The Killing Fields of Lorain

Letters published June 14, 2001

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Have you hugged a coyote today?

In a recent Scene article ["Sprawl of the Wild," May 10], Sarah Fenske reported that a 529-acre natural area in Lorain is the proposed target for a housing development called Martin's Run. Hardest hit by such an expansion would be a pack of coyotes that currently roams the unspoiled environment. To appease fearful residents (and, no doubt, potential developers), city officials have proposed simply killing the coyotes. Killing those who inspire fear in us usually solves everything, right?

At what point does the drive for profit and an increased tax base surrender to common sense, respect, and compassion? Even if coyotes were a significant threat to humans (and I challenge anyone to present such data), the killings would only perpetuate the wrongheaded tradition of callously treating other species as a means to our own ends. As the beneficiaries of centuries of ecological recklessness and needless brutality, we should be intolerant of any more bloody roundups. Such practices are responsible for all but eliminating wolves, buffalo, and mountain lions (to name a few) in this country.

I am convinced that most Lorain residents are sensible, creative, and caring enough to recognize options far superior to the cold, simple-minded approach of local officials. I am advocating that officials scrap their plans for a coyote slaughter and facilitate a public forum on the issue. No creature deserves to die in the name of baseless fears, unneeded condos, and minivans. The people deserve the opportunity to speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Troy Gregorino

This Catholic way of thinking just can't last:

I proudly call myself an atheist -- after being raised Catholic -- because I do not find that most of what the Church preaches is moral, natural, or logical ["A Few Good Men," May 24]. Why must Bishop Pilla hold on to a 2,000-year tradition for the sake of simply upholding a tradition? I feel the need to constantly challenge traditions. Human sexuality is a necessary, instinctual, and natural part of our existence. To require people to repress this part of their lives is unrealistic.

Not allowing women to be priests is only reinforcing the idea of inequality. I think the whole downplaying of women in the Church stems from the fact that people think "God" is a man. If there is a God, It is not human; therefore, "God" has no gender. (And sorry, that Jewish guy from Israel wasn't a blue-eyed, blond Caucasian, either.)

The Bible was written by men -- go figure. If women had written it, this gender issue would not have occurred in reverse. Men and women who want to serve the Church should not be considered "above" the reality of human sexuality. Let them live their natural lives as they see fit. Just let them be human.

Kristina Haberek

No guilt here:

I simply wanted to congratulate Tom Francis on a super, well-written article ["A Few Good Men"]. He covered the story well, was well-balanced, thoughtful, and positive. I felt proud of the media and of my own vocation. It was one of the best I've read in a long time.

I have been ordained for 12 years and feel very blessed. I, too, love my vocation and feel privileged and humbled to serve my God and so many other people. I hope you receive positive feedback about this article, because you certainly deserve it.

Father Bill Dickinson
Associate Pastor of St. Basil the Great, Brecksville
Administrator-Pastor of St. Catherine Church, Cleveland

Niesel wants the spotlight, but U2 looks better in it

We were at the recent U2 show at Gund Arena and, after seeing the band on many tours, agreed that it was the best U2 concert we had attended. We also read Jeff Niesel's review of the concert and think he might have been at a different show [Soundbites, May 10]. Part of understanding the show is seeing beyond "Elevation" and looking at evolution. As fans, we have witnessed U2's development through post-adolescent anger, to an often irritating acerbic and ironic taste for commercialism, and finally into a real sense of pride in themselves and their band, where they truly show an interest in their fans as well as a passion for their music.

Niesel's "review" seemed to be more about his ego than Bono's. So he didn't turn the spotlight on you, Jeff. Get over it.

Tracy and Jason Coleman
Cleveland Heights

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