Amen, Joe. Back in the '80's, my mother, who lived on the south side, would constantly call the police and councilman about the continuing small problems that destroy the neighborhood. Broken down cars, trashy homes, uncut grass, etc. It fell on deaf ears. Then, she was robbed in her home and had her head smashed with a handgun. She survived that and refused to run. Then, her home was burglarized two additional times and she had her purse snatched. She absolutely refused to leave as she wanted to stay in the house my father bought for her in her own neighborhood. Unfortunately, the problem becomes that, of those that stay, there is an increasingly violent side that makes it difficult for the good people that remain, who are in fear. But, do you think I would raise my kids in that environment? Overall, however, we have great suburbs with safe communities and excellent schools. For affordability, it is hard to beat Poland, Canfield, Hubbard, Howland, etc. Great communities to raise families!
April 18, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.
I wonder if the defense attorney reminded the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that Danny Lee hill also stuck a broom handle into Fife's rectum, urinated on the innocent young boy and set him on fire while POSSIBLY being one of the two perpetrators that bit Fife on the genitals? How can that not turn the stomach of anyone? Danny Lee Hill is an animal and should be destroyed. And, I am no proponent of the death penalty for humans.
April 17, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.
When they found the 14 year old boy naked on the Warren bike trail the other day, my thoughts immediately went to Raymond Fife and the horrific death he suffered. I can't fathom the anguish Miriam Fife has had to live with every time something like this comes up. Now, she has to be vividly reminded of this tragedy one more time by some POS defense attorney raising ridiculous and inconsequential points just to keep the needle from Danny Lee Hill's arm. Everyone is entitled to be defended in a courtroom by a competent attorney when prosecuted by the state, but it needs to end there.
April 17, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
I fail to see where the first amendment dictates freedom from religion or the separation of church and state. Seems to me it says that our federal government shall not prescribe a "state religion" nor prohibit any person to practice whatever religion they see fit. Now, I thought the courts have ruled that as long as taxpayer funds were not used to erect such symbols, there would be no violation. I would think there would be many public-works volunteers that would do this on their own time.
We are now in an era in this country where the children in government schools are the second generation that are being educated under a system that has had God and his moral teachings removed. How's that working out for us anyway?As the motto of the University of Pennsylvania so elegantly states: "Leges sine moribus vanae" or "Laws without morals are in vain".
April 16, 2014 at 5:26 p.m.
What a shame... wasting a new suit. I have trouble believing that he used the Queen's English when being hauled out of court.
April 15, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.
Jerkin may, may, have something to do with crystal meth. Or, Ricki may have rough, chapped hands from working all day and they caught him with 1.6g of Jergen's he lifted from the Rite-Aid. Whatever. A wise man once said "stupid is as stupid does".
April 15, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
I'm sorry you don't quite get it about the professional football programs at the collegiate level. Since the athletic department budgets are based on the profits generated from football and men's basketball (at the gate, TV, and paraphernalia), it most certainly is all about winning games. Unfortunately, with the culture as it exists today, the conduct of athletes has deteriorated all over the country. There is only so much a coach and a university can do to control these idiotic young players. They are young and do stupid things. I would hate to be judged today about some of my worst days as a young adult. But, you can avoid taking a chance on some of these players and be a doormat in the conference. On balance, Tressel did build a program that was successful and relatively clean. IMHO, his lying about the tats was mostly to protect the football program and, subsequently, his own arse. The lying is a problem. If you want the alumni money to roll in, you need to win. To win, you need great players. Sometimes, to get great players, you make a deal with the devil. (see Clarrett) When dining with the devil, you bring a long spoon. Ask Pete Carroll.
April 15, 2014 at 12:34 p.m.
Blue Steel,You point to many issues regarding Tressel and his football program at tOSU and YSU. Almost every point you raise though regards the personal behavior of the player, who is ultimately responsible for his actions. In fact, two of those arrests in Columbus were for public urination. Unless you know someone that has participated in big time college athletics, you really only have part of the story regarding the hypocrisy of the NCAA. Nowadays, these players know their way around the "institutional control" placed on the players by the universities. Most all of the violations you mention at tOSU were initiated by the school through self-reporting as they are usually the most ardent school in that regard. With the money these programs toss around combined with young men who came from poor backgrounds, anyone that does not acknowledge that problems are going to arise in professional college football is delusional. Why should it be a violation for a player to sell their property if it is rightfully theirs?
I would welcome have Jim Tressel as the leader of my alma mater. He has the organizational and leadership skills for the job, he is familiar with the university and its problems, and he is admired by many in the community that matter.
April 15, 2014 at 9:22 a.m.
I don't have a horse in this race since I live in Canfield but, being an engineer, I can tell you that I would never recommend renovating a school such as Fitch. Once you start to renovate, you have to meet all of the newer building codes. While my area of expertise, structural engineering and building loads, haven't changed all that much in 50 years, the other areas of the building code have changed dramatically. It is especially true with respect to HVAC, mechanical, and electrical codes. Not to mention, depending on the existing building construction "type" under the building code, it is likely that any renovated structure would need a sprinkler system to protect the building, which is costly to install. I would also think that this may be the reason that additional funds are required to address the gym and auditorium. It may possibly be barrier-free design, elevators, additional restrooms, etc. All I know is, the newer building codes have added significant cost to all construction projects. However, I can tell the Austintown people one thing for sure. The existing Fitch HS is far better than Boardman HS, which is an embarrassingly poor. That being said, I sure would hate to pay any more taxes until the state of Ohio revises the school funding issue.
April 14, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.
Done deal! Now the big money people that signed the letter to get him here now have to get out their checkbooks to support the institution. Tressel will then need to get to Columbus and publicly get in the ear of Kasich to quit giving everything to tOSU and help the smaller state schools. This is good hopeful news for the area and my alma mater.
April 11, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.