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Letters published June 15, 2005

Who's Lazy Now?
At least those clerks show up every day:
This is why Cleveland is such a damn mess ["The Bucks Stopped There," June 8]. Here is a woman who has been unemployed for two years, who depended so much on her ex's child support that she couldn't pay her bills.

There was a clerical error that stopped her from receiving the money, but why would that stop her from being able to pay her phone and electric bills? Ms. Foster said,"The people at child services were too lazy to get off their butt and go to the fax machine." Maybe she is just too lazy to get off her butt and go get a job instead of being so dependent on her child-support check.

Lisa Martin
Cleveland

Inquiring minds want to know: I'd like to know whether Ms. Foster is/was receiving financial assistance, such as Section 8. Does she receive a utility voucher? Has she used PRC funds to buy shoes? Why wasn't the 17-year-old working part-time to help pay for basketball camp? Was Ms. Foster receiving a welfare check? Was she receiving SSI? If not, why is she unemployed? Mrs. Foster should be reminded never to count her chickens before they are hatched. Ms. Meiser, don't be so quick to accuse others of errors. How many checks arrived correctly?

Susan Taras
Broadview Heights

It Gets Better
Setting the record straight:
I would like to correct a statement regarding Wish You Were Here made in the Around Hear column ["Dark Side of the Pavilion," June 8]. The writer states that "Wish has long been one of Cleveland's top-drawing bands, nearly selling out the Odeon several times a year."

The band very much appreciates the kudos, but they are grossly understated. From 1996 to 2004, the band has totally (not just nearly) sold out the Odeon a record 30 times out of 36 shows, holding the all-time sellout record for the Odeon. The band has also sold out the House of Blues twice this year. That is quite different from "nearly selling out the Odeon several times a year."

The band is very proud of this accomplishment and is looking forward to performing our biggest show ever in Cleveland at Scene Pavilion. We appreciate your support and the support of our fans in Cleveland, who helped to make this possible.

Eroc Sosinski
Wish You Were Here

Ban Local Color
AWOL story sighted in non-PC territory:
Regarding your story on the AWOL machine at the Stop On Inn in North Olmsted ["Much Abrew About Nothing," June 1], the writer, Rebecca Meiser, needs to have the word-processor program removed from her computer. The way she attacked the proprietor was totally unnecessary. The story was filled with lazy writing and cheap shots.

So what if Mr. Knopf has a "bulbous nose" and he is wearing a "bowling shirt"? What do we expect next? If she writes a story on an African American, does she write that he has "kinky hair and is dressed like a pimp"? Since when do physical features become part of the story?

The man should be commended for trying to make it in this world. The important part of the story is how the government wants to control our lives without checking into how the problem affects our lives first.

I hope that the proprietor of the bar cancels his advertisement with your paper -- not because you wrote the story, but because your paper attacked him and tried to make him and the people who visit his establishment look like fools.

Thomas Kemmett
North Olmsted

Blowing booze blows: Good article on that AWOL machine. I own a bar and tried the thing out when a buddy and I were at a place in Akron. To me the whole point of going out is for the social experience, and my friend and I felt like idiots, standing in front of the bar sucking on a tube for 10 to 15 minutes while everyone else was talking and having a good time.

I think lawmakers are wasting our money pursuing this. A sheer lack of interest will kill this. Thanks for the good article.

Mike Beder
Kent

Abridged
Much more can be told:
I read with interest your article concerning the suicides at Y-Bridge in Akron ["Suicide Bridge," June 8]. I'm sure you are aware that the media can play a powerful role in educating the public about suicide and suicide prevention. Stories can and should be more than a sensational recitation of facts.

The writer can responsibly inform readers about the likely causes of suicide, its warning signs, and recent treatment advances. I believe it is important for the media to highlight information about prevention. We believe one of the most effective ways to prevent suicide is to help people learn how to recognize the signs and know how to respond to them.

Rick Oliver, Director of Crisis Services
Mental Health Services, Inc.
Cleveland

Hung in with this one to the end: I usually read only the articles that stand out and are short and sweet (I don't have a real big attention span). "Suicide Bridge" stood. It's very well written -- gave me chills, even. It was disturbing and sad, but it was another reminder that the world's a crazy place and you need to be aware of people around you.

I applaud Denise Grollmus for a well-written and captivating article. Job well done.

Colleen Griffith
Euclid

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