Slain mail carrier Daniel Kondas, who...

Slain mail carrier Daniel Kondas, who was shot while delivering mail...

There are 17 comments on the Cleveland.com story from Sep 19, 2009, titled Slain mail carrier Daniel Kondas, who was shot while delivering mail.... In it, Cleveland.com reports that:

Daniel Kondas delivered mail for 23 years and rarely missed a day of work. He loved to bowl and take care of a 1950s car, friends and neighbors said.

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Sadie Battaglia

Broadview Heights, OH

#1 Sep 19, 2009
It is so incredibly sad what the city of Maple Hts. has come to. As both the wife of a maple hts. police officer and someone who knew danny kondas this just breaks my heart. Danny was the quitest and most unassuming man. It's just pathetic that in this day and age you cannot do your job and be safe. I fear and pray for my husband and his fellow officers every day. Maple hts. USED to be a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Not anymore.
xxxrayted

Berea, OH

#2 Sep 20, 2009
No offense, but it seems to me some of the Maple Heights police lost their drive for getting rid of these bums. Last week, Independence police were chasing a guy through our city. The supervisor told the Maple units not to get involved. What??? A guy is driving at high speeds and we aren't supposed to do anything? What would it take for Maple police to get involved--a kid getting run over?

I remember earlier this year, the police set up sobriety checkpoints. They didn't get any drunks, but they did get several people without licenses and a few with warrants. Why don't we do this more often? I don't care about who is drinking what, but if these checkpoints act as a dragnet to get inner-city people out of our city, I say do them all the time. But these people come here with suspended licenses, and the cops just write them a ticket. They should arrest these people and have their car towed away. Maybe then the word will leak out to the inner-city people that Maple police will bust you for the stupidest things, and they won't want to come here.

Hassle these people. During rush hour, if you go to the intersection of Granger and Broadway, police could write a jaywalking ticket every five minutes. They pay no attention to the "walk" signs, and strut out right in the middle of oncoming traffic. And I've seen them do this with a police car at the stop light.
Pepperspray

Berea, OH

#3 Sep 20, 2009
It sure does seem like there's some kind of secret situation going on in the police dept. My neighbor called the police about a break in in a house across the street from him a few months ago. They took the water pipes out of the vacant home's basement, like usual. He called the police dept around 6:30 and the two police officers didn't show up until after 11 pm. I went outside to show the cops which house it was because they couldn't find the address. When the one cop asked me who called, I told him my neighbor did. Then he asked if I knew what time he called and I told him around 6:30. The cop just rolled his eyes and said that he didn't get the call until just a little while ago. I don't think it's the officers on duty that's the problem, I think it's city hall. Maybe the citizens need to take the law into their own hands to get things done faster?
xxxrayted

Berea, OH

#4 Sep 20, 2009
As I stated so many times before, our future is in our hands and the tool is your ballot at the voting booth. Now that we don't have a newspaper to find out WTF is going on in our city,it empowers these politicians even more. They can sneak more things behind our backs. The police can't keep up with the crime, and the city is building new pools and schools. It's hard to believe anybody would reelect their representative with the exception of Anthony Cefaratti and Toni Jones. The rest of these bozo's have to go. And I also think the Mayors term should be two years instead of four. That way we could get this guy out of office as well.
mapleman

Brecksville, OH

#5 Sep 20, 2009
The police are useless in Maple Heights. It is well known you can use jaywalking to lean on people. You can pat them down and search them. The police can make Maple Heights a hot city and eliminate at least some of the problem. Cleveland thugs are not going to come 'kick it' in a hot city.

Let us not even talk about the police and when you call them they tell you they can't do nothing move. I do see our police have a lot of time to lean on the working citizens with their traffic tickets.
xxxrayted

Berea, OH

#6 Sep 20, 2009
This problem stems from allowing police officers who work in the city to live elsewhere. First, Maple Heights put it on the ballot. The wording was misleading because it said "Maple Heights Employees." Nobody thought that meant the police and fire departments. People assumed the pencil pushers in city hall, so they voted it in.

