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By Tyler S. Clark (Contact) | 92 entries

Downsize Congress

Jobs are being cut everywhere. Everywhere except DC. Redistricting could save lots of money.

Who are you tapping for Youngstown's future?

What are you doing to contribute to our future, and whom are you enlisting along the way?

What was this election for, anyway?

There is a limit to permissiveness, especially when it comes to the core issues behind the last election: America's image around the world, specifically having to do with war, torture and detainees.

Be civil, brief and relevant

Our beliefs come from our experiences. As we all come from varied backgrounds and levels of access to opportunity, it's natural that some of us will disagree with each other. These differences should not hinder our ability to empathize with other views.

Supreme Vulgarities

Neither NBC, ABC, CBS nor FOX have my children's best interests at heart, though they might protest otherwise. I understand how this works: they make compelling television (which frequently appeals to our prurient and voyeuristic natures to keep us riveted), which they then sell to advertisers (who frequently appeal to our prurient and voyeuristic natures to keep us consuming). None of this suggests that my children would be well-suited to be plopped down in front of the TV for live, prime-time events, be it the Oscars where celebrity egos run at the mouth, or the Super Bowl where Doritos and Bud Light compete for the most scintillating and scantily clad models.

I heard gunshots last night

The NRA claims "Guns don't kill people; people do." Though, as the sage comedian Eddie Izzard points out, "Guns help." Since Obama's election, the conspiracy-minded have bought guns and ammunition by the case, in unwarranted fear that their right to own a gun will be squashed.

Texas-sized hypocrisy

Haven't we been hearing for the last eight years how we need to support the troops by supporting America and the President? I guess that was just if he was a Texan, and GOP, and named Bush.

Painful shrinkage

Youngstown is a city with a plan... and now without a planner. We've admitted we won't grow to the size we once were... but demolition is expensive, and the tax base isn't growing. We've got some federal funds to apply to crisis neighborhoods... but City Council insists on spreading the money according to thirty-year-old needs.

Ryan in Columbus would help Youngstown

Our proximity to Cleveland allows it to act as a fiscal black hole, sucking in all the development dollars under the claim that Youngstown and Akron are part of the Northeast Ohio corridor. Not that we're unhappy to play in the sandbox with others, but when Youngstown is used in a grant proposal as part of an area of service, we'd better see the dollars that result from that grant, or we'd better stop getting included.

Vindy reins in talk

Kudos to the Vindicator for taking appropriate measures to manage the Talk of the Valley discussion forums, which have hitherto been a wasteland of invective.

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