Letters to the editor

R.I.P. America; Court joins party


Well today, another great victory for Barack Hussein Obama at the hands of the Supreme Court.

Not only do our elected representatives on both sides of the aisle screw the American people every day, now the judicial branch has joined the party. I’m beginning to believe America as we have known her will be no more.

I hope Obama, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have a grand celebration today on the backs of hard-working Americans.

RIP America!

Debbie Clair


Liberals often head racist cities


On June 10 I read an article in which the author wrote about the most racist cities in America.

According to groundbreaking research and Google data, Youngstown came in at number 1. Other Ohio cities on the list included Kent, Lakewood, Akron and Cleveland, cities that are governed by the liberal Democrats for decades.

When the liberal citizens from those cities read such an article, who are they going to blame for such shame? How are they going to spin that dilemma?

Maybe a beer summit is needed. Along with a chaser of Bloomberg news, Robert Reich, Tom Friedman, Mark Shields and Eleanor Clift. They are all good spinners and could produce some justifiable fables.

James Collins

Newton Falls

Political games played in Warren


From what I read in the paper regarding the last City Council meeting, it appears that a political game was being played.

Surely, after so many years in the city of Warren, Dan Sferra knows how vacations and sick time work.

Please, let’s not waste time at council meetings. Lately, we have had more citizens in attendance and we should act more professional.

Congratulations to Bob Davis for a job well done in Warren, and congratulations for his new position in Cleveland.

Gayle Ferguson


Orchid to those who forgave


A sinful young man goes into a church, attends Bible study and enjoys the fellowship of the other people. He then takes a gun and kills nine of them. What did the people of that church do? They forgave him.

Wait a minute – they didn’t burn, loot or destroy anything?

Apparently these folks were true followers of Jesus Christ and not only teach, but live by His commands. They understand that the people who died, having been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, went to their eternal home in Heaven.

Every day, somewhere on this earth, the same story is reenacted. Christians are shot, beheaded, burned alive or otherwise abused and heavily persecuted. You are most likely not going to hear their stories reported on the evening news or printed in the daily papers.

I’m sure someone will try to justify these things by reporting that Christians have done the same to others. The truth is that it was those who were only pretending to be Christian that have done these things with some hateful non-Christian doing the reporting.

Every now and again, the editor of this paper awards orchids to people. If it has not yet been done, let me step into those shoes and award my own ORCHID to the folks of that church for demonstrating the character of the Christ who said, “Father, forgive them …”

Jim Koehler


YDC should stay open


On May 31 Opinion Page’s Point / Counterpoint, there was an article about closing the Youngstown Developmental Center (YDC).

For the people in this area and the families of the disabled, we weigh our decisions from compassion, love and affordability. I have been at the YDC with a veteran’s group to post the colors and give a speech about Veterans Day. What I saw stirred my inner feelings about the disabled and the handicapped. Human beings that had to be cared for, some unable to speak, others confined to wheelchairs, with family or staff next to them. What caught my attention was the fact that, with all these unimaginable conditions, their faces were beaming with love, happiness and joy, because we were there in uniform with the flag, singing “God Bless America.”

Dear God, bless these people! It hit me hard emotionally.

The environment was wonderful to see. They gave me a tour of the facility and workshop. The staff that cared for them are angels, dedicated to the disabled. In McDonald, I knew of a few families with loved ones there, a Godsend in their eyes. There is no doubt in my mind that YDC is where they should stay.

Now, the government has a different view of the situation; their mindset is all about numbers. The human factor is not in the equation. I do not want to get off the subject, but I do want to make a point. The state or government decided to do away with most mental facilities like Woodside Receiving Hospital. Again, it was the numbers. They gave us their ironclad reason to close them. The mentally ill, today, are housed in jails and prisons across the nation.

I feel it is major blunders from the top causing heartaches in this nation, and we seem to be at their mercy. It is gut feelings that tell us what to expect next.

Paul R. Lawson


Importance of YDC stressed


When the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities announced the closure of the Youngstown Developmental Center by 2017, those of us who believe this is the wrong decision went to our legislators. Some of these people were even at YDC in February when the official announcement was made. The employees, family members / guardians of YDC residents and the residents who want the decision to close to be reviewed extend a heartfelt thanks to all state senators and representatives who helped our voices be heard.

