I appreciate the story but there's not much going on when you get down to the numbers. According to the story, county payroll increased less than 3% for 2014.
Sure, there were a few raises that look a bit suspicious and the Vindy should definitely look into them but the vast majority are inconsequential even with the levy on the ballot.
If you want to attract and retain educated public employees you have to pay for them.
April 7, 2014 at 11:34 a.m.
How can anyone think the person who shot a 9 year old girl is worthy of protection? Speak up! Do it anonymously.
Next time they may kill a child.
April 3, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.
The Republican legislature blew it in the budget negotiations when they lowered the natural gas severance tax. That money could have been used to fix real problems like filling pot holes and knocking down blighted structures. These are projects that would have created jobs. The state only has so many ways to generate revenue and the legislature really screwed up.
March 31, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.
Michigan's governor said the marriages were performed legally so of course Federal benefits apply. The state can't forcibly unmarry a couple.
March 28, 2014 at 4:12 p.m.
Cops can help reduce crime but they can't make people have pride for the place where they live. Slumlord property owners need to keep up on their property. Code enforcement can help.
March 28, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.
Well Walter, we can't do anything about the weather. Think of it as just one more challenge to overcome.
March 26, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.
Joe, the ACLU is concerned about how the rolls will be cleaned up. No one is disputing that it needs to be done.
And no, ID should not be a requirement for voting. I've never gone to the polls and seen that someone else has signed my name in the log.
March 26, 2014 at 9:20 a.m.
Living in the Valley is like living anywhere else, it's what you make of it that determines how good your life is. If you want to be successful here, you can be. Opportunity is everywhere. If you want to say things are too hard and offer up excuses for why you can't succeed, you can do that too.
The biggest thing wrong with this area is the attitude of those who live here.
March 26, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.
People need to make themselves as employable as possible. Finish school, get a trade or college, be clean and presentable, don't drink or do drugs and work your butt off at whatever job you get.
If you can't get a job, look in the mirror and figure out what you are doing to hold yourself back.
March 26, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.
The parents of Youngstown need to step up and do a better job. Kids who are taught respect and hard work at home don't give teachers these kinds of problems. The school can't be a parent for you.
March 26, 2014 at 8:48 a.m.