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The Ballots Are Coming! The Ballots Are Coming!

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Today was the day that the Cuyahoga Board of Elections started to mail ballots to those who have applied by mail.  In September’s primary 29,000 voters voted by mail while 4000+ trudged to the polls.  All of that early voting, essentially, changed the way that voters find out about issues and candidates.  Forget candidates night the week before the November 3rd election-more than 3/4 of the voters will already have mailed in their votes. 

How will voters find information concerning issues on the ballot.  Right now, the casino ads on television pro and con are more style than substance.  Don’t expect the Plain Dealer to offer any investigative reporting or even any balanced reporting of both sides of the issue so that a voter could make a decision on fact rather than bias.  And then, there is the County Reform issues.  There is no doubt which plan the Plain Dealer endorses, but then is that the role of the daily newspaper? Maybe again the role should be balanced reporting to allow the voter the right to make an informed decision rather than one fanned by a corruption scandal that said newspaper MUST have had an inkling was happening years before or were they truly so clueless.

How will candidates reach the voters now? Party endorsements essentially close the door to any other candidates speaking to local ward clubs. At least, this has been the Democratic Part way under the leadership of Dimora and Russo.  Alas, I don’t see it changing much with a change in the guard. Newspapers choose endorsed candidates, and then, essentially close campaign reporting.

So how are voters to be well-informed before voting? I have decided to take part in this democratic process by writing what I see, hear, and know. I intend to offer what I know to voters so that they can decide for themselves who and how to vote on election day.  I will begin tomorrow since many of you will be voting early.  I would suggest keeping the ballot handy, read it over, and then, look for information about ALL the candidates and issues . 

I am walking into territory where I have never been. I have always kept my political votes to myself, but I am tired of remaining silent when all I see are new players with the same old machinations getting endorsements and having the inside track.  The internet should make this a new day in the republic, and we should each do our part to make it so.   

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September 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

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new domain: www.BrooklynCentreNaturalists.net

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Today, we transitioned to a new domain name for my favorite neighborhood group: http://www.BrooklynCentreNaturalists.net. We understand that using the B-C-N capitalizations makes no difference one way or the other when it comes to functionality, but we think it makes it all more readable.

The old domain, http://www.act3.typepad.com/brooklyn_centre_national_/, will still work, but the new domain should be simpler and easier for everybody to remember, not to mention easier to type.

For those of you who don’t follow our really local, everyday activities, the blog title and tag line are–

Brooklyn Centre National Wildlife Community

a natural-habitat-aware park neighborhood where everything comes together, brought to you by the Brooklyn Centre Naturalists

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September 23rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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I Couldn’t Help Myself!

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Forgive me, but I couldn’t let this Ohio misdirection stand without correction.  Got this today from Positively Cleveland.

 

“Erie” House of Horrors: Ghostly Manor

The castle that is Ghostly Manor. East of Cleveland, near the Lake Erie shores of Sandusky, there’s a supernatural sort of fun brewing. They call it Ghostly Manor and the spooky castle looms large off of U.S. Route 250, on Woodlawn Avenue near Oakland Cemetery…

 

I read it once. I read it twice. Since when is Sandusky, EAST of Cleveland, US Route 250 cut through my hometown on its way north to Lake Erie.  The place and the idea for a road trip this time of year sounds great, but if you leave Cleveland travelling east you will probably find an adventure you are not expecting.  LOST!!!

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September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 am

Announcing ODOT PUBLIC INPUT MEETINGS ON THE OPPORTUNITY CORRIDOR

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In case, you miss the Public Notice about the two meetings being held on September 22, 2009 for the public to provide input for the “Opportunity Corridor” I am posting details here. Please share, attend, and report.   Since Terry Eggar and his Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee have now been meeting for several months to discuss “The Opportunity Corridor, it should be interesting to see where plans are in the process and just what shape this “public input” will take. It will also be interesting to see if a full page spread appears in the Plain Dealer before the meeting and how much is reported about the public input meeting AFTER the meetings are held.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Public Meetings on the "Opportunity Corridor": The Ohio Department of Transportation is holding two meetings to get public input on routes for the planned east side boulevard known as "Opportunity Corridor".  The first meeting is from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Cleveland Play House (8500 Euclid Avenue). The second meeting is from 6pm to 8pm at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church (7510 Woodland Avenue). Thanks to Tom O’Brien for his Neighborhood Connections enewsletter for this notice.

