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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

Relic from history lesson causes precautionary Austintown lockdown

ytownsteelman:

Apparently your level of awareness is confined to a small area. In December 2012, a thing happened. I've provided a link: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/27/justice...

There have been similar things since then.

If I'm in the school's position? Better to be safe than sorry.

May 2, 2014 at 5:34 p.m. suggest removal

TRESSEL IN AKRON | 'Work to be as selfless as possible'

When I see a story about this issue, the first thing I click on is the comments section. Entertaining as always! Of course, the Vindy rushes to post stories like this, because the guaranteed clicks are great marketing points to their advertisers. That's not a criticism, it's the way the media business model works.
In the same way, whether any of us like it or not, the current American university model is heavily dependent on fundraising. This fact seems to be lost on the people who post on this board, who appear to be stuck in some sort of strange time warp to a theoretical past where all universities and institutions of higher learning operated on nothing but integrity.
So the practical question becomes: Who can be the public face of the university to attract the money necessary to provide the programs that students find attractive? Taxes alone are not enough.
Would Tressel be able to accomplish this mission?
Good question. If not Tressel, then will the other two candidates be able to do it?
And for those on this board who actually think it would be a good thing for YSU to die off......unbelievable. What would you suggest as a replacement for all those university buildings downtown? More prisons?

May 1, 2014 at 9:32 p.m. suggest removal

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