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Re: “Sen. Rob Portman Bans Democrats from Speaking Event, Fundraiser in Ohio

Has Portman snubbed you in the past? Tell it here. #HasPortmanSnubbedYou

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kristi Waters on 02/23/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “GCC Calling on Dan Gilbert to Invest $35 Million in Community Equity Fund

second verse...same as the first
This issue is the absurdity of absurdities. Let me get this straight: the
purpose of the Sin Tax is to gouge those who purchase alcohol and cigarettes
not because anyone is trying to discourage consumption but rather so the
County can use that money to pay for sports stadiums that do not produce
anything but a fleeting moment witnessing the passing of a football, the
dribbling of a basketball and the throwing of a baseball so that such a minute
tidbit of diversion can be enjoyed by all. The stupidity of this proposition is
enough to make your head spin even though the spin doctors advocating
passage of this nonsense are already doing a pretty good job of hypnotizing
the voters to actually consider supporting it. At least the Robber Barons
of the previous centuries provided something tangible such as oil, steel,
railroads etcetera. These team owners do not even provide one tangible thing
that could ever be considered with the term value added. Almost everyone
discusses this enterprise as though it is the same thing as industry {which
it is not}. The price of admission is essentially a voluntary tax paid by those
who can afford it to pay those who dont need it. If this isnt a transfer of
wealth I dont know what is.

The real outrage here is the fact that taxes on alcohol and cigarettes will
not be used to aid in the reduction of addiction {hence the reference to sin}
but rather to stuff the pockets of all three teams who could easily afford to
pay for the repairs themselves. The vote was rammed through the last time
{under somewhat suspicious circumstances} and hear we go again. But this
time...not so fast!!! We the voters of Cuyahoga County are going to fight the
proponents on this one and we don't care if the teams up and go somewhere
else {please see my views on entertainment below} because quite frankly there
are simply more important things than sports and the unearned money that
comes with it. Those in public office who are too stupid and lazy to find other
ways to grow a major American city need to resign and leave their self-seeking
political ambitions on the scrapheap of history. Dont ever let it be said that
this was time when the tide ran out on Cuyahoga County but rather was the
time when the voters rose up to welcome the rising tide of change and rebuked
this pathetic paradigm our previous elected leaders embraced.
Let the battle be joined.


And now to the real underlying issue at hand:


One of the most disturbing facts about our capitalist nation is the
misappropriation of funds directed to the salaries of entertainers.
Everyone should agree that the value an athlete, movie star, talk-show host,
team-owner, etcetera brings to the average citizen is very small. Granted,
they do offer a minuscule of diversion from our daily trials and
tribulations as did the jesters in the king's court during the middle ages.
But to allow these entertainers to horde such great amounts of wealth at the
expense of more benevolent societal programs is unacceptable.
They do not provide a product or a service so why are they rewarded as such?

Our society is also subjected to the "profound wisdom" of these people
because it equates wealth with influence. Perhaps a solution to this
problem and a alternative to defeated school levies, crumbling
infrastructures, as well as all the programs established to help feed,
clothe and shelter those who cannot help themselves would be to tax this
undeserved wealth. Entertainers could keep 1% of the gross earnings reaped
from their endeavor and 99% could be deposited into the public coffers.

The old ideas of the redistribution of wealth have failed, and it is time to
adapt to modern-day preferences. People put their money into entertainment
above everything else; isn't it time to tap that wealth? Does anyone think
this will reduce the quality of entertainment? It seems to me that when
entertainers received less income, the quality was much higher

Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 02/23/2017 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Heated Deliberations Begin for the Q Renovation Plan

second verse...same as the first
This issue is the absurdity of absurdities. Let me get this straight: the
purpose of the Sin Tax is to gouge those who purchase alcohol and cigarettes
not because anyone is trying to discourage consumption but rather so the
County can use that money to pay for sports stadiums that do not produce
anything but a fleeting moment witnessing the passing of a football, the
dribbling of a basketball and the throwing of a baseball so that such a minute
tidbit of diversion can be enjoyed by all. The stupidity of this proposition is
enough to make your head spin even though the spin doctors advocating
passage of this nonsense are already doing a pretty good job of hypnotizing
the voters to actually consider supporting it. At least the Robber Barons
of the previous centuries provided something tangible such as oil, steel,
railroads etcetera. These team owners do not even provide one tangible thing
that could ever be considered with the term value added. Almost everyone
discusses this enterprise as though it is the same thing as industry {which
it is not}. The price of admission is essentially a voluntary tax paid by those
who can afford it to pay those who dont need it. If this isnt a transfer of
wealth I dont know what is.

