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A Time for Pants 

Letters published April 7, 2004

A Time for Pants
Underwear stories aren't for nations at war:
Okay, Scene, the March 17 cover "Scandal in the Mayor's Office" was funny, but this week's article, "The Underwear Underground" [March 24] is ridiculous. Aren't there any better stories in Cleveland?

Kevin Hoffman's story on "pop punkers and indie rockers" in only their underwear exposes a general disregard for decency in our society. Are these girls hookers by day? And what kind of a relationship starts with meeting nearly naked? The last thing young people need is more emotional baggage.

We are a nation at war, and all Scene chooses as a top story is young asses. Give your readers a break. Show us some respect and put your clothes back on. Your integrity is showing.

Regina Edry
Akron

Go Figure
Dem'd excuses:
Did Pete Kotz ever believe he would be an apologist for a politician? His article, "Defending Campbell" [March 17], is just that. Mayor Campbell is totally overmatched for the job. It isn't her fault. She is an administrator, not a leader. The mayor's job requires leadership, decision-making, and management skills, of which she is totally devoid. Shame on all of us for even allowing her to get this far in her political career. If she were a Republican, Kotz would have skewered her for lack of skills. Now he makes excuses.

This entire town seems to think that the only bad politician is a Republican. Yet this city has been run by the Democratic machine for the past decade, and look where we are at. I know Scene loves to attack George Voinovich, yet when was the last time Cleveland was on an upswing? As much as everyone in this town loves to mock the business community, they are the only ones that can bring back the growth and opportunity we need. Yet why would they, when everyone in the city makes them out as the scapegoat?

Stop apologizing for the mayor. Let her run the finance department and administer all day. We need a leader.

Mark Schmitz
Westlake

Got it in one: In response to "Defending Campbell": Brilliant! You are wasted in Cleveland, but you nailed this story cold. Keep it coming.

John Ballard
Lakewood

Schoolyard Blues
Brain drain starts with busted budgets:
While I respect First Punch's point of view in "All hat, no cowboy" [March 10], the article should have stated that while Cleveland Public Schools boast that 99 percent of their teachers are fully licensed, the district continues to rank among the worst in the U.S., with a graduation rate of less than 40 percent, leaving behind 5,000 students who drop out each year.

Mark Thimmig
Akron

It's those mental-health days: "All hat, no cowboy" demands a rebuttal. Scene cites Cleveland Heights-University Heights as having 75 percent of its staff licensed. The district purports to have an attendance rate of 94 percent and a graduation rate of 86 percent. With all this "education firepower," however, the district is on academic watch, having passed only 9 out of 22 standards!

What is really alarming is that we budget in the area of $1.2 million for substitute teachers annually. What good are all these well-credentialed staff, if they are out 20-plus days a year?

Charles Byrne
Cleveland Heights

Where's the Love?
Derf ain't got no state spirit:
I am writing in regard to "Derf" in the March 17 issue. I was absolutely disgusted with the narrow field of attack, not to mention the utter lack of support for our state. I understand that comic strips are supposed to be "funny," but degrading people and our own home is not "funny." I believe that this is an act of insubordination.

It is obvious that Derf does not have the full understanding of Christian morals. I am completely appalled that this trash was published. I will not pick up another Scene.

Katey Vallo
Canton

The Spoiler
Critic gets a bum review:
I have read many reviews by Christine Howey, and I'm wondering: Is there anything she likes? The latest catastrophe is her review of Bee- Luther-Hatchee. It's obvious she didn't understand what she was seeing, so she decided to spoil it for everyone else by revealing all the twists and turns. She demeans what is an exceptionally good piece.

If you don't like theater, Christine, why don't you find something else to do? Don't spoil good theater with your narrow-minded critiques.

Eva Withers-Evans
Cleveland

Booing the Blues
Teach the children to fear them:
"Blue Mob" [February 25 and March 3] sickens and angers me. I can't believe that somehow, somewhere, someone, including the hospital staff, can't do something. I wouldn't be scared of you KKK punks. Hell, I might just become a lawyer to take on you scumbag cops. I've taught my kids and grandkids that you have to be more afraid of half the cops. There is nothing that warrants beatings like that, no matter what. All you bastards need to be put in prison with a bunch of ethnic groups you can't stand. I grin now at your pain and suffering.

N. Innes
Elyria

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