For lajoci: " my prep period was 3rd, so as soon as I could get out after the change of classes I'd high-tail it for the loo down the hall, then grab a cup of coffee, and hustle back to tackle the pile of paperwork on my desk. Almost invariably, like clockwork, I'd run into the same bus driver who, having finished his elementary run, was cutting through the building to get to his car, and who never failed (though he darn well knew better) to make a comment about every time he sees me I'm in the hall, implying I wasn't doing me job."
What a sad story- if I could I would hand you a violin. How did you ever get through all that?
October 23, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.
They make damn good money for nine months, yet they still whine and complain like they're being overworked and never miss an opportunity to ask for more, more, always more- meanwhile test scores for the young people they purport to educate keep going down. What gives? Their's no logic here: if you turn out a shoddy product how can you expect to get paid more for producing it? Oh, yes! If you belong to the most powerful political strong-arm group in the country- the National Education Association- you can get away with just about anything. But- the tables may be turning at last- more and more TAXPAYERS are starting to figure out they're being taken for a ride and they're starting to rebel where it counts- in the Voting Booth.
October 22, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
The Breakdown of the Family= The Breakdown of the Country. Its that simple. (Daniel Patrick Moynihan was right.)
October 21, 2014 at 12:59 a.m.
"Time will root your kind out and it will be good redence when it does."
Cambridge, Your spelling is every bit as good as your logic- Congratulations, it must be the Frisco Air!
October 21, 2014 at 12:43 a.m.
Well, I see nothing changes- still a Mud fight!
Trouble is when you sling mud at each other it gets in your eyes and then you can't see straight anymore.
October 20, 2014 at 11:52 p.m.
Well, Dagwood, they may not be "common thieves", but they have a powerful Union- the NEA, strongest in the country- which is just as good, if not better. I started to be skeptical of the claims of the "educational establishment" years ago when I discovered statistics that showed there's no actual co-relation in education between money spent per student and quality of outcome as shown in tests. In fact the relationship is inverse, we outspend most developed countries per student- yet we lag behind in most standardized tests. Why is that? Could it be that a large part of the money we spend goes not to educate young people but to create jobs for the union- having more clerical personnel , vice-principals, aids, assorted assistants,- various relatives and hangers-on etc. etc. than are actually necessary to do the job- educating young people.
It's the same paradigm you find in the Youngstown Water Department for the same reason- political clout. The level of over-staffing and featherbedding in that organization is legendary- far higher than anywhere else in the State. The other day on Market Street I passed a YWD work crew- you had a big hole being dug by somebody with a back-hoe- and you had six people standing around watching him do it- and I imagine all six of those people were being paid a pretty good buck to watch him do it.
It's exactly the same in our schools- except we don't see it (we only notice when it comes time to pay the bill). For that reason, I shall continue to vote "NO" to just about every school levy I can get my hands on, i.e. for which I am eligible to vote for. Voting them down makes my day!
October 20, 2014 at 10:43 p.m.
Since were on the subject: Where the City of Youngstown Should be spending it's precious- and scarce- tax dollars?- Here's one: has anyone traveling up and down Market Street lately noticed the condition of the light posts- they look terrible- rusted, full of holes- as if they'd come out of the Brier Hill rolling mill 70 years ago- and every other one seems to have a big white X on it, which I take it means- "due for replacement".
Now those posts also carry the electric utility lines, now my question is- who get's to replace them- the City or the Electric Company? I'm guessing the City of Youngstown- because I can't imagine Ohio Edison waiting till they're almost ready to fall over before they start thinking about replacing them.
So, with urgent needs like that- among many, many others- facing a City with a declining population- and tax base- the idea of seriously entertaining an idea as ludicrously frivolous and wasteful as "Wayfinding" is doubly bizarre- even by Y-town standards. (Detroit- Here we Come!)
October 20, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.
All these new businesses in Youngstown would do much better if the parking situation were improved. People would like to go downtown for restaurants, shops, etc., but what deters them- and sends them to Boardman or the Niles Strip instead, is the lack of convenient parking. Granted, it's a sign of our laziness and we'd all be better of if we'd walk a block or two instead of pulling up directly and walking right in as in the burbs, but that's the reality. And there's the fear people have of being mugged or accosted by a panhandler- which the downtown has it's share of. I don't think anyone is going to stay away from downtown because of a lack of "signage". The whole thing is ridiculous- "Wayfinding"- another boondoggle probably thought up by somebody in California.
October 20, 2014 at 1:46 a.m.
Wayfinding: "Signage and other visual and physical cues to easily guide people in a logical way through a physical space. Enhancements when you look up or look down that ideally keep you on your way and prevent you from losing your way ... and staying away."
You mean "street signs"? I thought Youngstown already had those. I was raised in this area and I don't go downtown that much, but when I do I never have much trouble finding my way around. It's a small town to begin with and the streets are laid out geometrically (unlike Pittsburgh which reminds me of a huge spider"s web) and there are signs at every corner and so I can't imagine anyone needing more than the "signage" (Much more impressive than "street signs") and the other "visual and physical cues"- in other words you can see where you want to go- that we already have to keep from getting lost.
My Question is This: Why would a fiscally challenged city- Detroit here we Come- like Youngstown seriously entertain a proposal which is a boondoggle pure and simple potentially costing the beleaguered taxpayers up to a quarter of a mill (which the city doesn't have) and why would the Editor of that city's newspaper pay homage to such an outrageous scam without questioning it? ("...the core heartbeat of any population center" repeating their PR. Gimme, a Break, Todd! Are they paying you a commission for saying that? It's BS and you know it.) What you say in your column, or should I say "publicity release" explains why Youngstowner's are so cynical and distrustful of their elected officials- they sense a lack of respect for the hard-earned tax dollars they are entrusted with. In plain English- we have a political class that thinks public money is theirs to piss away.
"Without questioning it." What exactly, in plain English, is "wayfinding" and how is it an improvement over street signs which we already have? If the Editor of the Vindicator hadn't been so preoccupied with churning out gushing prose- he might have asked that question.
October 20, 2014 at 1:20 a.m.
"“Obviously it’s only been three weeks, [but] we’re still very pleased at the response from people in the community to the facility. ... We’re certainly hopeful we can sustain that momentum."
What that means- in plain English- is that Youngstowner's are good "suckers". They're not running these machines to put money into the wallets of the "gamers", it's the other way around. I still think the odds should be prominently displayed on each machine- and every GAMBLING venue- including the State Lottery.
If "gamers" saw how they were being fleeced, they might think twice and spend their money more wisely- like eating to excess or getting drunk- at least they'd have something to show for their money that way- instead of fattening the wallets of crooks and racketeers (that we've allowed to morph into a "legal" enterprise).
October 8, 2014 at 11:40 p.m.