Man torn between schools for Tressel
As a proud Youngstown State graduate and current University of Akron mid-level administrator, I feel compelled to give my opinion of Jim Tressel's application to be the president of either YSU or UA.
I am personally torn as to which route I would like to see him take. On one hand, he would be an inspiration to my alma mater, which has been stunned by the departure of its former short-term president.
Conversely, the University of Akron is in need of his steady leadership during a time of transition and personnel turbulence. I have heard from friends, family and colleagues the concern that Jim Tressel doesn't possess a ''terminal degree,'' such as a Ph.D. or Ed.D.
I can say with confidence as a retired U.S. Army officer that you can't learn leadership and charisma in the classroom. Some people possess these skills and attributes. Most don't.
Jim Tressel possesses the persona of confidence and vision. He seeks advice and opinions, decides on a goal, and pursues it with passion. That is a leader.
Since spending my last 20 years in higher education after retiring from the military, I have seen academicians spend hours debating about subjects akin to the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. Jim doesn't embrace that frivolity because he is too busy making things happen.
As someone who is approaching retirement, I don't have a dog in this fight except for my affection for both institutions. I will tell you with the utmost confidence as someone who has seen Jim and his student success team on a daily basis that the university who gets Jim Tressel will be a ''winner.''
No great leader is perfect and Jim is no exception, but at this time and this place you will be hard pressed to find a better university president.
Mr. Tressel will make his decision on what is best for him and his family and I hope that he is given the opportunity to get his choice of these two fine schools.
Stephen M. Motika
Fracking causes quakes despite beliefs
Here we go again. You cannot pulverize the earth's underlying crust (fracking) without serious consequence. State geologists have now proven what common sense already tells us: Fracking causes earthquakes.
But I'm sure the rabid right will crank up their slime machine to discredit all this as junk science, inserting their own self-serving explanations, as they have done with global warming and evolution. I do hope the local populace will run these corporate hacks out of town on a rail.
Jonathan F. Phillips
Amp should bring back Almost Queen
I saw all the new concert dates for the Amp. I really enjoyed a lot of the shows last year and plan on attending many more this year.
However, I think the best has been left out. I know many people that saw several shows at the amp last year, and we all agree, Almost Queen was by far the best show going. I just wonder why they aren't coming back this year. I for one was really looking forward to it.
TNP seeks feedback, ideas from residents
We were very pleased with the turnout to the public meetings we held in the Southwest as part of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership's (TNP) HUD Community Challenge Grant.
This week, we will be holding our next set of meetings in the central neighborhoods of the city: North End, Historic Perkins and Central City.
This phase of our grant project is critical because after completing our inventory of the housing and residential land use in the city of Warren, we want to share the information we collected and we want to get feedback from residents as we move forward with the project.
We need input and ideas from everyone so that we can create the best possible neighborhood plans. These plans will act as guides for residents, organizations and the city in improving our residential neighborhoods and making them fit the vision that the people in each area have.
Each community has strengths and assets, things that are beautiful and things that are exciting. We believe in taking those things and maximizing their potential. We want to engage folks in thinking about how their neighborhoods could be improved and how they can take things like vacant homes and overgrown lots and turn them into opportunities, rather than liabilities.
We have taken the time to really assess the situation in each neighborhood, and over the next few months we will be sharing that information with every area of the city.
We hope that everyone who is interested in making Warren stronger, interested in being part of a brighter future, will join us to take the next step in thinking about how we use the information collected to create a positive vision and outline the steps that it will take for us to reach that vision.
Thank you to all those who are helping us host these important meetings: Deliverance Temple Church, the USW Local 1375, and the Trumbull County YMCA.
The following are the times and locations for the meetings in the Central City Neighborhoods:
North End Area: Monday, 6 p.m., Deliverance Temple Church;
Central City Area: Tuesday, 6 p.m., USW Local 1375;
Historic Perkins: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., the YMCA;
Noon meeting (all areas): Thursday, noon, at the TNP Office, 170 North Park Ave.
I hope to see lots of folks come out to these meetings. These are important topics and we need more people to be active in talking about and acting on these issues.