Special thanks to Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Sen. Capri Cafaro, State Rep. Ron Gerberry, State House of Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan and Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti for their unending support to keep DC’s open. Thanks to city and county officials in the areas surrounding YDC. Many have sent letters of support. Thanks to those of you in the public who have made phone calls and sent emails and letters. We appreciate that all of you join us in the belief that YDC should be among the choices for the most vulnerable to stay and receive needed services.

Although I have worked with individuals with special needs for the past 20 years, the first six years were spent in sheltered workshops with high-functioning disabled adults. Having never been exposed to people with mroe severe challenges, I had no idea the difficulties many of them face.

It wasn’t until I began working at YDC that I realized the importance and necessity of these facilities. People who reside in DC’s are there because less structured homes are not equipped to deal with the serious medical and extreme behavioral issues these folks present. Group home and other intermediate care facilities are suitable for individuals with less challenges. Unfortunately, not everyone is suited to live in less structured environments.

I want to continue working to enrich the lives of those who cannot perform the basic skills we may take for granted. Once again, I express extreme gratitude to our state, county and city legislators and officials as well as Ohio citizens for realizing the valuable role DC’s play in the lives of their residents. We are so grateful for your tireless efforts to keep developmental centers open.

Michelle Vancil

Therapeutic Program Worker, Youngstown Developmental Center

Fireworks use should be legal


The time is overdue for Ohio to follow the lead taken by New York in legalizing the sale and use of certain consumer fireworks. New York is the 47th state to make some level of consumer fireworks legal for sale and use.

The facts are clear that residents of the Buckeye State do not need protection from the legislature in prohibiting them from using consumer fireworks. The time is right for the sale and use of the full line of consumer fireworks in Ohio with strict and common sense regulations.

Since 1994, there has been a 59.3-percent increase in use of fireworks in the U.S., measured by imports that grew from 117 million pounds in 1994 to 186.4 million pounds in 2013.

Against this substantial increase in use of fireworks, the actual number of fireworks-related injuries during the same period dropped by 8.8 percent as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you measure injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks used, during the same period the rate per 100,000 pounds of fireworks used dropped from 10.7 to 6.1, or 42.9 percent.

More than 36 percent of the reported injuries in the CPSC statistics resulted from illegal firecrackers, public displays, altered devices and unspecified devices that are not consumer fireworks. This makes the reduction in the rate of consumer fireworks-related injuries even more impressive.

This reduction in the rate of product-related injuries is unmatched by any other consumer product with any risk associated with it, such as trampolines, motorcycles, jet skis and the like.

In addition to New York, the following states have liberalized their laws relative to the sale and use of consumer fireworks: Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Utah.

The consumer fireworks products are safer today than ever before, and their sale can raise some badly needed revenue for government.

Americans love fireworks. Fireworks and the celebration of Independance Day are synonymous. Then future U.S. President John Adams on July 3, 1776, in a now-famous letter to his wife, Abigail, mused that Independance Day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”

Ohio legislators have the power to change the fireworks laws and permit the regulated sale and use of the full line of consumer fireworks. This is too long overdue.

Write or email your legislator and ask for legalization of consumer fireworks in Ohio. Take Ohio out of the consumer fireworks Dark Ages and into the modern era.

Please enjoy the Independance Day holiday with your family and celebrate safely.

William A. Weimer

Vice President

Phantom Fireworks

Letters to the editor

Marijuana law the right answer


Setting aside the hyperbole, the June 12 editorial, “Marijuana law would make monopoly,” is largely erroneous as it neglects macroeconomic and political pragmatism. The concern of unidentified lawmakers in the use of tax dollars to expand sales may be the first recorded case in the history of American policy of legislators neglecting to act on economic vitality. Agriculture and pharmaceutical subsidies, for example, are commonly bipartisan.

Similarly agriculture and pharmaceutical industries are typically subsidized through the grant process on a locale basis. Restrictions as well exist in agriculture on specificity of crop locales. Surely growth restriction of marijuana crops specifically may be viewed as enhancing public safety and responsibly managing growth.

Much as the pharmaceutical industry produces products prone to abuse the medicinal effect and indications of use are subject to the authority of the food and drug administration. Restricted by federal law from approving of the use of marijuana, the agency has, however, approved clinical testing for medical conditions.

