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Do you agree with the Mahoning County elections board plan to reduce Youngstown voting precincts by 42 percent?

More early and absentee voting means less people showing up at the polls. Consolidation makes sense.

December 12, 2014 at 7:07 a.m. suggest removal

Employees at YSU are pampered

Billdog, it's what I've been saying for years. This Valley has the attitude of "If I don't have it, nobody else deserves it!" no matter what the job, the compensation, the hours worked, or anything.

December 10, 2014 at 8:11 a.m. suggest removal

Employees at YSU are pampered

Sounds like oviets has a little axe to grind there. What happened, Steivo, did you flunk out or something?

December 8, 2014 at 9:03 a.m. suggest removal

$500,000 question: Who’ll pay township?

How was this not clarified before now? While they were nattering back and forth about whether 950 horse stalls were sufficient, or whether they needed 1000, and how many seats were needed, who neglected to bring this issue forward?

Incompetence all around!!!

December 8, 2014 at 8:55 a.m. suggest removal

Nursing home chain sued for negligence

Joe, of course not!! You can't make millions in profit if you keep spending it on non-essentials like staffing.

And when it's not "outing" public employees, the vindy sure does downplay handing out information. For instance, what are the other nursing homes in the chain? Who owns the chain? How much is the chain worth? And, how many people were staffing the facility on the day Mr. Esposite fell? How many staff it on an average day? What are the state minimums?

Come on, vindy! If this had anything to do with public employees, you'd supply all this and more!

December 7, 2014 at 9:38 a.m. suggest removal

Employees at YSU are pampered

deSouza - please expand upon your mention of the "variable payout" regarding sick leave. What, exactly, does that mean? Could it mean they don't get the entire amount, but rather a percentage? Why would you not be clear about what you meant?

As for the rest of the piece, I see a lot of "I don't get that benefit, so nobody else should, either!" in it. Envy is not a healthy feeling - you should work on it. You clearly resent others receiving awards for distinguished service, which, by the way, is service far above what's expected, not simply doing one's job. But you wouldn't know about that, would you?

December 7, 2014 at 7:43 a.m. suggest removal

Boardman firefighters in line for raises; trustees perplexed

Actually, no, the trustees wouldn't be happy to hear any input on how they run the township. Quite the opposite, in fact.

And the trustees wanted to give the firefighters the money in bonuses, so they have the money. What the trustees object to is making the money a raise. You see, a bonus is a one-time shot. It does not become part of one's base pay, so if the same bonus amount is not granted in subsequent years, the wages go backward. The bonus would have to be increased for the employees to realize a raise. The firefighters have more than cooperated with the trustees through the past several years, and are in fact taking home much less than they did a decade ago.

I seem to recall the Boardman trustees admitting they were going to have to give raises during this round of contract negotiations with all their unionized employees, and that they recognized that the employees couldn't go on forever without a raise. So why are they now claiming they're unprepared to give raises (but do have the money to pass out a year's worth of raises in one lump sum)?

These are things the Vindicator should be looking at. Instead, it's business as usual - public employees taking it on the chin.

December 4, 2014 at 6:59 a.m. suggest removal

Chokehold decision sparks NYC protests

Maybe a fat guy in poor health and with breathing problems shouldn't have chosen to fight with the cops. The cops were going to arrest him - did he really think he was going to fight his way free? Isn't the more prudent action to simply comply, and make your fight in court?

December 4, 2014 at 6:43 a.m. suggest removal

Youngstown council postpones a vote on opposing a liquor permit renewal for South Side bar

So let's recap: A city councilman is carrying out some sort of vendetta against a prospering business in his ward, with no evidence other than hearsay to back him up; the mayor thinks it's a good idea to reduce the already-understaffed fire department in THE CITY WITH THE HIGHEST ARSON RATE IN THE NATION; and those of us who actually pay our bills are going to have to pay even more.

Council President Sammarone - you should be concerned about how Council is embarrassing itself right here at home. It's almost as dysfunctional as the school board.

December 4, 2014 at 6:36 a.m. suggest removal

Do you believe Officer Darren Wilson’s version of the shooting of Michael Brown?

Topper11 - good one!!

papa1, so what you're saying is, the heck with due process, and the heck with the law. Wilson should have been indicted, tried, convicted, and maybe burned at the stake, to appease the masses, because we're afraid they'll riot if they don't get their way.

December 2, 2014 at 12:04 p.m. suggest removal

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