Is anyone in Warren paying property taxes?
It is a wonder anyone in Warren actually pays their property taxes. First the Sunshine Inc. mess, where the city partners with a company that rents homes and does not pay property taxes. And now this story involving Councilman Jim Valesky.
It basically sounds like Mr. Valesky has been acting as a property manager for his parents' estate, allowing people to live in two city homes while property taxes accumulated for a decade. A decade! For homes that I would assume have taxes that are just a few hundred dollars a half-year.
Is it even legal to have people living in a home that they do not own and that is not licensed as a rental?
That does sound like a nice deal. You can live in a house for free in Warren while a member of city government pays the utilities. This is almost as pleasant a prospect as the law department acting as transitional employment for people who have arrest and drug histories.
Does every member of city government think that property taxes are a joke? Or is it just this councilman-at-large and an administration that lets their contractors ignore taxes?
Perhaps Mr. Valesky should put every cent of his monthly council salary toward this debt. His pocketing city taxpayer money while owing taxes is a ridiculous proposition.
GM not the bad guy; owners at fault here
I'm troubled by the charges against General Motors over the ignition switches. Everyone I know, including myself, keeps multiple keys on their key rings. While driving, these keys create a pendulum motion, and during evasive accident braking, the swinging is severe. I fail to see how a customer's overloaded and swinging key ring is GM's fault when the pendulum cancels the ignition function.
Where does customer responsibility come into the equation? A famed actor hit a light pole at excessive speed. Is the automaker being sued over the car's ability to attain that speed? If the ignition shuts off with only one key in it, that would be a reason to sue, but everything I've seen says overloaded key chains, even holding cellphone cases, are in play at these events.
If this is the case, how is General Motors responsible?
Poll workers needed to maintain integrity
Ohio is the most important swing state and we have the best election system in the nation. As chief elections official, I am grateful for the hard work of the more than 40,000 poll workers, or precinct election officials (PEOs), it takes to administer an election in the Buckeye State.
A PEO is a dedicated citizen who serves his or her community and our democracy by working on Election Day to ensure their neighbors can vote with ease. These individuals safeguard the process by helping to operate polling places so all Ohioans can have confidence in the results.
Serving as a PEO can be a very rewarding experience and many choose to return election after election.
Why sign up to be a PEO? Being a PEO offers a unique opportunity to be on the front lines of democracy and earn a little extra cash. It is also very easy to sign up and elections officials across the state, including in Trumbull County, are always looking for individuals who want to serve their community by working at the polls on Election Day.
I encourage any interested Trumbull County resident to either visit www.PEOinOhio.com or contact the Trumbull County Board of Elections to learn more and sign up.
It is my hope you will consider signing up to be a precinct election official.
Ohio Secretary of State
RN tries to set medical record straight
This letter is a response to letter to the editor ''Medical money goes up in cigarette smoke'' submitted by Jeri Karr on March 23, 2014.
''Most hospitalization (90 percent) is caused from substance abuse, mainly cigarette smoking, heart disease, lung diseases, etc. Some of these people are on some form of public assistance. Who do you think pays for all this?''
I don't know where Ms. Karr got her statistics, and I don't appreciate her comments about public assistance and her ''you people'' attitude. As an RN, I know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., Ohio and Trumbull County related to modifiable risk factors (including smoking).
21.9 percent of adult residents smoke
25 percent of residents are obese
77 percent report a sedentary lifestyle
37.5 percent of residents surveyed have high cholesterol
27.5 percent have elevated blood pressure
9.6 percent have been diagnosed with diabetes
The public needs to be educated, but not by people like Ms. Karr.
Time for report on Lordstown turbines
It is the end of March again. Is it not time to have another annual report on the performance of the wind turbines at the Lordstown Village Administration Building?
They have been in service for three years now; how are they doing? What is their average annual production of electricity?
Three years ago, Lordstown paid $131,700 of local, state and federal tax money to Wind Turbines of Ohio LLC in Alliance for two wind turbines manufactured by Bergey WindPower Co. of Norman, Okla.
How well is this investment of taxpayer funds performing?
Falls man upset with judge's move
In a recent, shocking decision regarding the unlawful repression of a referendum on an imposed tax hike in Newton Falls, Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter Kontos suffocated a cry for justice by aborting this vital case before it could be brought to trial.
Echoing the lies of Newton Falls village officials, Kontos claimed the issues raised in the case were moot. Violations of voting rights are never moot, and denying a whole town the inalienable right to vote on a tax hike is certainly not a moot issue, at least not in a democracy.
Government is supposed to express, not repress, the will of the people, and the judiciary is supposed to punish, not promote, unlawful behavior. In the sordid case of Newton Falls, voters were unlawfully denied their day at the polls, and residents were unjustly denied their day in court.
With his profoundly anti-democratic ruling, Kontos made a mockery of the last three words of our Pledge of Allegiance. How utterly shameful.
Joyce the right choice for congressman
May 6 is the Republican primary election, absentee voting has begun and in my opinion, re-electing Congressman David Joyce is the right choice.
Joyce has voted to de-fund and repeal Obamacare. He has helped to reduce discretionary spending and has Washington on a budget for the first time in four years.
