They're not all schnitzel-eating Nazis: Regarding the Christkindl Market article ["Krautballs!", October 20] and Akron's inclusion of 20 German artisans in this year's event: Akron and the City of Chemnitz, Germany, established a sister-city agreement in 1997. Such exchanges promote peace and friendship. These relationships are important because they open the door for future business and trade opportunities, and facilitate cultural and educational exchanges. Your writer failed to include this important information.
I would also take issue with the offensive photo and terminology. The German American community is very upset. The picture and story were deeply insulting and did great injustice. Ohio is home to nearly 4.5 million citizens of German ancestry. These individuals contribute greatly to Ohio's culture. There are over 100 German American societies and organizations across the state. These societies date back to 1848. Many of them host many German celebrations. President Reagan felt strongly that the German American presence was important, and he proclaimed the 6th of October German American Day.
Roman D. Fedkiw, Director
Governor's Office of Multicultural Affairs
Bright College Days
Then that slide down the razor blade of life: Thank you for mentioning "the last Sigma Chi kegger at Kent State" in "The 2004 Art Modell Awards" [December 22]. I enjoyed the article, and being taken back to 238 East Main Street at my alma mater was very pleasant indeed. Now that I am spending life as a lowly public servant, the old keg parties and drinking songs at the Sigma Chi house are but a sweet memory.
We actually had a little award of our own, called the C.V.M. award. The inscription on the plaque read, "Sigma Chi was my first love, and she shall be my last." I think it was given to the guy who talked about getting laid the most, but actually got it the least. Anyway, your writing provided a nice chuckle and a big smile.
20 percent could make drinking unhealthy: Do you always make up your own quotes [First Punch: "Guns Don't Kill People," December 15]? Chad never said this. Actually, 80 percent of those in the club probably wouldn't qualify for a concealed-carry permit. Can you? I hope you do not call yourself a news reporter. You sound more like a newsmaker!
Hell to Play
Big stones fan: Thomas Francis's article about Glenn Schwartz ["Lord of the Strings," December 8] was quite a sad and disturbing commentary about a very talented man with a twisted vision of salvation. I don't know what well-worn Bible Glenn reads, but in mine it says, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."
For talent like this, you shut up and listen: I've seen Glenn Schwartz many times in the past, with both James Gang and PG&E. I consider the former to be the best rock band ever to emerge from Cleveland.
In the '90s, Glenn would show up at a West Side jam night. It seemed as though the entire barroom staff and audience (the majority of them players) stopped talking and went slack-jawed as Schwartz's blue notes cut through the beer joint's clatter and din. Sure, he's whack and maybe unpleasant to be around, but what talent! If there's a better area guitarist, I don't know who it is. I'm a fair guitarist with a good ear, but I say Schwartz has no peer in this town.
Demonic god vs. religion-hater: Rick Kalister's letter about Glenn Schwartz is probably the most blasphemous I've ever read. "The demonic god" of the Old Testament? You'll have to answer to God later for that, Rick. I would say you're in a lot of trouble with Him. Everyone has to answer for every word out of his or her mouth. You've got a lot of answering to do for that one. As for Glenn, his only problem is that he found religion instead of God. It's a fact that God hates religion. If people would actually read the Bible, they would find this out.
That speaker's still blown: Reading "Lord of the Strings'' by Tom Francis brought back a lot of memories. Twenty years ago, at the Tavern on Vine in Eastlake, I use to catch the Schwartz Brothers along with Robert Lockwood Jr. The story back then was don't ask Lockwood to play "Sweet Home Chicago," and don't bother asking Glenn Schwartz anything. Just shut up, watch, and listen to him play. Sage advice. Glenn was unable to shut his piehole back then to let us really appreciate his musical skills, and it sounds like he still has that trouble today. What a bummer.
Even Jesus was a peacenik: The "Jesus of the Week" feature on your website seems a little bit like it's making fun of Christians. We on the left need all the allies we can get. I recall that peace rallies in Cleveland were held at Trinity Cathedral and that a lot of my compatriots in the peace movement are Christians.