In this it has become the expert opinion of the American Medical Association for the federal government to reconsider the schedule I classification of the drug. While it may be a political strategy to “tug on voters’ heartstrings,” the assertion of medical vitality has been deemed to “hold water” by a vast group of medical doctors.

To allege that a referendum fosters monopoly merely requires a definition of “monopoly” to be dispelled. “The exclusive possession of supply or trade in a commodity” does not apply to regulations that are placed on oil, agricultural and pharmaceutical production, per se. Each of these industries receive subsidies exceeding their taxable values by state and federal mandatory budgets for purposes of research and debelopment. In this, I urge the editorial board to reconsider its stance on ResponsibleOhio’s proposal as a matter of cleanly lifting the legal restrictions of prohibition.

Harper Abrahams


City should cut unreasonable benefits


Mayor Doug Franklin needs to save money by sending 911 dispatch to the county but has no problem paying the former water director five months past when the director quit working for Warren? And says he has no idea about it when asked about this by a council person?

I doubt he is that stupid or ignorant. Mayor Franklin must know that these things make no sense to the people who actually live in these communities, these golden parachute, on-the-way out retirement and severance packages.

Rather than cut city jobs, maybe the administration needs to start cutting these unreasonable benefits and fringe items that only exist in the public sector these days. Though that might take political courage that Doug Franklin does not have.

Janice Cranes


Council should examine its size


I am writing in support of Draft 3511, which will be in front of Warren City Council at the next council meeting.

If council passes this legislation, it will allow the voters to decide in November whether we should cut council to seven positions or remain at 10.

Warren’s City Council has remained the same amount of members, while cuts to operations, police and fire departments have all taken place in the past several years.

You would think that a body that has made these decisions would further examine its own ranks, and at the least give the voters of Warren the opportunity of a Yes or No vote. This could be true democracy in the works.

Whether you support a reduction of council members or not, you should at the least make it known to your council person that the voters should be the ones to decide on this important issue and encourage the passage of this legislation.

Joe Greiner


5th Ward council candidate

Trade deficit means lost jobs


About a year ago, Obama made one of his many hot air promises to double our exports and create thousands of jobs. Here are a few numbers from Patrick Buchanan’s article in the Tribune, in case you missed it.

The U.S. trade deficit in March swelled to the highest level in six years at $64 billion. Since Bill Clinton took office, the U.S. trade deficit totaled $11.2 trillion. It translates not only into millions of jobs lost but also millions of jobs that were never created and tens of thousands of factories that did not open. Now we have the Trans-Pacific Partnership that Obama brings home. The TPP will not create jobs for us but will help small countries such as Vietnam, where we do about 1 percent of our trade. The U.S. trade deficit with China alone was $31.2 billion. In 25 years we have amassed $4 trillion in surplus with China.

Here are some numbers for our federal deficit, also. The March deficit was $51.2 billion, the largest since 2008. We are amassing a deficit of $3.3 billion per day.

Again, I must say thank you, Obama, for a job not well done.

William E. Heston


Shell game in both parties


The theme for the 2016, the presidential election (Act I) should be, “I beg your pardon. I never promised you a rose garden.”

Citizens will go to the poles next November and vote for a new president. We may cast votes for members of Congress, as well (players). For many older citizens, this is not a pleasant task. We have memories like an elephant, even though some might be devoted democrats. Many things, pertaining to both (acting) parties, are unforgettable. Things the finagling candidates promised us (hook), and then failing to fulfill their pledge. I am sure if they could hypnotize us, they would do it in a jiffy. In 2008, Hillary (Macbeth) swore up and down it was her last try for the office of president. She somehow forgot her losing statement, but I did not!

The rest of our elected leaders (cast) are similar to her. They all ride the same lifelong royal gravy train, convincing people in America they are going to help all of them and make life much better. Many entrenched senators have 30 years or more (Golden Globe Awards winners) selling the same old bogus goods to us, with the same shameful results every time. This is upsetting to me! This is unforgettable! I want to tell them, “I was born at night, but not last night!”

I asked my Italian friend, “How do the incumbents look in the coming election?” He told me, “They no looka too good. Justa lika fish; after three days, they starta to smell.”

