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What a shame that an historic state project is being held up by a few private citizens. With an additional three-mile acquisition, Ohio would become the only state in the country with a bike trail that would start at Lake Erie on the northern border and end at the Ohio River on its southern border. Hope the court makes the right decision.

Austintown

What is base pay for members of the Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force? Are they armed? What education is required? Is travel required to sneak up on these names or can studying a map alone locate them? Are places like Intercourse, Pa., or Bumpass, Va., etc., in danger of losing their identities? Do they actually have authority to change names that have been in place for centuries at their whims? One would think we would have more important goals.

Columbiana

A recent TV news headline said it all: “Man on bail arrested for fifth gun offense after Youngstown traffic stop.” This 25 year-old convicted felon was arrested on his fifth gun charge in just two years. Would anyone be surprised if he was the next homicide suspect or victim in the city? This is craziness! If we want safe communities, criminals who carry and use guns need to be removed from our streets.

Boardman

Congratulations to the 5,000-plus people who were duped into attending the Q-Anon rally in Youngstown last Saturday that was billed as a rally for J.D. Vance. Shameful, but not surprising, that these people once again fell for the Donald Trump con. This is the Youngstown that made national news.

Hubbard

This pathetic man, let alone a former president, sullied Youngstown’s reputation with his ridiculous, manic, out-of-touch accusations of election fraud and QAnon madness theories in a 1930s reminiscent Nuremberg Hitler rally at the Covelli Centre downtown last week. Shame on the city of Youngstown and the venue operators for allowing this outrageous spectacle of lies and misinformation in a public forum.

Columbiana

I see that the governor of Florida is using state tax dollars to charter airplanes to fly immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and other locales. If I were a Florida taxpayer, I think I’d rather he fix my roads and buy food and shelter for poorer people in need.

Austintown

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I went to the seventh- grade football game at Canfield school. Was met by two people at the gate saying, “We don’t accept cash.” Purchase tickets with credit card online. Two tickets online are $4 each, $2.61 processing fee, for $10.61 total. I called the athletic department and asked why. Was told there is nobody to man the gate and didn’t want to create lines. Cash was always good before, and lines were never a problem. The guy at the athletic department got angry and hung up!

• Youngstown

YSU students in crosswalks should be careful before crossing; don’t assume drivers will stop or slow down. Recently, two young men were nearly clipped by a fast-moving car whose driver either didn’t care or was oblivious. The pair had good fortune that a city police car was in close view. Immediate activation of flashing lights by the cruiser, a quick U-turn and chase followed. In retrospect, students not looking in both directions would not have known what hit them.

• Hubbard

Our best and brightest young adults don’t know how much debt they can handle. The smartest educators can’t educate the smartest adults to pay the loans back. Smart politicians want the taxpayer to pay instead of going after the money universities profited from. And the clincher, Congress won’t save these students or taxpayers by immediately ending these “loans.”

• Youngstown

Since the recent mass stabbing deaths in Saskatchewan, Canada, I have been watching for the news headlines, “Knife violence kills 10 in Canada.” I’m also wondering where the political activists are with demands for new laws restricting the purchase, possession and use of knives. The saddest part of this tragic incident, where 10 were killed and 19 injured, is apparently none of the victims had access to a gun to defend themselves and stop this senseless act of violence.

• Boardman

Long the land of unusual political proposals, California may be on to something by considering manufacturing insulin. It believes it can master the process to provide the drug on a cost plus few dollars versus unconscionable profits of Big Pharma. Why not? Congress won’t move to limit price gouging by supporters of party and power beyond appointing “czars” and constant studies. The problem is greed. It can’t be eliminated, but it surely may be reined in.

— Canfield

This country is upside down. Chinese bought thousands of acres of land within 12 miles of four sensitive military installations. We have illegal immigrants, including Chinese, flooding the southern border. We are supplying food, clothing, housing. Yet our own local citizens and taxpayers with flooding and feces floating in their cellars are not getting any support. Local, state or federal — I don’t care. It is our money. Help them — not unwanted illegals. Use common sense.

• Canfield

Democrats dismantled everything President Trump did to secure our southern border and create a

sensible immigration policy. Now, Dems who announced their states and cities as sanctuary cities are given chances by Govs. Abbott and DeSantis and are showing their true colors by accusing them of blatant racism while it is they who are racist. Mayors of New York, Chicago and D.C. don’t like being border cities and are reacting like lying racists. I hope Martha’s Vineyard is happy now.

• Youngstown

Do you believe in law and order? Do you believe in equal justice? Indict Trump. Put him on trial. And lock him up!

• Canfield

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While we “wait patiently” for the water abatement projects to happen in Boardman, they should forgive all those Small Business Administration loans that didn’t do us any good. Same rain, same damage.

• Boardman

Definition of resign is to give up (a job,position, etc.), e.g. the city manager resigns. What don’t Canfield City Council members understand? Could there be more resignations in the future?

