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Issue Date: December 2006 Issue


White Coats

Pedal Pushing
Thanks for the great story about bicycle commuting (“Pedal Pusher,” October 2006), which illustrates a significant problem for those who choose to leave their car at home.

ClevelandBikes is building support for a bike station downtown. Bike stations are growing in popularity across the country, and it’s easy to see why. Many offer secure bicycle parking, around-the-clock shower and locker facilities, repair service and convenient access to public transportation. (To see a successful bike station organization, visit www.bikestation.org — a nonprofit developer of bike stations that concentrates on the West Coast.)

The ClevelandBikes bike station would be an important step in attracting and serving young, energetic residents and encourage healthy activities. Combined with the parks and trails currently under consideration, cyclists could travel from throughout the region, utilizing the bike station prior to enjoying all that the city has to offer.

Kevin Cronin
president of ClevelandBikes
www.clevelandbikes.org

Bone to Pick
I am a medical student who has experienced the anatomy lab and feel that Jacqueline Marino’s depiction of it in her article about medical students (“White Coats,” September 2006) is highly inappropriate. Those who donate their bodies to anatomical-gift programs so that we are able to learn from them deserve and receive the utmost respect from the medical community. To describe them as “things a dog would enjoy chewing” is disrespectful to the donors, their families and the medical professionals who are appreciative of the gift these people have given. Please remember that donors are people who deserve our respect and gratitude.

Alyssa Gans
Fairborn, Ohio

Correction: Peanuts — a veteran Northeast Ohio music writer — pointed out to us that Hank LoConti’s Agora concert club (“Backstage Past,” November 2006) originally opened on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in 1966. It moved to its East 24th Street location a year later.


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