Knightcap, Are you serious?
Your advice to the "new" (same as the old) Mayor: "use commonsense and think of the taxpayers first (what a joke!)... don't use Mafia tactics, etc., etc. ( cmon, that's all they ever do). How naive can you possibly be?
Asking a politician like McNally, a product of Machine Politics, to behave that way is like asking a Crocodile to refrain from pulling people under water and swallowing them- it's not in their nature.
McNally will do exactly what his Handlers tell him to do- he's already been bought and paid for by the Betras/Cafaro political machine. The Voters Don't Count.
December 9, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.
So Kearney is someone who is "challenged" in his finances- he owes a lot in back taxes, etc. etc. Hmm. Sounds familiar.
I wonder if he also hits on women?
December 8, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
About the residency requirement for City Workers- there's a certain amount of logic in that: it's ironic that city employment should be so lucrative and desirable, when a high percentage of the taxpayers who fund those salaries, are destitute.
Why shouldn't City Workers share the pain and actually live in the city they pilfer?
December 8, 2013 at 11:32 p.m.
It's getting late and I've pushed the air out of my 8 oz wine glass 3 or 4 times now, but I'm still- without any success- trying to understand Comment No: 5- What's it about?
Maybe if the writer would post again in normal English, it would help.
December 8, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.
Of course our new Mayor is playing his cards "close to the vest" where his appointments are concerned. Why wouldn't he in his position- who is he accountable to?
The voters? That's a joke- if McNally nosedives the Betras/Cafaro Machine will simply churn out somebody else just like him or much worse.
Did you ever hear of Tammany Hall and "Boss Tweed"- the corrupt Democrat Machine that ran NYC in the late 1800's?
If you read about them, it's like visiting a prototype of the city of Youngstown and, Bertram, you mention Detroit- flat out broke; Well, Detroit 10-15 years ago is- Youngstown, Ohio now. Except it may not take us that long to go belly up- we're moving along at a pretty good clip
December 8, 2013 at 10:35 p.m.
Sometimes, when I read stories like this, I think we haven't moved very far from Puritan New England Days. In fact that mode of thinking is latent in the American Psyche and we're always ready to revert back to it.
The re-emergence of the Puritan Mentality, where sexual relations are concerned, the last 3 or 4 decades is directly connected with the triumph of the Feminist Movement- except there's been a Gender Reversal: in Puritan New England the Men hunted Witches- now the Witches are Hunting Men!
December 6, 2013 at 10:41 p.m.
S--t! It sounds like what Kitchen said is no different than the kind of flirtatious banter that men have been directing at attractive (I assume she's attractive- ugly women are usually, thank God, spared that kind of disgusting behavior on the part of men) women since time began. The only difference- unless they were dumb enough to send letters- it was all verbal in those days and couldn't later be proved- now, we have the Internet and Text Messaging and horny idiots like Demaine (Anthony Weiner, too) are snagged into creating a record later used against them.
Another case of the "little head doing the thinking for the big head". Demaine you're a Moron- but I know where you're coming from.
December 6, 2013 at 10:31 p.m.
Not really- when you consider the huge expense of treating the consequences of tobacco addiction and the burden it imposes on an already over strained system. Ironically, the South, the home of Big Tobacco, also has some of the unhealthiest dietary choices you can think of- everything is "deep fried" down there- add that to a sedentary lifestyle and what do you get:
A lot of health problems which are "self created" by bad life-style choices. And then, add the predatory shysters always ready to shift the blame away from the individual to the "system" and when you thing about all that- it goes a long way to explaining- "runaway health care costs".
December 5, 2013 at 11:28 p.m.
My linking Southern Democrats to Slavery, Jim Crow and bending over backwards to support Big Tobacco- "Inflammatory"- Maybe. True- Yes.
December 5, 2013 at 10:51 p.m.
With the departure of Demaine Kitchen, The City of Youngstown will be losing one its finest, most dedicated Public Servants. Demaine, for his entire career, was never known as a shirker, he was known by all his co-workers- the men and women, who stood closely at his side- as a, strictly, "hands on" sort of guy, somebody who could always be counted on to "strip" every issue to its bare essentials and get right down to the "meat" of things. Whenever Demaine saw any opportunity for giving service, why he charged right in without hesitation and gave it every ounce of push he had in him- that's the sort of guy Demaine was- and is (we're all sure he hasn't lost the energy, stamina, and long lasting endurance he was legendary for).
I really feel- and I think most Youngstowner's would agree with me- that in light of Demaine's exemplary service benefiting the taxpayers, the taxpayer's owe him something in return. I'm suggesting a celebratory evening and banquet where all Demaine's friends and well wishers could wish him a warm farewell as he transitions into what, no doubt, will be a long and illustrious career in the private sector. The evening, of course, would be hosted by Mayor Sammarone- with a special prayer and invocation by a clergyman of Demaine's choice- and the evening would end with a general round of toasts with all joining together: "Well, done, Demaine! I doubt if we'll ever see the likes of you again!"
December 5, 2013 at 10:25 p.m.