ROLDO BARTIMOLE…

[Update: 18 September 2015—While The Cleveland Memory Project has preserved Roldo’s Point of Viǝw morgue, the task of maintaining more than 400 of Roldo’s post-POV writings has fallen to myself and several other electronic sources. This morning Roldo emailed to tell me that I was the last man standing. Have Coffee Will Write is archived on my personal computer, on the HCWW servers and in The Cloud.

My intent is to index all of the articles here in chronological order, but for now you can find them here or here.

Dates below refer are in the form YYMMDD i.e. 18 September 2015 is 150918)

[Update on 14 December 2016: I added an external link to Roldo’s Wikipedia page leading back to this page.]

170913 BLEAK ELECTION: LESS THAN 13% BOTHER TO VOTE
170908 QUICKEN ARENA DEAL SEALS JACKSON RE-ELECTION
170901 IT IS JUST THE SAME OLD STORY—SELLOUT!
170831 QUICKEN ARENA DEAL OFF/BACK ON: AS PREDICTED
170828 MEMO TO CHRIS QUINN
170823 HOW THE PLAIN DEALER DISTORTS SIMPLE TRUTH
170821 POVERTY IS REAL IN CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOODS
170817 DUCKING RESPONSIBILITY AT THE PLAIN DEALER
170811 JACKSON, KELLEY: PURPOSEFUL BUNGLED BLUNDER
170809 CLEVELAND’S MAYORAL RACE SNOOZEFEST…
170802 ROLDO BARTIMOLE HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK…
170801 LET THEM EAT CAKE, NO, ER, PIZZA FROM UMBERTO
170724 JACKSON CATERING TO NEIGHBORHOODS—TOO LATE
170717 LYING BY IGNORING
170710 CARL STOKES —PROMISES NOW SADLY FADED
170619 WILL CLEVELAND.COM RUN JACKSON’S CAMPAIGN?
170617 ROLDO BARTIMOLE ON RALPH NADER RADIO HOUR…
170603 SOME THINGS YOU CANNOT AFFORD
170524 CAN THE PD BE BOUGHT? IT ALREADY HAS BEEN
170522 THEY’RE LYING ABOUT ARENA DEAL—IT’S A FRAUD
170518 HAS… JACKSON’S MESSAGE BEEN “DROP DEAD” TO CLEVELAND’S NEEDY?
170514 THIS NEEDS TO BE A CHANGE MAYORAL ELECTION
170505 THE TAX MAN—FRANK JACKSON
170501 BARBARA BYRD BENNETT—SYMBOL OF CLEVELAND ELITES
170427 PAST KEEPS REPEATING ITSELF FOR WEALTHY HERE
170425 DIRTY DEED DONE BY CORRUPTORS
170418 DISTRESSED CITY AWAKENING?
170410 TIMES HAVE CHANGED BUT NOT FOR THE BETTER
170406 THE USUAL GAME & PREDICTABLE SCORE
170402 IS THERE OPPORTUNITY IN SHRINKAGE?
170326 FISCAL RAPE OF CLEVELAND/COUNTY TAXPAYERS
170313 PUBLIC SQUARE SQUABBLE REVEALS THE INEPTNESS OF FRANK JACKSON
170307 PD & SOLD-OUT POLS BACKED SORDID ARENA DEAL
170212 SHOWDOWN COMING ON PUBLIC SUBSIDIES
170210 MAYOR JACKSON CONTINUES TO ACT AS CORPORATE STOOGE
170201 JACKSON—FAILURE WHO OFFERS MORE OF SAME
170125 WILL MEDIA MEET CHALLENGE IN MAYOR RACE?
170120 HISTORY LESSONS FOR NEXT ELECTION
170110 DEATH BY POLITICIANS
170104 THE ODOR STENCH* OF CIVIC CORRUPTION
170103 HOW MUCH HARM CAN A STUBBORN JACKSON DO?
161222 HOW IT KEEPS GOING ROUND AND ROUND
161219 BEING GAMED OVER AND OVER AGAIN
161215 THE WHEELS SPIN—AND YOU PAY EVERY TIME
161214 ROBBER BARONS DO WHAT THEY DO BEST—STEAL
161205 SAD STORY OF LOCAL SPORTS CORRUPTION
161129 NEW SPORTS FACILITY DESIRED BY CAVS?
161117 JACKSON FORGETS WHERE HE CAME FROM
161027 WHAT FOOL TAXES HIMSELF OR HERSELF?
161026 LET THEM EAT ICE CREAM*
161012 SILLIEST PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT POSSIBLE
161011 VOTE FOR JACKSON’S TAX HIKE, ENCOURAGE HIM TO RUN AGAIN FOR MAYOR
160929 PAST PREDICTS FUTURE? COUNTY DEBT LOOMS
160922 IN CLEVELAND BUILDINGS ARE ON WELFARE
160917 CLEVELAND’S RIGGED AND PHONY RESURGENCE
160913 HOW THE COUNTY’S COSTS AND TAXES ADD UP
160905 PLAIN DEALER PROPAGANDA ON PAGE ONE
160825 JACKSON ADMITS CLEVELAND GAVE AWAY BILLIONS
160819 CRITICISM OF $2 MILLION BIKE TRACK NOT RACIST
160812 FRANK JACKSON IS DONE
160729 CLEVELAND MAYORS GIVE AWAY CASH, THEN ASK FOR MORE AND MORE AND
160726 CLEVELAND & HOUGH: A ’60s RECIPE FOR VIOLENCE
160708 WHEN WILL MAYORAL CANDIDATES STEP OUT?
160630 RTA NEEDS CASINO CASH—TAP $$$ SLOSHING AROUND DOWNTOWN…
160624 HIGH COST OF WINNING
160608 REALLY WANT TO PAY MORE CITY TAXES?
160520 JIMMY HASLAM AND HYPOCRISY—FRIENDS FOREVER
160517 A FINANCIAL CANCELLATION WORTH THE COST
160511 ANOTHER CLEVELAND $1 BILLION BOONDOGGLE
160426 CLEVELAND IS A CITY UNDER THE THUMB
160419 $11-MILLION RESTAURANT DISPUTED BY COUNTY
160412 WHY IS OUR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP SO LIFELESS?
160331 CUYAHOGA TAXPAYERS PAY $11 MILLION FOR DINING
160315 GEORGE SAPIN KNEW HOW TO THROW A PUNCH
160309 LISTEN TO THE PAST IN VOTING FOR PROSECUTOR
160302 QUINN THROWS AT WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS
160227 CLEVELAND CITED MOST DISTRESSED AMERICAN CITY
160219 DO WE WANT TO REVIVE THIS POLITICAL GANG?
160209 HOW BAD CAN IT BE, MR. BUDISH?
160205 HOW OUR MONEY FLOWS FROM COUNTY AND CITY
160129 THOSE WHO GIVE GOVERNMENT A BAD NAME
151231 CLEVELAND—MORE THAN ONE TERRIBLE STAIN
151229 TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW
151223 CLEVELAND SPORTS TEAMS GRAB 34,000 HOURS OF POLICE PROTECTION
151217 BUDISH ADMINISTRATION BOUGHT OUT
151205 MAYOR FRANK JACKSON—THE GREAT PONTIFICATOR
151202 WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?
151104 ROLDO RIGHTS ON INTO SPORTS’ $$$ QUICKSAND…
151018 BARBARA BYRD-BENNETT LEARNED TO LIVE LARGE HERE IN CLEVELAND…
151014 A FREE PRESS IS A RARE PRESS…
151008 COMING CROCODILE TEARS SHED BY CUYAHOGA ARTS SUPPORTERS FOR TAX…
151004 OUR SAD, SAD CLEVELAND ALL DRESSED IN THE FINEST RED AND GREEN…
150930 HOLDS A MIRROR UP TO THE PD…
150925 THE MAN IN CHARGE, PART I…
150922 SECRET PD CUTBACKS AND FRANK JACKSON LOOKING WORSE THAN BAD…
150831 BOBBY, JIMMY AND JAMES NEFF…
150821 HASLAM GETS PARKING DEAL…
150813 WHAT DO BROWNS FANS WANT, A $15M SCOREBOARD OR A WINNING TEAM…?
150811 THE POSSIBILITIES FOR WHO WILL BE THE NEXT MAYOR OF CLEVELAND…?]

