Letters to the Editor

Peabody's Heading DownUnder; Mom Makes Her Point; More Free Clinic Free Speech; We're Honored

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Peabody's Heading DownUnder

Hey, new guys at Scene, I thought maybe you should know a rather historic club, Pirate's Cove/Peabody's, just closed. I know that nobody as good as that Spears broad or Ricky Martin ever played there. But I did see some incredible local and national acts there over the years. I could go into more detail, but I'm not, like, a reporter. It could be an interesting story. Thanks. I thought I should tell you because, well, you guys are kinda new in town and probably don't know this stuff. Oh yeah -- Scene rules, you guys are the greatest, the Free Times really sucks. Did I get that last sentence right?

Stutz Bearcat
via the Internet

Editor's note: We had slated a touching retrospective detailing the many watershed shows that took place at the Cove/Peabody's over the years, complete with interviews with performers, both local and national, whose careers were launched in late nights at the fabled club. But we had to ax it when the 'N Sync piece came through. Sorry.

Mom Makes Her Point

In response to E. Hersch's letter ["The Other Vietnam Conflict," June 15], I'm asking this:

1. Were you there in Vietnam?

2. Was a member of your family or a friend there?

My son was, and I attended that production on May 25. I didn't mind the price of the tickets or the parking -- to me it was worth every penny. At the end of the production (which I thought was terrific), my granddaughter, who was there with me, leaned over and said to me, "Grandma, do you know how lucky you are?" My son came home all in one piece, and I'm thankful every day for that. Hanging on my kitchen cupboard is a piece I pulled from a veterans' paper I receive every month: "Thank You for Coming Home," author unknown.

I thought the actors and actresses in that production were great, and the music was very nice.

Charla A. Billy

More Free Clinic Free Speech

I found good writing in your article "Painful Surgery" [News, May 18], written about the firing of Jane Loisdaughter from the Free Clinic. She is likely one of the country's experts in crisis intervention, and the Free Clinic and Cleveland are luckier than they know to have her. Marty Hiller and the Board of Trustees, in my opinion, have made poor management decisions, including disregarding the serious and long-lasting damage to hotline and mental health intake assessment services before firing Jane Loisdaughter. Marty Hiller admitted on May 19, 2000, that 1) the staff is unhappy at the Free Clinic, 2) there was no assessment of damage to services by Hiller or the Board before firing Jane, 3) Jane's services were always of high quality, and 4) management skills are not one of Hiller's strong points.

The staff is outraged, as is everyone I have encountered who knew Jane. Due to these poor decisions, among other unanswered questions, her firing appears to me and many others to be a breach of Board guidelines and procedures -- thus a wrongful discharge. An investigation into these matters is now necessary. I, volunteers, and staff members at the Free Clinic will tell you that Jane's firing was "the last straw." Jane is so deeply respected for her hard-hitting ethics and stellar crisis intervention skills that no one compares.

Adam Fishman's comment that "the organization is heading in another direction" is an excuse for firing Jane. All who know Jane know she is an intelligent, caring veteran to the needs of the community. Her voice is a much needed one at the Free Clinic. I appreciate you taking the time to report on this important story, which hasn't even nearly begun.

Heidi Raynor
via the Internet

We're Honored

The Press Club of Ohio has named Scene the Best Non-Daily Newspaper in the state and honored the paper for its investigative reporting and outstanding photography.

The paper won the top overall statewide honor for a non-daily publication at the press club's Excellence in Journalism awards banquet last week. Scene staffers, contributors, and editors also garnered 10 other prizes -- the highest total of any non-daily newspaper.

"Comrades in Crime," the October 21 exposé on the questionable business practices of immigrant-owned computer sales companies in Cleveland by writer Mike Tobin, won first place for investigative reporting among the state's non-daily papers. Other Scene first-place awards went to Copy Editor Erich Burnett for Headline Writing, Staff Photographer Walter Novak for General Feature Photography, and Novak again for Fashion/Food/Studio/Pictorial Photography.

Second-place awards were won by Tobin (Breaking News), writer Mark Naymik (Business Writing), Charles Yannopoulos (Arts/Entertainment Writing), and Managing Editor Kathyrn DeLong (Headline Writing).

Honorable mentions went to writers Jacqueline Marino (Feature Writing) and Laura Putre (Arts/Entertainment Writing).

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