It is fitting that Bertram compares the indictment to a play - a work of fiction. With the encouragement of Gains and his local cohorts, the state AG and his Cuyahoga lackeys are more than willing to ride into town as the white knight and slayer of all that is evil. Truth be told, the latest group of prosecutors care nothing about the truth and they care nothing about this valley. All they truly want is to cast this town as incompetent and irrelevant to the rest of the state. If they were really interested in justice, they’d be investigating those who supported the Oakhill purchase which is now a $20+ million financial disaster. Either these supporters were involved in their own conspiracy, or they're just incompetent and carelessly squandered the county’s financial future. McNally & Sciortino at least were intelligent enough to look at the facts and costs about owning a century old building. Just because they disagreed with Trafficanti, Ludt, and Tablack isn’t criminal. It was their job! So yes, Bertram, this latest saga is like a play. But like the out of town prosecutors, you too are a member of the cast. Your motives in regurgitating the same story each week are self-serving. You aren’t interested in the truth because it doesn’t fit your script. You are fixated on attacking Cafaro simply because he is wealthy, successful, and has done more positive for this town than you or the Vindicator ever have or ever will. As Shakespeare wrote, “the devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” You, Bertram, are indeed the devil!
June 8, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.
The Real Unanswered Questions of 2013:
#1. Except for a handful of vocal but simple minded haters, no one else in the Valley really cares about Betram's weekly rants - especially when the topics are nothing more than regurgitation of the same three or four topics. He 'bet the farm' on some colossal corruption scandal which never materialized. His writings are creatively impotent as is his credibility. You have to wonder if he will even have a job in 2014????
December 29, 2013 at 10 a.m.
#2. With drug related crime plaguing all sides of the city and leaching into the suburbs, why haven't leaders from Trumbull and Mahoning Counties (including city & township mayors and trustees) come together on a regional basis to combat this issue and pool crime fighting resources? Will anyone have the guts in 2014 or will parochial politics continue to stymie this region for another decade or two?
December 29, 2013 at 9:57 a.m.
#3. Why has the Vindy narrowed its focus when reporting local news. Youngstown is 34 square miles, yet most of its positive articles are focused exclusively on the downtown. With an ever shrinking readership, wouldn't it make sense to report on a few of the positives throughout the rest of the Valley? After all, only a few hundred people actually live downtown.
December 29, 2013 at 9:56 a.m.
#4. When will the Brown family finally fold up the Vindy and cut its losses? Newspaper is a dead medium. WFMJ still has a few good years left until local TV faces the same fate. Save your money now!
December 29, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.
#5. Will Vindy & Betram ever 'enlighten' the readers with the facts surrounding the true Oakhill scandal - the fleecing of the county tax payers of $20+ million and growing. Trafficanti, Ludt, & Tablack along with their accomplices (Gains and his buddies at the FBI) orchestrated an NSA-like abuse of governmental powers. This building now has the potential to bankrupt the county sucking more and more tax dollars down the drain just as Sciortino and McNally predicted, but were prosecuted for.
December 29, 2013 at 9:54 a.m.
The Feds had dirt on Antonini and the deal the county made with American Tax Funding (which they think she was getting kickbacks on) so she had to tell the Feds whatever they wanted to hear....and everyone knew that the Feds wanted to get a big fish like Cafaro at all costs. That's how the DOJ operates these days. Connect the dots:
November 17, 2013 at 5:57 p.m.
Yes, racism is alive and well in Youngstown and Mr. Boles is the biggest racist of all! The simple fact is Kitchen is not a Democrat and McNally is. What's the mystery here? The Democratic Party is supposed to support its candidate - black or white. Mr. Boles and his posse should instead focus their energies on developing qualified leaders to represent their community instead of the likes of Kitchen, Hughes, etc. that are mediocre at best.
November 17, 2013 at 8:53 a.m.
Bertram, you & the Vindy are so gullible! You bit hook, line and sinker. Antonini never got a bribe. Why don't you dig deeper for the real story. If you were to do so, you'd see that Antonini copping to taking a bribe from Cafaro was fabricated. She had to make up something the Feds wanted to hear in order to avoid her real crime which was her kick backs from American Tax Funding LLC - the company Antonini hired when she was Treasurer to buy the county's delinquent tax liens. The alleged cash payment was nothing more than a ruse - it never happened that's why Cafaro was never charged. But at the time the Feds were asking anyone & everyone for dirt on Cafaro because of Oakhill. So, Antonini knew that she'd be able to get the best deal if she were able to give info on Cafaro....even if it was a total lie. C'mon, start reporting the real story or would that mean you'd have to admit that you've been wrong for the past five years while you've been advancing your personal vendettas and agendas?
November 17, 2013 at 8:34 a.m.
CCA single handedly cleaned up so many dilapidated properties throughout the city. Losing them as a corporate citizen would be devastating. It's time for the city to stop subsidizing all of these pipe dream business ideas downtown and put together a real financial stimulus package for CCA to not only maintain its current prisoner population & employee count, but perhaps expand it. Bars and overpriced loft apartments won't come close to producing a fraction of the revenue that CCA and its employees do. Citizen letter writing certainly can't hurt the effort, but its profits & losses that drive business decisions. Open up the purse strings and make CCA an offer they can't refuse.
July 28, 2013 at 9:07 a.m.