Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

ROLDO RIGHTS ON HASLAM GETS PARKING DEAL…

August 21st, 2015

Hey, Jimmy Haslam, can we wipe your butt for you? Do you need anything else we can give you? That’s the attitude of Mayor Frank “Neighborhood” Jackson and Council President Kevin “Go Along” Kelley. And other city leaders for decades. The pair has just given another gift to the Cleveland Browns owner. Parking. One of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHAT DO BROWNS FANS WANT,
A $15,000,000 SCOREBOARD OR A WINNING TEAM…?

August 13th, 2015

A sales tax goes out of business. Don’t clap. Another one—of the same shade—goes into effect. August 1. July 2015 ended the 15-year sin tax we suckers voted for a decade-and-a-half ago. And the total take for the sin tax as of the end of last month was $135,421,613. Cash received. That’s a lot of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE POSSIBILITIES FOR
WHO WILL BE THE NEXT MAYOR OF CLEVELAND…?

August 11th, 2015

It’s never too early it seems for political navel gazing. So who do you think will run for mayor of Cleveland in 2017? And does it matter since mayors don’t run the town. Mayor Frank Jackson, in his third term, was to me Neighborhood Councilman. He took care of his ward. As mayor, he’s the […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON STEVE LITT, THE PLAIN DEALER
AND CLEVELAND ELITES PUSH WRONG TAX…

August 5th, 2015

What happens when a reporter becomes the tool of what he’s reporting? He finds ways to lie by omission. Steve Litt at the Plain Dealer is an example of this phony journalism. If you’ll stay with me I’ll explain to your satisfaction, I believe. With his Public Square task pretty much completed, Litt’s project now […]

CLEVELAND IS AN EXPLOSION WAITING TO HAPPEN…

July 27th, 2015

Here in Cleveland we have the Cleveland Police Force, the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Force, the Regional Transit Authority Police Force, the, well, you get the idea. Why do we have so many police forces? I have no feckin’ idea, but the plethora of authority figures, all reporting to and trained by disparate hierarchies […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: IS THE PD STILL A NEWSPAPER…?

July 11th, 2015

The Cleveland Plain Dealer—if you still remember it—is down to 79 editorial workers. And it’s going down from there. I’m told there are about the same number working the digital Cleveland.com side. Or as the management calls it—Northeast Ohio Media Group. But the bloodletting isn’t over. As the PD hires cheaper and less experienced young […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A RUST IN RUST-BELT REVIVAL…

June 26th, 2015

Roldo Bartimole writes: If you don’t believe that the city that has for years been the butt of TV late Night jokes is making a big comeback you haven’t been reading national news outlets about Cleveland’s resurgence. Yes, we’re talking that old rust belt, river-on-fire, shrinking city on Lake Erie once self-boasted “The Best Location […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON NORMAN KRUMHOLZ ZEROED IN
ON CLEVELAND’S INEQUALITY 40 YEARS AGO…

June 3rd, 2015

Cleveland’s Norman Krumholz was ahead of President Barack Obama. He was ahead of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He was earlier, too, than economist Paul Krugman. Inequality was in his and his city planning staff’s sights in Cleveland in the mid-1970s. He was thinking how you curb inequality as Cleveland’s city planner 40 years ago. In 1975, […]

POLICE HAVE KILLED 464*; THAT WE KNOW OF…

June 1st, 2015

*That is 464 killed so far this year, most recently Richard Davis, 50, killed by Taser on Sunday, 31 May and reaching back to New Years day when police ran over Garrett Gagne, 22. We all know about Michael Brown and Tamir Rice and Eric Garner and Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell and…, but what […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON OLD CLEVELAND WEALTH
IS QUITE CAPABLE OF FUNDING THE ARTS…

May 28th, 2015

Some years ago I wrote, By 1965 the wealth produced by Cleveland’s period of greatness had become institutionalized, not only its 500-acre University Circle, housing its museums, concert halls, college, but in hundreds of foundations and trust fund worth hundreds of millions of dollars and its impressive array of social agencies. The wealthy had long […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A TAX YOU CAN EASILY AVOID…

May 19th, 2015

Cleveland Arts want to be like Cleveland Sports. And who can blame them. Free money. No strings attached. Easy to get. No spending monitors. And the biggies get Big Bucks. Dollars that is. By the millions! Since the cigarette tax started in Feb. 2007 they have access to more than $144 million as of the […]

A PROPER USE OF NON-LETHAL FORCE AND
DONALD RUMSFELD ON STREET VIOLENCE…?

May 8th, 2015

A Keef Knight twofer…

LARRY WILMORE WANTS JUSTICE FOR TAMIR RICE…

May 6th, 2015

Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows There is nothing funny about the murder of a 12-year-old child playing in a park, yet, in the bizarre media universe in which we exist, a comedian, with a show on a cable network devoted to comedy, finds a way to make the absurdity of a mother still […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SHOULD WE EXPECT VIOLENCE?…

April 30th, 2015

There has been some talk about what will happen in Cleveland after the judge decides on the court case of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo in the shooting deaths of two people. The reason for this concern, of course, evolves from the violent reaction in Baltimore to the death of Freddie Gray while in custody […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON NO TAX BREAKS FOR SPORTS…

March 28th, 2015

This week President Barack Obama spoke out against the incredible subsidy sweeteners given rich sports owners. In a historic move, President Obama’s new budget proposes eliminating the longstanding practice by governments of forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for wealthy sports franchises to build, renovate, and maintain costly stadiums. For far too long, this shameless […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: GETTING NERVOUS, FRANK…?

March 10th, 2015

e Have Cleveland’s real leaders run a poll on Mayor Frank Jackson popularity (or unpopularity) or are they just naturally nervous these days. In the Sunday Plain Dealer there was the most unusual op-ed page piece I can remember in 50 years working or watching the city’s newspaper on standing. Leadership of Jackson shows recall […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CORRUPTION IN CITY OF
CLEVELAND AND CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIVES ON…

March 5th, 2015

They—our politically corrupt office-holders—keep taking the pennies from the public, adding them up and giving them away. They soon become hundreds of millions of dollars. Why do they do it? Not for better health, not for better streets, not for better schools, not for better services but for the corrupt agenda of the city’s real […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON MAYOR RECALL WON’T RIP
US APART; MAY EVEN RAISE CLEVELAND UP…

February 25th, 2015

A recall effort to knock Mayor Frank Jackson out of office could have some significant benefits for Cleveland. Even if it fails. I question whether the forces leading this effort have the heft to obtain enough signatures to place a recall vote on the ballot. Some 12,000 plus. They are not high profile politicians. Leading […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON MAYOR FRANK JACKSON
HITS RIGHT NOTE WITH EAST-BANK VETO…

February 16th, 2015

Mayor Frank Jackson took the right and crucial action vetoing the special tax authority Council voted to give the Flats East Bank project developers. The gift to the Wolstein developers set just about the worst precedent that could be set for the city and its residents—special and exclusive taxing powers. This was a gift of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CUYAHOGA COUNTY AGAIN PAYS
SPORT OWNERS’ BILLS—$8,898,896 IN 2015;
$154 MILLION IN TOTAL FOR GATEWAY EXTRAS…

February 15th, 2015

We already know that will never stop paying the bills of overly wealthy pro-sports owners and players but you may not have known that Cuyahoga County on Jan. 15 paid Gateway bondholders $8,898,896. A hefty $5,315,970 of the total is listed as “A county [general fund] contribution.” Isn’t that nice? That makes the County general […]

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