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    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    They don't stop moaning, and I don't stop talking back.

    “Note to Cleveland media: LeBron was wearing that Yankees cap during the NBA Finals. I guess it wasn’t cool to defend the Indians back in May, huh? You’re the same front-runner followers you accuse LeBron to be.” — no city

    Actually, the PD has reported on LeBron and his Yankees cap wearing ways before this postseason run. Only now is it getting so much attention. Wearing his cap to Jacobs Field seems to be a first for him, too. Dumb PR move on his part. So much of the success of sports as a business hinges on goodwill. LeBron has burned needlessly a lot of goodwill.

    “An old junker parked in the driveway, a big dog doing its business in the front yard, a child racing around the yard on a motor bike, a fire pit stinking up the air. Looks like the Clampetts have moved into Parma.” — Parma

    That smell is not just the fire pit, but the noxious fumes of burning plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments, gathered up from around the neighborhood by the Clampett kid on that bike. Turns out there is an upside to everything.

    “I am a native New Yorker misplaced in Cleveland by way of marriage. I must say the ‘hatred’ and dislike by Cleveland towards the Yankees is one-sided. No one in New York cares about Cleveland. It seems to me Cleveland has a problem with every other city with a winning team. Maybe what Cleveland needs to refocus on is its terrible racial divisions, horrible job market and struggling economy!” — Cleveland

    Oh, so sorry you married beneath you! And it is you who doesn't understand Yankee hatred. Every baseball fan who isn't a Yankees fan hates the Yankees. It isn't a Cleveland thing, anymore than it is a Boston thing or a Baltimore thing or a Detroit thing. Steinbrenner can field the best team that money can buy, so any year that the Yankees don't win it all, they have no excuse. The Yankees treat the rest of the majors as an extension of their own farm system, luring away all the developed talent that the smaller market teams can't afford to keep. Now, should some of the competitive energy of the Cleveland fans be directed outside of sports? Certainly. And an Indians World Series win go a long way toward uplifting this town.

    “My Monday Moan goes out to LeBron James! Shame on you for wearing your Yankees hat to the first playoff game. We know that you like the Yankees, but with all the media attention, it looks really bad. All those Indians players came out supporting you, and I am pretty sure they weren’t wearing Detroit hats. Poor choice. Next time, just wear your Cavs hat.” — Westlake

    Here we are again. LeBron -- I am not going to tell him he cannot be a Yankees fan, but we shouldn't know about it.

    “Why do the comic pages have to assault us with such idiotic creations as ‘Doonesbury’ and ‘Prickly City’? When I come to the comics, I want to relax, not have the liberal viewpoint shoved down my throat. If you absolutely must print them, put them in the classifieds and bring back ‘Spider-Man’” — Amherst

    Does the PD run "Prickly City"? Never heard of it. And that's my point -- you don't have to read it just because its there.

    “What’s happening that we don’t see them singing the national anthem at baseball or football games anymore on TV? Also, when are the men going to stop shaving their heads? Bald is not beautiful. It is ugly.” — West Salem

    The anthem performance is shown on TV usually just for championship games. I am guessing that you don't watch a lot of regular season games, or you'd know that. As for your anti-bald campaign, a bald head looks better than a toupee pretty much every time.

    “Jackson has a lot of nerve raising cab fares from the airport almost double. I’ll take a bus myself now!” — no city

    Exactly. As Justice John Marshall wrote long ago, the power to tax is the power to destroy. I predict there are going to be a lot of taxi drivers out of work because of this.

    “Raising sales taxes without voter approval to build a convention center that will never be used or pay for itself: I guarantee it won’t work and just wait till you see the demonstrations when that fizzles out. It will just be another empty building in this ghost town.”— no city

    You overestimate the complacent public. The referendum campaign to put the sales tax hike on the ballot fizzled out due to a lack of signatures. That isn't the sign of a people ready to take to the streets.

    “There are kids being killed in our city and Cleveland and the media are so outraged about LeBron’s Yanks cap. If Cleveland’s media showed the same outrage toward kids being killed things might change. Wake up, Cleveland!” — Cleveland

    Was there not outrage and sadness when Cookie was killed? Was there not outrage and sadness over Asa Coon shooting four at SuccessTech and turning the gun on himself? Reporting these things and then beating their chests changes things how? It is something we all must do, and it is cheap and easy to leave this problem on the media's doorstep.

    “By God, they are going to raise taxi fares that high from the airport. Those guys better not look for any tip whatsoever. Pay the fare and that’s it. I myself will take a bus or rapid.” — Parma

    Yeah, I am pretty sure that $3 surcharge is going to the airport and not the driver. Again, this is going to hurt the drivers. Give this plan about a year, and then look for the article about how we lost over half of our taxi service in this county. How we ran four cab companies out of business because they are now prohibited from queuing at the airport even though they are licensed taxi services. And how the other three companies who now have the exclusive on the airport have lost much of their ridership. Even before the price hike, if I was flying out for the weekend it was cheaper for me to leave my car at the airport than it was to take a cab. The long term garage is just $10 per day, and the shuttle service for the onsite economy parking is $7 day. A cab ride to my home was around $30, each way, before the price hike. The only way this is not going to hurt the cab drivers is if they raise the parking rates. And if they do that, look for a lot more people to fly out of CAK.

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    Blogger Gina Ventre said ... (8:12 AM, October 16, 2007) : 

    "Maybe what Cleveland needs to refocus on is its terrible racial divisions, horrible job market and struggling economy!”

    Oh yeah. I forgot that New York already fixed those problems.

    "It seems to me Cleveland has a problem with every other city with a winning team."

    Yup, we're the only ones with that problem. It's an original problem too!

    I'm not going to dignify the liberal viewpoint moan. I will scoff instead. *Scoff*


    Blogger melcarrel said ... (8:32 AM, October 16, 2007) : 

    Well said talkback today! I couldn't have said it better myself!


    Blogger Tom said ... (2:22 PM, October 16, 2007) : 

    It amazes me how the politicians that run Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland continue to shit all over the people and then wonder why they flee to the suburbs.
    You are right though, Michael:
    As long as the people continue to be complacent and apathetic it won't change.


    Anonymous mdb said ... (2:30 PM, October 16, 2007) : 

    they flee not only the city to the suburbs, but they flee the region.

    there are greener pastures.


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