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 the value of sports facilities to our community.
Hiring a firm whose business essentially serves the industry it is asked to assess suggests you don't really want a straight answer. You seek a rigged game.
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.
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. In other words dumb.
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.
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 all over America.
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 perilous position.
I said it then. I believe it now.
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 by a million dollar ad campaign.
The major issue of the vote for a 20-year extended tax on Cuyahoga County resident is the problem of rigged leases between Cuyahoga County and Cleveland and three major league sports teams.
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.
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:
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