Bill holds e-schools accountable

Bill holds e-schools accountable

DEAR EDITOR:

The public needs to know about a critical online school (e-school) reform bill in the Ohio Senate. The bill, S.B. 298, would require Ohio’s online schools to accurately track each student’s login times.

Why does this matter? Online charter schools receive state money for each full-time student they enroll. But recent reports have found that online schools may not be properly tracking students’ attendance. They could be taking state money for kids who hardly ever log in to class.

Three e-schools have been caught taking money they couldn’t justify: Provost Academy in Columbus, Lakewood Digital Academy in Hebron and Akron Digital Academy.

If all of Ohio’s e-schools have been overpaid, we would have wasted hundreds of millions of dollars that otherwise would have gone to our public schools.

When e-schools fail to track and report attendance, they rob their students of a real education. They rob public schools of proper funding and resources. And they rob Ohio taxpayers to pad the pockets of for-profit management companies.

S.B. 298 would force e-schools to be responsible with Ohio’s money. It would require them to actually report each student’s time online, instead of just taking money without any proof that their students get an education.

Contact your state senator. Ask him or her to support Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni’s S.B. 298. Don’t let your tax dollars go to waste.

Kathy DiCristofaro

Niles

Reagan right in firing air traffic controllers

DEAR EDITOR:

In response, the letter to the editor “Reagan created today’s problems” is not based on the facts. History should always be based on the facts, not a person’s opinion.

The fact is on Aug. 3, 1981, the PATCO union declared a strike. The workers who went on strike were in direct violation of their own contract, putting the safety of thousands of people who travel in jeopardy. The union violated 5 U.S.C. (Supp. III 1956) 118p, and President Reagan made the correct call. By reiterating to the workers and the nation the oath they took when accepting their employment, President Reagan had no choice but to take action. Despite violating their terms of employment, he actually gave them 48 hours to return to work.

Those who view this as union busting are not aware of the facts or somehow are in the belief that written contacts are not worth the paper they are written on. Simple fact is if you take an oath, you should have the honor to live up to it. The prosperity Reagan sparked carried us through the 1990s and would have gone into the 2000s, but poor leadership in Washington stifled true growth for the past 16 years. Jobs didn’t just leave our area due to union busting, they left due to several factors, the main one being competitive. People must stop looking for large companies to locate in our area to provide employment. People must take charge of their own lives by developing skills that are in demand and making employment opportunities occur for themselves and others.

Blaming the rich for all your woes doesn’t do any good and is self-defeating. The simple fact is our government doesn’t produce anything, so for the government to give you something that you haven’t earned, they have to take it from someone that has earned it. Free college and health care may sound good, but the end result will be an additional burden placed squarely on the backs of the middle class, further impoverishing them and thinning their numbers.

Whether a person is conservative or liberal makes no difference as to whether they are racist. In this article, the writer was stereotyping conservatives as racists, which in itself is discrimination. Couple that with his disdain for the wealthy, one could conclude that he is prejudice. What would you deduce? Is class warfare a good thing to promote? Do we really need more division in our country? No matter what your race is, there is value in you as an American, and it’s time to stop the rhetoric of hate and stereotyping of groups.

Tim Santell

Kinsman

Front-runner Trump is a scary picture

DEAR EDITOR:

Donald Trump has built a coalition of bigots, racists and two-bit troublemakers, and people laughed at his ridiculous way of doing things. Well, they’re not laughing now.

He’s the front-runner for the Republican presidential campaign nomination. Scary, isn’t it? All the other Republicans who are running against Trump have bad-mouthed him and tried all kinds of things to stop his rise in the polls, but it isn’t working!

When Trump becomes the nominee, all of those who also ran, Rubio, Bush, Carson, Christie, Cruz, Kasich, etc., will throw their support behind him. They had nothing good to say about him in the debates, so what do they do? Do you think they will say that they didn’t mean any of the rotten things they said about him?

Just read an article about how an avalanche of underpriced Chinese steel has cost almost all the workers at U.S. Steel Lorain works and Republic Steel their jobs. Why does our government let this happen? They know that China subsidizes their steel plants and manipulates their currency and their capacity is way too high. Kind of makes you think that maybe our Tea Party Republican Congress is on the side of corporate America.

