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    Cleveland Indians Discussion

    Regardless of what happens tonight or on Thursday, let me once again reiterate my disdain for MLB's playoff format. Why bother playing 162 games if a team's excellence over that span can be nullified in just 5 games? For some perspective, the Indians finished with the best record in the American League this season, winning 11 more games than the Yankees. During one of the great eras in Yankees baseball (1949 through 1958), New York had the best record in the American League 9* times, earning them the right to represent the AL in the World Series during those seasons. In 7 of those 9 Yankees pennant-winning seasons, the Indians finished within 11 games of the Yankees. *The only team breaking up their run during that period was the 1948 and 1954 Cleveland Indians. The Yankees won the AL again in 1957 and 1958.
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    Gun Rights

    If this guy only had access to knives, the number of wounded and killed would have been significantly less. There's no debating this. The mental illness issue is real, but it's a red herring. Unless we truly have a higher rate of untreated serious mental illness in the United States than other Western countries, then the only other variable causing us to have higher rates of gun violence and gun massacres is ease of gun access. The guns are the problem. Period. Place me in the camp that if the conservative (i.e. NRA/gun industry) interpretation of the Second Amendment is what we're stuck with moving forward, then the amendment needs to be repealed and we need to start from scratch. This country's founding fathers were not gods, their words are not infallible, and in many ways what they put onto paper is no longer relevant more than two centuries later.
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    The Trump Presidency

    Considering the behavior of the person currently residing there, this argument no longer holds any water. But congrats to Donny on doing something I never thought possible: Making me sort of like Steph Curry.
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    The Trump Presidency

    Sadly, this might be the new normal. I sure hope that we can go back to the regular level government dysfunction.
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    The Ohio State University Buckeyes Football Discussion

    Wait...what? They beat four Top 15 opponents last season, including two on the road, and one at home by almost 60 points.
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    Cleveland Browns Discussion

    I was watching ESPN this morning and one of the commentator essentially made the same point. What a mess.
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    Cleveland Browns Discussion

    Wonderful...the Browns and Cleveland Police are at the center of a controversy that is now a national story: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20562272/unions-refuse-hold-flag-cleveland-browns-opener
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    Hurricane Harvey

    Capitalism also doesn't work too well when the risk is socialized, but the rewards are not. This is exactly what we have going on right now.
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    Hurricane Harvey

    Great post, David. For all that we hear about Texas' supposed independent streak, and for how loudly many of its politicians protest Federal spending, hopefully they remember this the next time another state is in dire need of aid on a scale (i.e. billions, more than what J.J. Watt and others have raised and donated) that only the government can provide. As an aside, although this is somewhat touchy, and may not entirely apply to Houston*, as hurricanes become stronger and more damaging to certain parts of the country, perhaps we will reach a point where we decide that some geographic regions are simply too risky/costly for human habitation. I said the same thing about New Orleans, and I definitely believe that to be true about that part of Louisiana. At the very least, if we know that, statistically, a certain metropolitan area is essentially guaranteed to be destroyed by a storm every few decades or so, it does not make much sense to me to be rebuilding over and over in the same place. Or maybe the costs should not be passed on to Americans living thousands of miles away. Interestingly enough, Michael Smerconish was saying this same thing on his show yesterday. Hopefully more people will be willing to at least entertain this discussion. *My knowledge of Texas' natural geography is somewhat limited.
  10. As a teenager, my friends and I would drive over to that house every once in a while to take a look and maybe dare each other to knock on the door. As I recall, the house was almost certainly abandoned, but my memory tells me that there was always a light on in the attic. The rumor was that if you looked into that room from the correct angle, you could see the shadow of a noose on the wall. The tale was that a lady that had lived there had committed suicide and that it was haunted. I'd like to know more about the real story behind the "Ghost House" and perhaps how some of these rumors began. Anyhow, I have driven by that area since the house has been torn down and the pocket park has been built. It's a nice asset for a really unique area.
  11. Sorry, but no, that's an intentionally misleading characterization when the neighborhood putting up the divide is also majority-minority. The bigger picture here is that no inner-ring suburb should be criticized for instituting measures that help preserve safety and calm in the face instability in bordering communities. Particularly when thriving outer-ring suburbs have implemented barriers to access to some for decades. If Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Lakewood, and others want to put into place policies that help keep peace in their communities but happen to limit access to others, so be it. These communities (and others like them) have already shouldered far more than their share of the burdens that come with concentrated poverty. Sorry, but yes. I'm not surprised that you post another response that shows absolutely no understanding of the issue. It's par for the course with your posts on pretty much everything. I understand the issue very clearly. Poverty and crime have been spreading into Cleveland Heights from Cleveland and East Cleveland for at least three decades now. There is absolutely no reason why the city should sit back and allow it to continue. At some point, the burden will become too great, and the consequences for even the more stable parts of the suburb will be dire.
  12. Sorry, but no, that's an intentionally misleading characterization when the neighborhood putting up the divide is also majority-minority. The bigger picture here is that no inner-ring suburb should be criticized for instituting measures that help preserve safety and calm in the face instability in bordering communities. Particularly when thriving outer-ring suburbs have implemented barriers to access to some for decades. If Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Lakewood, and others want to put into place policies that help keep peace in their communities but happen to limit access to others, so be it. These communities (and others like them) have already shouldered far more than their share of the burdens that come with concentrated poverty.
  13. Hopefully CH will have an opportunity to annex that area in the next decade and be able to implement some larger plan for the area. Short of that, they could just turn Superior Road (and the other five roads leading north into East Cleveland) south-southeast of the East Cleveland border into a cul-de-sac.
  14. Closing off the EC/CH borders isn't workable and would likely/justifiably raise cries of racial segregation. Shaker Heights has done it for decades on the Cleveland border, it's not a racial divide but an economic one, and that's legal. I believe Shaker justified their barriers on the basis of safety, as daily commuters used to use residential side streets to bypass busier main roads.
  15. It's just one main artery that I'm suggesting would be closed off. This would be perfectly workable and part of a larger plan to expand the park to replace an area of both suburbs that is probably beyond repair. (In fact many structures in that area have already been torn down.) In terms of racial segregation, CH is more than 50% minority, so no, as long as there are areas of Greater Cleveland that are close to 100% white, CH is immune from any ridiculous criticism some might try to lob in regards to segregation. I believe that Cleveland Heights has to seriously start examining novel ways in which to isolate itself from the spillover of its struggling neighbors. I don't think there's anything wrong with that at all. Until we have widespread regional cooperation or consolidation, it's every suburb for itself and CH leaders need to play that game as well.
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