Roldo has been covering Cleveland political and other characters for nearly 50 years. He has been called “arguably Cleveland’s greatest investigative reporter of the past half century” by Ralph Nader in 2014.

Others also have been generously complimentary:

“There are—in my experience-–-only a handful of journalists in America like him. He’s a citizen journalist, the finest kind of idealist you’ll ever find… Roldo actually believes in American democracy and the American people. It’s easy enough to say someone is a muckraker, but Roldo is much more than that. He’s a reporter with rare insight.” –Jim Ridgeway, then of Village Voice, 1993.

“As an elected public official, I have received my share of ‘hits’ from Roldo. But unlike my experience with other news media, I have never challenged Roldo’s criticisms as being unfair, unsupported by the facts or discriminatory in any way… Cleveland owes Roldo Bartimole a debt of gratitude. –Judge Carl Stokes and former Cleveland Mayor, 1993.

“It’s always high noon for Roldo Bartimole, last of the gunslinger journalists.” –Bill Osinski, article in Akron Beacon Journal, 1983.

The Cleveland Memory Project: Roldo Bartimole’s Point of Viǝw.

Roldo Bartimole archive at Have Coffee Will Write.

57 Responses to “ROLDO BARTIMOLE…”

  1. Bob Samsot says:

    Hi,

    I’m Bob Samsot, one of the many city editors axed by the snake. But I made it to Philly Inquirer, then Baltimore Sun, then to USATOday and, in 2000, to the Washington Post before retiring and doing an investigative gig in Sarajevo. And my kids didn’t suffer too much from the disruptions from this business.

    Just a hat tip to Roldo, who tried to keep things honest at the PeeDee when I was there in the mid-80s. Too bad his spirit was lacking at the paper. As in “Rocky'” it “coulda been a contender.” A serious one.

    Thanks for trying Roldo, we who wanted to contend owe you a debt.

    Cheers, bob

  2. Bob: I remember you and thanks for the compliment. Unfortunately, you’d find the place worse now than then.

    I appreciate, Roldo

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