Morning Journal Lorain, The Punishing Press- Part two

April 14, 2020 at 11:24 am 8 comments

Part One : https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2020/04/13/morning-journal-lorain-the-punishing-press/

This series stems from the fact a reporter from the Morning Journal, Lorain Ohio  in my  opinion got his knickers in a twist because  Council Woman at Large Mary  Springowski  shared a full article on facebook ( but  with  the who  what and where it was published) . Happens all the time but Kevin Martin took issue .. went to  twitter etc  ( operative word here TWIT) and one thing led to  another. We will get back  to  Kevin Martin at the end of this series. He has not been alone in the pseudo  bullying behavior over the years by the Morning Journal  publication from the publishers to  the editors.

However, I  bet a lot of people from Lorain have no  idea just what the meddling in Lorain has cost in dollars and cents.

 

ED NOTE : after the expenses were heading upwards of $100,000 dollars the monies were rolled over into a bond (see below) but before that happened I had started to make public records requests and here is the spread sheet from the City of Lorain Auditor at the time for the initial expenses incurred:

Casino Expenses

Hang on the ride continues. Since John Cole, former Editor,  is now deceased he can not rebut my  post but he had that opportunity  more than once when he was alive and  certainly took advantage of his position to  make my  life “interesting” . I will at the end of this series of course give the Morning Journal their unedited say on this blog!

2004

John Cole , Editor of the Morning Journal and then Mayor Craig Foltin put on a great dog and pony  show, dangling the casino  carrot to  the desperate population of Lorain. It was touted as a cure all for all our economic troubles. My  standing up  to  Cole re the Shawnee fiasco  didn’t do  me any favors and I was in danger along with  Anne Molnar  ( Lorain City  Councilwoman. now deceased , the only  city  council person who  took issue with  the Shawnee ) of being “squashed “.

The following is from the article Condos for Cole which  we will explore tomorrow!! Unfortunately  the links imbedded in these articles  have disappeared as has the original WoM Blog .

 

“It seems this town has a lot to thank Mr. Cole for in recent months. August 1st 2004 the editorial which pointed Lorain in the direction of the Eastern Shawnee. Starting off a firestorm of wheeling, dealing, controversy and spending of taxpayer’s money. The fact that National Capital One (in whose direction we were pointed) and Terry Casey, spokesperson for National Capital One who had a less than a sterling reputation was never mentioned in the editorial.

In fact although Dayton, Cleveland newspapers carried the story of Casey’s “faux paux” I could never find mention of that fact in any of Cole’s Editorials. The fact that National Capital One has pleaded guilty to securities fraud has not had any mention in any editorial I have seen since. And oh yes! the very person to whom Cole’s ability to “squash” was touted was that same Terry Casey in the infamous e-mail from Mayor Foltin: Also  Terry  Casey:

http://www.casinocitytimes.com/news/article/ohio-group-responds-to-tribal-casino-plans-148588

Plain Dealer 2005:

Repeatedly, Casey stressed that the Lorain plans had to remain secret. Foltin agreed but urged Casey to consider adding one person to the inner circle: John Cole, longtime editor of the local newspaper  [Morning Journal]

ED NOTE: This article is no  longer on line BUT you  can access it here as I  saved it : This article was in the Plain Dealer

Lorain mayor’s gamble paid off with casino deal

Talks with tribe kept secret from city officials, voters

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Molly Kavanaugh and Tom Breckenridge

Foltin Cole and Casino

 

Re: 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 nay-saying and ensure broad community support.” – Plain Dealer  3/5/05

Now in 2007  I  archived after another series of Cole’s decision making for Lorain for my  records.   The  Shawnee fiasco  the hundred  thousand of dollars wasted   and my  take on Mr. Cole . Needless to  say  he wasn’t happy  with  me . And the  citizens of Lorain shouldn’t have been happy  with  him, we were led down a very  expensive garden path and I  for one didn’t not like being threatened with  being “squashed ” by  him….

https://thbarchive.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/october-15th-2007-cole-and-foltin/

COLE-fuc-*-us say :
Apologies to Confucius

Since they don’t put the comics on line TP ( or That Paper) I always get a bit of laugh reading Mr. Cole’s take on life and so since we know that on August 1st 2004 Johnny Boy’s editorial sent Foltin charging off to the Shawnee and Terry Casey – his latest writings -especially this paragraph caused the bile to move up and out of the stomach and nearly choke THAT Woman!

