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Union leaders react to meeting

February 9, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — Officials representing the three city unions said Friday plans for a townhall meeting to discuss the need for health care concessions, “may be illegal and an attempt to put union......

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Feb-10-13 8:55 PM

As long as Steubenville re elects the same from the limp wrist drunken hit & run mayor and council members with all the Ole Boy graff, patronage, & " we always did it this way ". We will continue to follow many other one political party rule. Absolute power brings absolute corruption.

Steubenville residence don't even have the decency of outrage of an innocent girl or two being raped by their beloved alma mater and the apparent lack of discipline of those involved. In most any other town the size of Little Chicago ( Steubenville ), there concerned citizens with a moral compass and desire for human empathy would scream for the coach's head and be in large numbers at the board of education. No, not in the 43952 zip code.

So, why should anyone care if the city manager makes X amount of dollars. She agreed to a lower pay which at other towns would have paid her more. Steubenville always have the Scarlet Letter in America's consciousness & we deserve it!

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Feb-09-13 3:50 PM

First off, the nut job with the gun hangup should of gotten off the short bus a few blocks back...

I remember when they came to us, and asked us about City Council getting 'our' Health Insurance, and if it would have been ok with us to 'let them have it too'.. being in a generous mood, we all said 'yes', and voila, they had it.

Now they want to take it back from us, but not them, when they are part time? (I still have empathy with the Unions, even though I am retired)... I dont think so.

As you say, get rid of the City Manager, whos wages and benefiets are outrageous for a small city like ours now, (we are only 18,000 people, not the 30 thousands of yesteryear when I was a kid), so we dont need someone with a vast wage like hers, not bringing in the money she was "supposed" to bring in, with Grants and all those other things she was privy to.

If the Unions can do thier jobs with out benefiets and perks, then so can the Mayor take over, instead of the City Manager now.

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Feb-09-13 2:07 PM

Even if the city's coffers were overflowing, the council perks seem "over the top".

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Feb-09-13 1:53 PM

If everyone gave back what this council has given back we could erase our debt," said 1st Ward Councilman Gerald DiLoreto >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

WHAT, HUH, WHAT did he just say? What has council given up or back to the city?

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Feb-09-13 1:46 PM

Correct me if I am wrong but I can't recall ever seeing a serious proposal by any councilperson to give up any of their benefits. We always hear about what an honor it is for them to serve the people but it seems that once they get accustomed to the perks, then they tend to serve themselves. There's not much honor in that.

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Feb-09-13 1:25 PM

Forgive me for asking this question, but..WHAT the Sam*****does gun control have to do with the UNIONS and health care, and the City Manager lying? No, I do not think the Union meetings should be open to the public. sorry, pay your dues then you may go. As for the open town hall meeting, it is so wrong to try to strong-arm the unions through the citizens of Steubenville. And I hope illegal. I am glad that the police are finally taking a stand. I do understand the different unions with the police but come together and unite. The unions have not had a wage increase for "YEARS"! Cost of living goes up, minimum wage goes up, taxes goes up, food , utilities, gasoline. But not the paycheck. The unions give concessions , city takes and takes but gives nothing. Get rid of the health care for council. Heck, they do not need it, they have paying jobs or retirement from other sources. You say shame on the Unions, I say Shame on YOU!

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Feb-09-13 11:57 AM

Ms. Davison has not revealed her resons for being a cheerleader for Gas...this industry brings its own crime wave including drugs, prostitution and pollution.please notice the big drilling waste water dumped in storm drains story making national news! As a property owner in Steubenville I object to paying her a nickle and support unions 100%. If she has stock or other interests in the energy industry she needs to make this known now. The latest story about using public money to build a facility for a petroleum businessman could be called The Life of Riley...Fr Pino Pugliesi, Blessed anti-corruption fighter is headed for sainthood. I am praying for a miracle to save Steubenville.Faith with action is needed here.

