Milkweeding Out Pagan Myths
I'm the guy with the rattle at the end of Mark Naymik's cover story ["Out of the Broom Closet," May 6]. Attorneys and experts working for the U.S. EPA and other organizations are concerned over the so-called emergency work order and action at Frank Giglio's property. The allegation that the vegetation had potential to attract rats and skunks is a myth that has been refuted by many technical studies, along with the common misidentification of milkweed and much other natural vegetation as noxious.
Regarding the issue of Giglio's dilapidated mansion, he is seriously considering selling it to a responsible developer (who would restore it to high standards) and keeping the remaining property. Among other things, the resulting money could be used to help build an easy-to-maintain, beautiful, circular residential and ceremonial structure integrated with a restored ceremonial garden, etc. However, the cooperation of the Cleveland Department of Parks, Recreation, and Properties; the Division of Building and Housing; and others will be needed to make such a win-win solution possible.
President, Earth Religions Assistance
Cornett Environmental Consulting
He's Just a Giglio
Mark Naymik's article about Frank Giglio's troubles struck a personal chord with me. To the casual and skeptical reader, Naymik's article might appear as slightly "spun" in Giglio's favor. I lived next door to Giglio for about two years, and I can tell you that he is as persecuted as he appears to be. On many occasions, he was there to help us out of a jam or just hang out. Once, while we were out, our house was robbed by way of the highway behind our houses. Giglio not only chased the burglars away and recovered our television and microwave, but he put up fencing and encouraged shrubbery growth behind our houses' shared area to prevent a recurrence.
He always cared for his pets, his friends, and his home. He's had some hard times, but so have we all. I will concede that his property lacks the traditional aesthetics of new "designer" rehab projects in Tremont. But what his home lacks in traditional aesthetics, it makes up for with personal, spiritual, and artistic freedom. I think Frank's detractors miss what made Tremont cool in the first place: the Bohemian spirit of the neighborhood.
Pagans Say No to Murder
I am alternately pleased and disappointed in the May 6 article "Out of the Broom Closet." It was much less condescending or condemning than most press concerning Pagans--especially those that have appeared in our very own Plain Dealer. Your attempts to understand and report on a complicated and alien subject such as Paganism are sincerely appreciated.
But I feel that I must clarify a few points for Scene's readers. First, [Pagans] are not really so different from everyone else. Our defined moral values are the same. No murdering or stealing. We prefer truth over lies. We value monogamous relationships as much as anyone. We respect our parents, our friends, the elderly. One of our main tenets is respect for the earth and all life contained therein.
Here is another fact about Pagans and Paganism that was skimmed over a bit in the article: All Pagans and Pagan belief systems are not alike. Just like the term "Christian" covers many diverse groups, so does the term "Pagan." A person following Wicca and one following traditional Shamanism are about as much alike as a Catholic and a Southern Baptist. Finally, I am rather concerned with the imagery used in your article. With all due respect to those Pagans who do, many of us, even the Reverends, priests, and priestesses, do not dress in our robes and other garb except for certain meetings and celebrations (and sometimes not even then). I can pretty much guarantee that you wouldn't be able to pick me out of a crowd if you didn't know me. And I do just fine in an urban setting, thank you.
The Gathering Worldwide Witchcraft &
Pagan Origins: All Greek to Us
Well-done article on the Pagan scene in Cleveland, with a balanced presentation of opposing points of view. But I never before have seen Paganism defined as an Eastern religion. Furthermore, Wicca is based predominantly on ancient Western European cultures, especially British and Celtic, rather than on ancient Greek or Egyptian.
St. Louis, Missouri
Now, Back to More Butt Weasels
What are those of us who can't get college stations supposed to listen to now? If this is the home of rock and roll, where will new rock music be heard? Will there be an alternative to theurbanmotowntopfortysaccharinesweetsoftrock generic bullshit that seems to inhabit the dial from end to end? What bean-counting, pencil-necked butt weasel decided that the birthplace of rock needed another rock history anthology station?