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Sunday, July 29, 2007

To PD Editor: The Newspapers Have Blown Medical Mart Coverage

Posted By on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Plain Dealer Editor Susan Goldberg, The Plain Dealer has editorially endorsed and again slanted its news coverage for the Cuyahoga County sales tax increase for a medical mart and convention center. The most recent example is the July 28 Saturday Plain Dealer article titled "Petitions for vote on sales tax." Of course you could not ignore this news, since the Cleveland TV stations and radio stations have been broadcasting this news since Wednesday that Zack Reed and others will try to get enough petition signatures to put the county sales tax increase on the ballot. So finally you published this very important news July 28, but only as ONE PARAGRAPH to try to minimize it, rather than the full-length so-called news stories you have publihed in the past few weeks, in which The Plain Dealer has promoted the medical mart, and a new convention center and county sales tax increase to pay for both, as corporate welfare. It is a catastrophe for Greater Cleveland that you became editor of the Plain Dealer, as your misleading editorials and slanted news reporting for this sales tax increase shows. A lot of pro-sales tax propaganda by your newspaper. You are fortunate that the alternative news media in town, scant and sleepy as it is, have virtually ignored this big issue and the Plain Dealer's slanted coverage of it. When and if they wake up, they will run you out of town. You are lucky that the weekly Sun newspapers of Greater Cleveland are owned by the same putrid company that owns the Plain Dealer. So of course those Sun newspapers endorsed this sales tax increase, without a public vote, and this taxpayers' money give-away, corporate welfare, to the Kennedy family to buy them this medical mart (rather than they spending their own money. The Democratic County Commissioners are in bed with the Democratic Kennedy family and Sam Miller, who gives big money to local politicians in return for such favors to enrich himself. The new juvenille detention land site at East 93rd and Quincy was a sneaky fast $2 million profit for Sam Miller, thanks to the Cuyahoga County Commissioners, who let him buy it for $400,000 then quickly purchased it from him for $2.4 million, toxic chemical contamination and all. This July 28 Plain Dealer one-paragraph news item gives a website for the group that wants to put the tax increase to a public vote on the ballot. But the problem is that when the article gives a website for the organization known to be very much for this sale tax increase, as proven by that's organization's two full page (expensive) advertisements in the Plain Dealer in the past few days misleading the readers to support this sales tax increase by unproven claims that it will help the public in Cuyahoga County economically so much that it claims it makes the sale tax increase worth it (with no proof existing of those claims). Sam stands to make a huge profit if the county commissioners he and his cronies have bought off put the convention center or medical mart on Sam's land behind Tower City -- which is the most likely scenario. That is why Sam bribes those politicians, to multiply his profits and to get such corporate welfare from these politicians. When will the Plain Dealer finally expose Sam Miller for bribing the county commissioners and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and most of Cleveland City Council? Dan Nugent

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