I was visiting Cleveland over Labor Day weekend, and I picked up a copy of the Scene. Your "Dead Run" story [August 31] was truly fabulous. I'm a journalist myself, so I can't help but pick up papers when I'm traveling, but I really just grabbed Scene to see what was happening in the city. Instead, I was pulled into the story with intricate details that did a great job of conveying the emotions and series of events.
Game? What Game?
This is exactly what Cleveland lacks: creativity and an attitude of fun [Tailgate Like a Clevelander; September 7]. Even the average Joe knows Cleveland can be great. Standing on the Muni lot with a beer looking out over the lake or back toward the city skyline is the city at its finest. Using some sort of policy toward being a Debbie Downer is not the way to deal with the inevitable drunks and problems that arise from a lot of people drinking a lot of alcohol in one place. I would provide volunteer cab rides or add police to control things or do something positive. This city doesn't lack business; it lacks creativity in solving problems. That is what killed Riverfest. Anyone who remembers Riverfest can recall our own Mardi Gras and it was a blast! We need Riverfest back!
Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing
No doubt Cleveland sports talk radio is sub-par [Readers Sound Off on New Sports Talk; August 10]. Most sports programming in this town is one-man shows. The same tired format of a host with a telephone, an hourglass set at 90 seconds, and little substantive chatter. What we don't get is investigative reporting, in-your-face interviews, or any really intelligent analysis. The TV stations in this town are a joke when it comes to sports coverage and analysis. This isn't a bit surprising with the lack of any real media coverage of the media itself. The local TV and press give themselves a free pass from the scrutiny you contend you are here to provide. The really late-breaking news about any Cleveland sports team comes from ESPN or The New York Times. So should we be surprised that the sports talk bar is set so low?