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The Sound of Ideas

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted Friday, September 3, 2010

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More back room deal making at the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision… this before voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast a ballot for a new county executive and council. There are some changes as well; 71 precincts will find ballots in English and Spanish this November. Also in the news this week, will Cleveland take a hit after the Continental and United merger is finalized? Plus, how did six Akron police officers get layoff notices by mistake? Find out what Mayor Plusquellic had to say about it. M.L Schultze of WKSU hosts the conversation, tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.




Chris Quinn, Metro Editor, The Plain Dealer
Erick Trickey, Reporter, Cleveland Magazine
Jay Miller, Reporter, Crain’s Cleveland Business

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Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo appoints sister of his housemate to share supervision at the Board of Revision
Cleveland Magazine PoliticsCleveland to print bilingual ballots
Continental Airlines CEO, Cleveland mayor seek to affirm airline's role at Hopkins
FirstEnergy Seeks To Renew Davis-Besse Nuclear-Plant License
Akron police dispute escalates

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Chris 9:27 AM 9/3/10

Here’s what I want to know… admittedly property values have decreased by an identifiable amount across the entire country over the last few years because of the real estate crisis.

Has anyone done an investigation into whether Cuyahoga County property value numbers from the tax department (I think it is the auditor) have reflected that?  Or, have we seen the auditor list an increase in property values when statistics show that all properties decreased during that period?  I’m not talking about one parcel or another.  I’m talking about the overall decrease in all real estate values in our area, the state and the nation.

Is someone looking into that?  Is someone filing a class action?  That seems to be important.

aaron joseph 10:19 AM 9/3/10

One of the panelists asked the question “do we want to pay double for energy?”

My answer is yes if the kids of the miners in the recent mine disaster did not have to go through life without their daddies and the same for the oil workers in the gulf.  This is reason enough without counting black lung, mountain top removal, pollution and general trashing of the planet.

Reporters should properly frame the question in the first place and not scoff at the unlikely answer of yes when the trade between peoples likes and paying more for what is very cheap in the first place.

Would you pay double your electric bill so that twenty five families would not have to hear that daddy wont be coming home ever again?

That is the question.  Is anyone answering no?


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