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Issue Date: January 2005 Issue


Community service

Andrew Zashin ["The Divorcing Woman's Best Friend," November 2004] was my attorney during my divorce and child-custody case. His representation of me was outstanding. I can attest to the fact that he is passionate, considerate and extraordinarily dedicated to his clients. Andrew's unwavering dedication and accessibility (at all hours of the day and on weekends!) was extraordinary. Moreover, Andrew surrounds himself with the best people and achieves sensitive, customized results for those whom he represents — results much better than the "meat-cleaver treatment" courts must necessarily dole out.

Although Colleen Mytnick's article was both enjoyable and positive in its treatment of Andrew Zashin, I am not sure that she captured the passion and skill that he demonstrates on behalf of his clients. These are the qualities that make him an outstanding attorney and an outstanding human being. Cleveland Magazine performed a great service to the community by profiling this individual.

Ellen L. Glickman

Bused to bust

Cleveland's No. 1 poverty ranking ["Poorer Us," November 2004] may be in part due to forced busing. A generation or more of Cleveland children did not receive a proper education because money that should have been spent on smaller class sizes, teacher aides in each classroom, tutors, equipment, supplies and books was instead spent on lawyers, court costs, purchase of buses and fuel and payment of salaries for bus drivers.

Children spent hours riding buses instead of in classrooms, arriving home too tired to study. Parental involvement in school activities was impossible because children's homes were on the other side of town from the school.

Because of forced busing, some people became rich but the schoolchildren and their families remain poor.

Norm Lindway
(formerly of Rocky River)
Charlottesville, Va.

Never called

Yes, I would agree with Luci Herczog Dalton's comment in the November issue regarding theenjoyable nostalgic review of Cleveland children's television. My recollection of Miss Barbara's looking glass is memorable in that my name was never called. It would be interesting to see if myname is evenlisted in the Baby Names books of the '50s.

A unique nameis great. It was only recently that I experienced someone calling my name and it wasn't me they were seeking. Can you imagine my distress in realizing that I could not claim ownership or relationshipto the Halle Brothers? Thanks, Mom,for a great name!

Hallie Matelski Davis
Beavercreek, Ohio

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