They sure are, and it has to come to a halt sometime. Why not clean the House and Senate of these anti-middle class, anti-worker and anti-veteran bunch? Vote Democrat this November, and just maybe we can get back to having our jobs back in the U.S.

Brad McKelvey

Hermitage, Pa.

Public needed more information on Natale

DEAR EDITOR:

With the Tribune’s recent editorial calling for the resignation of Warren City Auditor A.J. Natale, this paper is on the right side of what has become an embarrassing issue that affects people’s perception of Mahoning Valley politics, as well as this county’s Democratic Party and of the city of Warren itself.

This paper is absolutely correct with the line from the editorial saying, “Residents of Warren should be able to rest assured that their elected city auditor will make good, reasonable decisions and serve as an upstanding representative of the city.”

That being said, how is it that seemingly almost everybody in and around the political set in Warren knew plenty about Mr. Natale’s job history and issues with behavior and performance and none of this made its way into the Tribune before the March primary election?

The background of a politician is fair game, and the job of auditor is an important one with great responsibility. This white powder letter threat isn’t even the issue as Mr. Natale’s name was redacted from the police report as he wasn’t charged at the time of the primary election. The issues that went unreported were his anger-management run-ins at his previous position in the Department of Job and Family Services, or his being suspended there for not doing work on 20 separate cases assigned to him. Or that Mr. Natale, two years before wanting to be auditor, was trying to get the contract to run the city-owned Old Avalon golf course.

This job history involving two different careers and an attempt to get the golf course contract, all over the course of a decade, is something that the voters should have read about in this paper. These are facts that were later reported, well after he won the 2015 primary. Why were the voters of Warren not presented with facts involving how a candidate has handled his work life before coming to them asking for their vote?

I’m assuming that nobody at the Tribune knew about this stuff or perhaps the voters might have been better informed and maybe Mr. Natale’s issues would have remained his own and not the city’s.

Joshua Nativio

Warren

Bill holds e-schools accountable

Bill holds e-schools accountable

DEAR EDITOR:

The public needs to know about a critical online school (e-school) reform bill in the Ohio Senate. The bill, S.B. 298, would require Ohio’s online schools to accurately track each student’s login times.

Why does this matter? Online charter schools receive state money for each full-time student they enroll. But recent reports have found that online schools may not be properly tracking students’ attendance. They could be taking state money for kids who hardly ever log in to class.

Three e-schools have been caught taking money they couldn’t justify: Provost Academy in Columbus, Lakewood Digital Academy in Hebron and Akron Digital Academy.

If all of Ohio’s e-schools have been overpaid, we would have wasted hundreds of millions of dollars that otherwise would have gone to our public schools.

When e-schools fail to track and report attendance, they rob their students of a real education. They rob public schools of proper funding and resources. And they rob Ohio taxpayers to pad the pockets of for-profit management companies.

S.B. 298 would force e-schools to be responsible with Ohio’s money. It would require them to actually report each student’s time online, instead of just taking money without any proof that their students get an education.

Contact your state senator. Ask him or her to support Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni’s S.B. 298. Don’t let your tax dollars go to waste.

Kathy DiCristofaro

Niles

Reagan right in firing air traffic controllers

DEAR EDITOR:

In response, the letter to the editor “Reagan created today’s problems” is not based on the facts. History should always be based on the facts, not a person’s opinion.

The fact is on Aug. 3, 1981, the PATCO union declared a strike. The workers who went on strike were in direct violation of their own contract, putting the safety of thousands of people who travel in jeopardy. The union violated 5 U.S.C. (Supp. III 1956) 118p, and President Reagan made the correct call. By reiterating to the workers and the nation the oath they took when accepting their employment, President Reagan had no choice but to take action. Despite violating their terms of employment, he actually gave them 48 hours to return to work.

