No doubt he deserves whatever terrible fate awaits him. But we shouldn't let his family and the ACLU or some other group sue the county because they "failed to protect" this turd. The C.O. probably has the same feelings most of us do, but he did what he had to do to make the rescue. At the state pen, they don't think much of child rapers, so he better learn to sleep on his back with one eye open...
January 27, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.
For the most part, I agree with you. The mere fact that the more worthless owners choose certain breeds speaks to the breeds' natural characteristics that lend themselves to aggression. It is possible to train aggression out of most dogs and to help them be good members of society, but no one wants to meet a big dog with an attitude in the park...
January 26, 2010 at 3:13 p.m.
It seems to me that a large, lunging, snarling Rotweiller meets the definition, trained or not. Certain breeds have a less than desirable record (think Pit Bull), and there are many prominent cases of attacks by these dogs. Yet I don't read many stories about renegade toy poodles or cocker spaniels. I agree that the owner/handler should be responsible for the behavior of their dog, but large dogs are a greater threat than small ones. People and children using the park should not have to worry about being bitten while walking or running. The prey drive of some breeds is so strong that it creates unacceptable risk in such a setting.
January 26, 2010 at 2:07 p.m.
Maybe Jim could get a gig with Rush pushing Vicodin. Two pompous idiots who are clear out in space...
January 6, 2010 at 10:31 p.m.
The Traficant-as-victim paradigm has little traction among anyone who has examined the mountain of evidence and verified facts about his long and corrupt tenure as a career criminal. His wounds are self-inflicted and he thrives on the attention his outrageous behavior garners for him.
There have been many who suffered the wrath of Traficant when he WAS in power and still more who suffered indirectly form his unseemly antics. The Valley became a laughing stock and a highly visible example of corruption and abuse of office/power. If the indictment of over 70 ranking public officials doesn't get your attention, I don't know what will.
Our history is described as "colorful" and "rough and tumble", but the reality is that we need to continue changing the culture of criminality and allegiance to crooks, petty power brokers and organized crime figures that has strangled the region for decades. They are not our friends - they seek only to enrich themselves with money and perks that impede the hopes and dreams of those who want to do the right things.
I happen to agree with many of the positions articulated by the "tea party" folks, but your credibility is seriously undermined by embracing Traficant as a spokesperson. Many of your supporters are credible, respected citizens who could more effectively advance the agenda without having it become a circus act. Traficant is a badly tarnished relic of a dark and checkered past. Cut him loose, already. If he wants to be left alone, maybe he should have thought about quietly enjoying his freedom after all those years in prison instead of pusuing some form of retribution against those who supposedly "railroaded" him. Good luck with that...
December 31, 2009 at 8:47 a.m.
Where do you think Traficant got his money? Envelopes of dirty cash from big business people, both legitimate and illegitimate. campaign finance and lobbying do control the government through huge contributions that are necessary to run for any office. Just look at the finance reports for local commissioner races and the like - it's obscene. Statewide or national office is out of reach of anyone but the ultra-rich or the ultra-crooked.
December 29, 2009 at 4:34 p.m.
The Vindicator and Bertram de Souza in particular take a lot of heat on these pages for their constant discussions about crooked politicians like Traficant, Dann, et al. It is my belief that these criminals would still be in office and the attention of the criminal justice system would wander if the media watchdogs were called off.
Working in a public position of trust shoud mean that all your actions and decisions are under a microscope. Corruption is insidious and this region has a high tolerance for behavior that would raise eyebrows anywhere else. Gambling, rackets, organized crime and political robber-barons are winked at and sometimes proudly defended like some kind of twisted folk heroes. Meanwhile, public funds meant for needed services are siphoned into the pockets of the very people we trusted to represent our interests.
Until we insist that Ohio's strict ethics laws are enforced, there is no hope that crooks and their hack cronies will be kept out of public life. Stop taking the free meals, trips and other perks and start paying attention to the real reasons why you were elected or appointed. I hope the Vindy and its staff keep working to expose all the dark corners and closets of those who let the power corrupt them. Without that scrutiny, one can only imagine the abuses that would be perpetrated.
December 28, 2009 at 10:38 a.m.
Finally, a judge that won't put up with Tsagaris' complete lack of scruples and his unbelievable arrogance. He got all the breaks along the way, even a soft probationary sentence, but he is so corrupt that he couldn't even obey the law to save himself from an active prison term. Sympathy is wasted on this greedy crook - too bad he wasn't brought down sooner. Like before he helped to screw up the whole county! We should not rest until all the crooks are run from office. Their transgressions are not even hidden in many cases - just ignored or glossed over.
December 23, 2009 at 10:06 a.m.
If the identity of the businessman is known to investigators, it should be easy enough to place him in the position if revealing every public officlal to whom s/he gave money in return for special consideration (bribed). When faced with a major felony prosecution and serious jail time, the information will flow freely. The unfortunate part is that the individual may get a somewhat lighter sentence in return, but that is how the plea bargain game is played.
It seems the justice system itself is not much different in some respects from what is happening with Tsagaris and Cronin......
December 14, 2009 at 8:52 a.m.
The arrogance that Tsagaris has always displayed is topped only by his "ethical disorientation" and his total lack of a moral compass. Since he first ran for commissioner, it has been one crooked move after another and he has faced very little inconvenience for his blatant criminal behavior.
The judge listened to his claptrap and gave him a light sentence, only to have Tsagaris thumb his nose (again) at the justice system. This violation should net him some real time and send the message loud and clear that we are tired of criminal behavior going unpunished when the crook is a public official. Cases like this demean the work of those public officials who are not corrupt by tarring them all with the same brush. It will be interesting to see if he gets what he deserves this time.
December 7, 2009 at 10:24 a.m.