October 15th-2007 Cole and Foltin

July 31, 2009

Media & Loraine Ritchey & John Cole/Morning Journal Loraine Ritchey on 15 Oct 2007


COLE-fuc-*-us say :

Apologies to  Confucius 

Is  this man for  real  ?  TP photo
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.

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,

Remember your words back then Johnny

If Lorain has any hope of ever getting the local casino many of its citizens have longed for, now would be a good time to get moving to make it a reality. If the Eastern Shawnees are successful, Lorain could find itself at a disadvantage because of the competition from the tribe’s casinos in southwestern Ohio or because of any potential agreements made between the state and tribal casino developers.

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?

Condos  for  Cole article” I  wrote:

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.

We at Wom documented up the yin-yang all  the money,  the waste of  time, expertise and city resources this whole fiasco cost this city and Johnny Boy I am so  glad YOU  HAD FUN at OUR EXPENSE!!!!!!

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

Remember the  Jail  that never was Bond Johnny  Boy ? The Plain Dealer had an editorial on that  subject Johnny, maybe your  wife who  buys another newspaper could  fill  you  in!

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!!!


Foltin Responds- Bakalar

July 11, 2009

District & Media & Craig Foltin scott bakalar on 22 Sep 2006


The Plain Dealer and Foltin Respond

With a huge tip of the WoM hat to rona! –

From the PD’s Stephen Luttner on the Openers Weblog (all emphasis is mine – sb)

On Second Thought

Attentive readers of OPEN noticed today that congressional candidate Craig Foltin had revised one of his posts on OPEN MIKE, deleting a reference about the impending sale of the vacant Ford plant in Lorain.

Foltin, the mayor of Lorain and candidate for Congress in the 13th District, said in the original post that a buyer was lined up for the plant – where thousands of workers once made Thunderbirds before the factory was closed.

“Fortunately, we already have a buyer of the plant and we hope to make that announcement within the coming months,” Foltin wrote.

But after re-reading those words later, Foltin decided to take them out. How come?

“I do not wish to say anything that could hinder the deal,” Foltin said Friday afternoon. He said he realized that he was drawing unwanted attention to the potential buyer of the plant, whom he declined to identify. “The deal is not done.”

“I will stand by my statements that we are very optimistic that we will have a buyer,” Foltin said.”

–Stephen Luttner

But that’s not what Foltin said in his original Opener’s Blog piece.

He said originally:

Fortunately, we already have a buyer of the plant, and we hope to make that announcement within the coming months.

He did not say that “we are very optimistic that we will have a buyer” until pressed by both WoM and the Plain Dealer.

Watch the word-smithing here:

buyer vs. potential buyer, “we have” vs. “we will have”, “the deal is not done” vs. “we already have a buyer”

Is there indeed a difference between “already having a buyer” and being “very optimistic that we will have a buyer” ?

That’s like me saying “I have a job” vs. “I’m very optimistic that I will have a job”.

Translation – Foltin got caught in an out and out lie and is making every attempt possible to cover his ass. That’s the bottom line here. Only he’s making it a bit too obvious.

Message to the rest of the 13th District: This is classic Craig Foltin – he uses creative word-smithing to twist the truth much like he uses creative accounting for Lorain’s financial dealings. We here in Lorain are used to it and can spot it a mile away. Hopefully you will begin to see the light as well.

The PD’s editors go on to explain their OPEN MIKE weblog policy:

A word about the ground rules for OPEN MIKE:

It’s been our policy all along that politicians posting on the site can say whatever they want, provided they do not engage in outright libel. And the right to say what they want extends to unsaying what they want as well. Readers may judge whether the revisions are inconsequential or not.


In this case I would argue that the revisions Foltin made are extremely consequential and speak more to “Who is Craig Foltin?” than that blog post ever could.

This revision is worth a thousand blog posts.

And how many words is that?

The Foltin Fiasco -and the PD and WoM-

July 11, 2009

Politics & Media & Craig Foltin Loraine Ritchey on 23 Sep 2006


Loraine Ritchey: Revisionist Writing

I have just returned from Maumee, where Ford closing their plant is still being talked about with tears, frustration and fear of the unknown. It is the 2nd such closing that has affected my family in the past 18 months, so good news re: a former Ford facility was very welcome on Friday! Good news turned to fiasco in a matter of hours.

For those of you that have followed my articles you will know that I have promised to treat these blog articles in the same manner and standard as if writing for the print media. Therefore I found it hard to comprehend that a well respected print publication would have a blog policy that is at the very least questionable.

