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ROLDO RIGHTS ON: THE TAX DODGERS
OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY…

September 5th, 2014

Click on the above image to download the entire tax abatement file for Cuyahoga County. Has it now become necessary for cities to bribe each and every developer or corporation? With tax breaks as a location lure? Stealing from city revenues. If you build or renovate new or old building is it necessary for someone […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON 2014, HOW ARE WE DOING…?

September 1st, 2014

Cleveland Mayor Carl Burton Stokes We are powerless. We are leaderless. There seem to be no real voices of protest. Thus no anger to play off. No squeaky wheel to arouse. Not a media voice of even mild condemnation of what is. Or what should be. A newspaper lacking even the pretense of debate or […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: CAN WE KICK
YOU SOME MORE FITZ, ASKS THE PD…?

August 27th, 2014

There’s an old saying I can’t track down even with Google. It’s about journalists. It goes something like, “When the battle is over they come down and shoot the wounded.” Not quite right. I knew only one person who might know the direct quote – Terry Sheridan. And he did with all the attribution: Newspaperman […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BROOK PARK VOTERS
SENDING STRONG MESSAGE…?

August 18th, 2014

By Roldo Bartimole Is there a crucial message from Brook Park voters turning down two tax measures by significant margins? One was three to one and the other two to one defeat in an election a week ago. A harsh rebuke. My journalistic take is this: Workers squeezed by years of no or little income […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON LEBRON JAMES:
HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEWS TODAY…?

August 12th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole asks: Have you watched the news lately? Did you see the Plain Dealer front page Saturday with LeBron James, arms extended, face raised, eyes-closed in seeming ecstasy? Jesus-like? Do you check the front page of the Pee Dee daily, or its web site Cleveland.com? Do you think you live in a world of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CLEVELAND’S
PUBLIC ENEMIES NO. 1: EATON AND CUTLER…

August 6th, 2014

By Roldo Bartimole Don’t you feel sorry for poor Sandy Cutler, chairman and CEO of Eaton Corp., formerly of the United States? Isn’t he taking an unfair beating in the press? He’s the boss at Eaton Corp., a Dublin, Ireland company really based right here. At least for 100 years. But for tax purposes he’s […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FORBES:
HE WAS SO GOOD AT BEING BAD…

July 20th, 2014

George Forbes, not any mayor, was the most powerful political figure of our era. He ruled at a time when public money flowed to major developers. He was the grease that made it flow. Forbes clearly dominated Cleveland politics for most of two decades – 1970s and 1980s – that coincided with my time at […]

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 […]

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