Sister M. Immaculata Dunn
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Whole bunch of something: Excellent article. Sounds to me like a whole bunch of blackmail going on. Of course, the Ohio Catholic hierarchy has a lot to hide. Like who is having so-called celibate sex with whom.
What else are they hiding? The FBI needs to investigate this.
Skin and Bones
The paper that's starving America: Thank you for publishing alternative news in Northeast Ohio ["The Vanishing Act," August 30]. While you probably count on advertising to pay your bills, I still can't decide what is more disgusting: the strong culture of anorexia in this world, or that Scene recognizes this and still chooses to litter its paper -- including that very article -- with advertisements of scantily clad, underweight women, who use sex appeal to grab consumers' attention.
Don't be a hypocrite. If you prefer money over our society's mental and physical health, don't expect the girls mentioned in your article to be able to make sound decisions about their health either. Think about setting some standards and principles for your publication.
Wrong Move for the Right
Scene-stealers set a bad example: The God Squad Scene-swiping fools [First Punch, September 6] absolutely infuriate me. I am concerned that this may set a precedent for the conservative right throughout our nation.
This is despicable behavior for all the right-wing lugnuts who profess to be "good Christians," yet take it upon themselves to judge and throw stones at the very foundations of this country. Thank God for the intelligence of your library. Your readers may have a little more difficulty getting your paper, but at least they know they're protected by people who care about the rights of citizens of this country.
Leigh Anne Robinson
Little Rock, Arkansas
You gotta take the gimmes: I'm not from Cleveland and never lived there. Just stumbled across your publication when searching for information on an author, saw the "Fulwood Watch" column [at clevescene.com], and loved it. Thank you for your clever, hilarious commentary. Keep those columns coming.
The Eagles are a scream: I cracked up when I caught the Eagles of Death Metal ["Life in the Fast Lane," September 6] the other night, here in Columbus at the Newport. I have listened to Death by Sexy and dig it a lot, but when I saw EDM with so much energy and having a blast, I just laughed. Whether Jesse Hughes' charisma is an act, or he's really like that, it really fit the music. The guitarist really stood out too -- kind of horrifying. Great band.
The Fish Beat
More coverage for anglers and netters: The perch article ["The Battle for Lake Erie," September 6] is the best piece I've read about Great Lakes fishing and the struggle between anglers and netters. This is a complex issue, deserving of further examination. I hope Scene will continue to explore it.
The Church thrives on mutual dislike: Thank you to Michael Goldberg for a great article on the Church ["Pop Apostles," August 16]. These guys continue to put out terrific music (yes, there have been a few misses), and the new disc absolutely glistens. This band has been doing it for 26 years, and they keep getting better, even if they don't particularly care for one another.
I saw them at the Beachland and thought the show was just great. I hope they hang around for 26 more years. And I hope your article can garner this band a few more fans.
Get the Lead Out
Judging from the kids, it's everywhere: After reading the article on children with lead poisoning ["The Poison Kids," August 16], I'm beginning to suspect that nearly all the kids on my street have it. They are loud, inattentive, unstable, and perhaps stupid. So are many teenagers and young adults.
At least we don't have to worry about repainting toys anymore. Now they are made of plastic and so cheap that we can just throw them away. Plastics, bleaches, and the fire retardants on most of our upholstery generate massive amounts of dioxins. I can't wait to read about that mess.
Most of these problems could be avoided if we adopted new standards of construction. Double- or triple-hulled brick walls with exposed conduits for electrical wiring and plumbing would mean that we don't have to mess around with drywall or paint. I'm all for it.