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Family of dead baby fields threats

So sad. What is missing that people don't understand animals are unpredictable? I'd bet the dogs played with stuffed animals and maybe even dolls prior to this child being in the home. I just can't imagine what this young woman is feeling. So many have no clue what it takes to raise a child yet believe they can. Saying a little prayer for the little one today.

February 9, 2016 at 10:58 a.m. suggest removal

Congressional combatants must unite to fight plague of heroin abuse in America

Prevention is the key. This epidemic will take 10 years to reverse. We have been through this in the 60's and early 70's. We used to have drug and alcohol education as part of health class. With testing every aspect of education came the need to eliminate this vital educational resource. We need to quit teaching children to pass a ridiculous test full of non-essential information and get back to teaching them how to navigate life. Once addicted to this evil substance the fear of death is no longer a reason to stop using. We need to teach them of the consequences before they start using when their brains still function properly. For every dollar spent on prevention, two dollars are saved in intervention.

February 8, 2016 at 10:42 a.m. suggest removal

Black Knights recruiting minorities for police department

Not many private sector police officers. Anyway, to become a police officer, one was go to and pass a certified police academy. It's not a job you just go apply for with no qualifications. Many municipalities now want educated officers. I agree we need more minorities in high profile professions like police, fire, educators, and such. But in order to get those jobs, one must do what is required to meet the qualifications.

February 8, 2016 at 10:14 a.m. suggest removal

Remove pension shroud

I'm back Bert. I made a few calls. This is what I was told by three public employees.

One a state employee. She pays 11% of her gross pay into OPERS. Has never paid into social security.

Two: works for a small municipality. He pays 10% into OPERS. Works a part-time job outside of public sector and pays into social security at 6.25%. This 6.25% is what all working people outside of the public sector pay into the social security system.

Three: She is a teacher at one of the local school districts. She early in her career paid nothing toward her STRS contribution. In the past ten years (has taught at the same district for over 30 years) has had an increase in her contributions of approximately 1% per year. She now contributes 10% of her gross earnings to STRS.

So, lets say that at 10% of gross earnings that employee is paying 37.5% more of their earnings into their retirement than a private sector employee. The private sector employee's employer is paying the same percentage into social security as well, making for approximately 13% of the employees gross pay. While the public sector employee's employer is paying on average 15% of the employees gross pay in match funds.

This means the public sector employee is paying nearly as much out of their gross pay as the private sector employee and their employer combined into the their pension fund. Plus the employer of the public sector employee is paying more than the private sector employee and employer combined match.

That being said it only stands to reason that their pension would be more than social security. It's called mathematics.

February 8, 2016 at 10:05 a.m. suggest removal

Remove pension shroud

Bert you continue to try to make some conspiracy of this. State pensions are no secret and most can generally figure out ones pension if they can think beyond the jealousy and conspiracy that doesn't exist. Approximately 2/3 of a persons highest three paid years (after thirty years.) Geez, just go ask your significant other. Remember, she gets one of these evil state pension checks. I'm sure your benefiting from it as well.

Then the issue of health care. Public employees health care is not free. They pay the same as any private sector employee and once 65 are put on medicaid like any other person. Yes they have the option like everybody in the USofA of purchasing a supplement. Please, if your going to rant, at least give accurate information.

Your argument that you feel a need to know every public employees income is just insane. Many public employees paid into social security and do not collect it when they are old enough. Do they have the right to know what everyone on Social Security collects since they paid into it and don't collect it?

February 8, 2016 at 9:47 a.m. suggest removal

Louisville announces postseason ban for men's basketball

Unbelievable no firing, no discipline of any kind. Just the kids get punished for what their crazy role-models did. For many of these kids they weren't even at the school during these allegations.

February 5, 2016 at 2:13 p.m. suggest removal

Police: Possible howler monkey on the lam in Ohio’s capital

Not many reports of the monkey's running around New Hampshire.

February 5, 2016 at 12:17 p.m. suggest removal

OD suspected in case of woman dropped off at Warren hospital

Does that mean you can move upstairs?

February 5, 2016 at 9:59 a.m. suggest removal

Yavorcik asks to represent himself in Oakhill case

A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.

February 5, 2016 at 9:40 a.m. suggest removal

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