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Youngstown voters must not jump on anti-fracking wagon


The sky is falling!! The sky is falling!! Everyone will live in a cave soon!!

Meanwhile, those outside fracking jobs are supporting workers in the hospitality and restaurant industries, along with contributing countless tax dollars to local communities. Energy employers are begging for local machinists and engineers but also need to hire the best employees for safety reasons that are so precious to your green heart.

For those interested in hearing another side of the fracking story and how liberals hide and distort contradictions to their "facts", please take about 14 minutes of your time and view the following YouTube video clip from an independent movie called "Fracknation".

Of course, conservatives always lie but liberals never do (until they are caught).


April 23, 2014 at 3:06 p.m. suggest removal

Valley ranks near bottom in American quality-of-life index

Boardman Jeff:

According to the Gallup-Healthways measurement instrument, the five essential elements of well-being are:
» Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
» Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life
» Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
» Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
» Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily (http://www.healthways.com/solution/de...)

Racism and religious beliefs are not specifically addressed in any of the five categories surveyed and yet you base most of your criticism of this area in these two issues.

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights.".

So I guess that people in this area with strong religious beliefs have a right to support "silly Christian dogma" as historical fact according to your own US Constitution. Somehow, I don't think that believing in God reduces one's quality of life.

You use of generalizations such as "lumpy and out of shape", "scum", "unapologetic racism", "idiots", "uneducated white Tea Party bigots", reek with the same type of intolerant superiority that you preach against in your post and pseudo intellectual liberal elitists like yourself constantly employ to downgrade traditional middle class values.

Your rant sounds like your well-being index is pretty low, perhaps contributing to our area's low rating. According page 21 of the Gallup Report, the best places to live are in Provo, Utah; Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado (http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/162029/fi...).

My advice to you would be to move to Utah and join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or smoke some blunts in Colorado to improve your own well-being and improve this area's as well. And try to use some factual evidence to back up your statements before other people figure out that you are nothing but an self-absorbed intellectual blowhard.

BTW, I'm 60 years old, jogged for over 25 years, still jog 2-3 miles per day, 6 days a week, do 300 pushups and 150 situps daily, and have survived leukemia for the last nine years. Wanna challenge me, Mr. Lumpy?

March 26, 2014 at 3:32 a.m. suggest removal

Youngstown council questions lights, jazz fest, neighborhood proposals in budget

"Councilwoman Annie Gillam, D-1st, said more money should be used for downtown Christmas decorations. Gillam and Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th, also said there should be enough money for the downtown jazz festival."

Of course,the priority of these two items should certainly supercede vital police/fire/street department funding.

"Tarpley said she was “really concerned about [providing] help in the neighborhoods.”"

Unfortunately, a "help" line item usually does not appear in an annual budget.

Once again, apparently some Youngstown council members demonstrate their inability to interpret and effectively manage the financial limitations of a dying city.

March 26, 2014 at 2:06 a.m. suggest removal

Mahoning Republicans to likely recommend a Democrat for probate vacancy

"County Republican Chairman Mark Munroe said the recommended candidates will likely be Democrats."

What is wrong with this statement? A Democratic judge resigns from office with multiple potential felonies hanging over his head. A Republican governor sits in Columbus waiting for a replacement nominee from Mahoning County Republican Party leaders. And the county Republican Party not only punts on any selecting any party candidate, but actually states that it will likely recommend a Democrat for the interim position.

Ordinary county citizens who profess to be Republican should be embarrassed, frustrated, and/or disgusted with what can only appear to be a puppet Republican leadership group who can't convince any qualified probate attorneys to take advantage of a long-known "perfect storm" political opportunity to dent at least one Democratic political stranglehold on this area's public officials. And shame to any Republican attorneys recruited to run for the full-term position prior to Belinky's resignation for not having the guts to stand for their convictions and temporarily sacrifice their lucrative private practices for the opportunity to slightly diversify local government control.

Lately I have been gaining more respect for Mr. Betras for at least actually leading his party troops forward, despite his questionable tactics and the many felons who have masqueraded in the past as city/county officeholders . Despite his rather crude antics, Mr. Betras gets things done, albeit often to the detriment of local government efficiency.

