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Style TIPS 

Letters published November 19, 2005

Clothes make the tot: I just read your "School Daze" story about The International Preparatory School [First Punch, October 5] and the earlier article, "Dream Killer" [July 29]. I have two friends whose children and grandchildren attend the school. Both say that the school charges $300 tuition per year. However, according to the Ohio Charter School Association, charter schools cannot legally charge tuition. TIPS is making almost $300,000 a year in tuition from poor families who obviously don't know any better.

Also, my friend told me that when her daughter started kindergarten, she had to buy special monogrammed oxford shirts, which were supposed to be available at Schoolbelles. But a few days before school started, she was told they would have to be special-ordered, which would take several weeks. I gave my friend a catalog for low-priced school uniforms, but TIPS told her that the girls' blouses have to be monogrammed and have to come from Schoolbelles. TIPS would not let her daughter start school until she had the monogrammed shirts.

My friend was also told that her daughter could not attend school without penny loafers. She could not wear regular loafers, oxfords, saddle shoes, Mary Janes, etc. -- only penny loafers. Her daughter also needed an expensive wool blazer. Monogrammed shirts, wool blazers, and $40 penny loafers for a kindergartner? Give me a break!

My friend is a single mother who barely makes ends meet. I am glad Scene brought all this into the open.

Laura O'Neal
Euclid

Not all are cut from the same cloth: I was recently forwarded your article "Dream Killer" [July 27]. As a founder and principal of another Cleveland charter school, I was absolutely appalled at the description of TIPS. Although our school, The Intergenerational School (TIS), is sometimes confused with TIPS, the differences are night-and-day. TIS has received an excellent rating from the state for two years in a row. Perhaps a comparison article focused on what an excellent charter school can contribute to education might be in order.

Catherine Whitehouse
Cleveland

Chew on This
And speak for yourself, missy:
The statements made in "Penne for Your Thoughts" [Letters, October 5] were those of one woman and do not reflect the thoughts of the Coreno family. In no way was Mrs. Coreno offended or hurt by "Roma on the Cheap" [September 21]. She was tickled pink by the statement "plump, maternal woman" and was very proud and pleased with Ms. Cicora's article.

The statements in "Penne for Your Thoughts" are the opinions only of Ms. Diane Herak. We'd appreciate Ms. Herak speaking only for herself and not for others. Regarding her comment: "I hope a follow-up with some kindness will be published. If not, then perhaps the crowd at Caffé Roma was right about your magazine." A kind follow-up is not necessary. Ms. Cicora acted very professionally during our interview.

We enjoy Scene. That's why we had a Scene box put outside our establishment.

Lynda Avallone
Strongsville

No Class, No Reunion
Sinners not welcome:
I went to high school with Jonathan Sinn ["Sex Thief," September 14]. I just can't believe he turned out to be a dirtball who defends rapists. Nice reputation you're building there, Jon. Hell has a special place for people like you. Remember hell? We learned about it in Catholic school, but maybe you don't remember that, just like you forgot about morals and values!

Don't come to the class reunion next year; everyone's getting this article in their e-mail.

Tina Murphy
Youngstown

Aw, Shucks
Credit where credit is due:
I'm greatly honored by the nod as Best Anchor ["Best of Cleveland," September 28]. An astonishing number of folks have called and e-mailed congratulations. Your circulation manager must be doing a hell of a job! I'm preparing a folksy commentary to applaud your discerning judgment.

Tim White, WKYC-TV Channel 3
Cleveland

A Swell Party
And a nifty send-off for those three editors:
Apparently the writer sniping at Northern Ohio Live's Awards of Achievement did not attend the event I did [First Punch, October 5].

I have had the pleasure of attending this event for several years. As an event planner, I am always keenly aware of the many details at other events. The Northern Ohio Live event is definitely one of the crème de la crème events Cleveland has annually. No detail is left unattended -- from the lovely table settings to the delicious food. Kudos to their event planner!

Roberta Mancini, Executive Director
Women's Community Foundation

Ripped Off
Reznor ain't the only one with angst:
After reading Jason Bracelin's article on how badass past Nine Inch Nails shows have been, me and my man were stoked to go Sunday night ["Getting Physical," October 5]. But the show was pretty weak. Not only did the crowd not seem into it, but when Nails came on, their attitude seemed the same.

People around us just stood there, looking bored and unentertained. The seats I got for $50 apiece the morning they went on sale were the biggest disappointment. I think anyone buying tickets the day of the event could've done better. Internet pre-sale screws us from getting our money's worth.

This concert has left a bad taste in my mouth about a band that I've loved for years. What the hell happened?

Carrie Hejduk
Berea

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