Williams is Community Planning Coordinator for Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership
Yoder needs schooling on septic dangers
Mrs. Yoder, now Farmington Township Trustee Yoder, is entitled to the opinion she expressed in her recent letter to the editor. However, it is time to put the rhetoric of the campaign aside and begin behaving like an informed and responsible elected official.
Her letter is a mix of self-serving comments and misstatements. It is shocking that anyone would take such a backward approach by railing against basic public health measures as sewage abatement. That is not leadership.
She asks why the grocery owners were ''singled out'' by the health department, as if their failing septic system was just sprung upon them. Those individuals have been locked in a dispute over their commercial septic system with the Ohio EPA since 2010. They should have resolved the issue of their failing system years ago.
The Ohio EPA revisited the property because the whole area was reassigned to a new EPA inspector. He chose that date and time to make the visit to familiarize himself with the property and to see for himself that a discharge (sewage) from the store still existed. No new accusations were made, or any attempt to pull something over on anyone.
For Mrs. Yoder to insinuate that the EPA is afraid to inspect a property with the owner present, or worse, to suggest that they (or we, for that matter) would sneak around is utterly ridiculous.
To suggest that the Ohio EPA (or health department) would deny anyone their right to fair treatment is also repugnant. Just as important, though, is the expectation that the same consideration be afforded the public as well. In other words, the public has the right to expect the health department to see that sewage is disposed of properly.
Mrs. Yoder tries to minimize the problem at the grocery store by saying that it is only 4,400 gallons. How much of those 4,400 gallons of sewage would she want in the source of her drinking water?
Mrs. Yoder should also be mindful that the Ohio EPA sued this county once for violations of the Clean Water Act. The Ohio EPA was seeking a judgment in excess of $80 million from the county. That suit was brought because of problems created by the county's handling of sewage nuisance abatement years ago. This process of sewage nuisance abatement settled upon by all parties nearly 10 years ago is what Mrs. Yoder only now is complaining about.
As Mrs. Yoder was not involved in these earlier legal proceedings, she may not realize or understand the gravity of the allegations made by the Ohio EPA, or the public health consequences facing this county. The reinstitution of these past practices could place the health of county residents at risk, and most certainly attract more attention from the Ohio EPA.
Mrs. Yoder should ask why the septic issue in our county grew to the magnitude that it did in the 30 years prior to the EPA lawsuit.
James J. Enyeart
Trumbull County Health Commissioner
Study up on GMOs for safe eating
In the conversation about GMOs, a recent letter suggested genetically modified organisms come from ''selective breeding'' or ''natural evolution.'' These two statements couldn't be further from the truth.
Please do not confuse hybridization with GMOs. This is a new technology by chemical companies so they can sell more chemicals. GMOs are made by genetic engineers in a science lab. Scientists take DNA from one species, such as viruses or bacteria, and artificially insert it into another species, such as plants and animals, crossing all of nature's barriers.
Some say GMO stands for ''God Move Over.'' The GMOs affecting us the most are the herbicide tolerant, often referred to as Roundup Ready, and the pesticide producing. He talks of rinsing the chemicals off the food. He must not realize pesticide is produced in every cell of the GMO plant. It cannot be washed off! We have corn registered as a pesticide. It is true, the plants are becoming Roundup resistant from overuse.
We now have Generation Two GMOs plants that get sprayed with the active ingredient of Agent Orange. Unlabeled!
I suggest anyone who wants to know the facts about GMOs watch the documentary "Genetic Roulette" by Jeffery Smith. Until GMOs are properly labeled like they are in other countries, it will be survival of the smartest in the U.S.A.
Chew on that!
Rude photographer didn't ruin evening
First of all let me go on record as saying that the evening at Packard Music Hall on April 22 with Kevin Costner and Modern West was a wonderful experience for my wife and me. Meeting Mr. Costner, hearing good music, spending the evening with friends and being part of something special for Chook Alberini is a memory that will last a lifetime.
I also want to thank Ken Haidaris for all the hard work he has done not only with this concert, but for all he has done to bring quality entertainment to Warren.
