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Teaching Cleveland Digital is dedicated to Newton D. Baker and his concept of Civitism:
In his four-year tenure from 1912 to 1916 Newton D. Baker fostered Tom L. Johnson’s ideal of a Utopia of Civic Righteousness. He coined a new word to designate his policy; it was “civitism,” once described as a combination of “Home Rule and the Golden Rule for Cleveland.”

Baker believed that the greatness of a city did not depend on its buildings, either public or private, but rather on the intensity with which its citizens loved the city as their home. Such a pervasive feeling would inevitably produce beautiful parks,cleaner streets, honest government, and widespread adherence to justice as the ideal of its social and economic life.

It was his firm intention to make “civitism” mean the same thing for the city that patriotism signified for the nation.
(From CH Cramer’s Biography of Newton D. Baker)


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Teaching Cleveland Stories 2015 and Cleveland History and Economics 2010 Full Books

Teaching Cleveland Stories 2015 and Cleveland History and Economics 2010 Full Books

Teaching Cleveland Stories Full book 2015
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Cleveland History and Economics Full book 2010
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“Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” ballot measure background articles

“Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” ballot measure background articles

This supports the upcoming forum on the topic:
Tuesday September 19, 2017
“Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” ballot issue. A look at both sides
moderated by Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com
Bay Village Branch, Cuyahoga Cty Library System
7-8:30 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

Issue 2 fact check: Are all of the VA’s prices public record? (9/18/2017) Cleveland.com

State Issue 2 is good for TV cash, tricky for many others (9/10/2017) Crain’s Cleveland Business

Outside experts assess Ohio’s ballot issue on prescription-drug prices (9/4/2017) Columbus Dispatch

Issue 2 backers revise drug-savings estimate; foes challenge data (8/30/2017) Columbus Dispatch

New pro-Issue 2 analysis projects $536 million in prescription drug savings (8/24/2017) Columbus Dispatch

Who is the controversial man behind Ohio’s drug price ballot initiative? (8/24/2017) Cleveland.com

Would Ohio’s public retirees be affected by Issue 2? It’s an open question (8/21/2017) Cleveland.com

Drug-price ballot failure in California could mean bad prognosis in Ohio (8/20/2017) Toledo Blade

Language for prescription drug issue unanimously approved (8/17/2017) Toledo Blade

What is Issue 2 in Ohio? (8/4/2017) Cleveland 19 News

Former Ohio budget official slams ballot issues claimed drug price saving (7/19/2017) Columbus Dispatch

Supporter: Ohio Drug Price Relief Act would provide price transparency (7/18/2017) Cleveland.com

Which side should we believe in battle over Ohio drug prices (6/19/2017) Columbus Dispatch

Ohio drug price initiative leaving voters confused (6/13/2017)  Fox45 Dayton

Campaign over Ohio ballot issue to cap drug prices heats up (6.3.2017) Associated Press

Former Ohio Medicaid directors oppose drug price ballot issue (5/23/2017) Cleveland.com

Ohio voters to decide drug pricing issue (5/22/2017) Dayton Daily News

Ohio drug-price ballot issue likely to be costly, contentious (5/21/2017) Columbus Dispatch

Fight over Ohio Drug Price Relief Act ballot issue could set spending record (5/3/2017) Cleveland.com

Pharma suffers a setback in battle over Ohio drug pricing ballot measure (9/12/2016) Stat News

“Regionalism and the West Shore Communities” forum 11.14.16

“Regionalism and the West Shore Communities” forum 11.14.16

Pamela Bobst, Mayor, City of Rocky River
Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive
Dave Greenspan, Cuyahoga County Council, District 1
Edward Kraus, Director of Regional Coordination, Cuyahoga County
Michael Summer, Mayor, City of Lakewood

Moderator: Janice Patterson, LWV-Greater Cleveland

The panel discussed current initiatives in the delivery of services in Cuyahoga County. They explored possibilities for future cooperation and responded to audience comments and questions.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland and Lakewood Public Library

What Joseph M. Proskauer said about Newton D. Baker in his 1950 Autobiography

This is a passage from the autobiography of Joseph M. Proskauer, partner in a major law firm (Proskauer, Rose), judge, speechwriter for Al Smith and a contemporary of Newton D. Baker. “A Segment of Our Times” was published in 1950 and I was struck by his inclusion of this passage about Baker who had died in 1937, quite number of years before. It gives striking testimony of at least one man’s admiration for Mr. Baker.
 Joseph M. Proskauer
From the Chapter: “The Fight Against Bigotry”  (the .pdf is here)
I cannot close a discussion of this war against bigotry without a tribute to the creator and leader of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the late Newton D. Baker. This last phase in a brilliant career was the ultimate flowering of a great soul. The seed was a profound and reverent belief in human brotherhood. At every stage of his life, not merely at its end, he could say: “Write me as one who loved his fellow men.”
He was a great lawyer, entitled by genius and position to command. Yet those to whom was given the high privilege of association with him bear witness to his gentle consideration for his colleagues, his innate modesty, his impulsive readiness to yield the glory while the labor was his.
It was a paradox that to this ardent follower of the Prince of Peace was entrusted the solemn responsibility of leadership of his country’s army in the awful catastrophe of war. In the discharge of that responsibility, he never permitted rancor to poison the wellspring of his compassion and though he had to devise the horror of battle, always his goal was a healing peace that should find its fruition in a benevolent parliament of the world. For that he never ceased to fight. And those of us who were so fortunate as to hear his glorious proclamation of his creed at the Democratic National Convention in 1924 can never forget his passion for peace nor ever doubt the eternal rightness of his call to beat the swords of nations into plowshares.
Charity for the underprivileged found in him its champion. In outstanding struggles against injustice, by reason of his very nature, he became of course the head of this great association to enforce the gospel of peace on earth. At a time when the world was rent asunder with hatred and bigotry, he above all others, gave practical and wise and self-sacrificing leadership for all men of good will who believe that no human being should be made to suffer for the choice of his religion. Sympathy, mutual understanding, forbearance and tolerance, he preached and exemplified. We shall not look upon his like soon again.