Let's be fair about this. So your feelings were hurt by the "screw you" comments and you felt it necessary to write this article. But when you have Bertram de Souza for two weeks name calling and insulting the two party chairman in Mahoning County, not a word was said about it.
If you want to talk about "if I can type it, I should", let's start in your own backyard and talk about some of the atrocious hit pieces this paper has allowed to be published that have been done by de Souza.
But that is an opinion column. Let's talk about the news. It seems evident to me that certain people get a free pass in this county, and others don't. It seems that this paper takes great joy beating up certain county departments and ignores the actions of other offices.
For example. We know you are in receipt of the 2013 county raise list. We know this, but your paper does not report on it. Why is that? I think it is a legitimate question, because we know you have been sitting on it for quite awhile and not a word has been mentioned by this paper about who got them, which offices benefited, and how much the total amount was for the year.
Your paper has endorsed several felons over the years. Many have gotten glowing reviews. In the 1980s and 1990s especially everyone knew who was in the bag for the Mob, except this paper. You would be hard pressed to take a walk down the street without tripping over someone involved in the Mob somehow or some way. So that means one of two things: this paper didn't know or this paper chose not to know, and both options are pretty bad when you think about it.
So toughen up Nancy, if you can't take it you ought not to be dishing it. And that my friend is the purpose of having this message board, so it can keep you honest. Anonymity is not always a bad thing.
March 10, 2014 at 1:27 a.m.
The fact the comment you brought up came from November of last year shows you had to really go through my posts to find one that may have had a negative slant to things. I'd consider myself honored that you went to such lengths to find a post that doesn't quite fit your argument.
February 24, 2014 at 7:25 a.m.
Well, obviously you cannot differentiate between "this area sucks" and "our area is represented by bad leadership". How I feel about who represents us doesn't exactly translate to how I feel about Youngstown in general.
I shouldn't have to "move" as you suggest because I feel this area could benefit from better leadership and because I criticize our bad choices of leadership and the bad choices this particular paper has made over the years.
Sorry friend, you don't get to tell me how I feel about things. Welcome to Youngstown.
February 24, 2014 at 7:20 a.m.
I don't think Eivo said he doesn't like where he lives, rather no person in their right mind would run as a Republican here because the electorate has fooled themselves into thinking the Democrats are best for representing them, even when they aren't.
That said, Belinky's endorsement is only the tip of the iceberg. How many other felons has this paper given glowing reviews to the last 30 years?
February 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Gillam terms out, and his wife takes over. His wife terms out, and Artis wants to come back in. Really, is this the best Youngstown has to offer? I guess one could call this pulling a double-reverse Gillam in local politics when you trade a political office with your spouse multiple times to keep power.
February 21, 2014 at 7:18 a.m.
When presented with legitimate Republican candidates, the Vindicator poo-poo's them, so the local Republican Party might as well save its breath for its soup because they will not get a fair shake with this paper notwithstanding qualifications (see last week's digs at Bill Reese).
Bertram de Souza is protecting certain friends in county government, and the fact some people in government here get a pass and some don't makes him equally guilty as those he accuses of corrupt practices. That is why he has failed and continues to fail as a legitimate columnist.
His outright insulting of Mark Munroe begs this response: if you can do better with candidate recruitment, finding candidates/donors to give money or run for office without repercussions from the opposing majority party, and not to mention making up the 100:1 Democratic:Republican deficit you come against every time the Youngstown votes come in, by all means go ahead and try superstar. It is easy to criticize from a point of ignorance, which amazes me how you keep your job.
February 17, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.
We don't need any more RINOs in the Republican Party, that goes for whoever the hell is in charge of the Youngstown Vindicator.
I support 100% getting the Tribune Chronicle involved in Mahoning County and giving this Mickey Mouse operation a run for its money. Shouldn't be too hard.
February 9, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.
Well, if this is the quality of a publication that considers itself staunch supporters of the Republican Party, I think I would rather have someone Democratic in charge. As the old saying goes, with friends like these, who needs enemies?
February 9, 2014 at 9:39 p.m.
Please, if given the chance, the Democrats would gerrymander the districts the way they'd want them. Do not mistake them for selfless people, maybe next time the Democrats can figure out a way to win in a year when it counts.
February 4, 2014 at 7:26 p.m.
Sorry Annie, this isn't Burger King. You can't always have it your way. This is more about keeping power, and to think she wants to spend more taxpayer dollars on new redistricting maps when YSU has a legitimate system for creating them.
Amazing it is always the same old names running for office in this town. This is the kind of politics you get when you keep sending these people to serve.
You can call it "pulling a Gilliam" when the wife of an elected official runs for the same office when her husband is termed out. Such as what Bob Hagan's wife is doing running for the seat he was termed out of this cycle. I don't know why these people can't walk away gracefully. I don't know why it takes getting carried out of the office in a casket to finally get some of these people to leave.
February 4, 2014 at 7:21 p.m.