Bashing Jane

Letters published May 25, 2005

Bashing Jane
You can't win with some people:
Not that I ever planned on going to see "Monster-in-Law" ["Seeing Jane Plain," May 11], but I thought Bill Gallo's comment that the movie showed every wrinkle on Jane Fonda's 67-year-old skin was really stupid. Let me get this straight: She's being criticized for being willing to be photographed in an unflattering way? If she had insisted on being shot through gauze, she would be slammed for that.

Lin Miller

Sikhing Enlightenment
Young religion answers some old questions:
I lived most of my life as a Protestant who was in constant search for spiritual answers and got very few. For the last year and a half, I have read about Guru Nanak Dev and Sikhism, and now my spirituality has never been better ["Bad Karma," May 11].

I have wanted to visit the Gurdwara, but have been hesitant because of these disputes. As far as I am concerned, Sikhism is the greatest of all religions. It is still a young religion and in what might be called an orthodox stage. It should allow itself some slight reforms for those who are still faithful. It is already a very progressive religion, and I have no doubt that it can adapt as time goes by.

David S. Campbell

Hotel Etiquette
Wonder what Miss Manners would say:
I read your article regarding Ms. Frazier and her dining companions, who seem to have run into what they call "racism" at the Renaissance Hotel ["Dining While Black," May 11]. This hotel has a duty to its guests to maintain a dignified establishment. Many people from off the streets wander into businesses to use their bathrooms or bother people for a few dollars.

I too was questioned for being there when I was at an event and wanted to check out their menu. Sorry; I wasn't offended, nor did I want my dinner paid for. I'm sure the vulgarity and cursing they used when approached gave some indication that they may not have the class or the dignity to address their concerns in an orderly manner.

Ladies, my suggestion is to grow up. These people have a business to run, and for the prices people pay to stay, they expect the classiest of services.

Jerry Beno
Maple Heights

Do as you would be done by: At the end of this story, you asked who's right and who's wrong. Both parties are right and wrong. I happen to work next to the Renaissance Hotel, and I see every day what goes on in Public Square. But it's just not black people out there begging and looking bad; it's all colors of people.

People should be treated according to how they show they want to be treated. If you act irate, then you should be treated irate. If you act respectable, then you should be treated respectable.

Yolanda Jones

A word from someone who was there: First, let's clear something up. No one in the place was dressed up. It is not that kind of place, just a bar. And the manager is a liar. I did not make a scene, and he was not even there.

Laverne Frazier

Union Libel
Corporate honchos steal from the rest of us:
In response to George Hamilton's letter regarding "greedy unions" [May 4], it is corporate executives and their boards who have caused jobs to be outsourced and offshored while real wages continue to decline.

Mr. Hamilton, I once thought as you did, that unions strong-arm companies into wages that are unsustainable. What I now understand is that all employees from mid-manager level and below need to be represented by a union. We all think that union wages are too high because we compare those wages with our own wages. White-collar workers, Republicans, non-union workers -- and the list goes on -- all think that $35 per hour for a pipefitter is ridiculous. But the truth is that the union workers are the only ones making a fair wage; everyone else is getting screwed. We shouldn't be saying that union workers earn way too much. We should be asking ourselves, "Why am I earning so little?"

And by the way, I am not a "socialist, liberal Democrat." I am an independent capitalist who is thoroughly disgusted with how the American way of life is being flushed down the global toilet to enrich the top 0.5 percent in our country. Neither corporate boards nor the government (ever wonder why all our senators and congressman are millionaires?) represent the people of this country. Only the unions will be able to save us, and the unions are most likely too late!

Michael McSweeney

Lovers of gold overturn the Golden Rule: I am writing in reference to George Hamilton's "Blame the Left" letter. I happen to work for a unionized store. It is not the unions that have caused the country's unemployment rate to rise, but the corporations that are more concerned with lining the pockets of their executives, political colleagues, and financial backers. This situation is not the result of overzealous workers at all, but the result of a country where success is measured in gold and where the money being made means more than the people who work for it.

John Slabinski
Garfield Heights

The Horse Course
Your Thistledown winner turns into dinner:
Thank you for giving this situation the space it deserves ["Eating Mister Ed," May 4]. Most Americans still don't think people eat horsemeat. They think that old, sick, decrepit horses are made into dog food and glue. Not the case.

If you take a look at two horses on our website, Iroquois Hills and Top Guns Fly Free, they were both headed to slaughter. Iroquois Hills simply didn't want to race anymore and hadn't placed in the last eight races he ran. There was nowhere to go but to auction. This horse is now competing at AA level on the Grand Prix circuit -- unheard-of for a seven-year-old horse.

Top Guns Fly Free had flipped over one too many times. He was deemed "crazy," just like the gray thoroughbred in Ms. Grollmus' story. They're not crazy; they're afraid. Rogue horses are one in a million. Rough and undedicated handlers are a dime a dozen.

That's part of the problem. People don't understand their animals, and their way out is to sell them, rather than take the time to learn or hire a professional to work with them.

Beverlee Dee
Bright Futures Farms
Spartansburg, Pennsylvania

Show jumper hurdles the slaughter pen: Thank you for your article. I own a horse that was rescued. It's a fabulous animal, now being trained for the jumping circuit. Just think: It could have been someone's dinner.

Jody A. Daugherty
Marcellus, Michigan

Many are sold, but few are salvaged: Thank you so much for airing the dirty secret of the Sugarcreek auction. We went to this auction last year and were able to pull a gorgeous black Percheron gelding out of the kill pens. He is sound, sane, and still has many good years of life left to him. We saw many other good horses in those pens, most of which just needed good food and care.

It is a scene that never leaves your mind -- the faces of those we had to leave behind, knowing that we could not help them all.

Cathy Siders
London, Ohio

Vote the Statehouse, not the steakhouse: Very good -- but sad -- article on the horses. Please let our state reps know to ban this barbaric trade of killing pets for food.

Scene made everyone aware of Summit County's animal-pound problems. Hopefully, it'll do the same for horses.

Christel Richard
North Canton

We should all be so crazy: Thank you for your article on the slaughter of horses. I am part of a small rescue that buys horses before they can be picked up at the track and sent to Sugarcreek. Many trainers at Mountaineer send their horses with a man who ships them directly to Baker.

I own three thoroughbreds that are ex-racers. They were all bound for auction because of leg injuries or because they were considered too dangerous. One of my horses was considered crazy. Now, six months later, my four-year-old daughter can lead him around and rides him. My two-year-old son is his best friend.

Your willingness to bring these issues to the public should be commended.

April Tennant
Enigma Ex-racers
Colliers, West Virginia