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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

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 […]

BUDISH ADMINISTRATION BOUGHT OUT

December 17th, 2015

/> Tie it up with a big red bow. The gift is complete. It’s that time of year, isn’t it? And our business leaders are great gift TAKERS. Cuyahoga County has been awarded the business/civic establishment that rules the public agenda, as it has for 50 years and more. Not as successfully as now, however. […]

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 […]

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 […]

MILITARY DOLLARS WILL NOT DESTROY ISIS…

October 28th, 2015

I first posted this video back in June of last year. Listen very carefully to Francis Marion’s words (as interpreted by Walt Disney in 1959) beginning at the 7:25 minute mark and you’ll understand why all imperial adventurism and colonialism ultimately fails. The situation has not improved. Roldo Bartimole sent me a copy of Ralph […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE MAN IN CHARGE I…

September 25th, 2015

John Galbreath (left) and Carl Stokes (right) I had a talk with a friend recently who happened to mention that the Cleveland City Planning department years ago was busily preparing the city’s new downtown master plan in the late 1950s. It was a useless plan costing $100,000. He laughed because he said that meanwhile another […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SECRET PLAIN DEALER CUTBACKS
AND FRANK JACKSON LOOKING WORSE THAN BAD…

September 22nd, 2015

You can always feel comfortable that personnel changes by the Cleveland Browns will be forthrightly reported by the almost daily Plain Dealer. Must keep the public informed, you know. That’s the job. But when the Plain Dealer subtracts some its starters, well, that’s not really news. Not that important. The paper will come out anyway. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BOBBY, JIMMY AND JAMES NEFF…

August 31st, 2015

Former Plain Dealer columnist James Neff has written a thriller-like book—Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa—of the long smoldering battle between Bobby Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa, two giants on the national scene in the 1950s and 1960s. The book is stacked with inside info about how Bob Kennedy, as a staffer of the 1950s Senate […]

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 […]

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