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“Sound off!” publishes Saturdays to provide readers with a forum to applaud successes, discuss issues, point out local problems or review events of the day — all in a constructive manner. Preference is given to local issues, but will not include local election issues. Selected “Sound off!” submissions are published. Names are not included, but residential community is.

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It’s unbelievable so many Mahoning Valley voters did not support representatives like Tim Ryan. We had a candidate who knows us, knows intimately where we live in our great state and works tirelessly for us and the betterment of Ohio. Instead, we cast votes for a guy who doesn’t know us, doesn’t know where we live nor does he care. Remember, you get what you vote for.

• Poland

This question is for the Austintown reader who thanked the deplorable who displayed the “expletive Biden” signs for children to see. How do you feel about drag queens performing for grade-school children? How do you feel about kindergarten children being taught all white people are racist or about trans and LGBTQ without their parents’ knowledge? Do your teenage granddaughters share a locker room and compete against teenage boys in sports? What gives you the right to call anyone deplorable?

• Canfield

I recently vacationed in Hilton Head, S.C., where I found friendly people, regardless if you were black, white, Hispanic or Asian, young or old. Whether you were walking, on the beach or dining out, people would laugh and talk. As I sat on the beach, I wondered where is all this systemic racism Joe Biden and radical Democrats talk about? Maybe it’s Joe Biden, the great unifier, who is really just the great divider.

• Hubbard

We must love our children more than the pleasures of ourselves. This marriage act that the United States Senate is initiating approves that same-sex couples have children in ways that aren’t natural. Children should have rights to a father and mother with total knowledge of both. This bill does not encourage that. Our laws now are designed that you need not be accountable to God, family or yourself — only to government. That should scare you to death.

• Austintown

Arizona governor candidate Kari Lake lost her try at election and is refusing to concede. So what? She gets whatever recount procedure is owed her by Arizona and, assuming she loses that as well, she can go and play victim with the presidential loser of 2020. Other than looking out for illegal activity by either loser, they both should be ignored as irrelevant by the electorate.

• Canfield

I just learned that Joe Biden’s 28-year-old employed granddaughter and her fiance have been living in the White House since this past summer! And our tax dollars have been paying for it! I am disgusted.

• Poland

Is no one else wondering why Joe Biden’s granddaughter and her now husband “who have been living at the White House” are living at the White House? Can’t afford housing on their own? Want to put their money in the bank and live off others? Curious.

• Columbiana

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan and his uninformed Republican cohorts should check facts before spouting off. The newly appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith is a registered independent, in fact, not a Democrat. Just because they spread these lies doesn’t change the facts. Now Jordan wants to investigate the special counsel. Wouldn’t it be nice if they tried to legislate instead of coming up with vengeful investigations? Give us a break.

• Poland

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Charles Lorain, convicted double murderer, looks well fed on camera in his free glasses. How much free food, toilet paper, medical care, etc. has he gone through in 40 years? Someone has profited from this injustice. Though he stabbed an elderly couple multiple times, we must ensure he doesn’t suffer from cruel or unusual punishment. Why does this nonsense continue?

Columbiana

The Nov. 11 Vindicator poll asked if readers see signs of cooling inflation. I want to know where the 26 percent who said “yes” are buying groceries and gas. My experience is that groceries and gasoline cost me more each week. Some are so caught up in who they politically support that they convince themselves things are OK. Our economy is not OK. The latest rate of inflation is 7.7 percent. How can anyone think that means inflation is cooling?

Hubbard

I’d like to thank the deplorable person who was selling “(expletive) Biden” stuff on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. I guess that is his way of helping children learn to spell correctly. Thanks Republicans for helping our children learn. Teachers do need help in their classrooms.

Austintown

How sad and frightening our country’s leadership is. Our president’s cognitive skills are questionable. The last two years he confused which office he holds, what state he is in and who’s dead or alive. Our vice president thinks the border is secure and North Korea is our buddy. The press secretary spins more tales than Aesop. We need to ensure someone who cares about our security and financial interests lead us in Congress.

Poland

I hope this will be the year Jim Jordan finds his suit coat. His copy of the Constitution and his oath of office are probably still in its pocket where he left them in 2016. The absence of those handy references might explain his continued vociferous support of the former president and his big lie.

Canfield

We must love our children more than pleasures of ourselves. This marriage act being initiated approves that same sex people have children in ways that aren’t natural. Children should have rights to a father and mother and have total knowledge of both. This bill does not encourage that. Our laws now are designed that you need not be accountable to God, family or yourself — only to government. That thinking should scare you to death.

Austintown

Joe Biden’s scam to get college tuition debtors’ vote worked — until it didn’t. Its legality is questioned, and it’s halted by a judge. Gullible people fell for it. Biden certainly knew he had no power to forgive legally acquired debt; however, due to raging inflation, Dems knew they needed votes and, therefore, unleashed the scam. I can only hope Biden and Dems taught a valuable lesson about politicos vs. gullibles. Our nation and your pocketbook depend on it.

Youngstown

I recently vacationed in Hilton Head, S.C., where I found friendly people, regardless if you were black, white, Hispanic or Asian, young or old. Whether you were walking, on the beach or dining out, people would laugh and talk. As I sat on the beach, I wondered where is all this systemic racism Joe Biden and radical Democrats talk about? Maybe it’s Joe Biden, the great unifier, who is really just the great divider.

Hubbard

The Democrats have a great record. Record inflation, record gas prices, record fentanyl deaths and influx, record illegal immigration, record crime and record deficit. Records we can all believe in.

