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Well, it's really hard to argue with what you say. I just wish you'd kept that snide DeSouza piece off the front page out of deference to his family. I'm sure they might want to keep that issue and including DeSouza's re-hashing of facts that are well known- and didn't require front page coverage- was insensitive and unnecessary.
Traficant was somebody who squandered and misspent his talent- and let himself get corrupted by sleazy associates. As you say, by all rights, he should have stayed in congress and been there until his death- he might have become a Congressional giant like Mike Kerwin- instead of a tragic-comic figure- a man who somehow lost his way in life...
P.S. In some ways Jim Traficant reminds me of Richard Nixon- both were talented people who might have accomplished far more than they actually did- if not undone by a character flaw. In Nixon's case it was mistrust- a feeling of being unloved- in Traficant's? Arrogance, maybe.
September 29, 2014 at 12:33 a.m.
Well, Bertram, I hope you get to spend many more years on this earth, but, at some point, we all have to die, right? I hope, when your time comes, that you have a decent eulogy, with friends celebrating your life and talking about all the good in you (I'm sure there's some). I hope, at your eulogy, nobody comes along and does what you did on the front page of this newspaper- kick a man who just died while his family are still in mourning.
Everything you said, in your tacky little commentary, is well known and has been said before. Why say it now? If you had any kind of class, you'd have given it a rest until the man was decently buried. For shame.
September 28, 2014 at 11:11 p.m.
Here's something the Vindicator can do which would be truly constructive- educational- and might save a life. Talk about the most likely cause of Jim Traficant's death. He was driving, or riding, a "death trap"- responsible for- I don't know the exact figures- but the deaths of more farmers than, possibly, any other type of agricultural accident (and farms are dangerous places): the old-fashioned "Tri-cycle" style tractor- a 1943 Ford in his case- which are extremely unstable, hard to control- liable to flip- even for people who drive them every day- not to mention part-time "gentlemen" farmers.
There's probably a lot of them out there, because people hold on to them for sentimental reasons- as Jim no doubt did- and they end up being killed by them. You should run a story about this and how the new style tractor- where front wheels are widely spaced- is inherently safer. Best thing you can do with a 1943 Ford Tractor is put it in a museum or call Niles Iron and Metal for a pickup. The things weigh a ton and scrap prices are up...
September 28, 2014 at 12:59 a.m.
Well, I didn't care for his politics, but I'm sorry he's gone. He had many good years left in him providing entertaining copy for the likes of the Vindy- which is going to seem mighty hypocritical (I think "mendacious" is the word) starting tomorrow when it starts offering him two-faced eulogies- even though it hounded him mercilessly while he was alive. I don't think he deserved to spend eleven years in a Federal Prison for his crimes. Why? Because they were shared by a large part of the Y-town political establishment which got off with much less or nothing- He just talked about it too much and drew attention to himself (pissing off a Federal Judge didn't help). He should have "minded business" more and kept a "low profile"- but that wasn't Jim's way- he loved publicity too much.
He was, undoubtedly, a gifted politician. If only he'd said "No" to the mob, but, that's hindsight.... the guy was smart and had a lot of talent most of which he pissed away. That's an old story, isn't it?
P.S. If there is a hereafter- which I hope- and he's up there- which I believe: he may have been shady but he wasn't evil and he genuinely cared for the people of the Mahoning Valley- I hope God has a farm he can work and discourage him from the political profession- he did enough of that down here. Time for a rest.
September 28, 2014 at 12:22 a.m.
for: teppo: "It's amazing that the low-brow citizens, etc, etc" I didn't agree with his politics either but it's tacky to kick a man when he's down. Whatever he's done, he doesn't deserve to have a 1943 Ford Tractor roll on him. I hope he pulls through.
P.S. Teppo, you sound like the kind of guy who'd come across somebody at an intersection run over by a truck, and you'd look down on him and say: "See, that's what you get for jay-walking!"
September 25, 2014 at 11:36 p.m.
I hated his politics but I pray for him nonetheless He's one of those people you can picture having his face carved into the side of a mountain- larger than life. A genuine original and he didn't deserve this- I hope he recovers.
He was driving a 1943 Ford Tractor. Says it all. Those old tractors are death traps- highly unstable- more farmers have been killed under them... it was a poor design- the single front wheel- which is why all new tractors have two front wheels spaced far apart for better stability. I wish he'd have sent that one to the scrap heap a long time ago.
September 25, 2014 at 9:59 p.m.
Another thought: How about you? What percentage of your pay are you prepared to feed into the slots or bet on the ponies? You seem to love the industry so much- based on this and some of your other "puff" pieces- you could lead by example.
September 24, 2014 at 12:57 a.m.
So, Todd, when did you become an official cheerleader for the "gaming" industry? Sure, They're smiling- why wouldn't they?- A fertile field of Suckers to reap! How about the people who lose their savings, or have their marriages destroyed by bankruptcy- raped by these predators- Are They Smiling?
Gambling is a vice, pure and simple, and to encourage it is just plain stupid.
September 24, 2014 at 12:52 a.m.
When you read about something like this- it makes you want to weep. What they did to that poor, defenseless woman- it just tears you up. And to have her taken from her family that way.
I read not too long ago that the single greatest increase in concealed carry holders was among females. Woman- along with children and old people- traditionally are the part of of the population preferred by thugs because it's assumed they can't fight back. I just wish this poor lady had been packing a 9mm in her purse along with her realtors license- and used it to send these animals where they belonged- straight to hell.
September 24, 2014 at 12:10 a.m.
Well, the Islamic State people seem to invite Martyrdom. We should give them what they want- Kill the Bastards, as quickly and expeditiously as possible. Send them back to Allah.
September 23, 2014 at 11:51 p.m.