Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

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 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 […]

#SHUTDOWNTHEFUCKBARREL…

March 29th, 2015

How could John Oliver have possibly missed Linndale…?

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: SURPRISE, SURPRISE,
REALITY BEGINS TO HIT CUYAHOGA COUNTY…

March 27th, 2015

Wow, what a surprise! Cuyahoga County seems to be running out of money. Can’t borrow, County Executive Armond Budish tells the Plain Dealer. Can’t borrow for MetroHealth Medical Center but can for a hotel that will be a big money loser. Great Democratic politics. And the PD didn’t know about this? What another surprise. Especially […]

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 […]

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