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Freedom of Speech – USA- Really??? Pt 4

Who I Am  by  Chris Ritchey

Who I Am by Chris Ritchey

PART ONE Would I defend your right to have a differing opinion?


One man’s Cricket


Community Standards

Here we are back to the beginning and the “perception” that one has the right to share an opinion. The right to opine something that doesn’t sit well with a vocal majority- especially here in Lorain it seems. I have been around this block too many times to go on . Who is Watching the Watcher
( circa 2002)
You can read a lot here in back posts. I am not going to chew the cud twice,


cole Ah this blog- it’s very name- THAT WOMAN , the monika given to me by, the now deceased Morning Journal Editor, John Cole. He took issue with me because I disagreed and he front paged “me” home address and all — using his newspaper’s clout when I “dared” come out against the big four - Foltin- Prudoff- Veard – and Cole when they wanted to put “condos” in what is known as Veterans Park- Lorain’s public green space since 1807-

I wonder what would have happened had those condos been built ? More section 8 housing downtown perhaps. Don’t scoff – Section 8 or now under the new more acceptable nicey nice name Housing Choice ( Vouchers) is very, very big business in Lorain and especially in the 44052!

For instance according to Ms. Carter of the LMHA

“housing choice vouchers alone pump 1.4 MILLION A MONTH
into Lorain County but The City of Lorain gets 64% of that money EVERY MONTH or approximately $900,000.00 PER MONTH COMES INTO THE CITY OF LORAIN-!!!

How about that BIG Business for you - lucrative one would say and that is just the “private” landlords and LLC’s .

Vouchers Per Zip Code
Amherst 44001 1.1%
Avon 44011 4.0%
Avon Lake 44012 0.6%
Col Station 44028 0.1%
Elyria 44035 23.2%
N Ridgeville 44039 1.1%
Grafton 44044 0.2%
LaGrange 44050 0.3%
Lorain 44052 32.5%
Lorain 44053 10.4%
Lorain 44055 21.3%
Sheffield 44054 1.5%
Oberlin 44074 1.5%
Vermilion 44089 1.3%
Wellington 44090 0.9%

but The City of Lorain gets 64% of that money EVERY MONTH or approximately $900,000.00 PER MONTH COMES INTO THE CITY OF LORAIN-!!!
How about that? BIG Business at work for you – lucrative one would say and that is just the “private” landlords and LLC’s

If you look at the stats for the 44052- those landlords , property owners LLC etc are receiving the MOST of all the zip codes in the county. This 44052 zip code is receiving MORE than the WHOLE CITY OF ELYRIA. By my math 3.5 MILLION a year just from one agency. But at least LMHA have “building codes ” and hopefully enforce them , Of course then there are other rentals!

You remember THIS area is where the Intelligencer ( members of the Downtown Consortium) want to promote , where the standards of the community are set, the seat of City Government , the “BUSINESS District” of Social Service Agencies, the historic district, the waterfront entertainment district, the 44052 the one place the city can expand and develop within its borders.

BUT far be it from me to point out any concerns about housing, the terrible building stock,
joshes sign
the number of RSO , parolees, the crime stats and wanting those with expendable income be part of the foot traffic. As legitimate, as I believe as those concerns are I would be pilloried as a nay-sayer and fly in the eye of the rose-colored visionaries. Because you see that is what happens ( and I have documented it for years!)
Back to Rover Fest!!!. I have no problem with a community setting its own standards, even if that bar is set lower than my “personal preference – vocal majority rules.

When Alex Olejko was in office, his administration brought in an ordinance with regard to obscenity. There was a bruhaha at the time, as I recall- I guess people were not so intimidated as to speaking out back then- that was of course before the “screen name only comments” in the media and internet blossomed into being and the 4th estate was supposed to be balanced .
I wonder is this ordinance still in effect? Was it amended by the electors for the events at Black River Landing as the Lorain Port Authority Board deleted their definition of obscenity for the event? It had to have been because there was all of that and more at the event and the enforcers of the laws were in attendance. – see videos Part three

or Google RoverFest 2014.

If I recall correctly , at the time it was decreed by the legal eagles – obscenity was to be determined by the standards of each individual community - hence the NEW standards – brought to you by local business consortium , the Lorain Port Authority and the City of Lorain. and I certainly didn’t see any of the “religious fraternity” objecting.

