By Tyler S. Clark (Contact) | 92 entries
Saturday in Wick Park, a unique assemblage of vendors, entertainment and family-friendly fun, headlined by urban farmer and MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Will Allen.
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.
No doubt Girard Mayor James Melfi is attempting to look out for the best interests of his city. That's why Mayor Melfi must reach out to the other parties involved and work towards a resolution to any concerns. Today's Vindicator quotes Mr. Melfi taking a rather stand-offish approach: "'I don’t know [about this] firsthand from V&M,' he said. 'If they’re so concerned, I imagine they’ll call me.'"
Why do some locals still view criminal Jim Traficant as a hero, a martyr, an unjustly persecuted saint? It’s because they don’t understand his self-interest. Criminal Jim’s motivation was his own, personal enrichment and fame, not the well-being of his home district. That’s the only conclusion that can be reached when viewing his behavior.
I spent last week in Columbus. As I drove up High Street in the evening, the traffic lights switched from their standard green light, yellow light, red light mode to yellow flashers for the main thoroughfare and rred flashers for side streets. Yet, as I drive up and down my street, Fifth Avenue, day or night I still have to stop at every light and wait for no one to enter from side streets. Yes, I realize it's a four-lane road and a major through-way, but if Columbus and its many more residents can implement flashers on a four-lane road with a turn lane, surely we can do the same on Fifth.
If we keep accepting crap, that's all we'll have.
I ran across an interesting opinion piece in Newsweek today. It's called "Unions: We're Better Off Without Them." It's timed to campaign against the Employee Free Choice Act, which would modify some of the rules surrounding the process of employee union elections. Depending on your view, either despite the prevalence of unions in this area or because of it, there are many negative perceptions of unions in the Valley, some of which are repeated here by Kevin Kelly, the CEO of Emerald Packaging.
The need for budget cuts is obvious and real. However, but cutting resources that support the sharing of common information, we create hardship. We'll pay one way or the other, whether it's through additional outlays of money to buy those things we previously relied on the library to provide or in lowered educational standards in our communities.
Are either of Iran's potential winners good for America? Will a new president really spell change in a country ruled by conservative clerics? And what should we be doing about it?
If we had leadership at the County level that talked up regionalism and worked to build coalitions for the advancement of policies that strengthened the region, starting from the center and spreading outward, that would be an important step in moving us forward collectively.