Mr Dogood above makes the statement that a doctors kid can't be a doctor as if that is the same as the former chiefs kid being hired in the same department. It doesn't. He can be a cop if he chooses. He just shouldn't be hired in the YPD when his scores are inferior and the smell of nepotism is ripe. A lawyer can't get his kid a gig, if he doesn't pass the bar exam and most companies have rules against having family members working in the same organization.
November 8, 2011 at 1:26 p.m.
Friends and family is the ONLY way to get a public job in the valley.
November 8, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.
Back to paper ballots, way to advance technologically. Maybe next year we can do stone tablets and chisels. I wonder what company keeps getting those dollars for new voting schemes and why still no paper receipt.
November 8, 2011 at 9:10 a.m.
A patron enters a bar and drinks until he is in a drunken stupor. He leaves and while driving home, hits and kills another person.
The view of the entitled valley residents is that it's the bartenders fault for serving the patron all the drinks.
The view of the responsible and common sense tells you it's the fault of the drunken driver.
Blaming GM and Delphi for agreeing to the contracts rather than seeing a constant stream of labor strikes is humorous. Not only that, but how could GM and Delphi be expected to predict that the cost of health care would go up 3 times the rate of inflation?
Can the employees of GM and Delphi read and comprehend profit and loss statements? Did they see GM losing tens of billions and still not do anything to keep GM viable like offer concessions? Did they just think that GM and Delphi losses were irrelevant to them because they had a "contract".
If my company posts a loss, guess what, no bonuses. In the real world, profits matter. When your company isn't making money, then either they adjust their expenses or risk going under. Evidently the employees thought they weren't in the real world. Welcome to it.
Yeah, Jeff, the stock market has given and taken from me. Lost about $350,000 when the internet bubble burst. That's what investing is about, risk and reward not gaurantees. Made that back by 2004 and made some very good investments since then. Been out of the US stock market since 2007 because I saw the bubble ready to pop. I made good money in 2008 when many were losing their shirts. My husband and I could retire now if we so wished.
This will be my last post on this topic. When it degrades into the typical genital references that are so standard for the valley, it's time to exit the discussion.
October 22, 2009 at 3:41 p.m.
Jeff, I understand entirely what's going on. People who directly caused their company to file bankruptcy are whining and trying to change the bankruptcy laws that have been around for decades. They are trying to get enough sympathy from politicians looking for reelection to provide a taxpayer subsidy. Entitlement nation! Whine and cry instead of take control of your own responsibilities. But Delphi promised. Now the taxpayers should pay us for causing our own demise!
Bean counter! I've always liked that name. Bean counters are everywhere and basically control the world. I don't recall saying I was a tax accountant!
Quit your whining. You made your bed, now sleep in it.
October 22, 2009 at 2:33 p.m.
I'm a very compassionate person. I just reserve that compassion for people who don't cause their own problems. Everyone at Delphi and GM had a hand in the bankruptcy including salaried employees who were more than happy to get compensated very handsomely based on the union contracts.
I feel sorry for people who have no control of the bad things that happen to them. The employees of those 2 companies had control and refused to see the forest for the trees. Life isn't fair. Get over it.
Bankruptcy is a remedy that is constitutionally based.
I don't see you crying about the bond holders who got the shaft when GM went bankrupt. Many were older retirees who had all their money in GM bonds and are now destitute. You can whine all you want about your pensions being cut by 1/3. How about people without pensions and no health care? Just more white Americans who think just being white in America makes them entitled to a middle class lifestyle. Sorry hon, there are no guarantees.
October 22, 2009 at 2:08 p.m.
Wow, took me a while to dry up my tears.
First off, if it was indeed the fault of GM that your Dad was hurt in the first place, he either: 1. Got a nice settlement payment for not suing or 2. Was a fool for not suing.
Life is not all rosy and wonderful. In fact, it's filled with pain and suffering. My sister was killed in an auto accident. We didn't ask for the taxpayers to pay for her funeral or our pain and suffering. My Dad died a few years ago after many years of Altzheimers. We didn't ask the taxpayers for any money. My Mom had cancer and we didn't ask for the taxpayers to help with the cost of surgery and chemo. My Father in Law died a very painful death from cancer and we didn't whine about the costs, time, and suffering. My Mother in Law is now broke and we aren't asking for the taxpayers to pay up.
My parents and in laws also didn't have the benefit of working for the highest paying employer in NE Ohio for many years like your Dad did. Sounds like your parents forgot to save and bought into the free spending mentality.
Everyone has their own sob story. Many far more painful than yours. I wish life was guaranteed and that everything was perfect, it isn't. The rest of us shouldn't have to pay for your pain and suffering and I wouldn't expect anyone to pay for mine. That's not cold hearted. That's just fairness. We all have our own issues to deal with and while I'm sorry for your loss, you aren't alone.
If I had a dollar for every time someone thought they were passed over for promotion, I could retire now. The fact that they made your Dad a plant manager sounds like they were more than fair. I know people with doctoral degrees who have never been promoted. Sorry, but not everyone can be a manager and simple longevity doesn't guarantee promotions.
Anyone who takes the word of companies or the government regarding future payments of any kind is setting themselves up to fail. I work for ME, not for my company. I'm no more dedicated to them than they are to me. I work my tail off, but with the continual thought that I am expendable and the companies fortunes could change tomorrow.
Delphi and GM were both driven to bankruptcy by the very employees who are now experiencing the results of that bankruptcy.
October 22, 2009 at 1:05 p.m.
ront, the problem with college costs has quite a bit to do with unions. See the latest issue with the ACE union at YSU. A union that has nothing to do with enrollment getting $4500 bonuses for each employee based on improved enrollment?
But most college kids are not getting tax dollar subsidies. They are getting loans and scholarships from various third party groups. Obviously the loans get repaid, eventually.
October 21, 2009 at 5:33 p.m.
Redvert is like a broken record. Nothing like people who can't even balance a checkbook telling accountants what caused the financial meltdown. I guess if Limbaugh says it was Fannie and Freddie, it must be so.
Fannie and Freddie were a tiny fraction of the problem. Minuscule really. The problem was indeed abuse. Abuse caused by deregulation of the financial industry that enabled them to concoct financial instruments that many of them can't even explain. Enabled them to take 1 trillion dollars of hard cash and turn it into 40 trillion of leveraged money.
Maybe someday, redvert and the right wing fanatics will understand complex financial instruments but I won't hold my breath.
October 21, 2009 at 12:53 p.m.
One more thing. That Gramm-Leach-Bliley bill that opened up the banking system to excesses that caused the meltdown, was pushed hard by its main sponsor, Phil Gramm, Republican from Texas. Mr. Gramm conveniently retired from congress and became a lobbyist for......you guessed it, the banking industry. Follow the money and educate yourself to the facts rather than listening to Beck and Limbaugh and taking their rants as factual.
October 21, 2009 at 11:48 a.m.