Therefore, what choice do we have at the polls? Quite simply, they offer us “nessuno affatto.” (Nothing at all.) Open the gates to the Chicago stockyards, because here it comes! Put on your high waders; you will surely need them again!

The million-dollar question is: What is the difference between the Democratic and Republican party? Answer: None! They both play a shell game with the people of this country, which is very transparent to older voters. Win or lose, they still make the same astrological wage, benefits and perks. The people in America will feel the agonizing pain of their procrastinating policy (final curtain) until the next election comes around, and the same old mendacious song is sung.

So how does patriotism play out in the system? (stage production)

Does my vote matter? (break a leg!)

Paul R. Lawson


Traffic apology issued


On the afternoon of May 30, I was traveling north on Route 46. While heading toward Route 82 west below the underpass, I made an error in judgment regarding a lane change. This resulted in me severely and dangerously cutting in front of another driver, of whom was a young woman in a gold colored car.

Noticing that she pulled into the CVS Pharmacy parking lot at the corner of North Road and state Route 82, I should have entered in and apologized. I did not, which is the reason for this letter.

Therefore, hoping that the proper person should happen to read this, please accept my deep apology.

Ken Leposky


Cleaning city is everyone’s job


I want to say thank you to the street sweeper I saw out recently.

Let’s keep trying to clean up Warren. It’s everyone’s responsibility!

Brianna Sharp


Funding change would hurt homeless


The YWCA Warren stands in staunch opposition to a provision in the Ohio Senate’s proposed operating budget that would have a potentially devastating effect on Ohio’s ability to effectively respond to the needs of our homeless and near-homeless populations.

The budget, released last week, contains a provision that would effectively cut by half the funding appropriated to the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. This fund was established by a ballot initiative in 1991 and uses millions of dollars in county recorder fees to develop affordable housing for low-income and homeless populations. The Senate’s proposal would transfer half of that funding to the counties “for the purpose of housing,” leaving the decision of how best to use those funds to a majority vote by the county auditor, recorder, and a county commissioner.

The Ohio Housing Trust Fund has been administered by a single state agency for nearly a quarter century, and has proven time and time again its effectiveness in providing affordable housing to our state’s most vulnerable citizens in both rural and urban settings. Statutory protections ensure that funds are administered wisely and effectively; such protections not in place at the county level.

The OHTF uses rigorous criteria to determine the areas of greatest and leverages private and public sector resources need to maximize impact. Currently, coordination with the Ohio Development Services Agency allows the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to leverage the Housing Trust Fund with low-income tax credits and bond financing. The result, $9 in matching funds for every $1 spent, is an asset to the Trust that we cannot risk losing in the Senate’s proposal. The Housing Trust Fund also engages in strategic partnerships with private and state agencies to share resources, and we run the risk of diminishing these partnerships with a move to the county level.

Our neighbors right here in Warren have benefited from the experienced administration of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. In 2013, the YWCA Warren received $749,500 through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, funded by the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, for the construction of 12 units of permanent supportive housing for women with disabilities and their children. We see every day the benefits of having a healthy, robust Housing Trust Fund.

Advocates for the homeless and at-risk populations in our state put our trust in the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. The YWCA Warren supports the Ohio Housing Trust Fund in its current state and wishes to see it preserved and strengthened.

Kenya A. Roberts-Howard

Executive Director

YWCA Warren

Molly Toth

Advocacy Coordinator

YWCA Warren

Letters to the editor

New schools would benefit Champion


The Champion Board of Education is faced with an opportunity to affect the lives of future generations of young people. The board, elected to serve the best interests of students and taxpayers, has, in my opinion, done an excellent job in the past. I commend them on their performance to date and know that they are doing their due diligence to gauge the “pulse” of the community regarding whether or not to move forward with plans for new educational facilities in the Champion school system.

As a Champion graduate and local business owner, I understand the value of providing our young people with a quality education in facilities that are up-to-date and can meet the needs of our faculty to create a cutting edge learning environment. I have spoken to numerous fellow Champion business owners regarding this issue and it has reinforced my belief that the future of our community lies in the hands of our youth and our school system’s ability to inspire and educate.

