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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 […]

IN CLEVELAND BUILDINGS ARE ON WELFARE

September 22nd, 2016

The article announcing the sale of Cleveland’s historic Terminal Tower by Forest City may start a new merry-go-round of tax abatements and other subsidies downtown. Not that there’s been a slow down. But we see a second round of tax gifts on the same building from back in the early 1990s. Subsidies have been flowing […]

CLEVELAND’S RIGGED AND PHONY RESURGENCE

September 17th, 2016

Does this put the lie to Cleveland’s resurgence? Does this mark Cuyahoga County as seriously troubled? ¶A school system (Cleveland) with four Fs. Ignore it, say city leaders by their ease in avoiding it. ¶Will the Atlantic magazine send one of its top editors to lead a stacked panel to lift banners of Cleveland as […]

HOW THE COUNTY’S COSTS AND TAXES ADD UP

September 13th, 2016

Last time I wrote here I reported on a document that noted Cuyahoga County was more than $1 billion in debt ($1,082,395,000). ¶That’s a lot of money. A scary figure. ¶The Plain Dealer followed quickly with the same story, based on William Tater’s Community Solutions report on the County debt. ¶But it got short shrift […]

PLAIN DEALER PROPAGANDA ON PAGE ONE

September 5th, 2016

It would have been a dramatic page one lead story in the Plain Dealer. ¶But it turned out to be just another piece of corporate propaganda posing as news. ¶The Greater Cleveland Partnership endorsed its Mayor Frank Jackson’s income tax increase. Was anyone surprised? This is prelude to a strong push by the PD for […]

DID CLEVELAND BUY THESE FOR THE RNC SHOW…?

September 3rd, 2016

For hosting the Republican National Convention, Cleveland received $50 million (as did Philadelphia for hosting the Democratic National Convention) from the federal coffers for the purposes of providing security during the convention. Setting aside why $100 million in tax payer dollars went to funding two private freak shows parties we have to ask where all […]

SORRY JOE, YOU DON’T GET TO PLAY THAT CARD…

September 2nd, 2016

During a speech here in Cleveland yesterday Vice President Joe Biden was heckled. Biden lost his cool and responded inappropriately. Dan Roberts, reporting in ‘My friends died,’ heckler shouts. ‘So did my son,’ Joe Biden shoots back for The Guardian (no mention of the incident that I can find so far in local media), writes: […]

TRUMP TRIUMPH CRASHES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY…

August 28th, 2016

Via Mano Singham…

JACKSON ADMITS CLEVELAND GAVE AWAY BILLIONS

August 25th, 2016

What got Mayor Frank Jackson so agitated that he acted as if he were the Mayor of Cleveland’s residents and not just its business community? ¶Maybe a princess kissed him and he woke up to what he’s been done in the last decade. ¶He finally admitted he was the servant of Cleveland’s powerful corporate community. […]

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