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Border Porn 

Letters published 1/25/06

Must've been a slow day on the bridge: While I was trying to cross into Canada at the Peace Bridge border station, the Canadian Gestapo flagged me for not having a certain required paper among the job-related documents I had brought with me. A border Nazi asked me to follow him to a little room and proceeded to inspect my belongings and my person.

I had a copy of The Plain Dealer and a copy of Scene in my suitcase. The agent removed them and began reading Scene, page by page. After about 10 minutes, he left the room, returning with what must have been the head Nazi, who told me they were confiscating the magazine for being -- get this, folks -- pornographic. I protested, but they would have none of it.

Ultimately, because of the paperwork issue, I was unceremoniously dumped into a cab and returned to the United States -- minus one Scene magazine. What pissed me off more than anything was that I was in the middle of reading it and had to endure the bus ride back to Cleveland wondering what became of "The Prisoner and the Millionaire" [January 11]. Now, that is pretty ob-Scene!

Tim Smith
Medina

The Blame Game
Mother Church works with what she has: Thanks to Scene for keeping the pressure and spotlight on the Catholic Church and Diocese of Cleveland with the Modell Award ["The 2005 Modell Awards," January 4]. The award is right on the money in citing the efforts of the diocese to hinder victims' ability to collect from lawsuits. There is no better example of how obsessed the church has become over its money than the appointment of an ex-Nazi to oversee the Vatican Bank and the Catholic Church.

The Vatican's twisted edict blaming the gays ignores thousands of girls who were molested by male priests. The church experts ignore the fact that gays prefer consenting adult partners of the same sex, whereas pedophiles prefer any child. The Catholic Church is not going to come out against the real perpetrators -- families with a history of incest. It needs the guilt money it gets when Johnny joins the religious life to escape the predators at home. Then the cycle is repeated as Johnny, now a priest, goes after children. Most pedophiles were victims -- that's where they learned it. Basic abnormal psych.

I was raised Catholic, but I never saw a priest stand up in the pulpit and address alcoholism, drug addiction, spouse abuse, or incest. Now they come out and address same-sex issues. Well, what can you expect from a church that has a guy with a 9mm on the front steps to keep the homeless people out?

Tony Weishar
Fairview Park

Bread and Circuses
What? No clowns in a Volkswagen? I loved reading the "dynamic entertainment environment" quote ["Call the Ringmaster," January 18]. I attended my first Cavs game at the Gund in November and found it to be a perfect environment for people who suffer from attention-deficit disorder. I found it difficult to actually concentrate on the game, although by the third quarter I was able to tune out the scoreboard and most of the other fluff.

Unfortunately, I misplaced my ticket stub, so I didn't get my free Chalupa. Maybe next time I'll win a set of dishes.

Karl Lucas
Akron

Of Lethal Age
Quit giving kids 4,000-pound weapons: Your report [First Punch, January 11] that accidents involving teen drivers under the age of 16 have decreased is a result of the many positive changes made by Substitute Senate Bill 35. Still, there is work to be done. A new AAA analysis of teen-driver crash data shows that in Ohio, between 1995 and 2004, 1,173 lives were lost in crashes involving young drivers. Of these, 428 were drivers between the ages of 15 and 17, 386 were their passengers, 289 were occupants of other vehicles operated by drivers at least 18 years of age, and 70 were nonmotorists.

This analysis shows that the majority of people killed in teen-driver crashes are people other than the teen drivers themselves. Representative Tom Raga's bill, which would push the age for a learner's permit back to age 16, is a good bill.

Brian Newbacher
Director of Public Affairs, AAA East Central

Playing Dead
Eleven hours, two sentences: Dan Strachota's article ["Dead Like Me," January 11] was a mission to trash the Grateful Dead and to some degree their fans too. He hates them, but then decides to listen continuously to 11 hours of their music? His trite descriptions and acridly comical phrasings gave me the impression that he was doing stand-up -- just to prove the point that Dan hates the Grateful Dead. Oh yeah, Dan, you said that already. I just wonder why Scene gave you a whole page. You made your point in the first two sentences. But the title sure fits your journalistic sensibilities: Dead Like You.

John Gouskos
Medina

Keeping Score
Track those soundtracks: Someone is late on this ["They Did WHAT?," December 28]. It says The OC did something new with the TV-show soundtrack boom. Not. Fact: Buffy and Dawson's Creek did that. Buffy's soundtrack to this day is one of my best CDs. Roswell had fantastic music. Oh, and Gilmore Girls has rocked since its first year. The WB rules great music in shows. The OC is years behind. Make fun of The OC for something else.

Katrina Kenyon
Westlake

Laughing Matters
More comics -- and forget the boring stories: I pick up a copy of Scene nearly every week at Johnny Mango's in Willoughby for one purpose: to read "The City" and "This Modern World." For the most part, your articles don't interest me, but I enjoy the comics and feel there should be more of them. Why doesn't Scene run more?

Haans Petruschke
Kirtland

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