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Warren offers little for its young people

June 30, 2013

DEAR EDITOR: “How do you feel about living in Warren?” It’s a common question I get as a 15-year-old living here....

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Jul-09-13 3:45 PM

Well Ms Hathhorn, I've lived in and around Warren for 52 years now. I've never had a real problem getting a job, enjoy the many outdoor activities that are available to us locally and have never found myself board. I'm not ever quite sure what so many think will happen if they move from the area? I see many come back in a short frame of time that think the world is better elsewhere. If you have no trade, skill, or education it doesn't matter where you go. You will always take your lack of skills, education and trade with you. So if you want more than what you see around you do something different than those around you. Stay in school, get an education, or trade. Be the change you wish to see.

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Jul-05-13 9:09 AM

Celestia, there are good people like Mr Clouser who you can turn to as role models in rebuilding this city to what it once was. People like him remember the days when Warren was a vibrant city and are doing things like starting businesses, remodeling old buildings and creating activities to draw families to the downtown once again.

These visionaries know the importance of loyalty not only to our city, but especially to their family and friends. You could learn much from the example set by these Warren residents!

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Jul-05-13 12:55 AM

Dear Celestia, I love Warren, the people, Warren G. Harding Football, The Hot Dog Shoppe, Packard and Perkins Park. The Churches, the festivals, Packard Music Hall. I left for career opportunities. I left the State of Ohio all together. Someone commented that people come back. Some do, some don't. I can not say what the future holds, but I think not for me. It is sad when you see other cities and their surrounding towns the same size of Warren thriving, and a different general attitude, it does not make them better people than the ones in Warren, just many opportunities and activities are open. Where I live now, major companies are building skyscrapers and adding 12,000 jobs, just to start. This is on top of what is already here and the outlying areas. The key is education, it will unlock doors for you and transport you anywhere in the world. It is noble to think the way you do about Warren, but remember your professional academic clock is where you keep your focus.

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Jul-03-13 7:52 PM

Go west young Celestia.

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Jul-03-13 2:48 AM

celestia, you are a very exceptional 15 year old. whatever your endeavor, you will be successful. your family and friends must be very proud of you. I am proud of you!

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Jul-02-13 8:02 PM

See what happens when I try to be complimentary?

For my efforts I am castigated by the hoi-polloi.


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Jul-02-13 3:14 PM

DefeatSBB5 is obviously an English teacher AND a member of the identity police. How exhausting.

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Jul-02-13 2:43 PM

This is a very well written letter, Celestia.

I would have guessed it was produced by someone several years older -- the deft turns of phrase, as in "old crushed dreams," "Warren-bred adult;" the series of rhetorical questions, followed the anaphoric repetition of "We hate" in the climactic 3rd paragraph; and the over-all tone of confidence about how to get into a topic, develop your points, and then gracefully get out.

Yes, all of this bespeaks a writer of some maturity at the tender age of 15.

Well done! Keep at it. You have a knack for it.

Maybe you could tell the story of your town in a way that might elicit the interest (if not the action) of the outside world, Celestia Hathhorn, age 15.

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Jul-01-13 11:48 PM

Young people have been leaving forever, that's just what they do. Its always some place different bigger, flatter, dryer, wetter, more mountainous, some place different and more exciting far away, better schools for their major the list goes on an on. But most eventually come home sooner or later.

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Jul-01-13 11:45 AM

Miss Hathhorn is an intelligent young person. She already realizes that all of us must “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”, and I would add, in your community. There are some job opportunities here (medical professionals are in demand) and there are LOTS of houses. In fact, the cost of living here is very affordable. Get an education and "be the change" wherever life takes you.

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Jul-01-13 10:29 AM

At 15, Miss Hathhorn seems like a class act. One early lesson for will to be to make sure you take your right to vote for a candidate seriously. Vote for the best person, don't vote party only, gender only, or race only. Too many people and that is the what caused Warren's downfall as well as what we have in DC today.

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Jun-30-13 7:42 PM

Warren offers the American dream of wealth and prosperity via entrpreneurial endeavors in criminal enterprises!

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Jun-30-13 6:25 PM

You have been a good mentor for many of us, Nativio. Keep it going.

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Jun-30-13 5:34 PM

Sad that a kid like this shows more class than some of you indignant, self-righteous "adults".

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Jun-30-13 4:59 PM

I give generously of my time, talent and treasure to my family, my community and my place of worship. I attend city council meetings regularly to keep an eye on our public servants and I assist with my neighborhood group. I donate blood to the Red Cross. What about you, Jolene13?

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Jun-30-13 2:29 PM

KnowTheFacts- Give us an example of how you will be stepping up to the plate.

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Jun-30-13 1:39 PM

Sadly, none of the opinions expressed here about this letter are what this young lady is hoping to receive from her elders or leaders. We all need to step up to the plate and make things right.

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Jun-30-13 11:41 AM

You have no idea about my opinion about the role of government.

Ironic that you call yourself know-it-all, when in fact you know nothing.

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Jun-30-13 10:06 AM

I am sure the letter writer will be doing quite a bit for her country throughout her life. Strange comment from a poster known for having wrong opinions on the roll of government.

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Jun-30-13 9:04 AM

A little over 50 years ago a young American president said, in his inaugural address to the nation, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

And so we have come, since that brisk day in January, 1961, full circle; our young people respond to the challenges we all face by asking what we have to offer.

We have sown a culture of "Me first!" and "Where's mine?"

What do we expect?

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Jun-30-13 7:59 AM

Good letter. I would like to see city officials answer her questions. Best of luck to you!

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Jun-30-13 6:31 AM

Get a good college education and go where your new job offer takes you. The days of growing up and getting a good job in your hometown are over.

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Jun-30-13 6:03 AM

Do not let a town decide who you become. Opportunities are now out there for those who want it and willing to work hard for their goals. But you have to want it. But I agree with Citizen1. You will not find it in Warren or even in Trumbull County. Get educated and head to Lake or Geauga Counties. No one here nows how to run a county or city.

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Jun-30-13 2:01 AM

Celestia: Judging by your writing, I can see that you are a very intelligent young person. You deserve better than this city. You will go off to college in a few years and will have an opportunity to get out of Warren. Do it. Don't look back. The city is long past the point of return. You are one of the lucky ones who won't be stuck in the big steaming pile of crap that is left of it.

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