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Do you support the president’s call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10?

The problem is *free handouts*.

People feel entitled, like they should be payed $10/hour instead of *earn* $10/hour through hard work and experience.

It's been said in other comments but here's the tl;dr version: Increased minimum wage results in increase prices across the board. You think $5/cereal at Sparkle is bad? That ain't nothin' compared to what will happen when minimum wage is increased.

Here's my thoughts, if someone is in a low paying job, such as Walmart and McDonalds (simple examples provided above in other comments), they should receive merit raises or time of service raises. If you achieve x you will be paid x more for your hard work and service.

It doesn't need to be a $0.50 or $1.00 raise. Set small goals that are achievable. I guarantee you'll see friendly competitiveness among your workers and a huge increase in worker/customer satisfaction.

February 4, 2014 at 12:46 p.m. suggest removal

State gives $100,000 to roads for Mahoning County gas processing plant

OK two things:

1.) Has the state seen any of the other roads in the county? Their basically craters. I've seen several cars teetering with their wheels off the ground from these things.

2.) An average of $32/hour? ~$67k a year? That's better than union wages and about 62% higher than the average household income in Mahoning County. Too bad only 15 people get to relish in the state's generosity.

January 13, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown council endorses opposition to 'Stand Your Ground'

This media-driven fear is getting out of hand.

You hear one story over the course of a year where a teenager is killed, and we don't know the facts, and all of a sudden anyone who carries a firearm is considered dangerous? (In reference to G.Z.... But nobody heard about the 3 black teens illegally carrying a firearm who gunned down a white teenager while he was jogging around the block http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/... )

Here's an idea. Instead of creating new laws time and time again, start enforcing the current laws you have in place. It would be much more efficient and undoubtedly more effective at curbing these brazen acts of violence.

September 19, 2013 at 11:25 a.m. suggest removal

Youngstown council unanimously opposes Ohio's proposed stand-your-ground law

What is wrong with you people? Stand your ground is a way for law abiding citizens to protect themselves in dangerous situations. Yes, G.Z. used it to kill a teenager, but that doesn't mean it needs to be abolished. Take a weekend and go to a gun safety course and learn more about firearms. Hopefully you can overcome your media-driven fear.

And Excel, smh...

September 19, 2013 at 11:15 a.m. suggest removal

YPD investiging three robberies in small area

Birds of a feather flock together. Robert and Excel must both love being dominated by their superior masters and not being able to make a decision for themselves. Welcome to the nanny-state.

August 19, 2013 at 3:09 p.m. suggest removal

Traffic cameras in Youngstown school zones are on hold

You must be brain dead if your idea of safety and security is 24-hour surveillance to monitor your every move. These cameras are nothing but an intrusion to your personal freedoms. Why is everyone okay with the notion that you're guilty until proven innocent?

This is another ploy to further infringe on our rights. You give an inch they take a foot. You give a foot they take ten. Pretty soon we won't have anything else to give and they'll just take.

August 9, 2013 at 4:08 p.m. suggest removal

Man shot tonight, runs to Youngstown Police Department, collapses inside

If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.

Also, there is a shortage of ammunition because the govt put an order in for over 1.6 billion rounds from every caliber (presumably to increase their reserves, but also create an artificial shortage in the civilian market). This is a staggering number. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan uses about 5.5 million rounds per month meaning this stockpile of ammunition is enough to cover a 24-year war. But this stockpile isn't for overseas combat; it's for the Department of Homeland Security. Why would our govt be arming itself to this extent?

Food for thought:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenk...

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governme...

tl;dr
Eliminating law-abiding citizens' rights to own guns will cause more problems than solutions. If the govt owns all the guns and ammo, kiss your freedom and liberties goodbye.

July 22, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. suggest removal

UPDATE | Police say 3-year-old fatally shot himself

Excel,

As said by our founding fathers:
Those who would give up ESSENTIAL LIBERTY to purchase a little TEMPORARY SAFETY, deserve neither LIBERTY nor SAFETY.

Your viewpoint is shortsighted. You should think about the ramifications if citizens gave up their right to legally own a firearm. Aside from hunting and fishing, competitive shooting, and self/home defense being directly impacted.. the only people in our country with firearms would be the military and police. The things to follow would be unpleasant, at best.

July 8, 2013 at 12:02 p.m. suggest removal

UPDATE | Police say 3-year-old fatally shot himself

Last I heard, guns didn't move and operate by themselves. It's the guardian's fault, not the gun's. If you want to reduce the amount of accidents that occur like this, gun owners need to take the extra precaution of locking there firearms in a safe or using a trigger / cable lock. Safes could be expensive but the other two locks are relatively cheap in comparison.

Taking guns off the streets will cause more problems than solutions. Creating new laws isn't the answer; enforcing current ones is.

July 8, 2013 at 11:52 a.m. suggest removal

Commander demoted, major suspended in Sciortino DUI matter

A 21 year old goes out and has 2-3 drinks, gets pulled over on their way home and blows a .085 into a breathalyzer and is hammered with a DUI, disorderly conduct, etc.. That 21 year old has no money, barely makes a living wage, is in college trying to better themselves and is thrown to the wolves to be made an example.

A County official is out having drinks, possibly prescription drugs, falls asleep at the wheel, is clearly intoxicated beyond a reasonable doubt, and is given a ride home by our officers who are sworn to protect and serve (only people who matter).

This is a huge injustice to our political and law enforcement agencies. Everyone involved should be demoted or fired completely. Sciortino has been involved with more political scandals than most and yet people still put up with his lack of morality and character.

July 3, 2013 at 8:58 a.m. suggest removal

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