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Monday, May 12, 2008

Judge Linda Teodosio & the plague on the American workforce

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2008 at 2:27 PM

After reading “Canning Miss A,” our feature story about a model Summit County Juvenile Detention Officer who was fired thanks to dubious office politics, a reader called in to say that it isn’t just the Summit County Juvenile Court that’s plagued by ineffectual bureaucracy – it’s the entire American work force. And it sucks: “Just want to compliment you on that article on that Teodosio judge or whatever the hell she calls herself. I think it’s fair to say -- at least, you know, I’m 51 right now -- that that right there is probably as much as what’s wrong with the American work force and so common place that any other issue, it’s just people like her. They don’t know what the hell they’re doing, they come in there, they think they’re God and want to make these changes. But at the end of the day they make it so much worse and just reshaped it. And ten years later you wonder why did you even have to go through all this, because they’re gonna have to turn it back anyway to the way it used to be. So, um, well that’s real good exposure, so thanks a lot.”

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Public Square: Thoughts on smoking pot & deceitful pizza delivery guys

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2008 at 5:00 AM

There's two things that just completely burn my ass that I had to write in about. Number one: I have on video people getting high at the Cleveland Public Library (across from my house). They do it daily and cops drive by and give no attention to it. It's right across from all these people trying to bring the best out in Ohio City by opening their businesses here -- Fit, Johnny Mangos, Kimos Shushi, The Studio. It's the freaking library. Seriously, daily from 3 to whenever you will find 30 year olds smoking dope and drinking all day...

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Does a Scene reporter have a hidden agenda in the Michael Kaminski case?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 6:09 AM

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What to do with a man who robs a video store with a cologne bottle?
I am very disappointed in a Denise Grollmus articles -- here's the first, here's the second -- pertaining to Michael Kaminski. She did not report as accurately as I would have imagined a "crime fighter" reporter to do. She appears to have a hidden agenda here and we would like to know what it is. Please advise. Thank you. Concerned Akron Editor's note: Denise's agenda -- if you could call it that -- isn't exactly hidden. Call it a difference in perspective between rocker world and the rest of the world. Seeing as how we have a pretty significant crime problem in these parts, you might say people are sick of it. So when you try to rob a video store -- and a clerk just trying to do his job -- you're probably not getting much sympathy. For most people, the dope addict excuse stopped working around 1962. As for suing the guy from the neighboring store who kicked the shit out of Kaminski: That dog don't hunt. Take this before any jury between Pittsburgh and the Mississippi River, and they're not just finding the guy innocent -- they're giving him a plaque and taking him to Red Lobster. He's the guy everyone wants around when something like this happens. But who cares what we think? Let's go to a higher authority, our readers: What does everyone else think?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Reader: Army should investigate rapes in a war zone

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 12:54 PM

After reading this week’s feature story, “No Oasis,” about women being raped and harassed by their colleagues while working for private contractors in Iraq, a reader named George called in to offer his insights. As a Vietnam veteran, he says the Army should be responsible for investigating these crimes:
“It’s sad to hear these things are happening nowadays. But again, I think you’ve got idiots 9,000 miles away from home, they think they can do things that ordinarily they wouldn’t think of doing here at home.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Public Square: Eulogy for the death of WMMS

Posted By on Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 5:55 AM

Well, it has finally happened. WMMS has gone all talk all day long. Although WMMS has struggled since its glory days to find a morning team, it seems they are satisfied to just forget the music and fans that made them and just go talk all day. Don't get me wrong, I listened to Rover before his move to WMMS and more power to him for advancing himself. But we have longed for a morning show that combined talk AND music for far too long. I have listened to internet stations that are creating listener driven playlist mixes that ARE working and are a pleasure to listen to. So I guess i'll retire my buzzard sweatshirt, remember the glory days of Jeff and Flash, the boom (rip), kid leo and so on. For those that like talk all day long you now have a great source, but damn if I'm gonna just listen on nights and weekends. R.I.P. WMMS Ralph Depetris Rock Creek

Reader: What’s a little rape when you’re in a war zone?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 5:22 AM

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If you put yourself in harm's way, says our reader, expect to be attacked by perverts.
In case you missed Dick Feagler this week, an anonymous caller to Scene is providing your substitute fix for crotchety old man commentary. He was calling about “No Oasis,” this week’s expose on women working for private contractors in Iraq. Several women, including an Olmsted Falls truck driver, allege they were raped and harassed by their co-workers, and the crimes were never prosecuted. But according to this caller, they should “stop whining!” …

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Reader: What about artistic license? (And the suburbs?)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 5:19 AM

At first blush, your First Punch bashed another Judy in belittling attempts to coax people into buying Cleveland homes ("Marketing Cleveland," third item). Reportedly, the new townhomes and lofts in the central city will sell for more than a quarter-million dollars, but you rankle at a brochure trying to lure the capitalists to buy! So a photo shows lush trees and cozy houses through a loft's windows -- an admittedly less than realistic view of the urban environs What then? Have you never heard of artistic license? A worse aspect of the commercial message is the portrayal of the homeowner returning to his city residence, having a drink, resting on the sofa, feeling the breeze and hearing "the hum of the city." Drinks, comfortable furniture, and breezes also exist in suburbia; hence, the restful murmur of traffic is the sole conceivable enticement to purchase. Yeah, but we got that out here, too. William Dauenhauer Willowick

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