It's a green thing: I have been both a black business owner and a customer of Scene for two years, and I read your recent article regarding City News ["Pay Up, Honky," January 5]. I want you to know that not all black people agree with what City News is saying. In fact, I find it appalling.
These companies have a right to advertise wherever they want to and wherever their research says will yield the best return. Businesses not run with profit in mind do not survive -- not to mention that the amount of advertising spent by large white companies in successful black magazines and newspapers is in the billions each year.
These papers are making excuses for the fact that they have not built readerships in the markets that many businesses try to target. That is their own fault. I have never advertised in a black magazine or newspaper, with one exception, and I am black. And I will not do so, until someone shows me there is a profit to be made if I do.
Kevin Ramsey, Managing Partner
Highpoint Development Corp.
Down With Dems
Hillary haters, this one's for you: Your film critic's assertion that The Manchurian Candidate was effective Republican-bashing makes it clear why Democrats will have many more elections to lose ["Second Run," January 5].
Having just seen the movie, I am quite sure the matriarchal figure who is in on the plot is a caricature of Hillary Clinton, the brainwashed son is John Kerry, and the senator whom the son drowns is as close to Ted Kennedy as they could get.
If your critic somehow thinks that in the minds of the public, the mingling of corporate powers and politicians is strictly a Republican affair, may I suggest that he get with the facts. Almost anyone who hasn't buried his head in CNN or Dan Rather knows by now that Democrats receive just as much as Republicans do, if not more, from those big nasty corporations they spend their lives trying to destroy.
If this is the best you can come up with for Republican-bashing, then please bring it on.
George T. Hamilton
Ponte -- Counter Ponte
Chew on this: The views were stunning -- but the food and service were not ["Ponte Well Taken," December 22]. We waited at the front desk of Ponte Vecchio for a good five minutes before anyone came to greet us. Our extremely aloof server (who was of the "don't smile too much, cuz it's not cool" school) mistakenly described the wine we had ordered and did not correct herself until we questioned her again. Finally, the only beef option on the menu was downright chewwwwy! I'd like to try Ponte Vecchio again -- next time wearing an Elaine Cicora disguise!
The Heck With Beck
From the president of Bob's fan club: The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association is a union that should never have been ["Beck's Last Stand," January 5]. Cleveland is the only city that has two unions for police.
Bob Beck tells his troops only what they want to hear. The truth isn't in him and never was. Mr. Beck takes money, he doesn't make money. His solution is lawn signs and raising taxes on a community that has lost 40 percent of its population and earns an annual income of less than half that of the police officers he represents.
Cleveland government should be downsized, along with the tax base that has been shipped to China with the blessing of both political parties. Mr. Beck is drunk with power and is the most evil man in Cuyahoga County.
Money down a pothole: Dear Mayor Jane Campbell: I live in Summit County and commute to Cleveland every day. Every two weeks, when I receive my paycheck, there is a very generous portion of it taken to fund your wonderful city. I am writing you this letter to ask for a portion of it back.
I work very hard for my money, which I use to pay my bills. And now, thanks to the poorly tended roads and the ungodly size of the potholes that reside in them, I need my money for a new set of tires.
Recently I became a new car owner, and thanks to the Ford Motor Company, my car came with a new set of performance tires. I am entitled to an amazing warranty that covers pretty much anything that could ever go wrong with my car. However, neither Ford nor the tire company will honor my tire warranties, because the problem was not caused by defects in their products, but by harsh road conditions (i.e. , giant car-eating potholes).
I do not drive fast or furiously. I am just a 20-year-old male who is trying to make it from point A to point B in one piece. I'm sure that your slew of Cadillac Escalades has no problem climbing over the massive potholes that you and your staff embrace, but my car cannot take this kind of beating. I am asking you to do the right thing and help me pay for a new set of tires for my practically new car. I'm also asking that you fix the potholes so that my next set is not also ruined.
I don't think that this is an issue that needs to be resolved in court, nor do I think that I'd win against your fancy lawyers. I'm just a guy asking for some of my tax money back to fix my new car that is hurting, thanks to the neglect of you and your staff.
And send in your nominations: Just finished the Art Modell Awards for 2004. I really laughed out loud at most of it. Keep up the great work in 2005.