Objecting??? AKA the naysayers HUH?? you see even IF anyone had wanted to OBJECT to the event and NAY SAYED they were cleverly not given a chanceThe date the contract with the Lorain Port Authority was signed was APRIL- 2nd 2014. The official announcement JUNE 2nd. 2014

Now forgive me for speaking my thoughts, but how could ANYONE say NAY or stop or express concerns as to the “caliber and tone” of this event or the lowering the bar of community standards - IT WAS ALREADY A DONE DEAL!!! THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR A DIFFERING OPINION.. no one could say NAY!! ( I believe that is called in cricket “well-played gentlemen “) ( for those in doubt – sarcasm)

But this silly old woman, the neighborhood organization and neighbors had , what we believed, were legitimate concerns. Under our letter head we ‘BEFORE THE EVENT” WANTED TO EXPRESS THOSE CONCERNS TO OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN GOVERNMENT- THE TAX PAYER FUNDED LORAIN PORT AUTHORITY ( where the event was being staged ) and the LORAIN POLICE DEPT. Both CVSI letters found here :
First Letter -
CVSI RoverFest request
Follow Up Letter
CVSI Formal request Rover Fest 2014 follow up

Now do forgive me, I always thought, and in fact had to learn to get my US citizenship – it was not only my right by also my duty to contact the representatives of government with any concerns. It is the right to be heard and to speak without fear

“The right to petition is fundamental in a Republic, such as the United States, as a means of protecting public participation in government.”

Our right of concern was seen as a threat and being one of the dreaded naysayers in the media comments as well as the “movers and shakers” of Lorain and by a puffed up potentate of the airways. Who also confused me with another who was voicing concerns- we ( I ) was taken down the “rover road” on the airways). I didn’t listen and didn’t care what was being said about me personally, but I do take issue when the organization that has worked to do something to add to this community was ridiculed and denigrated. There are “closet rover listeners”- and my phone would ring – he said this about you yada yada yada
When one city official was told that I was getting a little fed up with the blame game said “ well she shouldn’t have taken on the Howard Stern of Cleveland”

OH puuuuuuuuuulease !!! I have crossed words with 8 administrations and city councils , Congress , mayors outside Lorain , Senators , editors even the BBC in my time – I could care less about a radio show, with the format of bathroom humour, less comical, than a five year old just discovering he is a male.

City  of Lorain

ED NOTE: I would be remiss in not thanking the LPD and the City of Lorain who did follow through with the concerns we had with regard to the parking by Eric Barnes Heroes Walk and there were absolutely NO PROBLEMS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD OR AT THE SITE. WHICH WAS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN!!!!!

You would think that was the end of it- ah! no the chest beating began and still continues this morning . The editorials lauding the new success of enterprise. All well and good except, once again anyone who had pointed anything of a concern to them was now the subject of nahnana nah and the nay sayer labeling !

I watched , I listened as at least one person( of the 4 that I know of who voiced their thoughts under their own name) , that person, went ‘against the shock jock” using his own colorful language (deemed acceptable in Lorain now) and terminology and under their own name had ,their place of employment sought out – the fact he had a radio show and the implied threat of using the airways to his advantage against a lone citizen , in agreement or not went against the grain.
freesppech collage

Everyone has a right to their opinion in my world, even Shane French . Why should I get back involved in the muck and mire of having an opinion defending the right of those in apparently the minority of Lorain? Did I really want to get back into the fray- ( Part One) NO!

But as I watched the bully beat of on going editorials, letters to the editor been there before , media and facebook comments -my son’s words kept playing over and over in my head .. KNOWING NOTHING I WOULD SAY WOULD CHANGE A DAMNED THING . Why should I ? Because as one person’s opinion is silenced by the weapons of embarrassment, and ridicule- 10 others look and learn the lesson and walk away- and that my friends is the insidious beginning of the death of free speech!

August 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm 15 comments

Kinks- All In a Name- A Carta and Constitution- A Trojan Horse part four


Part one

Part Two

Part Three

It was very lonely here in Lorain, although I did meet friends through the Canadian Legion, one especially has been my friend for 40 years and has put up with me and supported me even in those early days. I have met some wonderful “hyphenated- American Lorainites and some who are the very dregs of their respective hyphenated culture .

