October 22, 2014 at 10:58 a.m.
What do thriving towns have that dying towns do not? An educated population. Youngstown has so much hidden potential but has never recovered from the steel mill closings and at so many levels it is stuck in the 70's. There are companies in the area that can bring Youngstown out of it's blight but many of these jobs require an effort on the part of the applicant to have a skill or knowledge and drug free.
Fracking is not the answer. Pro frackers are willing to sell out the area for a short term quick buck without any thought to future consequences to our health and resources. The impact of that decision can affect our children and grandchildren. Take the time to research the areas that have experienced fracking and listen to what people are saying. We do better when we know better.
October 22, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.
Pretty sure this Vindy article is done "tongue in cheek". Especially with the comment "Finally, there’s a charter amendment to make the superintendent of code enforcement and blight remediation an unclassified position, hired by and serving at the PLEASURE of the mayor. We support this endeavor."
"We urge Youngstown residents to not only again reject the anti-fracking charter amendment, but to do so by a bigger margin than that recorded in the May primary election."
Since when does an newspaper take a stand on the issues? I would understand if this was written as opinion piece but this is coming directly from The Vindicator? Does a journalism code of ethics not apply here? Readers turn to newspapers to gain clear, concise and unbiased information. http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp
October 21, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
lajoci: The position says entry level - $10 - $11 per hour Didn't say minimum wage. You want higher wages, go for the jobs needing higher skills. There are plenty listed in 5 pages of job ads.
Entry level jobs don't mean that you stay at the same pay and the same job for life. They are stepping stones to a better position..
To be "fair" why don't we just pay everyone the same hourly wage regardless of skills or experience or type of industry. How would that work for you?
The problem with all the govt. subsidies is that we've now created no incentive to work since everything is paid for.
October 20, 2014 at 9:56 p.m.
9 years minus 259 days already spent minus time off for good behavior. Should be out in just a few years to victimize again. I hope the real justice here comes from prison justice.
October 18, 2014 at 6:45 p.m.
Jojuggie: Too bad all governors haven't had the guts to do as Govenor Brandstad.
October 17, 2014 at 11:09 p.m.
So now a two year old will be without her mother for the next 2 years and possibly without her father as well. Any other children in the family? Punishment was deserved but was there no other option? 2 years? Seriously?
October 17, 2014 at 10:54 p.m.
?reality: Interesting data. Wonder why they state: The annual growth rate is currently declining and is projected to continue to decline in the coming years. Currently, it is estimated that it will become less than 1% by 2020 and less than 0.5% by 2050.
tnmartin: Just like when budgeting at home, we have to learn to live within a budget and it's a lot easier to keep up rather than try to catch up. Unfortunately. we are so far in debt that it WILL be painful if we don't address this NOW...if not already too late!
October 13, 2014 at 2:18 p.m.
tmmartin: In the 3 hours since you posted, the debt went up another $135 million. And if those numbers don't scare you, look at the numbers in social security, medicare and unfunded liabilities
October 12, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
The biggest factor for poverty according to the link is "Families with female householder, no husband present" with 65.5% below poverty level Just as borylie pointed out it is a breakdown of the family.
Another thing to consider is that 48.8% are not in the labor force. The cost of living in Ytown is so low that it doesn't pay to get off welfare unless the jobs pay 60k per year by the time you factor in taxes, insurance and benefits.
October 12, 2014 at 9:48 p.m.