How can loyal Browns fans be hoodwinked yet another time? Rob Chudzinski, after less than a year of working day and night to build a better team, was rewarded by getting the so-called pink slip.
But the slip is really green, three-fourths of a contract originally worth $14 million. Who provides the funds?
The fans, who pay big money to attend the games, do. How many big company managers are allowed to make a mistake that big and get away with it? Does anyone believe this kind of money is coming out of Pilot Flying J’s treasury?
How can Browns fans swallow that in the next draft the team will select a quarterback so talented that he will step in and lead the team out of its doldrums?
With a few exceptions, first-year quarterbacks have not been all that successful. It has taken Andy Dalton three years to become a leader in Cincinnati.
Then the talk turns to a journeyman quarterback who went to St. Ignatius and won a couple of games in Cleveland this year, as the next potential starter for the Browns. So now we’ll begin next season with Brian Hoyer, and hope that a high draft pick learns quickly.
What coach in his right mind would come to Cleveland to work for a management team which claims to be focused on results, yet is so jumpy that a coach they selected isn’t given a fair chance?
Will it be another offensive or defensive coordinator in his first job as a head coach? Or will it be a prominent high school or college coach joining the pros for the first time? Remember Jerry Faust?
Or will it be one of the other recently fired NFL coaches needing a change of scenery? Will another multiyear contract be offered, just in case he has success the first year, and is allowed to stay? Ridiculous.
When the new owner came to town with a background of success, did anyone ask if he personally built the company, or was it built by someone else in his family?
Didn’t we have an owner here who admittedly was more interested in a British soccer franchise? Here’s hoping Jimmy Haslam gets it right this time, and that might have to start with his top management selections instead of blaming a head coach who didn’t get the chance he deserved. And to think that the loyal Browns fans have to pay more and more every year for this tomfoolery. Ridiculous.
Energy standards benefit Ohio
In the past year, Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards have come under attack by state Sen. Bill Seitz, who falsely claims they are burdensome for consumers and utilities. Seitz introduced legislation, Senate Bill 58, to roll back these standards.
At the same time, a new report was released by Environment Ohio demonstrating that Ohio’s renewable energy laws are working, saving Ohioans electricity and money, all while investing in clean energy.
In the five years since the current policies were implemented, Ohio has seen the creation of more than 25,000 jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. The standards are also cost-effective for Ohio consumers, saving taxpayers more than $1 billion on their utility bills.
As a veteran of the United States Air Force, I’ve seen firsthand how limited energy sources threaten national and energy security, and how investments in clean, diverse energy sources and energy efficiency can mitigate those threats, while increasing mission capability.
I believe Ohio has a bright energy future, one that stands to continue benefiting from the clean energy standards, which have spurred economic growth and investment and created thousands of jobs
If Ohio’s clean energy standards are scaled back and incentives for producers and manufacturers are gutted, we will all feel the effect. Our economy will be affected by job losses, unstable and rising energy prices and declining private investment.
The fate of Ohio’s clean energy standards is at a critical point. Seitz’s bill recently stalled in the Statehouse when it became clear it bill did not have enough support, but he has vowed the fight is not over.
I applaud those lawmakers in the Senate who looked beyond partisan politics and decided to stand up against attacks on Ohio’s clean energy standards. I encourage them to keep up the fight to ensure that the Buckeye State can continue to lead the way.
Fracking jobs come at a cost
The Jan. 1 article “Utica drilling industry reports results” talked about how much money the fracking industry generated this year in Ohio.
However, it failed to discuss the long-term economic pressures the industry puts on communities. Fracking has been proved to drive down property values in communities because of environmental damage, pollution and the stigma of drilling.
In addition, heavy traffic from trucks bearing water and waste water can cause millions of dollars of damage to roads, not to mention that water is removed permanently from the public water supply.
Too often, taxpayers end up picking up the bill for this damage, and with the tax breaks drilling companies get, how much of that $1 billion is really going back into the local economy?
The temporary jobs fracking creates don’t justify the prolonged costs it leaves for hard-working Ohioans. Until the industry can prove it is being responsible with our resources and investment, we shouldn’t let this business continue in our state.
At the least, we should protect ourselves by closing loopholes in hazardous-waste laws that exempt fracking waste from common-sense environmental protections.