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Jim Tressel is officially YSU president today

Good luck Jim. Time for some positive things to start happening at YSU.

July 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. suggest removal

More than 50 come out for final sales-tax hearing

Right on Walter. Can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm voting NO too. It seems they still didn't get the message. We need serious changes in the way the county commissioners have been operating. Until then, no more tax money.

July 1, 2014 at 1:58 p.m. suggest removal

As hearings near, Martin family wants action

My prayers to the family. Such a heartbreaking situation. This case needs to go to trial soon. This family needs justice.

June 8, 2014 at 10:49 a.m. suggest removal

Mahoning County sales tax fails by slim margin

Right on Knightcap. There is absolutely no reason these employees should not have to pay toward health care. Bad decisions over the years by these commissioners is no excuse to keep taxes going up just so you can maintain the status quo. I hope they got the message. We're tired of the same old excuses.

May 7, 2014 at 8:24 a.m. suggest removal

Mahoning officials defend county employees’ raises

I believe in compensating public employees well for the services they perform and in the past I've voted for levies. But this is out of hand. Maybe the vindy will get answers to these some other questions. For instance, how did they suddenly have a big pile of money this year to give all these raises? And did they consider the implications of what they did? Now someone's salary is $20,000+ or more than it was last year. Doesn't that make all of your costs go up? Overtime? Sick leave/vacation payouts when the person leaves? Not to mention now their pensions are going to be based on much higher salaries, so they will be bringing home a lot more in retirement income for the rest of their lives, who pays for that?? I have supported levies in the past, but NO MORE. Not even the renewals.

April 11, 2014 at 8:33 a.m. suggest removal

Official: Duck’s decision to leave was his own

It's hard for me to believe what this board is saying. If it's true that Mr. Duck's leaving "was his own decision", then why the need to buy him out of his contract? If he did nothing wrong and it truly was his decision, the board could have just agreed to let him go. We still need answers to what is going on here.

March 15, 2014 at 1:01 p.m. suggest removal

Developmental disabilities board gives Duck $111,317 separation package

Just heard an interview on tv with the board president. He stated that Mr. Duck was not fired, he resigned. So let's see . . . he was on paid administrative leave for 6 months, but did nothing wrong criminally or ethically, he's proud of the job he did, the board said he left the programs in good shape. At the end of this, he resigns. So why did he need to get such a big payoff? Something is not right here. This board has a lot of explaining to do.

March 11, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. suggest removal

Developmental disabilities board gives Duck $111,317 separation package

I have always been a supporter of programs such as this. Now I am sorry to say I will not support any more tax levies, not even renewals. There is just no excuse for this type of situation to exist. A supposed investigation for six months just makes no sense at all. And then a severance package of an additional 6 months of salary after having been on paid leave for all that time??? The public deserves an explanation of this mess. It is sad that it is the disabled who will suffer.

March 11, 2014 at 9:16 a.m. suggest removal

Head of disabilities agency has been gone long enough

My thoughts exactly. It seems he isn't needed in the position.

March 4, 2014 at 9:34 a.m. suggest removal

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