Lee Hawkins 
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Re: “Cleveland City Council to Introduce $15/Hour Minimum Wage Legislation

Paying people more at the bottom of the economy is good for everyone in the end—most mom & pops already pay above minimum already, and forcing corporations and franchises to pay more will put more money to spend in people's hands, which offsets the hike—studies have shown that higher minimum wages don't kill jobs. For people who get the raises, many are finally able to support themselves and no longer rely on the system—so it saves taxpayers money on food stamps, welfare, and so on. So don't expect everything to close up—because usually its corporate employers who have the money who hate higher wages. Mom & Pop already know they gotta pay good help to stick around.

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 05/12/2016 at 3:14 AM

Re: “Ohio Misses Out on Tens of Millions in Foreclosure Prevention Grants — Some Blame Botched Application

You'd think by looking at all of the holes (and parking lots) throughout the city that it would obviously be great if more houses were occupied rather than bank-owned and demolished...redevelopment is a lot harder to attract than just keeping the people already there in their house!!!

Posted by Lee Hawkins on 04/21/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Drug Courts Redefined How we Approach the Heroin Epidemic; Besieged in Lorain County, a Judge Confronts the Crisis

John, that tradition needs to be reasonable. AA does a lot of great things, but alcohol is a LOT easier to kick than opiates. Rehab programs in the States have a terribly low success rate because they scoff at medically-assisted treatment...this LITERALLY costs lives! In Europe, MAT is used extensively and the numbers there show it works—people get off opium, and eventually also the MAT and they stay clean AND alive. The founder of AA was enthusiastic about methadone and suchlike drugs—he even said that he would love to see such a drug to assist in breaking alcohol addiction. Most people who get out of rehab in the U.S. and then overdose do so because the rehabs don't even acknowledge the possibility of a relapse and don't address the fact that once you've been clean for a while, your tolerance for the drug is much lower and your old dose will kill you.

The core system in the U.S. isn't working...these programs that are relying on science instead of traditions and dogma are a way more effective approach. When addicts are treated as sick and sent to doctors instead of treated as criminals and sent to prisons...and treated as individual patients and not as one of a class of society's refuse...then maybe things will finally get better. I'm glad to hear that is finally starting to happen in more places! These are, after all, people's sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers—isn't it time to give up fighting the drugs and instead fight addiction? We want them to get clean and get better and have a life again. And scientific data is not what courts are using to make decisions—rather it's laws based on traditions that are almost superstition. People not speaking up for scientifically proven positive changes doesn't break the pattern. And AA at its core is about breaking the pattern and establishing a healthier one.

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 03/28/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Nearly 50 Huntington and FirstMerit Branches Set to Close in Northeast Ohio After Merger

Wow with all that money saved, banks will just get so much more efficient and banking will totally cost less, right? 😜

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 03/11/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “New Apartments Could be Coming to West Bank of Flats

I would love to see the end of all those city blocks of parking lot...except in a way that still allows for the historic architecture to stand out, especially the Powerhouse and the Viaduct. It would be so cool to see a community down there.

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 02/27/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Report: Post-Recession Cleveland is in Worse Economic Shape than Detroit, or Anywhere Else

The major thing wrong with Cleveland that prolongs it's suffering, along with the rest of the Rust Belt, is that all the people here put their energy into the companies they worked for, and those companies took all their profits and decides they needed to go where they could make more without having to share so doggone much of it. So they flee to states with easier taxes, even more depressed economies than ours now, and cheap labor and more cheaply bought politicians. These states just happen to also have better weather, provided you enjoy spending a lot more money on air conditioning...it isn't just about retirees going where it's warmer and cheaper, it's about companies taking their jobs and moving South where they can find cheap labor, if not out of the country completely where they can find EVEN cheaper labor with no unions, no environmental regulation, and no problem at all finding an orgy of profits.

It all comes down to money when people feel like they want more of it. They will say how much the company is like a family and how much they love the community, but it's all a farce when they retire and sell out.

Finance built this town, and finance is still tearing it down. As long as people are OK buying and selling things made by slave labor and destroying the planet in the process, then we will be stuck in this vicious cycle all over the world. There are most certainly more important things than just assuring that the already rich can stockpile all the "hard-earned" money they aren't actually working for by themselves. Even wolf alphas take better care of their pack than the people who lead this cycle. People can and should behave better than wild animals.

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 02/26/2016 at 12:24 PM

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