I frequently disagree with Bertram's musings, but in this column I agree with most of what he says.
There has for many years existed a culture of chicanery within many, but not all members of the local legal community. What should be most offensive to the public is that while illegal and unethical activities are rampant, these legal "pillars", including a number of local jurists, maintain an air of moral superiority, although they are in many respects no better than the criminals who come before them.
I agree that the public has made many poor choices when selecting elected officials, but choices are limited due to the shenanigans of the local democrat party, which constantly pressures unendorsed candidates drop out of contested races. What's a voter to do?
April 6, 2014 at 6:08 a.m.
What is the point of Mr. Skolnick's writing? This is just a re-hashing of an earlier Vindicator article. I guess the point is that we should all be thankful for the writer's diligent efforts to check the BOE website twice a week so that we may all read this pitiful excuse for an op-ed column.
Now, if Mr. Skolnick and the Vindicator really want to provide a community service, they would continue to investigate Kitchen's campaign finances and press for Ohio Ethics Commission and Secretary of State involvement in an effort to publicly identify the true source of the $4,000.00 in cash that was given to the Kitchen campaign. Anyone who believes for a minute that Sammarone took the cash out of his own pocket is either very naive or very stupid. Two central questions require answers: Where did the money really come from? And what was the intended 'quid pro quo'?
Of course, since the Vindicator heartily endorses Sammarone's perennial candidacies for public office, and also blindly supported his so called 'accountability' platform while mayor, the Vindicator's interest in pursuing this matter further is unlikely.
It is too bad that Mr. 'accountability' Sammarone does not abide by his own self proclaimed standards.
March 14, 2014 at 7:08 a.m.
Anyone who has known Chuck Sammarone longer than 10 minutes knows that he does not give anything to anyone, unless there is something in it for him. So the question is: What was he getting in exchange for the $4,000.00? In other words, what was the 'quid pro quo?
Since this matter involved a sitting Youngstown mayor, and a city employee, it is a no brainer that the matter should be referred to the Ohio Ethics Commission for further investigation. For McNally to say that he could not care less about it is just plain wrong. He and the City Prosecutor should call for a full investigation.
Given the Vindicator's cozy relationship with Sammarone, it will also be interesting to hear their editorial position on this.
March 8, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.
Sammarone "doesn't recall" the cash amount he gave to Kitchen? A little hard to believe.
I think if I gave someone $4,000.00, I would tend to remember it. Not exactly pocket change. Since he was an elected official at the time, and still is, what are the potential penalties? Can he be charged with ethics or election law violations?
And the Youngstown circus continues. Time to clean house, folks. Remember, both Kitchen and Sammarone come from the long-corrupt culture of city council.
March 7, 2014 at 11:32 a.m.
I just hope they use 50's and not pennies !
March 5, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.
"...the CIC will fill in the hole with money it will receive from the city for the Kress property sale".
Great writing, David. I hope they have a LOT of money, because that's a REALLY deep hole!
It's no small wonder that print media is going down the tubes. All the competent journalists have moved on to greener pastures.
March 5, 2014 at 6:39 a.m.
It is good to hear that Maureen is doing useful work within the community. She has a good deal of skill and talent that she is using to use to help people. That is exactly what she should be doing.
To all of those vindictive souls out there, if she was your sister or your cousin, or a close friend, would you be spewing such hateful words? She made a mistake, took ownership of it, paid the penalty, and now life goes on. While what she did cannot be excused, she does deserve forgiveness.
March 4, 2014 at 10:47 a.m.
There is a joke going around city hall that Mrs. Gilliam is holding out for the city to hire a mapping firm made up of her husband Artis, Jim Fortune, Bill Carter, and Herman Hill to do the ward redistricting. And that Sammarone can guarantee the contract for 10%.
Although this is just a joke, I wonder how far from the truth it really is?
February 4, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.
What an idiotic writing from the Vindicator's favorite small-minded columnist.
Whether you like or dislike the new Mayor, I think most people will appreciate his willingness to take on citizens' complaints face to face. To compare this process to an organized crime meeting is just absurd! Wrong Mayor, Bertram, he's already left the building (or at least the office).
I sense a hint of vindictiveness in the writer's tone. Could it be that Bertie is embarrassed over the outcome of the entire Oak Hill fiasco, and will spend the next 4 years trying to find something wrong with everything McNally does?
Bertram, you're reminding me more of Rush Limbaugh every day, except you're not nearly as entertaining!
January 19, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.
It is absolutely amazing to me why this story on a sign which essentially affects no one rates a spot on the Vindicator's home page, while a story about Youngstown's various non-compliance issues related to a state audit, which affects nearly every taxpayer in the city, is buried somewhere toward the end of today's local news.
Maybe Mr. Sweetwood could explain the Vindicator's logic, or lack thereof?
January 8, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.