In a span of just nine days around Christmas this year there were four car-jackings at gun point here in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland. In one incident a young woman was shot twice when her car was stolen; it appears she’s going to be okay. The suspect’s age…

Original art by J.E. Hargate

Cleveland is still the poorest big city in the U.S., violent crime is on a rampage and our schools underperform.

Out of control tax abatement and big business subsidies to billionaires cheat our schools, libraries and Metroparks of operating funds, and tony neighborhoods get further gentrified while poor neighborhoods continue…

December 20, 2021

To: Mayor-Elect Justin Bibb and the Bibb Transition Team

From: Cleveland Residents Joan and Arthur Hargate

We were unaware of the Mayor-Elect’s virtual listening sessions on December 13th and 16th and could not attend. …

December 7, 2021

To: City of Cleveland, Board of Zoning Appeals

RE: December 13, 2021 Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) — Calendar №21–152: 11300 Hessler Rd., Calendar №21–173: 1975 Ford Dr. and Calendar №21–174: 1981 Ford Dr.

We, the undersigned Joan and Arthur Hargate are interested property owners and provide…

October 20, 2021

Dear City Councilperson Griffin and County Councilperson Conwell,

RE: The Progressive Field Boondoggle

I am writing to express my concerns about the Progressive Field Deal. My concerns are shared by my family and many people I know who live in the City of Cleveland.

First and foremost…

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Dear Case Western Reserve University Chief of Police Hodge,

With the school year back in progress, I want to thank you for the increased police presence in our area of Little Italy around the intersections of Cornell, Murray Hill and Edgehill Roads. My wife and I have lived on Edgehill…

Now maybe that’s an idea whose time has come.

Although facetious, it does seem to be getting more traction as a meme on the Internet, and the rich have been annoyingly arrogant in recent memory, wouldn’t you agree? I mean, come on: a billionaire space race just for fun? Seriously?

Arthur Hargate

Arthur Hargate is retired after a 40-year management career in the environmental services business. He now writes, plays guitar and is a social activist.

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