Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU GO TO THE SAME WELL?

February 7th, 2016

It’s another easy tax hike the Plain Dealer can cheerlead. And push it onto ordinary people. They do it all the time. Thoughtlessly. They’ll tell Clevelanders that they won’t be paying the tax. Ha! Suburbanites will pay it. As if all people in the suburbs had excess resources ready to give to whatever new or […]

HOW OUR MONEY FLOWS FROM COUNTY AND CITY

February 5th, 2016

Cuyahoga County paid bondholders for the 1990 construction overruns of the Quicken (then Gund) arena another $8,321,713 on Jan. 15th. Yes, we’re still paying on 1990 debts for Gateway. The County does it every Jan. 15th and will through to 2023. So far the bonds—thanks to Tim Hagan, Mary Boyle and Jim Petro—have cost taxpayers […]

THOSE WHO GIVE GOVERNMENT A BAD NAME NO. 2

February 4th, 2016

On Monday Cuyahoga County’s new reformed part-time Council will be voting. To give themselves a raise. Of course, they work hard. They told us so. They want raises from $45,000 to $52,000, a 15.5 percent raise. You’ve heard plenty about how hard they work. Part-time work suggests you have time for other work or play. […]

THOSE WHO GIVE GOVERNMENT A BAD NAME

January 29th, 2016

You should have expected it. It’s back to the same old political mentality: Taxpayers swallow. Cuyahoga County Council members want to raise their pay by a whopping 15.5 percent. This is the reform Council, remember. Let’s not be cheap about it. But that’s what you might expect for corporate executives pay raises. Not public servants. […]

CLEVELAND—MORE THAN ONE TERRIBLE STAIN

December 31st, 2015

The New York Times spanked Cleveland hard this week with an editorial entitled, Cleveland’s Terrible Stain. The starkness of those words contain an assessment that really calls for much more than the one incident—the senseless killing of a 12-year old Tamir Rice by police. Cleveland’s “stains” go far beyond what the Times finally acknowledged on […]

TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW

December 29th, 2015

It’s difficult to determine if County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s handling of the Tamir Rice grand jury was a fix, or just badly botched. But the smell isn’t pleasant in this holiday-conveniently released decision. The prosecution was marked by paid but seemingly biased “reports” to McGinty’s unprecedented allowance of the police officers to read statements to […]

CLEVELAND SPORTS TEAMS GRAB 34,000
HOURS OF POLICE PROTECTION TO DATE

December 23rd, 2015

If Cleveland and the U. S. Justice department are truly interested in providing safety to Cleveland residents they had better look carefully at the use of the city’s police force. Where and who gets served. It looks badly skewed to me. Toward the rich and their playthings. Naturally. Records show Mayor Frank Jackson provided 34,173.5 […]

OHIO CITY BICYCLING EXPO AND FASHION SHOW…

December 7th, 2015

WHAT: Winter Bicycling Expo and Fashion Show WHEN: Friday, 11 December, 6-10 pm; Fashion Show, 7:30-8 pm WHERE: Ohio City Bicycle Co-op 1840 Columbus Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 CONTACT: Jim Sheehan, Director, OCBC—216.820. 2667 or cell 216.346.3526 (cell) Food: Appetizers generously donated by local restaurants. Drinks: Beer from our neighbors Brick and Barrel; blend-your-own Bananna-Nut […]

MAYOR FRANK JACKSON—THE GREAT PONTIFICATOR

December 5th, 2015

I get the feeling that Mayor Frank Jackson is so taken with himself that he imagines himself a Philosopher King. He has become the Great Pontificator. You can hear in his talk a belief of his omnipotence. A very risky flaw. If you listened to Channel 20—the city’s TV outlet—and a program entitled ”Frank Talk,” […]

WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?

December 2nd, 2015

Are we expected to believe that the Cleveland police—responding to the call that someone with a gun was near the children’s swings—were looking for a gunman to still be there when they arrived? Responding to the call and driving to the site, Officer Frank Garmback, in a letter (first public statement) says the call said […]

BERNIE COMES TO CLEVELAND…!

