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By Tyler S. Clark (Contact) | 92 entries

Thanks for reading

This is my last blog post on Vindy.com. Todd Franko kindly asked me to contribute a blog here two years ago over lunch at The Rosetta Stone, and it's been an incredible time to be a political observer both in Youngstown and in the nation.


Mr. Ryan and Mr. Williams are hoping for new funds to materialize, based on their impressions from the meeting. I'm not holding my breath. It's time we took matters into our own hands. The area has long had a mistrust of the federal government, and with friends like those that refused our Brookings Institute-lauded application, it's not hard to understand why.

NYT: Youngstown yawns at Traficant

Despite reports of an upcoming radio show in Cleveland and the expectation that Traficant will challenge Charlie Wilson in the primaries, there is evidence that Youngstown has moved on. In fact, the very fact that Traficant's show is in Cleveland demonstrates that Traficant's best deal for his pontifications was not at home.

Business Group Selects Unrepentant Felon Keynote Speaker

The one thing we can learn from Jim Traficant is that intention doesn't count when action contradicts it.

Council appears poised to approve contracts

On December 16, City Council will meet to vote on contracts submitted for approval by the City. These contracts include a planning process for adding deconstruction to the existing demolition program, creating a rental property registration program and acquiring foreclosed and vacant properties. If the tone of Monday’s CDA Committee meeting is a valid indicator, the prospects for their passage appear favorable. This is a relief, especially given the Council’s previous reaction to them.

Deconstructing City Council

Is the flap over deconstruction really about its appropriateness as a city program? Or is it a reality check as to which councilpersons are serious about the tenets of 2010—that plan which was touted at home and around the world but has slowly lost its compass over the last year?

The Angle of Deconstruction

Last week it was announced that the City of Youngstown received a grant to pursue a deconstruction program related to the dismantling of vacant structures. Steve Novotny, currently interning with the city while finishing his degree at Youngstown State, wrote the $39,000 grant proposal for management of the project and is being looked at to lead the program. Two different papers in Youngstown took two significantly different approaches to reporting this news

What's on the 2009 ballot?

A review of the issues on Tuesday's ballot.

FirstEnergy abuses its monopoly with CFL scheme

Why didn't the utility include an offer to its customers on their invoice? "Check here and add $xx.xx to your payment to receive x CFL bulbs, which reduce energy consumption in your home."? Or they could have sent a separate offer letter. As it is, they're going to get sued, and they'll end up losing money from the litigation process.

Help keep the library lights on

The library is managing their part responsibly by ensuring it's available when we use it the most. It's time for us to do our part in keeping the lights on.

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