Letters to the Editor 07-16-14

Enthusiasm and excitement floods Cleveland because LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. So who are the most exuberant?
1. LeBron himself, with $42 million over two years. It would be more but the NBA has a soft cap on team salaries.
2. Cavs team owners whose investment just doubled in valuation to a billion dollars.
3. Quicken Loans Arena owners, Gateway Economic Development Corp., a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Its board members may have to work overtime to keep profit at zero.
4. The Cavs players, i.e., those that did not get traded to pay the “King’s” salary.
5. Hotels that will accommodate more overnight basketball fans.
6. Parking lot owners, a.k.a. Cleveland Division of Parking Facilities.
7. Bar and restaurant owners will see more business from corporate groups.
8. Wholesale and retail T-shirt and hat sales will increase.
9. The people of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, who provided half of the estimated $213 million capital needed to build the stadium and arena, but, because of cost overruns, paid much more, and who then again in May of this year generously agreed to maintain payments of $26 million every year for the next 20 years.
10. Police and private security firms whose services will be more in demand during home games.
11. Cleveland politicians whose budgets will benefit from all the exchanges made at hotels, bars, restaurants, clothing stores, parking lots and from ticket sales, which by the way, are expected to be the highest in the NBA. Also, from that part of LeBron’s $42 million he makes working in Cleveland.
12. The children of Cleveland, who now have a role model.
Jim Hammock

A couple weeks ago, The Courier ran an article about the overcrowding at the county jail. If anyone would look at the active inmate list, which is accessible online, and look at the offenses for which these people are being housed, this condition will become apparent.
They will see that there are numerous offenders in there for minor infractions, such as petty theft and traffic violations, some of whom have been in there for several months and haven’t even been to court yet. They say the wheels of justice turn slowly, but in the case of Hancock County they seem to rotate at a snail’s pace.
On another note, but similar in content, I recently observed an ambulance and several police cars at a residence where a friend of mine was staying, and out of concern for her, I stopped to see what the commotion was about.
It turns out that she was fine, but her ex-boyfriend had pummeled an innocent man sitting on his bicycle out front, apparently out of contempt for her. As I approached the scene, the police were in the process of taking witness statements while the victim was being hauled off to the hospital.
Later, out of curiosity, I checked said active inmate list to see if the assailant had been arrested or charged for the crime, and lo and behold, he had been incarcerated on an active warrant and unrelated charge of criminal trespassing.
After spending a weekend in jail, he was released with a fine and time served.
Again, out of curiosity, I contacted the law director’s office to inquire why this person had not been charged with assault. After checking through the records, the lady on the phone informed me that they had not even received a report from the police for the incident.
The moral of the story appears to be this: It’s OK to go around town and beat people up, but if you go to jail for a minor misdemeanor you can expect to be in there for an extended period of time.
James Smith

Mike Pirschel’s letter (July 14) could have been signed by me.
When I saw the front page of Saturday’s newspaper it blew my mind. I thought, why is this here instead of the sports page, and lo and behold it was on the front page of the sports section also!
As far as I’m concerned it should have been one paragraph on the last page of the sports section!
When I got to page A10 and found the three articles that should have been on the front page, I was really upset.
It was this kind of thing that caused me to cancel The Blade after many years, and I would hate to cancel The Courier after close to 60 years.
So whoever was in charge of the Saturday paper, even if it was Peter Mattiace, shape up or ship out!
Rheta DePuy

Lately on TV we see the fighting between the Israelis and Hamas. What we did not see was the days of rocket fire the Hamas shot into Israel.
They would have killed Jewish civilians if the soldiers had not intercepted the rockets.
Now, when Israel fires back, news shows the damage done to Palestinians and expect us to feel bad for them. What do they expect when they mess with such a powerful army?
Carol McKitrick


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