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

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