• Canfield

I was excited about the newly enclosed Poland dog park; however, some dog owners do not pick up after their dogs. The park provides waste bags, receptacles and signs that list dog owners’ responsibilities. Poland has provided a nice place for dogs to get their exercise, but it’s up to dog owners to be responsible for picking up after their dogs.

• Poland

The middle class needs to take back our country. No more Mafia-Gestapo FBI and IRS. A total revamp is needed to serve people, not coerce and intimidate. We need to back the local blue and help them revive right and wrong. Do the crime, do the time. No excuses from judges and prosecutors turning loose a convicted rapist and letting off killers citing some minor made-up infraction. Let us worry about protecting good.

• Canfield

If you are a strong candidate really working for the people, why must you resort to name calling — enemy of the people, enemy of the state? Why not just tell people how you will stabilize the economy, ensure equity in health care, reduce inflation and minimize climate change? When I vote, I want to know the candidate’s plans for governing, not plans for destroying those who disagree.

• Youngstown

A Texas court ruled a broadcaster and former employee of Donald Trump need not testify per a subpoena in a criminal hearing in Georgia because the subpoena has expired. In Texas, if you just disregard a legal court order long enough, you may thumb your nose at the rule of law.

But if you should use

abortion or post miscarriage health care, you may be hunted down and jailed by state-paid vigilantes! This is hateful MAGA madness.

• Canfield

Strangely, there’s a similarity between Ronald Reagan and Joe Biden. To paraphrase one of Reagan’s quotes: The closest thing to eternal life on Earth is a government program, while an appropriate epigram attributable to today’s president is: The closest thing to hell on Earth is

Joe Biden’s policies.

• Hubbard

Donald Trump is as far from an American or patriot as one can be. He doesn’t care about “making America great again.” His only concern is how to make himself powerful again. Nothing is ever his fault. If he wins the presidency in 2024, is he going to say the 2024 election was rigged? Hopefully his jumpsuit will match his complexion. Wake up, people. Get your head out of the sand!

• Boardman

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Th is is regarding an Aug. 27 Sound Off item about Donald Trump supporters at Route 224 and South Avenue in Boardman. The writer inaccurately described “smiling” while giving the crazy signal. There was no smile, only hatred. I waved and said, “Thank you!” The car was stopped in traffic. I asked: “You know Biden is a pedophile?” The driver stuck his head out, yelling in a threatening manner, “Come say that to my face.” It is a lie that the woman “invited” us to speak to her.

Columbiana

A recent Sound Off criticized certain Catholic officeholders for believing not everyone should be forced to live by Catholic Church teachings. They certainly have the right to teach their views on abortion, an issue on which the Bible is silent. The closest is in Leviticus, where it says a man who beats a woman so she loses her baby must make a sacrifice. The penalty for killing an infant is execution. So they redefine life to begin before birth.

Youngstown

A recent Sound Off from Poland objected to Star Parker’s column endorsing an Oklahoma candidate. The writer indicated that Ms. Parker is entitled to her opinion, but objected to The Vindicator publishing it. I’m not sure what sense that makes, but if anyone’s column is objectionable and should be banned, it is that of Jamie Stiehm, a person so consumed with hatred and ill will toward Donald Trump that she offers nothing else in her published column.

Youngstown

President Biden and fellow Democrats call “MAGA” Republicans domestic terrorists for wanting immigration laws enforced and for parents wanting a say in their children’s education. This is just the latest distraction from the Biden administration’s dumpster-fire policies. Record inflation, gas prices more than 50 percent higher than when he took office. Can we survive two more years of this disaster? Be sure you vote in November, and make your voice heard.

Austintown

POTUS 45 has admitted to taking top-secret documents from the federal government that didn’t belong to him. He refused to return them months after being asked. Why? In his rallies, he said Hillary Clinton should be locked up for having unsecured emails. Is it worth money to him? Did he want to give it to a foreign government, like the Saudis, China or Russia? Was he trying to destroy incriminating evidence? We will see.

Campbell

Lyndsey Graham leading a street riot leaves open two questions: In what direction(s)? And who would follow?

Canfield

I’m an American who believes in secure borders, safe streets, financial responsibility, sanctity of marriage, honest politicians, punishing criminals, especially politicians, quelling riots and rioters, following our laws, kind treatment of the mentally deficient, differences in men / women and many other things.

I guess I am not a Democrat; I must be a fascist!

Youngstown

An angry old man spoke to the nation Thursday. Unfortunately, he is our president. Earlier, his press secretary said the speech would not be political, but it was. The man who ran as a “unifier” gave the most divisive speech ever. While most Americans worry about inflation, open borders, drug traffic and high gas prices, the president is worried about “Make America Great Again” Republicans. His time would be better spent worrying about policies of the hard far left of his own party.

Poland

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Limit “Sound off!” comments to 80 words. Submit longer comments as “Letters to the Editor,” a separate forum that publishes Sundays.

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