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Meanwhile, over in Cleveland ....

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM

I'm not sure how many Sandusky Register readers pay attention to what's happening in Cuyahoga County, but there's been a huge scandal in the county government for months, with numerous stories in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about an FBI investigation and obvious waste of taxpayer dollars.

This is pretty depressing if you live in Cuyahoga County, as I do. Cuyahoga County residents support all of this misbehavior by paying the highest sales taxes in the state. The combined state and local tax rate in Cuyahoga County is 7.75 percent. (The rate in Huron County is 7 percent. In Erie and Ottawa counties, it is 6.5 percent, lower than the rate in 60 of Ohio's 88 counties.)

On Saturday, as I was having lunch with my wife, I told her how upset I was that the Plain Dealer's best-known columnist, Connie Schultz, had been keeping silent about all of this for months. I know she is a loyal Democrat, but shouldn't she speak up for her readers?

The next day, Schultz came out with a hard-hitting column "Cuyahoga Commissioner Dimora can't go soon enough," calling for Jimmy Dimora to quit as chairman of the county Democratic Party and as a county commissioner.

She didn't mince words, either.

Without naming names, she mentioned that prominent local Democrats have avoided calling for Dimora to leave. "Meanwhile, the Democratic Party here is a shambles and Cuyahoga County government is leaching the faith of its citizens."

Connie Schultz is actually one of those "prominent local Democrats." Give her props for speaking out when everyone else has kept silent.

More tomorrow about the contrast between Erie and Cuyahoga counties.

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