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Taking a Stand for Stan
Regarding Mike Tobin's piece on Mayor Stan Trupo ["Big Bucks in Berea," May 27] (full disclosure: Trupo is a friend of mine): Trupo may be too honest and have too much class to be a 1990s politician. He is misguided enough to believe that his priority should be serving the people of Berea, as opposed to spinning stories and slinging mud. In the article, Tobin states "(The National Football League eventually agreed to assist the city with upkeep)."

Any astute Cuyahoga County resident should realize the NFL excels at extorting municipalities all over our country. When all is said and done, it is possible that there is only one community that actually benefits from the NFL. That community would be Berea. Mayor Trupo politely stood up and made the NFL honor its lease. There is another community quite close to Berea that should have done this. This community had a leader who gave away the store to keep "the name and the colors." It had a newspaper at its service to disseminate information that this community had outfoxed the NFL. The NFL is now paying funds to Berea and being paid funds by Cleveland.

Trupo now receives a substantially greater salary than when he arrived. This is public record. There is nothing devious about this. Trupo's resume could easily land him a job where he could make much more than he is currently earning. It is his intention to remain at his current job until he completes certain tasks. These tasks include seeing the Browns return, the overpasses built, and successfully bringing in more jobs to the city.

There clearly is an anti-Trupo sentiment among a select group of citizens. Your headline would have been more appropriate to say "certain residents" as opposed to "residents." The votes have shown how residents in general overwhelmingly support Mayor Trupo.

I am proud to know Mayor Trupo and his family. I am sorry to see him receive below-the-belt shots. I admire him for not stooping to the level of his opponents, but for the sake of his family and friends, wish he would try to do some PR, so he would receive a portion of the credit he truly deserves.

Thomas O. Shaper
Shaker Heights

You Can't Fool Mom
While I acknowledge that Mark Naymik attempted to write a fair piece on the effects of the civil war inKosovo on the Cleveland Serbian community ["The Burden of Being Serbian," May 27], I was shocked to see the way he misquoted and misrepresented my comments on the war. I took the time to explain that atrocities have been committed by both sides in this tragic war, and that the U.S. media have focused primarily on the actions of clandestine Yugoslav military and paramilitary units. I stressed that their actions do not represent the attitudes of the majority of Serbs.

For some reason, Mr. Naymik chose not to print these comments. Instead, he cut and spliced our conversation into one quote that does not represent my views on the conflict or the Serbian community at all. The comments on my mother were taken completely out of context. She is a kind and loving person, and it was especially hurtful to see her portrayed in a negative light.

Milan Perisic
Rocky River

A Call for Meathook Justice
Regarding Jacqueline Marino's piece on Female Genital Mutilation ["Women's War," May 20]: It is unfortunate that there are many countries with Neanderthal governments that allow this sick, sadistic savagery by letting these lowlifes treat women like nothing more than a piece of meat. It only makes one wish that justice would take place by making these sickos rot on a meathook with their heads up their ass.

Name withheld upon request
Mayfield Heights

DMB: A Fate Worse Than MSB
I have been a Dave Matthews Band fan for quite some time, and I must say this was probably the worst show [Gund Arena, May 12] I have ever seen. Not just DMB shows, but any show ever (including Michael Stanley Band shows).

First of all, I felt a little out of place, since I was old enough to drink, while most of the concertgoers were under the age of sixteen! I haven't seen that many tank tops in ten trips to SouthPark mall. But on to the show, or lack thereof. This particular show lacked what brought me to be a fan in the first place. The band played a song; stopped; giggled amongst each other; Dave said, "thank you" to the crowd; the band giggled some more; and then they played another song. In every other show I have seen them play, the thing that makes them great to see live is, they continue one song right into the other. It keeps the show flowing and gives some interesting funk in between songs. I don't know if they are tired, but they just didn't have the composition that they once had. Not once did they play songs back to back.

And finally, for paying $39 for a ticket, I think DMB could have given the capacity crowd at the Gund a little more than one song for an encore. I don't think I am acting greedily, but a poor working concert lover like myself likes to get a little value for my dollar. I was very disappointed that I made the two-hour trip from Columbus to see this show at an indoor venue that usually provides better sound quality. If I had known the show would have been so disappointing, I would have stayed at home and listened to my Live at Red Rocks CD. Thanks a lot, Dave. I'm really disappointed.

Steven F. Atkinson

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