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Issue Date: June 2009


Yet, More Debate About One of Our Steamy Covers
Please, please no more food on the covers. Obseity is a big problem already. We need more hot babes on the cover to inspire us.
Richard Aukschun
Chain Reaction
How are the Silver Spoon Awards decided — by readers or by your staff? Most of the awards make sense to us, but there are two that we see as way off the mark. How could you pick the Olive Garden (the home of the runaway salt shaker) for the best Italian chain, when there is Maggiano’s? And even worse, how could you pick Red Lobster (famous for overcooked everything) over McCormick and Schmick’s for best seafood chain?
Roger & Jane Warner
Cleveland Heights

Editor’s Note: Our Silver Spoon Awards are voted on by readers. Ballots are printed in December subscriber issues and available online via our Web site.
Critical Thinking
As a former journalism teacher, my sympathies are instinctively against attempts to muzzle outspoken views of any newspaper critic (“Critical Sinking,” April 2009). As a frequent patron of the Cleveland Orchestra, however, I had long felt frustrated by the unremittingly negative reviews of conductor Franz Welser-Möst byPlain Dealer music critic Donald Rosenberg.

It must be reminiscent of the infamous onslaught conducted half a century ago by the late Claudia Cassidy of theChicago Tribune against Rafael Kubelik of the Chicago Symphony. But Cassidy wrote in a day when Chicago had four daily newspapers. In a one-newspaper town, the one-track critic is king.

Twice I remember reading favorable reviews of Welser-Möst concerts I had attended, doing a double-take, then glancing up to see someone other than Rosenberg’s byline — Wilma Salisbury’s, in one instance. One solution to the problem might have been for thePD to alternate Rosenberg’s accounts with others’ more often, or even publish alternative viewpoints alongside his.
John Vacha
Homework: Pencil in These
Additions to Your City List

In this month’s issue, you featured Waterloo (“The City List,” April 2009) and places to see there, but I was sad to see that my friend’s art gallery/studio was not mentioned. His name is Jerry Schmidt, and he runs the Waterloo 7 Studio and Gallery. Located at 16006 Waterloo Road near the Beachland Ballroom, the gallery has some nice events. Please check out his Web site at
Erick Giblock
I hope it was an oversight leaving us out of your City List guide to Larchmere and not because we did something wrong. We’ve been a part of Larchmere for seven years now, longer than many of the businesses listed in the guide for our street. When people think of Larchmere, they think of many services, but mostly it’s the antiques. We’re very disappointed.
Cynthia Colling
Aspire Auctions

Editor’s Note: It was a tough decision narrowing our City List for each neighborhood. We hope what we did offer intrigues readers to get out and explore.
Skating Through Our Archives
I recently did a Google search for roller-skating rinks in Cleveland, and your article on skating pleasantly surprised me (“On a Roll,” June 2008). I’m sad to report the rink featured in it, the Rollerdrome, has since closed. But I recently passed by the defunct Rollerdrome and noticed some activity. Renamed the Pla-Mor, an “opening soon” banner stretched across the old sign. I hope you can feature skating in the Cleveland area again, or at least a note regarding the Pla-Mor opening.
Christopher Carney

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