Ed Brannan, I think a good majority of people living in Austintown feel the way you do. In the year 2014 did everything just go to "Hell in a Handbasket" at that high school? No. It developed over the past 30 years. There was no preventive maintenance or major upgrades made along the way. But if you look back over those years there was millions given out in raises and new positions. That school system closed about 7 schools in the past ten years. Put that maintenance money that was intended for those schools, give it to the high school, not for raises.
April 20, 2014 at 8:56 a.m.
I recall when people voted for "I bumped my head" Hillary over Obama in the primary they were called racist. Same when people voted for Mit Romney, they were called racist. Mr. Ealy who is black, also is a civil rights activist and did some community organizing. Since he has about as much as experience as Obama will we be dubbed racist if we vote for his white opponent? We have the country and world moving in the right direction under Obama. Brothers and Sisters, let's give the black man a chance and vote for Mr. Ealy for governor. Just look at all the accomplishments Obama has done for the United States.
April 19, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.
FitzGerald needs a plan and a good one if he thinks he could beat Kasich. He can't win by just criticizing the governor and keeps saying "he's out of touch". You have to roll out a plan on what you are going to do for Ohio and how you will implement. Kasich was upfront with the people on what he was going to do and they voted for him. My suggestion to the democrat endorsed is to make public school funding and the over reliance of property tax on single family home owners your main issue. Kasich has the income tax reduction as one of his accomplishments. That's fine but the person making 200K is getting back more than the one making 50K. If you can reduce or remove property tax from the home owner, that would help the person on a fixed income, the person who took concessions or the one who lost their job. That 200K person might not own a house and that way pays no property tax where some middleclass person is paying 3k a year in property tax. That's why property tax is the most unfair tax leveled at the single family home owner. Trade the property tax for income tax, sales tax, lottery and casino profits. Charge more fees for fracking and injection wells.If all I hear from the democrat challenger is "he's out of touch", I'll be voting for Kasich.
April 17, 2014 at 7:42 a.m.
Taxpayers have to ,learn to start saying no to all tax and levy issues. The workers are getting paid more than the owners. For some like myself, almost half the year is spent paying for taxes. One of my neighbors is on the local school board. When talking levies, his line to me is " it's the cost of one cup of coffee a day". Hey pal, I'm drowning in Maxwell House.
April 14, 2014 at 6:26 p.m.
I wonder how these politicians would feel if I had free reign and removed $20, $50 or $100 from their wallets or purses. They wouldn't like it. Well, quit groping me and get your hands out of my pockets. I think the mob moved from Wilson Ave. to Oakhill.
April 14, 2014 at 6:10 p.m.
People of Austintown should vote this levy down. It looks like the Austintown school system was handing out a lot of raises over the past 20 years instead of putting the taxpayers money into that building. You just can't take taxpayers money, build a nice school building and then neglect the necessary upgrades over the years. All of a sudden it's 2014 and everything fell apart. Who's running that school system? The Lykes corporation?
April 14, 2014 at 5:57 p.m.
With all the thousands and thousands of dollars the democrat politicians took from the valley taxpayers, you would think they would have at least contribute 25% toward their health-care. But no, these feeders at the public trough refuse to mirror the private sector in pay, raises and benefit contributions. There is no end in site when it comes to taxing your money. As long as the politicians have their heads buried in the public trough there is no coming up for air.
April 13, 2014 at 9:26 a.m.
I don't see why the people in this area would be against Coach Tressel on becoming president of YSU. So what if he's a football coach. Damn, you morons voted for a community organizer for the president of the United Sates.
April 12, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.
These politicians would be good for "Dancing with the Stars". They are all good tap dancers when it comes to explaining why their wages keep going up. It's not a raise, it's an adjustment. I wonder if that could work in the private sector. When it comes to taxpayers money there is no end.
April 11, 2014 at 6:31 a.m.
This has to be a wake call to the taxpayers of Mahoning county and start voting no to all tax issues. These pigs and I mean filthy pigs who just continue to gorge themselves at the public trough have to be sent a message. These dishonest democrat politicians are nothing but liars and thieves. You would think that one of these cowards would find the guts to say no to raises in this time of great recession, and then have the balls to ask for money. They didn't even ask the employees to contribute 20 to 25% toward their health-care. Vote No and start voting these life-time politicians out. Their interest is only how much money they can extract from the taxpayer for themselves, friends and family.
April 10, 2014 at 8:59 a.m.