The second throw of the dice for Lorain was Craig Foltin’s pillow talk with the Eastern Shawnee Indians. Predicated on dubious legal claims and if-you-say-so financial, planning and managerial expertise, the treaty was signed, the chief and the mayor blew a lot of smoke in the air and, before you knew it, Lorainites woke up one morning blood brothers to Tecumseh. It was a lot of fun if nothing else. John Cole 

OH Johnny Boy! here I go again “nay saying” waiting to incur the wrath of the mighty King Cole! NO FUN for the tax payer -over $100,000 wasted by my calculations thanks to you supplying the bed for the pillow talk. And after a great deal of reasoning why we should jump in bed with your “slot sluts” you end up saying:

It’s time again for Lorain to jump into the casino game.

For your FUN peoples lives were disrupted and bunch of lemmings got on the casino tour bus 

following General Foltin to the Battle of the Little Big Bucks – A town divided , people in other parts of Ohio having their property compromised. I could go on – YOU SIR ! HAVE A PECULIAR IDEA OF FUN?

It seems a lot of the FEES were apparently rolled over into “a Bond” What Bond would that be I wonder? Could it be the Bond for the Jail?

The legal bill from Anthony Calabrese and the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease was rolled into a bond sale .

ED NOTE Anthony  Calabrese  was jailed for his part in another scheme according to  the FBI press release:

Anthony O. Calabrese, III was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay more than $200,000 for his role in a series of bribery schemes involving Jimmy Dimora, Frank Russo, J. Kevin Kelley, and others uncovered as part of the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation, federal law enforcement officials said.

Remember the “Jail that never was Bond“ Johnny Boy ? The Plain Dealer had an editorial on that subject .

Lorain, the largest city in Lorain County, has no jail. Its police send their criminal suspects to the county’s lockup. Some critics say the city of 68,000 people lacks a jail because Mayor Craig Foltin and Safety Director Craig Miller diverted available money that could have been used to replace the antiquated facility that was closed last year.

They say it was spent on City Hall improvements, downtown lighting, landscaping and the like.
So Johnny Boy the next time you decided to get us in bed together for some pillow talk – cause you good Ole Boys “just wanna have fun” – YOU FOOT THE BILL!!!

ED NOTE: This article among others as I  had felt the ire of the editor in his editorials  and on his  front page did nothing to  calm the savage breast… but no-one was going to  threaten and squash  me not whilst I  could write!!!!!

Continued  Part three 2005-2007

Entry filed under: a Cow -elle opinion, city of lorain, Corporate responsibility, media, notorious opponents of exactitude, writers and writing. Tags: , , , , , , .

Morning Journal Lorain- the Punishing Press? Morning Journal- The Punishing Press- Part 3

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mary Springowski  |  April 14, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Boy, does history repeat itself or what?! This is crazy!

  • 2. thatwoman  |  April 14, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Oh Mary it gets better as the years roll by

  • 3. Robert J. Gargasz  |  April 14, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Anthony O. Calabrese, III was also hired by the Lorain City School Board to work for the Lorain City Schools before his indictment and imprisonment. Ask Foltin about Calabrese’s stellar legal mind and his association and dealings with Sanford Prudoff and/or Anthony B. Giardini. Exactly what were the deals concerning public entities discussed and contemplated by these men?

    Any investigative reporters game for this mission?

  • 4. thatwoman  |  April 14, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Unfortunately Bob I think investigative reporters no longer exist as we would like to think of them… sad state of affairs… the 4th estate is down to 3.5 in most cases …. No-one wants to be the messenger because imho they don’t want to get shot…. says one of the walking wounded 😉

  • 5. Robert J. Gargasz  |  April 15, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Do you know that the County Prosecutor has his own investigative staff?

    We can drain the Lorain County swamp and clean out the corruption.

    See my campaign website: robertgargasz.com

    Keep your spirits up! Change is coming.

    Ethics and honesty will be restored and accountability will be required.

    Sent from my iPhone

    >>

  • 6. thatwoman  |  April 15, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    One can only HOPE the other 4 letter word 🙂

  • 8. Robert J. Gargasz  |  June 18, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Please make this go viral. Express your displeasure.

    Sent from my iPhone

    Begin forwarded message:

    > From: “Robert J. Gargasz” > Date: June 18, 2020 at 8:32:32 AM EDT > To: James Janasko > Subject: Re: parade insurance

    > Shame for not allowing a Parade in Lorain, Ohio on July 4th, 2020 to celebrate the 244th Birthday of America!

    > We deserve to celebrate Our Independence Day and the personal Sovereignty each citizen enjoys!

    The denial of a Liberty and Freedom Parade was a political act that cannot be justified. >  > The Democrats killed the parade by refusing to issue the permit. It took them over a week to issue the denial. Dysfunctional. Sad. Did you all know and agree to this? > > Imagine the sadness of Lorain heroes and war dead. The 244th birthday of this Great Country cannot be celebrated by a parade in Lorain! > > This should be a black eye upon Lorain’s current leadership.

    Voters should remember this anti-Republic behavior.

    Gargasz, Robert J. > >>

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