They keep saying the valley's greatest problem is housing blight . In fact , this is only a symptom of the real problem , which is failure to invest in people development .The Affordable Care Act should be greatly increasing the paediatric care available in the Valley , but maybe there needs to be backup resource to ensure communities are actually taking advantage of the facilities .
August 17, 2014 at 7:07 a.m.
I'm with Jim Melfi on this one .
August 15, 2014 at 3:18 a.m.
I suggest 140 low security inmates don't spontaneously refuse to exit the yard without good reason .
Society rightly sanctions the removal of certain rights for inmates , but places inmates where other rights are also placed in jeopardy in the name of "security" . It has been shown recivism falls where the focus shifts to protection of minimum rights for all , and away from arbitrary removal of rights ..
August 13, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.
The teamsters endorsed Ginetti's campaign . No wonder he is seeking "clarification" . Positions like County Engineer should be appointed , not political .
August 13, 2014 at 6:28 p.m.
Sciortino should stand aside while he's under indictment . Auditor is a special role , in reality not highly "political" as others are where the impressions non residents have of the incumbant's honesty and credibility can impact residents greatly . e.g. The interest rate paid on the County's Bonds . Any nervousness on the part of investors quickly translates into higher property taxes . Mr Meachum seems to have all the desirable qualififications for Auditor . If the Democrats can put up someone equally as qualified and not under incitment , then let the voters choose . But a detail like Party membership ought not to be a dealbreaker for this job .
August 12, 2014 at 4:41 a.m.
Has anyone thought of providing Joesph help with his drug problem ? It may have saved all these petty larcenies over the years at disproportionate annoyance to victims and expense to the taxpayers .
August 9, 2014 at 1:21 a.m.
Robert Girts had incredibly bad luck with 2 wives dying young . Another divorced him , complaining of being beaten . Another went into hiding saying he had threatened to kill her while on bail .
He has the capacity to tell the most improbable stories without a hint of nervousness . The Court has worked out he is no ordinary miscreant able to feel remorse & learn from his mistakes . They are righly keeping Mr Girts "secure" for along time .
August 8, 2014 at 11:52 p.m.
I hope Campbell has a system in place like Youngstown , whereby landlords can be notified of water account balances of tenants .
When a tenant skips , the City asks the property owner to pay the defaulting tenant's bill , under threat of disconnection .
There is a moral hazard here in that the tenant never learns to pay . Water depts should share consumer debt information , so that a tenant cannot reconnect elsewhere without first having paid their final bill . If the landlord has paid in the meantime to get their rental re let , they should be reimbursed from the tenant recovery .
August 2, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.
It's time for the Valley's Fire Services to be consolidated & rationalized under County control . Taxpayers pay for too much duplication .
July 29, 2014 at 10:38 p.m.
I can understand the police are delighted with their Glocks , but the Bench should not supply them . It strikes at judicial independence if funds flow in this way and judges hold sway over law enforcement agencies. The Police budget should be reduced by the cost of the Glocks and they should be advised to put in a budget request next time , like other departments do . The Judge should be made accountable for the cost of the Glocks , because his budget wasn't intended for such expenditure .
July 28, 2014 at 3:03 a.m.