The real outrage here is the fact that taxes on alcohol and cigarettes will
not be used to aid in the reduction of addiction {hence the reference to sin}
but rather to stuff the pockets of all three teams who could easily afford to
pay for the repairs themselves. The vote was rammed through the last time
{under somewhat suspicious circumstances} and hear we go again. But this
time...not so fast!!! We the voters of Cuyahoga County are going to fight the
proponents on this one and we don't care if the teams up and go somewhere
else {please see my views on entertainment below} because quite frankly there
are simply more important things than sports and the unearned money that
comes with it. Those in public office who are too stupid and lazy to find other
ways to grow a major American city need to resign and leave their self-seeking
political ambitions on the scrapheap of history. Dont ever let it be said that
this was time when the tide ran out on Cuyahoga County but rather was the
time when the voters rose up to welcome the rising tide of change and rebuked
this pathetic paradigm our previous elected leaders embraced.
Let the battle be joined.


And now to the real underlying issue at hand:


One of the most disturbing facts about our capitalist nation is the
misappropriation of funds directed to the salaries of entertainers.
Everyone should agree that the value an athlete, movie star, talk-show host,
team-owner, etcetera brings to the average citizen is very small. Granted,
they do offer a minuscule of diversion from our daily trials and
tribulations as did the jesters in the king's court during the middle ages.
But to allow these entertainers to horde such great amounts of wealth at the
expense of more benevolent societal programs is unacceptable.
They do not provide a product or a service so why are they rewarded as such?

Our society is also subjected to the "profound wisdom" of these people
because it equates wealth with influence. Perhaps a solution to this
problem and a alternative to defeated school levies, crumbling
infrastructures, as well as all the programs established to help feed,
clothe and shelter those who cannot help themselves would be to tax this
undeserved wealth. Entertainers could keep 1% of the gross earnings reaped
from their endeavor and 99% could be deposited into the public coffers.

The old ideas of the redistribution of wealth have failed, and it is time to
adapt to modern-day preferences. People put their money into entertainment
above everything else; isn't it time to tap that wealth? Does anyone think
this will reduce the quality of entertainment? It seems to me that when
entertainers received less income, the quality was much higher.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 02/23/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Sen. Rob Portman Bans Democrats from Speaking Event, Fundraiser in Ohio

Fyi, Portman's Cleveland office is claiming this article is untrue. At least tgat is what I was told when I called.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ME on 02/23/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “FirstEnergy Will Sell or Close Both Ohio Nuclear Power Plants

These plants are horribly out of date. That being said, there is no such thing as clean burning fossil fuels and there is no way that solar and wind can cover all of the power requirements. The bast thing that they could do is replace and upgrade the reactors. There has been quantum leaps in nuclear technology over the past 30-40 years since they were brought online. Both in terms of safety and efficacy. Currently nuclear power plants are the best way to meet the power requirements of the country. But they do need to be upgraded now and probably will again in 30-40 more years.

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Bill Knauer on 02/23/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Cavs vs. New York Knicks

The big news surrounding the game will be in the stands -- Charles Oakley.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/23/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Cow Advocates Will Be Protesting the Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown on Saturday (Yes, Really)

This is fake news.
That facebook event has only one real person on it, do your due diligence before reporting please.

5 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by John on 02/23/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars to Headline Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival

- To Diz with Love -

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/23/2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Kevin Young, Suspect Acquitted in 1990 Murder of Lisa Pruett, Has Died

Why does the Scene give bottom-dwelling dirtbag James Renner a platform for his alt-facts? Kevin Young was a cat-murdering, teen-girl assulting, fake bomb threat calling sociopath at best, and almost certainly a killer. Way to write an obit painting him as a victim while casting shade on others. Renner is out to line his own pockets. Sad.

