The Spew: Monday’s Trending Topics

For those who don’t know, “The Spew” is a radio show on WTAM 1100am in Cleveland where Bob Franz and Mike Trivisonno discuss the top trending topics of the day. I have listed the topics below and have added my own opinion afterword. Please feel free to comment as I will post each one, barring a personal attack.

1. To prevent a bankruptcy, the European Union wants the government of Cyprus to declare a one-time tax on large bank deposits…20 to 40% of deposited funds…to bail out banks. The move would ensure that specific banks won’t go bankrupt, and account-holders’ deposits won’t be at risk. But they’ll have only 80% of their money, safe and guaranteed by government deposit insurance. Could something like this happen in America? And what would you do if they tried?

I am not in favor of bailing out banks. However, a theory that bears attention is to add a .5% tax on all Wall Street transactions. With an estimated 40 billion dollars traded daily, that would be about 200 million dollars per day in taxes that would help pay off the debt in this country.

2. Aaron Craft is the best defensive player in college basketball, and has been called the best leader with one more year to go at Ohio State. His 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on Sunday put OSU into the Sweet Sixteen. Does Craft have enough game to be an NBA player, or is he done when he’s done as a Buckeye?


3. The final map of Cleveland City Council’s newest wards is due out today. A population drop in the latest census means redistricting is due, cutting the number of wards from 19 to 17. How many wards, and how many councilmen, does the city of Cleveland really need?

Sorry, I am not an actual Clevelander so I have no opinion on this one.

4. Florida Gulf Coast beat San Diego State on Sunday to become the first #15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to make it into the Sweet Sixteen. In a tournament known for its upsets, what’s the best upset YOU ever saw in the NCAA’s?

This year’s tournament is KILLING my brackets. The only upset I am worried about is my being upset at losing the office pool!

5. A young professionals group that hosts parties, concerts, and charitable events, has asked the city of Cleveland for permission to hold a large party downtown on Public Square on New Years’ Eve…a mini Times Square. Would you spend New Years Eve downtown…and do you think Cleveland should do this?

This would be great for Cleveland and Ohio in general.

6. Scott Fujita wrote an op-ed that ran in the New York Times over the weekend in support of gay marriage. Do athletes and entertainers have any effect on the way the public thinks when they speak out about social or political issues?

Not me. I can think on my own and don’t need to blindly follow celebrities and athletes just because they have a higher soapbox than mine.

7. The new competitive balance proposal for high school sports, instead of having separate tournaments for public and private schools, would add enrollment to schools who have a majority of athletes from outside school district boundaries, potentially pushing smaller schools into bigger divisions. Is this a good idea?

All is fair in sports.

8. Hundreds of postal workers who oppose plans to cut home delivery from six days to five have picketed outside U.S. Postal Service offices around the U.S. How many days per week do we need to have mail delivery in the United States?

Cut down all the junk mail and you can probably do it in one.

9. Tiger Woods has a 3-shot lead heading into this morning’s completion of the Arnold Palmer Classic at Bay Hill, which would give him 3 wins already this season, heading into the Masters next month. Will Tiger win the Masters, or ANY major this year…and if so…how many will he win?

Don’t know, don’t care. He’s Pete Rose, Mark McGwire and O. J. Simpson. All bad moral characters off the field, so I don’t care about them.

10. Browns’ lineman Jason Pinkston said on Twitter that he’d pay all the fines and costs for LeBron James fan James Blair, who rushed onto the court during the Cavs/Heat game to beg James to come back to Cleveland. Blair’s Twitter account exploded with new followers after the event. Is the media wrong to pay so much attention to crazy fans who break the law and interrupt games like this?

Yes! Imagine what will happen next time because they think they’re going to be famous for being stupid.

11. Community activists from around the country will meet in Cleveland this spring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the nation’s first gang summit…and to discuss solutions to stop violence and inter-generational poverty in urban cities. Will gang violence and poverty EVER be stopped in a place like Cleveland?

No. Slowed, sure. But evil cannot be fully stopped.


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