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UPDATE | Sciortino OK'd raises, bonuses; Meacham fires McFall

Let's accept for the moment that "realquestions" is not Mike Sciortino. Let's also accept that this is a person who is unaware that that county commissioners told all of the elected leaders to give out no raises beyond negotiated contracts. Let's further accept that "realquestions" made a tactical argumentative error by calling the on-the-way-out-the-door raises and, as it turns out, bonuses, merely "unfortunate." Let's further accept that "realquestions" is an honest person who strives more than the average person to see only the good in people, regardless of perception. And, just for the heck of it, I think it's also fair to accept that "realquestions" was frozen in a iceberg for the past 100 years and knows little about the state of Mahoning County politics.

There. Now that post seems less odd.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

March 4, 2015 at 6:31 p.m. suggest removal

Mooney students protest principal's firing

You wrote: "The Catholic church is not unique when they refuse to publicly comment on employee personnel matters."

A public school might not be excited about commenting about personnel, but the disclosure process would be far more open in the case of a fired principal. Since there are far more public schools than private ones in the area, the Mooney situation is a little more unique than you may have considered. That was the parallel.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

January 20, 2015 at 11:59 a.m. suggest removal

Mooney students protest principal's firing


To be fair, if this was a principal in a public school, the media and the public could file a request under the Freedom Of Information Act to see that person's personnel file to read relevant information. Also, any meeting in which the public board took the action to fire a principal would have been open to the public. So, the parallels are not exactly the same in the case of a private school.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

January 20, 2015 at 10:39 a.m. suggest removal

YSU professor: Rethink pink


Many people would think it redundant to repeat something on Sunday that was taken care of on Friday:


Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

January 11, 2015 at 12:41 p.m. suggest removal

New filing in Oakhill case reveals more details, names Cafaro


The Vindicator has taken several looks at the costs associated with Oakhill. Here's one from 2013:


However, this current case is not about whether the purchase of the former hospital was a good or bad deal. It's about the behind-the-scenes machinations and whether they were legal.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

January 9, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. suggest removal

YPD probe of traffic stop completed

Harley and Question:

The Vindicator and WFMJ led with our coverage of this and sources tell us it would have likely been swept away if not for front-page stories and editorials. It just stuns me to read such ridiculous tripe about our coverage. You do yourselves a disservice with such misinformed posts.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

December 23, 2014 at 3:27 p.m. suggest removal

The politics of what we ‘do’

Republican Rick: So, you missed the Gruber piece "Stupidity of the American voter" on page A2 Saturday? Perhaps you also missed the blurb on A1 referring to it. To quote myself, "Sheesh."

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

November 17, 2014 at 11:35 a.m. suggest removal

Indictments tied to Oakhill Renaissance Place case


Just to refresh your memory, we broke the story and led all coverage in the 2010 indictments naming all of the participants:


In fact, when visiting Judge Wolff improperly sealed the bills of particular, The Vindicator and its news partner WFMJ-TV stood alone among media entities to fight for the public's right to access. That battle was rewarded two years later when the Supreme Court sided with us and against the judge:


You might be recalling earlier cases involving Cronin and Tsgaris in which "Businessman 1" was more shaded. In each case, we eventually used public records to decode the mystery.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

May 15, 2014 at 8:20 a.m. suggest removal

The question remains

Actually, Utica, we explored the dynamite theory. It's a dead end, for this case. First, they don't blast at 3 in the morning. Secondly, they have done so for years and their blasts are so low level they don't register as quakes with the USGS. We included all of this in earlier reporting.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

March 23, 2014 at 10:33 a.m. suggest removal

Late report from candidate Kitchen shows $10K from ex-GOP chair, wife

Former: The headline for the online edition of Vindy for this story was indeed in error (but correct in the print edition). You have a choice when you see a mistake: You can rant about conspiracies or you can bring it to our attention.

In either case, when we spot a legitimate error, we correct it.

Since you begged the question, "Can you image a Wall Street Journal or Washington Post article headline containing such an obvious mistake?" I am including a link to Poynter's best/worst corrections of 2013 to satisfy your inquiry.


But be careful about demanding perfection: You misspelled Dave Betras' name.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

March 7, 2014 at 8:18 a.m. suggest removal



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