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Re: “Good Idea? Bad Idea? Is a Downtown St. Pat's For You?

Sounds like a cry babyso

. I always have a blast

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Posted by Ben Ferrell on 03/11/2015 at 4:29 PM

Re: “South Euclid's Housing Manager is One of Many Trying to Fix Our Region's Biggest Problems

According to the National Tax Lien Association: Every year in America $14 billion in property taxes goes unpaid. Twentynine states and the District of Columbia fill this budget shortfall by effectively selling delinquent tax obligations to the private sector.
Fortunately 99.5% of all delinquent taxpayers pay their taxes and avoid tax foreclosure. Counties use these funds to pay for schools, teachers,police and fire services. Tax lien sales are a proven and effective
method to assure government budgets are met and delinquent taxpayers have time to recover.

Posted by Brad Westover on 03/11/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Couch Patrol

Quite a comical read coming from the "young guy in a van" and its rather funny how this article is written solely from the perspective from the Tankers with no feedback from me / the young guy in a van, Rent A Center, the police, or my attorney. In fact, the majority of this article is filled with completely inaccurate information, such as: The Tankers were not a few weeks behind. They were about 6 months behind, and moved 3 times to evade Rent A Center. I would show up at the door with them on the couch watching the TV they were not paying on as agreed, and he would either completely ignore me or would turn around, laugh and yell or display an obscenity at me. Second, they were not aroused out of bed, Mr. Tanker verbally threatened me showing a handgun out of an upstairs window. The police did find an unloaded weapon underneath a mattress in their bedroom. Also, they did not buy the home they lived in, it was their 3rd rental in a year and we had to use skip trace tactics to locate him because he kept changing locations with furniture he agreed to pay but did not, basically theft, oh and of course Mr. Sheridan does not mention his lengthy criminal history. He was not thrown to the ground in his underwear, he was handcuffed towards the back of a police car wearing sweat pants and a tank top. My manager came to the home and Mr. Tanker begged us not to press charges and told us to just take the stuff which was incredibly damaged and stained. We did not press charges. When Mr. Tanker approached me outside of the Rent A Center store, he was all dressed in black and grabbed me by the arm and forced me in between two buildings to talk. I was extremely afraid of this encounter and would say anything he asked my to avoid getting hurt, I literally feared for my life and subsequently got a restraining order against him for harassing me at my employment which he tried again on three separate occasions - funny how there is no mention of that either. He did sue both Rent A Center and me personally for $25,000. The case was completely thrown out and the Tankers did not get a single dime, and the transcripts from him trying to coerce me into saying I lied - ha, his own attorney did not even want to use it because it was so clearly obvious that he was coercing me, was filled with profanity and he actually recorded a threat he made on me "you really don't want to make me come back here now do you"? Again, no mention of any of that. I quit Rent A Center of this and am not stating I am an advocate for Rent A Center, but what I am saying is how dare you Mr. Sheridan, write a one sided, completely inaccurate story. When this story first came out in 2002, I sent emails, letters, and left voice mails to tell my side of the story and Mr. Sheridan did not respond to one single request for my side.

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Posted by The Young Guy in a Van on 03/10/2015 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

Skeptic, we are not dependent at all on Middle Eastern oil. Our oil comes from Canada and South Anerica. The jobs from fracking are out of staters who put in the wells, locals who drive trucks, and a couple of workers on the pads. The idea that this is a great job creator has been debunked at least by one study out of Ohio State.

Your other comments are not worth responding to.

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Posted by Abbe on 03/04/2015 at 8:21 AM

Re: “To Cuba, with Love: Local Code Pink Activist Joins Diplomatic Delegation

Code Pink are lunatics and exactly the "useful idiots" that Lenin referred to in commenting on liberal sympathizes with communism. Cuba is a huge , miserable jail and slave plantation.

