Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

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 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 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 […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: JOHN KASICH, CHRIS QUINN AND
CLEVELAND’S DYSFUNCTIONAL PLAIN DEALER…

November 5th, 2014

The Plain Dealer—and I use that name despite the division with the Northeast Ohio Media Group (which sounds like some ad consulting firm)—appears to display a dual personality disorder. A web site and a printed paper. Would Macy’s tell Gimbles? Why the division within a newspaper? And does the newspaper understand the confusion it displays? […]

PLAIN DEALER, HENRY GOMEZ, TAKE NOTE…

November 4th, 2014

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ROLDO RIGHTS ON FINANCIAL DATA ON
GATEWAY FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS…

November 1st, 2014

It may be hard to believe but the Cleveland Indians, not the Gateway Economic Development Corp., will be paying for current improvement at Progressive Field. That’s what Gateway says. Here’s what Gateway says the major capital improvement at Progressive Field are: Sound System—$4,760,000. High Structural Steel—from $725,000 to $2,184,230. Concrete resurfacing—$3,000,000. For a total of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: OHIO’S RACE FOR GOVERNOR,
VOTE FITZGERALD; DON’T ENCOURAGE KASICH…

October 29th, 2014

There are a lot of voters—Democrats—out there who want to use Ed FitzGerald as their punching bag this November. [Full disclosure, Roldo most likely count me in that club, for good reasons.] Henry Gomez already has secured that job. FitzGerald has turned out to be a sad candidate. He’s taking an ongoing beating in the […]

RALPH NADER RIGHTS ON KASICH AND ROLDO…

October 22nd, 2014

Governor John Kasich State of Ohio Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117 Dear Governor Kasich: I have recently been reading articles describing your compassionate conservatism as compared with the more hard-bitten practices of your Republican colleagues. You seem to have a genuine concern for some of the plights of the […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SERIOUSLY PLAIN DEALER…?

October 15th, 2014

Just how often do you get really angry with the Plain Dealer? I guess I’ve made an obsession with it over the years. Last Sunday provided another example of why. I’m talking about the sports section of the Sunday PD. Twenty page of sports in a town that so badly needs space for real news […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A SALES-TAX VACATION:
A TAX BREAK FOR THE LOWER ECONOMIC PEOPLE…

October 14th, 2014

If I were a politician today there are two things I would promote in Cleveland and Ohio. First, a state-wide raise in the minimum wage. If not, a push for city-wide minimum wage hikes. Where are Cleveland politicians? Second, I’d call for a temporary vacation or permanent decrease in the state’s sales tax. If there […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FITZGERALD AND KASICH…
VOTE YOUR INTERESTS, NOT A DRIVERS LICENSE…

October 5th, 2014

Some years ago when Tim Hagan challenged Rep. Mary Rose Oakar for her Congressional seat I advised voters, “Hold your nose and vote for Mary Rose.” Mary Rose would accept any support she could get from anywhere. Beside the ditty amused her. She got a good laugh. She won re-election, too. Now I would advise […]

GOOD ON PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…

September 23rd, 2014

Companies that seek to avoid US tax by shifting their headquarters abroad are being targeted under tough new rules announced by the Obama administration that it claims will dramatically reduce the benefits of so-called corporate inversions. The controversial technique, which has allowed companies such as Burger King to move abroad by buying a smaller foreign […]

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 […]

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