So here I was at a loss – when I realized I did share something in common with Lorain- THE NAME -MY NAME (which was also spelled incorrectly Loraine as opposed to Lorraine, both named after the area in France.)

My focus then became Lorain and for decades I tried to promote Lorain ( my new home – the home and birthplace of my children) whilst trying to keep what was the best of being English and or British.

King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta. A detail from the bronze doors of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C. Credit: Image courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta
King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta. A detail from the bronze doors of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C.
Credit: Image courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr Cameron recently pronounced the values of the British when dealing with the Trojan Horse Scandal and the 800 anniversary of the Magna Carta ( upon which the US Constitution is based)

Mr Cameron, British Prime Minister said “British values” included: “A belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law.”

Birmingham Mail
Photo Source

Unfortunately, England is now having to deal with a diversified culture and “hyphenation ” as to different values and the taking over of England by “immigrants” who have stamped their culture full square on their “new home country” – Very few have followed the creed “the when in Rome” and to assimilate into a very British way of life and using the “free to be me and let it be” values of England.

The Trojan Horse Scandal

Operation Trojan Horse was an organized attempt by Islamists to co-opt schools in England and run them according to their beliefs and ideals.[1][2][3] The name, based on the Ancient Greek legend, came from a leaked letter of questionable authenticity discovered in March 2014, alleged to be from Islamists in Birmingham, detailing how to wrest control of a school and speculating about expanding the scheme to other cities. Around a month later, Birmingham City Council said that it had received “hundreds” of allegations of school takeover plots, similar to those illustrated in the letter, some dating back over 20 years. Tahir Alam, the chairman of the Park View Educational Trust which runs six schools in Birmingham, was found to have written a 72-page document for the Muslim Council of Britain in 2007 detailing a blueprint for the “Islamisation” of secular state schools.

The alleged Islamic extremism seen in the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal in schools in Birmingham is the same as that practised by Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist network,

Tony Blair has said.
The Trojan Horse ‘plot’ to bring hardline practices into Birmingham classrooms is part of a global extremist movement stretching from Britain to Africa to the Far East, the former Prime Minister claimed.
Six Birmingham schools are in special measures after the education watchdog found they had fallen into the hands of bullying governors who had sought to narrow the curriculum and exclude non-Muslim pupils.

Look in the classrooms of the new “free” state-funded primary schools, for example, and you will find a higher proportion of pupils come from an Asian background (35%) than a white British heritage (32%)……………

Reading the EFA review, it appears almost that the Muslim ethos of a school is evidence of “extremism”. The loudspeakers which broadcast the call to prayer, the fact that 80% of girls were wearing white headscarves, the school fundraiser for Syria – even though these were not necessarily a cause for concern in themselves, they were listed under a heading that suggested the Park View Trust schools were not doing enough to promote community cohesion.

It is vital that we make this distinction between religion on the one hand, and political ideology on the other. Time and again, people equate the two,”

Worrying to the British government is the number of ” British Muslims” who are now becoming “home grown terrorists”

A lethal new class of British jihadi: Second fanatic in ISIS recruitment video went to same Cardiff college as the first and once dreamed of becoming prime minister. Now he says: ‘Muslims who don’t join us will die a painful death’

Read more:


June 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm 2 comments

Chandra – Cha-chinging away- County Coffers and how it is done

Part One

A Murder of Crows

or The Story of the Cash Cow of the County
chandra cowres

ATTENTION! Fellow taxpayer, you who are busy trying to earn a few sheckles in this rust belt of an economy , you who did your civic duty and voted in Judges and Commissioners and trusted them to “do due diligence” to the task appointed by your vote. We are seeing our hard-earned money spent on “attorneys” because the Judicial System and the ( County) Executive Branch cannot communicate.

The Court of Common Pleas, the only trial court created by the Ohio Constitution, is established by Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution, and its duties are outlined in Article IV, Section 4.
Missing: mission ‎statement

with the Administrative ( Executive Branch) Lorain County Board of Commissioners ( whose mission statement also couldn’t be found as it kept coming up “error”.)

Not a good sign fellow taxpayers… Mission Impossible...

