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Re: “A Brave Never Tells

I went to Camp Seven Ranges & participated in the first year Pipestone ceremony. While I certainly wouldn't call it traumatizing, I definitely think it qualifies as hazing. I was roughed up & manhandled; at one point I was pushed down a hillside because I wasn't moving fast enough. I find it odd that so many young men apparently are interested in repeating what is a rather unpleasant experience. I had no desire to return to Camp Seven Ranges. Mainly, I found the whole experience rather stupid & pointless as a 12 year old. And I still do.

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Posted by Earl MacSmooth on 07/27/2016 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Trump's Word Dump: Pricey Talk and Cheap Feelings at the #RNCinCLE

Excellent reflections, Peter, on the problem of our system of legalized bribery in which campaign donations are less "contributions" than "investments" with an expected return and the voices of those with money drowning out the voices of those without. So long as money is considered constitutionally protected "speech," not much will change. The same goes with corporations being anointed by the Supremes with constitutionally protected rights of real human beings -- as corporations have the authority independent of investing in elections to shape laws and regulations and shield themselves with 4th, 5th and 14th Amendment protections from We the People.

There is a solution to these twin hijackings of what's little left of our representative government -- the We the People Amendment, HJR 48 -- a constitutional amendment that would affirm that only human beings, not corporations, possess inalienable constitutional rights and that money is not free speech and, therefore, can be regulated from all sources in elections. More than 600 communities across the country have taken a position -- via municipal resolution or ballot measure -- in support. Whenever it reaches the ballot, it wins 100% of the time. This effort has been sparked and nurtured by Move to Amend, Twenty communities in Ohio have taken a stand (12 resolutions, 8 ballot measures), facilitated by the Ohio Move to Amend Network,

A similar initiative will be on the ballot this November in Shaker Heights, S. Euclid and, hopefully, Cleveland (sufficient signatures have been turned in, just now waiting for City Council to act).

FYI, simply overturning the 2010 Citizen United decision as some advocate only returns us to the glorious democratic panacea at that time. Remember those good 'ol democratic days prior to 2010 when our voices were authentically heard, needs met and communities helped? Money as speech dates to the 1970's while corporate constitutional rights originates in the 1880's.

Elections matter. But supporting a growing national "legalizing democracy" movement matters just as much, if not more.

To become involved in working to pass any of these initiatives or elsewhere in Ohio, email

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Posted by greg coleridge on 07/27/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Jacqueline Greene

Doing great work Jacqueline Greene

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Posted by Michael Ingram on 07/27/2016 at 12:35 PM

Re: “The Very Rev. Tracey Lind

I feel so lucky to be able to witness the work of this wonderful human being every week. She never fails to inspire me or cause me to think a little deeper about so many things that surround us. Cleveland is blessed to have such an incredible and positive force leading the charge towards a better tomorrow for people of all denominations and walks of life.

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Posted by Dale Hopkins on 07/27/2016 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Ali McClain

Power to the People!

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 07/27/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “The Fixer: Brian Glazen

So proud of my son!!!!

Posted by aglazen on 07/27/2016 at 4:47 AM
Posted by Chris Jackson on 07/26/2016 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Comedian Joe Rogan to Perform at Masonic Auditorium in September

"Joe Rogan Questions Everything" did premiere on July 24th--in 2013!

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Posted by Garrett on 07/26/2016 at 8:00 PM

Re: “California Delegate with Norovirus Still at Kalahari

Still waiting

Posted by Doug Boxman on 07/26/2016 at 6:08 PM

Re: “California Delegate with Norovirus Still at Kalahari

I am at the Kalahari hotel now as I write. My room has ants on the beds and nightstand. We arrived about an hour and a half ago notified management of the infestation and requested a room change. My family and I waited in the room over an hour for someone to take care of the issue. Finally a gentleman from maintenance arrived with a small tube of ant poison which he applied around the bed. I don't know about you but I don't think I would sleep very well tonight in a bed that I saw ants crawling all over. I asked the gentleman from maintenance about the room change request. He said someone would call in next few minutes. Kalahari's definition of minutes may be different than mine because we have been waiting and waiting. I was hoping to enjoy the water park with my wife and children but instead we are waiting and waiting. It is my understanding that just a few days ago there was a huge norovirus outbreak here as well. I am concerned about eating the food here now, if they can't keep the bugs out of the beds then they certainly can't keep them out of the kitchen. Thank you for your managements lack of interest to my concerns Kalahari! Please vote with your dollars and avoid Kalahari Sandusky by all means.

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Posted by Doug Boxman on 07/26/2016 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Group Rallies for Public Transit Investment, More Devastating Shortfalls Loom

Grace Crunican put it best: “An empty road is considered an opportunity. An empty bus is considered a sin.”

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Posted by Jose C. Feliciano Jr. on 07/26/2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “A Guide to This Year’s Mid West Reggae Fest

Looks like Bunny cancelled. No Saturday headliner replacement announced. Last year's Saturday headliner, the Mighty Diamonds, didn't show up. WTF?

Posted by neilito on 07/26/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Pokemon Go Players Getting Cited for Trespassing at Memorial Park in North Royalton

When in doubt, blame it on Pokemon Go.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 07/26/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland Closes; Crews Remove Giant Guitar from Outer Facade

Let's face it, the place went down because it was entirely mediocre. I'm proud that Clevelanders won't stand for that any more.

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Posted by aglazen on 07/26/2016 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Group Rallies for Public Transit Investment, More Devastating Shortfalls Loom

This may sound crazy, but my ad agency worked for RTA a few decades ago when they began the waterfront line debacle. We figured that if we got rid of all the buses and all the trains, and instead sent chauffeured cars to each rider, it would save a fortune. I'm all for a high level of public transportation services, but I sure do see a ton of those double buses with less passengers than my car can hold. something is out of whack.

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Posted by aglazen on 07/26/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland Closing in July

I'm not an old fogey by any means and have attended 100s of concerts in the last 45 years. My problem with Hard Rock was that the music was too loud for a productive conversation. We would try to support it by having work lunches there and it was simply too difficult. I won't miss it, not with all the great choices we have now.

Posted by cle supporter on 07/26/2016 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Shakeout for the Beautiful People

When I called dockherty she was really rude an unprofessional 😾👊

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Posted by Tempting Tangie on 07/26/2016 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland Closes; Crews Remove Giant Guitar from Outer Facade

Or just move it to Northfield... 2 Hard Rocks so close that the brand gets watery....

Posted by cbrbart on 07/26/2016 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Cleveland RNC Host Committee to Hold 'Thank You' Party for Cleveland This Weekend

Dripping with awesome sauce!!!

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Posted by cbrbart on 07/26/2016 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Six Local Bands to Play at Inaugural Beachland Summer Fest

Who says there's no surf in Cleveland?!?

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 07/26/2016 at 9:23 AM



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