Meanwhile, Mr. Munroe and his Republican Party can keep going to their fashionable dinners and patting each other on their backs for their "contributions" to the county. Maybe Mark Munroe can play the fiddle at one of these events while Mahoning County government continues to crash and burn.

March 21, 2014 at 2:47 a.m. suggest removal

In his five years as chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, David Betras has mastered the

Cliff Notes version of Bert's diatribe:
David Betras = Hypocrite

Dave conveniently fails to mention any dollar curbs on organizational political donations, i.e., union cronies. His legal solution appears to be another method to stifle grassroots efforts by candidates who would dare to run against the "machine". Those "change" candidates would likely be more dependent on individual donors to fund their election expenses than candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party who's financial coffers are flooded by money flowing in from big labor dues.

I believe that Dave knows that his legal proposal has zero chance of becoming law in the state legislature, could be viewed as an infringement of free speech, and is just political posturing for naive local voters.

If Dave really wanted to put some teeth into his proposal, change the party by-laws ASAP to immediately withhold future party support for any previously-endorsed Democratic officeholder found to have accepted individual political donations over $100 in past elections. These outcasts would be denied the opportunity for the financial and publicity support that goes along with future party endorsements.

Of course, that kind of party rule would likely push substantial political funding even further under the table, just the opposite of what Betras supposedly so strongly opposes.

March 16, 2014 at 3:01 a.m. suggest removal

Why not a divided Ukraine?

Dr. Mettee: "What to do with Ukraine? Force it together when there are two very visible and vocal sub-populations who prefer “affiliation” with either Moscow or Washington’s proxies?"

"The current crisis in Ukraine is allegedly the ethno-linguistic conflict between Russians and Ukrainians, especially in Crimea. The truth is simple. The majority of Ukrainians are bilingual. Nevertheless, the notion that there is a strong division between Russian and Ukrainian speakers has been blown out of proportion by the media and is feeding into the Russian propaganda. No matter what language a citizen of Ukraine considers his mother tongue, he is still Ukrainian. And all Ukrainians across the world are united against dictatorship and foreign aggression. Ukraine is united." ("The Ethnicities Of Ukraine Are United" (http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/...).

Crimean ports ship significant amounts of Russian natural gas to Europe. Controlling Crimea is a valuable asset for the Russian economy. Suggestions that Russian troops and Russian military maneuvers surrounding Crimea protect pro-Russian citizens from Ukrainians contradict overall cultural acceptance of bilingual usage of the Russian language for business activities while speaking Ukrainian at home since Ukraine's separation from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Dr. Mettee suggests allowing the Crimean voters to decide their government allegiance. Anyone believe that a Crimean vote concerning Ukrainian separation will not be influenced by Russian officials, troops and battleships surrounding the area? If the vote favors Russian separatism, will Crimean/ Ukrainians give up their fight for freedom? If the vote favors Ukrainian unity, will Russian forces intervene "for the good of those with Russian heritage"? Either voting outcome will not discourage future bloodshed, contrary to Dr. Mettee's naive belief.

Russian-influenced takeover of Crimea is about economic control of a vital port that provides critical energy to Europe and financial support to the Putin regime, not protection of pro-Russian citizens Issues that bilingual Ukrainians are facing are autonomy and freedom from outside domination. Dr. Mettee's belief that western countries should butt out of Crimea will not divert a civil war by pro-freedom and Russian interests.

After reading Dr. Mettee's solution to the Crimean crisis, I couldn't help but think about the 1938 Munich Agreement that annexed the industrial portion of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany in exchange for "Peace in our time". One year later, Hitler conquered Poland and Czechoslovakia. And let's not forget the 1945 Warsaw pact that basically gave the Soviet Union control of Eastern Europe for over 40 years.

As Edmund Burke wrote," Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History has shown that giving a bully what he wants encourages, rather than discourages future aggression.

March 14, 2014 at 3:56 a.m. suggest removal

Late report from candidate Kitchen shows $10K from ex-GOP chair, wife

Mr. Sweetwood,

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 Error
The 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. suggest removal

Late report from candidate Kitchen shows $10K from ex-GOP chair, wife

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. suggest removal

Oddballs plague Mahoning County politics

Davey B, you reap what you sow.

March 7, 2014 at 1:21 a.m. suggest removal

More endorse Tressel

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. suggest removal



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