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Issue Date: June 2007 Issue


Self-promotion of the Month
I enjoyed Laura Taxel's article on restaurantsthat cook from scratch ("90 ReasonsWe Love Eating in Cleveland," May 2007). But why are all the places mentioned fromthe East Side? The West Side has somevery good home-cooked meals and theydon't all come from large or well-knownrestaurants. Take this one for instance:The Little Polish Diner on Ridge Road in Parma.
We seat 16 people and spend manyhours hand-selecting the fresh productsthat go into our meals. Homemade soupsstart as a pot of boiling water at 7 a.m. andyou shouldn't expect to get a bowl muchbefore noon. Cabbage rolls (Galumpki yes, Polish is spoken here) that take hoursto roll, go in the oven at 6:30 a.m. so ourcustomers can have them for lunch and dinner.
Jon & Zofia
The Little Polish Diner

Down on Brown
The exchange between Sherrod Brown andthe young constituents visiting Capitol Hillwas enlightening ("Stand & Deliver," April2007). The students seemed to want to actuallydiscuss the war and the reasons right or wrong  for U.S. involvement.But Brown, apparently unable to get offhis standard script, even for a moment, reflexivelylaunched into a class-warfare rant.I doubt the kids were fooled, but I hopethey're old enough to vote in 2012.
David Dalton
Black and White Issue
As a graduate of Heights High ('76) anda parent of a student currently attendingthe school, I was interested in your articleabout the small-schools concept ("Anatomyof Heights High," May 2007).
My daughter and I recently movedback to Cleveland Heights after livingin an eastern county for 30 years. I hadno qualms about moving back, nor wasI worried about my daughter attendingschool there.
However, I was surprised by people'sreactions to my sending her to a schoolthat was moreblack than white.They asked whether I was concernedshe might be treated differentlybecause she was white. One of themany reasons I chose Cleveland Heightswas because of its diversity. That's howthe world really is. We all have to interactwith one another. Where we hadbeen living was conservative, segregatedand isolated.
I am impressed with the small-schoolsconcept and with the teachers and counselors I've met. I believe in Cleveland Heights and encourage other parentsand students to get involved.
Leslie Powers
Cleveland Heights

Not a Fan
Jeannie Roberts' "Money Ball" (April 2008) missed who really picks up the tabfor fielding professional sports teams.Taxpayers should just say no to usingpublic funds for any new major sportsstadiums. In ancient Rome, government attempted to curry favor with the massesby offering free bread and circuses. Today,we have sports pork.How sad that people in Cleveland, New York and across America are continually asked to pay for new stadiums. Let the current team owners float their own bonds or issue stock to financestadiums. Don't pick the pockets oftaxpayers.
Larry Penner
Great Neck, N.Y.

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