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Re: “Feds Approve NEXUS Pipeline, Which Will Run Through Northeast Ohio

gee, not for the lack of reading to see what the answer is, but nobody is saying if this is a gasline, oiline, oilsands line or hershey's chocolate?

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Posted by Dave Price on 11/30/2016 at 10:33 PM

Re: “A Place at the Table

With all the debate recently for amending the United States Constitution in
favor of certain issues and/or those constituencies, perhaps a
more appropriate amendment should guarantee each citizen of the United
States the right to food, clothing, shelter and medical care. Poverty is
defined as the condition of being poor or lacking the necessary means of
support to live or meet needs. Today we read of enormous corporate tax
breaks, outsourcing of jobs overseas and outrageous salaries "earned" by
athletes/entertainers. More recently came the revelation of the billions
of dollars spent by the U.S. on two wars. In the meantime, the
number of those in poverty continues to increase. The Old Testament of the
Bible often makes references to the promised land flowing with milk and
honey. All one has to do in this country is take a trip to the grocery
story or department store and bear witness to the fact that if anywhere was
close to exhibiting the characteristics of "the promised land", this country
is it. Yet somehow we are still unable to meet the four basic needs every
citizen has. Some would argue that this proposal is an extension of
Socialism/Communism. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Socialism/Communism is a political or economic theory in which community
members own all property, resources, and the means of production, and
control the distribution of goods. No one is suggesting the replacement of
Capitalism; an economic system in which the means of production and
distribution are privately owned, and prices are chiefly determined by open
competition in a free market. What is being suggested is that in this land
of surplus "milk and honey", there is absolutely no reason why the four
basic needs of every U.S. citizen cannot be met. Some would argue that food
stamps, thrift stores, public housing and Medicaid already meet these needs
but in the words of President John F. Kennedy, "this country is divided
between those who have never had it so good and those who know we can do
better". I think we can do better. Resolved, it shall be the right of
every United States citizen (in order to further guarantee the right to
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) to receive food, clothing,
shelter and medical care that is adequate to meet their basic needs.

Now, that being written {uh oh here it comes} everyone in this great country
of ours would agree that the most effective anti-poverty solution is gainful
employment. This Administration {along with Congress} didn't take it's eye
off the ball; didn't drop the ball and certainly didn't fumble the ball.
They kicked it down the road in the form of a onside kick. It has now
mutated into the form of a hot potato that no one wants to touch.

Well folks, it's time to prime the pump. One solution is Workfare whereby
those able bodied citizens are required to perform some type of labor in
order to receive assistance. This will help restore their dignity {as they
continue to search for even more meaningful work} while at the same time
allowing a large group of people to start purchasing various goods and
services.

As for getting people back to work the solution is not as complicated as it
may appear to be. We need to bring back a agency similar {but not
identical} to the Work Progress Administration {WPA} which should take a
two-pronged approach. One is the most obvious; hire people to perform the
very services {and more} that the private sector will never engage in simply
because it is not profitable to do so. The second approach is a wee bit
more complicated but can be successful by utilizing private-public
partnerships. Let the governments {at all levels} develop a plan to share
{temporarily} in the salary expense of unemployed people so that they could
work full time, re-gain their lost skills and eventually retain a full time
position paid by the private company. This would result in a immediate
restoration of lost government revenues as well as help to prime the pump
for the new found consumer demand. Increasing demand will result in the
need for increased supply and hence a increase in production which will
result in increased employment. You could think of this stimulus plan as
a rocket booster that slowly fades away as the economy picks up. Isnt this
what government is supposed to do beyond providing safety for its citizens?
Is it too late now? I hope not; but to continue to waste time over which
side wins {while the rest of the country goes to hell} risks moving Americas
dissatisfaction with government to the disbelief of the legitimacy of those
who do govern. The question before us all is this: how far down must this
country sink before it becomes clear and apparent that current government
officials have forfeited their right to govern?

Government was never intended to be a ongoing circus act of constantly
handicapping the next election while nothing gets done due to this self-
perpetuating form of gridlock. I strongly suggest that members of both
branches and parties start making a better effort to get to know each other
more personally. Whether it be over breakfast, lunch or dinner on the golf
course, in a restaurant or the local disco tech you the leaders of our
nation need to familiarize yourselves with what is at stake in the other
person's life and realize that compromising on a policy is not the same as
compromising your values. Ladies and gentlemen, let's get to work by
getting this country moving again. And no, I'm not running for office but I
am Joe Bialek and I approve this message.

