Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

CLEVELAND—THE FINALE OF A 50-YEAR JOURNEY

February 14th, 2018

[PART I: 50 YEARS—FREE TO SPEAK WITHOUT RESTRICTION] In 1965 when I came to Cleveland I gained what became a new insight into how a city operates or doesn’t. It wasn’t just about poverty as I found in Bridgeport. It was a calculated system of injustice, corruption and, most importantly the lesson of Who Rules. […]

50 YEARS—FREE TO SPEAK WITHOUT RESTRICTION

February 12th, 2018

As we travel 2018, I personally observe a benchmark of 50 years of writing as an independent journalist, staff-less and un-beholden to any one employer or institution. Free! Yes, it has been a long ride. It’s been a difficult one in many respects. But nobody made me do it. It was my choice. More or […]

50 YEARS OF ROLDO BARTIMOLE’S JOURNALISM

February 10th, 2018

(Welcome Scene readers. Lest you be confused, this is just the teaser for Roldo’s 5,000-word, two piece, Part I of which—50 YEARS—FREE TO SPEAK WITHOUT RESTRICTION—appears below. Part II will be published at 5 a.m. on Wednesday. JH) How could 50 years have passed so quickly? Starting in 1968 with Point Of Viəw, Vol. 1, […]

IT’S JUST THE SAME OLD STORY, A PAYMENT
FOR BURDENSOME MONEY-SPONGE Q ARENA

January 30th, 2018

While there’s hoopla over the start of the expansion of Quicken Arena you may not have noticed that we’re still paying for Gund Arena. They are both the same facility, if you remember. Cuyahoga County—pushed by Tim Hagan, Mary Boyle, Jim Petro & Mike White—put on the tab back in the 1990s. On Jan. 15, […]

RTA CUTS? WHO CARES, IT SERVES WORKING PEOPLE

January 11th, 2018

The fact that there has been little public hysteria—as there usually is when something the corporate establishment feels hurt—tells you all you need to know about our priorities here. RTA faces a fiscal strangulation. It’s due to a change in levy of the sales tax on Medicaid. RTA says it will cost some $20 million […]

HOW THE WORLD SEES CLEVELAND TODAY…

January 7th, 2018

From Guardian Sport: On the eve of the NFL playoffs, fans of the Cleveland Browns, who haven’t made it past the regular season since 2002, protested outside their stadium with a sarcastic ‘perfect season’ parade. Fans criticised the owner, billionaire Jimmy Haslam, over the perceived mismanagement of a team which has won just one of […]

BROWNS FANS NEED CIVIC LESSONS

January 7th, 2018

It was quite a show with thousands braving frigid Lake Erie weather to celebrate (berate?) (castigate?) (deflate?) their Cleveland Browns on a far below freezing Saturday. To get that many people out under those circumstances certainly places Browns fans among the most fanatical, or hapless of sports fans. They were (protesting, celebrating) you pick the […]

OH MY, WE STILL HAVE THE SAME JACKSON

January 3rd, 2018

I look at the coverage of Mayor Frank Jackson’s inaugural of his fourth term and I see and hear the same old shit. Not even a note of a change, direction or energy. It’s sad sack Jackson mayor of a sad sack city that has lost its sense of civic pride, other than how many […]

2017—A TERRIBLE YEAR FOR DEMOCRACY HERE

December 13th, 2017

As we slide toward the end of 2017 it’s hard to see this as a year of progress or advancement. Quite the opposite. Yes, Cleveland elected the familiar, if not exciting, Frank Jackson for a record four-year fourth term. A Cleveland caretaker mayor. Not the first nor the last to be sure There is not […]

GET READY TO PAY FOR A GATEWAY “SUPER CITY”

November 25th, 2017

Now that the election is over, the City of Cleveland generously shared public information on the massive and massively subsidized proposed project with the strange name nuCLEus in the Gateway sports district. The city generously dropped, in one message, links to documents about the project. No simple freedom of information response. Of course, they also […]

