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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 CAN YOU GUESS
WHO DOESN’T PAY THEIR PROPERTY TAXES…?

August 1st, 2015

You may recently have paid your local property taxes. Some privileged people, however, didn’t. In fact, the three wealthiest guys around here didn’t. Jimmy “Cheats” Haslam doesn’t have to pay a penny of taxes on the Browns stadium. It’s worth $276-million. (For enterprising reporters here’s the parcel number 101-02-014). Dan “Thuggish” Gilbert doesn’t have to […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FROM GLENVILLE’S STREETS
TO THE STREETS OF TEXAS’—POLICE FAILURE…

July 22nd, 2015

Another police car video of the arrest of a black woman that led eventually to her death, supposedly a suicide days later in a Texas jail, once again dramatizes the lack of professionalism in police departments throughout the nation. Sandra Bland, a 28-year old woman in Texas to start a dream job at a black […]

JOHN OLIVER CHANNELS ROLDO BARTIMOLE…

July 14th, 2015

There is no topic, perhaps, that Roldo Bartimole has written about more in the past 30-plus years than the great cash sucking sound of Cleveland’s sports team owners.

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, […]

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 […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON COUNTY CIGARETTE TAX
TARGETS CLEVELAND’S POOR, WORKING CLASS…

May 7th, 2015

The drive to extend the arts and culture tax could take $150 million from Cuyahoga taxpayers. It will most likely hurt the poorest residents. It is solely a cigarette tax and raises significant revenue with little attention to where that money goes. And the worst part of the tax, which goes most heavily to the […]

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 PEE DEE ECHOES OF THE PAST…

April 18th, 2015

I didn’t get an answer to the April 15 letter below. Not unusual. The following e-mail was written to Chris Quinn, vice president of content for the Northeast Ohio Media Group. We can expect more content-less content in the next few weeks as news retreats to make way for sports, the GOP convention and rock […]

ROLDO RIGHTS AN UNPLANNED, UNEXPECTED LIFE…

April 6th, 2015

You don’t know where life will take you. Some people plan their lives, have goals and expectations. I have to admit that I’ve never been a planner. Life has taken me where it has accidentally—randomly rather than by expectation or desire. I’ll never regret flying by the seat of my pants. Exactly 50 years ago […]

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 […]

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