Thank you for taking the time to reply to my "rant" and supplying a reference about other 2013 newspaper corrections. I will certainly make it a point to spell Mr. Betras' name correctly in the future.
As far as conspiracy theories, my previous blog referred to Mark Munroe's earlier Letter to the Editor suggesting selective reporting of news stories about political activities by the Vindicator.
I took the time to review your web referenced article and found ONE correction of a Bloody Mary recipe attributable to the Wall Street Journal for 2013:
"Best Numerical ErrorThe Wall Street Journal:A Bloody Mary recipe, which accompanied an Off Duty article in some editions on June 8 about the herb lovage, called for 12 ounces of vodka and 36 ounces of tomato juice. The recipe as printed incorrectly reversed the amounts, calling for 36 ounces of vodka and 12 ounces of tomato juice."
And ONE semantic adjustment of a Washington Post article for 2013:"An October 14 Style article about access to the prison camp for terrorism suspects at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay incorrectly referred to Navy Capt. Robert Durand as "thickset". He should have been described as "muscular".
Comparatively, here is a list of three additional errors or mismatched headlines with article content, that I have noticed since last December. 1. HEADLINE: "Commissioner Ditzlet warns of local government cut"COMMENT: Who's Commissioner Ditzlet? Vindy writers strike again.February 22, 2014
2. HEADLINE: "Some parents say temperature around zero is too low for school"COMMENT: There is not a single quote from a student's parent about temperatures too cold for school. Articles like this makes it appear that the Vindy just makes things up as they go along.February 18, 2014 3. HEADLINE: "Campbell man accused of trying to lure children into car"COMMENT: This story makes no sense at all. Two different names (Terrick/Jackson) listed from two different towns (Campbell/North Jackson).Nice job, Vindy writers and editors. "Quality" work. December 6, 2013
Add in the initial erroneous March 7 article headline (making at least four errors or inconsistencies, two involving local politicians, that have appeared in Vindy articles in the past 3 months) and you have a recipe for losing public trust with your readership whether you like it or not.
Yes, we all make mistakes, including myself, but the Vindy's position in the community as a primary news source demands the highest possible reporting standards. Hopefully, these obligations will be adequately met by all Vindicator writers and editors in the future.
March 8, 2014 at 3:57 a.m.
VINDY HEADLINE: "Late report from independent candidate Kitchen shows $10K from GOP chair, wife"
Article quote: "$10,000 of it (campaign contributions) coming from FORMER (emphasis added) Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Clarence R. Smith and his wife, Rose."
Another case of misleading, inaccurate Vindy article headlines vs. article content. If the Vindy wants to call itself a "quality" news organization, sloppy blatant editorial mistakes cannot occur on such a ongoing basis. Can you image a Wall Street Journal or Washington Post article headline containing such an obvious mistake?
Maybe Mark Munroe was on to something in his recent letter claiming bias in reporting political activities in the Vindy. Of course, the "esteemed" Vindy editors would never acknowledge this bias, but tell that to Mr. Munroe when he attempts to clarify to fellow Republican leaders that he was not involved in any political contribution to a pseudo-Democratic Y-town mayoral candidate.
As for former Republican chair Smith, what an insult to your party brethren. Your contribution basically justifies local beliefs that a Republican cannot win election in Mahoning County, except if they run under the guise of an "independent". Furthermore, this kind of hypocritical support undermines those Democrat for Change candidates who may be contemplating running for office as Independents. Voters could perceive these candidates who are working to improve their own party's image as nothing more than Republican political puppets. And don't think that Dave Betrus won't use that message in selling his Democratic endorsed slate to the voters as "true Democrats".
In the future, I hope that local Republicans advise Mr.Smith to focus his significant monetary resources on candidates who have the courage to carry the banner of the Republican Party in what can only be described as a "hostile" political environment.
Say what you will about the local Democratic machine and Dave Betrus, but one thing that is not tolerated is bucking the party line. Just ask Annie Gillam, her husband, Artis Gillam Sr.; and T.J. Rodgers about thier removal from the MSDP executive committee for supporting Kitchen over McNally for Y-town mayor.
