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Orchids & Onions

February 2, 2013

ONION: To Warren Mayor Doug Franklin for the false hope he spread in the wake of General Electric announcing that its Ohio Lamp plant in the city will close in early 2014....

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Feb-09-13 8:14 AM

More "SMOKE" and "MIRRORS" this should have just been a campaign promise then the voters that elected Mayor Franklin would not be so disappointed with the little progress being made in the City.

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Feb-05-13 8:51 PM

An onion to the Vienna fiscal officer for stating a fact and doing her job? Really?

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Feb-03-13 10:33 AM

Historymaven, Please don't confuse Guy with the facts! The Vienna Trustees and Mrs. Anzur shouldn't follow the ORC, aka: the law if Guy doesn't like it. I think he would have had the township invest in Enron at the time! This is why the laws are in place; to protect the taxpayers money!

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Feb-02-13 5:36 PM

MVOC ..onion really?? Come on Tribune editors, how about you take a walk out of your office and smell the roses of this Valley..the pulse of the people. Lots of low income already, union's keep the wage for many at a living rate, which puts the money back into small and large business preventing this place from becoming a ghost town. Really tired of your anti-worker, aristocratic mentality.

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Feb-02-13 12:45 PM

I would agree with HistoryMaven on the responsibilities of the Fiscal Officer. For that individual to do anything against the revised code with be illegal and directly against the oath they would have taken. I applaud that individual to not caving in on what is legal and right. That position does not make the spending decisions, but is required to make sure what ever decisions are made are according to the Ohio Revised Code Shame on you Tribune to suggest they go against those laws.

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Feb-02-13 11:40 AM

I take exception to the editor’s "onion" characterization of Vienna's super-competent fiscal officer. According to the Ohio Revised Code, a "township fiscal officer shall keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the board of township trustees at all of its meetings, and of all its accounts and transactions...." That Vienna’s fiscal officer would seek information about investment of the windfall while its trustees investigate the uses of that money is prudent. The trustees as the Township's representatives, and not the fiscal officer, are the legal recipients of this money, and they, not the fiscal officer, are empowered to make decisions about the use of the money. The trustees, and not the fiscal officer, are empowered to engage other legislators about changing the law.

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Feb-02-13 11:39 AM

That is kind of unfair, the onion for the mayor.

I mean, giving a politician grief because he said exactly what a politician says in a case like this is kind of kvetching because you got wet when you stepped in the bathtub.

And if the mayor had given a "we are doomed" speech, would that have netted him an orchid for honesty or an onion for being negative?

Just weird.

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Feb-02-13 11:27 AM

Two onions to the MVOC? Why, whatever could upset the Trib's editorial staff so much? Ahh, I see. Time to roll out my play once again! Voila:

Tribune Editorial Staff: The Play


Guy Coviello: Let's do a piece about the need to cut spending!

Frank Robinson: Yeah! We haven't done that since.... well, every other day I guess.

Charles Jarvis: Let's do one anyway and pretend that it's about "controlling costs."

Guy Coviello: Sounds good. Let's pick Medicaid as a target! Mr. Kasich oh-so-loves the idea of downgrading Medicaid by refusing Obamacare funding!

Len Blose: What do I even do again?

Guy Coviello: Why can't everyone be as self-reliant as us Tribune Chronicle editors? We're not on Medicaid!


All: Yes, master!



Slamming the MVOC for supporting Medicaid and unions is absurd.

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