The opportunity the board of education has been offered stems from an evaluation of our current school facilities by the state of Ohio. The results indicated that there is a great need to replace our elementary and middle school buildings. The need is so great, in fact, that the state of Ohio is willing to pay 57 percent of the total cost. The Champion residents would be responsible for less than half of the total bill. The board of education is considering combining both facilities into a single K-8 building, which would significantly cut the cost of maintenance, resulting in staggering savings.

It is my belief that the Champion community can only benefit from a board decision to move forward and take advantage of a rare opportunity given to them by the state of Ohio. Upgrading these facilities is a need that can positively affect both the short and long-term outlooks within the community and enhance the quality of education our students receive. If Champion is to remain a viable community, it must move forward and it must continue to present itself as a community that is attractive to future homebuyers looking to raise their families.

If you know Champion, you know community, schools and family go hand-in-hand.

Russell Banks


Support Bernie Sanders for president


As a bipartisan voter, I am certainly happy to see that Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, is starting to receive some recognition and exposure on television (i.e., Face the Nation on one occasion and the MSNBC Ed show several times), an Associated Press news article and a recent letter to the Editor of the Tribune in the May 5 edition. I understand there is a Facebook page supporting him that was established by a group of young people.

As cited in the letter and the limited news media coverage, he is very concerned about income inequality, concentration of wealth, taking the wealthy more equitably, getting big money out of political campaigns, free trade pacts that jeopardize especially manufacturing jobs, and national healthcare (like other developed western countries). I understand his position on these subjects has never changed even after losing elections in the beginning of his political career.

Evidently there are others who are feeling the same way if the figures in the May 5 letter are correct. That is, and it bears repeating, that the campaign of Sen. Sanders raised more money on the first day than his Republican counterparts and signed up more than 100,000 volunteers. An individual like Bernie Sanders has been a long time coming.

Finally we can have a political election where there is real choice. Let’s hope that the media gets the message and provides equal coverage of him rather than simply writing Sanders off as an insignificant third-party candidate.

I believe that everyone, especially from the middle class through the working poor, should seriously consider this man in the primaries and the general election, whether they call themselves Republican, Democrat or independent. The issues above and their like are of great concern and importance to all of us. Let’s not be distracted by such phoney issues of anti homosexuality, polarized groupings, religious bias and the like that some use in their campaigns.

Joseph H. Evans Jr.

West Farmington

Problem with the ‘new normal’


ALERT! The Duggar Family is actually human! After watching them for a time, it’s hard to believe that such a family actually exits. Sixty years ago such a loving and organized family would have been normal. Now in a day when family life is dwindling, they appear to be “abnormal.”

Not to minimize the “scandal” involving son Josh, any family that size would certainly face some real difficulties. Their “Christianity” doesn’t make them perfect and flawless. Josh’s problem was not the media’s real concern, but rather that he was a Duggar. His sinful action, even though properly dealt with, gave cause to impugn the whole family. Their Christian testimony had to be destroyed by the media, at any cost. “God forbid” that such a family should in any way continue to influence our left-wing, godless society!

This family should be admired and emulated, not despised; Truth be known, many would love to be part of such a family. While the Duggars are considered by many as “freaks” or abnormal, Bruce Jenner’s sex change is celebrated as “normal.” There’s something wrong with this picture.

Bill Finnigan


Remember a first bike


When I decided to start riding motorcycles, biking was really in fashion. Evel Knievel was making record-breaking jumps all over the U.S. “Then Came Bronson” was very popular on television. I would watch all the shows wearing my black stocking cap.

My first bike was a 1973 Honda 354, until I laid it down in Mill Creek Park. I traded it in on a new Honda 750cc street bike. I went back to the shop a few days later and told the mechanic the speedometer didn’t work. He asked me to explain the problem. I told him my 354 cc going 50 mph felt like I was doing 80 mph, but the 750 cc felt like I was doing 30 mph. He said, “The next time you look down at the speedometer and it says 75 mph, do not try to get off!”

I eventually traded it in on a new 1974 Harley Davidson Electra Glide 1,200 cc. A full dresser, 750 pounds of American motorcycle legend. The only problem I had was occasionally, when I parked it, I forgot to put down the kickstand. I would tell people, “I was used to riding my Schwinn. Now, can you help me pick it up?”

