Tom Diamond 
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Re: “Greater Cleveland is Among the Most Economically Segregated Regions in the U.S.

I have to feel sad at this news. The schools are new, we pay the teachers over $15,000 per student- double that of our wealthy suburbs- we have the lowest paid safety services even though they go on the most calls with the fewest employees and we have the most generous welfare benefits in the Northeast as well as minority hiring and promotions almost everywhere. So who is to blame? The politicians?

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Posted by Tom Diamond on 03/25/2014 at 5:37 PM

Re: “We Sold the @PlainDealer Handle Back to the Plain Dealer for a Case of Oktoberfest and a Six Pack of PBR

This is really funny. I have been trying to get some of my competitors to make the same mistake but those darn three year old kids just won't fall for it.

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Posted by Tom Diamond on 08/08/2013 at 2:29 PM

Re: “We Get Mail

On scene getting no respect I totally agree. The PD cannot write anything much because the great stories usually involve powerful advertisers. I think the corruption probe was well handled but that is because county government officials don't advertise in the paper.
I do see some signs that the old regime has moved towards the new county government and that worries me. It is like watching an old alligator slowly slither towards a new bright pelican on the shore. Cleveland is really doing well right now and if you disagree drive around downtown Detroit and see how bad it can really be. But I also drive around downtown Chicago and see how great we can really be as well. I was recently told while on a flight over Burke that they will never close the airport on the lake. While everything else the city leaders should have done they seem to be doing that is one last mystery I will never understand.

Posted by Tom Diamond on 09/06/2012 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Cleveland Ranks Low on List of Fashionable Cities

So not following the anorexic, self indulgent, flesh eating creatures of Cali is a bad thing?

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Posted by Tom Diamond on 04/30/2012 at 11:27 PM

Re: “James Box, City of Cleveland Employee, Again Accused of Alleged Inappropriate Sexual Conduct (Updated)

Having seen both sides of these types of stories I have to say that in this age of technology we are often not told the whole story. I remember a sexual misconduct case that made headlines a few years ago more than once was in the pd and the actual event never took place. In fact, the girl in question was at a party asking who wanted to play with her "middle leg" just two days after she had been paid the settlement which had stated that she was "inappropriately touched" and needed therapy or something. It was all a shakedown.In the end it turned out an old rival of the person named in the case was manipulating the whole thing because he had been fired from his job.So, I don't know this Box guy but in Cleveland politics someone may be just vying for his job and trying to move him out of the way.The accused is not aloud to talk publicly so they cannot defend themselves in any way shape or form.When this happens and you are accused you just have to sit there and everyone thinks your a scumbag. So like I said. Believe half of what you see and none of what you read.

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Posted by Tom Diamond on 03/19/2012 at 5:37 AM

Re: “We Get Mail

Cleveland businesses cannot thrive when corruption is rampant. Keep in mind that if the system was totally corrupt you would never have these prosecutions. We were just ranked 7th in a national study on corruption:
Only seventh? We won't even make the playoffs. I think the FBI needs to look closer in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland can be number one if t gets serious.
Who got the county asbestos removal contract even though the bid was one million over the lowest bid?
Who are the "approved" contractors of the Catholic diocese? Are those contractors REALLY controlled by one owner? Did Holy Family, for example just overpay by as much as $30,000 for a project? Were there kickbacks, oh I'm sorry, we're there "donations" after the Holy family contract by a contractor?
Do our so called "investigative reporters" have the brains,or the gumption to investigate who owns the companies that lease orange barrels to contractors and why those owners pass the laws on how many barrels are necessary per contract?
Is anyone asking why the companies with the most ads in the paper are never investigated? We can be number one on the list of corruption I am sure of it. C'mon Cleveland lets go for the championship! by the way...what is the overwhelming majority with a few exceptions,political party of all of the convicted politicians in the study? Just asking.

Posted by Tom Diamond on 02/16/2012 at 5:55 AM

Re: “The Rest of the Country Still Thinks Cleveland Blows

Yeah all of those fly over jackasses taking a survey. Give me a break. Visit us next year when we have new bars and restaurants on the East side of the river and an aquarium on the West side. A casino downtown and a pretty good baseball team.Thank GOD for global warming because it doesn't seem to really snow but a few times a year here and now that we have worked out of the rust belt mentality and into the medical mentality of doing things we actually have a future. We have housing being built all over the city for the rich and the poor (Obama water park on Central)and we have lots of construction and high paying union jobs at least into the decade. Corruption has been cut way back for a few decades and there is a new hope with a clean county government led by a St Eds guy. So were doing good when few other cities are.

BUT the Jackson Sweeney (Ignatius)team are way way off citing me for garbage, red light cameras and street sweeper tickets. I have a $2,000 water bill no one can explain to me and I stopped in to check out a new bar on west 25th and Lorain and you guessed a parking ticket from a guy in a brand new city car illegally parked (both which pissed me off as much as the ticket)
Yellow coat people great idea. Losers sleeping on sidewalks not acceptable.

Run the city right and run it well when the new casino money comes in and close Burke and make it a park while your at it.

Posted by Tom Diamond on 01/08/2012 at 4:38 PM

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