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The victims did not come forward in the past because they knew nobody would believe them just like some of you now. Besides, they were brainwashed with all the catholic doctrine about obedience, duty, trust, etc. It is all about power and the catholic church knew it. They were more powerful than the victims and the victims could be shamed. It was a giant cover up through the whole hierarchy all the way to the pope. Now, that the whole thing is tumbling down, people want to blame the victims. It is a crime but because our legal system cannot prosecute because of the statutes (which are being changed) does not mean it is not a crime. And, yes, the church is settling out of court because they do not want these “sins” exposed. When the legal system gets involved with exposing these cardinals, then, then the vatican finds them a place to hide. It is all a giant cover-up. Read about the 1000,000 girls in Ireland who were used and abused by the catholic church in laundries. No wonder so many Irish have left the church. If any of you want to believe this is about money, then, I suggest considering one of your family members go through this experience. These were children who were taught from a young age to be good, listen to their elders, especially priests. The priests had the power and they knew it.
Why doesn’t Murray issue a Sunday letter like he did when he waned to oppose Obama’s policies? Why is he still acting like he wants this to go away? I want to know why they care so much about the unborn child when they abuse children after they are born? Hypocrisy. You talk about money. Who has more money than the Vatican and they are the only sovereign nation who will not open their financial books. Have you ever been there? Gold, gold, gold. The pope and his Gucci shoes and you are worried about the victims getting some money. Believe me, the victims would have rather received no money and not have been raped by someone they trusted.
February 25, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.
The church is asking for former catholics to come back to the church. I guess they need money. And, wow, now 4 Cardinals are being asked not to attend the conclave in the Vatican. The best one is the cardinal from Scotland who is being accused of sexually assaulting his own seminarians. Could they be turning on each other? Sex crimes, corruption, and in-fighting sounds like a trashy novel not a church that gets an exemption from paying taxes because they do such good works for people. And, they had the nerve to criticize the poor nuns who were truly doing good works.
Hurting children is a disgusting CRIME and should be punishable by extreme measures. Quit calling it a sin to be absolved in confession. It is a crime and should be punishable as stipulated in the bible by having a millstone tied around the perpetrator's neck and thrown into the sea. But there seems to be a shortage of millstones in the vatican.
February 24, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.
Mr. Laughlin needs to run for office. He is not only a person who thinks but writes well and understands the Constitution. How can we have someone like Santorum running for office when there are brilliant people like Mr. Laughlin? Bravo, Mr. Laughlin.
February 21, 2012 at 8:35 p.m.
There is no problem with having a county system. Allegheny County in Pittsburgh serves all the communities and there is no problem. The same is true in Mercer county. Both systems are digital data systems besides being call centers. The calls are automatically transferred to each community. That is what you can do with NEW TECHNOLOGY. Trumbull County has the newest technology. There is no reason for each community to have their own systems. Besides, nobody is going to lose his or her job.
The taxpayers cannot have one more penny added to their taxes in Liberty township. Township property tax rates are already at maximum. Lastly, the police had their own 911 system when they did not respond to emergency calls about Mary Rush and she died on her front porch having accidently locked herself out of her house. The police would not get out of their car to investigate her cries for help since it was raining and cold that night. People pleaded on 911 for assistance and the police did not act. So, whether you call that a homicide or not, it was a unnecessary death related to our own failed 911 system.
February 12, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.
If you want to see teacher salaries, here is the website: http://ohiocasb.org/about/school-sala...Teachers do not make $13 an hour. Include their "Cadillac" health plan and their step increases and their pensions and their 3 month vacation and their sick days, they do quite well. Even the State Commission said there was personnel excessiveness in this district. Well, look where their greediness got them. Of course, it was the board that approved the contract and "Lead and Learn" and allowed the treasurer to have books that could not be audited. The state just charged the BOE more money for time spent on the audits because they were such a mess. Don't vote for any levies. They will just waste your hard earned money. Maybe, you have to pay for your health insurance, work 12 months a year, do not have ridiculous pensions and do not get automatic step increases. Ask the district how much they spend on substitutes. It is incredible. And, teachers get paid for their sick days when they retire. So, no more whining from the teachers.Ask the board what they are doing about a new contract. Incidentally, everyone in the district gets this "Cadillac" health plan, not just teachers. I am sure DIane DeVito will keep the contract details secret until we can't do anything about it. Because, she just wants to move on - oh, with your money. Get involved or they will be in your pockets soon.
January 24, 2012 at 10:37 p.m.
Couple more questions for Diane. She wants open enrollment again. Did you not previously blame open enrollment for the loss of students and our money? Students left for other schools and Liberty gets to pay for them. Great job. So, why are you bringing this up again? And, what about the $1.3 million stimulus money? Can we trust that this money was spent correctly?
January 24, 2012 at 6:15 p.m.
The former board president, Diane DeVito, who wasted money and now is complaining that they have not had new revenue since 1995, claims that she has moved on and has no secrets. Questions for Diane? Do you realize that taxpayers pay one of the highest rates in Trumbull County? Are you negotiating another ridiculous contract, a contract that has not been changed since 2008? Are you keeping secrets about this contract and giving away the store again? Do you think you should apologize for wasting the taxpayers money? As part of the "Lead and Learn" fiasco, don't you think you should do us all a favor and resign? Do you think you and Flannagan should forget traveling to Columbus to attend Board conferences or pay for it yourself since we are broke and will continue to be broke for a long time? And, finally, do you really think anyone in this community will vote for a new levy? No way. More cuts coming. How can you move on? Are you in denial or just arrogant about your performance as a board member? Do you also think that the school board members should refuse pay for each of their meetings? We have no money to pay the dedicated members. Great job Vindicator. I hope they continue to expose the truth and secrets that Diane doesn't think exist.
January 24, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.
Hey, Diane, person who complains about no new revenue. What did you do with the $1.3 million stimulus money you received? Can we see what's in your notebook that you referred to?
January 24, 2012 at 5:41 a.m.
The former board president who wasted money and now is complaining that they have not had new revenue since 1995, claims that she has moved on and has no secrets. Question for Diane? Do you realize that taxpayers pay one of the highest rates in Trumbull County? Are you negotiating another ridiculous contract? Are you keeping secrets about this contract? Do you think you should apologize for wasting the taxpayers money? As part of the "Lead and Learn" fiasco, don't you think you should do us all a favor and resign? Do you think you and Flannagan should forget traveling to Columbus or pay for it yourself since we are broke and will continue to be broke? And, finally, do you really think anyone in this community will vote for a new levy? No way. More cuts coming. How can you move on? Are you in denial or just arrogant about your performance as a board member? Great job Vindicator. I hope they continue to expose the truth and secrets that Diane doesn't think exist.
January 24, 2012 at 5:25 a.m.
Why is the board and the administration constantly trying to blame others for your incompetence? When the state came in because of your fiscal irresponsibility, the chairman said that the biggest problem with school districts in trouble is their denial that they have a problem. The arrogance of the administration and board and the constant denial of their problems have lead to the current problems we now have. Quit blaming everyone else. Should we talk about giving all your employees a "Cadillac" health plan that the state has told you is not in keeping with the rest of the state. Why won't you listen to anyone? Hopefully, the state and the voters will make you listen. We already have the highest taxes in Trumbull County. The majority of school districts in Ohio are not in your shape and they don't blame others for their problems.
January 23, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.