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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.

Classic Cartoons: November, 1989 | November 28, 2016

November, 1989

In November 1989, then U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, was implicated in the so-called “Keating Five” scandal along with four other senators – John McCain, Alan Cranston, Dennis DiConcini, and Don Riegle. Glenn, an American hero of the early space program – memorialized in the movie, “The Right Stuff” — and a genuine no-nonsense senator, […]

Classic Cartoons: August, 1992 | November 14, 2016

August, 1992

This cartoon from our August 1992 issue relates to the fraud allegations against Michael “Mickey” Monus, the businessman behind the successful Phar-Mor discount drug chain. Monus was convicted in 1994 in what was the largest corporate fraud case in U.S history at the time.

Classic Cartoons: August, 1990 | October 31, 2016

August, 1990

August Issue, 1990. Here’s one of the few times I’ve had the pleasure of cartooning the most cartooned president in U.S. history. This one is a take on the grand opening of the Richard M. Nixon presidential library in Yorba Linda, Calif., in July of 1990. I think Nixon ranks as the first president I’d […]

Classic Cartoons: November, 1991 | October 17, 2016

November, 1991

In November, the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives opted to strip U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant’s assignment to the House Ways and Means Committee. By the end of his tenure, Traficant, then a senior member of the House, was stripped of all assignments, leaving him essentially powerless.