This past election cycle, many voters felt the only choices were for the "lesser of two evils", IF they'd voted at all. Now, many wish to switch Political Party affiliation [Democrat/Republican/Libertarian/Independent, etc]. In discussions, it seems some think choosing "Independent" equates to being able to choose without political party affiliation. Now, correct me if I am wrong [it wouldn't be the first time] BUT when someone chooses "Independent", then they're bound to that Party and its candidate.
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On September 5, the Trump administration announced that it is “winding down” the DACA program. No new applications will be accepted; renewal applications for work permits expiring in the next six months must be submitted by October 5; and the administration emphasized its underlying authority to terminate or deny deferred action for any reason, at any time, with or without notice. There was an immediate uproar. The highest ranking members of Congress from both parties, as well as President Trump, have subsequently expressed support for legislative action on immigration that would address the DACA issues. So what exactly is DACA?
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The new Ordinance introduced by Cuyahoga Council members Sunny Simon and Dale Miller to charge ten cents for every paper and plastic carry-out bag at retail stores is a bad idea. Plastic bags are a convenience, and are a service provided by retailers.
President Trump and his personal lawyer have taken a page out of the Summers/Butler playbook.
People often now stream music from Ipods, phones or computers. Sure they get it free, but can it really compare with vinyl records? Vinyl has a nicer sound quality and frankly it's more fun to have a record on vinyl than to stream music.
The Cleveland Clinic recently announced the imminent closing of the birthing unit of the Medina Hospital on July 1, 2017. The Medina City Council immediately reacted with a 6-0 resolution to stop the closing of the birthing unit. The Mayor of Medina made futile overtures to the Cleveland Clinic and currently he is in discussion with another healthcare provider to continue to provide birthing center services to the citizens in the Medina area.
Our city has been on an upward trajectory for the past decade and we should be proud of how Lakewood has evolved into a diverse community of choice. But these positive changes in our neighborhoods do not happen in a vacuum; they are the result of years of committed planning and partnerships between our many engaged citizens, community leaders and city government. We are fortunate that one of those leaders is seeking to expand his commitment to service now as a member of Lakewood City Council. I have known Paul Beegan for over 10 years and am honored to support him for election to Lakewood City Council in Ward 2.
Taking sides is not easy. It is especially difficult when you respect and value people and opinions on the other side. In the case of Lakewood Hospital, it can be divisive. I have experienced this firsthand in recent weeks as I have talked and corresponded with friends and neighbors about the details and issues involved. Like me, many have taken the time to review available documents and attend or view community, council and opposition meetings. Others have taken a side based primarily on loyalty or rumors. While my quest for information is never satisfied, this has not stopped me from taking a side. Mostly in an effort to slow down the process, as it is apparent that things have run amok. The sign in my yard reads: SAVE LAKEWOOD HOSPITAL. Here’s why.
I am on the side of jobs, good paying, skilled jobs like most of the 1000+ at Lakewood Hospital. Our local economy depends on them. Despite the “exciting possibilities” the signers of a recent letter supporting Mayor Summers’ plan to demolish the hospital hope for, I prefer “a bird in the hand.” As of this writing, no known plans (past or current) hold the possibility of replacing anything like what Lakewood would lose in the way of jobs should the hospital close. Holding the Cleveland Clinic to their lease and restoring services would maintain jobs while allowing time for the development of a solid plan, one that better leverages our assets to minimize healthcare job loss and attracts new comparable wage jobs.
Hello my name is Ethan Ulintz. I’m 12 years old and I’m going to talk to you about the problem with bikes being stolen in Lakewood.
A few issues ago, when the front page of the Observer announced the possibility of McDonald’s taking over the old Detroit Theater, the news came as a surprise to many Lakewood residents. I probably spoke to at least ten people that day about this piece of information, ALL of whom expressed disgust (and that’s a mild descriptor) at having McDonald’s move into a much more exposed area of our neighborhood...into a historical landmark, at that.
How can we be saying in the same breath that we hate McDonald’s, but still want it around for those occasional indulgences? Is McDonald’s like the mistress of our diets--hidden back on Sloane, where we can access it when we get a craving, but don’t have to be constantly reminded that it’s there? Add to that the irony that the McDonald’s is almost in the same parking lot as Nature’s Bin. Appalling!
Bret Callentine insists in his article in the Observer of April 19 that American voters should think. In the words of the G.O.P.'s star performer, "You Betcha!" We the people of the American electorate should think about the way our democracy, the government of the people, for the people, and by the people, is being eroded and is on the verge of becoming an oligarchy.
The gap between the rich and the rest of is larger than it has been since the start of the Great Depression. We no longer have a broad-based prosperity. From 1974 to 2007 the richest 1% of households increased their share of the total national income from 9% to 23.5%.
After being released from Lakewood Hospital this past March, I was still extremely weak. I could barely walk and couldn't get myself in and out of bed.
Understandably, the introduction of the HD technology might drive some to the stores to cash in on the newest digital trend, Blu-Ray. If for whatever reason, you can't, don't feel bad, because it isn't that big of a deal.
Any overrated ad in your neighborhood Target or Wall-Mart will tell you how amazing Blu-Ray players are. How much they enhance the quality of your movie experience. How distinct an improvement they are from those outdated regular DVDs scattered all over your house. How much you can do with all of the new features.
Let’s begin with Gilbert’s Law of Classroom Inequality: whoever holds the gradebook is always right. It doesn’t matter whether or not that statement is true. It matters that your teachers control your grades, and you don’t.
To argue a point of grammar or punctuation, your only successful defense is The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage. Fowler is the absolute force of authority. He’s like The Shadow; he knows. No one with any sense argues with Fowler...
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