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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 […]

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 […]

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