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Sterling punished harshly; where’s freedom of speech?

Amen Ms Taylor. Sterling may be a racist jerk and old fool enough to take up with a gold digging bimbo, but what he says in a private conversation with said bimbo is no ones business but his own. He didn't make his statements public, the bimbo did, no doubt in hopes of more attention. And sure enough, the finger pointing, PC, hand-wringing TV talking heads gave it to her. And how about those principled players who removed their jerseys rather than be identified with Sterling's team? How many of them would have given up their multi-million dollar contracts without a protracted legal battle to backup what was a public statement on their part?

June 11, 2014 at 9:26 a.m. suggest removal

Prosecutor: Tips from residents prompt Youngstown gang indictments

God bless the courageous neighbors who refused to be cowed, to have their neighborhood ruined, by a pack of gun toting punks.

May 23, 2014 at 7:39 a.m. suggest removal

Mayor, council at odds over Youngstown redistricting

Amen Sobchak and LOL. Don't forget though that Ms Tarpley's Vindy quote also demonstrated that her command of the situation equals her ability to speak English. "We know where the people are at, I don't want to do it ourselves, but we'll do that if we have no alternative." Sheesh, this is Y-town's best and brightest!? Maybe she, like Ms Gillam, just wants to gerrymander the ward lines enough to include her house in a ward where her public statements don't require interpretation.

May 22, 2014 at 10:07 a.m. suggest removal

Defeat of sales tax renewal in Mahoning County is revealing

Our crackerjack commissioners will now attempt to double down on their tax request by preying on people's fears that a lack of tax dollars will require them to close the jail and cut back on law enforcement personnel. If that tactic works, you can bet they will perform a feat of trough feeding magic whereby they make those cuts anyway. Of course they will keep the money. Then they will claim the cutbacks in essential services exemplify their stewardship of your tax dollars as they have reduced the cost of government. Of course the additional money will allow them to go on voting themselves, their friends, and relatives raises while providing their patrons with the best government money can buy. The county needs tax dollars to operate. The Commissioners need to publicly disclose how they use that money and learn to operate on renewal requests made for reasonable time periods to allow for planning. Permanent tax increases are a thing of the past that rightly evaporated with the public trust in government honesty and performance.

May 13, 2014 at 7:40 a.m. suggest removal

US government fails to inspect high-risk fracking wells, investigators charge

Gee, no kidding? An incompetent job by a government agency due to lack of resources? More likely squandering of resources, both their funds (our tax dollars) and our environment, is the likely case. At least they're not ODNR which blithely issues permits to frackers while freely admitting that they do not know what the geologic conditions are in the areas where they "permit" drilling. Just another government sham.

May 12, 2014 at 7:16 a.m. suggest removal

Readers blast Tressel illustration; Why such negativity from Bill of Rights proponents?, Support for West Branch school levy and Liberty roads levy

Probably not with fracked gas. Most of that will be used to supply Europe when Mr. Putin shuts the GasProm spigot in an attempt coerce our old allies to accept his vision of a new Europe. So it has it's uses, but they have less direct impact on local economic and environmental well being in the immediate and long term. Were did all those BP jobs go? Do the people who leased rights to their land, get them back? Who can they sue, or find for that matter, when myriad small time operators with even more owners begin exploiting their property in ways they never thought possible? Look, I have no doubt that oil and gas development can be a godsend to our economy. But I have doubts that the rush to development is providing sufficient time to preserve our environment and the rights of land owners. I also think that the argument that fracking equals long term employment is bogus whereas developing, wind, solar, cleaner coal and geothermal energy will provide greater stability in employment and energy markets. If you think the big banks who claimed they were too big to fail and should be bailed out by taxpayers after they laid waste to the finances of so many are criminal, wait till you see what big oil can do.

May 4, 2014 at 12:27 p.m. suggest removal

Readers blast Tressel illustration; Why such negativity from Bill of Rights proponents?, Support for West Branch school levy and Liberty roads levy

Doc Salvner if you research "sarcasm" you may find an illustration similar to Tressel crossing the Mahoning. Ask one of your students how to log onto The Onion and you will get the idea.
Ms. Berry, the pointy end of the boat is usually the bow, not the helm. The bogus ice flows you noted, however, might be chemical flocculants from some fracker, or something just now surfacing from the days of big steel, so thanks for that.
As for the rest of us, let's tone down the fan (as in fanatic) mentality that has us grasping at every
straw in foolhardy, and unseemly attempts to instantly resurrect past greatness. We can be better than we were, but it will require a long, cooperative effort by us all and not the rabid devotion to one point or another currently helping Congress make a fool of the entire country.

May 4, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. suggest removal

Sterling’s lifetime ban draws raves in Valley

Free speech is what permits jrolley to confuse free speech with private conversation and thereby call people names.

April 30, 2014 at 9:08 a.m. suggest removal

Sterling’s lifetime ban draws raves in Valley

Tafy and Mark Cuban are on the right track. Sterling is a racist jerk. However, his heinous opinion, offered in private to his gold digger girlfriend (no fool like an old fool), is not subject to public punishment. Had he publicly made such remarks, or used such language to deny anyone's civil rights, he might be convicted of hate speech or inciting riot. But private ignorance, I'm not so sure. If Sterling can be punished for his private opinion, free speech is in danger. Seems to me that before we ramp up the public outrage machine over a private conversation, we should first attack the deliberate and public hate speech made for profit like most of the Rap music masquerading as art. Racism is a human frailty, born of ignorance, which will be with us always. Whether it is expressed by an ignorant billionaire, or in a trashy hip hop lyric, it won't be cured by by tabloid PC blunderbuss, but by treating one another with kindness while looking for understanding.

April 30, 2014 at 8:33 a.m. suggest removal

CD RATES

Can someone interpret the meaning of this chart? It appears to list an institution followed by run together numbers which I assume are yields for various maturity terms. How many months to maturity and the CD purchase price are not clear to me.

April 24, 2014 at 10:24 a.m. suggest removal

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