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Muhammad Ali dies at 74

Ali had his faults, but cowardice wan't one of them.

He chose to sacrifice a significant portion of his career for what he believed in. I don't agree with what he did, but his actions demand respect.

In comparison.....many of our most prominent politicians chose to evade the draft through their political connections, while at the same time advocating for war. The hypocrisy is obvious and truly detestable.

Not that this is anything new. Hypocrisy in politics has existed since the beginning of civilization.

June 5, 2016 at 3:13 p.m. suggest removal

Watsons give $1M to YSU for student success center

Hi Rick!

It's always good to do a little research:

Covelli Family-

Panerathon: One million to Joanie Abdu Breast Care Center.
Stefanie Spielman Fund: $600,000 for Cancer Research
Food Banks: 23 Million in five years

Cafaro Family:

13 million annually for scholarships and local charities

Debartolo Family:

$900,000 Annually to local organizations, millions more nationwide.

...and that's just with about ten minutes on Google.

I'm curious: Where did you get your information about these families only donating "crumbs"?

Did one of these families upset you in some way?

May 7, 2016 at 5:55 p.m. suggest removal

Are Mahoning Valley’s small jails too big a burden?

There is a fine balance between a fair, compassionate justice system and one that is overly harsh. Or between one that is overly lenient.

On the one hand, people who won't or can't live with the basic rules of society have to be dealt with.

On the other hand, the society and the people who live in it are complex. People can and do make mistakes. Just as there are many cases of people enthusiastically commit crimes, there are many cases of people who can and do turn their lives around.

The question is: How to know the difference? A justice system that leans too far in one direction or the other is a bad justice system.

I think you must have good people in the justice system to make it work.

May 1, 2016 at 11:18 a.m. suggest removal

YSU announces small recruiting class

“We didn’t have a lot of scholarship room to work with”

..seems pretty straightforward. You can't sign players that you don't have room for. This isn't BCS football.

February 3, 2016 at 10:05 p.m. suggest removal

Obama moves to require background checks for more gun sales

Nothing will change. There are already background checks. This will just add to the paperwork.

January 4, 2016 at 9:42 p.m. suggest removal

Obstacles slow growth of wind, solar power

Technology is changing energy production, and that's going to happen whether we want it to or not.
That being said, I think the method of energy production has to fit the geography and climate conditions of each region.

Solar makes sense in the western states like Nevada and Arizona. Wind power makes sense in the plains states.

Solar power doesn't make sense in Northeast Ohio as there simply isn't enough annual sunlight to make solar practical on a large scale. Ohio also poses geographical challenges to wind power.

In my opinion fossil fuels in our area are here to stay because they're the most practical.

Also......the market is going to determine what type of energy production is used, no matter what the government does.

December 27, 2015 at 1:46 p.m. suggest removal

YSU students repaint rock after someone paints it with pro-ISIS messages

Unlikely that this had anything to do with ISIS.

Terrorist groups like ISIS attack targets with symbolic significance to them. Paris is a target of significance because France has been aggressively anti terrorist, especially after the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

If ISIS is going to launch attacks against the U.S., it's going to be against New York, Washington, Los Angeles, etc.

Youngstown has no political meaning to them.

November 24, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown walks against heroin in rainy weather

Addiction has been a problem in human society throughout history. But as technology has advanced, so have the ways to get high. More powerful drugs make for more powerful addictions. That being said, not all addicts have a bad ending. My late brother-in-law's son has been sober for about four years now, after being a crack addict for almost 22 years. He now manages two addiction recovery centers and has made it his life's work to help other people get off the path that he was on for so long.
Something has to be done to turn this addiction problem around, and if it starts with a walk in the rain, then so be it.
And I do agree with @2muchtax: Life in prison or the death penalty for people who deal these kinds of drugs.

September 13, 2015 at 10:33 p.m. suggest removal

YSU defeats Robert Morris 21-14 in OT


Cake walks are getting harder to find and college football is getting more competitive every year, across the board.

Just ask Arkansas about Toledo.

September 13, 2015 at 10:23 p.m. suggest removal

YNDC, Mahoning Land Bank team up to save vacant houses

I always find it fascinating how people from the distance and safety of a computer and keyboard can make broad sweeping generalizations about people they have absolutely no knowledge of.

How do you know this is wasted money? Maybe the people that are spending the money have some insights that you don't have.

I also see another glaring difference between the people who are involved in these projects and the keyboard cynics on this message board: They're actually doing something about the problems they see in the community in which they live.

August 18, 2015 at 7:21 p.m. suggest removal



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