Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: TRAFFIC CAMERAS SHOULD GO…

October 30th, 2014

Cleveland traffic cameras are emblematic of the inequality built into so much of what happens in the city. First and foremost, I’m told that City Council members have a veto over where (and whether) a stationary camera is placed in their ward. How does that square with the claim it is a safety program? When […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: OHIO’S RACE FOR GOVERNOR,
VOTE FITZGERALD; DON’T ENCOURAGE KASICH…

October 29th, 2014

There are a lot of voters—Democrats—out there who want to use Ed FitzGerald as their punching bag this November. [Full disclosure, Roldo most likely count me in that club, for good reasons.] Henry Gomez already has secured that job. FitzGerald has turned out to be a sad candidate. He’s taking an ongoing beating in the […]

RALPH NADER RIGHTS ON KASICH AND ROLDO…

October 22nd, 2014

Governor John Kasich State of Ohio Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117 Dear Governor Kasich: I have recently been reading articles describing your compassionate conservatism as compared with the more hard-bitten practices of your Republican colleagues. You seem to have a genuine concern for some of the plights of the […]

JONNY JOO’S HAUNTING HOMES…

October 17th, 2014

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SERIOUSLY PLAIN DEALER…?

October 15th, 2014

Just how often do you get really angry with the Plain Dealer? I guess I’ve made an obsession with it over the years. Last Sunday provided another example of why. I’m talking about the sports section of the Sunday PD. Twenty page of sports in a town that so badly needs space for real news […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A SALES-TAX VACATION:
A TAX BREAK FOR THE LOWER ECONOMIC PEOPLE…

October 14th, 2014

If I were a politician today there are two things I would promote in Cleveland and Ohio. First, a state-wide raise in the minimum wage. If not, a push for city-wide minimum wage hikes. Where are Cleveland politicians? Second, I’d call for a temporary vacation or permanent decrease in the state’s sales tax. If there […]

GOOD ON PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…

September 23rd, 2014

Companies that seek to avoid US tax by shifting their headquarters abroad are being targeted under tough new rules announced by the Obama administration that it claims will dramatically reduce the benefits of so-called corporate inversions. The controversial technique, which has allowed companies such as Burger King to move abroad by buying a smaller foreign […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: THE TAX DODGERS
OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY…

September 5th, 2014

Click on the above image to download the entire tax abatement file for Cuyahoga County. Has it now become necessary for cities to bribe each and every developer or corporation? With tax breaks as a location lure? Stealing from city revenues. If you build or renovate new or old building is it necessary for someone […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON 2014, HOW ARE WE DOING…?

September 1st, 2014

Cleveland Mayor Carl Burton Stokes We are powerless. We are leaderless. There seem to be no real voices of protest. Thus no anger to play off. No squeaky wheel to arouse. Not a media voice of even mild condemnation of what is. Or what should be. A newspaper lacking even the pretense of debate or […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: CAN WE KICK
YOU SOME MORE FITZ, ASKS THE PD…?

August 27th, 2014

There’s an old saying I can’t track down even with Google. It’s about journalists. It goes something like, “When the battle is over they come down and shoot the wounded.” Not quite right. I knew only one person who might know the direct quote – Terry Sheridan. And he did with all the attribution: Newspaperman […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BROOK PARK VOTERS
SENDING STRONG MESSAGE…?

August 18th, 2014

By Roldo Bartimole Is there a crucial message from Brook Park voters turning down two tax measures by significant margins? One was three to one and the other two to one defeat in an election a week ago. A harsh rebuke. My journalistic take is this: Workers squeezed by years of no or little income […]

YAY CLEVELAND…!

August 16th, 2014

Four years ago, Konstantin Yablotskiy was not looking to change his life. He had travelled to Cologne to attend the Gay Games, an LGBT-friendly athletics festival. He was a figure skater, not an activist. Most of his friends or family did not even know he was gay. But then he took to the ice in […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON LEBRON JAMES:
HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEWS TODAY…?

August 12th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole asks: Have you watched the news lately? Did you see the Plain Dealer front page Saturday with LeBron James, arms extended, face raised, eyes-closed in seeming ecstasy? Jesus-like? Do you check the front page of the Pee Dee daily, or its web site Cleveland.com? Do you think you live in a world of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CLEVELAND’S
PUBLIC ENEMIES NO. 1: EATON AND CUTLER…

August 6th, 2014

By Roldo Bartimole Don’t you feel sorry for poor Sandy Cutler, chairman and CEO of Eaton Corp., formerly of the United States? Isn’t he taking an unfair beating in the press? He’s the boss at Eaton Corp., a Dublin, Ireland company really based right here. At least for 100 years. But for tax purposes he’s […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FORBES:
HE WAS SO GOOD AT BEING BAD…

July 20th, 2014

George Forbes, not any mayor, was the most powerful political figure of our era. He ruled at a time when public money flowed to major developers. He was the grease that made it flow. Forbes clearly dominated Cleveland politics for most of two decades – 1970s and 1980s – that coincided with my time at […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON JUSTICE MANGLED, DENIED…

July 14th, 2014

As a follow-up to the last posting on the historic battle between the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, I am presenting a piece written in 1980 about the first anti-trust trial by the city against the private utility company. It reveals how power works its destruction. A good deal of it […]

WE HAVE TWO YEARS TO CHALLENGE THIS…

July 10th, 2014

While the US Supreme Court has deemed that not allowing protesters to get right in the face of women seeking abortions is a violation of their free speech rights, the sensitivities of delegates to political conventions are so delicate that they can be shielded from opposing views. Mano Singham writing in Seeing Cleveland through fresh […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CLEVELAND’S FOULED POLITICS…

July 9th, 2014

Cleveland’s Muny Light facility on the city’s east side and The Cleveland Electric Illuminating company Chairman (and Field Marshall Rommel aficionado) Ralph Besse. (inset upper left) Cleveland in 2014 loves to proclaim its love of private-public partnerships. The reason: the private sector wants to suck resources from the public sector – sin taxes, tax abatements, […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHY UNITED WAY IS A PHONY…

June 22nd, 2014

United Way really is a Republican program. It’s how corporations deal with, shall we say, the less fortunate. Why? It is cheaper. Very cheap. Make believe cheap. If you can make believe as a community you are dealing with the serious poverty, health and social issues without taxes who saves? The rich, of course. Charity […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PUSHING PAST THE PUSHBACK…

June 9th, 2014

It was encouraging and memorable to hear Councilman Jeff Johnson sharply challenging Council President Kevin Kelley on his sleight of hand with the Jackson administration in the final session before summer. The issue was passage of two phases of the short but very expensive roadway, nicknamed Opportunity Corridor. It courses through an area known as […]

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