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Leadership Award: Regional Chamber

By Tyler S. Clark (Contact)

Published August 29, 2009

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber gets this week’s leadership award. For at least the last two weeks, the Chamber has facilitated meetings for negotiations in the V&M Star deal. The headlines evolved from portraying a breakdown in communication to declaring a breakthrough in the deal and a commitment from the company to leave the window open, based on a review of the progress in talks between Youngstown and Girard.

Then, Friday, Tom Humphries issued a statement urging Traficant to accept a retiring life, rather than listen to pleas for a return to Congress.

“Mr. Traficant has served his sentence and will be coming home on Sept. 2. He has paid for his crimes and deserves to be with his family and friends. He deserves to be free and enjoy the things in life that are important to him. I do wish him well.
However, it’s one thing to wish someone well, someone who has completed his debt to society, but quite another thing to celebrate his release and homecoming. Celebrating James Traficant’s return, as some in the Mahoning Valley are doing, is inappropriate.
He is a convicted felon, someone who brought shame and ridicule to his office and to his community.
Admittedly, Mr. Traficant was a longtime leader in the Valley, and he had his accomplishments, including such legacies as securing funding for the Covelli Centre and two courthouses in downtown Youngstown
Nevertheless, his failure to be an honest public servant far outweighs those accomplishments.
Now, there is even talk of him running for Congress again. I think that is inappropriate as well.”

This is an important statement to be officially issued from the Valley. I realize there are those who see this as the Chamber overreaching into a political issue, in the same vein as its leadership in the push towards regionalizing local school district administration.

These issues, however, go straight to the heart of the business climate in the Valley. “It was difficult for entities like the Chamber to bring business to this area when Traficant was our Congressman,” a local business leader told me this week. “People thought this area was a joke.”

The same goes for the school issue. The news this week that Youngstown is the only district out of 610 in the state to be put in academic emergency and the first to receive a visit from the state Department of Education’s Academic Distress Commission is an untimely setback as the city looks for ways to capitalize on its status as a Top City for Entrepreneurs.

To realize the business potential in the region, we need leadership on these issues, and if the Regional Chamber is willing to lead, I say let them. Can we recognize together that in these difficult times we need all hands on deck? Whether you’ve been here your whole life, ten or twenty years, or two weeks, solving our challenges requires creativity, energy and talent. Whoever is offering to provide it, we should recognize and welcome the help.


1tylersclark(182 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Not sure where you're going with that, Ron, but I smell a non sequitur. The topic here is whether the Chamber overstepped it's mandate and, if so, is it justified under the circumstances. Do you have an opinion to share on that?

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2leaveusalone(103 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Individual members of the Chamber of Commerce are well within their rights to express their political views - and while identified by his title and position, Tom Humphries appears to be speaking as an individual. (which I believe he would have to - the Chamber is a non-profit, and as such, is probably limited to informing about political positions, not advocating for or against specific candidates). So the Chamber, itself, doesn't look like it overstepped its mandate.

However, youngstownshrimp, why are you waiting to be led? Hasn't that been the ongoing problem in this area- that perfectly capable people are always waiting for someone else to take the lead?

Tyler, the larger and much more significant issue in your blog this week is the school district going into academic emergency status. This issue, much more than Traficant, is going to seriously impact the area. Can we start a serious conversation about this?

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3Letstryagain(218 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

I am not sure who has a "mandate" to speak about Mr. Traficant. Perhaps a political scholar. What I find interesting is the relative silence, except for the media trying to create a story that does not exist and a thousand people meeting for dinner.

I am a member of the chamber. Some activities I applaud, others I detest. I would be wrong to belong or not belong because of one or the other. Agree or disagree, I am glad one voice had the courage to speak out in a rational, thoughtful and precise manner.

the larger message from Mr. Humphries rings clear to me, and perhaps Mr. Traficant is nothing more than an appropriate conduit that allows this message to ring clear. Mahoning Valley, it is time to move on. Moving on means looking forward.

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4leaveusalone(103 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

youngstownshrimp - I have never viewed politicians as leaders - they are followers. This country was set up as a republic, where productive citizens (leading their own lives!) were expected to elect their representatives - to go to the government, and do the will of the people. Not the other way around.