So let us see how this works- we are of course seeing our money go out of the county to Cuyahoga and to Subodh Chandra- Chandra has benefitted from the Lorain City and Lorain County squabbles big time-


We ,the taxpayers, have poured money into his pockets. The Commissioners helped Mark Stewart to get the situation out of common sense and into to Chandra CENTS.

But hey! Chandra persevered and finally The city of Lorain caved. Of course the poor old city taxpayers were hamstrung you see our Cuyahoga attorney Anthony Calabrese was involved in another aspect of the judicial system.

Calabrese’s former law firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease agreed to pay a $3 million settlement to the city of Lorain, which had employed Calabrese and the firm during the years of corrupt activity. The Lorain City Council on Monday approved the deal, contained in a 10-page ordinance titled “settlement and mutual release agreement.”
The agreement “will be a great benefit to the city,” the ordinance read, “and the delay of lengthy litigation resolved amicably without delay to the benefit of the city of Lorain.”The $3 million will be made in two equal payments due Dec. 20 and Jan. 10, according to terms of the settlement.

We did get some of our money back with a settlement ( figured out by other attorneys and paying them a fee) so all was not lost – just reputations smeared, spin, hard feelings and confusion still reigns as to the CRA.
But Chandra is on course for the race to who will give in first. His methodology is quite simple -

One he uses his contacts in the Plain Dealer and Cleveland news outlets to tell the tale-

The headlines cause shock and awe – he then will use those same slanted until they tip over ” news” stories as part of his arguments in court.


That is what he does, and it has started - in fact the TAXPAYER is taken to task in the first volley found here:

Lorain County’s worst public building is no place for probation officers: “Hey, Taxpayer!” with Mark Naymik

I was unable to access parts of the building documented by a photographer hired by Chandra.

and to further add insult to injury

It’s hard to believe spending a quarter of million dollars will produce a cost-effective, long-term solution in a building that needs so much. Taxpayers deserve a better option.

errr excuse me Mark – we, the taxpayer, aren’t given any options – we just cough up the money and choke…… and according to Channel 3 we, the taxpayer, keep a filthy house, errrrrr last time I looked we paid for maintenance and janitors- what happened??? But great spin Chandra we got our monies worth on that one!

The county house of filth

CHANDRA Two – Chandra , apart from the media relations- will bombard the opposite number with huge paperwork requests ( all costed out to the case) Take note this time around county officials

“Because the county too- seemingly only keep records of monies paid to Chandra and Co- not the driving to and from meetings ( although Chandra does – he counts it in his invoices to us -the taxpayer- ( through the real estate account in the County coffers- He counts his hours and what it costs for him and what it cost for his assistant.) but apparently county government doesn’t. So I guess to get a true accounting of what it is costing I should ask Chandra he may have a better idea”


Now fellow combatants, since we will be paying for Cha- Ching Chandra and the opposing counsel, one would only hope the Commissioners find an attorney ( not of the character of Calabrese) who can take on Chandra.


Therefore , if that law firm is any good this could go well past a million dollar mark, wonder if they have media contacts they can use. Maybe the taxpayer could sell tickets to this Comedy of Errors and recoup some of the money spent by our “employees“.

So , the upshot is no matter how this turns out – we the taxpayer lose and the only thing we can do is remember how much those that started the Chandra Ball rolling as they fired the first “legal” salvo and spent the first dime of our money – at election time -



NOTE: And whilst I am telling it to the Judge- Please judges – try to refrain from those probation sentences , help ease the workload for the probation department and maybe I wouldn’t have 82 in my neighborhood and 270 in the county!

June 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm 10 comments

George Schneider – Devalued Lorain???

Schneider George 011813The Chronicle Telegram by Lisa Roberson

Schneider, public records say, wants the city to give him more time to make repairs.
Schneider’s first step in making the request came in the form of an appeal to the Board of Building Standards within weeks of city officials tacking a condemnation notice on the front door.
In a response filed by Schneider’s attorney Brent English that aimed to address the 44 violations the city Building Department put forth as proof the building needed to be condemned, English said Schneider “would not to just sit by and let his house go.”
“We are determined to ensure this will not happen,” he wrote in the seven-page letter to city officials, which was dated June 27.

has Georgy featured yet again as
last week the City of Elyria came to an agreement with George and his attorney Brett English ( remember them?????

