Mayor George Wickens- Reputation sullied- Lorain

November 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm 9 comments

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newspaper-clip-art-monkey-news-hi It has seemingly become increasingly difficult for those of us in the general popuation to trust those in public office and especially the 4th establishment – the slanted prime talking heads news and so called editors. Editorials that can sway the local populace thinking because editors, especially, are thought to be “above” agendas, educated intelligent, and respected in their position of “power of the press”. They can and do hold sway over the thinking of a community. In this local community , our local paper- Morning Journal– has, on occasion, used that power if not always wisely – too well.

They, tend to denigrate the naysayers in this community on more than one occasion in which I have personally been involved . Morning Journal Editor- John Cole- now deceased ( who named this blog – due to his insistence of calling me “that woman” when we came out against the building of condos that he, Foltin, Prudoff and Veard wanted in Lorains historic greenspace.

The new editor Daryl Tucker of the Morning Journal once again, in relationship to a piece of legislation coming before a council committee tomorrow night, has his “naysay say” editorial …..( I won’t link to the editorial you can find it.)

“However, since the legislation was published Nov. 13, we have heard — and Fowler — rumors from naysayers and those who are stuck in the past that the administration will allow strip clubs downtown
Morning Journal

Oh those terrible naysayers !!!!!!! Also known as those that might have a differing opinion, denigrated to “historically past thinking”.

( Sorry DT so-called forward thinking hasn’t gotten us anything downtown but 60 percent empty dilapidated buildings.

Maybe a look into the past where a community sprang from 40 acres, rebuilt itself after a tornado and try to tap into that “ownership of Lorain” might be worth that look. And remembering the “past” may have stopped the local newly built school facing the difficulties they are experiencing today yup – the past will come back to bite you!
However, I digress. I seem to remember, the previous editor but one, John Cole and “naysayers” and that self-same paper ( “historically the great, great-grandchild of the Evening Herald) which pilloried poor old George Wickens. The offspring paper of that paper Morning Journal and editor John Cole being used by Mayor Foltin– being used to Squash the naysayers ! a devious plot indeed!


John Cole, longtime editor of the local newspaper.
“I feel he should be briefed early (even in the next week or two) with the understanding that we are in very early stages and he will be the first to know if anything happens and when it becomes public,” Foltin wrote Oct. 11 in an e-mail to Casey. “He can personally squash any naysaying and ensure broad community support.”
March 6 2005 Cleveland Plain Dealer

Full article found here
Foltin Cole and Casino

Oh yes the media once again labelling those who dare have an opinion and listening to rumor and innuendo and of course using the “power of the press”

Historically not much has changed since George’s Day in Lorain. He too had his reputation sullied in the press of Lorain . And I will put up once again in fairness his denial since he is now “history”

wickens rebuttal

Apparently one of the cases coming before the newly sworn in Mayor on his docket ( which was taken care of by Miss Pershing ) was of a young girl who had gone deeply into sin and Mayor Wickens claiming as Miss Pershing was no spring chicken” to take on some missionary work for the girl.

*** It looks like the girl in question was Lorain’s version of a prostitute

The docket was in all likelihood a description of what had occurred with the young woman’s “criminal offence”

As Mayor Wickens signed the completed Docket he looked up at Miss Pershing and stated:

“Mida, do you know that such things were more free, society would be in a better condition than it is today”

Miss Pershing expressed surprise at this and the Mayor said

“Well it is a fact”

The next day he spoke of the girl again , saying she got a quarter for staying all night with that man, and said

“half of the church people and preachers are doing the same thing, and they take it that if God justified Abraham , they have the same right……

And this is where George got tangled in the “sexual harassment and obscenity” of the day………

To be continued


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  • 1. aka/mozart  |  November 23, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    LOL….have had my share of the nay sayer name calling…heaven forbid..if one’s opinion differs from the yay sayers…what a hoot. Good job Loraine…you nay sayer you…haha!

  • 2. Dennis Lamont  |  November 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Oh Yes …they will gleefully publish letters to the editor from every screwball on earth but just once call them to task and BAM on goes the label!
    BTW: how long did the empire of young drunks last down in the “flats” ??? they are a fickle group.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Oh the new buzz word for development ….

  • 4. Peter Potamus  |  November 29, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Well, the linkagge you make from “past” to “present” is undeniably sound, Loraine…

    ..the question IS NOW how best to make the Morning Journal Editor “pinch the proverbial loaf” in his boxer shorts in front of everybody.

    …how best to make the Morning Journal Editor “take a dump” faster than a bunch of Lorain County Dairy Farmers at a constipation convention…

    …how best to make the Morning Journal Editor rush out from behind his desk to “cop a squat” on the MJ emblem centered in the carpeting of his office and cause him to successfully “sh*it a [targeted] brick” upon said MJ emblem.

    Just remember the words of Special Guest Star, Jonathan Harris from 1960s TV “Lost in Space”, Loraine; to wit, “Never fear; Smith is here!”

  • 5. Peter Potamus  |  November 29, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Here’s what to do:

    1) Call him up and have him inform ownership that the CEO of the News Herald newspapers is not going to be able to “sign off” on the next year’s “statement of financial position” aka “balance sheet”

    2) Ask for the name of the ACCOUNTING FIRM (or say that you’ll be forced to ascertain it yourself) and state that THOSE ACCOUNTANTS ALSO will not be able to “sign off” on next year’s “statement of financial position” or they’ll be reported to the Ohio State Board of Accountancy for INTENTIONALLY violating GAAP.

    3) Tell the Editor to inform ownership that they are going to be faced with a GARGANTUAN expense of revising/refiling “balance sheets” for prior years which will subject them to lawsuits by their creditors.

    4) Tell the Morning Journal Editor that he is going to have to quit preaching to everybody completely since it is hypocritical of the MJ to preach to others in their editorials while THEY THEMSELVES are engaged in racketeering (which the Editor can confirm for himself by “letting his fingers do the walking” and making ONE SIMPLE PHONE CALL tohis “circulation manager”

    It’ll spare you the expense of buying him a bottle of Haley’s M.O. for Chritmas

  • 6. thatwoman  |  November 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Peter long time since you posted- it is my belief that if things aren’t turned around petty quickly there will only be one newspaper covering this community. Looking into the credentials ( which I have done) I don’t believe the current editor ( especially after seeing him talk) will be the one to do it ….. we will see…

  • 7. Peter Potamus  |  November 30, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Loraine… there will be NO NEWSPAPERS serving anyone other than online, in the grocery stores/markets and bicycle/walk paper routes.

    Chronicle, Plain Dealer, Youngstown Vindicator, Delaware News Journal etc., etc. etc….. all gone

    Chase Ritenaur came from North Olmsted; he can ask Law Director Gardeau. Former Council President Limpert about the Plain Dealer Depot on Lorain Rd near the North Ridgeville border.

    The Circulation Manager of each paper can confirm to their Editors that their newspapers are engaged in “racketeering” and that they cannot survive as what accountants call “a going business concern” without being allowed to CONTINUE in this racketeering.

    …in reading three posts you should be able to adduce THE EXTENT OF their vulnerability and just how easy it is to knock Humpty Dumpty off the wall (just a “poke” needed; not a “shove”)

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