Archive for the 'Roldo Bartimole' Category

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 […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CUYAHOGA COUNTY AGAIN PAYS
SPORT OWNERS’ BILLS—$8,898,896 IN 2015;
$154 MILLION IN TOTAL FOR GATEWAY EXTRAS…

February 15th, 2015

We already know that will never stop paying the bills of overly wealthy pro-sports owners and players but you may not have known that Cuyahoga County on Jan. 15 paid Gateway bondholders $8,898,896. A hefty $5,315,970 of the total is listed as “A county [general fund] contribution.” Isn’t that nice? That makes the County general […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CON ARTISTS AND
STEVE LITT HIGH ON TAXING THE POOR…

February 11th, 2015

Isn’t it wonderful that Cleveland Indians boss Paul Dolan—member of one of our billionaire sports/cable families—has taken on the burden of pushing a tax on cigarettes to finance the arts. Steve Litt, of course, applauds loudly in the Plain Dealer Dolan’s heading a drive for passage of another cigarette tax. Neither Litt nor Dolan apparently […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: BUDISH IS BULL-SHITTING US
AND HE IS GETTING AWAY WITH HIS SCHEMES…

February 9th, 2015

Political honeymoons seem to last far too long around here. Think Frank Jackson. And they start too soon. Think Armond Budish. Think Squishy Talk. No answer answers. Budish has already understood that you can get away with bullshit very easily with our generally pliant Plain Dealer. They’ll swallow the mush as if it were good […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: TED ‘EXCUSES’ DIADIUN,
THE PLAIN DEALER’S EXPLAINER-AWAY…

January 28th, 2015

Deception comes in many forms. It’s time to talk about Ted Diadiun. Or better identified as “Mr. P. D. Excuses”. A fake ombudsman for Plain Dealer readers. And believe me, he’s good at it. I have to admit. I think he could rationalize a murder as “all a little misunderstanding,” for the paper if he […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON OUR POLICE FORCE,
OUR POLITICIANS AND OUR COMMUNITY…

January 11th, 2015

The past is always with us. Yet we are determined to ignore it. We face a crucial police/community crisis with a mayor who stubbornly refuses to face reality. The record of neglect speaks for itself—from the long unobserved 11 murders and rapes by Anthony Sowell to the decade of captivity of three young women by […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE BROWNS DISGRACEFUL
SEASON AND THE COST TO TAXPAYERS…

January 5th, 2015

The final count as of the end of 2014 sin tax collection by Cuyahoga County is in: $127,545,783.09. That’s $127.5 million. All taxes. This tax ends sometime this year and the NEW 20-year sin tax, worth some $270 million, will begin. Who says corruption took a trip out of Cuyahoga County. The biggest thieves are […]

FERGUSON, CLEVELAND, NEW YORK…
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON…?

December 31st, 2014

With gracious thanks to Florence Reece and Peter Seeger… Nearly five months have passed since Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown and while the vital conversation in our nation surrounding the events of 9 August continues, I have decided to no longer keep this internal thread stuck to the top of Have Coffee Will […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: MORE DOWNSTOWN SUBSIDIES,
LET’S COUNT HOW WE REWARD OUR GIMMIE GUYS…

December 15th, 2014

I assume the cheering over the sale of Halle Building will be another example of the shifting of tax burden from the wealthy to the diminishing number of Cleveland homeowners. How many left now? But who is keeping count. Indeed, who even cares? Progress is what those who make up the news say it is. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON” MAYOR FRANK JACKSON’S
MESSAGE TO THE U.S. AND THE WORLD—FUCK OFF

December 8th, 2014

It’s difficult, if not impossible; to believe that Safety Director Michael McGrath would declare that he won’t resign without Mayor Frank Jackson’s assent. It’s Jackson sticking his finger into the eye of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice. Just as he did to Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine and DeWine’s report […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: NOTHING WILL CHANGE WITH
FRANK JACKSON AS CLEVELAND’S MAYOR…

December 4th, 2014

The solution to the problem of police is that it will require a total change in their culture of operation. It is clear – has been for the last 45 years going back to the cops and their refusal to accept Carl Stokes as their commander—that it isn’t going to change. That was made clear […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON TOM COYNE & BRETT LARKIN:
WRONG FIGHT, WRONG TIME, WRONG REASON…

November 30th, 2014

It’s the wrong fight at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. It’s the wrong fight because we should be offering more and better public services as the trend is to cut wages and reduce services. It’s the wrong time because we shouldn’t be giving into right wing government, which essentially wants to eliminate public […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: DON’T TRUST A GRAND JURY…

November 26th, 2014

Grand juries have a way of telling the history desired by those who hold power. Same as history is most often told. The Ferguson grand jury of Prosecutor Robert McCulloch—who was described by the New York Times as “widely viewed in the minority community as being in the pockets of the police”—seemed to fit the […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: IT’S SO GOOD TO BE
ATTACKED, TO BE WHACKED BY FLACKS…

November 17th, 2014

I have been attacked! Whacked by a flack no less. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be attacked by a paid flack who was a big Pooh-Bah publisher and editor. My critic is Brian Tucker the former publisher for Crain’s Business Review, a pro-business weekly. His ad notes, After 25 years […]

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