"In "Schooled," Eastman authors a red hot litany of encounters with students."
not at all. in the book, eastman has her main character met up with 2 former students now themselves college graduates. in short many years later. there is no "litany of encounters with students."
whoops, sorry Joe D, misread whose name goes where with the posts. you good.
my post was directed at kenrmer.
Joe D, your facts are not complete and are quite partisan. the mayor previous to dennis was selling off any item, not nailed down, in order to balance the budget of cleveland. because the previous mayor could not find ways to support the resources of cleveland, and because he was an early proponent of the no new taxes pledge, he gave the cleveland lakefront to the state in 1977-78, sold the old c.t.s. to the new regional r.t.a., sold the cleveland sewer system to the regional n.e.o.r.s.d. and those were just the big items. muny light, now cleveland public power, was next on the block to be sold when dennis became mayor. he refused. the 1/2% increase in the cleveland payroll tax was to balance a cleveland budget that was looking forward, under the previous mayor, to the receipts of another sale of cleveland resources--this time to a private corporation rather than to a regional agency. at best the sale would have been a very temporary patch in a long term problem.
dennis also wanted not to raise taxes, but when cleveland trust (later ameritrust, now a minor footnote in the history of key bank) as the lead cleveland bank refused to roll over the loans to city of cleveland--as they had done year after year under the previous mayor--he was forced to go for a tax increase. did i mention that cleveland trust had a people on the board of cleveland electric illuminating, the company that wanted to buy muny light, and c.e.i on the bank's board?
all the money from the .05% tax went to balance the budget of cleveland, not to muny light. it is to be noted that the next mayor, george voinovich added another .05% payroll tax on top of the .05% that dennis did: so you are paying 2% today.
businesses were moving out of cleveland before dennis, and they continued after dennis. his two years as mayor is not the cause of cleveland's problems. businesses will go where they will make money and moving from cleveland to mexico or singapore does not happen because of a mayor in office for but two years.
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