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Until the underlying social issues are addressed, including first and foremost JOBS, the violence will never stop. The Jackson Administration has been a complete failure! They got to go, that includes Councilwomen Mamie Mitchell and Phyllis Cleveland, and Councilmen Kevin Kelley, TJ Dow, Anthony Brancatelli, Kevin Conwell and Ken Johnson.
This sort of thing happens in every American City with sports franchises. The money discussed is far lower than other cities. Budgets, unfortunately, do not work in a way that we are free to allocate whatever funds we want to whatever line item we want. The arena needs updates, unquestionably. It (and the franchises that call it home) will continue to help keep downtown, and Cleveland in general, relevant, which, in turn, creates more jobs and more residents. It really is as simple as that.
Too many apples and oranges arguments above. Eg. Should there be more money for RTA? Absolutely. So let's raise the parking tax, stop building parking structures, and fix that directly and relevantly. But that has nothing to do with the Q.
It's nice to see that this author isn't biased in any way.
If the Q makes more money than it costs, then either leave it as is or reinvest the profits.
The examples that Kelly cites as neighborhood investments shows just how out of touch he is.
He should drive around city streets to take a look at what many if us see.
He should go to a soup kitchen to learn about the safety net that keeps families from starvation in this city.
Gun laws are a very small part of the problem. The gun laws in the 'burbs are the same as they are in the city and there isn't this kind of mayhem. You are not going to solve this issue with one magic bullet (pun intended). It will take a holistic approach focusing on education, up bringing, jobs and yes more cops. And that won't happen until we get out the check book. Yea, it's going to cost a lot and take some time. Social workers, after school programs all of that needs to be done.
It costs 25K to someone in prison in Ohio for a year. How about we start spending more to solve these issues before they happen rather than after.
Believe it or not, Brian... it IS possible to be a homeless advocate and build bridges at the same time. Don't assume that your replacement has to "downplay advocacy" to build bridges with community partners. The "establishment" as you describe include many people who have dedicated their lives and careers for social justice and the betterment of others. You act like they are all out to oppress the homeless. That just isn't the case.
If city and county officials have the wherewithal to quickly OK the arena package, state officials should take a hard look at even more funding cuts -- since there appears to be a vast discrepancy in Frank Jackson and Armond Budish screaming poverty in Columbus on Monday morning......and the reality when a priority issue lands on their desks in Cleveland on Monday afternoon.
March 22-28, 2017
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