It is clear the that the News-Herald has become not much more than a public relations firm for Lake County Governments, appointed boards (e.g. Laketran), and local charities.
A good example is today's article that sings the blues for Laketran: "One Year Later, Laketran riders Adjusting."
Fresh off Willoughby Hills City Council's latest stab at raising taxes, WH Council President Kevin Malecek, also President of Laketran's Board of Directors, should know now is not the time to go after some sort of tax increase to support Laketran's operations.
I mean c'mon Councilman Malecek, you haven't even gotten your tax increase in WH, yet! Some say you did not even properly consult the Willoughby Hills City Council Finance Committee before doing a first reading of the "...proposed amendment to the City Charter to provide additional funds for safety forces...." Read the proposed legislation from the special council meeting on 6/24/2010.
Anyhow...back to Laketran.
The article tugs at the heart strings of the few readers the News-Herald has by telling the story of one rider who claims his job was lost because of inconsistent transportation to and from a job. We certainly empathize with this man, there is nothing funny about his suffering.
However, Malecek and his friends on Laketran's Board can not expect the residents to keep opening up their wallets...wait a minute, he does.
A handful of cash walked down a dark Downtown Cleveland street at night is properly safer than your paycheck is from thugs like Kevin Malecek, appointed Board Members, local School Boards, and the like. See Malecek et al. use codified, legislative, and craftily concocted levy request to mug you every-time you get paid, or every time you buy a non-food item, or when you pay your property taxes.
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