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YSU unions should consider the ramifications of a strike

First, you're aware that deans aren't union members, right? And yes, there are too many middle-management lumps at YSU, thanks to former president and Vindicator darling Sweet. His administration made plenty of jobs for his pals.

And labor/management friction was going on long before Tressel came in. The problem, as everyone knows, is the Board of Trustees. Political appointees all. The people even the Vindy said have too much power.

Attacking the working people because of administration's foul ups is hardly productive.

October 30, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. suggest removal

Gov. Kasich for second term

Oviets, et al, you cannot say Kasich reduced the state fiscal deficit without raising taxes. He DID raise taxes. He - his budget - caused the local municipalities and school districts to have to beg for new tax money - that's RAISED TAXES - in order to continue to provide such things as police and fire protection, schooling for our kids, and other essential services.

October 27, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. suggest removal

Gov. Kasich for second term

It's a real shame that FitzGerald is the best the Dems could come up with. Kasich will crow about the landslide victory he's about to receive, when in fact just about any competent and charismatic individual could beat FitzGerald. And Kasich too, for that matter. Kasich certainly has done nothing to deserve a second term. He's robbed from the revenue sharing program to bolster the state coffers. Now that he's got enough to keep the state afloat, he's still not returning our tax money to us. Local municipalities and school districts have had to beg for new taxes just to maintain some of what they used to provide, but can no longer afford. We voters turned down SB5, but that was only half Kasich's scheme in his war against public employees. The other half is alive and well - his budget that steals from the taxpayer by way of not returning our tax money to us.

I cannot in good conscience vote for Kasich no matter how much of an incompetent FitzGerald is.

October 26, 2014 at 7:47 a.m. suggest removal

For 4th time, Youngstown voters asked to ban fracking

Maybe there should be limits on how many times a dead horse issue can be brought up. Or maybe the small special-interest group who keeps demanding we waste taxpayer money on it should pay for the issue to be brought to the polls.

October 26, 2014 at 7:28 a.m. suggest removal

Do you favor celebrating Halloween on a day other than Oct. 31?

Oh, lighten up. It's a fun evening for the kids.

October 24, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. suggest removal

YSU faculty authorizes strike, declares no confidence in trustees, administration

I'll bet Palmer-Fernandez elaborated on the health care costs issue, but the vindy didn't print it because it shows the employees are being done wrong.

October 23, 2014 at 7:27 a.m. suggest removal

ABC water district to start charging Boardman, Canfield residents

The townships might want to think carefully about this scheme. Once they start charging people money - over and above the taxes that are already supposed to cover dealing with storm water - they will expect results and improvements and the mitigation of their problems. I see this issue being forced to the ballot, where it will be defeated.

October 23, 2014 at 7:22 a.m. suggest removal

Bad roads, misplaced priorities seen in Boardman, Struthers

The part of Mathews near Southern Blvd that was paved has got to be the worst job of paving I've ever seen. It's still anything but smooth. And I see someone must have had a little black top left over from another job somewhere, because the right turn lane on Indianola at South Ave has what can only be described as a "skim coat" on it. Indianola was last resurfaced every bit of 20 years ago - I remember when they paved over the cement that the road surface used to be. It held up well for about 15 years, but the last 5 have been worse every year.

If they'd just grind down all the patches they've put on these roads over the past year, the roads would be much smoother than they are now. You see, that's the other part of the problem - the road crews simply drop a shovel full of blacktop in the area near the pot hole. They don't put the proper amount IN the hole, they don't tamp it in place so it stays put, and they don't clean up the excess, which ends up creating a hump around the pothole.

October 22, 2014 at 7:03 a.m. suggest removal

Gov. John Kasich says election about his job performance

Kasich fixed nothing. He caused tens of thousands of public employees to lose their jobs. He's cost us taxpayers more taxes as the local municipalities and schools had to pass new taxes to make up for the revenue sharing that Kasich stopped. Keeping money that's not yours isn't "genius" - it's "criminal."

October 20, 2014 at 7:24 a.m. suggest removal

Boardman teachers to get raises after years of pay freezes

Gee, $2 million over last year's budget, raises all around, and a teacher who is also a township trustee doesn't want to give township employees - who have been on a longer wage freeze - any raises at all.

October 20, 2014 at 7:14 a.m. suggest removal



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