Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS ACTS…

January 14th, 2017

I was one of more than 100 people who attended the monthly regional membership meetings last week. The CCPC now has more than 1,400 members in Cuyahoga County and the number—encouraged by the pending inauguration of Donald John Trump as our 45th President—continues to grow. If you think that President Trump, and his billionaire agenda, […]

SAN DIEGO CALLS BULLSHIT ON THE CHARGERS…

January 13th, 2017

I typically avoid the sports pages (one recent exception was following the news on Colin Kaepernick and Rodney Axson) but the news out of San Diego, California, where I lived for two years in the late ’70s, grabbed my attention with this headline from The Guardian: San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL […]

DEATH BY POLITICIANS

January 10th, 2017

Photo used courtesy of Scene. He’s a nice guy. He’s earnest. He’s honest for a politician. He’s likely a good family man. He’s competent. He’s reliable. Don’t think he’d purposely do anyone a wrong. A stand-up guy. But he’s going to KILL someone. He’s a Republican Senator. Rob Portman. Of Ohio. He’ll vote with the […]

THE ODOR STENCH* OF CIVIC CORRUPTION

January 5th, 2017

Cui bono? It’s always been my question: Who benefits? Who pays? I long ago concluded the answer. The nauseating growth of inequality proves the question and answer appropriate. The trail of deception in Cleveland has been long and will get longer unless the public demands some accounting. Not likely. The problem is two-fold. One, we […]

HOW MUCH HARM CAN A STUBBORN JACKSON DO?

January 3rd, 2017

The Public Square debacle that now portends severe financial distress for public transit in Cleveland again underscore the damaging effect of an agenda set by the elite forces of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and foundation money sources. The $32 million Public Square project, which turned into a $50 million (as far as we know) deal, […]

HOW IT KEEPS GOING ROUND AND ROUND

December 22nd, 2016

Planters outside Halle building on Euclid Avenue. Photo by Jerry Horton. Cleveland Memory Project, The Cleveland Press Collection, CSU, Michael Schwartz Library, Special Collections. The merry-go-round goes round and round for developers in downtown Cleveland. It never really stops. The old Halle building—more than 30 years since it ended life as a department store—grabbed the […]

BEING GAMED OVER AND OVER AGAIN

December 19th, 2016

Sometimes it pays to go back and take a historical look at the machinations of our civic and political leaders. Our gobbling cabal. We now are being asked to come up with some couple of hundred million dollars to doll up the Quicken Arena for multi-millionaire LeBron James to show us his incredible talent and […]

THE WHEELS SPIN—AND YOU PAY EVERY TIME

December 15th, 2016

Well, what a novelty. Who could have thought of it? The Cleveland Cavaliers will PAY rent for the arena that the team owner “rents” from Gateway. It will—these schemers of the latest theft of public assets—pay for half of a $282 million in renovations to the rental called Quicken Arena. And you, the public, likely […]

ROBBER BARONS DO WHAT THEY DO BEST—STEAL

December 14th, 2016

[Update at 1009—Roldo comments: This deal is worse than I thought. The PD this a.m. says the County will borrow the full $140 million with interest a cost of $244 million. JH] Our sports robber barons are at it again. On the loose. What phonies and what liars. Now they want another $70 million with […]

ROLDO CITED IN FINANCIAL STORY ON CAVALIERS…

December 9th, 2016

Sometime this morning ping backs began flowing in for Roldo’s piece on Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s desire for a new facility as tribute for winning a single championship as if a single win in 40-plus years was a momentous achievement. The first link to arrive came from Even when Cleveland sports teams win, the city […]

SAD STORY OF LOCAL SPORTS CORRUPTION

December 6th, 2016

Why do we offer significant welfare to an industry—sports—worth billions of dollars: NFL—$76 billion; NBA $54 billion; MLB $38 billion? That’s a lot of dollar value. Yet our revenue-struggling city/county pick up the tab. We get extorted in public. Three sports businesses are worth a total of $168 billion. And always growing. The NFL, best […]

NEW SPORTS FACILITY DESIRED BY CAVS?

November 29th, 2016

[Update at 0401 on 9 December: Sometime this morning ping backs began flowing in for Roldo’s piece on Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s desire for a new facility as tribute for winning a single championship as if a single win in 40-plus years was a momentous achievement. The first link to arrive came from Even when […]

JACKSON FORGETS WHERE HE CAME FROM

November 17th, 2016

Mayor Frank Jackson is soft putty in the hands of the corporate downtown plutocracy. The mayor from the most deprived area of the city has allowed and perpetuated for a decade Cleveland’s downtown to become a city within the city—pampered and showered with freebies. What downtown wants downtown gets! It has self-determination. It gets what […]

WHAT FOOL TAXES HIMSELF OR HERSELF?

October 27th, 2016

If the Cleveland Establishment forces—you know them—can’t back a $15 an hour wage then they shouldn’t tax the first $15 an hour of pay. Or even the minimum Ohio wage of $8.10. That would be the first $16,848 ineligible for the city tax. That would be called FAIRNESS. At $15 an hour, a 40-hour week […]

LET THEM EAT ICE CREAM*

October 26th, 2016

You may have noticed in the Plain Dealer and from twitchy, excitable TV anchor personalities that our hero LeBron James hinted, wouldn’t it be wonderfully generous if fans were given free ice cream. It would be to celebrate the opening of the World Series for the Cleveland Indians and the distribution of championship rings for […]

SILLIEST PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT POSSIBLE

October 12th, 2016

It’s not who the Plain Dealer endorsed. It’s how. The choice is enough to question the seriousness of top editors. Atop the Forum page, this past Sunday’s editorial section of the PD, was a 7-inch deep, page-wide photograph of a smiling LeBron James. He is holding, of course, a basketball. What that has to do […]

VOTING FOR FRANK JACKSON’S TAX HIKE WILL
ENCOURAGE HIM TO RUN AGAIN FOR MAYOR

October 11th, 2016

If Clevelanders vote to increase the income (payroll) tax two things will happen that won’t be very helpful to the city. In my opinion anyway. The ballot issue asks for a 25 percent increase in the 2 percent regressive payroll tax. Much too much. That means 2.25 percent of your first earned dollar—and every one […]

PAST PREDICTS FUTURE? COUNTY DEBT LOOMS

September 29th, 2016

Sometimes the past could predict the future. Or at least raises warning signs. This warning is about DEBT. From time to time, when it seems appropriate, I will revive something I wrote years ago if it has a relevance to the present. The following was written in Point of Viǝw newsletter in April of 1976. […]

CLEVELAND BROWNS ANDREW HAWKINS SPEAKS…

September 24th, 2016

Dan Labbe, in Andrew Hawkins on national anthem protests: ‘It’s not so much about the kneeling as much as it is about the message’ for The Plain Dealer, writes: If Miami Dolphins players continue their protest during Sunday’s national anthem before their game against the Browns, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins—as outspoken as any NFL player […]

DO A GOOD DEED: ADOPT A SAD, CONFUSED XBAT…!

September 24th, 2016

An XBAT is a Xenophobic Bigoted Anonymous Troll. Since I began following Rodney Axson’s story on The Plain Dealer‘s website I’ve identified several of these particularly odious creatures and now follow them with the intent of injecting a bit of sanity into their ravings. I am a rabid defender of free speech as guaranteed under […]

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