Citizens Leadership meeting attendees dedicated to Cleveland Heights
To the Editor:
I am glad to see an article about our group, Citizens Leadership, and its first meeting ["Cleveland Heights citizens meet to discuss leadership and concerns," Heights Observer July 2013].
However, I have an issue with the inference made in the paragraph that begins, "Not everyone present expressed dissatisfaction with the city." The pride of place attributed to two citizens in that part of the article was in fact shared by all in attendance.
Throughout the meeting people declared their dedication to this city, citing all the same wonderful attributes that Rick Ferris mentions in the article. In fact, it was this dedication to the city that brought all of them to this July 8 meeting. All lived in Cleveland Heights by choice and were invested in it. However, they saw problems and wanted to find ways to address them to make this city better.
Several at the meeting, in fact, described themselves as being "dedicated, but frustrated." These people are invested in this community emotionally, not just financially, and plan on being here for a long time.
Diane L. Hallum