Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

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. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE WHINES OF KEV…

April 2nd, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: One of the weakest arguments favoring the sin tax is the whining of Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley that the city would have to pay out of its general fund for whatever the teams want. Bullshit. Kelley, new to leadership, keeps moaning about “his” budget and that it will be the only […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON ROME CLEVELAND BURNS…

April 1st, 2014

[Roldo sent me this piece at 1352 on Monday,31 March, after I went "Thinking."] Roldo Bartimole writes: Many citizens of Cuyahoga County should be ashamed of themselves. They are not alone, however. They contribute to a totally out of balance society. Likely without even giving it a thought. This trivial thinking leads to community squalor […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON OUR VERY CLEAR FUTURE…

April 1st, 2014

[Roldo sent me this piece at 1230 on Saturday, 29 March, after I went "Thinking."] Roldo Bartimole writes: Can we see into the future? Sure we can. When County Executive Ed FitzGerald indebted Cuyahoga County residents to build a $270 million, 600-room hotel, a reasonable person would tell you that he put taxpayers in a […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON ARE YOU TAXED ENOUGH…?

April 1st, 2014

[Roldo sent me this piece at 1230 on Wednesday, 26 March, after I went "Thinking."] Roldo Bartimole writes: City and County politicians are trying to put Cuyahoga County residents in a box on the sin tax. They are counting on voters to be gullible and a credulous news media to do the selling job, aided […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON DON’T BE FOOLED AGAIN…

March 16th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: There’s question whether P.T. said that there was a sucker born every minute and someone to take him. But there’s truth in the saying. And we’ll all be put to the test soon. The campaign to sell the sin tax will be slick but will avoid the promising lies it told before. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PLAYING HARDBALL…

March 13th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: Leases are made to be broken. Ask Gateway and the team owners that use its facilities. Sometimes it’s even laughable how lease can be broken or corrupted. I’ll call it the 57,500 square foot heist or lease alteration. In 1993, I wrote this question: “How would you like to get 57,500 square […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHAT THE RICH WANT …

March 10th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: The answer to the headline’s question is ANYTHING THEY CAN GET. And then some. The greed of all major league sports teams knows no bounds. And they have escaped real scrutiny by the entire nation’s media – from the New York Times to Sports Illustrated and everything in between. I have been […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WE CAN SAY NO

March 4th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: The tax ‘em and tax ‘em again propagandists have settled on their theme for the May 6th tax vote. It’s the gun-to-the-head-Joe-Roman strategy. Your head. Voters, the bosses at the Greater Cleveland Partnership say, if we don’t pass this tax we’ll still have to pay the piper. We’ll have to use money […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PLAIN DEALER PANDERING…

March 2nd, 2014

[To see the 5 February 1996 edition of Point Of View (Vol. 28 nos. 9 & 10) follow the link and then download the PDF version of the issue to your Adobe Acrobat reader. JH] Roldo Bartimole writes: I wish every civic or government class in every high school in our area would put their […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SIN-TAX WHOPPERS…

February 27th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: The debate over the new 20-year sin tax being demanded by sports owners and their corporate supporters is coming down to who lied and how much did they lie. And how much will they lie this time. The people who want the new 20-year tax lied. And they lied big. Mayor Michael […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON IF YOU CAN’T TRUST WCPN…

February 25th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: How will the Cleveland news media play the debate over the sin tax? So far it’s pretty much business as usual. The Plain Dealer jumped on the wagon before it even started rolling. The editorial board endorsed the tax on January 25. That’s more than 100 days before the election. One hundred […]

SOLON MAYOR ENDORSES ANTHONY FOSSACECA…

February 20th, 2014

Anthony Fossaceca, candidate for Ohio House District 6, writes: In 2012, we knew that to have any chance of winning our race, we had to win Solon. It’s the largest city in the district and it acts as the geographical corner of the “backwards L” that is the 6th. We placed considerable time and attention […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON RESELLING SIN-TAX LIES…

February 20th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: Don’t you love the way the downtown gang holds together. When Alan Glazen told the truth about the sin tax lies he brought all hell down upon him I guess. He said the promises of the campaign were simply made up. A bitter letter appeared in the Plain Dealer Feb. 19th decrying […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON ALL THE (MORE) SIN-TAX LIES…

February 17th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: I would have thought some good reporter or columnist would have jumped all over it. It isn’t often that a principal in a multi-multi-million deal involving County Commissioners, the Cleveland Mayor, City Council and the city’s top corporate people tells the public they all lied to fool the public. That it was […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WAVE BYE BYE ROBIN…

February 14th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: Maybe you have heard the news. Tragic. We’ve lost Robin Swoboda. What will happen to Cleveland Journalism now? Such a loss. Such a shame. The Pee Dee gave it a banner headline. Keep telling us the news. Please! And coming on the heels of that startling television news another tragic loss. Bill […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CLEVELAND SPORTS AND SIN…

January 29th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: You would have thought that the Plain Dealer might have at least gone through some motions to indicate that the editorial board knew what it was doing when it endorsed the sin tax. The same goes for the useless Cuyahoga County Commissioners, who voted unanimously to put the sin tax on the […]

WHAT’S TO COME IN OHIO…

January 28th, 2014

From my hometown newspaper this morning: As revenue continues to drop at Ohio casinos and horse race tracks, beware of how the state legislature responds. And look no further than West Virginia for a preview. Gambling proprietors in West Virginia are beneficiaries of enormous gifts bestowed upon them by politicians. Voters never had a say […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON NEW POLS ARE OLD POLS…

January 24th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: The County Commission hearing on the sin tax this week was typical of the OLD brand that goes through the ritual of a pretend public hearing. On automatic pilot. The agenda called for the public to speak before the proponents presented their pitch. No use having a testy argument over some $300 […]

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