There's Hope for Hough
In response to "Hough Huff," by Laura Putre, in the June 29 issue of Scene:
I am a 17-year-old resident of Redell. My family has lived on this street since my mother was born. In this time, we have never really had any disputes with our neighbors. We've all basically gotten along. That is, until residents read the article about our street in the Scene.
What I don't understand is, how can anyone living on Redell, St.Clair, Hough, Superior, Wade Park, or any other neighborhood in the inner city believe that he is better or has any type of advantage over anyone else? We live in the same neighborhood, attend the same schools -- so how can you deem yourself superior to me?
A comment was made in the article that residents of Redell couldn't read; that we are "uneducated." I attend Martin Luther King High School on East 71st. I am a straight-A student, ranked number one in my class. I'm involved in the school as a tutor, I've received numerous awards, I'm active in community activities, and I was elected mayor of my school. My younger sister, who is also a straight-A student, was promoted from Mary B. Martin Middle School on East 82nd and Brookline. How's that for "uneducated"?
There's not one house on Redell that has a property value of more than $30,000 or $40,000. There's not one person living on Redell grossing a salary of more than $40,000 or $50,000.
My parents taught me that it's not how much money people make, the type of car that they drive, or even the house that they live in. These are things, not qualities. What distinguishes one person from another is honesty, integrity, humility. These are characteristics of a true Christian. God looks down on those who turn their noses up at others.
Lord knows, my family isn't perfect, and neither is any other family. We try to do the best we can with what we have. We learned a long time ago that God humbles those who "forget their place." That he is supreme. He didn't create one being better than anyone else. We are all equal. This stuff about the "Heights" and the "Ghetto" is nothing but a deluded fantasy! Located off of 79th, between Wade Park and Superior, Redell is just like any other street in the inner city. Anyone on this street who claims to be residing in the 'burbs should seriously seek counseling from a professional!
Everyone has death in their family. Death is a part of life. God said that "blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4). He didn't say that a street would be named after them!
For the pastor who received a "vision" to rename the street, I seriously believe that he should have his vision checked. He did say that it was the first time God "spoke" to him, so the dear minister must have been so overwhelmed that he was a bit confused. If the Prevo family is that important to Lane Metropolitan Church, I suggest renaming the church -- or possibly even a pew. Redell is Redell. Named after a 19th-century European family. Redell it is, Redell it shall remain. All those who perpetrate fortune and fame should seek help. The condition for treatment is called dementia. Prescription should be sought from a higher authority -- God. He creates life, he takes it away. The earth is his and his footstool alone. He reigns in absolute supremacy. Recommended dosage: every day, 24 hours straight, until there is a realization of equality and no more delusion of superiority, especially when there is no proof.
Janine D. Thurman
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Stanley Love Crosses State Lines
Thanks for the article ["Spin City," June 29]. As a 20-year veteran of following Michael Stanley's career, I appreciate any press that he receives. I have lived in New Jersey all my life, and it had not been easy to be a fan of his music. I have had to travel to Northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania to see the band live, and have relied on the Internet to keep up to date on his most recent stuff. I can honestly say I only heard MSB on Philadelphia radio one time back in the '80s -- and even then the DJ got the band's name wrong. And thanks to Razor and Tie, all the catalog is on CD. I'm not a real big fan of the new one -- it's a little too mellow for me, but it does have a few gems on it ("Tremolo Parkway" and "Downstream" are fantastic).
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Scene Not Linked to Blindness
I am writing concerning your June 4 article on Bad Religion [Nightwatch, actually June 1]. I know it's been a month, but it's better late than never.
I am a big fan of Bad Religion. Sure, the latest ones in the '90s weren't the best Bad Religion albums, but their new album is plenty better than everything else they've released in the past eight years. "It's surprising that it sounds so similar to every other Bad Religion record released in the latter half of the '90s" is what you wrote that made me somewhat furious. I didn't exactly lose sleep over this, but the fact that this was stated publicly is an outrage. Bad Religion has gone through a couple of decades fighting various genres of music. But they remain truthful to themselves and their fans. They haven't sold out. Well, the money Greg Graffin will be making after he graduates from Cornell will be enough to buy the band twice.
I'm not ridiculing your work. I think you do an excellent job writing. I enjoy reading Scene, and I will continue to read it until my eyes give up.
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