What is your point billdog?
October 29, 2015 at 4:50 p.m.
I call on the author to publicly apologize to Auditor Meacham regarding his accusation of obfuscation and suggesting he may have been "co-opted by the corrupters of Mahoning County Politics".
Suggesting that Meacham's first order of business is to put the public payroll online is ignorant. It may be the first priority for Bertram, but not for this Valley. There are far more important things to do than in this Valley than put feed in the trough for journalistic (fill in the blank).
The author may judge Auditor Meacham on how soon he provides access to payroll records, but he his not the author's servant.
October 11, 2015 at 10:24 a.m.
...and we wonder why better qualified people do not run for public office?
October 11, 2015 at 3:02 a.m.
Trumps loss in the New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina polls will make the media look in another direction for the winner. That will be the end of his campaign. Until then, those that enjoy the blood sport will be entertained.
September 20, 2015 at 6:39 a.m.
Perhaps liberals will become more conservative when they see the greedy capitalist providing a solution for their pot smoking habits. Who knows, if the laws change and the price of pot gets to high, the customers might seek tax breaks for the growers in exchange for lower prices... but it is more likely that China will discover a new cash crop to export.
September 6, 2015 at 6:49 a.m.
This is easy. Every attempt to make the Youngstown School District a functional institution has failed. "Local control" assumes a level of competency from board members and voters, neither seem up to the task.
When the grades aren't made, when curfew is not met, they keys to the car are taken away. Education Voter, in case your wondering, Governor Kasich's signature is making sure "the standards are high" and I believe you will see that "local control is maintained."
July 16, 2015 at 6:37 p.m.
This belongs on the front page.
April 5, 2015 at 6:12 a.m.
I have to agree that the responses from elected officials and their appointees were tortured. Properly schooled, their response should have been "because they deserved it" but instead they fell into that media trap believing they owed the media someone an answer.
Elected officials owe an answer only to their constituents, acceptance of which is provided in the voting booth. The Valley, for whatever reason has a difficult time voting for people of strong moral character. When we do find one, their effort is largely unnoticed (unless they get a pay raise).
If change is what you are looking for Bertram, perhaps your usual snarky, negative screed should turn toward the electorate. Perhaps the electorate is not doing their job.
We have the pleasure of living in a country that embraces a representative government. That bargain requires a responsible electorate, something we have not had for many, many years. As is oft quoted, we are fools to expect something to change, if we keep doing the same thing over and over again.
April 5, 2015 at 5:14 a.m.
The transparency offered by Josh Mandel's office is a good thing, but only if accompanied by thoughtful and considered analysis on a local level.
Transparency that is used to take pot shots at certain officials or focused simply on the salaries of public employees blinds the benefit of the process.
We do little service to ourselves as a community by simply ranting and raving at individuals exercising legal rights that are offered by system filled with problems. A case in point is the problematic retire/rehire process that appears so unfair, yet in the case of Judge Kirchbaum, his decision neither increases or decreases the cost to county government. If retirement benefits were grandfathered this would be a non-issue.
I am of the opinion that there are many places to find savings, not just individual compensation the favorite talking pointing of this paper's chief ranter. One conclusion is that this topic strikes a nerve among the readers which in turn sells newspapers. That is certainly understandable given the profit pressures of today's media, but it is hardly helpful to the community that the writer might claim to serve.
Budgeting techniques, peer reviews, bidding processes and other mundane practices that work well in other economic sectors appear to be of little interest to readers or such benefits would find their way to these pages, but alas, the devil is in the details.
In the end it is the electorate that hires the managers that make the decisions. It is the managers that have the ability to make substantive changes given the courage to do so, and the support of the electorate.
Instead or ranting and raving about decisions made in a self-created self-serving environment the voters should look in the mirror at the decisions made year after year after year in the voting booth and among the political leadership of the valley, beginning with your vote for your precinct committeeperson.
March 29, 2015 at 5:46 a.m.
I believe these to be some of the most honest words spoken from the Congressman's lips.
He is toast.
January 29, 2015 at 2:12 a.m.