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Voters in Youngstown face some challenging and beguiling choices in some key citywide races come

The Youngstown President of Council Debate was held Thursday October 24th and no one from The Vindicator could be bothered to show, perhaps if they had their endorsement would be different.

For those of you who were not able to attend you missed quite possibly the best and most informative candidates debate in Youngstowns history.

The two front runner candidates for the position fielded questions from the audience that varied from:
What would you do in the event you had to take over as Mayor?
What are your plans to address poverty in the city?
Would you work to put the Charter Review Committee recommendations on the ballot?
Would you support the Committee's plan to eliminate the position of President of Council?
And many other intelligent questions all of which were taken seriously and responded too with thoughtful answers by both Chris Travers and Susie Beiersdorfer.

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the evening was when Pastor Harrison asked the audience if they wanted to end on time or extend the meeting and go through all of the questions, the unanimous decision was to continue the debate. Many were overheard to comment that this was the best debate they had ever attended, too bad the Democratic Party was not there to participate.

October 27, 2013 at 12:57 p.m. suggest removal

Anti-fracking issue on May 7 ballot triggers controversy: Can it be enforced?

"The Declaration (of Independence) specifically mentions three rights which human beings possess by birth or by nature-life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. No one may rightfully deny us these things. Nor, since they are "unalienable," may we rightfully surrender them.

It is worth remarking that the Declaration does not proclaim a right to happiness itself. Happiness is not something we have by nature. Rather we are born with minds and talents that we may use to pursue happiness.

The Declaration says that these three rights are "among" our natural rights. We have others in addition. Among the most important of these are the rights of conscience and property. These are among the rights specifically guaranteed in the Constitution's first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights.

The right of conscience means religious freedom. As explained in the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776: "religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience." Each of us has a right to worship God in his own way and time.

As for property rights, they were at the heart of the dispute which led to the American Revolution. When Americans at the time listed the rights of man, they often said "life, liberty, and property." Boston's 1772 "Rights of the Colonists" were typical: "Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First, a right to life; secondly to liberty; thirdly to property." As with happiness, this is not a right to property itself, but a right to use one's talents to acquire property, and to use it as one sees fit, as long as one does not injure oneself or others." -- from The Claremont Institute website www.Founding.com

The argument for the Community Bill of Rights is based the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights which are the the highest laws of our nation and have precedence over state or local laws.

We, the people of Youngstown, have the right to define additional unalienable rights in order to protect our bodies and property from toxic trespass and the potential for financial harm that high volume slick water hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will cause to our local environment; to wait until our bodies or our property are irreversibly harmed would be irresponsible.

In the many communities that have enacted Community Bill of Rights laws or charter amendments over the last 3 years NONE have ever been challenged in court; to do so would require the plaintiff to argue that citizens do not have such rights.

Early voting has already started, please vote YES on the Community Bill of Rights; to protect yourself and your family.

April 28, 2013 at 6:57 p.m. suggest removal

Vote no on charter amendment

As more and more scientific studies come out the evidence is overwhelming that slick water hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is dangerous and potentially deadly.

This is why we can not allow this activity in the Meander Reservoir Watershed.

"“We found measurable amounts of methane in 85 percent of the samples, but levels were 17 times higher on average in wells located within a kilometer of active hydrofracking sites,” says Stephen Osborn, postdoctoral research associate at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. "

http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/hydrofra...

April 28, 2013 at 3:38 p.m. suggest removal

3 Dems are running in Youngstown mayoral primary

Why has the Vindicator chosen to ignore the President of Council race in Youngstown???? There is coverage of the Girard President of Council race, why are the candidates profiles not posted. Is this simply a case of inept civic duty, or is there a concerted effort to hide the challengers to the status quo from public view? What does it take to get fair election coverage from the Vindicator? How much advertising must a candidate buy?

April 28, 2013 at 2:39 p.m. suggest removal

Vote no on charter amendment

"The Declaration (of Independence) specifically mentions three rights which human beings possess by birth or by nature-life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. No one may rightfully deny us these things. Nor, since they are "unalienable," may we rightfully surrender them.

It is worth remarking that the Declaration does not proclaim a right to happiness itself. Happiness is not something we have by nature. Rather we are born with minds and talents that we may use to pursue happiness.