One time I went to Pymatuning State Park on the weekend with a motorcycle club, the “Warren Buckaroos.” I had a lady passenger with me on that run. We were going around a bend and for whatever reason I did not straighten up; we ran into a shallow ditch. As we road along, the ditch became deeper and soon our heads were level with the top of the road. Cars would pass us by and look down at us; I waved back and acted like nothing was wrong. Finally, I stopped and asked her to help push me out of the ditch as I cut up the bank on an angle.

I sold that bike and bought a 1976 Honda Goldwing 1,000 cc. I dressed it out with many extra add-ons. I was visiting a friend, sitting on his front porch talking, and he asked if my bike was leaning more than it should. A few minutes later, it fell over. The weld broke at the kickstand. I finally chopped it; one of a kind. It was fast!

The Warren Harley Davidson manager, Fred, said, “Paul is the only one I know that can hydroplane on the dew.”

I used to tell people, “There are two types of bikers in this world: Those that have been down, and those that are going down again!”

Paul R. Lawson


Example of Democratic hypocrisy


Two very rich people, Hillary Clinton and Mr. Obama, telling poor people that rich people are the reason they are so poor. Taking from those who work to pay for those who do not work is government-sanctioned stealing. Never thought of it that way, did you?

For every day that you have to work to pay for someone else who does not, you become a financial slave to that person. This cheap subsidized ObamaCare policy that you receive through exchanges is paid for by hardworking Americans, not by your government. Remember, Mr. Gruber finally told the truth. That his administration took away health care for 80 percent of the people to fix a problem for only one percent of American people.

But illegals are covered for free; nice to know, isn’t it? And to Mr. Kerry and Mr. Obama, for the conservatives knowing how Americans do not trust Iran and sending a letter on how our government works. Well, for their information, when Mr. Kerry was a senator and Sen. Tom Harkin went behind President Reagan’s back, flew to a foreign communist government and negotiate with a dictator, Daniel Ortega, and the country of choice, Nicaragua, during the Sandinista Conflict, so let’s be fair and honest: Who is a traitor?

Ruth Lilley


God loves all His children


In regard to the letter from Basil Reed: I respect your belief in God, just not sure who that God is.

My God loves all His children, and He made us just the way He wanted us to be. You can always find Bible verses to justify your bigotry. Even slave owners could quote the Bible to justify what they were doing. We are all born different; would you hate someone who was born with a cleft pallet, cerebral palsy or blind? Would you call them an abomination to God?

I suppose this earth may come to an end someday, but probably not because of Caitlyn Jenner.

Remember, judge not lest ye be judged.

Arlie Wolford


News is unbelievable


I am just amazed at what I read in the Tribune. An unfortunate tragic accident happened when a lady was “speeding” and her daughter killed. This poor lady will have to live with this the rest of her life. Charging her and putting her in jail is just too much. An accident is just that, an accident.

What about the white police officers taking lives of unarmed black men and women?

Where is the justice in that? That officer Brelo was on the hood of a car shooting some 15 or so times into the car at two unarmed black people. What?

No charges against the officer? Unbelievable. He should at least be held accountable and made to serve some time in some way to think about excessive force.

I don’t get it.

Pat Zoccali


Letters to the editor

Recollections of Chris Bobby


I wanna be like Chris!

I had the privilege of meeting Chris Bobby while working at Warren Furnace Company in the 1980s. His lovely wife, Debbie, was the secretary there who informed me that, “Yes!” She was Chris Bobby’s better half!

I loved reading Chris’ accounts of former Warren police Chief John “Mando” Mandoupoulos (R.I.P.) and Major Tom “Stew” Stewart T.C.S.O. when they were Warren’s 1980s version of “Miami Vice” detectives Crockett and Tubbs, arresting gangsters.

Chris had a way of putting his own unique spin on the stories that would jump off the Saturday morning Trib when I was having breakfast at the old Korner Kitchen. I could not wait for the next article from Chris as much as MSB putting out a new LP.

I’m not a bad guy, but I did some bad things while growing up in the 1970s which I live with and truly regret to this day. If not for my family and a certain few people who had faith in me and God above, you would not be reading this letter.

Chris Bobby was a tremendous influence on my English and writing skills. I would not be where I am at this point in my life if not for those stories on Saturday morning Chris wrote in the 1980s. Not stories about Michael Jordan beating the Cavs on a last second shot at the old Richfield Coliseum!

