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Issue Date: April 2005 Issue


Kid-care kudos

I want to commend you on the wonderful article on child care in Cleveland Magazine's February 2005 issue ["The Grown-ups' Guide to Child Care"]. It was very well researched and written. I also want to let you know what a fine job we felt that Colleen Mytnick did on the article about the Oberlin Early Childhood Center. She captured the essence of our work with young children.

Nancy Sabath
Oberlin Early Childhood Center

I wanted to commend you on your recent article about child care. I wish we could get more parents to understand what you picked up on while searching for child care: Quality care is important and isn't everywhere, that teachers are paid very little to do a lot and that we are not baby-sitters.

I am one of the lucky ones who have a B.A. in early childhood education and I work for a quality center that encourages and pays for ongoing classes and gives education monies.

Thanks again for taking the time to write a positive article and give parents a clue on taking the time to look for a quality center to put their child in. I tell parents that if your gut reaction to a center is negative, then why would you put your child there?

Holle A. Brambrick
Lakewood Hospital Child Care Center

Thank you for tackling the tough question of quality child care. Your article focused on the important areas for parents to consider as they undertake the difficult process of choosing child care. In addition, you supported child-care professionals with your thorough discussion of "quality."

Our centers, Family Life Center in Berea and Little Acorn Child Care Center, have received e-mail and phone calls with inquiries for enrollment information in response to the listing in your magazine. We are following through with enrollment meetings and will work to provide the high quality of care and peace of mind families deserve.

Thanks again for your interest and willingness to feature the field of early care and education.

Susan M. Hyland
Berea Children's Home & Family Services

Tony the tiger

It has not been unusual over the years to see a striking photograph and find the name Tony Tomsic in the lower right-hand corner. It was good to see this artist profiled in your magazine ["Super (Bowl) Shooter," February 2005].

A great photographer like Tony doesn't just show you what happened; he takes you to the event to feel the excitement, the pleasure and sometimes the pain. Such pictures add life to our history and depth to our understanding. We've been fortunate to have him and his work with us all these years.

Mel Maurer

In your dreams

I find it humorous that you feel that Mel is the "Cleveland guy's dream date" ["The Single Life," February 2005]. I would have to say that you are totally wrong. Mel is 27 years old, for God's sake. I will assume that she is looking for a guy in her age group (27 to 32). If I am wrong in assuming this, then you are correct: She is a 21-year-old's dream girl. However, grown men are not looking for a girl who is a barfly, has no real responsibilities as far as work goes and regularly gives out her number to six or seven guys every time she goes out.

Also, everyone knows that staying past last call doesn't make you a "dream date"; it makes you desperate to "hook up" with a guy. She may feel that Cleveland doesn't have any quality guys, but what does she expect to find hanging out at "meat markets"? Most people do not meet marrying material in the places she frequents. And the grocery store is not the only other place you can meet men.

I wish her the best of luck in Arizona, however I don't think that her situation will be that different than Cleveland unless she changes her m.o.

Carrie Stiles


Corrections: In the January 2005 issue, Most Interesting Person Julia Shearson was incorrectly identified as an attorney. In the February issue, an incorrect photo appeared with information provided by Sarah Sundermeier of Ursuline College. Cleveland Magazine regrets these errors.

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