Now the State of Ohio got involved and it's law that any city police officer be allowed to live anywhere they desire, so we can't even change the law back. Because you know damned well that if they had to live here too, they would be putting a little more effort into their job.
Pepperspray

Berea, OH

#7 Sep 20, 2009
xxxrayted wrote:
This problem stems from allowing police officers who work in the city to live elsewhere. First, Maple Heights put it on the ballot. The wording was misleading because it said "Maple Heights Employees." Nobody thought that meant the police and fire departments. People assumed the pencil pushers in city hall, so they voted it in.
Now the State of Ohio got involved and it's law that any city police officer be allowed to live anywhere they desire, so we can't even change the law back. Because you know damned well that if they had to live here too, they would be putting a little more effort into their job.
I've talked with quite a few cops from Maple Hts in the past few years and only one that I talked to still lived in Maple. The rest told me they moved their families out of here because there's too much crime. A cop telling me that he moved because there's too much crime. Can you believe that?
G William Whitworth Jr

Hinesville, GA

#8 Sep 20, 2009
Dan was a fellow member of the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA) and was well liked by all of our members. He will be missed !!!!
This tragic killing should be turned over to the U.S. Government for prosecution, as Dan was a U.S. Postal Service employee, so therefore he is a Federal Employee. I believe that the murder of a Federal Employee is punishable by death, and the person responsible for this senseless murder deserves the death penalty.
xxxrayted

Berea, OH

#9 Sep 21, 2009
The death penalty isn't the problem. The problem is we won't get to see his scared ass crying in that gurney for 20 years. Our tax dollars will go to feed him, to run his computer, for his football field, his library, his laundry, his medical care, and so on.

In extreme anger, I wrote to the governor and my state senator. I posted the links in one of these topics so others could join me. I want to see the death penalty carried out in four months. This 25 year nonsense has got to stop. If this lowlife knew he would be frying in an electric chair within a few months, he would have gotten a job instead of killing somebody for money.
Pepperspray

Berea, OH

#10 Sep 21, 2009
xxxrayted wrote:
The death penalty isn't the problem. The problem is we won't get to see his scared ass crying in that gurney for 20 years. Our tax dollars will go to feed him, to run his computer, for his football field, his library, his laundry, his medical care, and so on.
In extreme anger, I wrote to the governor and my state senator. I posted the links in one of these topics so others could join me. I want to see the death penalty carried out in four months. This 25 year nonsense has got to stop. If this lowlife knew he would be frying in an electric chair within a few months, he would have gotten a job instead of killing somebody for money.
I don't know, xxx, I don't think these thugs have the mental capabilities to get the idea. I mean, that little squirt of a punk that shot Mike Martin at the gas station, he got caught. So did Dakota Flagg for shooting and killing the other guy at the Marathon. They got caught along with many other murderers but there's still a lot of 1/2 witted mental patients out there that will continue doing this. And they'll be caught! But they'll still do it. They think of killing someone the same way we think of ordering a pizza. They think there's nothing wrong.

By the way, xxx, I shot off an 'e' to the gov too. I too told him about the crap we have living here. I think the state and this city need to be informed that if they can't supply us with a safe place to live, like it used to be, then maybe us citizens need to buy more guns and handle the situation ourselves.
mapleman

Brecksville, OH

#11 Sep 21, 2009
If you guys think writing letters is going to stop the prison industry you are sadly mistaken. It is a billion upon billion dollar industry in America and will soon be our number one industry.
One thing we know about America, money talks. The government gets the best of both worlds. They get to waste our tax dollars as usual plus they get slave labor for 25 cents an hour. Who the hell you thinks makes some of our military supplies? LOL
Some companies that use prison labor are Chevron, IBM, Motorola, Compaq, Texas Instruments, Honeywell, Microsoft, Victoria's Secret and Boeing.
Just think about how much money you can make off 25 cent an hour labor for 25 years. LOL
Think about the silly shit you can go to prison for nowadays. If a guy is drunk and has sex with an ugly girl and regrets it they laugh at us. If a woman does it she can file a rape claim and if you don't have 20k laying around for a lawyer you are going to prison.
Oh now, they aren't stopping this financial juggernaut known as the prison industry. They will just raise our taxes to fund it while private industry makes a mint. I wouldn't be surprised if they had more appeals to death row cases since DNA is sending some of those men free.
xxxrayted

Berea, OH

#12 Sep 21, 2009
Thank you for submitting your letter. I hope everybody here does the same. My state Senator wrote back said she would take up my complaint with another Senator to discuss the situation.