I wanna be like Chris!

God bless Chris Bobby!

I love you Chris. R.I.P.

Forever grateful.

Terry “Champ” Erwin


Obamas deliver wrong message to youth


Michelle Obama’s recent commencement speech at Tuskegee University sounded like her own personal pity party.

Her comments were rife with the usual racial bias against America and woe-is-me attitude. Mrs. Obama’s whining about the hardships and pressures put upon her by becoming first lady was most unbecoming of any first lady. She tells the graduates, “The road is not easy for folks like you and me,” and “No matter how far you rise up in life it will never be enough.”

What kind of message is that to young people going out to face the world and achieve their dreams? The message should have been one of joy and celebration for the accomplishments achieved by the graduates.

The first lady suggested the graduates mentor a young person to put them on the right path addressing poverty and lack of opportunity. It’s shameful the President and Michelle have chosen not to address poverty and lack of opportunity in the black community for the last six years. Instead they chose to engage in this continued victim mentality, race baiting and social agitation.

The Obamas have done quite well for themselves. Both attended the finest Ivy League schools and enjoyed the fruits of this great nation. One thing is missing, there is not an ounce of gratitude, nor do they believe in the goodness of America. This was evident in Mrs. Obama’s comments.

Of all places, Mrs. Obama chose to take on the “race issue” at Tuskegee University, named after the Tuskegee Airmen who served in WW II. To be sure, they endured unbelievable discrimination while serving in the military but that did not deter them. They went on to be the best and the bravest, flying hundreds of missions and surely were integral in saving the world. There was no woe-is-me attitude.

I had the honor of meeting a Tuskegee Airman. He was an amazing man and at 92 years young, still loved and flew airplanes. But more than his love of flying, he spoke of his love of America and the flag he served under. He held no animus toward his country. The graduates would have been better served having him as their speaker. His message would have been anything is possible in America.

It is time the Obamas realize they are where they are today because of the blessings of this country. Only in America can an admitted pot-smoking, community organizer become president of the United States.

Folks like the Obamas need to understand how America came to be great and be grateful to those who are responsible for the freedoms we enjoy today. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening.

Debbie Clair


LaBrae teachers making difference for students


Every now and then we hear about extraordinary teachers who go out of their way for students, or “their kids.” This leads us to the question: “What make a good teacher?” What this means to us is a loving, caring person who goes above and beyond to reach students both academically and emotionally.

Over the course of the past three years, and this school year in particular, we have had the pleasure to parent a child who has gained both academic and emotional growth. We have a child who has experienced difficulty in his academics due to his abilities in specific learning areas. We have a child who has experienced major health issues over the course of this school year. We HAD a child who never wanted to go to school until he attended LaBrae.

You see, our child struggles in areas that most children do not have to experience. We have had the pleasure to have educators and school staff that have taken him by his hand, never gave up on him, pushed him when he needed that push, and stood behind him in every way.

Some may think we are being a bit of bias as one of us works in this district, but those who know us, know that we would be the first to question anything unusual when it comes to our children’s education. Our children’s’ education has and will always come first.

These extraordinary teachers and staff have gone way above and beyond their jobs to ensure that our son had successful years. It is now that we would like to thank all LaBrae Intermediate teachers and staff for everything you have done for my son over the years with 5th grade being the most challenging for him. These teachers never gave up on him. These teachers are phenomenal. We thank them for everything they have done for our son.

Amy and Ryan Frederick


Public schools have too much influence


The Apostle Paul advised the Ephesians that their earthly struggles were not – really – with other human beings. Said he, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, the world rulers of this present darkness and against wicked spirits (demons), which inhabit the heavenly places.”

The most significant of these – while each is very important – are the “rulers of darkness.”

Why? You might ask. Because it is they who control every humanistic media of communication.

It is they who are the “masters” of the world’s educational system.

An article on the Trib’s editorial page lamented the decrease in the Christian population of the United States; however, it gave little evidence as to the reason for it. In a few words, let me do that.

The Public School System! These folks – by law – take the children into their clutches at five years of age or earlier.

In a place called “kindergarten,” they immediately begin a process which is designed to break the bond between child and parent. In most cases they are successful and – through manifold methods – become the child’s new “governmental parent.” While this is not necessarily true of every individual who works in the system, it is absolutely true of the system itself.