The Declaration says that these three rights are "among" our natural rights. We have others in addition. Among the most important of these are the rights of conscience and property. These are among the rights specifically guaranteed in the Constitution's first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights.

The right of conscience means religious freedom. As explained in the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776: "religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience." Each of us has a right to worship God in his own way and time.

As for property rights, they were at the heart of the dispute which led to the American Revolution. When Americans at the time listed the rights of man, they often said "life, liberty, and property." Boston's 1772 "Rights of the Colonists" were typical: "Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First, a right to life; secondly to liberty; thirdly to property." As with happiness, this is not a right to property itself, but a right to use one's talents to acquire property, and to use it as one sees fit, as long as one does not injure oneself or others." -- from The Claremont Institute website www.Founding.com

The argument for the Community Bill of Rights is based the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights which are the the highest laws of our nation and have precedence over state or local laws.

We, the people of Youngstown, have the right to define additional inalienable rights in order to protect our bodies and property from toxic trespass and the potential for financial harm that high volume slick water hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will cause to our local environment; to wait until our bodies or our property are irreversibly harmed would be irresponsible.

In the many communities that have enacted Community Bill of RIghts laws or charter amendments over the last 3 years NONE have ever been challenged in court; to do so would require the plaintiff to argue that citizens do not have such rights.

Early voting has already started, please vote YES on the Community Bill of RIghts; to protect yourself and your family.

April 28, 2013 at 2:23 p.m. suggest removal

Shale drilling controversies — who's wrong, who's right

Pittsburgh PA passed a Citizens Rights based ban on Hydraulic Fracturing in 2010 it is still in effect and has not been legally challenged by any company, existing businesses are still expanding and new businesses are still moving to Pittsburgh.

The Youngstown ban is a copy of the ban in Pittsburgh, so this groups claims that "The law... could be interpreted as outlawing aerosol deodorants, certain cosmetics, and existing gas and oil wells" are inaccurate at best and quite possibly bold faced lies.

The citizens of Youngstown should pay attention to the members of this group that are trying to take away
YOUR RIGHTS!

April 6, 2013 at 12:50 a.m. suggest removal

Group forms to fight anti-fracking issue

Pittsburgh PA passed a Citizens Rights based ban on Hydraulic Fracturing in 2010 it is still in effect and has not been legally challenged by any company, existing businesses are still expanding and new businesses are still moving to Pittsburgh.

The Youngstown ban is a copy of the ban in Pittsburgh, so this groups claims that "The law... could be interpreted as outlawing aerosol deodorants, certain cosmetics, and existing gas and oil wells" are inaccurate at best and quite possibly bold faced lies.

The citizens of Youngstown should pay attention to the members of this group that are trying to take away
YOUR RIGHTS!

April 5, 2013 at 10:49 p.m. suggest removal

Group forms to fight anti-fracking issue

Here is the section that amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt hydraulic fracturing; which is often referred to as the "Haliburton Loophole".

[109th Congress Public Law 58]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

[DOCID: f:publ058.109]

[[Page 593]]

ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005

[[Page 119 STAT. 594]]

Public Law 109-58
109th Congress

Subtitle C--Production

SEC. 322. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING.

Paragraph (1) of section 1421(d) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42
U.S.C. 300h(d)) is amended to read as follows:
``(1) Underground injection.--The term `underground
injection'--
``(A) means the subsurface emplacement of fluids by
well injection; and
``(B) excludes--
``(i) the underground injection of natural gas
for purposes of storage; and
``(ii) the underground injection of fluids or
propping agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant
to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil,
gas, or geothermal production activities.''.

And here is the link to the full document: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-109...

April 5, 2013 at 10:34 p.m. suggest removal

Major retailer in Liberty goes green with solar panels

It is Walmart, Would you expect them ti have anything that is not made in China?

October 23, 2012 at 11:45 a.m. suggest removal

Do you believe fracking will occur on Mill Creek Park land?

That is a poorly worded question for a poll.

The question you should have asked the public is "Do you believe 'fracking' should occur in Mill Creek Park"?

This appears to be the question that the answers are reflective off.

October 23, 2012 at 11:43 a.m. suggest removal

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