I was very troubled to read "I Know the Truth: Who Really Killed Lisa Pruett?" (August 6). You'll be happy to know that your article is being read across the country and perhaps even across continents, as Lisa's friends forward on the appalling and upsetting articles that the local weekly papers seem to love to churn out. Were there newsworthy information that had come to light regarding Lisa's murder or the potential murderer, it might make sense to write an article about her death and the investigation of it. Instead, you (and others in the Cleveland press) present stories, opinions and anecdotes as if you are omniscient and somehow see a truth that the rest of us do not.
As a friend of Lisa's and a friend of Dan Dreifort's, I am disheartened that you would choose to present any friend of Lisa's as desperate to cover up her murder and to close ranks in protection of her "real" killer. I do not know anyone who cared for Lisa who would wish for her murderer to be free. When Lisa was killed it shook our world. I am not sure that you can imagine how devastating it is to be a 16-year-old girl who must face the violent death of a beautiful person, the loss of a friend and the sense that the person who had done this might very well be in one's midst at any time. I assure you, had I suspected Dan (or anyone else) of killing Lisa, I would have said so to the police, to my parents, to my friends and surely to a jury.
I know that the pull of this story is strong. I have been living in that pull for 18 years now. I encourage you and your paper to allow Lisa's family, her friends, Dan and even Kevin to be left without this periodic opening of wounds, and to acknowledge the truth - that no article, no story, no anecdote will resolve the question of who killed Lisa and why, nor will they restore life as it was for Lisa, her family, friends or her killer.
Judi Miller Los Angeles
KNEEL BEFORE DIAMOND!
Thanks to Aaron Mendelsohn for being "cool" enough to give Neil Diamond's recent concert a great review (August 6). What's not cool is that this legend is not in the Rock Hall. I've been writing letters for over a decade about Diamond and other passed-over musicians, hoping it does some good. It's absolutely embarrassing that Cleveland's top music journalists have to begin interviews with Diamond or Chicago with, "How does it feel to be snubbed by the Rock Hall?" They should be saying, "It's great to talk to a Rock Hall member. Our city embraces you."
WNCX started a Hall of Fame of the People to address the problem. Though I completely appreciate what they have done, it doesn't really solve the problem. It's not exactly the same kind of honor and wouldn't hold much water with anyone outside Cleveland. The other problem is that it only covers one type of rock music. What about artists like Diamond, Chicago, Croce, etc., who aren't classic hard rock?
But the blame doesn't lie with WNCX; it lies with our beloved Rock Hall, which believes that Blondie has had a bigger impact on the world than Diamond. The Rock Hall has stretched the words that Alan Freed coined here so far that they practically have no meaning at all.
Diamond is the antithesis of a rock star and has admitted that his music is hard to categorize. However, his success is not. He has written songs for everyone from the Monkees to UB40, has been inducted into the songwriters hall of fame and received a lifetime achievement award. He explored African music over a decade before Paul Simon did and set the standard for the modern radio duet. Everyone knows a Neil Diamond song, not to mention 125 million albums sold and sold-out concerts around the world for four decades. He wrote an inspiring patriotic song that's never been more needed and recently had a No. 1 album. Shouldn't that make the Rock Hall say "I'm a Believer"?
How can artists like this be ignored? Maybe it's time we made more than a Beautiful Noise and demanded accountability! Hello again, Rock Hall, hello!
Brad Schreiber Lyndhurst
FBI SHOULD PICK ON SOMEONE ITS OWN SIZE
Jimmy Dimora is an easy politician to pick on. He is the epitome of the fat party boss gone stupid. That said, the recent FBI raids at his office and home - and the subsequent media excitement over the scandal - is pathetic. If Dimora were an Al Capone, then perhaps the raids would be warranted, but he isn't and they aren't.
In harsh reality, the raids show the FBI to be cowardly. Oh, it is so hard, dangerous and politically risky for the powerful FBI to be dismissing county employees for the day and carting off boxes of county documents. Oh, it is so daring and clever for the FBI to spend months investigating one insincere, obese commissioner and his lifelong buddy, Frank Russo.
In contrast, consider if the FBI kicked in some doors at the CIA headquarters in Virgina and carried out boxes of files documenting the use of torture against individuals in U.S. custody. And then to indict not only the CIA agents but their creepy bosses too. That would be news to get excited over.
Last May, the FBI disclosed that hundreds of agents had refused to participate in CIA-sponsored interrogations because of the use of torture in the Gitmo prison in Cuba. As early as the fall of 2002, FBI agents reported that "harsh and extreme" methods were being used, methods that they knew to be illegal. What did the feds do? The cowards ran.
Talis Munro Euclid
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