All you people wishing death or imprisonment of the park staff for doing their job - are you out of your minds? Since when does your uneducated opinion count more than those who have experience and college education backing their decisions? And death? Really? Sad, sad, bunch of people. And you're willing to have the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the park not be able to even use the park at all if the levy fails? Who's going to come in and pay for taking care of the roads, do education, cut grass, clean bathrooms, etc? The city will come back and take it over? And do what with it? Turn it back into the unkept dump that they begged the whole county to take over because they had no funds? Shame on you - wishing all of this hell because of normal wildlife management? Crazy. Yes, the public relations was handled wrong, but the right thing was done for the WHOLE environment of the areas affected.
July 21, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.
I think it was handled well. The 20 minutes on lockdown was well worth finding out if it were some sort of dangerous device. I'd rather they err on the side of caution. Today's world is not what we grew up in.
May 2, 2014 at 4:04 p.m.
Regarding the park ice rink - I have followed this story, and I understand the park board's issues with trying to use tax dollars wisely. It wasn't a "gem" - it was dirty and worn out, past it's prime, and costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep open every year, for less and less users. It was old when the park got it from the city when the levy passed in 1989, and they fought hard to keep it working, well beyond it's life-expectancy. I don't want my hard-earned tax dollars going into a money pit because it gives some people that warm fuzzy feeling. The park offers so many other things, and children and adults are exuberant about coming into the park every single day, year-round. Look around - if you can't see that, then you're not really a supporter of the system - you've got to look at the big picture, and realize when it's time to let those memories be just that, memories, and take advantage of the basically free opportunities to make new memories when you leave the big city and come to Youngstown.
April 22, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Yes they should; it's a safety issue.
February 28, 2014 at 7:14 p.m.
erplane - nice to see a positive comment, see ya on the ice!
bgreen - did you think to call the park and ask how much it was to do this before you jumped to a negative conclusion?
canfcard - did you ever attend a park board meeting, make a simple, free phone call, to find out that the rink had been loosing hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the decline in skaters, before you just throw out suggestions?
This town will NEVER come alive with people like this always rushing to negative conclusions.
January 31, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.
During a new employee's orientation - the fact that they are "Public employees" needs to be made very clear. They are NOT private sector employees. You work as a public employee for the betterment of the community - and that simple fact is totally overlooked. It's less personal for employees to "steal" time, money, supplies, vehicles, etc from the "government" than it is from an owner of a private business. Grow up people, it's all called having pride in what you do for a living, working hard for your paycheck, and being "ethical" which has all but disappeared in this area. With that being said, not all public employees are like this, and the vast majority earn their money the proper way. This guy would take advantage of things no matter where he worked. Can we please have a story on how much real time public employees put in? How many get a normal "salary" but put in far more unpaid hours "off the clock" ?
November 13, 2013 at 8:09 a.m.
Crocheters are welcome, and if you don't know how to knit or crochet, they will teach you. Great group of women!
November 5, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
When Mr. Kaluza passes away, whether sooner or later - bring them out and charge them with murder too.
November 1, 2013 at 8 a.m.
These activists would better serve the community, if they educated the public on their use of eco-friendly vehicles, smoking laws, and watershed protection - oh, wait, they drive to these meetings in their gas-powered automobiles, with windows rolled down, blowing smoke out the windows, then tossing their butts out by the thousands which end up in the water we drink. Surely they can do something more productive with their time.
September 7, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
It was held this past Monday and Tuesday. Been advertised in the park calendar of events since June. I think there were a limited number of spots, as this event was much smaller than in years past.
August 14, 2013 at 3:16 p.m.