1. Last summer's Republican National Convention provided a $200 million economic impact to Northeast Ohio, and is said to have changed national perceptions of Cleveland. Those are among results of a study from the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee. The economic benefit to Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Lorain, Summit, Medina, and Erie Counties was due to money spent by visitors for lodging, meals, and incidentals. There was $110 million in direct spending and $188 million in economic impact. Hotels had an 88-percent occupancy rate in the seven counties, and 99 percent occupancy in downtown Cleveland. Despite the money, was it worth having the RNC in town? In hindsight, would you do it again?
2. The Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority is going smoke-free in July 2018. Back in November former President Obama issued a ban on smoking in all public housing nationwide. It also bans cigarettes, pipes, and cigars within 25 feet of buildings. The Department of Housing and Urban Development said the ban will save the housing agencies $153 million each year in repairs and preventable fires. Is this a good idea to ban smoking from public housing? How can it be enforced?
3. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced who will be honored this year. They are LL Cool J, Gloria Estefan, Lionel Ritchie, TV producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be in attendance on December 3rdwhen the honorees are recognized with the show being taped for broadcast on CBS the day after Christmas. What do you think of this year’s list of Kennedy Center honorees?
4. Transcripts of President Trump’s phone conversation on January 27th with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was leaked and published by the Washington Post. When discussing the border wall, Trump told Nieto to stop making claims that he won’t pay for the wall and said “You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances”. Are their leakers in the White House? Is it possible the phone call was leaked by the Mexican government?
5. United States citizens will be banned from traveling to North Korea starting on September 1st. Anyone is North Korea holding a U.S. passport are being asked to leave before the end of the month. Only journalists and humanitarian workers can apply for exceptions. What do you think about the move by the State Department? What is Dennis Rodman to do?
6. The American Indian Movement of Ohio held a protest near the replicas of the “Nina” and the “Pinta”, ships used by Christopher Columbus, that are currently docked in the Port of Lorain on the Black River. The director of the movement said, “These ships represent the coming of genocide to our people and I think they shouldn’t be coming around here unless it’s of course to tell the true history of Columbus of what he did and why he came here.” Is Christopher Columbus to blame for the plight of the American Indians?
7. Terry Francona and his father Tito are getting into the food business by launching Francona Pasta Sauce. A portion of each sale will go to Indians Charities and it’s for sale at Marc’s, Discount Drug Mart and Acme Fresh Market locations. Are you a red pasta sauce or white pasta sauce kind of buy? Would you like to try the Francona pasta sauce?
8. NASA is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer as a part of the Outer Space Treaty. The person hired will be responsible with making sure humans don't contaminate planets and moons and also be in charge of preventing alien microbes from taking over earth. The salary ranges from $124,000 to $187,000. Do you know any qualified candidates? Would George Noory or Art Bell be candidates?
9. Judge Sam Benningfield in White County, Tennessee is offering inmates a deal to get out of jail 30 days early if they agree to get sterilized. So far, thirty-two women had a Nexplanon implant put in their arm which can prevent child birth for up to four years and thirty-eight men have signed up to get a vasectomy. What do you think of the judge’s sterilization offer to inmates?
10. Chief Executive Officers make 271 times more than an average worker in their company and their pay increases have grown more than company profits based on a study by the Economic Policy Institute. The highest paid executive in 2016 was Wal-Mart CEO Marc Lore who made $243.9 million. What do you think about the disparity?