Whereas God has commanded the parent to raise the child in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord,” this “governmental parent” labors to establish them in the tenets of Secular Humanism, while finding subtle ways to condemn any parent who resists them.

In time these children grow to inhabit the other “systems” – family, political, educational, religious, economic, medical, entertainment, etc. – where they attempt to force these humanistic views on all.

Jude commanded us to “earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3)

If you do, the sinner will stand up and scream “discrimination!” at the top of his lungs.

Do it anyway.

Jim Koehler


Law would hinder animal case prosecution


I am writing on behalf of Animal Charity, an Ohio humane agency, in regards to HB 198: “Humane societies-abolish Law enforcement duties.” This bill is intended to end the right of humane societies in Ohio to appoint a special prosecutor to handle animal cruelty cases.

The statute that the sponsors of the bill are trying to repeal has stood for 90 years in Ohio. By eliminating a key right, passage of this bill would greatly reduce our ability to protect and obtain justice for the abused and neglected animals of this state. Animal Charity of Ohio has recently started using a special prosecutor on our cruelty cases. This has greatly reduced the amount of time it takes to gain custody of the animals, which in turn helps us decrease expenses and allows us to place the animal in a proper home more quickly. A special prosecutor understands these concerns and acts quickly and effectively to gain custody of the animals considered evidence and property in the state of Ohio.

The proponents of HB 198 believe that since county and city prosecutors handle a wide variety of cases, they can also proficiently prosecute animal cruelty cases. While that may be true, there are some problems that proponents are not considering. Workload is number one. Our city and county prosecutors have very demanding positions and large case loads. When they prioritize those case loads, misdemeanor cases are pushed to the bottom of the list. Since animal cruelty is still a misdemeanor in Ohio, these cases do not get the attention they deserve. We ask our local government to do more with less, but using special prosecutors is something we can do to make their workload a little lighter. Additionally, while city and county prosecutors are very accustomed to handling OVI offenses, theft and domestic violence, they often don’t have the necessary knowledge to prosecute or time to research animal cruelty cases, which are a tiny fraction of the cases that they are juggling every day.

Taking away our right to a special prosecutor will weaken our ability to protect the animals in our state. We urge all Ohio residents to write to their state senator and representative urging a no vote. Citizens can find more information on our website as to how to do so.

Mary Louk

President, Board of Directors

Animal Charity of Ohio


Are you ready for judgment day?


I saw something on TV recently that really shows how low some people’s morals have gone. If God himself or Jesus Christ would have come and stood in plain sight of everyone and proved who they were, they would not get anywhere near the publicity that this God-hating Bruce Jenner born as a man by God’s own hand has gotten.

As 1 Corinthians, 6:9-10 New International Version says: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” This is the kind of behavior that is sending this country in a downward spiral. If you do not think that is happening right now, go read the Bible, especially the book of Revelations, and take a look at the weather and how people are killing each other, or wanting to legalize homosexual marriage or how they are removing God from their everyday lives. The Bible also describes what is going to happen to people who are rich now and do not care about anyone except their money, especially the poor people, and to those people that harm little kids.

The Bible also talks about those who refuse to spread the word of God. People in this country need to turn their lives over to God; that is the only way to avoid burning in Hell for eternity. We all fall short of the glory of God. Some of us have enough common sense to put our lives in God’s hands and try to live by his rules; we are not perfect but we do make an effort and ask for his forgiveness when we mess up.

Judgment Day is coming; there may not be a tomorrow. Are you ready?

Basil Reed


Others paying the price for addicts


What’s going on right now in Trumbull County is a perfect example of the nuts running the asylum.

Now, addicts aren’t only ruining their lives; they’re making the lives of people on pain management harder than they already are. People with real and debilitating pain aren’t the ones in the news killing themselves by taking pills by the handful instead of as prescribed or sticking needles in their arms, but certainly are paying the price.

Maybe before members of the task force make even more restrictive rules for doctors legitimately prescribing pain meds, they can have some sympathy for these people instead of for the addicts who don’t care for themselves let alone anyone else. Make them pay for their own mistakes, not people whose lives are already hard enough.

Cynthia Fryer