The Big Picture 

Letters published October 12, 2005

The Big Picture
Credit where credit is due:
Letters like Mike McCormick's [Letters, September 21], alleging that Scene, of all publications, is racist toward blacks by calling Kenneth Blackwell an "Uncle Tom" and "former black man," are ludicrous. McCormick does his own letter a hypocritical disservice by stereotyping Democrats as "whiny liberal Democrats," when not all Democrats are liberal and certainly not whiners. Scene was simply referring to Blackwell as an individual, and not judging blacks as an entire group.

And, yes, there is proof of election 2004 voter fraud, such as the purging of legally registered black voters from the polls; Republican groups handing out phony fliers of switched voting polls in predominantly black neighborhoods; a top official at Diebold, which made the voting machines, caught circulating a documented letter promising Bush a win; and an electricity outage near Akron, where people struggled to vote with flashlights! The list of fraud goes on. Conservatives are the unbelievable racists, not Scene.

Democrats did not bother to keep fighting about the election, because no matter how unqualified or unintelligent Bush is, some people will always justify what he does, because he's a card-carrying member of the Old Boys' Club. White Republicans sit ignorantly by, as Bush protects his children from war and sends others off to die. Only fools would be cheerleaders in their own death.

Any black man -- or white man, for that matter -- who supports such a farce is not only a former black man, but a former human being.

Leslie O'Malley

Preaching to the Choir
Whose records would Jesus buy?
Though not a Stryper fan, I applaud them for their message ["Jesus Jams," September 28]. But how can you refer to songs by Slayer and Ministry as even remotely Christian, when the vast majority of their work is clearly satanic? How can you include a quote from Mike Stipe that is clearly not Christian?

"Spirit in the Sky" is really the only clearly Christian song that you include. There's a ton of well-known modern and classic rock bands -- not even Christian bands -- whose songs and lyrics are far more Christian than those you chose. The bands you mentioned . . . well . . . suck.

Next time, do your fucking homework. If you'd like a list of relevant bands and exquisite Christian lyrics, e-mail me and ask.

Brian Gabel

Bum Steer
Cosmically baffling:
Per your recommendation, I decided to check out Cosmic Collectibles in Lakewood. I'm still trying to understand why this store was voted "Best Retro Housewares" [September 28]. You referred to the store as a "retro treasure trove." The store had very little merchandise.

I expected to see a well-stocked shop. Clearly you've been to Flower Child, since it was voted "Best Place to Buy Old Issues of Playboy." Flower Child is the mecca for retro/vintage housewares in this town. They do it brilliantly and with much pride. They should feel slighted and insulted. Was this supposed to be a joke at their expense?

Deanna Romano
Fairview Park

Asleep at the dial: Just letting you know about an error in the "Best of Cleveland 2005" issue. You list WCSB as being found at 88.3 FM. This is quite incorrect. WBWC is located at 88.3 FM, playing great alternative rock. WCSB is located at 89.3 FM, home to 669 and other standard college-radio programming -- though I'm positive any listeners who mistakenly tuned in WBWC due to Scene's misprint were surely not disappointed.

Ben Toplek

Trash talk: Your article, "Best Dumpster-Diving: JC Penney Outlet Store" [September 28], is very offensive. I am an employee at JC Penney Outlet, and many people agree that it is a good store, if you are looking for bargains. The writer of your article obviously did not think very well about what he/she wrote, as it encourages people to look through the bins at night.

The is a terrible area, and to be out at night would encourage trouble. It was senseless to support people stealing from bins. When people steal anything, it hurts the economy, even if you don't consider taking from the trash bins stealing. It hurts the employees, it hurts the makers of the products, and so on.

An apology for this article would be a rational way to stop people from actually carrying out your suggestion.

Kathy Bellett

From our fan: Once again, your "Best of Cleveland" issue was a very informative and resourceful compilation of reviews and recommendations. Six major categories and 248 entries (I know -- I read all of them) gave the reader a valuable, positive insight into what Greater Cleveland has to offer and why. I look forward to every issue. Thank you, Scene!

Jim Bailey
Seven Hills

Leaky Vessels
Swifties' boat don't float:
I tried taking Tom Wright's suggestion [Letters, September 14] and did a Google search, using the words "Swift Boat vet truths," but it came up with mostly half-truths.

Diane Palen
Shaker Heights


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