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Governor talks of changing Youngstown schools to charter system

The success of a school district is inversely proportional to the percentage of the students who live in poverty. If you have poor students you will have poor schools.
The way folks deal with this problem in the United States is to have one school district for the whole county. Lee County, Florida has twice as many people as Mahoning - one school district - excellent schools. Montgomery County, Maryland - one school district - consistently in the top ten rated districts in the country.
In this county the only consensus we attain is our mutual hatred of Youngstown and all of its problems. Problems which can be largely attributed to the departure of the middle class from the city.

November 20, 2014 at 11:02 a.m. suggest removal

GetGo applies for Boardman location

But where will I get my smart phone fixed?

November 18, 2014 at 8:52 a.m. suggest removal

Firefighters from 10 departments protest planned Youngstown cuts

The work load of a fire department is based on how many fires it responds to, not on population or automobile traffic. In a perfect world fires would be proportional to population - Youngstown is not a perfect world. The age of the buildings, the number of vacant buildings, poverty rate of the residents and arson must also factor in.
As long as the region chooses to house all the poor people and crime in the city, the city will be costly to manage/govern.
I count only 8 firehouses in the city but I may be missing one.

November 13, 2014 at 9:52 a.m. suggest removal

Road vets Springfield ready for trip

Win the whole state Ryan!

November 5, 2014 at 9:39 a.m. suggest removal

Voters loudly said no for 4th time to ban fracking in Youngstown

The City of Youngstown enacted a Redevelopment Code in April of 2013 that would only allow fracking in areas that are zoned for heavy industrial uses. There are only three of these areas - The former Passarelli Brothers junk yard on Youngstown-Hubbard Rd. The large area northwest downtown west of US422 on both sides of the river but not including the Riverbend Industrial Park. The other area is also riverfront property east of the Center Street bridge.
So the City of Youngstown already has outlawed fracking in about 95 percent of its total area. The problem is that ODNR is the permitting authority by state law.

November 5, 2014 at 9 a.m. suggest removal

Gov. John Kasich says he doesn’t know if it’s possible for Republicans to win in Mahoning County

If somebody else signs your paycheck, it would be a mistake to vote Republican.

October 31, 2014 at 9:59 a.m. suggest removal

Oakhill prosecutors plan to use records related to cost of moving county agency

I like Sorentino also!
The State should have had all of this evidence in place before the indictment.
This is an election year tactic by the attorney general to appease his republican base. It is the nature of politics to use the office to ensure re-election - so Mr. DeVine isn't doing anything different than what Mr. Sorentino did.

October 28, 2014 at 8:48 a.m. suggest removal

Oakhill prosecutors have about 700 hours of secretly-recorded conversations related to the corruption case

I'm starting to question the whole indictment - not saying laws weren't broken - but why at this late date is the prosecution still scrambling for evidence? They took Sciortino's computers 2 or 3 weeks ago and now these tapes appear. You lawyerly types can (and will) correct me but I thought there had to be evidence in place before an indictment was handed down.

October 21, 2014 at 8:26 a.m. suggest removal

Kroner: Charges cause ‘stigma’ for area

If they already have evidence why are they just now taking the Auditor's computers?

September 24, 2014 at 9:02 a.m. suggest removal



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