Now this makes sense, as opposed to the sloppy editing of the initial article.
December 7, 2013 at 3:10 a.m.
In today's Vindy. http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/dec/06...
Are Mahoning County political and union machines that much different than Detroit?
December 6, 2013 at 4:07 a.m.
"A Campbell man was arrested Thursday morning....."
".....later identified as 35-year-old Al Terrick of North Jackson"
"Police eventually found Jackson....."
".....Jackson was arrested"
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 at 4 a.m.
$50,000 - $70,000 for a headhunter consultant for a provost search? Don't forget about that nice six-figure salary needed to lure some career staffer into that position.
Gee, that consulting money could be used towards hiring a new faculty member, additional student research assistants, or funding research conference travel. And the public, including the Vindy, always comes down on the heads of faculty when advocating budget cuts.
Administrative junk like this is just the tip of the iceberg regarding inefficient allocation of resources in higher education.
December 6, 2013 at 3:52 a.m.
"“No politician in the history of government wants to raise taxes, but it’s the right thing to do” under current circumstances, said county Auditor Michael V. Sciortino."
Really Mike? Like your party and president doesn't want to constantly increase taxes on those evil 1% people who rob from the poor and give to themselves?
And what are the "current circumstances" in the county, Mike? Maybe like getting a free ride home when you're plastered?
Did the Cafaro kickback checks bounce this month? Or maybe Mahoning County has to keep up with the political Joneses for bragging rights with other counties with higher sales tax rates.
Or is this the county's logic? If those high-sales-tax county taxpayers are dumb enough to vote for higher than average taxes, then certainly we can sucker these bumpkins in Mahoning County to vote for the same thing and still get reelected.
How in the world does Stark County survive on only a 6.5% sales tax? Those public employees must be starving.
And won't the county get a revenue bump from the racino? What politician is feeding at that trough?
Simple future voter decisions:
Sales tax increase - NO. Next May/November or whatever month the issue is put on the ballot. Quit raising taxes without any discernible benefit to Mahoning County citizens other than to keep the status quo. Make do with what you have like other working Mahoning County families.
Righetti and Sciortino - OUT. Dear Mike: Raise taxes AND hightail a DUI in an election year? Not the smartest of political moves.
Stop voting these nitwits into office. Great opportunity in May or November to stand up to politicians who look out for themselves first and your pocketbooks last. Vote for someone who says they are against tax rate hikes and supports increasing sales tax revenues by attracting new private enterprise into the valley.
The only way to strike fear in the party machine is voting out the regulars through the ballot box. And to paraphrase The Who, if the new boss is the same as the old boss, vote them out too until they listen to the public.
December 6, 2013 at 3:37 a.m.
1988 - "Read my lips. No new taxes." George Bush I.
1990- Bush approval rating 90% after first successful Gulf War.
1991 - Congress and Bush agree to tax hikes.
1992 - Voters believe that Bush broke his promise. Bush loses reelection to Clinton.
2008 - "Under our health care plan, average health care costs will be reduced by $2,500 per year" - Presidential candidate Barack Obama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o65vM...)
Common sense interpretation - 20 liesLiberal/progressives, propagandists, and underinformed citizens interpretation - 20 misstatements
2008 - Obama elected president
2009-2013 - "If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep your health insurance plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" - President Barack Obama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGAdrQ...
Common sense interpretation - 23 combined liesLiberal/progressives, propagandists, and underinformed citizens interpretation - 23 misstatements
2012 - Barack Obama reelected president
Moral of the story: If you have to lie (misstate) about legislative outcomes to increase your socialist agenda of centralized government, social planning, community activism and intellectual elitism, don't have voters find out the truth until AFTER the legislation is passed and you are reelected.
November 29, 2013 at 4:30 a.m.
But Bobby, thought that you and your liberal-socialist pals want as many people as possible on the government dole with Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment extensions, and disability assistance. Now that you've created these financial monsters, you want to gouge employers giving part-time people an opportunity to be gainfully employed while still meeting their personal situations.
Can't have it both ways, Bobby. You and your liberal brothers and sisters have created the government dependency system based on the hypocritical message that you "care", when all that you care about is pandering for votes from your union cronies and those that you have bought with government programs designed to create a culture of dependency on political losers like yourself. Don't blame private employers that take advantage of government programs to subsidize their part-time employees that you and your elitist brethren have created and still promote today.
