I think the backslapping and congratulatory nonsense being bandied about regarding "what a great place this is to live!" has to be curtailed quite a bit until there is some statistical evidence that people actually want to live here.
Look, it's great that Def Leppard will put on a summer concert at Covelli and that there are many ethnic food places to sample and we have a big park to walk in, but for chrissakes what do we truly have to offer for young people that will be the backbone of any sort of population stabilization effort?
There is nothing we can do about bad weather (your ancestors only came here because that's where the mills were). People don't have to stay here and they won't if they don't want to freeze or deal with the added headaches of what winter leaves in its wake.
We can try to make things comfortable through infrastructure investment and more intelligent ways of thinking about our shrinking cities, but hey that takes money.
I guess we can lean on a hope and prayer that some sort of youth culture will emerge out of this wreckage, but the attitude of this area is overwhelmingly against anything that would perceive to go against tradition. And some of the traditions are quite frankly bad, stale and in need of major overhaul.
Young people are looking for things to do and people to meet. I think politicians can facilitate that by making this place attractive to business and industry to invest in, but there has to be a willingness to make sacrifices to do so. Quality companies are not going to want to move operations to somewhere that thumbs its nose at youth and celebrates dumb, racist, homophobic and sexist dirtbag cultutre (we are so rich in these things unfortunately).
March 26, 2015 at 5:47 p.m.
The guy deserves his day in court just like anyone else. Why is this so hard for people to accept?
July 3, 2014 at 9 p.m.
Superintendent who went to Boardman has a daughter on the girls team, but instead of taking the ethical approach and getting out of the way of such matters, the whole family was up there advocating for this lunatic. And the board of Columbiana let them.
And he's had two good Columbiana girls teams that should have won league and district championships, but did not because he could not make in-game adjustments (other than screaming louder).
I'm sure there are boys coaches around the valley licking their chops at the prospect of running it up on Moschella. I don't see any reason why they won't and the refs are going to tire seeing him every day of the week very quickly. Complete disaster awaits.
June 4, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.
The church is guilty of historical vandalism. It's about time to preserve that land as a public park and move on.
June 1, 2014 at 1:36 p.m.
The Cafaros should be squirming, but this AG bungled Steubenville so I would not be surprised if this stops with the indictment of public officials only.
May 14, 2014 at 3:46 p.m.
Search took too long. Too much bumbling. The aim should have been to undercut Akron if they wanted Tressel.
May 8, 2014 at 5:28 p.m.
The drilling companies are slowly pulling out anyway. Why not introduce regulation when it won't matter in the near future?
April 11, 2014 at 3:14 p.m.
How do you write an article about Phil Robertson and mention none of the controversy? I guess we should give a warm Valley welcome to this hick hatemonger.
It would probably be a good idea to have guards posted at the southern border of Mahoning County to prevent people like Bing Newton from poisoning civilized society.
March 12, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.
It was not two earthquakes. It was four. Look at USGA under all magnitudes. There was a 3.0 at 2:26 followed by a 2.4 at 2:42. At 11:03 there was one measuring 2.2 and one measuring 2.6 at 11:44. All along the same area along Cowden Road.
March 10, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.
What a horror show. A good of a measuring stick as any out there though. Funny the Vindy didn't include Columbiana County. The holier than thou bumpkins really didn't do so hot compared to the rest of the valley.
February 7, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.