Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 05/18/2007 - 10:25.


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Main Entry: par·a·sit·ism
Pronunciation: 'per-&-s&-"ti-z&m, -"sI-, "pa-r&-
Function: noun
1 : the behavior of a parasite
2 : an intimate association between organisms of two or more kinds; especially : one in which a parasite obtains benefits from a host which it usually injures

Stop the parasitism of the poor.  Want to make money in NEO?  What's the magic word?  Blight! 

Our non-profits have to prove they serve the poor, so look at our demographic.  Any wonder why we are the poorest city in the nation?

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Imcshane, I assume you are suggesting that taking too much off the top while operating a philanthropy is wrong.   I agree.  While the philanthropies may make efforts to help those under the poverty line, philanthropy and non-profit executives in Clevland take home quarter million (and substantially more) pay checks.  But the Cleveland Foundation (paying Mr. Richard close to $400,000 with benefits) and other philanthropies don't see it our way. They expect the community to give generously – while head executives take generously.  This sets an example of hypocrisy. 


So post a list of the local non-profits with the salaries of all their executive staff.  This is all public information via the IRS.  It is online.  Who can link us up the the IRS site where  each  non-prof is listed with PDFs of  their accounting and salary filings?  or link me up, I'll post it.

Speak Truth, Make Change. 


Bless you

Oh, bless you JB for commenting.  No, I am not criticizing anyone for their salaries.  I don't begrudge anyone a salary, if they have earned it.  I am only asking that anyone, whether their salary is 5,000-500,000, gives something back and, say, doesn't move to Bay Village when they get a big influx of Issue 18 monies.  I want those big salaries living next to me.  How can non-profits encourage savings, wealth and community investment?  This should be the measure of their success.  Also, what expectations are you setting up for a community, if you keep telling someone they are stupid, drug-addled and poor, and then act surprised when they move away from that area to avoid the label?  I am sick of the pity factor.

I agree on the hypocrisy thing

We are all guilty of hypocrisy, but then there are the really, really big hypocrites.  Oh how I would love to put a link in here, but I won't.  One measure of success I would like to see?  Intergenerational cooperation and participation.  Again, coming back from Estabrook, where they keep the pool too hot to discourage active can we make it work for both seniors and kids??? How do we build respect?

A bit off topic, but how is

A bit off topic, but how is Estabrook for swimming these days?  I used to swim there but then it got to be run down and not kept clean so I quit going there.  Actually, nice warm water sounds inviting to me.  I will have to check Estabrook out again as a place to go for exercise.  I am getting too fat.  But, then again, I don't like to be seen in a swim suit (too fat) so what's a person to do? 


 There are some great staff people at Estabrook, so I don't want to paint with a broad brush, but I don't have the energy to fight the pool war there.  

It's not the great facility it once was under Mayor Mike White and earlier mayors.  So , if you really don't want to exercise and you like hot, bath water--go and paddle around.  

my opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer, my spouse, my cat, my neighbors, my extended family or anyone I happen to acknowledge on the street, bus, etc.

Oh, I like to exercise, but

Oh, I like to exercise, but I have gotten a bit sluggish in my older years.  Warm water is so comforting to old bones and I heard it was soothing for anyone that has arthritis.  I take it that you like the water cooler.  If only there could be a way to please everyone.  But, thanks for the is appreciated. 


  Ward 14, I have arthritis and I swim to maintain mobility.  It does not benefit anyone to swim in a pool that is kept at high temperature. 

my opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer, my spouse, my cat, my neighbors, my extended family or anyone I happen to acknowledge on the street, bus, etc.

I disagree that swimming in

I disagree that swimming in warm water (not hot) does not have any benefit to anyone....but I do hope that you can find a place to swim that has the water temperature that you find comfortable for you. 

Therapy pools

Ward14--we obviously have similar health issues (check out the time signatures for these posts).  I don't want to belabor this issue, but the Rec Centers are not physical therapy/convalescent care centers.  They are intended for real physical activity and meant to provide recreational services to all age groups.  It's a balancing act requiring sensitivity to many ages groups, not just one. 

Stop the madness

  Mourning the decline of a neighborhood...

Mourning the decline of a Cleveland neighborhood

orginally in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Monday, August 10, 2009  by Joe Sickora


Where are the comments

Interesting, I actually posted a comment to that letter and now I see all the comments are gone - is this a result of the moving to another platform, and losing the old comments, or do they strip out comments for the archives?

Disrupt IT

Shifting reality at PD

  The posts are sometimes listed in news content with a duplicate version in the blog format...I submitted an editorial on the aquarium council vote and it is now attributed to another author (!)

So, despite some snafus--REALNEO has never had major shifting identity problems--REALNEO = REALMEDIA!  Creative anarchy!

my opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer, my spouse, my cat, my neighbors, my extended family or anyone I happen to acknowledge on the street, bus, etc.

A Sand Worm???

Your picture looks like a sketch of a sand worm, from the book "Dune" by Frank Herbert.

I think a picture of a tick, or a tapeworm might be better...

A Tick


Personally, I think that most politicians look more like ticks that tapeworms.

My brother-in-law in Tennessee defines politics as "many bloodsucking insects"

There is something I like about that man.

Reposted: Death of a neighborhood-how it works

Mourning the decline of a Cleveland neighborhood

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ilive in the St. Hyacinth Church neighbor hood of Cleveland in the North Broadway area and am sadly watching my neighborhood die before my eyes.

It all started when the Cleveland school district closed Tod Elementary back in the 1970s. Soon after, many local businesses either closed or downgraded.

Then St. Hyacinth decided to close its school.

That spurred many friends and neighbors to move to the suburbs, leaving behind abandoned houses and vacant lots. Now, the church itself is going to close.

The Cleveland Public Library, due to budget cuts, is reducing hours and possibly future programs and events. And the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is taking away the circulator route.

To top it off, the U.S. Postal Service may close our post office.

Can someone please tell me when this madness will end?

Jim Sickora


Don't GIVE to United Way -you accelerate poverty