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I love the people who believe that dissolving the school district and sending the Y-town students to other Mahoning County Districts will get rid of the problems of the school district. This is a joke, because you are just spreading the problems around. The high performing suburban districts do not want the unmotivated students ruining their district's test scores. Good parenting makes successful students and I believe that is evident with the small number of students in the Youngstown schools who have performed well. Look at the city school students who are successful and see what has led them to success and try to replicate the home and social supports for those doing poorly.
November 25, 2014 at 12:37 p.m.
I personally could trust Betras more if he and the Democratic party had not endorsed Sciortino and found a more ethical candidate to put on the ballot. Sciortino should be thanking Betras for his pre-election support.
November 9, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.
The valley of morons are forever entwined with the city of morons who voted for the mayoral candidate implicated and eventually indicted in the same scheme as Sciortino. Today's candidates feel no moral or ethical obligation to avoid any appearance of impropriety and the voter's have no desire to hold candidates to any standard at all. I think that Sciortino's stint in alcohol rehab beginning the day the indictments were served is second only to the Don Hanni post office accident defense. Well played Mr. Sciortino. We reap what we sow and in this county it smells like manure.
October 27, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.
Years and years of poor judgment and electing Democrats got the city exactly where it is today. The steel mills with the lucrative union jobs and 13 weeks vacation are not coming back. Can you spell D-E-T-R-O-I-T?
October 20, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.
I am voting no. They will do anything they can to try to trick you into voting for this. In the spring they tried to pass this off as a renewal and make it a permanent tax. The yard signs "vote yes for justice" and no mention of it being an increase in the tax. I am against ear marking taxes because it kills any incentive for county departments to operate efficiently. If the county cannot met budget, they just propose an ear mark tax. Apparently, the government leaders have not read the latest about where Youngstown ranks for poverty.
October 14, 2014 at 12:48 p.m.
The private sector lives for this type of turnover and the ability to hire in new employees at a lower wage. It is what keeps businesses in the black. There is nothing evil about this. The private sector is sick of paying money and benefits to cry-baby public employees. Yes, first responders should be paid more--pencil pushers should not. Every public sector policy should be weighed against private industry standards.
September 9, 2014 at 3:24 p.m.
@ Joe from Hubbard --thank you for the correction. There is just so much fascinating news that it gets scrambled in my head.
August 19, 2014 at 10:52 a.m.
If Kasich hears 2016 as Bertram suggests, those are just auditory hallucinations. Kasich has all the appeal of a dried piece of dog dung. His coming to Youngstown is a waste of time. Let's face it of the movers and shakers supporting Tressel's YSU presidency, most are Democrats, some have even been indicted in the Oak Hill mess. No candidate in Ohio is vetted to the degree that a presidential candidate is investigated. Kasich has too much baggage for any national political office that is not a patronage job. Kasich could not win election as the dog warden in Mahoning County.
August 18, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.
Joe from Hubbard apparently did not read the comments from "Dee" the social worker from Humility of Mary--yes, she attributed the problem to racism. The only comment more incendiary would be attributing the problem to white privilege.
August 18, 2014 at 9:32 a.m.
I am tired of every wrong in the country being attributed to racism. Let's see some statistics--age of the mother and infant mortality, education level of the mother and infant mortality, well baby check-ups and infant mortality rates, initiation of pre-natal care and infant mortality. Racism is when a doctor turns a patient away because of skin color. Shame on Humility of Mary for employing a race baiting social worker. Telling people racism is the cause of infant mortality will do little to improve the situation. Time for Humility of Mary to get rid of this social worker--what an embarrassment.
August 17, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.