The lone blemish on the evening would come thanks to a photographer from the press. I had a seat in the front row next to the center aisle. As Mr. Costner entered down the center aisle, I was in a perfect position for a photograph with my phone as many others were doing. That's when one of the photographers in front of the stage grabbed and shoved me aside rather than politely asking me to move.
Instead of making a scene as Mr. Costner was still coming down the aisle, I let it go. I was still able to shake Mr. Costner's hand and my wife was able to give him a hug. Thus, we didn't let this unprofessional and rude incident ruin our evening.
However, I do want it to be noted for the record that this incident occurred. This was an act of rude behavior that would not be tolerated in any situation, let alone during a special moment like I described. To the photographer who shoved me: I paid to stand where I was standing, you didn't.
Sentences will deter low-level criminals
"Bogus refunds a growing problem,'' Tribune, April 11, 2014. This is a problem that can be solved. I am reminded of a trip back to France many years ago. We had a tour stop in London for a few days, which included a stage show. When we arrived at the theater, I remarked that it looked like a nice area to walk around.
The tour guide remarked that a year earlier he would not have booked this area for a tour stop. Why, I asked. He said that there were at least two or three muggings a week in the area, then a pedestrian was mugged by three men and was robbed of $30.
The thieves were caught and brought to justice. The judge sentenced them to 10 years in jail. Muggings in the area dropped off, because the judge remarked in the sentencing that the muggers were now earning a dollar a year for the next 10 years, and any other muggers would get the same sentence. It was a year later, and there had been no muggings in the year.
A 10-year sentence will stop the fraud in a big hurry. But Attorney General Eric Holder wants a low-level criminal released with shorter jail sentences. We are sending the wrong message to all criminals at this time. With longer times there will be fewer persons trying to earn an illegal living.
Leonard J. Sainato
Democrats lie to African-Americans
As an American citizen, and not a Democrat nor Republican, I can honestly say that our government is dividing this country.
I just watched what the former speaker of the House and a Democratic congressman said on TV about how Republicans are racist. That's appalling; the Democratic party is hurting the African-American people more than anybody. I guess they feel they have control of them by demonizing the other party.
If you ask me, the Democratic party is lying to the African-American people. Shameful!
Nick S. Boxler
Cartoon draws unjust conclusion
The so-called cartoon in the Saturday, April 12, 2014, Tribune Chronicle was really a slap in the face for the minority voters. It showed that the only way a minority could cast a ballot was to follow a maze.
This, then, in fact demonstrates that for a minority to vote, the bar is set so much higher when in the course of voting, we all enter the same voting precinct set forth by all of our lawmakers, Democrat, independent and Republican.
Therefore, if the playing field is tilted, can only one party be to blame? Or for that matter, one color, one nationality, one gender?
If the maze is a true factor, then can we reverse this call and request the playing field be changed when it comes to athletics? How about when it comes to academics. Or for that matter, when gender comes to the front in the military?
The fact that the Declaration of Independence says imperatively that ''all men are created equal,'' and it doesn't specify which is more equal than the other. And now we should all respect that equal means women and minorities, too. Plus, our Constitution and its amendments guarantee this to all.
Answer this if you can: Should we allow anyone, male or female, majority or minority as the bloodlines flow, to be more equal when it happens to the school valedictorian, or the drum major? Then who will quarterback the team? All of this is nothing more than ability, desire or practice.
Now when I see, as the cartoon showed, that an elephant, the symbol of the Republican Party, guides the minorities to a maze, I get disturbed. Then to see a symbol of the Old South, a sign stating, ''Whites Only,'' I cannot believe this cartoonist really can sleep at night with such hate in his head as to draw such a crazy insolent picture and allow us, in this day and age, to believe he is not playing a race card.
Why do some people think that to prove you are who you are in order to vote, that a jumbled playing field or a change in the setting of a bar is the trail they have to travel?
Don't we all, at any given time, have to show identity in order to get a permissible action to happen? I have a driver's license with my picture on it to prove I am me. I have a veteran's card with an identifying picture of me on it. I had to show proof and identification to get a blue and white invalid parking permit.
With all the requirements necessary to show identification, why is it a bloody bad thing to show ID in order to vote? Why is this such a separation of the races or colors when we vote for equal justice under law when we elect a candidate?
Patrick M. Liste