Perhaps the Mr. Munroe and the Republican Party Executive Committee should consider the same action regarding Mr. Smith's support of a questionable "independent" Youngstown mayoral candidate facing sexual harassment charges that were ultimately found credible and confirmed by Mr. Kitchen (http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/dec/07...).
March 7, 2014 at 3:23 a.m.
Davey B, you reap what you sow.
March 7, 2014 at 1:21 a.m.
BREAKING NEWS: Pope Francis will soon be sending his papal blessing in support of the Jim Tressel for YSU presidential campaign. When asked about Jim's lack of interest in academic performance and penchant for lying and covering up NCAA violations, the Pope commented, "Hey, St. Peter was a fisherman, denied Jesus three times and still became the first pope."
YSU Board of Trustee President Dr. Garg denied that the pope's blessing would bias the selection process but stated, "If and when St. Jimbo is canonized as the next president, we will send up the traditional white smoke from Stambaugh Stadium to indicate that the anointed one has been selected to lead us into academic nirvana."
March 4, 2014 at 3:18 a.m.
Rumor has it that Cronin, Engler, Belinky, DeMaine Kitchen and Lisa Antonini have discussed forming a splinter political party called "The Democratic Non-Taxpaying Bribery Sexual Harassment Felon Screw-the-Public-Trust Party" Their rumored platform statement would be, "No matter how great the crime, Mahoning Valley voters will forget the time".
No comment yet from Dave Betrus or Bertie deSouza on this potential political challenge.
But Bobby Hagan said he might be interested in running for their precinct committee position if he can find the proper paperwork.
In response, Ron Gerberry did his usual Sgt. Schultz impression with his comment, "I see nothing! I hear nothing! I say nothing!"
And Timmy Ryan sent his usual $5 donation to the proposed party just in case they win something and they need to buy puppet strings to control his speeches supporting Obamacare and out-of-control deficit spending.
March 4, 2014 at 3:02 a.m.
"What really cracks me up is that the (Democratic) base supporters are so small minded that they really believe that (union leaders, liberal "intellectual activists") give a crap about them. Do they really believe that they will benefit from the (union) millions being pumped into (Democratic) campaigns? Do they really believe that (Democrats) are going to change things for the better. You have to feel sorry them for being such narrow minded"
Sound familiar? Here's to you, rjwhit63.
March 3, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.
"Our form of representative government has collapsed with the Republicans in control."
Last I looked there was a Democratic president and US Senate majority. But rather than work with Congressional leaders, President Obama has decided to establish his own banana dictatorship by issuing executive orders that illegally bypass the constitutional powers of Congress. Where's your concern about ignoring the interests of citizens that voted a Republican majority into office?The writer fails to note that Democrats are also controlled by union leaders who often use middle-class unions dues for their own personal and political purposes.
In response to other assertions, food stamp spending more than doubled from 2008-2012 (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governme...). An October 2013 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that "unemployment is 3.6 percentage points higher than it would be if benefits hadn’t been extended." (http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/...). So spare me the crocodile tears about food stamp cuts and the lack of unemployment extensions hurting the poor.
Wonder if Bud realizes that increasing the minimum wage is a bone thrown to Democratic union buddies. Union wages are often tied to minimum wage rates, ergo, a higher minimum wage increases union wages and and protects union jobs while discouraging hiring younger employees entering the workforce for the first time (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/S...). So much for helping the unemployed.
I'm sure the writer would be much more comfortable in a totalitarian society where everyone was considered equal and wealth was shared by society. I wonder how the North Korea people feel about how government helps the poor when all dissent is crushed.
Perhaps Bud should get out more and talk to people from the 23 states currently led by Republican governors or legislatures. I'm assuming that the majority of those people believe that their representatives are speaking for their economic interests as much as you think Dems are looking out for the poor, Bud.
Finally, Bud, from an article entitled "Red States Have Most Economic Potential" (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governme...). "A new study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) ranked all 50 states for their economic potential, and surprise! Virtually all of the top ten were states that voted for the GOP." So much for your implication that Republicans continue "to ignore the ongoing destruction of the middle class and the ever-growing rise in poverty."
Next time you throw out accusations, Bud, try using some facts. People aren't as stupid as you think they are.
March 3, 2014 at 2:59 a.m.
Sheesh, Bertie, there wasn't one relevant fact presented in your article that hasn't been revealed and/or discussed ad nauseum by other Vindy writers or posters over the past several weeks.