YOU’D THINK JACKSON WOULD HOUSE CLEAN

November 21st, 2017

Okay, now who can tell me who ran against Mayor Michael White in 1993 when he sought his second term? It’s not a trick question. It does relate to today. It’s the last time Cleveland voters turned out—or should I say failed to vote —in numbers similar to Frank Jackson’s recent victory for his unprecedented […]

DIE & THEY STILL DON’T TELL TRUTH ABOUT YOU

November 15th, 2017

All this praise being heaped on Carl Stokes by the news media and many others is a bunch of bullshit. Why? Because it comes after he’s been dead more than 20 years and it doesn’t fit how he was treated when he was the first black mayor of Cleveland. In other words, when it really […]

VOTERS LEFT LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO CHOSE DRIFT

November 8th, 2017

The mayoral election is over. The result is painful. Cleveland shows it is pathetically off course. We witnessed the obituary of public governance. Tragedy and farce. Once again the winner vote was stay-at-home. Of 262,047 the number who voted for either mayoral candidate was 59,622, or 22.7 percent. That’s 77 percent of Clevelanders didn’t bother […]

JOHN OLIVER OUGHT TO HAVE TALKED TO ROLDO…

November 5th, 2017

Yes, Amazon’s HQ2 feeding frenzy inspired John Oliver to do yet another of his insightful pieces on how clueless politicians have bought into the false idea that throwing tax dollars at already really wealthy people will create jobs, really good paying jobs (like mining coal), but, as the most recent tax bill illustrates, our elected […]

THE PLAIN DEALER CAN HAS TRANSPARENCY…?

October 30th, 2017

[Update @ 1626 on 31 October—The following comment exchange took place between the anonymous Starvin Marvin and Roldo this morning: Posted by Starvin Marvin on 10/31/2017 at 7:28 AM To Roldo and the other naysayers on downtown development. What would the city look like if we followed your advice and disinvested in downtown Cleveland? Posted […]

BUDISH IS DELUSIONAL, HIGH OR LYING…

October 20th, 2017

The only way that Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish could, with a straight face, say that: I truly believe that this is the best location for Amazon in the country. it’s that he is either delusional, high or in full politician mode and pathologically lying. Then you have to wonder, how much county time and […]

REMEMBER WHEN 60-70% IN CLEVELAND VOTED?

October 19th, 2017

Cleveland mayors Carl Burton Stokes (1968-1971) and Dennis John Kucinich (1978-1979). When 87 percent of voters of Cleveland don’t bother to go to the polls it suggests a non-caring citizenry. Or worse. I realize it was a primary vote. But it involved a mayor who wants an unprecedented fourth four year term. It also drew […]

CLEVELAND DIRTY TRICKS, PERISH THE THOUGHT…

October 18th, 2017

From Steve Holecko, political director for the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: It is clear that CCPC’s endorsed candidates have the Cuyahoga Democratic Party, the Ohio Democratic Party, and the downtown developers and big business community worried that they might lose some of their Frank Jackson yes men on the council, including Kenneth Johnson who has […]

REED MUFFS CHANCE TO REBUFF MAYOR JACKSON

October 8th, 2017

Mayoral challenger Zach Reed missed an opportunity to really distinguish himself from Mayor Frank Jackson and his leadership of the last decade. The issue: Neighborhoods vs. Downtown. It apparently jolts some energy among citizens. It was evident in the collection of more than 20,000 signatures to call a halt to the city/county gift-giving to the […]

BLEAK ELECTION: LESS THAN 13% BOTHER TO VOTE

September 13th, 2017

I have said before that I’ll never underestimate Zach Reed. Mayor Frank Jackson should be very careful as the two will vie in the general election. What a disappointing election with fewer than 13 percent of Clevelanders bothering to cast a vote for mayor. Mike West of the Cuyahoga Board of Elections reported that 32,826 […]

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