I am still amazed that the citizens of Mahoning County ever re-elected Paul Gains after the debacle of his shooting. His inability to correctly identify his alleged assailant which led to the prosecution and conviction of an innocent person cost the county a boatload of money when justice finally prevailed. Mind boggling! If he could screw up his own case as a faulty witness, how many other cases has he screwed up over the years? I bet that only Bertram and 50 other people in the county care about the letter on Gain's letterhead.
January 27, 2016 at 11:44 a.m.
Ytown parent--It begs the question, did Betras tell young John that he was suicidal?
January 13, 2016 at 4:11 p.m.
lovethiscity--you obviously know the Tom Humphries we cannot stand and the Vindy fails to vet. I will add slow learner to Tom's resume. He continues to think that Kasich is going to push political power crumbs his way. It is not going to happen. I never agree with Dave Betras but, he has refused Tom's request with an epic response. I would love to know the depth of Tom's personal investment in charter schools but, Betram does not want to indulge my fantasy expose.
December 31, 2015 at 1:20 a.m.
There is no way that Youngstown's schools will ever perform like Canfield's schools. Once the parents and the taxpayers allowed the Youngstown City Schools to fail, the bridge had been burned. The Canfield community would have never let the school district fail. The city of Youngstown and the elected officials have ignored the plight of the school district. I have never heard any mayoral candidates pledge to rebuild the school system. It is unfair to blame the apathy of the voters and elected officials on the teacher's union. That philosophy is like letting the crazy people run the asylum.
I believe that Judge Dellick would a reasonable appointee to the commission but, should not serve as leader or CEO.
December 8, 2015 at 3:37 a.m.
I hope the voters in YCSD show the state legislators that it does not matter if they elect the "wrong" school board members. They should vote no on the upcoming levy. The Youngstown Plan is taxation without representation. The school taxes will be spent on poor teachers, poor charter schools and the only group reaping the benefits will be the overpaid administrators and greedy investors in the charter schools. Education for profit is the only outcome Kasich and his followers are looking for. Everyone with half a brain knows that no plan will succeed without buy-in and there is no buy-in without representation.
October 22, 2015 at 3:15 p.m.
Joebag09--you should care about this because this is the governor's and regional chamber of commerce's agenda to replace public education with charter schools. Your tax dollars will be spent on education without any representation. There is a plan: Part1-- take taxpayer representation of the underperforming schools by using vouchers and CEO authority; Part 2 --extend the CEO authority to the suburban school districts to consolidate districts and dismantle the schools under the guise of saving taxpayer money/efficancy. The tax savings will then be converted to some inane fund like the rainy day fund which is the governor's fun money and is never returned to the taxpayers. They will take away local control of education and your money. Trumbull and Mahoning counties will be the beta-site because Kasich's lap dog Tom Humphries is CEO of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and a member of Kasich's Board of Regents. I just hope I am retired and out of this county before this cluster of a plan is implemented. This plan will ultimately result in poorer schools and deflated property values.
October 15, 2015 at 11:57 a.m.
This is a sad day for Youngstown City Schools and taxpayers. Yes, the schools need to improve. The rights of the taxpayers were subverted by an eleventh hour, underhanded move by the Republican legislature. This could happen to any community that Governor Kasich and the local Chamber of Commerce CEO deem unacceptable. If you think it does not concern you because you do not live in Y-town think again.
October 14, 2015 at 10:59 a.m.
This is ridiculous. The people who have caused the blight should be responsible for mitigating it. Some of the blighted homes are probably owned by the banks. This is a typical democratic response to punish the citizens who do the right thing by making them pay for the slackers and delinquents. There must be a grant out there to pay for this. What about using prison labor?
October 7, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.
My favorite comment from your editorial was that if the creators of the plan had put politicians on the committee--it would be partisan. Come on Vindicator are you deaf, dumb and blind? The CEO of the Regional Chamber of Commerce is the puppet of Kasich. Humphries complains that the "Excellent" schools in the Valley are costing too much to run and they should be consolidated. The underperforming districts should be taken over by private enterprise selected by Humphries, Kasich, and their comrades. If the Governor had wanted to take partisan politics out of the Y-town plan he could have appointed educational specialists from outside of Ohio and let those experts take applications from citizens, community leaders and educators for the committee and CEO position. Humphries heading this group up is his reward for delivering votes to Kasich--pure and simple. This is a case of taxation without representation. Kasich and Humphries try to make the case that the elected school board is to blame for not doing anything. Sometimes elected officials do not do what they are supposed to but, that does not give anyone the right to oust or replace them. The recall or replacement of school board members is up to the voters in the Youngstown City School District, not the governor or the CEO of the regional Chamber of Commerce.
September 14, 2015 at 4:17 p.m.
I think that a 50 mph speed limit on any highway that is part of the interstate system is crazy. 55 should be the minimum or federal highway funds should be withheld. I have always thought that the very low speed limit was to help YPD catch the drug runners and thugs. Apparently, speeders are the next tier of violent criminals after the drug runners, gang bangers and thugs. I can support the cameras in school zones for safety but, not on I-680.
September 7, 2015 at 2:26 a.m.