From the Desk of the Former Mayor of Cleveland, The Honorable Michael R. White




Straight from Scene's letters to the editor inbox, for your reading pleasure.

Dear Sirs and Madams,

It would behoove you all to examine this weekend's Plain Dealer. There, instead of the vile muckraking and insinuation you find littering the Scene, you'll see an actual piece of journalism about my latest success, the Yellow Butterfly Winery, located in bucolic Tuscarawas County. Though it may a stir disbelief in jaded lewdsters such as yourselves that a former public servant can find contentment in the country, the PD was more than willing to present my current state in breathless prose unclouded in the main by foul accusation. Lo, finally a reporter who didn't come calling with rude questions about secret FBI affidavits, or millions of dollars in unscrupulous contracts, or the interminable list of former city hall staffers currently incarcerated on corruption charges, or even my past brief yet largely-unsubstantiated acquaintance with Nate Gray. Nay, only cads such as yourselves would venture such calumny, you who once had the temerity to write: “[T]he City of Cleveland was open for business during the reign of former Mayor Mike White. And that business was extortion.”

Finally, an uplifting piece of journalism about how hard work and effort pay off! And they even provided a gallery of photographs so I can shown off my acreage and trim frame!

Yours in Christ,


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.