These people have no fear of jail because animals don't mind being locked up in cages. Look..... they don't work anyway. They're not going anyplace in life, most of their family and friends are in prison. What's to fear? And this is why I said we need to make a stink about quicker executions in this state.

The USA has the highest percentage of their population behind bars compared to any other industrialized nation. Why do you think that is? We treat our prisoners like house guests. For many of these creeps, prison is a step up compared to where they live now. No deterrent for crime in our country.
Pepperspray

Berea, OH

#13 Sep 24, 2009
xxxrayted wrote:
Thank you for submitting your letter. I hope everybody here does the same. My state Senator wrote back said she would take up my complaint with another Senator to discuss the situation.
These people have no fear of jail because animals don't mind being locked up in cages. Look..... they don't work anyway. They're not going anyplace in life, most of their family and friends are in prison. What's to fear? And this is why I said we need to make a stink about quicker executions in this state.
The USA has the highest percentage of their population behind bars compared to any other industrialized nation. Why do you think that is? We treat our prisoners like house guests. For many of these creeps, prison is a step up compared to where they live now. No deterrent for crime in our country.
I never got an answer from our gov on the e-mail I sent him about the garbage dump this city has turned into. Maybe the government wants these thugs around. Maybe we need to start eliminating the thugs a little faster. >:-(
Gossimer

Berea, OH

#14 Sep 25, 2009
Pepperspray wrote:
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I never got an answer from our gov on the e-mail I sent him about the garbage dump this city has turned into. Maybe the government wants these thugs around. Maybe we need to start eliminating the thugs a little faster. >:-(
They'll probably eliminate themselves by shooting each other and overdosing on drugs. Then there's the stupid ones like Winston who get picked up by the law and eliminated legally through an injection. They ought to bring back the electric chair and hangings. I'd love to see a tv program dedicated to just hangings. Hell, it would be like an assembly line. One after the other, 24 hours a day. And hang some of the thugs from trees and then tell their mothers 'here's the result in your raising your 'child".
w130th

Hawthorne, NJ

#15 Oct 6, 2010
I grew up in west park and went to schoola all over the city, and, since I moved away in 1993. All I continue to see in cleveland is apathy, and, greed ruining a city that has tons of potential.

The fact that execution style murders occur in broad daylight in suburban areas in the Cleveland just blows me away.

I moved to NYC almost 20 years ago and witneseed first hand how Rudy Giuliani cleaned up the city with great success and long lasting results. Maybe Rudy should run for mayor of Cleveland as a retirement gig.
xxxrayted

Brook Park, OH

#16 Oct 6, 2010
Without a doubt, you are correct w130th. Leadership is a big problem here in Ohio. With all this and more going on in our suburb, our politicians have done absolutely nothing about making Maple Heights a safer place to live. They've wasted our tax dollars on pet projects instead of being stringent on crime. They hassle landlords, tenants, and home owners instead of criminals. I don't know about where you live, but it seems to me that voter ignorance is abundant here.
mapleman

Bedford, OH

#17 Oct 6, 2010
w130th wrote:
I grew up in west park and went to schoola all over the city, and, since I moved away in 1993. All I continue to see in cleveland is apathy, and, greed ruining a city that has tons of potential.
The fact that execution style murders occur in broad daylight in suburban areas in the Cleveland just blows me away.
I moved to NYC almost 20 years ago and witneseed first hand how Rudy Giuliani cleaned up the city with great success and long lasting results. Maybe Rudy should run for mayor of Cleveland as a retirement gig.
It's hard to believe a port city like Cleveland is this dead. The goons in Columbus are partly to blame also. Cleveland should be thriving, not dying. Leadership has always been a problem here.

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