Roldo Bartimole writes: Brent Larkin is taking off and running. He fakes to the left. And then goes right. Larkin’s column on Sunday appears to be a spanking of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Mayor Frank Jackson. It’s not. The headline says, “City’s stadium deal with the Browns is not good for people of Cleveland.” […]
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(From left: Michael White, Jay Westbrook, Frank Jackson, Jimmy Haslam) Roldo Bartimole writes: The city will fork over $2 million a year for 15 years to the billionaire-owned Cleveland Browns for stadium “improvements.” Plus another $12 million from the sin tax revenues. Both follow a $5.8 million capital contribution earlier this year by the city. […]
Mano Singham concludes: I think [Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Geithner] is an important case that is going to have a big impact. As is common in major cases, the judge stayed the implementation of her ruling until all appeals are completed or the deadline for filing them has passed. If the government appeals, as […]
Via Mano Singham…
Mano Singham writes: [The End of Hypocrisy: American Foreign Policy in the Age of Leaks] is an article well worth reading in full. It not only shows once again why Edward Snowden has done the entire world a valuable public service, it explains why the US and UK governments are so furious about it. It […]
In defense of retaining cursive instruction in schools, Linden Bateman (Idaho, R-33) said, The Constitution of the United States is written in cursive. Think about that. You know what Linden? Our constitution was also written on parchment using a quill pen dipped in an ink well. Think about that. Sheesh, are ALL Republicans congenitally stupid?
Mano Singham laments, No, we cannot [let these elections happen without reporters telling us ahead of time who’s supposed to win]. Because readers and viewers of political news have got addicted to ‘analyses’ that consist of certain phrases strung together leading to predictions about who is going to win the next election that are entirely […]
Roldo Bartimole writes: Here are two multi-million Cleveland projects that show that racism is very much alive in this city and cost doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to pursuing it. Neither project is necessary or an improvement. Just costly. Opportunity Corridor, a $350 or so million is an escape hatch for some people […]
From The Guardian: Some people think George W Bush did as much as he could to bring about Armageddon with his earlier interventions in the Middle East. But not the man himself, apparently. He has signed up for a fundraising event for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, an organisation which aims to promote the second […]
Roldo Bartimole writes: What absolute gall. Ask for $120 million but refuse to answer questions. Up yours, paying public. Up yours, says Jimmy Haslam and the boys. Haslam, dodging indictments, comes to Cleveland wanting the city to provide another $120 million – much of it for non-essential gimmickry that however is revenue-producing for Haslam – […]
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In […]
How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car — which he calls “a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device” — by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.
Jeff Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm’s projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His new book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, is now available in print, digital, and audio format.
Roldo Bartimole writes: Our sleepy news media and non-existent citizen action will soon be costing residents of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County very Big Bucks. In the hundreds of millions. Almost all from our dispirited hard-pressed people. As the Plain Dealer, WKYC, WEWS, WJW and WOIO feed us more sports, weather and crime, our real community […]
The phrase pissed-off patriot on Google returned this story as No. 4 on the list. The first three were for: The Pissed Off Patriot, Pissed off patriot | Facebook and Pissed Off Patriot Mom | Facebook. See the problem…?
From The Guardian: US court blocks NYPD stop-and-frisk ruling and removes judge from case. Federal court says Shira Scheindlin showed appearance of bias when she ruled that stop-and-frisk was unconstitutional I’m gob smacked and have no idea how to respond to this…
Roldo Bartimole writes: In case you haven’t really noticed there is an election for mayor of Cleveland. The present mayor is Frank Jackson. A real shame. An “It Is What it Is” Mayor instead of a leader of what Cleveland should be. In a full front page of the Plain Dealer’s Forum section Sunday Jackson […]
[Update -- video added -- at 0839 EDT on 23 October...] [Update at 0825 EDT on 1 October The Guardian has launched a: new hub for all Edward Snowden, NSA and GCHQ-related developments around the world, as controversy over revelations leaked by the whistleblower continue to make headlines As billions of ordinary people argue over […]
Roldo Bartimole writes: It was 45 years ago August. One of the biggest local stories the Plain Dealer missed. It was especially galling to the paper’s reporters, as the hero was a shy PD copy editor. I was a short-timer at the PD and saw the shame among colleagues. It said a lot about the […]
Mark Stevenson writes: It’s not always easy to keep optimistic. As the famous military maxim goes “no plan survives contact with the enemy”, which is why successful military leaders give those under them the freedom to improvise, but make sure they always know what the goal is. Americans call this ‘Commander’s Intent’. What I have […]