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2017 – A terrible year for democracy here

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, January 2018)                      As we slide toward the end of 2017 it’s hard to see this as a year of progress or advancement. Quite the opposite. Yes, Cleveland elected the familiar, if not exciting, Frank Jackson for a record four-year, fourth term. A Cleveland caretaker mayor. Not the first nor … Continue reading

IT IS JUST THE SAME OLD STORY—SELLOUT!

IT IS JUST THE SAME OLD STORY—SELLOUT! by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, September 2017)     Fifty years ago, this headline appeared in the Plain Dealer: “NEGRO PASTORS TO SHUN ORGANIZER ALINSKY” Things don’t change much in Cleveland, do they? Not in 50 years anyway. Unless you truly understand—they do change. They get worse. I wrote that story … Continue reading

QUICKEN ARENA DEAL OFF/BACK ON: AS PREDICTED

QUICKEN ARENA DEAL OFF/BACK ON: AS PREDICTED by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, September 2017)     (As this was being written the biggest sell-out in Cleveland history and likely the most damaging one for a community activist group in America took place. The Greater Cleveland Congregations, just as Mayor Jackson, Kevin Kelley, Armond Budish, Dan Brady, and … Continue reading

Roldo weighs in on Ohio Supreme Court Decision on Quicken Loans Arena Referendum JACKSON, KELLEY: PURPOSEFUL BUNGLED BLUNDER

Roldo weighs in on Ohio Supreme Court Decision on Quicken Loans Arena Referendum JACKSON, KELLEY: PURPOSEFUL BUNGLED BLUNDER by Roldo Bartimole The Ohio Supreme Court ruling really says that Mayor Frank Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley played an underhanded trickster game not only with the people of Cleveland but with democratic process itself in … Continue reading

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