Lisa Roberson

ELYRIA — The city Law Department has settled a long legal battle with businessman and property owner George Schneider
He’s the reason why Elyria decided it needed to create a Demolition Board of Appeals. He’s the landlord tagged with having received the most code violations from the city of Lorain’s Nuisance Inspection Task Force in its first year. County auditor records from 2013 peg him as the owner of 169 properties countywide.
With the settlement Schneider agrees to make needed repairs to eight Elyria homes and, in exchange, the city will halt its actions to legally force their demolition. Law Director Scott Serazin said the agreement gives the city four important things.
“Work will start immediately. He must use licensed tradespeople. We can get into any of the properties with a 48-hour notice, and we don’t have to send certified mail to multiple addresses to prove service,” Serazin said. “For Schneider, the money he would spend on legal fees and litigation can now be put into his properties.”
The agreement does not stop the city from going after other properties owned by Schneider if enforcement action is needed.

Actually, George has many more than the 169 under his own name as of last year ( and we do know figures have changed since then )


GEORGE SCHNEIDER = (Under his own name) = 164
G AND S PROPERTIES = (INCLUDING Jay Metals 1965 E 28th) 3

Also a
GEORGE (misspelled ) SCHNEIDER= 6
Also affiliated with

Also affiliated with

FGSK PROPERTIES (inc Gustav AND Anna Krause) = 19

In fact, George lost a duplex over the weekend this one

1783 30th
1783 E 30th

George, again was featured in the Chronicle article just 5 days later by Evan Goodenow

The second fire was called in at 11:50 p.m. at a vacant two-story wood-frame duplex at 1781-1783 E. 30th St., between Clinton and Pearl avenues. Firefighters still were at Douglas Court, so Livchak said Amherst, Elyria and Sheffield Township firefighters assisted.

Firefighters found heavy fire coming from the rear of 1783 E. 30th and extinguished the fire at 1:29 a.m. Livchak said the blaze was an arson and caused about $30,000 in structural damage. Livchak said an arson also occurred at 1783 E. 30th in September.
The property is owned by landlord George Schneider, according to the Lorain County Auditor’s website. Schneider had the most code violations cited by the Lorain’s Department of Building, Housing and Planning in 2012-13

Well don’t feel too badly for George – Georgy isn’t out of pocket by much as one of the enablers( in my humble opinion) to his property habit – Deutsche Bank only charged him $5,500 ( devaluing the property from the year previously when they were grantor by $44,500-George apparently got a deal because just two years prior to his purchase of $5,500 it sold for $70,000 so discounted 64,500 in two years- Not too shabby George !

It cost the City of Lorain Fire Department, in time, machinery, personnel and danger to life and limb, not to mention putting other properties at risk a great deal more than your purchase price a couple of times over -I am sure -to respond to the number of your “property” fires.

One has to ask after the first fire was anything done to secure that property after previous fires

by Rick Payerchin

In August 2013 firefighters went to the same home for a kitchen fire in the 1783 side of the building, Livchak said.
A month later, the 1781 side was occupied and there was a suspicious fire in the 1783 side, he said. It appeared the home might have been vacant since then because of damage from the second fire.
The building had an estimated value of $30,000 and was considered a total loss, Livchak said. The fire department called for a demolition crew to knock down the remaining structure

Oh George! do you have insurance because if you do it seems you have made a profit – $5,500 purchase and loss $30,000 .

conveyance 1783

George and Deutsche Bank had more dealings on E 30th Street with George in 2007

1624 E 30th – $8,990

1628 E 30th – $7,500.
1632 E 30th – $14,500

At least Deutsche Bank wasn’t involved in this property devaluation on 1730 E 30th going from a high in 2004 of $85,000 to the sale price for George in 2010 of a mere $6,500

conveyance 1730

So there we have the story continues and Lorain devalues……and smoke gets in your eyes……..

May 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm 12 comments

Meddlesome Matty and I Should’ve listened to Nanna

Nanny  HinesThe recent post about my Granddad Hines and World War 1
brought to the surface other memories , of my Nanny Hines ( his wife and my Nanna) tucking me into her lovely feather bed as she told me stories of my mum as a little girl, spoke of poems and sang the songs of my childhood. .

