Editorial: Political Snow Job

Cleveland, OH - Anyone who tried to commute into downtown Cleveland the day after last Wednesday's huge snowstorm learned first hand about the grass roots politics of Mayor Frank Jackson.

It was the mayor himself who pulled the city's 75 plows off the main arteries into the city and ordered them instead to clear the neighborhood streets first. It used to be done the other way around - under the reasonable presumption that if business people can't make it into the city, well then the business of the city can't function.

But most of those people are coming from the suburbs and even though it's their tax money that keeps Cleveland alive, they can't vote for Jackson or the Cleveland city council so lost commerce or not - frayed tempers or not - the routes into the city stayed clogged with snow until Thursday afternoon.