Posted by skeptic on 03/03/2015 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

Jobs, low cost energy, independence from Middle East oil , wealth, - these are all factors in favor of fracking. I think the dangers are overstated, compared to the benefits.

Why do left wingers refer to "greedy" energy companies? More greedy than Facebook, or CVS or Verizon? Or the ethanol producers who create starvation? More venal than government unions and unelected bureaucrats?
If they could make a profit selling the bird-killing windmills and solar panels, they would. But, lefties don't like profits, do they?

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Posted by skeptic on 03/03/2015 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Disabled Opportunities: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is Supposed to get People Back on their Feet. Too Often Instead, it Swipes their Legs Out from Under Them

OOD has continued to violate my rights to choose my own job goal, and has done nothing to find me suitable employment in almost a year.

Catherine Bricker, (my new OOD counselor) told me she was going to change my job goal from "general office" to "tutor," but never had me sign the required papers. She now wants me to be a substitute teacher.

Ms. Bricker did this because my job developer (who works with UCP, one of OOD's partner agencies, and who gets paid $60 an hour), said he had a job for me as a GED tutor, (although the interview was never scheduled until four weeks later.)

The interviewing agency told me they "had NO job openings for a GED tutor, or any other position at the present time," and that I did not have the required qualifications of a "BA Degree in Education or previous GED tutor experience."

The interviewing agency however, suddenly asked my job developer for his clients to be sent to them for GED training, so they could get funding from OOD.

What was the purpose of setting me up with this interview? Was it so OOD could pretend they were helping me, or to find another agency in which to spread their funding?

My previous OOD job developer (with Voc Works) illegally placed me in a "sheltered workshop" which had serious health and tax violations. (I reported this to Carl Monday at Ch. 19, but do not know if he investigated it or not.) OOD also works with another partner agency, VSU, who broke federal tax laws, by never sending me my W-2 form for my two week work assessment (where I purged boxes of old files and typed member lists into the computer.) This did not seem like a work assessment at all.

Every OOD client must have a story to tell. Because OOD is violating client rights, and working with partner agencies who break federal laws. Shouldn't SCENE have a survey for all OOD clients? What can be done to investigate OOD?

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Posted by Jeanne Coppola on 03/03/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

This region has been ruined by industry before. It's a shame people now don't know that things used to be a lot worse, and that's how the Cuyahoga River caught fire and why Lake Erie is so polluted. Solar power generation costs are now at or below parity with coal power generation costs!!! Were it not for extreme federal subsidies for coal, oil, and gas, it would be just as cheap to go solar. But our governments and most of the mass media have been bought by wealthy incumbent industries to prevent this truth from coming out. I really worry whether the wonderful state parks I've enjoyed all my life here will survive or be destroyed by puppet politicians, greedy fossil fuel companies, and a mislead public. I hope not. I would be heartbroken...

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 03/02/2015 at 3:35 AM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

Skeptic, you are either a paid troll to spread misinformation about renewable energy or you are extremely uninformed about the tremendous strides in the affordability and reliability of renewable energy. If you are the former you are part of the attacks by the fossil fuel industry on a formidable alternate to their dirty products. If you are the latter there is a lot of information online on renewable energy like at the Post Carbon Institute and at Stanford University's Solutions Project.

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Posted by Abbe on 03/01/2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

Renewable energy is a toy energy program. It is not real world. If taxpayers weren't soaked by massive subsidies per unit of energy, it would be used for high school science experiments.

Why are 5 counties in New York trying to secede from the state? Because rich liberals in NYC can afford their renewable energy fantasies.

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Posted by skeptic on 02/28/2015 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

Erin, looks to me like this is a great article that spells out what the Ohio leaders' choice of fracking is bringing us. We could have rolled out the red carpet for the renewable energy industry. It was a good fit with our history of ceramic and glass production. We already were the 2nd biggest producer of wind energy components in America-not the blades but the other components. All the polls showed the public favored renewable energy. But we are squashing that industry in Ohio -can you say SB310- and tripping over ourselves doing everything the frackers want. We need to know this stuff because no one is looking out for Ohio's health and economy. The citizens have to know this stuff. Thanks, Scene, for the effort of looking at all the factors involved in the fracking industry.

