I read this column (and the rest of the Vindy) Sunday morning, along with other newspapers like the New York Times, Warren Trib, Financial Times, etc. And when I read the Vindy stories, I get a very uneasy feeling, that I never used to get. While I don't disagree that somebody needs to be watching over local government, I sometimes wonder if the mission of the Vindy isnt so much protector of the people's money, but rather provocateur.
a. Discussing blanket pay raises within local government is certainly worthy. But I bet there is a counterbalance with some local agencies actually having performance metrics met and exceeded. These of course, need to be flushed out. And comparing a government agency to Pep Boys and Best Buy is very apples to oranges. Sales managers who meet targets there are most likely rewarded.
b. The local govt stories also coincide with the watching of every salary spent at YSU. Again, watching isnt a bad thing. But there are negative effects of only reporting on salaries. It will be increasingly difficult for the university to attract promising teaching talent when they google search the area and see that their every penny is scruntinized by the local paper. Again, if there was a counter balance to find areas in which the university is doing more with less, and an analysis of the productivity of staff and academics, then a more complete picture is painted.
c. I think the Vindy does an excellent job of reporting on community life within the Valley - many stories reflect the heart of the people of the Valley. I do not feel the same can be said for the economic progress the Valley has made. Maybe the Vindy has conceded business news to the Business Journal. But when there isnt so much activity focused on the positives within the economy, again the comprehensive reporting feels unbalanced.
If you have the chance, go on YouTube and watch the last 7 minutes of Conan O'Briens last night hosting the Tonight Show. Its inspiring, and he comments on how much he detests cynicism. I am a huge fan of sarchasm, but there has to be a line drawn. I know the newspaper world is getting tougher and tougher, and we need newspapers to continue to survive, esp local papers. But the business plan of a newspaper would have to always remember why newspapers exist in the first place - fair, objective reporting that shows both sides in a way that empowers the reader to make informed opinions. The Vindy has done that for a century, and I hope that it will continue to find that balance.
April 15, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.
Great job Dan! The YNG airport is a hallmark of the Valleys economic development resurgence. Daily service will be a significant tool to use to attract companies to the Valley.
April 15, 2014 at 8:47 a.m.
Attis - why is it wrong for people to have career advancement aspirations? Dean Depoy is someone I know, and is a tremendous human being. He has done great things at YSU. A good city always has a circulation of talent coming in and going out, bringing fresh ideas.
What I think is weird is this whole university system of divulging who is looking for jobs at other schools. It doesnt happen in the private sector, and I think thats healthy.
April 8, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.
While I agree that all communities should look to pitch in a little, its disconcerting to hear the capital of Mahoning County say 'when everybody else signs up, call us'. All those companies that located within the city of Youngstown that the city did a great job in recruiting in recent years would benefit from daily flights out of YNG. Its in the city's best economic interest to promote daily flights.
April 3, 2014 at 8:29 a.m.
listener, this is not a waste of money. Modern companies want to locate in cities with daily air service. This is essential to the growth of the Valley. A congrats to the board on their ability to get this done.
March 19, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.
For those that think no jobs are coming to the Valley, look up TMK, Vallourec Star, VAM USA, Republic (Patriot) Steel, Reinforcement Systems, IPS, Exterran, Legacy Measurement, Valerus, De-Cal, VXI, NiSource, GM Lordstown, NAMII, and local firms that have been hiring. There are plenty of companies that have invested or reinvested in the Valley lately.
March 18, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.
This is a great move!! Congrats to Mr. Zoldan for his foresight to bring in a partner with ties to the Pens, and working to keep the team in the Valley. I think its a win-win for all concerned!
March 14, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.
I really would like to see the Phantoms develop an association with the Pittsburgh Penguins - maybe this is the catalyst. I still think "SteelPens", with the Pen Pen skating penguin, maybe wearing a hardhat, would be really cool to see. And it fits the YSU Pens vibe as well!
Regardless, congrats to the Phantoms for making this move. Its good quality hockey in a gorgeous arena!
March 13, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.
That is so awesome on so many levels - science in practice in an old school building!
Nice story. BTW, Vindy, it would have been great to have a slide show with more pics of their space - to see it in action!
March 7, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.
I need to respectfully disagree with Mr. Streetwood's opinion that Ron Johnson completely destroyed JCPennys. Pennys was already suffereing declines when he was brought in. He sought to transform the make and image of Pennys. Many of JCPenny's traditional customers hated it - but at the same time those traditional customers were already fading from the company. His problem was that impatient shareholders didnt see improvement fast enough. However, the stores that he remodeled to the 'store within a store' concept was showing higher profit margins, and was beginning to bring in younger shoppers. He couldnt change them fast enough. Now, JCPenny is back to the coupon concept, competing against Kohls, Target, WalMart, Sears, Amazon, and time. Its hard to see how they will be a winner. In the last 30 years, the US has lost its love for true change. Thats sad.
February 21, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.