13 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by This is garbage on 02/23/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “FirstEnergy Will Sell or Close Both Ohio Nuclear Power Plants

Agreed with Brian that the Govt is definitely on the take, BUT natural gas fired plants are cleaner then coal, can be up and running reasonably quickly, and don't require huge subsidies like solar or wind.

Re Just The Facts above - - I would be very careful in expecting your response to elicit comfort. Invoking a government agency just doesnt' have the ring that it used to. If what you say is true on market competition then I say - God bless the free market - because my hope in having them close is avoiding a massive disaster.

2 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by People Are Dumb on 02/23/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “There's a Company Exclusively Selling Licensed Jobu Figurines from Major League

whatever happened to $29.99???? They are $59.99!

Posted by Thomas Rodriguez on 02/23/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Twenty Percent of Cleveland Public High School Students Attempted Suicide in 2015

This is an alarming statistic. But please get the facts straight. This is among high school students, not all CMSD students.

Again, a frightening statistic and an indicator of tough living conditions.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeff Kipp on 02/23/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “FirstEnergy Will Sell or Close Both Ohio Nuclear Power Plants

https://www.good.is/infographics/solar-pow…

It's not the ABILITY of solar and wind... it's that the government is bankrolled by fossil fuels, so the stories they publish, the propaganda they spread, and the laws put into place all make it hard for solar and wind to compete.

Why would energy companies want to move towards solar/wind? They, as well as the fossil companies, make a bagillian dollars using dirty fuels, and charging customers exorbitant amounts for them.

Don't drink the fossil Kool-Aid any longer... read for yourselves.

5 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Brian Schweitzer on 02/23/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Twenty Percent of Cleveland Public High School Students Attempted Suicide in 2015

Uhhhhh. This sounds like a pretty bogus statistic.

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by huhhhh on 02/23/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “A: Everything. Q: What's Wrong with the Greater Cleveland Aquarium?

I was so excited to know that Cleveland was building an Aquarium. When the ticket prices came out, I was less than enthused. I visited the Aquarium in Atlanta Georgia, it was spectacular, and jaw dropping, I decided to wait to hear feedback from other visitors... I'm glad I did not go. If you charge a premium amount of money for something... make it worth people's while... They need to remember who the aquarium is for. A family of 4 or 6 could barely afford admission, let along eating and souvies...

Posted by momsvoice on 02/23/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Twenty Percent of Cleveland Public High School Students Attempted Suicide in 2015

Frank Jackson is too busy with RTA buses to mumble out a comment.....and Eric Gordon could probably care less.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/23/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “FirstEnergy Will Sell or Close Both Ohio Nuclear Power Plants

Davis Besse is a licensed nuclear reactor in accordance with regulations and requirements established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It is monitored very closely by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Based on that fact it is safe to operate. The basis for its possible closure is based on market competition from other forms of fuel such as natural gas. So don't confuse safety with the energy generation competitive market.

20 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Just the Facts on 02/23/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “FirstEnergy Will Sell or Close Both Ohio Nuclear Power Plants

Meant to respond to Dennis Damico comment above.

4 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by People Are Dumb on 02/23/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “FirstEnergy Will Sell or Close Both Ohio Nuclear Power Plants

@ John - - yes, i feel for these workers, it sucks, we all will be displaced by some change eventually but that's called progress. Your comment makes me even more nervous - humans are just too prone to laziness, carelessness, and inattention. Now add to it paycheck woes and who knows what kind of error can happen. Look at all the trains that crash with qualified conductors. Sorry John, I disagree, shut them down, and lets get clean burning natural gas and other renewabales that when they go boom don't create Chernobyl. I'm happy to pay an extra $10 per mos to know I'm not living between two Kennedy era nuclear disasters waiting to happen.

8 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by People Are Dumb on 02/23/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “FirstEnergy Will Sell or Close Both Ohio Nuclear Power Plants

I worked at Perry for 27 years. Aside from the occasional screwballs in upper management, the general workforce are good hard working people that care about nuclear safety and their community. I feel sorry for them, because now in addition to the daily pressure of keeping the plant running in legal compliance they now have to worry about losing their jobs.
Close all the coal fired and nuclear power plants and you will finally see what a failure solar and windmill technology is. Even if you loaded up all the streets in America with solar panels they still would not produce enough to power the nation.

45 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by dennis damico on 02/23/2017 at 9:16 AM

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