Classic Cartoons: February, 2000 | April 17, 2017

February, 2000

The 2000 Congressional race in the then 17th District of Ohio grew even more interesting when former U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams vied for the Republican Party’s nomination for his old seat. Williams was elected to represent the 19th District which included Youngstown and Warren in 1978, which became part of the 17th District after the […]

Classic Cartoons: April, 1999 | April 3, 2017

April, 1999

President Bill Clinton, fresh from surviving his impeachment trial related to perjury charges connected with the Monica Lewinsky scandal, appeared on television to justify the U.S.-led bombardment of targets in Yugoslavia as a “moral imperative” to stop the ethnic cleansing campaign of Slobadon Milosevic. Given what had just transpired in the president’s personal life, it […]

Classic Cartoons: July 2000 | March 20, 2017

July 2000

This cartoon, from our July 2000 edition, comments on the looming indictment of the late U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant. By this time, it was clear the congressman was a primary target of federal investigators as they built their case layer-by-layer. It was so obvious that the congressman boasted in public that charges were imminent, […]

Classic Cartoons: Mahoning County Politics | March 6, 2017

Mahoning County Politics

“Welcome to Mahoning County Politics” reads a road sign as you cross the border into Mahoning County nearly 20 years ago. In 1998, the corruption probe involving officials in the Mahoning Valley hit its high mark when indictments were handed up charging dozens of attorneys, public officials, and organized crime figures with multiple counts of […]

Classic Cartoons: Aug. 1998 | February 20, 2017

Aug. 1998

In late July 1998, six inmates cut through the wire and escaped from the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on the city’s East Side. At the time, the prison was the state’s sole privately operated lockup, owned by Corrections Corporation of America. All of the inmates — including three convicted for murder – were apprehended, but the […]

Classic Cartoons: December, 1988 | February 6, 2017

December, 1988

This cartoon assesses the political atmosphere of Youngstown and Mahoning County during the late 1980s, then dominated by three well-known local officials: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Mahoning County Party Chairman Don Hanni III and Youngstown Mayor Pat Ungaro. Often, Ungaro would find himself at odds with the two other outlandish characters, providing fodder for […]

Classic Cartoons: May, 2009 | January 23, 2017

May, 2009

This cartoon, published in our May edition, 2009, is still relevant today as U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan ponders his political future. Then, there was widespread speculation that the congressman might make a bid for Ohio governor, but he was largely dissuaded by close associates and stayed put. He’s since risen in the ranks in the […]

Classic Cartoons: January, 1998 | January 16, 2017

January, 1998

In the heat of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, president Bill Clinton attempted to use every tool in the trade to stave off one of the most embarrassing revelations for any modern president. Among these strategies was his attempt to invoke executive privilege in order to avoid testifying, or his aides from testifying, about the president’s […]

Classic Cartoons: January, 2008 | January 9, 2017

January, 2008

Among the biggest challenges to small retailers in the area was the arrival of the Big Box discount stores such as Wal Mart, whose purchasing power and ability to source products manufactured from overseas allowed them to sell products at much lower cost than their smaller counterparts in the Mahoning Valley.