One particular poem, she would say was just for me – Meddlesome Matty. I was the “curious grandchild” the one who seemed to always be in the thick of any event from apple scrumping, climbing over the high walls that were covered in broken glass- set into the top to keep out the villians, in the middle of any altercation-

a lonely little petunia in a onion patch

my dad used to say. The trouble was I always wanted to see why I was being kept out! or what was going on. This little girl was always with her boy cousins getting into mischief, being the one who would be first to crawl through the boarded up doors of bombed out buildings – and the excuse

” I just wanted to see”

I have a strong feeling Braedyn has inherited the trait.

No! I didn’t get into Mummy’s lipstick!! WHO ME????
braedyn makeupres

Meddlesome Matty was recited often as a “lesson” to me as was

The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith.

The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith.

There was a little girl
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807–1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

Meddlesome Matty_NEW

One ugly trick has often spoil’d
The sweetest and the best;
Matilda, though a pleasant child,
One ugly trick possess’d,
Which, like a cloud before the skies,
Hid all her better qualities.

Sometimes she’d lift the tea-pot lid,
To peep at what was in it,
Or tilt the kettle, if you did
But turn your back a minute.
In vain you told her not to touch,
Her trick of meddling grew so much.

Her grandmamma went out one day,
And by mistake she laid
Her spectacles and snuff-box gay
Too near the little maid;
“Ah! well,” thought she, “I’ll try them on,
As soon as grandmamma is gone. ”

Forthwith she placed upon her nose
The glasses large and wide;
And looking round, as I suppose,
The snuff-box too she spied:
“Oh! what a pretty box is that;
I’ll open it,” said little Matt.

“I know that grandmamma would say,
‘Don’t meddle with it, dear;’
But then, she’s far enough away,
And no one else is near:
Besides, what can there be amiss
In opening such a box as this? “

So thumb and finger went to work
To move the stubborn lid,
And presently a mighty jerk
The mighty mischief did;
For all at once, ah! woful case,
The snuff came puffing in her face.
( If you wonder what ‘snuff’ is, it is ground up tobacco leaves flavoured with fruit or flowers or spices. People put it up their noses )

Poor eyes, and nose, and mouth, beside
A dismal sight presented;
In vain, as bitterly she cried,
Her folly she repented.
In vain she ran about for ease;
She could do nothing now but sneeze.

She dash’d the spectacles away,
To wipe her tingling eyes,
And as in twenty bits they lay,
Her grandmamma she spies.
“Heyday! and what’s the matter now?”
Says grandmamma, with lifted brow.

Matilda, smarting with the pain,
And tingling still, and sore,
Made many a promise to refrain
From meddling evermore.
And ’tis a fact, as I have heard,
She ever since has kept her word.

Ann Taylor
(30 January 1782 – 20 December 1866 / Colchester, England)

Unfortunately, I made no such promises -

I have been burned by reputation,
sneezed at by the powers that be
on so many occasions,
plowed in where angels feared to tread

I have smarted with the pain of “people”

become dizzy with the spin of government and legalese

And still it seems I haven’t learned the lesson my Nanna tried to teach me – time for Meddlesome Mattie to grow up me thinks before I “snuff” it

For more poems by Ann Taylor

November 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

Away with the Fairies – Living in Lorain

UPDATE: For Paula and Tammy re the plans and studies REMEMBER THIS ONE??????
Lakefront urban development

‘COME FLY AWAY WITH ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Away with the Fairies

Come and lay down in the meadow
Rest your head amongst the flowers

It is probably time for me to just walk away FROM ADVOCACY- wrap myself in my ivy covered walls and let Lorain go- she is no longer good for my blood pressure. Perhaps, due to age and time, I just can’t go on looking at things with rose-coloured glasses as I posted on face book last night – maybe I am done with “data dancing” and studies. and the way “government works ( or doesn’t )….I no longer have the time left to wait for the results of government- not this Loraine or that Lorain.

the law

I have just returned home from the Buildings and Lands committee meeting at city hall… I am bemused, disgusted, and totally fed up with the way this city and government postulates and procrastinate and uses studies as tools and YET for all their talk my icon house which was featured in the study was used as an example of the problem – trouble is this vacant house has been a problem and complaint driven to these same Lorain city government agencies for 40 YEARS!!!!! Lorain has no teeth in her building codes or enforcement but they talk a good game – give me strength it is like living with the fairies in this community!

