I read your article about Grace Leon
(January 2004). Your title "State of Grace" really should have been
"Amazing Grace." I do not pretend to be old friends of Wayne and
Grace, but our paths crossed years ago when they worked out at
Kings Gym. You could see it then: They adored each other and were
always consistently friendly, just wholesome people.
Approximately two years ago, tragedy paid my
family a visit. Then, I ran into Grace at a police function and we
talked, briefly. We connected on the phone and have had many great
talks. She doesn't bring her loss to the forefront as much as she
demonstrates her concern for myself/others. She has helped me more
than she will ever know. Grace has made a difference. She got me
through some days that must have been tough for her, and I know I
am not alone. Grace Leon is there and can be counted on for
friendship, support and her ability to reach people on all levels.
She is a voice that will not be silenced. She is "Amazing
It was such a pleasure to read about John
and Kristin Anderson in your "Most Interesting People" piece
(January 2004). Kristin came to our house on New Year's Day to do a
follow-up report on our new canine adoptee, Jessie. Jessie,
formerly known as Maverick, was deliberately hit by a car while
crossing Euclid Avenue in October. WKYC was the first to put her
sad story out on the airwaves.
Kristin is very professional, yet very
friendly and easy to talk to. She put us at ease immediately and
even our cranky-old-lady golden retriever took to her. I never once
had the impression that I was in the presence of greatness. Talent,
yes, but superstardom? Definitely not. Kristin shared that John,
too, falls asleep during football games. We both live in houses
with very high ceilings and neither of our husbands will let us
turn on the lights ?up there? until they figure out how to change
the bulbs. Kristin gave us the feeling that she?d come over from
next door to visit, and she just happened to be bringing along a
guy with a big camera.
Although Lristin is a cat person, Mollie,
Cady and Jessie would like her to know that the pretty lady with
the soft voice is very welcome to come back any time. Thanks,
Kristin, for exploding the myth that media people are a remote and
elite group. You are a wonderful ambassador for your
Joy Walters and
Your "Most Interesting People" article
should have had both Kelly Holcomb and Tim Couch. Possibly, the
issue was made up before the end of the football season, before Tim
essentially replaced Kelly as the starting quarterback.
They should have been shown together. It was
really the quarterback controversy that made a season like that
interesting; and it takes two to tango.
It's not easy to have a friend take your job
without complaining bitterly. And it's not easy to make a comeback
the way Tim did under those circumstances -- not to mention all the
hits he took. These are things that make Tim
All you said about Kelly was true, but you
should have included Tim to bring out the true essence of the '03
Imminent Eminent Domain?
Lakewood voters did the right thing when
they stopped the West End project and the use of eminent domain
("How the West End Was Won," January 2004). We wouldn?t force our
parents out of their homes just to lower our taxes and give us cool
places to shop, and we shouldn?t force our neighbors out for the
same reasons. The seizure of property that will not be owned and
used by the public is wrong, un-American, unconstitutional and just
The next fight over eminent domain abuse
might be in Willowick, where the homes of lakefront residents may
fall before a bulldozer under the city's master plan to build
upscale housing and shops. Willowick?s council president has
signaled his willingness to use eminent domain to seize property in
support of the plan on which city council has spent over
It is because of these abuses of power that
I have been a supporter, since 1999, of the Institute for Justice.
The public-interest law firm came to the aid of Lakewood property
owners and has published a book, available on its Web site,
detailing numerous cases in which government abused its power of
eminent domain. I wish them good luck and good hunting.
A Psychic Friend
Saw a recent article by Lane Strauss about
Anna Burroughs Cook, a psychic in Elyria [Fast Lane, January 2004].
Thought the article could use a more in-depth profile and a few
more success stories on Anna. I have had readings from her and
found her to be extremely accurate. She is also working on a book
and several other projects that your readers would find