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Don’t feel sorry for Belinky for leaving probate judgeship

The Vindicator could perform an important public service by listing all of the valley's elected officials who have been convicted of corruption charges and sent to jail. I can't remember, was it 3 or 4 former Mahoning County Sheriffs who have served time? There seems to be more than a few judges. I think the list would be impressive if only in it's length, the sheer number of them. I don't think it would be Vindictive for the Vindicator to perform such a valuable service. I would call it due diligence.

March 18, 2014 at 8:50 a.m. suggest removal

Mooney study complete, no decision made on move

The elephant in the room that no one will talk about is that we no longer need two catholic high schools in Youngstown. Build one new school facility. Build it downtown. Centrally located, with an enrollment of around one thousand, it will bring a new commitment and a new vibrancy to the city. Also, the savings gained in the one facility approach is immeasurable. Virtually everyone these days gets to school on a bus anyway. From my location in the southern end of Poland Township it takes me about 15 minutes or less to drive downtown. To the new location, about ten.

April 3, 2013 at 9:47 a.m. suggest removal

Ohio would feel severe pain from automatic budget cuts Friday, White House argues

“House Republicans recognize the harmful effects of the sweeping cuts in President Obama’s sequester,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, who represents parts of the Mahoning Valley.

For the record, Bill Johnson voted for the sequester. Now he is calling it " President Obama's sequester."

February 25, 2013 at 8:23 a.m. suggest removal

Economic policy paralyzed

Mr. Samuelson puts our history of deficit spending at the feet of John Kennedy in the early 60's and then with present day NY Times editoral writer Paul Krugman. This 50 year sandwich of deficit spending has Kennedy and Krugman providing the bread at the beginning and today. But the sandwhich is filled with a lot of baloney that Samuelson can't seem to remember. The supply side economic theory is the baloney. There is no mention of the Reagan nor the two Bush presidencies. Thats 20 years, in case we need help remembering. In those years, there were deficits every year averaging more than 200 billion dollars. Now, we are talking trillions in accumulated deficits. This coincides with the massive tax cuts of 1981 and 2001. Any mention of debt and deficits must include a discussion of taxation as well as spending. To be a poor historian is one thing but this is deliberate. Taxation and deficits go hand in hand. Name your poison, tax and spend democrats or borrow and spend republicans. Both may be repulsive. But ask yourself which is more likely to have caused today's debt and deficits?

July 10, 2012 at 8:28 a.m. suggest removal

Cosmic approach to judging

As usual, when I read George Will's columns, I get so distracted by the grammar, the long sentences, the unfamiliar word usage, the flat out wordsmithing that's almost impossible to follow, I just give up on the whole article. 39 words in my sentence. George W would just be getting through the adverbs and adjectives and yet to use the first verb. Mr. Will could have said Republican appointed judges are noble and good while Democratic appointees are evil and intent on subverting America. He would have shortened it up considerably and got the same point across in one sentence. The problem is that no one will pay him to write a one sentence editorial. I hope the Vindicator believes they got their money's worth. Between George Will, Cal Thomas,Thomas Sowells and the occasional entry from the Heritage Foundation, one would think that Youngstown, Ohio is some sort of hot bed of conservative political thought. Can all the republican elected officials in Youngstown or in Mahoning County government please stand up. Whoa! Slow down, not so fast! But what did catch my attention is the capitalization of the word Hell. Justice Olvier Wendell Holmes said: “If my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. It’s my job.” First of all, I've never seen the word hell capitalized before. I don't know if capitalizing the word hell is proper. Maybe the court could rule on that. We'd probably get a 5-4 decision in favor of capitalization with Scalia being the most Presumptuous or is it Blasphemous? And Roberts looking for a Minimalist outcome saying that Hell should be capitalized only at the start of a sentence. Justice Kennedy would wonder aloud that if hell is capitalized, should heaven and purgatory also be capitalized? George Will should stick to baseball and leave the profound legal theories to Clarence Thomas and the republican think tanks, or is it Republican Think Tanks?.

April 19, 2012 at 1:06 p.m. suggest removal

Pennies make no sense

A while back, I went to Lowe's to get a package of washers, you know the kind, made of gray metal, about as big as a penny with a quarter inch hole drilled through the center. A small package cost a dollar something or about 7 cents per washer. My ensuing daydream consisted of purchasing a few million pennies, flattening them out, punching holes in them and then sell them for a nickel each. I would soon become rich. Eventually, I concluded that the scheme was likely illegal so I gave up on the idea. So, I continue to amass pennies by the thousands until I get sick of them and bundle them in their little red paper sleeves and take them to a bank. The hours spent doing so are very undproductive in that the money gleaned from the labor is well below minimum wage. Banks don't want them either. It's time to do away with pennies. Follow the Canadian example with one and two dollar coins, nickels, dimes and quarters. No more pennies, please.

