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The Potter Blotter 

Letters published Novemner 23, 2000

Mayfield Heights leaves all pages unturned: So Mayfield Heights school district has banned the use of Harry Potter books in the classroom [The Edge, November 16]. I had absolutely no idea that Mayfield Heights was so overrun with Satan worshipers and rituals that it needed to ban children's books so the kids are not tainted. Of course, the kids can still read them quietly, but the teachers are strictly forbidden from reading aloud or assigning "Lucifer's texts" to children. One would think the teachers would be exactly the people that parents would want their children to go to with questions such as these.

What is the point of banning these innocent fables? I keep getting visual images of a third-grader named Tommy whispering in the halls, "Ssshh . . . Guess what? I got a hot copy of Harry Potter for this weekend! Let's read it under the covers with a flashlight!" Maybe parents will someday learn it is best to let the kids see the stuff anyway, so they are comfortable with asking questions, as opposed to turning it into a forbidden fruit. How do these parents handle hamsters breeding without the benefit of marriage? Keep the teachers, keep Harry Potter, and send the parents to seminars on how not to overreact to innocent issues, and possibly, if they spent their time more wisely, they would not be bothered by such trivial and meaningless pursuits.

Randy Sindelar Corturillo
Cleveland

P.S. If these parents organize a bonfire using the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I am never going to the East Side again.

Duke's in cahoots with the Dems: Pastor [Jerome] Duke has no right renting to Democrats [The Edge, November 9]. This priest is apparently one of the liberal Democrats that supports that party regardless. If he'd refuse them rental, he'd have to explain himself to the party hacks. But real Catholics would be edified that one priest lived what he preached. Tell him to get down to basics and publish an article to let us know he's backing away from the party of death. Many of us laypeople have disavowed them, as in conscience, we can have nothing to do with them.

Gus Harber
Ottawa, Kansas

A church in the lurch: I have read your article "Lakewood clergyman picketed" with interest. As the event was a fund-raiser for the Democratic Party, it had no place in a Catholic church anyway. Churches should not allow their premises to be used for partisan politics. But as the Democratic Party is "pro-choice" as you put it (I wonder why the real designation of "pro-abortion" went out of use), it makes it doubly unsuitable. The Catholic Church was, is, and always will be against abortion. The parish priest has no legitimate right to permit what happened.

And as I am in a wondering mood, I wonder why you failed to report it as a fund-raiser? Or would that make for too honest a report?

Bruce Binnie
via the Internet

In DiFense of DiFranco: It is quite obvious that you have no idea what you're talking about [Nightwatch, November 9]. Have you heard any complaints from her fans? It's people like you who make her resent fame. If I gave a crap about what you thought, I'd waste my time telling you. You're not worth the time. Why don't you go out and buy the new Alanis -- she is more for you . . . moron.

Sheri
via the Internet

Shedding a tear for a Nutcrackerless holiday: The fact that the ballet has come to an end is a very drastic thought that should have never happened ["Danced to Death," November 2]. What is Cleveland without the ballet? Especially during the holiday season, with The Nutcracker and all. It is amazing to think that something as great as the ballet is over because of the root of all evil -- money. It makes me sick as I sit here thinking about all of the money I pay to the government that goes toward such pathetic reasons like keeping up state-of-the-art luxury prisons, fixing roads (which rarely actually happens), and Social Security, which I am sure I will never see. Why can't money be put to a good use, like saving the ballet? God forbid the City of Cleveland stops the unnecessary "Let's build another sports arena." They could have donated money, and we could have had one of the few nice things left.

Vera Durejko
Cleveland

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