You may view yourself as just a worker, but I bet you lead more than you know - just by setting the example of working, running a business,etc.

As to welfare reform: I largely agree with you - it needs to be implemented. However, educational reform does not need to wait for that. I am in my late 50's - and went to public school at a time when teachers held the attitude that whatever was going on in your personal life, was to be left outside the door of their classrooms. The social ills affecting our students are not new. They were around in the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, etc. In fact, some were worse than they are now. There were kids going hungry in my school. There were kids getting beaten by parents on a regular basis. There were kids going home to empty houses, as their parents were off working to scrape a living. All the problems of now, existed then, as well. What has changed is that we now accept these factors as excuses for poor academic behavior.

Responsible adults need to gather together, and stand against those who traffic in these excuses - the administrators who think that education is all about re-structuring the society, or the teachers who have grown bitter; or the parents who think no one should tell their kids what to do. The educational system needs to return to the idea that it exists to prepare the individual to live life.

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5Tugboat(759 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

“When I get out I will grab a sword like Maximus Meridius Demidius and as a gladiator I will stab people in the crotch.” - James Traficant

Who will get it first?

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6northsideperson(366 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Our government is followers all right - following whatever will keep them elected and get their lobbying monies, even if it's not what's right for America as a whole.

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7TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

To youngstownshrimp

Ron, if you're waiting to be led, how about if I show you to the auditors office and you pay tens of thousands in back taxes you owe..think of all the good, you can do if you just pay your taxes. I'm sure the school system could use the money end Jay Williams would have no problem putting some of it toward police protection.

You shouldn't be here blogging about improving the community. When you're one of the. biggest problems in this community

DEAD BEAT absentee property owners

Ron Eiselstein has 50 records of lawsuits on the Mahoning County Clerk of Courts website, all but one in which he is the defendant. Many are judgements for money that remain open. He owes money to the city of Youngstown for demolition in the thousands according to the clerk of courts website.

He is also affiliated with Firepearl, which has 20 records listed, again as the defendant, and many are judgements for money that remain open.

Aside from numerous tax LIENS under his name. He also has many listed under this name Caraga Ltd.the following pages from the Ohio Secretary of State shows his name as the statutory agent.

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8TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

More Ron info

Mail Information

http://www2.sos.state.oh.us/pls/porta... <http://www2.sos.state.oh.us/pls/porta...>

This link shows the secretary of state info

http://www2.sos.state.oh.us/reports/r... <http://www2.sos.state.oh.us/reports/r...>

Numerous tax liens under that name are listed here

Some back ground on Ron:

Aside from his shrimp farms scheme, which by the way he's looking for investors. He also is in a club called the Inventors Club they meet at the Poland Library once a month. I refer to it as the Scammers Club their main function is to meet potential investors and show off their inventions [SCAMS]

One of the members of this club is a Mr. Bob Jadloski. together with Ron's encouragement many people invested $3000 into a hydrogen car project

Date Line video enclosed here shows what a scam that was

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29899191/ <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29899191/>

I can see why Ron likes Traficant two peas in a pod

I think you owe it to the members of this community that you expose Ron
before he hurts your groups credibility and all that good works, you're trying to do.

I realize Ron must be upset at me for exposing his facts. But they are, what they are, court records

Please follow the links and you'll stay away from any project that he's involved in


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvPAH7... <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvPAH7...>

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9TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Just pay your taxes just pay your taxes. That's all you have to do to be a good citizen. Just PAY YOUR TAXES

Have you scammed any investors yet. I hope some of them are here to see your court records

How do you show your face in town?

If you want to help this area you've got to pay those property taxes. You're directly cheating, the Youngstown school system

You talked of your involvement with the scammers club on the Louis Free show I have the tapes. you also braged about your stupid sandstone scam

It must be difficult when you tell so many lies to keep them all straight.

I have nothing personal against you it's, just I don't want to see other innocent people cheated out of their money

See you at the fair

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10valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Would Humphries get this kind of reception after 7 years in jail? No.

I bet 75% of the people here don't know who he is.

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