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ROLDO RIGHTS ON JUSTICE MANGLED, DENIED…

July 14th, 2014

As a follow-up to the last posting on the historic battle between the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, I am presenting a piece written in 1980 about the first anti-trust trial by the city against the private utility company. It reveals how power works its destruction. A good deal of it […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CLEVELAND’S FOULED POLITICS…

July 9th, 2014

Cleveland’s Muny Light facility on the city’s east side and The Cleveland Electric Illuminating company Chairman (and Field Marshall Rommel aficionado) Ralph Besse. (inset upper left) Cleveland in 2014 loves to proclaim its love of private-public partnerships. The reason: the private sector wants to suck resources from the public sector – sin taxes, tax abatements, […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHY UNITED WAY IS A PHONY…

June 22nd, 2014

United Way really is a Republican program. It’s how corporations deal with, shall we say, the less fortunate. Why? It is cheaper. Very cheap. Make believe cheap. If you can make believe as a community you are dealing with the serious poverty, health and social issues without taxes who saves? The rich, of course. Charity […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PUSHING PAST THE PUSHBACK…

June 9th, 2014

It was encouraging and memorable to hear Councilman Jeff Johnson sharply challenging Council President Kevin Kelley on his sleight of hand with the Jackson administration in the final session before summer. The issue was passage of two phases of the short but very expensive roadway, nicknamed Opportunity Corridor. It courses through an area known as […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHAT ELECTION…?

May 7th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: A well-financed, well-run campaign, media neglect and a “What Election?” electorate proved a winner for the extension by 20 years of the original 1990 sin tax. Nothing seemed to stir this deadened citizenry. Not even a hand slipping in their pockets. For 20 years! About 20 percent even bothered to vote. The […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON STOP THE BIG LIE…

May 5th, 2014

[Update at 0402 on 7 May--Well, this didn't go well. The wealthy white suburbs outvoted the working-poor black city: Issue No. 7 passed 101,717 to 78,741. JH] Roldo Bartimole writes: Will the voters fall for the Big Lie again? “Without Issue 7, the City and County could have to make deep cuts to important services, […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BILLIONAIRE HANDOUTS…

April 30th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: Doesn’t it strike everyone as very strange that billionaire sports owners want to be treated as public charities by major cities all over the nation? And they get away with it. They hold the tin cup out and expect the government, via taxpayers, to fill it up whenever they please for whatever […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PROMISES, PROMISES, PROMISES

April 26th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: There is only one thing you can do as our society heads more and more to an inequality status. That is to resist. You have an opportunity to strike a blow of resistance on May 6 – by voting NO on the sin tax. Because it is totally a regressive tax and […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON KEEP BILLIONAIRES STRONG…!

April 21st, 2014

Angie Schmitt, Rustwire, Is Cleveland Strong? Roldo Bartimole writes: The claim is that we need more public investment to keep Cleveland strong. Does the evidence prove this? You know the answer. On Sunday April 6 the Plain Dealer ran an article based on a study done for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was meant to measure […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS MORE…

April 6th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: I have finally figured out the dilemma of how to finance our three major league sports teams. And it could cost you nothing. Or you could be as generous as you wish. The answer is not the taxing way of today; but the charity way of tomorrow. And our noble past. The […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON DEALING IN THE DARK…

April 4th, 2014

From left, Larry Dolan, Dan Gilbert and Jimmy Haslan Roldo Bartimole writes: Does is seem odd to you that the three men asking hundreds of millions of tax dollars from the public never even appear before the public or its representatives? It seems outrageous to me. Farcical. They take us for Moe, Larry and Curly. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE WHINES OF KEV…

April 2nd, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: One of the weakest arguments favoring the sin tax is the whining of Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley that the city would have to pay out of its general fund for whatever the teams want. Bullshit. Kelley, new to leadership, keeps moaning about “his” budget and that it will be the only […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON ROME CLEVELAND BURNS…

April 1st, 2014

[Roldo sent me this piece at 1352 on Monday,31 March, after I went "Thinking."] Roldo Bartimole writes: Many citizens of Cuyahoga County should be ashamed of themselves. They are not alone, however. They contribute to a totally out of balance society. Likely without even giving it a thought. This trivial thinking leads to community squalor […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON ARE YOU TAXED ENOUGH…?

April 1st, 2014

[Roldo sent me this piece at 1230 on Wednesday, 26 March, after I went "Thinking."] Roldo Bartimole writes: City and County politicians are trying to put Cuyahoga County residents in a box on the sin tax. They are counting on voters to be gullible and a credulous news media to do the selling job, aided […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SIN-TAX FINANCED TOYS…

April 1st, 2014

[Roldo sent me this piece at 1215 on Saturday, 22 March, after I went "Thinking."] Roldo Bartimole writes: The major issue of the vote for a 20-year extended tax on Cuyahoga County resident is the problem of rigged leases between Cuyahoga County and Cleveland and three major league sports teams. How did political leaders lend […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON DON’T BE FOOLED AGAIN…

March 16th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: There’s question whether P.T. said that there was a sucker born every minute and someone to take him. But there’s truth in the saying. And we’ll all be put to the test soon. The campaign to sell the sin tax will be slick but will avoid the promising lies it told before. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PLAYING HARDBALL…

March 13th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: Leases are made to be broken. Ask Gateway and the team owners that use its facilities. Sometimes it’s even laughable how lease can be broken or corrupted. I’ll call it the 57,500 square foot heist or lease alteration. In 1993, I wrote this question: “How would you like to get 57,500 square […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHAT THE RICH WANT …

March 10th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: The answer to the headline’s question is ANYTHING THEY CAN GET. And then some. The greed of all major league sports teams knows no bounds. And they have escaped real scrutiny by the entire nation’s media – from the New York Times to Sports Illustrated and everything in between. I have been […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WE CAN SAY NO

March 4th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: The tax ‘em and tax ‘em again propagandists have settled on their theme for the May 6th tax vote. It’s the gun-to-the-head-Joe-Roman strategy. Your head. Voters, the bosses at the Greater Cleveland Partnership say, if we don’t pass this tax we’ll still have to pay the piper. We’ll have to use money […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PLAIN DEALER PANDERING…

March 2nd, 2014

[To see the 5 February 1996 edition of Point Of View (Vol. 28 nos. 9 & 10) follow the link and then download the PDF version of the issue to your Adobe Acrobat reader. JH] Roldo Bartimole writes: I wish every civic or government class in every high school in our area would put their […]

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