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Fire district levy to be decided in Canfield and township

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. suggest removal

Girard judge provides funds to arm police with new Glocks

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. suggest removal

Youngstown will reduce fire department staffing by 8 to save $1M

Mayor McNally wasted a golden opportunity to remove a further $1 million p.a. of waste from the system , using the 2013 consultants' report and the fact the collective agreement expires 31 August . He could have spent a little political capital if needed , since this is the first year of his Administration . It would have made no difference to the Dept's ability to protect and serve . Instead , this $1 million of savings may have to come from more visible areas of Council service .
Also , why should the Department retain the engine & associated ownership costs when it will rarely if ever be needed ? Why can't repricrocal backup arrangements with other Valley Fire Depts suffice ?

July 27, 2014 at midnight suggest removal

'I've had enough,' resident tells Poland trustees tonight

Who can blame Stanislav for feeling as he does . Why has a criminal attorney been asked for an opinion on an unfamiliar branch of law ?

July 25, 2014 at 4:05 a.m. suggest removal

Schwebel Bakery finds listeria, withdraws some products

I wasn't concerned until I saw the flood of defensiveness that greeted Askme's comments , that made me do some research .
The Giant Eagle comment is quite valid . According to the CBS story , all the bread products were pulled from shelves and some of it contained meat and potato , not just bread.
Walter offers the comment that Schwebel's employees are well treated . While this is irrelevant to the listeria investigation, this is opinion , not necessarily fact . e.g. A woman's comment in another news story today
"Schwebels is a horrible company to work for!! Not a family friendly company." . Others may have a differenct opinion , but that's all it is .
Vindy does appear to be playing the issue down a little , compared to other news outlets .

July 23, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. suggest removal

Mason Carratt needs fence, volunteers to help regrow Food Forest fruit trees

Food Forest promoters should practice the principle of sustainability by raising the money for a security camera themselves .
There are other more important things the Mayor should be spending Other People's Money on .

July 22, 2014 at 2:07 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown mayor will ask council to approve new voting map

Political parties use Council seats as a way to to reward folowers and buy support for national political races .
Obviously the fewer Council places , the ;less "purchasing power" they have .

Anyone can see maintaining 7 seats is against the interest of the people as a whole , because of the cost and the focus on "parish pumps" style politics . These decisions , on Council numbers , should always be made independently of the Council incumbants or those heavily influenced by political parties .

July 22, 2014 at 4:15 a.m. suggest removal

Mahoning commissioners are rolling the dice

This appears to be empire building by Sheriff Greene.

The new banner on the Sheriff's website shows a paramilitary Sheriff's Department.

Here he calls it a "criminal justice tax" and says that keeping the jail full is necessary for economic development to occur . Prosecutor Gains predicts 68 murders a year ( like 1995) if we don't keep the jails full . I've noticed that in parts of the City where owners have shown some pride again and fixed up their properties , crime has fallen off dramatically and businesses have started to return . Law enforcement has an important role but do we completely depend on it for economic development ?


July 19, 2014 at 6:26 p.m. suggest removal

Hotel California owners says his past business 'was a bad idea...a mistake'

Rucci deserves a chance .The "public morals" argument doesn't wash in 2014 nearly as much as it used to . Any business should be able to operate subject only to no more than "reasonable" conditions .

July 13, 2014 at 10:53 a.m. suggest removal

Residential property values remain stagnant in Mahoning County

Looks like they are picking on urban taxpayers instead , Joe . farm incomes have done well . Why shouldn't they pay their share ?

July 6, 2014 at 11:39 p.m. suggest removal



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