Your Government Inaction
Heartache for Garfield Heights: Thank you for the article ["Tomb With a View," January 10]. My heart aches for those who are ill or who lost loved ones. I wish I could say I'm surprised, but I expect the worst from our government. Money is the bottom line. They are all corrupt and couldn't care less about any of us.
More Jewish Solutions
The hunt for unattached professionals: Read last month's article "Cupid's Crisis" [December 13]. Interesting. And your dry humor was hilarious.
Your story's theme is not limited to that community. Many of us can empathize. As a transplant to Northeast Ohio, I have found it difficult in general to make inroads with this area's "born and raised," unlike in other cities. (Even my closest Jewish college/grad-school friends would most likely agree with me that the community is too insular.)
Suggestion: The formal/benefit season is about to pick up again. Have the community federation types attend the few that are aimed at the twenties-thirties-plus crowd for a change. At least they will come into contact with a different set of unattached professionals, yes?
Looking away from the picket line: How can Cleveland City Council -- the folks who regulate cable TV -- sit and let Time Warner break the production union [First Punch, December 13]? You mean the same city council who passed some asinine ordinance supporting unionized workers in Northern Ireland?
Catering to Kookheads
An ode to jackass journalism: I appreciate the unflagging loyalty some show for right-wing zealots like Kevin O'Brien [First Punch, December 13]. Things like facts or intelligent arguments mean nothing to guys like him, and there are guys who, for whatever reason, love the O'Briens of America for their bravado of ignorance.
I e-mailed O'Brien a number of times a year or so ago, largely on his shallow PD columns that casually dismiss the suffering and stupidity going on in Iraq, and the many issues there that have proved to be fact in spite of his own swaggering claims to the contrary.
Is he a jackass? Yes, proudly, regardless of whether it even insults his own paper or city. In conversations with him by e-mail, he showed a remarkable lack of knowledge of American history and domestic issues today. There is no right-wing activity too illegal, too immoral, or too damaging to America for him to condone or rationalize. He is a Republican first and an American a far distant second. Some guys are OK with that. I'm not, so I've moved on and read elsewhere.
Every newspaper seems to have one guy like him now in an effort for fairness. I believe his official title is "Right-Wing Nut Job." Fine, let him rant. The kookheads will flick their lighters and cheer his crap.
Then the rest of us, who really care about America, will read something else more intelligent and rational.
Help for Autism
Why there's faith in futile cures: I was offended by the suggestion that parents are just desperate people who are putting their children at risk by believing in a futile cure ["Raising Joshua," November 15]. Has the writer read David Kirby's book Evidence of Harm or checked out the Autism Research Institute (ARI)? ARI has parents rate various treatments, including medical treatments, and chelation is the one most consistently cited as helping younger children.
There are also many articles available on the site explaining the vaccine-autism connection as well as many other possible contributors to autism. And remember, the science that "disproves" the link is just comparing mass groups of children. It doesn't consider if there's a subset of children who are particularly susceptible to mercury because of a faulty immune system, difficult birth (in the case of babies given the Hep B shot with mercury within a few hours of birth, like my son was), and other conditions that might weaken the system.
I also was very offended by the sarcastic tone, especially the bit about parents sounding like "housewives selling detergent." As an at-home mom, I'm tired of the old stereotypes. We're home because we want to take the responsibility of caring for and educating our children ourselves, not because we're fascinated with laundry. It's a job we don't want to delegate.