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The Sound of Ideas

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2009

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Cleveland's role as host to the international Gay Games in 2014 is expected to bring in thousands of competitors and millions of dollars. Governor Strickland will try to convince lawmakers to put off the final year of a personal income tax cut and use the money to bridge a budget gap. Researchers at Hiram College say a proposed casino plan won't be quite the bonanza that backers claim it will be. Join us for discussion of these and other stories on the reporters' roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00.


Arts and Culture, Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest


Henry Gomez, The Plain Dealer
Jon Craig, Cincinnati Enquirer
Karen Kasler, chief of the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau

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Julie 9:28 AM 10/1/09

I’m a queer mom in Cleveland Heights. My partner and I moved here from San Francisco and therefore have a unique perspective having lived in an environment where being queer is celebrated. In Ohio, it is not. My partner cannot adopt our son without me losing my rights, we cannot have a family health insurance policy, etc etc etc…

Cleveland, as much as I love it, doesn’t yet deserve the gay games. Seems to me Cleveland wants the money, but doesn’t want to acknowledge our civil rights. Ohio could generate much more money than what the Gay Games will bring by becoming a more open state with civil rights for all.

The good news is that Cleveland has until 2014 to get there. We can always hope, but I’m not holding my breath!

John Williams 9:51 AM 10/1/09

I think there is increased support in casinos because the sites are planned for the three major cities - all of which could use new industry, and who also have large populations. During the last election, I barely knew where the last place was. In contrast, seeing the way the Flats looks now, or other places in the cities, if gambling could help, then I’m willing to give it a shot.

Kathy 4:04 PM 10/1/09

It’s about time!!! that Gov. Strickland has come to his senses. People who make >$100T (this could include my own household) will not be devastated by this small amount of continued existing tax, while those dependant on state benefits WILL be devastated by having those programs cut.  For a religious man and a psychologist, he has seemed pretty ready to go for the quick bucks, no matter how adversely this might affect the people of OHIO.


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