I've lived in Brookfield and when it was time to give up the trailer and buy a house, I moved to a place with zoning. How can your property values hold up when Dollar General throws up pre-fab steel buildings or someone plunks an automated car wash down next to your house? You've got to have standards if you want your community to be a decent place to live. Tyler's comments are right on the money. I'm pleased CVS sees opportunity in Youngstown and is willing to develop but this design could be better. A building utilizing warmer colors, masonry and rear parking would help the neighborhood. The proposed building just looks out of place. Youngstown doesn't have to be desperate just because its hard up.
July 31, 2009 at 9:32 a.m.
"Of their own choosing" seems to be a real issue with UFCW Local 880. They walked the picket lines for almost a year in Hubbard "informing" people the store was non-union but they never could get the workers there to join up. Even when it came out at a Hubbard city council meeting that Henry Nemenz was thinking about closing his store because of lost sales, the UFCW made sure the pickets kept walking. I guess they decided it was better for Hubbard residents to be unemployed rather than be non-union.
July 20, 2009 at 9:04 p.m.
On my way home tonight, I'll drive past an empty store in Hubbard that used to provide good jobs. If I want a gallon of milk I'll have to drive across town to get it instead of just stopping at the now closed IGA.
I guess vacant stores and inconvenience is how the UFCW Local 880 defines success.
July 20, 2009 at 12:42 p.m.
There's no spin. The result of the informational picket was the closing of a successful business that employed Hubbard residents, put tax revenue in Hubbard's coffers and helped support area charities. Now the plaza has an empty store that no one wants to re-open as a grocery store. The UFCW has done nothing good for the city of Hubbard.
July 19, 2009 at 10:51 p.m.
Here's what I know about the UFCW Local 880. They put the Hubbard IGA out of business with their pickets. The people who worked there were Hubbard residents who were satisfied with their jobs. They saw sales at the store fall off as the pickets kept marching. The UFCW put people out of work because they dislike Henry Nemenz. How can they they possibly say they support workers and represent workers when they worked so hard to put the Hubbard IGA employees in the unemployment line?
July 19, 2009 at 7:12 p.m.
As someone who watched the UFCW Local 880 put the Hubbard IGA out of business, I fully support any grass roots effort to oppose their bullying tactics. I hope a peaceful counter protest makes them understand that their 'informational' pickets are not wanted.
July 14, 2009 at 10:11 a.m.
Anyone interested in how trace data can be used effectively to determine where guns used in crimes originate can do so on the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website, www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org
Please note the name of the group includes the word "illegal", not "all". It's easy to believe in the 2nd amendment and common sense gun laws.
May 31, 2009 at 2:33 p.m.
The Tiahrt amendment prevents law enforcement agencies from using trace data to determine which dealers are crooked, which purchasers are strawman buyers and which states are importing guns to states where crimes are committed. This law needs to be repealed so law enforcement can properly do its job.
To the poster who wondered about stolen guns, yes, trace data would make it easier to find out who was the original purchaser of a weapon. Investigators could then follow the line of ownership until the they discover where the gun was stolen from and then charge the person who used the gun in a crime with that theft. They can either be prosecuted for receiving stolen property or reveal who sold them the weapon.
If law enforcement agencies could utilize trace data properly, we would hear about more arrests for gun trafficking.
May 31, 2009 at 2:29 p.m.
All guns start as legal firearms. They are sold to retailers who sell them to private owners. Trace data allows law enforcement to trace who the last legal owner was and then trace it to the criminal by following the path of ownership. It also allows them to see, statistically, which dealers sell guns that end up being used in crimes. It also allows them to see if dealers are selling high volumes of guns to the same people (strawmen) over and over and to see if those particular weapons are used in crimes.
No one really expects criminals to register their guns. Eliminating Tiahrt gives investigators one more tool to use. Trace data certainly does help solve crimes, especially if that crime is selling firearms to ineligible buyers.
May 25, 2009 at 8:29 p.m.
The Tiahrt amendment really ties the hands of law enforcement. They need to be able to utilize trace data to see where criminals are getting guns. Using that data they can identify firearms dealers who are selling guns that find their way into the hands of criminals, if dealers are knowingly selling to strawman purchasers and learn which states are exporting weapons to other states.
The 2nd amendment allows us to own guns. There is no amendment that allows firearms dealers to profit from selling guns to criminals.
May 25, 2009 at 12:55 p.m.