Now that Citizen Ed Hauser is lost to us as our ODOT watch dog, it is imperative that we attend these so-called Public Meetings about ODOT projects.  I am betting that these public meetings will be of the open house variety where we stroll among the easels and talk individually to ODOT officials.  There will probably be the usual sheets for comments and suggestions with an email address for additional input. There will be very few residents of the neighborhood in attendance.  When asked, the ODOT officials will say that they left it up to the councilman because they would have better records than they have. I hope I am wrong. I hope I am pleasantly surprised.

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September 17th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

what was all that hubbub about Obama’s speech tomorrow to the nation’s schoolchildren?

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Read the speech at the link below and please then let me know what all the ruckus was about, if you have an inkling.

White House releases text of Obama’s speech to nation’s schoolchildren – cleveland.com

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September 7th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

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bureaucratic bunglers at our Cleveland-area RTA propose once-a-week bus service to replace community circulators; the commentary is predictable, and delicious

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There’s a good thread running here after the PD article, in the comments. Reader-riders are saying what they would like to see, and as those of us who serve the public know, the consumer-customer is always right. It is nearly impossible to get this basic precept through the thick skulls of the bureaucrats who continue to make such a mess of a decent public-transit infrastructure.

Once a week. Incredible. Nearly unbelievable.

Let’s do a little soul-searching, on the way to providing people in northeast Ohio public transit the same way and for the same reasons we provide public education:

"…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. " ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey

"A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi

"Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members — the last, the least, the littlest."
~Cardinal Roger Mahony, In a 1998 letter, Creating a Culture of Life

RTA proposes once-a-week bus service to replace community circulators – cleveland.com

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September 6th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

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‘Life settlements’ could be Wall Street’s next act

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And, when the government intervenes into healthcare and rations care, the Goldman Sachs index becomes more predictable; the shorter the holding period, the more profitable the instrument becomes because cash appears and premium costs cease.

These people at Goldman Sachs and in our government  have drained the equity from the real-estate markets, and now they’re trying to suck the profits from the legal reserve system, as their federal reserve system is bankrupt and on life support itself.

They are probably truly evil. See http://www.goldmansachs666.com/ for Mike Morgan’s take on Goldman Sachs and their cohort.

With $26 trillion of life insurance policies in force in the U.S., the market for these "life settlements" bonds could be immense, the Times said.

Investment banks stand to profit from the creation, sale and trading of the bonds.

Wall Street has been searching for a product to replace the once-lucrative mortgage business, and life settlements policies are being seen as the answer, the Times said.

The article cited industry predictions that the market for the bonds could reach $500 billion. It noted that Credit Suisse Group (CS 49.97, +1.11, +2.27%) , for example, bought a firm that originates life settlements and has dedicated efforts to structuring deals and selling the bonds.

In addition, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS 162.97, +1.31, +0.81%) has developed a tradable index of life settlements, allowing investors to bet on whether people will live longer than expected or die sooner than planned, the Times said, adding that spokesmen for Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

The report said that investment banks are following the model used with the packaging of subprime mortgages, which were supposed to be high-quality and less risky, but proved otherwise.

‘Life settlements’ could be Wall Street’s next act – MarketWatch

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September 6th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

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news from eastern Tennessee: Lawmakers Allow Guns In Bars

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Tonight, we found out the following from a northeast Ohio transplant, a retired lady visiting from Franklin, TN:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Handguns will soon be allowed in bars and restaurants in Tennessee under a new law passed by state legislators who voted to override the governor’s veto.

The legislation that takes effect July 14 retains an existing ban on consuming alcohol while carrying a handgun, and restaurant owners can still opt to ban weapons from their establishments.

Thirty-seven other states have similar laws.

Tennessee Lawmakers Allow Guns In Bars

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September 6th, 2009 at 2:42 am

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