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...eh, Guv'ner?

By Louie b. Free (Contact)

Published February 9, 2011

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I believe we were all  pleased with Governor Kasich's response and arrival in 'the valley'- so quickly after the horrific murder and woundings of last week end.


Kasich came to YSU today, the day after the shooting that left Jamail Johnson, 25, of Indiana Avenue in Youngstown, dead. There were 11 other people, ranging in age from 17 to 31, injured.

“I have offered to them the use of any and all state resources they might require,” Kasich said. “I will continue to monitor the situation and provide any support necessary to help those impacted by this tragic event.”

Gov. John Kasich agreed to a number of requests from city and Youngstown State University officials that all hope will reduce crimes such as the mass shooting at a house near the school that left one man dead and 11 wounded.

He suggested new efforts to combine local and state police for saturation patrols, as well as the help of investigators from the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

In a press conference held in the Chestnut room of Kilcawley Center, the governor said efforts need to be made to curb underage drinking and drug use, as well as stiffer penalties for violent gun crimes.---and something about drug abuse...

But Kasich said, “I can’t tell you that any one of those things could have stopped this from happening, but I think all these things comprehensively can provide a greater sense of safety and security for people that live in this Valley.”

All well - intended, but what about the societal issues that are never addressed.....certainly never addressed by area "leadership".

It's my understanding that Columbus Jones Jr., was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic .

The Mayo Clinic defines this as:

Paranoid schizophrenia is one of several types of schizophrenia, a chronic mental illness in which a person loses touch with reality (psychosis). The classic features of paranoid schizophrenia are having delusions and hearing things that aren't real.

With paranoid schizophrenia, your ability to think and function in daily life may be better than with other types of schizophrenia. You may not have as many problems with memory, concentration or dulled emotions. Still, paranoid schizophrenia is a serious, lifelong condition that can lead to many complications, including suicidal behavior.

In addition, Mr Jones,Jr 's brother was murdered AND Mr Jones Jr claims to know at least nine other young men who've been murdered.

How ABNORMAL is that---or is it?

When you were young - how many MURDER victims did you know ? How many PEERS did you know who were murdered?

Now-PLEASE, I'm making no excuses--NOT going liberal here ---but  things are all inside out and upside down.

I interviewed the Frontline filmmakers about veterans who've returned with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the film, one of the counselors described the PTSD hell as "a normal reaction to an abnormal situation" .  Are some young people and  children of the streets in Youngstown Ohio experiencing an ALMOST war-like trauma ? Couple that with a lack of parenting and leadership role-models and maybe many young people WANT to lose touch with reality.

I do admire the Governor's efforts, but underage drinking, drugging, driving under suspension, etc are NOT the root causes that lead to the horrific violence that is ALL TOO COMMON in this community


1mom6rocks(2 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Part of the solution to this type of problem needs to be preventing violence in children so they are less likely to grow up thinking it is okay to cause such grief in their city. My children have been seriously harassed for over two months now. School officials did nothing for the first several weeks. Last month my child was intentional stabbed by a third grader. Was a 5 day suspension enough of a consequence for this repeat offender? No! The harassment has not stopped and administrators have no solution. Administrators are working on it but my children are in danger! Why aren't school policies on harassment and bullying enforced immediately? The longer the aggressors get away with their behavior, the more they feel entitled to continue. The exact words from the offender "I can do what I want and get away with it". This is our city and our future if tougher legislation (even for young children) is not passed and enforced.

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2lbf(220 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

"intentional stabbed by a third grader." ????

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Maybe Looooooooooooie can partner up with his new buddies at The Chamber of Commerce to find more taxpayer money to start a new program to help the streets of Youngstown? Wait a minute... stop the presses - Looooooie can borrow some of the taxpayer money he loves for his library and just give it to the Chamber for such a venture!

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4VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

With so many children being born in broken homes today and learning the ways of life out on the streets many of us are asking to do the unheard of...creating a socialistic society when adults and parents have failed.

I never imagined in my wildest dreams that we in America would ever get to this point, but here we are, facing a future where our children are living for today and not working for tomorrow.

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