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Readers sound off on LeBron and Pepper Pike

ACT LIKE YOU'VE BEEN THERE BEFORE

I can't tell you how happy I am to finally see a Cleveland sportswriter who gets it ["Let Him Go," by Vince Grzegorek, June 2, 2010]. At what point do LeBron's city, team owner, fellow teammates, and fans stop owing him? And when does he become a man and give back?

And help me with this: Where would the logic be in LeBron leaving Cleveland? He has an all-star season. He says all the right things about his teammates, the owners, the fans, etc....all season long. He shows no sign of discontent. He gets surrounded by the best possible talent that a GM and owner could possibly get. The team wins the most games in the NBA. He appears to have the utmost concentration on his pregame routine, with the most choreographed hand-shaking, high-fiving, dancing BS in the NBA. He lays an egg (by LeBron standards) in the playoffs...and he feels it may be time to move on? Was he refused a request we don't know about? Did he ask to get rid of Mike Brown before or during the season? I just don't get it.

Does he think he will get the ass-kissing in New York or Chicago that he gets from Cleveland fans and writers? LeBron is a four-season star here. Chicago and New York have their own heroes. It'd be interesting to see how he feels about being torn apart for a bad performance — or worse, ignored.

Do you think his NBA peers forget the antics that occur during the season? How about when his teammates on the bench hold each other back when LeBron embarrasses an opponent with a tomahawk dunk? Or when they laugh it up on the sideline while they're disgracing another team? Give me a classy San Antonio team led by a Tim Duncan-like, no-nonsense player who gets it. It's not about him, it's about victories. It's about championships. Act like you've been there before. Don't disrespect other players or the game.

There is something worse than LeBron not signing with the Cavs: LeBron signing for a short-term stint. Commit or be gone!

Michael Hollis

Rocky River

A LEAP YEAR FOR LEBRON FANS?

If LeBron doesn't re-sign, you couldn't sell the city for enough cab fare to get to the 480 bridge. We may end up having to hitch.

Erik Goehringer

Cleveland

SALT FOR PEPPER PIKE'S WOUNDS

Pepper Pike resident Don Jacobson said, "I'm in the financial business...in 2008, we were within weeks of having the whole system collapse" ["Where the Grass Isn't Greener," June 2, 2010]. If he foresaw the economic debacle when he was serving on the committee overlooking the city's plans, why did he vote to go ahead with building a new police station?

For Jacobson to accuse Dr. Joe Golish and other critics of being "troublemakers" who "contribute nothing" flies in the face of reality. Golish and his wife on more than one occasion donated money to purchase the house that was voted to be rezoned to make way for the new police station.

The article was correct in stating that few (if any) dispute that Pepper Pike's current station is inadequate. But the "Master Plan" police station proposal was a "Police Mahal." Short shrift was given to other options. Fortunately, we have some fresh faces on city council, and many of us residents look forward to them bringing us into the 21st century.

Maryanne Lutjen

Pepper Pike

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