Going down on Cleveland development:
While on business in your city, I was amused to read The Edge's views about development in Cleveland and how businesses would prefer to build new facilities in the South [August 23]. Frightfully, to build here in the South, many places are forgoing "buying the mayor a pint of whiskey and a $20 hooker." So desperate are these Southern communities to steal the last of Cleveland's businesses that many mayors are now accepting domestic beer and a rough grope to seal the deal.
Yes, Cleveland should very soon have no businesses left, except for those expensive $20 hookers (our gals go for $5 now) and a few bars. When you see the Rock Hall relocate to Orlando, then it's time to change your newspaper's name to Manatee Scene and relocate down there, too.
New Port Richey, Florida
Extremefest, another well-intentioned Cleveland failure:
In response to the Undercurrents comments in Soundbites [September 20], I can only say that I wonder how much attention Cleveland is really getting from the music industry. For two years (1998 and 1999), I had an event called Extremefest, which was very much the same concept as Undercurrents.
I'd have the event for two days, have "virgin" bands open, have a bunch of local bands relating to rock and metal, and try to build a band-industry connection. Although it was fun, it barely got attention from the fans or the music industry. I don't know what may have hindered the events, but I really wished that more people would have come. The bands put on great performances.
I felt bad for the bands after a certain local radio show failed to show up. I sent fliers to a few local talent agents, and they failed to show up, too. This, and the fact that I really lost my shirt at the ticket booth both years, resulted in discontinuing the event.
With Extremefest's "all about the bands" concept now six feet under, I really have to question what's going on in the local scene. Cleveland has a lot of local talent spanning many styles of music. Let's support them. Just because they're not playing Gund Arena or the Rock Hall doesn't make them any less talented.
Free shots at the competition:
Regarding the "Look for the Union Label" commentary [The Edge, September 27]: While I'm glad to know that more than Jason "Scapegoat" Bracelin's "writing" sucks, we should hardly be shocked by such punchy capitulation. I should know -- I used to be the Stutz Bearcat of Cleveland journalism. Like most journalists who pretend to be writers, his comments are a flagrant attempt to suck up to an editorial Jane Fonda wannabe -- all in hopes of saving his insignificant cub reporter job. I guess they don't teach "no comment" in journalism school anymore. You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is.
A smattering of gratitude from rural Ohio:
As a resident of Russell Township and a township trustee, I was excited to see our community recognized by your magazine as Best Country Living in the City ["Best of Planet Cleveland," September 27]. It is Russell's rural quality that attracts residents and keeps them here. The vision of a community that lives in harmony with its natural environment began in the 1960s. It has taken many years and much sacrifice by residents to realize that vision. Your award confirms that we have accomplished our goal. Please accept our gratitude for honoring that effort.
Props for the Cop-Stop Shop:
I want to thank you for being named Best Cop-Stop Doughnut Shop. But I would like to know how you got the idea that our shop is claustrophobic. The area where customers sit is all glass. You can see outside from every seat in the shop. How else could the cops sit there and drink coffee and eat the best doughnuts around, if they couldn't see their cruisers?
Bob, Kathy, and Ken Peshek
Owners, Royal Donut