Gloria Ferris

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I Believe in Second Chances

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I received a flier from Mansfield Frazier. I plan to attend “The Long Road Home”  a documentary narrated by Peter Lawson Jones tomorrow January 28th in MetroHealth’s Scott Auditorium. The presentation is from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

The recession has hit everyone hard, but especially for those trying to reenter after leaving the prison system. Those who know me well are aware that I am a board member for C.A.T.S. –Community assessment and Treatment Services, Inc. We are presently finishing up our capital campaign to “build a Better Place for Women. We serve a population of offenders whose drug and alcohol additions have caused them to make very bad decisions.  I believe in second chances.

And, I am looking forward to seeing the documentary based on Mansfield Frazier’s book “The Long Road Home” and to listen to the panel discussion that will accompany the creening.

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January 27th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Cleveland Housing Court Informational Meeting

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This Saturday—everybody’s welcome. Judge Pianka will be there.

The Cleveland Housing Court is offering an informational meeting on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Justice Center, 13 Floor, Courtroom 13-B. Please plan on attending this event to learn more about the Cleveland Housing Court.

Information presented will include the following:

  • the role of the Housing Court in criminal and civil cases;
  • how cases are filed in the Housing Court;
  • the role of the City of Cleveland Prosecutor’s Office in Housing cases;
  • the duties of the City Inspectors in Housing cases;
  • search warrants;
  • Housing Court programs and initiatives;
  • the role of Housing Court Specialists, Magistrates and Bailiffs; and
  • the outlook for 2010.

Please RSVP the number of attendees to: mooredi@clevelandmunicipalcourt.org.

Cleveland Housing Court Informational Meeting

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January 26th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

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Did You Know?

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Tim Just told me that Ohio didn’t have an income tax until the year 1971. It was to take the pressure off of real estate taxes. Tim found it on the History page of The Ohio Farm Bureau.

I told him I remembered that.  Governor Gilligan oversaw that and the induction of the State Lottery which he opposed. I believe both issues made him a one time governor.  

That tax really worked, didn’t it?

 

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January 11th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Public Should Be Outraged. Should Demand a Congressional Investigation

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Just finished reading  The Weekend Interview with Hank Greenberg by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. Can AIG Be Saved? in the Wall Street Journal.

The questions Mr. Greenberg raises in his interview with Mr. Jenkins are very disturbing.  His two suspects for the changes made by the ISDA of Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank does not surprise me.  Ever since I read Never Enough by Joe McGinnis , a Holy Cross Alumnus and the research done by my friend Bill Callahan showing the overwhelming numbers of foreclosures in Cuyahoga County brought by Deutsche Bank or their servicers I have felt that these two firms are not to be trusted.

We should listen to what Mr. Greenberg has to say about the machinations of Goldman Sachs during the New York Federal Reserve’s meeting before the collapse of AIG. This article in Issue 1075 0f The Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi is a wonderful resource concerning the backroom dealings that weekend before the Monday announcement.  Accessing the full article to get a clearer picture is a good idea.

It is clear to me that Goldman Sachs is not God and Lloyd Blankfein is not Jesus and neither are doing God’s work. Goldman Sachs does not work from the premise of abundance but rather deals in scarcity and fear.  As Mr. Greenberg states in the article it is up to the American public to demand transparency and accountability for the debacle Wall Street has become.  The average American Taxpayer does not reap the benefits of obscene bonuses or the lobbying efforts of banks “too big to fail” or corporations seen in the same light,  but we will be paying the bills for generations to come.   

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January 10th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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