BTW, the article comment "Rep. Robert F. Hagan isn’t usually successful with his legislation....." says it all about how others beyond your Youngstown fishbowl view your ineffectiveness as a legislator and your pandering to the underinformed for votes. Truly one of the most pathetic politicians in valley politics since Jimbo Traficant without the personality.
Good luck with the senatorial campaign with that record of radicalism and lack of accomplishment. Since you can't run on your own record of legislative ineffectiveness, I suppose that you will resort to that time-honored, worn out, liberal campaign tradition of attacking the opposition with lies, half-truths, and innuendo, and disparaging comments about the lack of caring for Ohio citizens by your opponent for big business interests that create jobs, not destroy them by eliminating part-time positions assisted by government assistance programs that you and your ilk have supported and promoted.
Hopefully, your fellow Ohio Democrats will see through your incompetence and wipe you out in the Democratic primary in 2014. Then after the slaughter, you can demonstrate you political power by throwing the support of your tens of followers behind a viable candidate, go back to running your choo-choo trains, get into some drunken bar brawls, and suck off the YSU and state representative salaries of your wife in perpetuity.
Maybe you can pass your idle time building an altar to pay homage to your eternal highway sign on 711. Kind of like Youngstown's version of JFK's eternal flame.
November 29, 2013 at 3:08 a.m.
"George Zeller, a Cleveland-based economist, said the decline reflects A GROWING NUMBER OF "DISCOURAGED WORKERS" who have been unemployed for so long that they stopped looking for jobs." (11/27/2013)
"As we move forward, the party and I as chairman, will continue to strive to......ATTRACT NEW BUSINESSES AND JOBS....THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT CANDIDATES WHO ARE COMMITTED TO ACHIEVING THESE GOALS....." David Betras, Canfield, (11/24/2013)
Thanks to Dave and all of those committed Democratic leaders for 50 years of creating an economic culture so pathetic that more people are giving up looking for work. Of course, the more dependent people bribed with government support, the more they'll vote Democratic to keep those bribes coming. Keep those unemployment benefit extensions and food stamps coming, Dave. That should really improve economic growth (err, votes).
Kind of reminds me of the pathetic November election voter turnout generated by the "powerful" Democratic machine. If your loyal soldiers didn't canvass local nursing homes conning votes from people too sick to know their names in the name of compassion, the turnout would have been even lower. You are truly a man of a dying people You should be so proud of your "power base".
Of course, you couldn't have destroyed things by yourself. Cronies like Timmy Ryan, Bobby Hagan, Ron (I never knew a government job I didn't like even thought I wasn't really qualified) Gerberry, the Cafaro family, John McNally and the hundreds of other hardcore minions who slurp up your every word lest they be banished to Independent Hell should share in your "power grab". Little people are so important to a relatively "big fish in a small pond".
With your all-seeing leadership into economic oblivion, you and your faithful Democrats may not have much of an area voting base left in another 50 years of your omnipotent vision.
BTW, Dave, what city are you talking about in your 11/24 letter? The city that your party has helped to destroy for the past 50 years, or YOUR city of Canfield. Kind of ironic that your "concern" for Youngstown comes from someone who chooses to live in an area about as far removed from the problems you profess you are SO concerned about in Youngstown.
Didn't know things were so rough in Canfield. Keep striving, Dave, until Youngstown actually becomes a ghost town..
November 27, 2013 at 3:19 a.m.
“Don’t tell me that I’ve not brought this party back to its glory. I may just give it to them [his political enemies who, he says, are planning his ouster] so they can [expletive] it up.”
Dave Betrus, Thin-Skinned King of Letters and Hypocrisy, 11/5/2013
November 24, 2013 at 2:09 a.m.
In the inimitable words of Davey Betrus, the Cafaros and the rest of the Mahoning Democratic Party cronies (e.g., John McNally):
"Those (expletive) fed prosecutors got nuttin' on us. Lisa Antonini is (expletive) mud for telling the truth. We got our (expletive) rights to run this (expletive) area in the ground however we like. Screw the public. We don't need 'em. We're as (expletive) powerful than ever."
November 14, 2013 at 2:41 a.m.