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 11/30/2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Feds Approve NEXUS Pipeline, Which Will Run Through Northeast Ohio

This is a for profit export pipeline owned by a foreign company. There are no Ohio customers making it of no benefit to Ohio. How can they justify eminent domain with no public need?

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Posted by Wolfman on 11/30/2016 at 9:43 PM

Re: “City Council Excoriates Jackson Administration for Public Square Debacle

I stayed till the very end of the 3.25-hour long meeting.

I spoke from abridged prepared comments and also submitted a detailed copy of my comments for the record.

This is what I said:

Good Morning!

My name is Satinder P. S. Puri.

I am a community activist, live on Cleveland west side in Councilman Kazys ward 16 and love riding the RTA.

The renovated Public Square a.k.a. Jimmy Dimora Public Square, because of the corruption involved -- -- is a 50 million dollar bogus project built with cheap materials and mostly paved with hard surfaces.

So far there have been nearly 900 hours of demonstrations which continue unabated.

There was also a ten-day long hunger strike to protest the corruption.

There was nothing wrong with the historic 218-year old Public Square that a little rehabilitation could not fix.

The renovated Public Square reflects the flawed vision of Mayor Jackson who said: I want to see one big square.

According to the Traffic Consultants Report the Mayors vision was not workable.

So his honor instead of one big square had to settle for two rectangles the current configuration.

Well, the revised vision was also unworkable because of penalties to the RTA.

Mayor Jackson was aware of the penalties but went ahead with the project anyway.

Mass deception was used to promote the bogus project.

Mayor Jackson never responded to ten e-mails and two certified letters raising questions about the bogus project.

The bogus project is not good for Clevelanders nor RTA riders but definitely good for downtowns property owners who should expect an appreciation in their property values supported by RTA riders the poor, working class, senior citizens, disabled, and others who will get screwed with increased fares and reduced services.

This is called the Cleveland Way.

Now City Hall is expressing spurious safety concerns for children. If you walk downtown you are likely to see more dogs than kids among the 14,000 residents.

On non-event days I dont count more than 50 to a hundred people even with the band playing.

At a given time -- there are more people outside Public Square than inside totally oblivious of this so-called masterpiece in urban park design.

The day after RNC left I was the lone protester in an almost abandoned Public Square.

Mayor Jackson has thrown RTA riders under the bus by not opening Superior Avenue and not reimbursing RTA for the costs incurred:

1 million dollars annually for closing Ontario Street;

1.6 million dollars annually for closing Superior Avenue;

and $3.5 million dollars for full closure during the 16-month construction period.

Mr. Chairman -- now that we have a renovated Public Square and the RNC was here this summer -- all Cleveland needs to make it big time --- is a Trump Tower.

I am submitting a document for the record.

Thank you for your attention.

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Posted by Satinder P S Puri on 11/30/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Feds Approve NEXUS Pipeline, Which Will Run Through Northeast Ohio

Why not run it parallel to the Ohio Turnpike? They would not disturb anyone's property and the turnpike could certainly use the money!

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Posted by mary jeanette on 11/30/2016 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Feds Approve NEXUS Pipeline, Which Will Run Through Northeast Ohio

How would you like to have part of your property taken for something and have it run right up near your house? I know several families that will be directly affected by this. And they can say they have gone on the property legally, but I can tell you, at least in the past, they would just go on the property without even knocking on the owner's door or giving them a phone call. We are not talking about vacant property here. We are talking about property with homes with children in them.

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Posted by Concerned Citizen on 11/30/2016 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Feds Approve NEXUS Pipeline, Which Will Run Through Northeast Ohio

Ohio doesn't really HAVE "wilderness", just areas with fewer humans per square mile

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Posted by boltgrrl59 on 11/30/2016 at 9:11 PM

Re: “City Council Excoriates Jackson Administration for Public Square Debacle

Council members - particularly those with mayoral ambitions - love to bluster when plenty of media members are hanging out for a couple juicy sound bites at a committee hearing. But the majority fall in line when it comes to a real vote. It's part of the silly game that has crept along for decades -- and makes re-election a near slam dunk.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 11/30/2016 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Feds Approve NEXUS Pipeline, Which Will Run Through Northeast Ohio

And it wouldn't contaminate the "fauna" of the population centers, endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of people???

