Wow, If you read this carefully, and ignore the drama at the beginning, the OEPA has some questions it needs to answer. One being why, if they monitored the lead levels between June and September, and knew they were unacceptably high, they allowed the water to be consumed without even so much as a warning until now, after the Flint Fiasco has everyone checking their water.
For Mr. Giroux's edification, unless Sebring's water system was installed, in its entirety, more recently than 30 or 40 years ago, yes, there's lead in there, at least in the solder used to join the pipes together. Before mechanical couplings became widely used, lead was melted into the pipe joints to seal them, on the cast iron water mains, which still carry water today, everywhere.
I'm going to predict that once this is all over with, Bates is going to be able to file one heck of a lawsuit. And win.
January 26, 2016 at 9:14 a.m.
The line about avoiding the appearance of impropriety comes to mind. All those officials mentioned enjoyed endorsement after endorsement by the Vindy as well as the other entities of the area. A true investigative newspaper would have questioned the company those officials kept, and looked for a reason that, for example, those judges would support a known drug 'wholesaler.' Did anybody even look at Umbel's clientele? And THEIR clienteles? Or did they simply hand out endorsements as usual at the next election, and what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors?
At least, with Gains being unopposed, maybe we won't be subjected to his "I survived a Mob hit" nonsense this time.
January 24, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
Another parallel - zero political fallout for the people who stonewalled for so long, knowing they were responsible and hiding that fact, as if the problem was going to just go away, and if they hid long enough they'd be off the hook. Just as the politicians responsible here in Ohio were given a pass, and even endorsed by those same investigative news sources, so too will their counterparts in Michigan.
January 24, 2016 at 8:16 a.m.
Why weren't we told about this cockamamie scheme where Optotraffic's share of the bounty increases when payment is late. And ONLY 30 DAYS LATE?!?!?! The city is still sending out letters, at that point, and the ticket is nowhere near being turned over to Optotraffic's pet collection agency, For no reason whatever, Optotraffic thinks it deserves an extra cut?
WHO NEGOTIATED THIS DEAL??? It sure looks like Optotraffic waved the chance to grab some money in front of city officials, who couldn't sign up fast enough. The more we learn, the worse the deal is for Youngstown.
After 30 days, the money is distributed 55% to Youngstown and 45% to Optotraffic. But once the collection agency is brought in, the split is that same 45% to Optotraffic, but 30% to the city, and 25% to the collection agency. So let me ask again: WHO NEGOTIATED THIS DEAL???
January 23, 2016 at 8:21 a.m.
Now there's something we weren't told until now - money grab tickets that go to a collection agency result in less money for the city and more for Optotraffic, PLUS the city has to pay the collection agency's fees out of its share. So if the ticket is $100, and goes to collection, Optotraffic gets $45, the collection agency gets $25, and the city gets $30. What a deal!!! How does Optotraffic deserve more money if their ticket goes to collection? How are they affected? How can the increase possibly be justified?
This just keeps getting more and more bizarre.
January 22, 2016 at 8:08 a.m.
This is ridiculous. Everyone knows the definition of "teacher." It's someone who teaches. The intent for this appointment was and is for a full-time, YEA member Youngstown Schools teacher. If Kimble gets away with sliding her cousin into the slot, this board will have no more credibility than the incompetent and dysfunctional Youngstown School Board.
January 21, 2016 at 3:47 p.m.
He wasn't "being around" a gun. He was IN POSSESSION of a gun. Every single other felon who has done or is doing jail time for possession of a firearm just had their face spit in by Visiting Judge Nunner. Once again, Johnny Boy's favorite line - "Do you know who my mother is?" - gets him off the hook.
Where did he get the gun? That needs to be investigated. Get with it, vindy! If he bought the gun, whoever sold it to him violated the law. If someone gave it to him, whoever gave it to him violated the law. If he stole it, that's another law he violated.
January 20, 2016 at 1:41 p.m.
Why on earth would anybody follow that muddy trail along the edge of the river (right across from Tent City, BTW) from the B&O west to West Ave? And why would anyone take a couple from out of town and show them THAT part of the city? There' are many things to see and do, no matter what one's interests are. SMH.
January 17, 2016 at 3:12 p.m.
The fat cat suits have shot themselves in the foot. Yes, the low oil prices are costing jobs, but not as many jobs as it once would have. All the belt-tightening, down-sizing, layoffs, and so on, mean there aren't that many jobs to lose. What's being lost is the money the fat cats worship above all else.
January 17, 2016 at 8:53 a.m.
George, why don't YOU run for Y-town mayor or other political leader?
January 14, 2016 at 9:59 a.m.