Published December 10, 2008
I've been blissfully unaware of the news for the past couple of weeks. Getting back into the swing of things now, there's lots to catch up on. The President-Elect's new administration is filling out. Many have commented on the distinguished pedigrees of the selections and how this bodes from a historical perspective. Another interesting angle is liberal disaffection with the centrist trend of personalities.
Personally, I'm pleased with the stature and competence of the picks. My crystal ball's not working at the moment, so I don't know how things will turn out, but I'd rather see advisers and officials chosen for merit and intelligence rather than based on cronyism and corporate connectedness. I've heard complaints that the new Cabinet doesn't look like change. Well, excuse me, but it certainly looks like change from the anti-intellectualism of the most recent administration.
On the local front, I'm still sad every time I see in Dutton's Alley where the elegant curve of the State Theater was. Can we stop shrinking already? I know there's only so many people to attend theaters in this town, but I hate to see these incredible and histroic structures laid waste to.
From the "how the mighty have fallen" department, Traficant is being transferred from the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota to a Community Corrections Association halfway house. He's even allowed weekend visits home. It's only a matter of time until he's challenging Tim Ryan to get his seat back. I'm not counting him out, though if he tries, I will look forward to seeing him humiliated.
From the "hope springs eternal" department, V&M Star Steel will be expanding, hopefully right here at home, with help from Youngstown and Girard. If all goes well, it could be a boost to the image of JEDDs.
Finally, Phil Kidd's successor as Downtown Director has been chosen, but it's not clear who was passed over for the spot. In my opinion, Phil has set a high bar for the job after years of ineffectuality. I hope Lyndsey Hughes distinguishes herself in the post.