Commissioner pick smells like politics
Here's my take on the new commissioner: it was already decided before the vote was taken, that's why it was done in secret.
To me, it should have been open with information on all candidates, their qualifications and ideas for this area available. The pick of Mauro Cantalamessa smells a little fishy, and shows, once again, politics is a sneaky, behind-the-door business.
There should be term limits on all political positions, from city to national, and just maybe this country might get fixed. We'll have an end to lifelong politicians living off the people with lifetime health care pensions and all the other perks.
Nostalgic customers want to help
There is some history unfolding in Warren at this time. It is unfolding at Andrews Shopping Center at the corner of East Market Street and Route 46.
Many years ago, Andrews started out as a full-service gas station that also sold many other items, including ice cream. When I visited the store in the 1970s, the gas pump service worked like this: when a person drove up to the gas pumps, the person at the counter would see the new customer and yell out, ''ONE UP!'' This indicated to the many clerks in the store that a customer was waiting at the pumps and a clerk from the store was expected to pump gas for them.
The first time I was checking out with the cashier and I heard her shout, ''ONE UP!'' I was not sure what was happening. I soon realized that we were not being robbed, but that someone was pulling up for gas.
After I got used to the system, it seemed quite normal and comforting. It was a good system, quite simple and very effective. Often, I was the customer waiting for the gas service.
The store has changed since those earlier times. There have been no gas pumps for years and no one calls out, ''ONE UP'' anymore. The store is owned by the third-generation of Harmon Andrews. It retains its hardware and household shelves along with hobby and train merchandise.
But, all those ''ONE UPs'' from the underground gas tanks added up to an accumulation of petroleum in the ground near the tanks. Whether from spillage or leakage, some of the contaminated ground had been left, even after the tanks were removed years ago.
It has taken years of testing to try to determine if the contamination was truly a health hazard. The present owner, Harm Andrews III, has recently decided to end the speculation and remove the problem soil. Harm estimates that the soil removal will cost him well in excess of $45,000.
Maybe it is time for Andrews customers to step up for Harm and give him business . . .
And when you step up to pay for your purchase, you might remind Harm that you want this one to be ''ONE UP.''
Woman's death among forgotten
One year ago, a woman in my neighborhood was murdered in a truly horrible manner. To date, I have not heard of any arrests having been made, and the case seems to have been forgotten.
How different it would be had the victim been someone affluent rather than a very poor woman who struggled with addiction.
Does anyone else remember what was done to poor Lori Wishart?
Benjamin E. Reed
Zebra mussels aren't still clearing Erie?
Big talk about algae in Lake Erie. What happened to the stories about the zebra mussels cleaning up all the algae and clearing up the water?
It changed the way people fished for walleye in the Western Basin years ago. Instead of pitching Erie dearies, they started trolling, like is done in the central and east, because of the water clarity.
Are the zebra mussels gone? I don't think so, so what's up?
Community missing out on musicians
Where are all of the people?
Packard Music Hall had yet another lovely, three-day event of free, high-quality and lively music performed by musicians the weekend of July 18. How fortunate this community is to have such a gift bestowed upon us by W.D. Packard.
The sad note about this precious gift is that each musical venue was poorly attended. It is disheartening to attend a quartet of local saxophone talent with less than 25 people in attendance.
Kudos to the local musicians of the Packard Dixie Land Band, Packard Saxophone Quartet and the Packard Concert Band; they work so hard to contribute to our community.
If you were to attend a similar event in a large city, you would pay, easily, $50 or more. At a time when money buys so little, why are you not attending these free events?
They are well-advertised, easy- to-find parking for, plenty of seating, pleasant people to help you find your way, talented musicians that have invested in long practice sessions, and all are willing to provide top entertainment.
It takes a community to turn out and support these events. Please, make an effort to support our local musicians. It will only cost you the time to show up and will provide you a lasting moment of pleasure.
Johnson got it right going to Congress
A dour half-century anniversary has rapidly approached and passed. Allusion is made to the beginning of the prolonged military entanglement known as the Vietnam War.
On Aug. 2, 1964, President Johnson announced that U.S. vessels had been attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin by North Vietnamese craft.
On Aug. 7, 1964, Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, allowing the chief executive ''to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States.''
From an historical perspective, a formal declaration of war still seems better than warfare by the commander-in-chief.
Death penalty fits the crime just fine
I am writing today in reference to ''botched executions,'' death penalty setbacks, because of an Arizona killer on death row that was being executed and just so happened to be gasping for breath for 90 minutes.
Well, isn't that just too bad? I wonder how long his victim was gasping for air?
They say he gasped and snorted before he died. A reporter who witnessed the execution said he gasped more than 600 times. Boo-hoo.
I feel so bad for this murderer - not! He got exactly what he deserved. So what if he had to snort and gasp for air?
Ohio is now having death penalty setbacks because of this. In California a third lethal injection has gone awry, so death penalty opponents say any killing is an unnecessarily cruel punishment.
Don't these people think about the victims? No. Do you know why? Because the victims are dead, buried and forgotten.
Bring back the electric chair, the gas chamber, the firing squad; we had all of those 30 years ago. But we had those death penalty opponents, didn't we?
When someone is convicted and sentenced to die, get it over with. Don't let them sit on death row for 20 to 30 years. I don't call that death row, I call it getting away with murder. Because the criminal is still alive and breathing, the victims are gone, dead, no more.
Another thing, what in the world is Danny Lee Hill still doing alive? Come on, Ohio, Miriam Fife has had a life sentence already, of pain, anger and confusion, all because her son's murderer is claiming he is retarded.
The states in this country need to get back to the basics of execution. And so what if they have to take a few gasping breaths or snort? So what! They are gonna die eventually, so do what is right, governors, put these murderers to rest once and for all.
Families like Miriam Fife's need to finally have justice served.
need a reality check
Nancy Pelosi said last week that the terrorist group Hamas that occupies the Gaza Strip and that has been attacking Israel for over a year was a humanitarian group that needs to be recognized by the U.S. This is the organization that straps bombs on the backs of 8-year-old children and detonates them on any busy street that they deem fit to further their radical Islamic causes.
Last Sunday, Hillary Clinton was interviewed on one of the morning news talk shows. She was asked about the conflict between the Israelis and this terrorist group Hamas.
Israel has recently returned missile strikes against Hamas' launch points in a counter-attack. It is a documented and well-known fact that Hamas is using schools, hospitals and residential areas as shields for their launch points from their rockets and other military operations.
Specifically, Mrs. Clinton was asked if Hamas was such a humanitarian group, why would they be using innocent men, women and children as human shields. Her response was that Gaza is such a small area that they don't have room for their military operation in any other places.
Even with all her out-of-touch wackiness and ridiculous comments, Pelosi still wields a lot of power in the Democratic party. Why is she still in that position? And if Mrs. Clinton truly believes this, is she the person the liberals really want to be the next president of the United States? She sure appears to be the Dem frontrunner at this point.
It's a shame that this country is falling apart before our very eyes.