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Posted by Abbe on 02/26/2015 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

What company do you work for Erin? Don't come on here bad mouthing a guy who wrote a "compilation" of info. Maybe that was the point to make others aware of what's going on and to avoid another travesty done to this beautiful earth we live on. Fracking doesn't effect global warming? Blah, wake up and take a look around. It is ok though cause our mother will get rid of the trash on this planet like she has done so many times before.

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Posted by Warrior for Gaia on 02/26/2015 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

Which company do you work for Erin ? Don't come on here bad mouthing the guy who wrote a "compilation" of info. Maybe that was the point. To let the people who don't know about this travesty we r doing to the earth we live on. Tracking doesn't effect global warming? Bs take a look around. But it's ok because she will deal with the trash on her planet in one way or another.

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Posted by Warrior for Gaia on 02/26/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

Wow, I can tell that Sam Allard wrote most of this story because it's basically a compilation of information found elsewhere with LITTLE TO NO original reporting. Sorry, boys. But this a steaming hot plate of shit. You're wrecking this once proud alt-mag.

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Posted by Erin Theresa Martin on 02/25/2015 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us

Whether you are in favor of fracking or not, there is an issue here about Home Rule and whether areas should have the right to determine whether certain business activities should be allowed in their town. I'm surprised at the lack of outrage caused by this Supreme Court ruling

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Posted by baronadv on 02/25/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Mega Man: Vine All-Star Nicholas Megalis Takes to the Written Word in his New Book

This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. And the illustrations are works of art. And I am a 61 year old woman! My 20 yer old nephew agrees with me by the way. It just goes to show that we all have a lot more in common than we think. Bravo, Nicholas!!!!

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Posted by Judith Regan on 02/23/2015 at 8:07 AM

Re: “The Art of the Autopsy: Photographer Seph Lawless Spends his Days Documenting Decaying Ruins

Been exploring for 2 years have you Joe?
Your images are mediocre and taken AFTER many real explorers have already visited these places... See how Johnny Joo did it first AND BETTER

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Posted by Seph is a Fraud on 02/20/2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Photojournalist Laura Watilo Blake's Latest Exhibition Connects Cleveland to Uganda's Water Problem

Learn more about visiting the exhibit here:

Posted by Western Reserve Land Conservancy on 02/18/2015 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Sci-Fi Reality: Interstellar Travel May Be on the Horizon

The first place this will be developed (or already been developed) is in a military black-budget facility. And the general population will be informed of this breakthrough about 50 years after, if ever. All for the sake of "national security"

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Posted by Bilb Ono on 02/05/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Anthony Trzaska Wants to Help Save Slavic Village

Slavic Village is an interesting issue. it has the Obvious traditional points, a savvy councilman in Broncatelli, 50 million in new investment by Forest City, A great proximity to Cleveland which is growing rapidly and guys like this routing for it.
Then you have Gibs me Dat. While incredibly rude and angry himself you have to wonder why. He is that way because he has dealt, as all of us have, with a terrible cancer in this area. Now don't start with the racist thing because I am not having it. bottom line is that between the low end copper thieves and the high end mortgage thieves Slavic Village got killed and picked to the bones. But, there are a lot of reasons it can thrive and survive.
Your main problem is that geographically it will always be openly connected to financially lower end communities. Even Ohio city has struggled when compared to geographically walled in Tremont. Fix that problem and they will come. Build the newer homes on larger yards with three bedroom homes, add local security and services like snow plowing via a condominium like fee and round out the ends of a few streets so that the only way through Slavic Village is 77 or the end of Fleet and I think you'll have the desired community.

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Posted by negoc8tr on 02/03/2015 at 5:59 PM



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