@Education_Voter....It is the voters of this city that keep putting these incompetent idiots on a School Board which is a total failure. For 40 years I have watched this district decline in quality education. At one time the city had an excellent school system and the people who graduated from Y-Town schools became leading, successful members of society. Since Johnson's "Great Society" and the social experiments like school busing and other idiotic programs where the Federal Gov't usurped the powers of the State and local school boards to determine curriculum needs for their students, the educational system in this country has become a dismal failure. At one time, students came from all over the world to take advantage the finest education opportunities available anywhere. Today we rank about #25 in quality education.
Add to this, the continuous rewarding of poor choices and lack of personal responsibilities that our parents, grandparents and previous generations took so seriously in passing on to their children have become a thing of a bygone era.
Unless this country wakes up and tells the gov't "We're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore", our society is doomed and the kids of the future will never realize how to function in a society that once was the shining example to the world.
October 22, 2015 at 9:31 a.m.
For 30 years, the school board, the unions and the parents are the ones that got it wrong, not this judge. Stop wasting tax dollars on legal fees and give this plan a chance. It certainly can't make things any worse than what this community has seen by the present system.
Sen. Schaivoni...shame on you. You are a Boardman graduate and you received an excellent education. Give the kids in Youngstown the same opportunity you had. Quit siding with a bunch of losers and put something in place to improve their chance at a decent education.
October 21, 2015 at 7:45 a.m.
@allany2525 - As Walter and Sue pointed out, 90% of the problem is the lack of Parent responsibility. Unless this Gov't forces the parents to take their job of properly raising their children seriously, the problem is never going to cease. That is precisely why I made the recommendation that if they fail to make certain their kids are in school everyday, on time, dressed, fed and with homework done, they lose their benefits. Many of these household are on SSI which is paid out if the Social Security Trust funds. It is another reason why this system is going broke. Most of these people never paid a dime into it, yet they are receiving benefits from it. If the Gov't wants to keep the system solvent, don't raise taxes on the working people. Stop paying benefits to people who haven't contributed to it.
October 21, 2015 at 7:15 a.m.
5. Fire the Mayor, the finance director, the water commissioner and ALL members of city council and REALLY clean up this city.
October 21, 2015 at 6:58 a.m.
In past articles, it was stated that Youngstown is currently demolishing about 250 homes per year between the city road dept and private companies.
The city currently pays $8.45 per customer to Waste Mgmt for trash collection each month but charges the water customers $14.75 thus already making a profit of $1.5 million dollars off this scam.($6.30 x 20,000 x 12 = $ 1,512,000). Now they want to raise the price another $10 per month which will bring that profit to $4 million, not $2.4 million like they are reporting. That means they will be spending about $15,600 per demolition on 250 properties.
I think the Mayor and Dave Bozanich better get their calculators recalibrated. Even at $6,000 per property, the city should be demolishing about 650 properties per year, not 250 as are currently being done.
This is an example of typical Youngstown Mathematics.
October 20, 2015 at 10:37 p.m.
@Bill, Kurt, Walter and Need....all excellent points. Think 2 more things need to be added to the mix though....
1. If you are on assistance and have school age kids, they need to be in school, on time, fed and properly dressed everyday with their homework done.
2. All members of the household need to pass random drug testing on a regular basis. Any failures immediately stop the assistance permanently. If they can afford the drugs, they don't need our tax dollars to support them.
These 2 requirements are mandatory for the continued assistance. Failure of either one ends the monthly checks, period. End of subject.
October 20, 2015 at 10:03 p.m.
Right, A 15 year old guy doesn't know it is illegal, to kidnap, rob and rape a woman at gunpoint, not just once, but 3 different times? Give me a F***ing break. What that woman suffered was not cruel and unusual punishment?They should have hung him in the public square. Too bad Judge Krichbaum couldn't have imposed that sentence. As it is, he gets free housing, food, clothing and medical care for likely the rest of his life, courtesy of the Ohio taxpayers.
October 1, 2015 at 8:45 p.m.
Because $420,000 is not enough "pocket money" for city council to help spend. They want a nice, cool $ 4.72 million. (1.66 + 2.64 + .42) = $4.72. That figures sounds much better.
October 1, 2015 at 8:29 p.m.
@JFH...agreed and she needs to quit SHOOTING her mouth on this topic. She has been trying to disarm America since Bill was in office. She was behind the UN agreement that tried to supercede our Constitution. The only thing she should be campaigning for is whether her Orange jumpsuit should be the "new" Black.
@excel- your point is well taken, but how many cars are being driven by people with no/suspended licenses, numerous DUI's and NO insurance. That problem is much easier to solve than what you propose, but is still continues.
October 1, 2015 at 7:52 p.m.
They need to pass the legislation to see what's in it. That's the way the Dems work and if you notice, every council member as well as the Mayor, belongs to that party .
If they are tearing down approx 250 homes now with the way things currently are, Why do they need $2.64 million more They are already getting $1.66 million now as things currently stand. Are they using any of this money to fund the current demos?
October 1, 2015 at 7:32 p.m.