What is the only region which didn't prosper during the booming Reagan Years? The Mahoning Valley.
To that you can add most of the midwest and the deep south. In fact, the Reagan 'boom years' turned out to be elusive. Real wages declined under the Gipper and the middle class stagnated. A full sixty percent of the population saw no real economic benefits of Reaganism. 'Vooodoo economics' did have huge benefits for the top income tax brackets though. Just to add a little kicker, Reagan, the fiscal conservative,' left the country with a massive budget defecit.
March 23, 2010 at 10:47 p.m.
Newt Ginrich summed up the Republican view on the bill well: "“They will (the Democrats) have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years” by passing civil rights legislation."
Wow. The Republicans are still trying to argue that giving blacks civil rights was a travesty. That pretty much sums up where the party still is at: Civil rights are bad; medicare was a bad idea; social security was a bad idea. The only thing they prescribe are tax cuts for the wealthy and more defense spending. Sad...
March 22, 2010 at 10:56 a.m.
How many people have been robbed or killed in downtown Youngstown anytime recently?
The Covelli Center (almost certainly an inside job). That's all you can come up with?
March 7, 2010 at 9:45 p.m.
I go to Cleveland occasionally myself and I see the exact same things-and worse. Not to mention, people are actually murdered in downtown Cleveland, quite unlike downtown Youngstown.
March 7, 2010 at 2:57 p.m.
Yeah, it's a real embarrassment to Youngstown?! You can see all that and FAR more in any mid-sized or large metropolitan city in the country. You don't get out much do you?
March 7, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
Oh boy... once again the racial comment have to come out. Wow..there are four black girls walking down the street on the cover of the Vindy. Who cares? If any of you people would actually go downtown, which you won't, you'd know that the white girls dress just as provocatively.
And I would challenge you to name the last time someone has been shot downtown (especially by some black girls) for "dissin" someone. Instead of resulting to racism and scare tactics, why don't some of you people actually come downtown and check it out? You'll find that many of your preconceptions are completely off the mark.
March 7, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.
Why would the suburbs complain about having to subsidize the city? After all, the federal government helped subsidize the creation of the suburbs in the first place.
March 7, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
Why did the local section get combined into the front section? Why was the shooting on the west side Friday night not covered in the Vindy?
March 7, 2010 at 1:10 p.m.
Over half of the city of Youngstown is black-including a majority of the younger population. If steps are not taken to assure a program like this succeeds, then the future for this area remains dim. As it now stands Youngstown has the lowest median income of any US city with more than 65,000 residents. Early college must remain a priority in order to insure that this area has a future chance of being competitive.
February 27, 2010 at 6:05 p.m.
Has anyone ever asked why the hood exists in the first place? Why are most of the people in it black?
Blacks who came to Youngstown found themselves in similar positions to those in the south: Unions (I'm looking at you, Union Forever) either denied blacks or kept them in the worst positions. USWA locals actually put pressure on companies NOT to hire blacks. By the time blacks could move up in the union structures-after civil rights-the mills began to close. Since blacks have been over-represented in manufacturing, the closing of the mills had a huge effect on black families.
In Youngstown itself blacks were herded into public housing and slums which were subsequently destroyed by urban renewal in the 60s. Blacks then found themselves moved into older neighborhoods where whites were rapidly exiting. Hence, the tax base of the city declined-leaving neighborhoods to decline.
The Expanding suburbs of Boardman, Poland, and Canfield practiced "red-lining" to keep blacks out of their neighborhoods. This also helped keep schools segregated. By 2000 the Youngstown/Warren area was one of the most segregated in the country-more segregated then most of the deep south.
Yet, now you have people who have conveniently forgotten all this say "why can't they just do what I have done."
February 20, 2010 at 12:07 p.m.