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  1. https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1153695167083425803?s=19
  2. Welcome @Boaty McBoatface! Love to hear more about your experiences, good and bad, as you make the move back. It's hard for us to see what we're doing right and wrong when we're immersed in it everyday.
  3. This nailed it for me.... One of my Railroad Buddies sent this to me this morning. Tyler Jones...make me feel so much better about how some labor people think: Why I am a Liberal. Thanks for sharing Tyler. I've always been a liberal, but that doesn't mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let's break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines: 1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period. 2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that's interpreted as "I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all." This is not the case. I'm fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it's impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes "let people die because they can't afford healthcare" a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I'm not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen. It also makes economic sense to me that having decent healthcare is cheaper than ER care. 3. I believe education should be affordable and accessible to everyone. It doesn't necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I'm mystified as to why it can't work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt. 4. I don't believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don't want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can't afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist. 5. I don't throw around "I'm willing to pay higher taxes" lightly. If I'm suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it's because I'm fine with paying my fair share as long as it's actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare. 6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn't have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live. 7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is - and should be - illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I'm not "offended by Christianity" -- I'm offended that you're trying to force me to live by your religion's rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That's how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don't force it on me or mine. I'm a Christian by the way, and because I'm Christian I believe, universally, that we are all children of God and that the Good Samaritan was told to make a huge point about who your neighbor is. I also believe that we should battle the evil, intolerance and prejudice in the world. 8. I don't believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you. 9. I don't believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN'T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they're supposed to be abusing, and if they're "stealing" your job it's because your employer is hiring illegally). I'm not opposed to deporting people who are here illegally, but I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc). And it takes a system not outsourcing to profiteers!!! 10. I don't believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, safe flights, etc. It's not that I want the government's hands in everything -- I just don't trust people trying to make money will ensure their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. Certainly not right now. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they're harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation. 11. I believe our current administration is fascist! Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I've spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past. 12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege -- white, straight, male, economic, etc. -- need to start listening, even if you don't like what you're hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that's causing people to be marginalized. 13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is sensible policies, including background checks, that just MIGHT save one person’s, perhaps a toddler’s, life by the hand of someone who should not have a gun. (Got another opinion? Put it on your page, not mine). 14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If I call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you're using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person? 15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something with a better profit potential in the future. 16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be? I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I'm a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn't mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don't believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved. So, I'm a liberal,
  4. This copy of the July 21, 1969 Chicago Daily News was saved for its moon landing coverage. It also contained this op-ed. 50 years ago. Unbelievable. https://t.co/iwH5KC5xKI
  5. What I posted in this thread early this morning was also shared by me on Twitter. It got me followed by Vic Digeronimo Jr. (@vicdigjr). Based on his profile pic and many of his posts, I'm pretty sure he's not a practicing urbanist. FWIW, the county's official Twitter account also followed me.
  6. An old-fashioned manufacturing plant is non-competitive, unless you're planning on paying your workers sweatshop wages.
  7. Ain't that a strange thing....
  8. Contact info is at each of the links.... Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson: http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/MayorsOffice Cleveland City Council: Focus on Council President Kevin Kelley, Ward 3's Kerry McCormack (ward includes downtown), and Tony Brancatelli (chairman of council's Development Planning & Sustainability Committee) http://www.clevelandcitycouncil.org/ County Executive Armond Budish: http://executive.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/Contact.aspx Cuyahoga County Council: Focus on Dan Brady who is president of the council and whose district includes downtown and Jack Schron who chairs the Economic Development and Planning Committee http://council.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/council-members.aspx
  9. KJP

    Gun Rights

    "Best" country in the world...
  10. All of us who want Sherwin-Williams HQ and R&D to stay downtown should be asking what the city is willing and able to do to keep them there. Please contact the mayor's office, council and even the county executive/council about this. I write this because Digeronimo Co. and the City of Brecksville are putting on a very strong push to get both the HQ and R&D to relocate to Valor Acres, the former VA Hospital site. From what I understand from sources at Sherwin-Williams, they are taking this very seriously. I'd write a blog about this but I'm in Ukraine until next week and this needs attention before I can return and make more noise about it. So please, write to your city and county officials. The county should be involved because they will end up having to subsidize new infrastructure in Brecksville and address the fiscal void left behind in Cleveland if SHW leaves. And an HQ at the county line likely means the loss of more residents to Summit and Medina counties.
  11. What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/send-her-back-battle-will-define-us-forever/594307/
  12. Don't know. It wasn't yet a done deal. Was told only that as an urbanist I might like it. I'd forgotten I wrote that. I haven't followed up on it and I'm in a layover on my to Ukraine. Hopefully we'll all hear something tangible soon.
  13. Don't remember uses but the city TIF dollar amount is $19 million.
  14. Interesting that it's on the south side of Cedar. The project address previously was listed on the neighborhood Design Review at a different location.
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