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A Youngstown employee who misused a city cellphone has a history of other issues

There's a simple reason why this fellow is still employed with the city. Youngstown, with hundreds of employees, has no HR department and managers aren't being called to account for this employee's poor behavior. In most places, he would have had two or three disciplinary letters in his file, would have been suspended without pay or probably fired by now. The managers aren't doing their jobs managing people and in this case, disciplining people, and so this fellow gets away with it. Where's the accountability that Mayor Sammarone often talks about.

November 13, 2013 at 8:55 a.m. suggest removal

LETTERS || Bertram de Souza’s column titled “Austintown wins battle of water

Lisa Oles is probably the most uncollaborative public official in the Valley. You would never see her at meeting of other local leaders. She isn't interested in what's going on in the rest of the Valley or the world. She's got her head squarely in a hole somewhere in Austintown. I was glad though to see that she doesn't distain Youngstown or its people. Why not be a leader and call a meeting of local leaders adjacent to Austintown and talk about ways to work together rather than always rattling sabers.

October 27, 2013 at 1:38 p.m. suggest removal

Sammarone to strengthen policies after worker racks up $400 bill

This is what happens in government. A city with hundreds of employees, a multi-million dollar budget and no HR department. A new employee is hired and no one bothers to fill him in on city work policies. For all the mayor's talk about accountability, I don't see much progress.

October 24, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. suggest removal

Study says fracking wastewater a major issue in Ohio

OK, so what's the point? The manufacturing industry and our cars for that matter create pollution every day but we don't ban them. The fact is that we have laws in place to protect the environment and restrict the amounts of pollution in our environment. In the case of the oil and gas industry we are managing the risks and seeing the benefits of job growth and investment.

October 4, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. suggest removal

Shale drilling controversies — who's wrong, who's right

Per the reference that nothing happened to Pittsburgh after council approved their so-called bill of rights, please note that oil and gas companies decided to locate their regional operations -- not in Pittsburgh, but well south of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County in the Southpointe area of Washington County, a boom development area. Also, the major Marcellus Shale conference in Pennsylvania takes place each year, not in Pittsburgh, but in Philadelphia, which isn't even in the Marcellus Shale area. Bottom line, the shale industry is steering clear of Pittsburgh and spending their dollars elsewhere.

April 8, 2013 at 8:58 a.m. suggest removal

Meeting of the minds needed to ease port authority tension

I'm surprised that the editorial is questioning the commissioners for criticizing an endeavor that involved about $1 million over three years and has little or nothing to show for it. We should be praising the Polivka's and Traficanti's for asking where the return on investment is and saying no to an operation that had no goals and objectives and no oversight. Isn't that that what we want our elected officials around here to question and talk about. And why isn't Tim Ryan, who came up with this idea of funding the port authority, raising cane about this.

November 6, 2012 at 10:01 a.m. suggest removal

State Rep. Hagan urges Youngstown council to have public meeting on land-lease drilling deal

Hagan is happiest when times are bad and people are down. He will throw every wrench in the way possible to stop job growth and development in our area. He could care less about the need for people to get trained and educated for the new jobs that are being created.

September 25, 2012 at 10:07 a.m. suggest removal

Group protests local fracking in Youngstown

yes, the coverage was overblown. My guess is that they saved a spot on the front page anticipating a large crowd and didn't change those plans even with the small crowd.

September 18, 2012 at 10:40 a.m. suggest removal

Group protests local fracking in Youngstown

There are risks in all industries. The fact is that some truck is getting into an accident and spilling something on I-80 weekly. Do we ban trucking? Fracking has been going on in Ohio for many years and has not caused problems. And technology is improving to the point that there will be no need to dispose of frac fluid in the future. We can continue to see job growth and a resurgence in our economy while managing the risks of shale development. I think most people in our area support that.

September 13, 2012 at 11:09 a.m. suggest removal

Dear Ms. Rimedio Righetti: We have economic development

When I saw Commissioner Righetti's statement about the need to do economic development in the Valley, I thought, has she been living under a rock? It seems that we've been doing economic development very well the last five years or so with private (Chamber) and some public entities. Now she wants to send $400,000 annually to the port, which has little to nothing to show for two years of public sector funding (actually about $600,000). That's a real shame and waste.

March 26, 2012 at 11:31 a.m. suggest removal



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