Do you even read the news anymore or just wait for a call from Dave Betrus or Jim Traficant? You just wasted five minutes of my life.
March 2, 2014 at 3:59 a.m.
"Lawyers, former senators, and former heads of federal departments have served and are serving as university presidents across the country."
Gee, I hope that bastion of academic superiority, Bertie deSouza, reads this study.
In addition, former CEOs have increasingly been named as college presidents because of their business experience (which multimillion dollar universities have become with their obsession with enrollment (revenue) numbers, to the detriment of academic quality) and ability to communicate effectively with shareholders (e.g., alumni). Of course, faculty and staff unions, along with redundant administrators of outdated programs and departments, would have a collective seizure if a former executive would be selected as president who would expect efficiency of operations and tight adherence to budgetary constraints.
"The study reports that university presidents spend most of their time with budgeting, fundraising, community relations and strategic planning."
Confirms what I've been saying for over a year in advocating that Tressel's positive qualities fit well into a university president's duties. Tressel ran a multimillion dollar profitable football business that all but subsidized all other secondary sports offered at OSU.
Even if Tressel does not become the next YSU president, the trustees would be wise (a misnomer) to consider other candidates from the private sector, particularly with YSU's growing fiscal woes and future faculty and staff labor negotiations.
However, please NO former government administrators. Most can't even spell the word "budget".
But the first place to look for cost cuts is the relatively easiest to accomplish: Trim non-union administrative positions and out-of-date and cost-ineffective degree programs, as has already been conducted at Akron and, I believe, Bowling Green. The lower the class enrollment, the higher the educational cost per student, particularly when taught by tenured, fixed-cost senior faculty.
Of course, trimming these low-enrollment courses often taught by tenured full professors might force these highly-paid faculty members to accept the "burden" of teaching more students in lower-level classes previously taught by low paid adjunct and graduate assistant faculty. What an indignity for the so-called academic elite.
March 2, 2014 at 3:50 a.m.
Dr. Sutton's flippant statement, "He (Tressel) does not need a doctorate; if necessary, it could be granted", is a disgrace to other Ph. D.'s who historically have sacrificed 5-7 years of their lives to complete doctorate programs representing the highest level of academic achievement in their professional fields.
Doctorate candidates must complete extensive graduate coursework and concurrent research for several years, successfully pass multiple comprehensive examinations covering their respective majors and minors that take 4-8 or more hours, respectively, to complete. A single exam failure may immediately eliminate a candidate from a program, regardless of their previous course success. Finally, while simultaneously serving as teaching assistants for high-level tenures senior professors, a dissertation of original research can often take 2-3 years of concentrated effort to complete.
I have known doctoral students who have committed suicide from the mental pressures associated with Ph. D. demands, other candidates who moved away from their families or divorced while working nonstop on their dissertations, and individuals whose employment was contingent upon doctoral completion by a specific date. All the while, doctoral students are treated like indentured servants subject to the whims of senior faculty advisers who often hold their students hostage with constant dissertation changes and their own research demands.
Pursuant to receiving their doctorate degrees, these graduates remain under constant "publish or perish" pressures to continuously produce significant research contributions to their respective fields in order to maintain their university employment. Until tenured, newly-hired Ph. D.s basically work on a provisional contract that can be terminated at any point over a 5-6 year employment period.
After completing my doctorate over 20 years ago, I understand that achieving a Ph. D. requires an incredible amount of commitment, self-denial, discipline, and mental endurance that is difficult to explain to others. Most Ph. D.s are dedicated to their students' future success and continuous learning. I believe that I can speak for many fellow Ph. D.'s teaching at YSU and other area colleges and find Dr. Sutton's comment disgusting and insulting. An public apology to his fellow Ph. D.s in all areas, particularly to those in his own engineering field, should be in order for his irresponsible and outrageous comment.
My belief that Jim Tressel would be an ideal YSU presidential candidate remains strong. But Dr. Sutton's suggestion that Tressel presidential legitimacy deserves a illegitimate Ph. D. is both reckless and asinine. Most incredulously, he demeans his own academic qualifications.
I almost feel sorry for him.
February 25, 2014 at 3:42 a.m.