I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the great June 2004 edition of
your magazine. I found all of the information regarding suburb rankings both
informative and enlightening. I was a bit concerned though that Amherst Township
was omitted from your survey. Amherst is one of the coziest towns in Lorain
County. Not to mention they have one of the highest educational ratings by the
state of Ohio in the Northeast Ohio area. Maybe you could consider including
an article in one of your future editions highlighting the finer points of Amherst.
Thank you again for a great magazine.
Editor's Note: Space constraints limit what suburbs we can cover. In determining
our list of 65 communities, we include Cuyahoga County suburbs with populations
greater than 3,000 and then consider only the larger communities in outlying
I know in past years your magazine has included Painesville Township in your "Education
in the Suburbs" survey ["Rating the Suburbs," June 2004]. Unfortunately, this
year, you did not. However, Painesville city is included. There is a world of
difference between the two districts with the same first name. However, most
readers would not be aware of that difference and possibly be turned off to
even looking in Painesville Township for a home.
Our schools have ranked excellent two out of the past three years on the state
report card, have received numerous awards at all levels for recognized accomplishments
and have been selected by the What Parents Want award the past four years. It
seems unfortunate that such an excellent school district was left out when our
neighbor who ranked almost last in the Education category is the only one represented
with the "Painesville" name. I hope next year Painesville Township will once
again be included in your survey.
E. Jayne Lauer
Note: In the years we've ranked the suburbs, only the city of Painesville
has been included in our issue.
It was great to see your cover story on the Cleveland rock scene [April 2004].
I've always told people outside this area how rich and diverse the music scene
is, and always has been, here. The long list of local successes, some of which
you wisely included, emphasize that point.
And it's always nice to read about up-and-coming artists. I was particularly impressed with the unique Jaded Era when I saw them perform recently at the Odeon. So when I read that Esquire Magazine recently named the Top-10 rock cities and Cleveland wasn't among them, I was baffled. I've been to many other cities and checked out their club scene and most do not offer the wide variety of live music that we enjoy here on the North Coast.
Thanks for bringing that fact to others' attention.
Deanna R. Adams
(author of "Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection")
There is nothing wrong with a staged photo — if it is true to the subject. But your April cover photo of a supposed girl rocker is pretty bad. This chick doesn't even know how to hold a guitar convincingly. It's just obviously dumb.
W. Logan Fry
Turn Off the Twaddle
It was decidedly serendipitous for me to find the monograph on
Cleveland Heights novelist Sarah Willis ["Character Building," March 2004].
Having been an amateur writer for many years, I know how engrossing writing
We read that several writing programs at Cleveland State University ignited the lady's literary creativity. She turned off the television and wrote six days a week for three hours or more.
Undoubtedly, her time was better spent over her typewriter keyboard, and more profitable intellectually. Televised twaddle neither butters parsnips nor stimulates the spirit.
In "A Mother's Choice" [June 2004], while the term "mildly autistic" may be
correct when referring to a diagnostic scale, it is misleading when used as
a description of a child. It would be more accurate to write that Belal is a
child with high-functioning autism. Any person with autism or parent of a child
with autism will tell you there is nothing mild about this neurological disorder.
Correction: In "A Mother's Choice" (June 2004), the woman pictured on page
217 is Cleveland CAIR representative Julia Shearson, not attorney Svetlana Schreiber.