A recall effort to knock Mayor Frank Jackson out of office could have some significant benefits for Cleveland. Even if it fails.
I question whether the forces leading this effort have the heft to obtain enough signatures to place a recall vote on the ballot. Some 12,000 plus.
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.
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.
Political honeymoons seem to last far too long around here. Think Frank Jackson.
Deception comes in many forms.
It's time to talk about Ted Diadiun. Or better identified as "Mr. P. D. Excuses". A fake ombudsman for Plain Dealer readers. And believe me, he's good at it. I have to admit.
The past is always with us.
Yet we are determined to ignore it.
We face a crucial police/community crisis with a mayor who stubbornly refuses to face reality.
The final count as of the end of 2014 sin tax collection by Cuyahoga County is in - $127,545,783.09. That's $127.5 million. All taxes.
This tax ends sometime this year and the NEW 20-year sin tax, worth some $270 million, will begin.
I assume the cheering over the sale of Halle Building will be another example of the shifting of tax burden from the wealthy to the diminishing number of Cleveland homeowners. How many left now?
But who is keeping count. Indeed, who even cares?
It's difficult, if not impossible; to believe that Safety Director Michael McGrath would declare that he won't resign without Mayor Frank Jackson's assent.
It's Jackson sticking his finger into the eye of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and the U. S. Department of Justice.
The solution to the problem of police is that it will require a total change in their culture of operation.
It is clear - has been for the last 45 years going back to the cops and their refusal to accept Carl Stokes as their commander - that it isn't going to change.
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