Should you care to see the lack of teeth in our building codes and enforcement in Lorain here they are . I wrote series about our “enforcement” or lack thereof !

So what got me in a tizz- wozz last night? You would think the report from Thriving Communities Institute of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy- Sarah Ryzner, the institute’s director of projects, and Paul Boehnlein, GIS and conservation planning specialist as summarized by Rick Payerchin of the Morning Journal would have been something to smile about. You would be wrong !

We sat in the audience listening to the self- congratulatory twaddle that always comes with these “study projects”. We sat for 40 minutes whilst we learned about how the process went ,pregnancy and yellow T-shirts included, although quite frankly it should have taken no more than 10 minutes- but that too is par for the course.

study  heads

And then the numbers!
Oh we aren’t so bad off at all with our housing stock as we were treated to examples of home gradings of A through F.

As I looked at the photos of what this group considered a “B” home I choked- the C caused me even more discomfort but the F example was my “icon home

Yes! the one that I have complained about on three different blogs for many years and to whom I have spent 30 of the 40 years it has now been standing EMPTY and open to the elements complaining ( and this IS a complaint driven process here in Lorain) through the BUILDING DEPT. Nothing happened with in 30 years of complaints but of course if you read the links of what the Building Dept. can and can’t do and taking into account the loop holes found by our illustrious slum lords ( oops can’t call them that now after this report, you see those homes are apparently B and C) well don’t hold you breath.

Complaints made to administrations that come and go , through Community Development, through representatives on city council , anyone who was PAID to listen and deal with these problems . Still the house on the corner of 4th and Hamilton stands as derelict and disgraceful as she has been for decades.

2th and Hamiton
Yes! here was that house - bold as brass up on the screen- part of YET ANOTHER study . A study and report that I find decidedly lacking .

I would like to know the experience and knowledge as to the people conducting the study as to their expertise in Lorain’s building code violations, their architectural background as they stood on the sidewalk determining their A, B, C’s . The bar they set was so LOW as to what was an A, B, of C home was to me just another “Data Dancing” report to get the money to pay the piper.

data dancingcol
So what ? These studies/reports are just another tool governments use is done all the time, nobody reads these things anyway – it is just used to show the whomever is doling out the dollars they have documentation. Oh look! we have included data in our quest for tax payer dollars.
Everyone on the administrative staff and council knew the “protocol” as did we.

That is fine only please don’t insult the intelligence of those of us who live here, who deal with those B and C homes with such a report.


WE have to identify the problems to fix them . BUT!!!! I can only stomach so much clap trap and I am full to overflowing.

I said my piece at the microphone, which included my differing opinion with the way the homes in this community are graded by this particular “study” and data, because quite frankly I have dealt with the “vermin” in some of those very homes B and C. I wonder the grading curve , was Lorain’s housing stock compared to Youngstown, East Cleveland certainly not Lakewood as their D even F houses would fit in the A category for Lorain according to the photos presented.

So what good my rant? It amounts to nothing, it won’t change a thing in the way government works, dollars are dished out , data is danced and Lorain continues, just as ranting about a house on the corner of 4th and Hamilton has done NOTHING we continue…….. . Oh the house will come down one way or another , either by its own volition or the system will “FINALLY” work but even as we speak this B and C homes so “nicely” portrayed are deteriorating with each rain drop , each broken window, each missing downspout, each building permit NOT USED or code enforced, each STUDY!!! My data doesn’t dance it screams …….

The only positive thing I took away from the meeting at least the City of Lorain didn’t pay for the study that was Nordson………….

Away  With  the Fairies by  Richard Adams

Away With the Fairies by Richard Adams

November 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm 19 comments

(N)on Quixote- Tired of Tilting at Windmills

It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth.” ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

I have come to a point where I am tired of tilting at windmills.How often has one naively thought-

if people know about this they will react- and the situation ( whatever it is) will change………

. Have you thought that ever and have you walked away shaking your head because you have come to the realization that on the whole people just don’t care, don’t want to be involved….let someone else do it……. or they have tilted at too many of their own windmills.
It is difficult to rouse one’s passion when one is in the limbo of apathy.
United States and the Government Shutdown
The leaders of -arguably- the once most powerful country and form of democratic government in the world “shutting it down” – what message is that sending to the great unwashed and her enemies… won’t have to send weapons of destruction to their borders they are killing themselves laughing !

