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Boccieri and Dahlkemper receive threats

I have an idea....how about the democrats and republicans put aside party politics for 2 seconds and come up with something that is good for the whole country!
I am so sick of reading how ordinary people listen to the crap that these idiots ramble on about and they actually believe them. Do I think universal healthcare is a good idea? absolutely but I am not so sure the best possible form of the bill got through Congress because our elected representatives argued like 3rd grade girls on a playground, instead of working together for the best bill possible.
There is no reason the US can't do the same thing that other industrialized nations around the world do...yea maybe it will eat up some tax dollars but I'd much rather my hard earned money go to provide quality services to other Americans then for that money to be used in a made up war across the world that has no impact on my daily life.
I own a degree in political science and I am not so sure at this point I would even attach my name to either party...I am truly disappointed with our representatives and I can't help but think of how nice life would be if we elected representatives based on their characteristics and credentials instead of the R or D that go beside their name....here's to dreaming!

March 26, 2010 at 8:08 a.m. suggest removal

Intimidation led to suspension of Niles teacher, records reveal

maybe it was a joke....obviously in bad taste because this was not a kid that you could joke with but that is what it sounds like to me.
Like when you tell one of your kids to put something done before you hit them with it...I guess it is not this teachers place to deal with issues in this manner but it sounds like it could be just a big misunderstanding and he was trying to clear it up by speaking with the parents.

February 24, 2010 at 9:54 a.m. suggest removal

Assault witness says Hagan was belligerant one

I dont understand why people think Youngstown is unsafe because of this incident. Someone got knocked out in a bar....like this stuff doesn't happen in bars that are located in Atown or Boardman..give me a break.
Youngstown isn't exactly a model city in a lot of ways but they should be proud of at least attempting to rebuild downtown and this incident should not ruin a lot of people's hard work. Sounds like a politican talked some trash to an undisciplined young kid with a good right cross. I don't know about you but there are more than a few politicians I'd like to take a swing at now and again!

February 24, 2010 at 9:47 a.m. suggest removal

Schools chief in McDonald resigns

I actually enjoyed reading all of your posts...very good points in many of them, I'd be willing to bet you all had very good teachers..haha

AKAFR1...it is the biggest cost because you must employ so many teachers but the cost isn't going up in the fact that they are getting raises and what a district paid its teachers in 2000 could be a lot more then they are paying their teachers in 2010 if there were retirements or a reduction in force. They could be paying more if they have a significant portion of teachers over 20 years of experience.

I understand that teachers get time off but every teacher I know does not simply punch their clock when the kids get let out of school. There are many training workshops and most teachers use their time off to take continuing education classes so I don't think that is a signifcant point. In addtion many administrators get signifcantly less vacation but more pay.
I'll concede that only a small number of teachers are making the starting salary but how you climb your districts pay scale is seniority (just like any other job in the world) and by spending upwards of 10-15K for your masters degree. Don't forget that in order for them to make more money they have to spend a lot more.
Another thing is that many teachers have to buy supplies and technology for their classrooms. I know that in some instances it does not accumulate to a ton of money but that is still something worth mentioning.
My point is that what teachers get paid isn't why school districts go broke. I think administrators are over paid in SOME school districts

Jeratboy...very nice post but the 35 years has already gone to 38 years and I have a friend who just got into teaching and believes the years will increase again. I agree the retirement package is better than most but it is hardly the only profession with those benefits, my father is retired from the railroad after 40 years and believe it or not his package kills that of a teachers.

I think school systems are simply hurting just like any other business and it is important to have the proper people monitoring fiscal spending but if you cut teachers then its our kids who get penalized.

February 23, 2010 at 9:35 a.m. suggest removal

Schools chief in McDonald resigns

you should do some research into what teachers and administrators make before you go and make a comment like that.....the starting salary for a teacher in the McDonald district is around 27k which is peanuts considering that you are responsible for the growth and development of that communities young people. there isn't a more important job around then that of a teacher. If you consider that teachers must also spend at least 4 years in college to obtain a bachelor's degree and are required by the state of Ohio to get a masters degree which together could cost several tens of thousands of dollars. Teacher's around the Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties have gone years if not a decade without a raise in their contracts because of the state of the economy but yet they are required to meet more and more standards and continue to educate themselves . What people don't understand is that it is not salaries that put districts into the red, it is increasing costs. If it cost your district $5,000 more to heat its buildings then the year before what do you do?? you aren't getting any more money in taxes than you did the year before, especially in a small community like McDonald. I rant and rave on this topic because if you cut teachers then you run the risk of not providing your kids with a quality education and I dont know about anyone else but there are enough uneducated people running the streets we don't need anymore!

February 22, 2010 at 8:25 a.m. suggest removal

Heading home: Chaney hires Vivo

Ytown777...I graduated from Chaney and had a bit of success there on the gridiron...even beating a 9-0 Hubbard team in week 10 one year...so I know all about it buddy. I know more about the school than I care to say.

I was just pointing out to someone that Hubbard is very good now and puts their own players in Division 1 programs these days.

January 13, 2010 at 12:31 p.m. suggest removal

Heading home: Chaney hires Vivo

uh Hubbard went 9-1 and won a playoff game which is more wins than Chaney has had in the last 5 years....that is saying alot actually and I dont like Hubbard all that much.

January 13, 2010 at 9:43 a.m. suggest removal

Salem leaving AAC for NBC

what u say is very true ts and I knew that before I posted but last year there were a lot of people that attended football games from the youngstown area and that will not happen in the new conference or at least I dont believe so.

Like it or not it is because Bratten is from this conference...in 5 years when Salem is overwhelmingly the smallest school in this conference and they are taking lumps... people will look back on this decision and see it was ill advised.

You should ride out the AAC...if it folds then you explore your options but for right now they are in a conference where every sport can compete.

January 12, 2010 at 9:20 a.m. suggest removal

Salem leaving AAC for NBC

horrible decision on the part of the school board and superintendent...who is going to want to travel to stark county for football games. It might be a better fit for their girls sports but it will be a grave yard for every boys sport that Salem has to offer. Bratten is an NBC guy so it does not surprise me this happened. Might of cost themselves a great football coach in the process.

January 12, 2010 at 8:55 a.m. suggest removal

Chaney coach search begins

they screwed the pooch when they didnt combine the two city schools into one "super" school which would compete at the division 1 level...now they have two very uncompetitive schools that have a hard time attracting quality coaches.
Another thing that makes no sense to me is why they have an athletic director for the city and each school has one as well...sounds like wasted money if you ask me and it isnt like there are 20 schools anymore which would require some oversight now they have 2 high schools hardly the work load from 15- 20 years ago when there were 5 high schools

December 14, 2009 at 12:25 p.m. suggest removal


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