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Federal Flimflam 

Letters published October 24, 2007.

"The New McCarthyism," October 17

Can you pull off a conspiracy, if you can't even spell it? Of course they are incompetent. That's why they work for the government. You know when you renew your license, the people on the other side of the counter? It's the same people. This is why I refuse to believe the government-conspiracy people. You know, the Kennedy assassination thing, the 9/11 Tower Number Seven thing. Never happened. They are too stupid to pull it off and cover it up. Great article.

Dennis Fogarty


"Why Are We Still Paying Him?," August 15

Sewer Mouth

Somebody's gotta tell the dirty truth: Speaking for the majority of the public, I wish to say a great big "Thank you" for your very honest article. Now, unless public disapproval can generate a sliver of conscience in the Sewer District board members and make them reconsider this extremely poor choice as director, we stand in the grim fear that Julius Ciaccia will be greedily spinning in every direction, with his greasy palms outspread to grab money from those who "discreetly" poison our water, lakes, and rivers.

Fare-thee-well to Lake Erie and the Rocky River, with this incompetent criminal in charge. We will all see our bills quadruple as he manipulates a system he knows nothing about. Cleveland's entire infrastructure will collapse with Ciaccia's lack of ethics.

Thanks again, Lisa, for the article. It's a pity The Plain Dealer doesn't report the real stories anymore. Let me know if you hear of any proactive groups to get rid of Ciaccia, please.

Anelia White

East Cleveland

"Class Action," September 26

Brush Off the Bad Rap

Positive messages lead kids to success: I know people are tired of the separatism we face in the media every day, even though a lot of us feel like we are all in this — educating and raising our children — together. It is not easy for any educator or parent to keep our kids on the right track, no matter the ethnic background.

However, it has been more of a challenge to keep our young black males on track. They have been coated with the thought that they can't achieve and are not intelligent. You can thank the media for that.

Brush High School is trying to change that perception, one student at a time, and I thank the media for mentioning that as well. It is nice to know that when I am at home, teaching my children how to be good students and lifting them up, that their school system is doing the same. The task seems huge, but with one family at a time, one child at a time, we can as a society be a well-educated people.

Carla Wainwright

South Euclid

"Best Blog"; Best Of 2007

The Best Part of Waking Up . . .

. . . is George in your web browser: George Nemeth is the godfather of blogging in Cleveland. He's a human aggregator. Saves me from reading the Pee Dee daily. Brewed Fresh Daily — this is real Northeast Ohio-rich content. Congratulations and thanks, George.

Susan Miller

Cleveland Heights

Best pit stop on the information superhighway: George Nemeth is one of Northeast Ohio's true treasures, leading by example and hard work to create a platform for dialogue in a region closed to new ideas and transparency. He's given voice to the individuals that make this area so dynamic, despite the continual lack of leadership in the public and private sectors.

I'm honored to be a contributor to Brewed Fresh Daily, thanks to Mr. Nemeth. We should be grateful to count him as a good friend.

Douglas Craver


Except for Nemeth, it's a poisonous brew: Like many cities, Cleveland suffers from a civic discussion that is disjointed, personalized, off-target, and at times toxic. That might serve narrow interests, but it does little to create the respect, trust, and collaboration we need to address some of our biggest challenges. Brewed Fresh Daily fills the void. People can argue, disagree, learn, teach, and laugh. George touches the voices of Cleveland in ways no others have. In BFD I can see a future for Cleveland. That's why I spend time there.

Ed Morrison

Cleveland Heights

"Artsy and Intellectual," September 26

Selling Out by the Pound
From creative to commercial in two easy steps: By not mentioning Genesis' greatest hit, Selling England by the Pound, your article is a very incomplete set of words. This was their pinnacle. The musicianship and writing ability had reached its peak among Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford, Banks and Collins. Absolutely phenomenal.

There aren't many bands that can compare to what Genesis did here. The three men who call themselves Genesis today are transformed people. What used to be great musicians are now one-note, commercial garbage salesmen. I would love to go back to 1973 and play them some of their mindless one-note sequencer bass-line pieces of crap. I think it would guarantee a few heart attacks among the band members.

Once Peter Gabriel left this excellent band, they were in trouble, but still kept their musical heads above water. Once Steve Hackett left, that was it. They were done for. From the very late '70s on, this group of three men was to take the name Genesis and drag it through the trash heaps and flush it down the toilet. What a shame.

Rick Ray


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