The Read on Reed
I am greatly disappointed in your July 2005 issue. I think we have all had enough of Sharon Reed. She is a second-rate journalist who uses her body as a PR device. If she stood 5-foot-3 and weighed 165 pounds, she would be a total unknown. I hope she enjoys her ratings and notoriety while it lasts. People eventually get tired of the sizzle and look for the steak, and Reed simply does not have the substance needed to matter. What she does may be interesting, entertaining and even on some level noteworthy. It is, however, not journalism. As soon as your reporter was told what photos could and could not be used, you should have dropped the story. Ms. Reed simply isn't good enough at what she does to demand that sort of treatment. No one is. Secondly, why is it that every media outlet feels the need to do some pet story in every issue or broadcast? I like animals. I have often had pets. But, there is no need for the TV news to waste time telling me about every puppy that is rescued 1,000 miles away. I also do not need a cover story telling me how much local celebrities love their pets or who they hire to clean up their waste. Please, find some real stories.
I enjoyed reading David Hansen's nostalgic article on Dobama ("My Town," June 2005) — one of the jewels in our arts and cultural community. It has done a fabulous job of bringing great theater to Cleveland. Let's hope Dobama gets the kind of financial and foundation support it needs to fulfill its dreams for a new facility on Lee Road.
Suburbs Ups and Downs
Thank you for the wonderful story you wrote about the "Little City That Could" ("Rating the Suburbs," June 2005). You really touched on the passion that we all have for the Gemini Project and for our beautiful community. Thank you for the opportunity to share our story with your readers.
Mayor Eileen Patton
Another "Rating the Suburbs" survey and the same rich, white suburbs — most of which are the result of urban sprawl — are in the Top 15. What a suprise. Next time why don't you give demerits for the boredom factor? If you did that, Cleveland Heights and Lakewood would be No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and your current Top 15 would drop like stones to the bottom of the rankings. Better yet, how about trying another rating system that would make more sense in an era in which sustainable growth must be encouraged. Try using the factors suggested by the EcoCity Cleveland Web site (www.ecocitycleveland.org). Once again, Cleveland Heights and Lakewood would be at the top. I dare you to do this next time.
Coyne: 1, Kucinich: 0
Thank you so much for the excellent article by Colleen Mytnick ("The Other Side of Coyne," May 2005). In the past, I have been an acquaintance of both Tom Coyne and Dennis Kucinich. There is one important difference between the two gentlemen. Tom would never sell out his Irish heritage. Kucinich, on the other hand, tried to stop former President Bill Clinton from liberating the Croatian people from the hands of that madman Slobodan Milosevic. It's a good thing there was no President Kucinich or we would still be finding mass graves of Croatians in the former Yugoslavia, while President Kucinich would be passing another meaningless resolution pleading with Milosevic to stop the killing fields in the former Yugoslavia.
I picked up a copy of Cleveland Magazine today at the Legacy Village Art Fair and I was quickly reminded why I had stopped reading it in the past. The story titled "How One Waitress Actually Lost Money on a Table" by Colleen Mytnick ("The Insider's Guide to Dining," May 2005) was so insensitive. Is it possible that the elderly lady who ordered only a grilled cheese sandwich and a glass of water (not a terribly exciting choice from the menu at Joe's Deli) had only enough money to pay for her lunch if she got the discount she expected to get by using her Golden Buckeye Card? Was she "furious" because she was frightened and embarrassed because she now couldn't pay for her very frugal lunch? How much better this story would have been if the young waitress had secretly put in the quarter and allowed the woman to keep her dignity or, better yet, paid the $2.50 herself as a gift to the woman. My guess is that the woman "stiffed" the waitress on the tip because she had nothing to give. Apparently the waitress saw the incident only from her own perspective and today, as an older and — we would hope — wiser person, still sees it that way.