All comments prior to mine are excellent points. Public opinion amongst Americans and a majority of foreign countries is growing rapidly in that ISIS must be stopped ASAP. I'm not an Obama fan, but Bush and Colin Powell got hoodwinked big time by Cheney and Rumsfeld.
September 1, 2014 at 10:47 p.m.
This is an encouraging story to read. Especially with the mostly negative news we are exposed to in the media. I completely agree that marriage is the foundation of the community. Single mothers and males who have several children with multiple partners seems like the norm. Going to church on Sunday is not the norm any longer. Any mention of God is not cool. In his acceptance speech, Academy Award winner for Best Actor in a leading role Matthew McConaughey said that the first person he wanted to thank was God and said that if it wasn't for God, he wouldn't be standing up there with the Oscar. He said God has blessed his life with talent and family. These comments received at best a smattering of soft clapping. Had he said "I would like to thank the LGBT community for all of their contributions to the motion picture industry and for their rights to legally marry", they would still be giving him a standing ovation, a rousing round of applause with Hollywood high-fives all over the place. To quote my mom who is in her 80's "what a crazy world we live in." Keep up the good work Ernie. Too bad your co-workers Bertram and Todd can't ever compose a story that leaves the reader feeling somewhat encouraged.
March 6, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.
Local governments are forced to create new fees to survive. Don't look for Governor Kasich to help local government. He is a self promoter trying to make the state look fiscally sound while bankrupting the locals as he pompously has ambitions for the White House. His state income tax cuts are not what they appear to be either. Look closely at the state tax reforms just signed into law and you will see that for every dollar Kasich saves you in the income tax rate decreases, he is costing you $2 more through elimination of deductions and tax credits (such as the $20 credit per filer plus dependents), reducing homestead and rollback deductions on your property taxes, increasing the state sales tax in September and the list goes on and on. His new name should be John "the Con" Kasich.
December 4, 2013 at 8:01 p.m.
What a joke these charter schools are. Most are business opportunities for shysters who care less about educating children than ripping off public tax dollars. But the Republicans love them because it helps in their quest to break teachers unions. A story on the NBC national news tonight revealed that we are getting passed up education wise by underdeveloped countries. 15 year olds in Vietnam scored higher on average in reading math and science than American 15 year olds. We need some radical changes in the education system in this country soon (and it's not charter schools or home schooling) or we are headed for disaster in the near future.
December 4, 2013 at 12:41 a.m.
On behalf of the citizens of the Mahoning Valley, I would like to thank Prosecutor Watkins and his staff for the extra effort taken to vehemently, passionately, and consistently oppose the release of convicted felons such as the two in this story. It would be easy for him to sit back and do nothing when these sociopaths come up for a parole hearing and quite frankly, 99% of us would never know the difference. The streets are dangerous enough. We certainly don't need the likes of these two characters back in our communities. It's impossible to measure the impact of what criminal acts didn't happen because of Watkins efforts to keep these felons incarcerated where they belong. But it's safe to say that if even one less murder or one less rape occurred, it was well worth his efforts. Since behavior tends to repeat itself, it likely several less murders and several less rapes have occurred because of Watkins efforts.
November 29, 2013 at 10:27 p.m.
Gdog hit the nail on the head in his/her comment about the Commissioners relying heavily on Tablack's advice. If George would have said at the time to buy the old Wean United Building under the Market St. Bridge and refurbish it, the Commissioners would have done just that. The County is left in a real pickle as Ditzler suggests. They are in too far to pull the plug on Oak Hill but have a marketing nightmare on their hands trying to convince any agency, government, non-profit or private to move their operation into Oak Hill. If I remember correctly, a Vindy editorial a few years past praised George for his ingenuity and visionary leadership for making the Oak Hill deal a reality. Yikes. Maybe the Vindy can lease office space from the Commissioners and move part of their operation into Oak Hill since they so whole-heartedly endorsed the idea.
August 25, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.
In other news, a 2009 Dodge Charger with three occupants was spotted around 7:30 PM at a known drug house on Youngstown's lower south side.
August 20, 2013 at 10:59 p.m.
Consolidation = you will take all of my employees, their accrued liabilities (vacation, sick leave, service time), regardless of their work ethic and/or productivity, and provide them a job at their current rate of pay, whether you need them or not. If you find out later that you don't need them, it is up to you to go through the hassle of getting rid of them and paying their unemployment costs.
Contracting = I will provide required services to your organization and I may hire many of your employees but not all of them. Before that happens, you can pay off all of their accrued liabilities and pay unemployment costs to those employees not picked up. I can also place the retained employees in my organization where I see fit based on their experience and work ethic not at a rate set by you.
It's not a wonder Sammarone is pushing for a consolidation as opposed to contracting.
August 11, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.
My understanding is that the DROP program benefits are not as lucrative now as in the Jimmy "500 K" Hughes era. Also, just wondering if kurtw is claiming income earned on his tax returns in his part-time handyman work cleaning drains. My bet is no.
August 1, 2013 at 9:50 p.m.
I saw the ODOT spokesperson on the local news tonight defending ODOT stating that caution signs were set up one mile before the work area, 1/2 mile before the work area, 3/10 of a mile before the work area, 2/10 of a mile before the work area and yuddah, yuddah, yuddah. With three lanes merging into one in addition to traffic exiting from the Ohio Turnpike, this was the proverbial accident(s) waiting to happen. In such a high risk area, brighter minds should have thought of placing an OSHP car with lights on parked on the side of the interstate. If the state was worried about spending money on a trooper sitting in a car getting paid to not do much, they could have let the car sit with its lights on with no one in it. It would have caught drivers attention and made them slow down more than signs posted every 1/4 mile. Two dead who should have been enjoying their golden years because of poor planning by the state. They are of the same ilk of the geniuses in the federal government who were going to allow small knives to be permitted back on to commercial flights but were thankfully recently overruled.
June 10, 2013 at 10:41 p.m.