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Seething Euclidians 

Letters published January 10, 2007

Spare us the drama: Hip hip hooray to Scene for its yummy, sensationalistic journalism ["New Black City," November 8]!

Many Euclidians are seething at your grave disservice and wondering how (and why) Mr. Klaus selected Euclid to spew his apparently skewed perceptions of the city. A trip to any other inner-ring suburb reveals similar color-line shifts and that Euclid is no exception. If Euclid is the "New Black City," what does that make places like Bedford, Cleveland Heights, Maple Heights, and South Euclid? New Black Cities two through five?

The citizens of Euclid know better than to swallow your style of interviewing a handful of residents, then slapping together a divisive rant that discredits our community. Incidentally, a bar is hardly the environment that would foster rational, intelligent conversation.

The fact is, the borders of Euclid embody a colorful array of hardworking citizens and businesses who happen to (gasp!) believe in their city and are committed to a quality of life. We are staying put, proud to call Euclid our home. And we are taking active, visible roles to unify our community -- a positive difference, indeed.

Please do your readers a favor: Report the facts, omit the drama. And let's all strive toward the change we wish to see in this world.

Josette Farah

What's a Jew to Do?
A normal Jewish man's perspective:
I am writing in response to the story on Wendy West ["Cupid's Crisis," December 13]. I agree that it is hard to meet other single Jews in Cleveland. I think that the problem is that there aren't enough functions to attend. And it's the same few people who show up at them.

The Federation needs to step up, along with the Jewish Community Center and the area temples. With 81,000 Jews in Cleveland, only 10 percent of whom are in the age range of 20 to 30, why aren't more people attending the few events that they have? The word needs to get out there about the functions to people who don't normally attend.

As far as the statement that "there are no normal Jewish men," that's ridiculous. I am normal, tall, live on my own, and am in good shape. Hopefully 2007 will bring about a change in the planning of events.

Marc Solomon
South Euclid

Worst article ever: I just wanted to say that this article is one of the worst I have ever read. Not only does it make Cleveland look bad, but it depicts young Jewish teens horribly. I am appalled that I would ever support a newspaper that has an article as stupid as this.

Cleveland is a great place to live. You can easily meet other Jewish teens. Maybe you interviewed people whose personalities prevent them from finding a companion. I can tell by the quotes. You didn't give both sides to the story, like the many, many people who found significant others in this town as young professionals. What a horrendous story. I think you lost a reader because of it.

Matt Clement
Chagrin Falls

Serial Killer Abuse
In defense of Faggoty Frankie:
This is in response to Greg Merrill's letter [December 20]. Mr. Merrill writes that Frank Spisak was an employee of the Merrill family's business and that he addressed Spisak as "Faggoty Frankie."

I wonder if Merrill knows that harassment of this type is a violation of the law. Is it possible that this harassment by Spisak's employer contributed to his mental condition and his resulting crimes? I think the proper authorities should be investigating as well as educating Merrill and the way his family's business treats their employees.

Phil Murray

Suicide Watch
No room for stories about dead people:
I'm an absolutist when it comes to free speech and therefore support your right to publish this story. That said, I find this article ["Dearly Departed," January 4] in poor taste. Suicide isn't a laughing matter, and the death of a girl in an auto accident isn't either. If this was somehow educational, I think I've missed your message. If it's just for the sake of selling a few more papers, then I would encourage you to re-evaluate your purpose as a journalist.

Cody Baker

Straight Jacket
Ode to an amazing band:
My Morning Jacket ["The Morning After," November 29] is an amazing band. Definitely one of my favorite modern bands. Z was a really cool album, but I felt that It Still Moves was their best so far. At Dawn had softer, very beautiful songs, and I'm honestly not too familiar with their debut, The Tennessee Fire. I hope they draw huge crowds.

Steve Barrish

The Cheesy Stands Alone
Disco Inferno deserved Best Disco title:
Who voted for this year's Best Ofs [Best of Cleveland, September 27]? And when did you add a Best Disco Band?

I like Billy Morris, and I know he's a very respected musician in Cleveland, but come on . . . Best Disco Band? His band can't hold a shimmering ball to Disco Inferno! They have been playing in Cleveland for 10 years now, and the choreography you speak of in awarding Morris the Best Of was taken from Disco Inferno. Just thought you would like to know.

David Moore

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