Compare that to his opponent who voted against balancing the state budget, against a $2.7 billion tax cut for Ohioans and included earmarks in the capital budget.
Please join me in re-electing Congressman Joyce this May.
(Pope is a state central
Bible brings up question of blessings
Once again the issue concerning gay marriage arises. Here are a few passages from the Bible concerning homosexuality.
Leviticus chapter 20, verse 13, says, ''If a man lie with man, as he lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood be upon them.''
Corinthians chapter 7, verse 2, says, ''But since there is so much immorality, each man shall have his own wife, and each woman shall have her own husband.''
Matthew chapter 19, verses 4, 5 and 6, say, ''That he that made them at the beginning made them male and female, for this cause shall a man leave his mother and father, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Wherefore they are but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.''
How can people keep asking God to bless this country if people refuse to follow his commandments?
Writer takes pride in Mathews, to vote yes
Why we are voting yes on the Mathews school bond issue?
It's time. We are relatively new to Vienna, but we are proud to call Vienna our home and Mathews our school district. We are voting yes to a new school because when you take pride in something, you want to see it grow, mature and develop into something better.
Isn't that what we all should want if we are residents in this district?
We have heard the argument: ''It was fine when I went there.'' Well, step into that building and you will see instantly, it is not fine anymore. Baker and Currie are not far behind.
Don't we want better for the next generation? At some point, district residents saw fit to build the existing high school. It's time to make the same investment for future generations.
Dustin and Kacy Rath
GMO debate spurs misconceptions
There was a letter from a person in Southington who almost had the facts correct. The writer is upset about GMO foods, but has a misconception of what GMO is.
Over the years, a cattle rancher, a farmer, a dog breeder or a racehorse owner will have noticed that there are some specimens of what he is producing that have outstanding characteristics, be it a more weather tolerant feature, or faster moving or nicer looking in their viewpoint. So by selective cross breeding, they improve the future offspring, be it plant or animal.
I have read about a species of grass that tolerates briny water, such as along a coastline. The geneticists are crossing it with rice that will allow farmers in the areas such as India to raise more crops where they could not. That is one example of genetically modified foods.
There have been GMOs that will crowd out weeds without use of something like Roundup, as that product has been shown to gradually become ineffective after some years.
Because not all of the plants sprayed with it die off, and the survivors will cause a modification in their DNA to allow the weeds to come back again. That is GMO by nature, or you can call it natural evolution. So before the writer decides we should all stop eating anything that has any signs of GMO in it, perhaps a more reasoned approach is needed.
Allow me to comment here about so-called organic produce. The latest issue of Consumer Reports has an article about eggs, and they compared the nutrition of a variety of brands and also the way the chickens were raised, and the color of the shell. The net result is that higher priced eggs are not any better than the lower cost eggs.
There have been videos shown with ''non-organic'' foods (and that is a misnomer, as all foods we eat are organic), compared to ''organic'' foods in taste tests. Almost every time, the person who is asked to taste the foods and try to identify which is the organic verses non-organic, will select one as better than the other. The kicker here is that all the food is ''non-organic,'' just divided into two or more portions.
So some of us, not all, have fallen for the advertising gimmick of paying more for food no different than the lower cost foods. If you think I am making this up, do your own fact checking. The main thing is to rinse off the fruits and veggies so the chance of any contamination from whatever source is minimized.
GMO foods are safe to eat, as we have been doing that to them since we learned to cook.
The right has right to question record
This is in response to Bud McKelvey's letter in the Tribune Chronicle last week. He is upset that Rand Paul has questioned some of Hillary Clinton's past actions as well as her qualifications to run for president. Mr. McKelvey suggests that Mr. Paul and the tea party back off on Hillary and focus on jobs, the elderly, veterans, women, minorities and the middle class.
I find it ironic that Hillary and her party leader Barack Obama have done nothing in five plus years to create jobs or help the elderly, veterans, women, minorities and the middle class. Every group he lists above are worse off than when Obama took office in 2009. This country is financially in much worse shape than when they were elected and appointed to their respective offices. The debt and deficit is so big I cannot comprehend it.
Mr. Paul and any other elected official has a right to question any other politician, candidate or potential candidate as they see fit. It's called freedom of speech and the right to know. I'd like to know as well.
What accomplishments does Hillary have on her resume during her eight years as senator? As secretary of state of this country for four years, I see absolutely nothing that she has done worthwhile. Our borders are a mess, our foreign policy is non existent, our standing in the world has been diminished, and she absolutely has the blood of four dead Americans squarely on her hands for the attack on the Benghazi consulate.
Yet there is no accountability for that. Her famous quote ''What does it matter anyway?'' will go down in history right next to her husband's ''I did not have sexual relations with that woman'' as one of the most ridiculous and insulting of all time.
What Bill Clinton did while in office has everything to do with Hillary. Their Whitewater investment scam cost the federal government $73 million. Then she conveniently lost all the files pertaining to it. Real nice.
And also remember shortly after he was elected, Hillary proclaimed ''We are the President.'' Mr. McKelvey has Hillary running, nominated and elected as our next president in 2016.
I guess you can add not being able to keep Bill on a short leash during his presidency to her great list of achievements as well. But please don't mention any of this or bring up anything negative. You just might upset members of the very tolerant, liberal Democratic Party.