November 17th, 2015

Bernie came to Cleveland last night, and, as Henry Gomez ledes for The Plain Dealer: So this is what a Bernie Sanders rally is like. Writing in Feel the Bern? Bernie Sanders storms into Cleveland with a pitch for ‘revolution’ Gomez continues: An ear-splittingly-loud crowd that eggs on the Democratic presidential hopeful’s barbed attacks on […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON NEW DATA FROM CDCP REPORT
SAYS: SMOKING HURTS THE POOR MOST BY FAR…

November 13th, 2015

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday in the New York Times noted that the latest “national numbers mask deep trouble spots within the American population”—the prevalence of poor who still smoke. This is exactly the reason that the arts and cultural tax on cigarettes deploys an easy but […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON INTO SPORTS’ $$$ QUICKSAND…

November 3rd, 2015

We’re into the quicksand of borrowing and spending for wealthy sports owners again without the news media EVER trying to put into context what we are spending for Haslam, Dolan and Gilbert. Context makes the real picture. Ugly. Just how much corporate welfare flows would be too revealing. Too shocking. So the media ignore the […]

SHOULD I GO MONTHLY FOR BERNIE…?

October 28th, 2015

Bernie Sanders emails: Dear Jeff, You already know that I don’t go around asking millionaires and billionaires for money, and I don’t have a super PAC. This campaign is funded by individual contributions that largely come in response to emails like this one. Increasingly, people have been making monthly contributions to sustain our political revolution […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BARBARA BYRD-BENNETT
LEARNED TO LIVE LARGE HERE IN CLEVELAND…

October 18th, 2015

Cleveland is where Byrd Bennett learned how to screw the youngsters she was well paid to educate. Education seemed far from her desire. I guess it caught up with her in Chicago. “Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett faces up to about 7 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to steering multimillion-dollar […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A FREE PRESS IS A RARE PRESS…

October 14th, 2015

Hard to believe that it has been 15 years since I ended a singular attempt to cover the machinations of the city’s political and power people and institutions. The quest was via a small newsletter called point of viǝw. In my “Saying Goodbye” message in December 2000 to subscribers I tried to offer a rationale […]

TAMIR TO WALTER TO SANDY HOOK TO TRAYVON…?

October 12th, 2015

A prosecutor and an FBI agent—two people obviously without bias in the matter of a shooting by Cleveland police officer Tim Loehmann—found that Loehmann acted reasonably in deciding last year to shoot when he confronted the 12-year-old boy carrying what turned out to be a replica gun. No amount of sarcasm or snark can be […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE COMING CROCODILE TEARS
SHED BY CUYAHOGA ARTS SUPPORTERS FOR TAX…

October 8th, 2015

You know what crocodile tears mean don’t you? They’re phony. I guess we’re going to have those tears and plenty of hand-wringing from the arts community. Beggars. They want your vote on November 3. It will retain a tax on cigarettes at 30 cents a pack for another 10 years. They know that they are […]

WELLS FARGO’S SHABBY POLYESTER PURSE…

October 6th, 2015

There is a meme about the brazenness of a man convicted of murdering his parents begging for mercy from the court because he’s an orphan. Wells Fargo has topped that bit of audaciousness. Matt Taibbi, writing in Wells Fargo’s Master Spin Job for Rolling Stone, ledes: If you still don’t believe our brethren on Wall […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON OUR SAD, SAD CLEVELAND
ALL DRESSED IN THE FINEST RED AND GREEN…

October 4th, 2015

The city may be drowning in blood. But our downtown still floats on green. Green as in cash. No expense spared. Last week the Plain Dealer reported that the Public Square redo (I should say “iconic” redo, as PD Steve Litt calls it; but he calls almost everything he writes about “iconic”) was $5 million […]

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