Those who view this as union busting are not aware of the facts or somehow are in the belief that written contacts are not worth the paper they are written on. Simple fact is if you take an oath, you should have the honor to live up to it. The prosperity Reagan sparked carried us through the 1990s and would have gone into the 2000s, but poor leadership in Washington stifled true growth for the past 16 years. Jobs didn’t just leave our area due to union busting, they left due to several factors, the main one being competitive. People must stop looking for large companies to locate in our area to provide employment. People must take charge of their own lives by developing skills that are in demand and making employment opportunities occur for themselves and others.

Blaming the rich for all your woes doesn’t do any good and is self-defeating. The simple fact is our government doesn’t produce anything, so for the government to give you something that you haven’t earned, they have to take it from someone that has earned it. Free college and health care may sound good, but the end result will be an additional burden placed squarely on the backs of the middle class, further impoverishing them and thinning their numbers.

Whether a person is conservative or liberal makes no difference as to whether they are racist. In this article, the writer was stereotyping conservatives as racists, which in itself is discrimination. Couple that with his disdain for the wealthy, one could conclude that he is prejudice. What would you deduce? Is class warfare a good thing to promote? Do we really need more division in our country? No matter what your race is, there is value in you as an American, and it’s time to stop the rhetoric of hate and stereotyping of groups.

Tim Santell

Kinsman

Front-runner Trump is a scary picture

DEAR EDITOR:

Donald Trump has built a coalition of bigots, racists and two-bit troublemakers, and people laughed at his ridiculous way of doing things. Well, they’re not laughing now.

He’s the front-runner for the Republican presidential campaign nomination. Scary, isn’t it? All the other Republicans who are running against Trump have bad-mouthed him and tried all kinds of things to stop his rise in the polls, but it isn’t working!

When Trump becomes the nominee, all of those who also ran, Rubio, Bush, Carson, Christie, Cruz, Kasich, etc., will throw their support behind him. They had nothing good to say about him in the debates, so what do they do? Do you think they will say that they didn’t mean any of the rotten things they said about him?

Just read an article about how an avalanche of underpriced Chinese steel has cost almost all the workers at U.S. Steel Lorain works and Republic Steel their jobs. Why does our government let this happen? They know that China subsidizes their steel plants and manipulates their currency and their capacity is way too high. Kind of makes you think that maybe our Tea Party Republican Congress is on the side of corporate America.

They sure are, and it has to come to a halt sometime. Why not clean the House and Senate of these anti-middle class, anti-worker and anti-veteran bunch? Vote Democrat this November, and just maybe we can get back to having our jobs back in the U.S.

Brad McKelvey

Hermitage, Pa.

Public needed more information on Natale

DEAR EDITOR:

With the Tribune’s recent editorial calling for the resignation of Warren City Auditor A.J. Natale, this paper is on the right side of what has become an embarrassing issue that affects people’s perception of Mahoning Valley politics, as well as this county’s Democratic Party and of the city of Warren itself.

This paper is absolutely correct with the line from the editorial saying, “Residents of Warren should be able to rest assured that their elected city auditor will make good, reasonable decisions and serve as an upstanding representative of the city.”

That being said, how is it that seemingly almost everybody in and around the political set in Warren knew plenty about Mr. Natale’s job history and issues with behavior and performance and none of this made its way into the Tribune before the March primary election?

The background of a politician is fair game, and the job of auditor is an important one with great responsibility. This white powder letter threat isn’t even the issue as Mr. Natale’s name was redacted from the police report as he wasn’t charged at the time of the primary election. The issues that went unreported were his anger-management run-ins at his previous position in the Department of Job and Family Services, or his being suspended there for not doing work on 20 separate cases assigned to him. Or that Mr. Natale, two years before wanting to be auditor, was trying to get the contract to run the city-owned Old Avalon golf course.

This job history involving two different careers and an attempt to get the golf course contract, all over the course of a decade, is something that the voters should have read about in this paper. These are facts that were later reported, well after he won the 2015 primary. Why were the voters of Warren not presented with facts involving how a candidate has handled his work life before coming to them asking for their vote?

I’m assuming that nobody at the Tribune knew about this stuff or perhaps the voters might have been better informed and maybe Mr. Natale’s issues would have remained his own and not the city’s.

Joshua Nativio

Warren