Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

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 […]

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 […]

YAY CLEVELAND…!

August 16th, 2014

Four years ago, Konstantin Yablotskiy was not looking to change his life. He had travelled to Cologne to attend the Gay Games, an LGBT-friendly athletics festival. He was a figure skater, not an activist. Most of his friends or family did not even know he was gay. But then he took to the ice in […]

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 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 […]

WE HAVE TWO YEARS TO CHALLENGE THIS…

July 10th, 2014

While the US Supreme Court has deemed that not allowing protesters to get right in the face of women seeking abortions is a violation of their free speech rights, the sensitivities of delegates to political conventions are so delicate that they can be shielded from opposing views. Mano Singham writing in Seeing Cleveland through fresh […]

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 RESCUING THE BROWNS, AGAIN…

June 6th, 2014

Mayor Frank Jackson apparently feels that the Cleveland Browns and billionaire Jimmy Haslam aren’t getting enough sweetheart deals from the poverty plagued city. They need more city help. And Jackson’s the man to give it to them. So he and Cleveland City Council, led by President Kevin Kelley, provided the Browns with another sweetener – […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON HOW BAD ARE OURS…?

June 5th, 2014

County Executive Ed FitzGerald may be excused for making a ridiculous proposal to spend the sin tax money. After all, he needs every free headline he can get as the money-squeezed Ohio gubernatorial candidate. The tax – 25 years in effect – was passed recently for a 20-year extension. But does his proposal have to […]

GOODBYE TO DERF’S THE CITY

May 21st, 2014

Last Thursday, Derf wrote: I’m ending my comic strip, The City, after 24 years. Here’s the final strip. I’m ending the strip So I can concentrate full-time on graphic novels. It’s all good. I’m not slinking away from a failed endeavor as a washed-up has-been. I’m leaving it behind in a blaze of glory, 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 […]

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