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Feb-09-13 9:54 AM

AnathAmi- I really hope your posts are satire, otherwise you would look really foolish advocating actions that are not only unconstitutional but also ineffective. The silly thing is, criminals don't follow laws to begin with. If you don't like it, move to a country that does not have our Constitutional rights. I hear Iran is beautiful this time of year, plus they have recently reinstated public amputations as a form of punishment. What a great educational experience for you! By the way, my husband and I own more than 20 firearms, including those that get your panties in a twist. Collectively, they have killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.

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Feb-09-13 9:04 AM

Wow, the hatefulness in this Ohio Valley is disgusting.There is so much of it that it's scary! I happen to agree that the meetings should be open to the public, the public pays the taxes that pays the salaries and benefits, they have a right to know! I had to read the article again, because I thought maybe I skipped over the part about the weapons ban. Looks like the government trickery of using trigger words is working. Assault Rifle is mentioned and the wing nuts come out of the woodwork. Was an assault rifle used last week when two were murdered in the fair city? No. Bad or a lack of parenting killed those two.

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Feb-09-13 5:44 AM

Again, the Steubenville Police Department’s union president has the courage to go public and place the blame with gun crime where it belongs…on assault rifles. I hope that anyone who reads this article, (even though it was ostensibly written about animosity between the unions and the city government) can appreciate the interjection of the term “assault rifle” into the story. The current gun control debate in this country needs more police officers to stand with what is right: and that is the banning and confiscation of weapons that nobody should own.

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Feb-09-13 5:43 AM

Still another loophole involves gun shows, where people can buy these assault rifles without any type of background checks. Additionally, there are Americans who can sell guns through private purchases, or have them bequeathed to them by family members. These individuals also make a mockery of necessary background checks. These transactions not only include the assault rifles noted in the story, but also include revolvers, pistols, and shotguns that can hold more than six or seven rounds. No one needs weapons that hold seven or more bullets!

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Feb-09-13 5:43 AM

Even more onerous is the ability of batterers to have these “lesser” offenses expunged or sealed by the court, allowing their violent criminality to be hidden and let them possess the very guns that the law was designed to keep out of their violent unstable hands. ALL sealed domestic violence records need to be re-opened. This includes those that have been pled down, but originally involved family violence. These individuals need to have their ability to possess guns stripped from them!

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Feb-09-13 5:42 AM

Unfortunately, the gun culture in this country has allowed loopholes to subvert legislation designed to keep guns out of the hands of violent individuals. One tactic is to allow someone who has been charged with domestic violence to plead no contest to “disorderly conduct”. Thus, these batters are getting around the federal prohibition barring domestic violence criminals from obtaining and possessing guns. If a person is charged with beating a family member then shouldn’t that person have to go to trial, instead of being allowed to plead to a lesser offense? No innocent person should be afraid of going to court.

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Feb-09-13 5:42 AM

I wish to applaud Fort Steuben Lodge 1’s President for finally joining sides with those who wish to promote sensible gun safety in this country. He uses a term that many “gun-rights” or “pro-second amendment” Americans are scared to hear used. That term is “assault rifle”. These weapons look like military rifles and normally use detachable magazines that can hold more rounds that any person would need to have for legitimate purposes. These assault rifles should be confiscated from anyone who owns one. Steubenville needs to follow in the footsteps of the state of New York. Governor Cuomo led the battle there for reasonable legislation banning assault rifles. Our council should use this as a model for ordinances in our city. It would be an even greater breath of fresh air if our ordinance barred any firearm capable of holding more than six rounds at a time from being possessed in our city

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Feb-09-13 5:16 AM

We hope city residents will then put pressure on the city unions to consider our proposed changes," Davison said.Leave it up to the citizens , Mrs. City are one crazy woman. I really do not think a city of our size need a manager. If Jefferson county can do it with a 3 person board, then why can't we do it without a city mananger, That will save us money, plus get rid of a lying, deceiving , ungrateful person The City of Steubenville welcomed Mrs. Davison to our city with opened arms, stuck up for her when the going got rough, and this is how she repays us? It's not fair to even brings this up at the town hall meeting. I do hope You get yours, Mrs. Davison. I for one will NEVER have your back again. I think it's time to go back south.

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