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Should the U.S. and other nations commit ground forces to defeat ISIS?

I love how all of us on the internet can sit behind our keyboards and come up with answers to an incredibly complex problem that's been a plague in the middle east for hundreds of years. I also like how so many people here seem eager to "commit ground forces" without putting a single thought into what that means in the real world.

"Committing ground forces" means that some of them are going to die, and in very gruesome ways. Most of the U.S. casualties in Middle East have come from IED's, or roadside bombs. These are crude explosive devices loaded with scrap iron. They cause horrific injuries.

I would be the first person to admit that my understanding of this new terror group is incomplete at best, and that we may at some point have to intervene. But I'm sure glad that the people who are actually in charge of "committing ground forces" have decided to think things through before doing it.
I don't care who the President is or what his philosophies are. In this situation I can only hope that he actually thinks this new terror group is enough of a threat to sacrifice young American lives to stop.

September 9, 2014 at 1:21 p.m. suggest removal

Jury finds Dellick not guilty

Anybody who thinks that Youngstown is the only city where this kind of thing happens is as delusional as this punk's parents.

July 30, 2014 at 9:16 a.m. suggest removal

Replacement trees at an inner-city fruit grove will be planted Saturday

It's things like this that keep me optimistic about the people of our area. I've learned to see the good in people in the little things that we do for each other every day.
Even something as simple as holding open the door for someone has an impact.

July 24, 2014 at 9:39 a.m. suggest removal

Sad end to Gina's troubled life

I try to make it a point never to judge people in cases like this. The common thread I see here is the incredible destructive power of addiction. Drugs or alcohol, it doesn't matter. It also doesn't matter what someone's social or economic status is either. Addiction affects people of all classes. It's a complex interaction between the choices that people make and the addiction itself. It's sad to say it but cases like this are all too common, all over the world. As a parent, I can't imagine what they're going though right now, whether it's the biological parents or adoptive parents.
There is now a hole in their lives that will never heal, and a pain that will never go away. Through no fault of their own, they will suffer for it for the rest of their lives.
No one should have to outlive their children. Whatever mistakes or bad choices they made, they do not deserve this kind of suffering.
I can only pray that God can give them the strength to deal with it as best they can.

July 3, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. suggest removal

Same-sex marriage approval gaining momentum, backers say

One of my brother's sons is gay. The other three are straight. This fact does not change my feelings toward them at all. I babysat all of them growing up and love them all equally. He is a biologist working for a company that just produced a new drug that works very well against a very aggressive form of brain cancer. He had a hand in its development.
The fact that he is gay had no impact on his accomplishment whatsoever.
He and his partner are very private and don't flaunt their relationship to anyone.
The point being: A person's sexual orientation has nothing to do with their quality as a person.

June 18, 2014 at 4:21 p.m. suggest removal

Shots fired after attempted robbery at Boardman supermarket

Sounds like the security guard needs some additional training. Some shrimp isn't worth accidentally hitting an innocent bystander if he misses his shot.

June 2, 2014 at 10:49 p.m. suggest removal

Mom of gang suspect: ‘There is no E Block Gang’

A mother's love is truly blind, I guess.

Unfortunately the evidence will show otherwise, and they have a lot of it.

May 24, 2014 at 9:25 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown mayor calls his alleged involvement in a criminal enterprise ‘comical’

"I doubt that there is a local government in the U.S. that has had more public officials, investigated, indicted, tried and convicted than the Valley. We should all be ashamed."

....not even close. Do some research and you'll get some perspective. Corruption exists all over the country and all over the globe. While this doesn't excuse the people who were just indicted, this kind of behavior is not specific to this Valley at all.

May 16, 2014 at 3:40 p.m. suggest removal

Black bear roams Youngstown's North Side

Probably not a good idea to shoot a black bear with a crossbow, it would only make him mad.

May 12, 2014 at 8:55 a.m. suggest removal

Warren homeowner says teen fatal shooting followed confrontation at house

My understanding of a situation like this is that it's considered self defense if the attacker is actually inside the house. This may be part of the problem legally....the homeowner fired through the front door. I suppose a good attorney could argue that it's not self defense in that situation. Of course, when a person thinks he's going to be shot and is terrified and shaking, I doubt they're going to go through some sort of legal checklist before they shoot. It's a sad situation all around.

May 8, 2014 at 2:35 p.m. suggest removal



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