Praise for a Page-Turner

Letters published July 19, 2001

Bread and Roses
And for Francis, the stone-turner:

Thank you so much for such a logical, methodical, and organized article ["Her One Mistake," June 28]. Tom Francis left no stone unturned. The article, which was so easy to read, immediately caught my attention and drew me in. The Scene newspaper stand that sits outside of the post office where I work was empty shortly after it had been filled. Even the photographs satisfied my curiosity about questions that I'm sure were on everyone's mind, such as "What did the house look like?" and "What did they look like as a couple?" and "Who did the children look like -- Mom or Dad?" It all flowed together like water. Warm congratulations are in order for you.

Marlise Y. Taylor
Garfield Heights

STP cool, Harvilla not:

I was very much looking forward to your review of the new Stone Temple Pilots album, Shangri-La-Dee-Da, and was delighted to see it in your June 28 issue. After reading the review, though, I was forced to wonder if Rob Harvilla is even a high-school graduate.

As a journalism major at Bowling Green State University, one of the first things we learn is to remain impartial when conducting interviews or giving reviews. This review shouldn't have been about Mr. Harvilla's feelings regarding the band -- it should have been about the music.

The fact that he denounces Scott Weiland because of his past heroin addiction is disgusting. Would he make fun of someone with cancer? A disease is a disease, and a person shouldn't be cut down for that.

Furthermore, as a journalist, Mr. Harvilla should have done a bit of research before writing the review. STP isn't cool? Funny, then, that they have sold over 20 million albums. They once held the record for the longest running No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, and their sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard. Some journalists just aren't cool. And no one has tried and failed so spectacularly as Rob Harvilla. I suggest purchasing a dictionary for Mr. Harvilla. "Dumbass" isn't an adjective, it's a noun.

Jessie Arslanian
North Royalton

Still striving to shore up our agenda:

It's amazing to me how two-faced your reporting is. You print a condemning article on a Cleveland Clinic doctor who is charged with plotting the murder of his wife and their unborn child ["Dr. Andrejic's Guide to Self-Destruction," May 31]. You then turn around and print an article condoning some young, naive college kids who want abortion taught to them as part of their curriculum ["Abortion 101," May 31]. I guess murder is legal, as long as it's done in the doctor's office.

Name withheld upon request
Sheffield Lake

Don't misquote Hippocrates:

This is in response to Louis Pumphrey's letter in the July 5 issue ["Hippocratic Oafs"]. He is a gentleman who demeans all women with his statements about abortion, and of course, he knows what women need. After all, any woman who seeks an abortion is "emotionally distraught" and therefore, by implication, doesn't know any better. It couldn't be possible that any woman who chose to have risky, invasive surgery would think about the moral, ethical, and philosophical implications of her choice. No, men like Mr. Pumphrey are here to make those decisions for these ignorant, distraught women.

Pumphrey states that the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 250 women would die each year from "back-alley" abortions, if the procedure were outlawed. The implication is that fewer women would seek abortions. I doubt that very much. Moreover, why should anyone have to go to a back alley rather than a physician's or surgeon's office to have surgery, anyway?

The Hippocratic Oath does not, as Mr. Pumphrey claims, state, "I will not aid a woman to procure an abortion." The oath states, " . . . and in like manner I will not give a woman a pessary to produce an abortion." After reading the definition of pessary in Webster's dictionary, I am not willing to accept in blind faith Mr. Pumphrey's interpretation. [Editor's note: A pessary is "a vaginal suppository; a device worn in the vagina to support the uterus, remedy a malposition, or prevent conception."] Didn't expect anyone to read that, did you? By the way, kudos to the Medical Students for Choice, and thank you for standing up for what you think is right.

Michael Wypasek

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