Wrong so much, he's back around to right: I have a confession to make. I read Roger Brown's columns in The PD, certainly not in the hope that I'll learn anything ["The Sniper," August 24]. I do, however, enjoy the real-estate transactions, the scoops from nonexistent insiders, and the last-known whereabouts of the scary-talented but eternally unemployed Ronnie Duncan.
It's obvious to even the casual reader that Brown's drivelmania is printed largely for comic relief. I imagine Hewitt, Hoynes, Livingston, Shaw, and the rest of the gang gathered around a pot of coffee and a box of doughnuts four times a week to laugh their collective asses off at Roger's latest scrawls. The mind truly boggles.
There is one thing about Rog that puzzles me to this day: How can he be so wrong about the abilities of Tom Hamilton, Jim Donovan, Charlie Minn, Mike Cairns, Buddy Groom, and hundreds of other no-talents, but be right on the money about Mike Trivisonno?
Definitely a better offense than defense: I grew up in Canton. Though I didn't attend Timken High School, where there's a sudden outbreak of teen pregnancy [First Punch, August 31], I was reminded today of the Timken mascot and team name, the Trojans, which could not be more ironic, given the sad situation.
All moms deserve better: I recently read the article "Now What?" [August 17] and was horrified that you published such an explicit picture of Ramona Krotine. It made me sick to my stomach.
She was a close family friend. She deserved better than to be displayed in the trunk of a car for people to gawk at. It was pure sensationalism.
Before printing another picture like that, think about how you would feel if that were your mother.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Beg to differ: As an INXS fan, I resent your cynicism toward the group ["Go Ahead, Tear Us Apart," August 31]. Michael Hutchence did not die from "alleged autoerotic asphyxiation." That INXS peaked in popularity in 1987 is an opinion, and since it's an international act, it all depends on what country you live in. The average age of Rockstar INXS contestants is 30, while the average age of INXS members is 44.
White and Gray showed their true colors: For three years in the late '90s, I worked as the marketing manager of the Cleveland airport. Cleveland Hopkins was in a growth mode, and many managers with experience at airports from around the country were hired to complement the local folks. My job ended late in 1997, just weeks after Mike White was reelected as mayor.
On a gray Friday morning in December, all the airport managers were called into an interior conference room. Starting with the airport director, they pulled us out of the room either in pairs or one by one. Mike White sat behind the airport commissioner's desk and glared at us as if we were drug pushers or child molesters. The mayor's chief of staff, LaVonne Sheffield-McLain, nervously told us that we had been terminated. CPD officers escorted us as we cleaned out our desks. The few managers remaining were rudely told to get back to work and not talk about what had happened that day.
Soon thereafter, the city awarded a professional-services contract for parking-lot management to Nate Gray and his partners, using what was described as a "qualitative" versus "quantitative" analysis of the bids. Simply stated, that meant that the Nate Gray team had lost the bid under the standard point-rating system, but that the city decided to give them the contract anyway. Sheffield-McLain and Assistant Law Director Rachel Nigro Scalish were judges in the bid-review process.
So it was great to be able to sit in the sun on Public Square, reading your wonderful "City for Sale" [July 20] article.
Forced breeding turns women into cattle: To Marilyn Kopp, John Gilliland, and all other pro-lifers: I consider it a moot point whether a morning-after pill is technically an abortifacient ["Bitter Pill," July 13]. It should always remain a woman's choice to bring a child into the world, because it will always be that woman's responsibility to care for that child. To force this upon a woman is to show no more respect for her than a farmer shows livestock.
I challenge any religion to convince me that a woman should be forced to bring an unwanted baby to term and then give it up to rich strangers or raise it in poverty. While I respect Marilyn Kopp's wish to provide helpful resource referrals of networks to help struggling single moms -- of which I am one, by choice -- I cannot ever condone this maltreatment of women.
If you want to prevent abortion, do more to prevent unplanned pregnancies by raising men to be respectful of their partners, women to command that respect, and both to take an active role in birth-control decisions and responsibilities.