Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

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 […]

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 […]

CAST PROPOSING SIN TAX ALTERNATIVE…

April 23rd, 2014

From The Coalition against the Sin Tax April 23, 2014, Cleveland, Ohio – On Thursday, April 24th at 10:30AM, members of CAST will formally introduce the next step in the implementation of a preferable alternative to the Sin Tax put forward by proponents of Issue 7. A Committee of the Petitioners, as allowed under Chapter […]

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 […]

NO ON ISSUE 7 RALLY WEDNESDAY 23 APRIL…

April 17th, 2014

[Update @ 1445--In addition to the rally next Wednesday, 23 April, there is fundraiser this evening beginning at 7 p.m. See the details below.] From Coalition Against The Sin Tax: Issue 7 Brings People Together… TEAM UP WITH The Coalition Against the Sin Tax For a “Vote NO on Issue 7” Rally. April 23rd, North […]

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. […]

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