B 40's
Closer to home – whilst working on a booklet for those unfamiliar with this neighborhood and her treasures I realized, looking at a previous booklet, the architectural treasures held to high esteem were now for the most part decaying lumps.
Case in point – The Broadway Building where we once touted her glory are we really going to direct people to come and visit her now….. HistoriBB

I then realized the “book” would have to be rewritten ……. maybe as a POET and not a historian………

And as for Poetic License , the headline in the Morning Journal two days ago “poetic license or revisionist history”?
Fifth annual Light Up Lorain ready to roll Nov. 30By Ron Vidika, The Morning Journal
the article follows:



For the “historians among us this is not accurate ‘LIGHT UP LORAIN” as christened by Gary Fischer in 1996 has been an ongoing event since 1996. Not a big deal??? well it is to me – and I stated as much to the committee when they touted it as the “1st annual, and the 3rd annual my latest non poetic email to the powers that be. You see this windmill keeps on a turning no matter how I tilt so “Preservation of history ON the “NET”

Photo Mark Teleha

Photo Mark Teleha

I am sorry but the history of Light Up Lorain ( named actually by Gary Fischer) goes back to 1996 and has been a continuous event since then. The Mayor at the time was Mr. Kozuria and it was with his administration’s help and the then Mainstreetlorain organization the decorations were purchased that organization ( Now Lorain Growth) went into debt for those decorations !

As I have mentioned before by saying this is its 5th year does a disservice to those that volunteered during those years volunteers at the time and for the next decade of hard work- revisionist history

This did not start 5 years ago as I keep reading in the publicity! under Krasienko…. It was an event even under the Foltin administration( he actually paid for the fireworks out of the Parks and Pools account at least twice to my knowledge when I was Mainstreetlorain (Volunteer) Director) , and Rey{Carrion} I have given you all the history on more than one occasion .Please tell your publicity committee to correct their records .

I, being one of the people ( and whose organization Charleston Village Society were the original 501C3 for the donations want this corrected) I am annoyed that even after this has been pointed out on more than one occasion to your committees we are still having erroneous publicity as per the Morning Journal today. .

Back in 1996 the committee raised over 40 thousand dollars and went into debt for $20,000 for that first Light Up Lorain and the decorations from Oberlin Avenue along Broadway to the Old St. Joes hospital.

The hard work of Mary Smith, Dick Gionopki ( sp) Scott Beyers, Joel Kruek, Rich Robbin, Gary , Al Kirchner, Palace Theatre staff, Vivian Alexander etc. should not be dismissed….. the who is who of organizations filling the Spitzer Hotel to put together and string lights, the efforts of the grocery stores with baked goods, hot chocolate provide by the hotel as well as Alan Spitzer footing the bill for the fireworks in those early events. and those companies and individuals who footed the bill for those original $60,000 dollars worth of a decorations do not deserve to have their ideas and hard work negated. .

And it was Gary’s idea way back then to have fireworks. and he was the MC even then.

The committees may have changed and other decorations added but the parade, the Veterans Park entertainment and the throwing of the switch by the Mayor ( even in 1996 was the same ( and Gary built the first switch.) for the fireworks, and Tony Giardini was the driving force behind the decoration as well as the person that came up with the original concept and the date the Saturday after Thanksgiving who spearheaded the concept and event. Now I don’t suppose any of the above mentioned people want any kudos for their effort but the facts are this is NOT the 5th annual Light Up Lorain it is 17th annual Light Up Lorain-

Rey, I mentioned before this was irksome to me that by the “now committee” claiming to have come up with this concept in past 3 -4 and now 5 years negates the history of the event and the efforts of those that worked very hard for a great number of years to bring this event when they touted it as the 1st 2nd “3rd , 4th and now 5th annual” Light Up Lorain-

I would like the record put straight for once and for all with the outgoing publicity Thank you Loraine Ritchey

falling wm
AKA ATTACKER OF WINDMILLS …..for all the good it does….

October 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm 11 comments

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