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Posted by buzzards27 on 11/30/2016 at 6:14 PM

Re: “The College Football Playoff, J.R. Smith, and More — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

The "Committee" has the playoff set -- Alabama and Ohio State are in, while Clemson and Washington need to close the deal in their conference championships. If one or both stumble, it could be a Big Ten festival in the Final Four.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 11/30/2016 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Feds Approve NEXUS Pipeline, Which Will Run Through Northeast Ohio

Would it be more considerate to the environment to put the pipline through heavily populated areas, or make it go 'around the outside' of towns and cities? Think about it.. it would do more damage to wildlife and the environment if it was routed outside of towns, because if it exploded then it would contaminate flaura and fauna in the wilderness

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Posted by CosmikBrownie on 11/30/2016 at 5:24 PM

Re: “City Council Excoriates Jackson Administration for Public Square Debacle

This is so frustrating. This is a prime example of where common sense should prevail : close the square during events, weekends or farmers markets. Open the square during business hours, etc. If people are worried about (and incorrectly in my opinion) of "low life thugs" being there and ruining the square, those people wont be there waiting for buses during events etc.

What a lot of these people fail to realize that there are so many hard working adults who love to rely on this method of transportation. I live in Gordon Square and save $100s per month taking the bus and not having to pay for downtown parking. Since the public square closing I have taken the bus substantially less. The amount of time it takes for getting through the square is awful - negatively affecting both buses AND small car traffic. All the money I previously paid to the RTA now goes to ABM parking. What a shame.

We are so capable of doing better. I hope we do.

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Posted by DowntownOfficeWorker on 11/30/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Ohio Had the Most Fatal Drug Overdoses in Nation in 2014, Numbers Continue Climbing

There's no coming back after one subjects themselves with this poison. It's their choice, their not contributing anything to help our society, just making it worse with crime and high insurance policies for help they don't want. I say let the junkies wipe out their kind, their just walking, nodding out disgusting lowlifes, good riddens!

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Posted by the truth for all on 11/30/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Ohio Had the Most Fatal Drug Overdoses in Nation in 2014, Numbers Continue Climbing

Why Ohio? Despair over the economy? The lack of education? What makes people here do this?

I'm not nave or stupid, at least I like to think so, but I don't understand. I'm an old geezer, so I lived through the Sixties and Seventies, and believe me, I did more than my share of inhaling. Did a lot of other stupid things, too. Watched junkies shooting up in New York and out West. But I was never dumb enough to join them. It wasn't just the fear and horror of needles, either. I liketothin

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 11/30/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The Paris Climate Conference Finally Signaled Consensus on Global Warming--That Was Last Year

One possible harsh reality concerns the United States Environmental Protection Agency -- it may get gutted....as the trapdoor will soon be wide open and the padlock has been tossed into a dumpster.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 11/30/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Contest Announcement: Design a New Name/Logo For the Cleveland Baseball Team

I suppose if our logo was a caricature of a black guy everyone would be okay with it?

Anyway, I thought this contest was just for fun, not to make a statement. It's not like they're using the winner to actually change the team.

Posted by Awesome Dude Guy on 11/30/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “CLE Creates Brings Treasure Trove of Holiday Shopping Opportunities

Cleveland Bazaar also has a Holiday Retail Lab in Tremont that's open every day through the end of December. http://www.clevelandbazaar.org/holiday-sho…

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Posted by Brad Hauber on 11/30/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “MetroHealth Plans to Pay for $855 Million Makeover on Credit

Sounds like its 1.25BN makeover with 885MM coming from financing.

Posted by Carl's Jr on 11/29/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “All the Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers Who Went to Standing Rock are Back

It would be un-American to stand between an oil company and money, especially if we're talking native or poor people. The government always picks money.

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 11/29/2016 at 3:09 PM

Re: “2016 Gift Guide: 33 Locally Made Gifts for the Friend, Family Member or Enemy in Your Life

Is the Great Lakes Stainless Steel Keg Growler actually manufactured by Great Lakes? Or is made by some local growler manufacture?

Posted by Aaron Adrovet on 11/29/2016 at 2:57 PM

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