Youngstown

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I want to thank Tim Ryan. He brought much needed projects and programs to the area, kept the Youngstown Air Reserve Station open and improved life in the Mahoning Valley. The lack of support for those efforts is disappointing. We can only hope and pray the senator-elect brings the same decency, commitment to common good and willingness to reach across the aisle as Congressman Ryan. If not, Tuesday was a sadder day for Ohio than we realize.

Youngstown

Attorney Mark Hanni is smart. After several failed attempts, he realized he couldn’t get elected. But the letter “R” can get elected in the present Mahoning Valley.

Boardman

We need term limits in all of government, not just Youngstown City Council. Let’s start small and work our way up. They’re all in it for the pay and benefits rather than to improve conditions for all.

Columbiana

I’m disgusted by Froma Harrop’s column, “Democrats better at economy.” She congratulates Joe Biden for reducing gasoline to $3.80, saying Inflation is worldwide and requires sophisticated analysis? She ignores how Biden stopped the Keystone pipeline, declaring war on fossil fuels. She ignores Democrats putting U.S. at the mercy of the Middle East for oil. She ignores the Green New Deal and other policies killing our economy. Why publish this liberal elitist column? There are no Ivy League schools in our region fitting her narrative.

Canfield

Democrats constantly sell propaganda that rich do not pay their “fair share.” But “fair share” is an idiom and its definition subjective. Thomas Sowell, economist and author, reminded us “facts are stubborn things.” Facts: In 2018 the top 10 percent earned 48 percent of all income and paid 71 percent of all federal income taxes. The bottom 50 percent paid 3 percent of federal taxes while earning 12 percent of all income. Maybe we should all get a tax break.

Canfield

It is somewhat baffling that aggressive opposition to “justified abortions” exploit “capital punishment.” The personal rights of a woman should never be part of a political agenda, let alone the Supreme Court. Just as inequities and conspiracies occur, “complacency” shows its ugly head. If it does not directly affect me, don’t confuse me with facts, truth or common sense.” And the beat goes on.

Campbell

A gallon of gasoline produced and shipped to outlets last year today costs what it cost then. Otherwise, the producer is ripping you off.

Canfield

The president has said half of us are threats to democracy. I am proud to be a threat to pure democracy. It is repugnant that some people want to eliminate the structure of our government including Electoral College that our founders so brilliantly designed to protect our republic.

Youngstown

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“Sound off!” publishes Saturdays to provide readers with a forum to applaud successes, discuss issues, point out local problems or review events of the day — all in a constructive manner. Preference is given to local issues, but will not include local election issues. Selected “Sound off!” submissions are published. Names are not included, but residential community is.

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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Mill Creek MetroParks obviously has too much money or too many employees or something. They cannot accept “no” and constantly find ways to fight courts trying to run the Schlegel family out of money! No wonder we don’t want big government. Use an alternate route! Understand the burden of proof is not on property owners. MetroParks should let it go; they have lost support and any chance for future improvements. A thief is a thief, no matter the cloak.

Canfield

Is it possible issues that plagued Girard and that area for years are resulting from the shutdown years ago of the power generator plant in Niles? Seems like they have issues routing power into the Girard area from outside based upon the “switching” issues they mention often.

Youngstown

I heard Donald Trump very clearly state not to sell your home in Youngstown; mills would come back — without connection to building the wall. Remember, Americans were not concerned with building any wall; Trump was going to have Mexico pay for it. Once elected, complete with a Republican-controlled Senate and Congress, Trump not only ignored his promise about the mills, he also did nothing to keep GM-Lordstown from leaving. This Republican is finished with the Republican Party.

Canfield

Amazing how many of the same people who railed that masks infringed upon their freedom during the pandemic, now freely mask their faces and wear their fear-tactic tactical gear to intimidate and deny people the right to vote. Patriots cast votes, not block them.

Canfield

What’s wrong with this country? A political family is attacked, and opposing party leadership doesn’t condemn the attack. Instead, party members make jokes and say the attack was staged. Our political discourse is supposed to be civil, respectful, collaborative and honest — not hateful and vindictive. Is this what the future of America looks like?

Youngstown

Inflation is global. Joe Biden is not the global president. Spaghetti in Italy is way up because of tomato fertilizer costs. European gas is $13 per gallon. Company profits are up 52 percent from price gouging. Cause? COVID-19, product and worker shortages and transportation! These are short term. Democracy, Medicare, Social Security are long term. Vote for long term.

Hubbard

Smoke and taxes won’t work here anymore. Biden shut down oil leases and curtailed drilling as well as investments and jobs in refineries. Why should oil producers invest in an industry he wrongly tries to kill? He has given away reserves without replacement and endangers national security. We always need oil for ups and downs of weather and security. Enough batteries cannot be stored to meet demands. Ask California or Ukraine! We need forward-looking common sense, not greed.

Canfield

Complacent average people allow big business, money, lobbyists to control our government, which leads to minority ruling the majority. The Electoral College is outdated. A balanced budget? Should we tax all religions? How about “term limits?” The “filibuster”

tactics should be eliminated. Is a Constitutional Convention in order? But then again, who would be invited?

Campbell

Have something to say?

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“Sound off!” publishes Saturdays to provide readers with a forum to applaud successes, discuss issues, point out local problems or review events of the day — all in a constructive manner. Preference is given to local issues, but will not include local election issues. Selected “Sound off!” submissions are published. Names are not included, but residential community is.

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

Submit via email to soundoff@tribtoday.com; or via the Virtual Newsroom by going to www.vindy.com and clicking “Submit News” and then “Sound off.”

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