April 13, 2012 at 9:51 a.m. suggest removal

Kasich’s rosy picture doesn’t look so rosy now

"The positions he discussed in his year-ender speech are committed but not yet in place."
Thanks Mark Kovac. I didn't know that, and I suspect most people reading the governor's original claim about his job creation efforts didn't know that either. I am going to have to read whatever is coming out of Columbus these days a little more carefully. He has not created or retained 83,000 jobs but only has received a commitment from employers who have accepted the public's money and said they intend to create jobs or retain existing jobs. I suppose under this mysterious category of retained jobs, an employer can accept the public's money, not lay anyone off, and then claim success. Is this crony capitalism at work? As you state, there is a big difference between a program that promises and one that delivers. Let's hope that these virtual jobs come to fruition. Until that happens, the claim to have created or retained 83,000 jobs is false. I'm glad to see that the Attorney General is starting to sniff around this program but I'm not hopeful that much more will come of it. Unemployment is real. The governor's claim to have created jobs, at this point, is not.

January 7, 2012 at 10:08 a.m. suggest removal

Let’s pursue real health-care reform

Congressman Johnson's letter appearing in the op/ed section of todays Vindicator demands some rebuttal if only to point out some obvious problems. The congressman states that according to American Action Forum the newly enacted health care law will add "$500 billion to our deficit in the first 10 years and $1.5 trillion in the next decade". The Congressional Budget Office disagrees and says that the new law will reduce the budget deficit substantially over the next ten years. So who do we believe? The congressional budget office which is an arm of the duly elected congress where Mr. Johnson serves or the American Action Forum, an organization elected by no one? A quick googling of this organization will tell us that the American Action Forum has in its management, former senators Norm Coleman as CEO and George Allen as President. It looks and sounds an awful lot like a lobbying firm paid by the health insurance industry. Another statement by the congressman, "Many physicians also support the repeal". Well, Mr. Johnson, how many is many?" 10? 100? 1,000?. A more truthful statement would have been: Although the American Medical Association supports the new law, many physicans oppose it. Then he could go one to sight whatever figures his lobbyist friends have supplied him. The small business that I am associated with, likes very much the new tax write off we now get for a portion of the health care premiums paid on behalf of company employees. The repuplicans seem to be supportive of small business employers who provide no health insurance for their employees. Many such employers should not have employees. They are a major part of the health care problems that we face as a nation. I wonder how long it will be before some republican says that employers who provide health insurance for their employees are getting an unfair competitive advantage over those who don't? . More double talk, the congressman says, "In a perverse twist, business owners often found the fines (stated in the law) less costly than providing insurance for their workers" Is the congressman really advocating that the fines should be increased? The congressman is warning that doctors may not treat Medicare or Medicaid patients. Those scare tactics may be pursuasive in some high income districts in other states but around here, such talk is a joke. Finally, the congressman has promised that once the present health care reform law is repealed, he will join with other republicans and legislate a real law that will do all the things that the present law does without the governement mandate. I for one, do not believe that the republican party will do any such thing. If this new law is repealed, which it won't be, the republicans and their friends at The American Forum will celebrate with high fives all around while we wait indefinitely for solutions that we already have in place now but wouldn't if the congressman gets his way.

January 21, 2011 at 11:26 a.m. suggest removal

Two major details missing from Mahoning Valley racetrack and resort proposal

We heard the what and why but have not yet heard the who, when and where.
Forgive me if I'm a little skeptical. Who among us can ever forget Sir Malcolm Wrenn and the blimp factory? The one positivel thing in their favor so far is that they are not asking for govt. money.

January 18, 2011 at 12:49 p.m. suggest removal

Aqua Ohio says water meets safety standards

The company estimates that they have about 20 complaints. Well, make this one 21. I live in the same development and we've had this going on for a good long time. I don't think any recent maintenance is causing it. We've tried every thing suggested to get rid of the gray film on glassware including doubling up on the amount of dishwasher soap.
Maybe we should try jumping through hoops. yeah, maybe that will work.

June 26, 2010 at 12:07 p.m. suggest removal



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