That's an awfully Republican thing to say, $39. And how an employee is treated by the employer has exponentially more to do with the pride with which they do their job, and how much they care, than forcing residency. Forcing them to do things there's no reason to do, other than "Because I can" breeds resentment, not caring.
You should support the public employees who got the law changed so they weren't second class citizens any more, and could live wherever they wanted. They did it the right way - they followed the law until they got it changed. How many of you dope-smokers do that?
July 29, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.
Yep - the Republican politicians made the policies and decisions that caused the problem, but they blame the unions, who were just following orders.
If the mayor of Flint and the governor of Michigan had any integrity, they'd own up to their actions.
July 29, 2016 at 3:21 p.m.
Of course the suspect denied saying anything. That kind of coward always denies what they said or did when it's time to take responsibility for their actions.
July 29, 2016 at 3:18 p.m.
75% of heroin ODs begin with prescription drugs? Well 100% of heroin ODs begin with the choice to break the law and buy illegal drugs. But we don't want to prosecute the people who buy the drugs, for some unfathomable reason. And we barely prosecute those who sell the drugs.
Here's a question: What percentage of heroin users smoked dope before they tried heroin?
July 29, 2016 at 9:22 a.m.
So why even bother with the anti-loitering law if it doesn't give the downtown business owners any relief? Don't forget, the TAX-PAYING downtown merchants are the ones who asked the city for help with the problem of bums hanging out in doorways and in businesses, pestering and annoying (translation: chasing away) patrons and customers. This Council is worthless.
Now, Council doesn't enforce a penalty for missing meetings, and takes that as grounds for eliminating that penalty. I want to know why the penalty wasn't enforced. Who missed meetings and should have paid, but didn't?
Of the three proposals Council hasn't yet discussed, the first one - requiring them to actually reside in the district they represent, and have lived there for a year prior to election - is reasonable. There's no reason to reject it, but Council will.
The second, to redistrict when a 7% difference occurs between the oargest and smallest ward - again, what's the problem? If Council doesn't like that proposal, how about this one: There will be one ward for every maximum of 15,000 people residing in the city. If the census shows there to be 60,000 to 75,000 people, there would be 5 wards. If it drops below 60,000, there would be 4 wards. Above 75,000, there would be 6 wards. Above 90,000, there would be 7.
The last item, which Council will uphold, deals with residency. Since an elected official is far different than a public employee, and since an elected representative of a ward or district should live in that ward or district, residency in the city is a moot point. Unless the citizens of Youngstown would like to be represented by people who live in Canfield or Poland, or perhaps Struthers or Campbell.
July 29, 2016 at 8:04 a.m.
I never thought to try Safari, but I can say that Chrome in the local market won't access Facebook messages at all. "FB only wants what's best for us" my foot. Count me in with those who resent being told I have to install another app, for no reason other than because they say to.
July 28, 2016 at 3:15 p.m.
"I'm so old I remember when MTV played music videos!"
July 28, 2016 at 2:59 p.m.
As far as Trump goes, he brought out celebrities when the establishment politicians would have nothing to do with him (a choice he continues to prove them correct on). I can't imagine my opinion being swayed by someone who is paid obscene amounts of money to pretend to be something he's not. (I have to add, I see evidence every day that some people are influenced by celebs with more money than brains.) As for the "big political guns" brought out by the DNC, I realize they all have an agenda - to keep their way of thinking alive in government - and will say and do just about anything in order to maintain their status quo. But I think once the government leans too far to either side, that's when all the trouble begins. We need a moderate, common sense base to hold the extremism in check that party zealots on both sides fantasize over.
Neither candidate can claim theirs is a mandate from the people. Both parties advertise their candidate as "At least he or she isn't THEIR candidate!" That's hardly a reason to endorse either of the terrible choices we have this time around.
July 28, 2016 at 8:21 a.m.
There undoubtedly are county residents who share Cafaro’s view that Oakhill Renaissance is a money pit. - See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2016/jul/28...
That wasn't why Cafaro opposed the relocation of those government offices. He opposed them because they were moving out of property he, Cafaro, owns. He opposed himself losing that rent money.
Myself, I'd have rather seen the county buy the former South Side Hospital, knock down the aging, single-purpose structure, and build what they need.
July 28, 2016 at 8:06 a.m.
He wins. He tried to kill a sitting US president, escaped any jail time, and is now free and without any criminal record.
This is why the ever-increasing number of people claiming to be mentally defective should be GUILTY by reason of insanity. They did it - they're guilty. The insanity might be why they did it, but they did it.
So what's Hinckley going to do now - get a job at the local McDonald's? How's he going to support himself?
July 27, 2016 at 11:07 a.m.