I was on the receiving end of that policy this weekend and to that end I have written to the Cleveland Plain Dealer with regard to that policy. Credibility whether you are a public official, media outlet, journalist etc. is paramount and you owe it to the public that supports and depends upon you to be transparent and forthright. And to stand by what is written in your publication whether in ink or internet.

Dear Sirs,

I would first like to thank you for your coverage of Lorain and vicinity. Your publication both in print and on line has been a great source of information. I have used some of your findings in my own writing for the Blog http://www.thewomblog.com.

In fact after reading Friday’s print edition (September 22nd 2006) your banner top of the Metro Section “Breaking News” “Congressional candidate Craig Foltin gets the Open Mike for his turn to speak out at cleveland.com/open” I went to the “blog”. I was very pleased that according to the Foltin Blog that day “We already have a buyer of the plant…” and “A new buyer for the Ford Plant…” Since I had been in Canada for a few days I thought I had missed a big announcement (please refer to the Blog article of mine) http://thewomblog.com/?p=43

Upon reading Mr. Foltin’s blog – signed the Mayor of Lorain – I immediately contacted city officials for their opinions and clarifications for a follow up article. I quoted the “blog” in my own internet reporting, feeling secure in the knowledge that the Plain Dealer is a reputable source of correct information and the tough standards to which your publication both in print and on line adheres. I felt safe in the knowledge that I could link to the Open Mike Blog and my own readers would benefit from the information they would find when they linked through to your site.

Imagine my chagrin when I received e-mail after e-mail chastising me for misquoting Mayor Foltin and having my own credibility as a writer questioned. Luckily I had copied the “ORIGINAL” and was therefore able to defend my credibility. As you know credibility is everything to a journalist of any worth and to a publication whether it be on line or in print, and if it isn’t – it should be. Therefore, I would ask you to please reconsider your policy with regard to the blogs.

A word about the ground rules for OPEN MIKE: It’s been our policy all along that politicians posting on the site can say whatever they want, provided they do not engage in outright libel. And the right to say what they want extends to unsaying what they want as well. Readers may judge whether the revisions are inconsequential or not. –Ed.

Whilst I am in complete agreement with their freedom of speech and saying what they like, having been on the receiving end of what can happen to another’s credibility when “revisionist writing” takes place AFTER publication the consequences of the “unsaying” policy can lead to problems.

The “Blogs” are a wonderful tool and I too, am trying very hard to deal with this new way of “publishing”. I have written for American, British and Australian publications and I have personally decided that in this new sphere I will adhere to the same guidelines and standard that I was held to in print media.

I hope that you rethink your policy in regard to “unsaying” it is a dangerous precedent in my opinion and can cause a ripple effect as it did with me this week. Thank you again for your consideration and for an excellent publication.

Sincerely Loraine Ritchey http://www.thewomblog.com

Foltin’s PD Blog post

July 11, 2009
Thursday, September 21, 2006  
As I travel through the 13th District, I took my lap top and worked on a “master plan” for Northeast Ohio. My plan focuses on jobs, rebuilding the infrastructure, making college more affordable, raising the minimum wage, and getting a fair return on our tax dollars. It’s no secret that Northeast Ohio has seen a significant loss of jobs over the past few decades. The economy in America has changed, and with that change came the exporting of thousands of manufacturing jobs overseas to nations that gladly allow businesses to pay workers minimum wages to make maximum profits. As the Mayor of Lorain, I have worked since 2000 to get jobs back into our area, and not just any jobs, good paying jobs so people can support themselves and their families.When I was elected six years ago, the unemployment rate in Lorain was 13.6 percent, now it’s at about 5.2 percent, just over the national average. People in Lorain wanted to work, and they are great workers. I know that people all over the 13th District also want to work, and I intend to use the same policies I’ve used in the city of Lorain to revive other hard hit areas in our district. I have worked extremely hard to convince employers to open up businesses inside the city of Lorain, and thus far we have been successful in getting people within my city back to work.Recently, the Ford plant in Lorain has very publicly announced its closure. Fortunately, we already have a buyer of the plant, and we hope to make that announcement within the coming months. A new buyer for the Ford Plant, low unemployment numbers, housing booms, and other positive economic indicators have been regular throughout my Administration, and it’s no coincidence. I want as many people working as possible because I know how important a pay check is. Like most people in the 13th District, my parents worked very hard to support our family. I want every person looking for work in the 13th District to find it, and If I get the privilege to represent our district in Washington, I will work as hard as possible to attain that goal. If you would like to know more details about my plans to jump start the economy in our district, please check out my website at http://www.foltinforcongress.com.-Mayor Craig Foltin