Letters To The Editor

Follow city trash law

Cleveland Heights is a wonderful city in so many ways.  There is nothing more beautiful than driving down the streets on a beautiful spring day and looking at all the blooming flowers and budding trees.

There is nothing less beautiful, however, than driving down the same streets and seeing people's garbage on the treelawn or in the street, in some cases the day after trash collection, or two or three days before trash collection.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 2:31 PM, 06.04.2009

We elect school board members to make tough decisions

Dear Editor, 

First let me say that I am one of the community residents that supported Christine Fowler-Mack for CH-UH superintendent. Her professionalism and passion for the CH-UH school district; the fact that she lives in the school district, is a parent of a child in the district; the respect she has earned from parents and staff alike; and her experience as an educator and interim superintendent, made her, I felt, a strong candidate for the position. Was I disappointed when she wasn’t chosen – absolutely.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:31 AM, 06.26.2009

Uncut grass is another nail in the city's coffin

On my block of East Overlook Road, there are more than a dozen abandoned, probably foreclosed homes. Some of the lawns are covered with foot tall grass and dandelions. I called City Hall and a patient, helpful, articulate person in the Housing Department said that all City Hall can do is call the owners or banks that own the home and ask them to cut the grass. In the past, the city would have cut the grass and charged the owner/bank for the service. But now, because of massive layoffs, the city can no longer do this. They can only make phone calls. They have no way of enforcing the basic upkeep of lawns.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 4:55 PM, 05.07.2009

Nothing to gain in merger with Cleveland Heights

Why would a small city such as University Heights, which is doing well, want to be absorbed by its larger neighbor Cleveland Heights, which isn’t doing well at all in these economic times. What would we gain from it? Absolutely nothing.

Contrary to some of our other larger neighboring communities, we have a balanced budget, we live within our means, no employee has had to be laid off, all of our quality city services continue to be delivered. Our city has only been on the ballot once in the 32 years I have been mayor for an income tax increase, which passed easily several years ago. Also, our debt load is low.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.27.2009

HCC: a valuable community service

To the Editor:

Part of the character that defines our community is the enthusiasm of our residents. The letter submitted in the April issue of the Heights Observer regarding Heights Community Congress (“HCC should direct its efforts towards fighting blight”) is a good indication of that spirit, though perhaps somewhat misguided in its approach.
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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 5:35 PM, 04.23.2009

HCC mission still relevant

To the Editor:

As a member of the Heights Community Congress board, I take issue with Fran Mentch's April letter to the editor. I believe in HCC's continuing mission to ensure access to housing for all groups, and to foster a community atmosphere in which diverse people live harmoniously together. These are not outdated goals, nor are they goals that have been fully achieved. In fact, they are very much in line with Ms. Mentch's admonition that HCC "should work to stop the resegregation of our city by race and class."

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 10:09 AM, 04.22.2009

Keep the humor coming

To the editor:

I enjoyed Greg Donley's witty SkunkFest '09 article in the April 7 Heights Observer, with its polyglot puns Anna Roma, Witold Nostrille, Urs Tench, and Linnae Dégouté. "Now that's somebody clever enough to work at someplace like a museum," I told myself. His story may alert us to the many other puns in the news, including a V.P. who's Bidin' his time, a crook who Made Off with the money, and a president whom we overeducated liberals instinctively liked because his name backwards is amabo, Latin for "I'll love 'im."

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 1:40 PM, 04.15.2009

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The other day I was given a copy of the Heights Observer by Stan Soble of Nela Florists and was amazed at the wealth of information that was contained within. Having lived in Cleveland Heights since 1947 at my present address and received various publications, including for years The Sun Press, there has never been anything like the Heights Observer. The coverage of Cleveland Heights and University Heights is great and the articles are very well written. Because of the Observer I am joining FutureHeights.

I wish that more people knew about you folks!


Thomas C. Haywood

Roanoke Road

Cleveland Heights

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 3:30 PM, 04.02.2009

HCC should direct its efforts towards fighting blight

Dear Editor,

After reading the Opinion piece, “Heights Community Congress still fighting” in the last issue of the Heights Observer, I decided Heights Community Congress (HCC) has lost touch with our community and is on the way to becoming irrelevant. Diversity is what HCC claims to honor and promote, and no doubt it did at one time. But HCC no longer does, as far as I can tell. HCC is stuck in the past and chastises our community on the grounds that we remain a hotbed of housing discrimination. 

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 12:07 PM, 03.22.2009

We choose to educate our children in the Heights public schools

Dear Editor,

We have chosen to send our children to public school. We want to share with you our reasons for making this choice and the experiences we’ve had in the school district. We are proud of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and love our community.

Did you know that 96 percent of Heights High School students graduate? Did you know that 95.5 percent of our African-American males graduate? Do you know the colleges that our 2008 graduates were accepted to? They include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Howard University, George Washington University, Cornell and so many more. Did you know the Heights High Class of 2008 was offered more than $9 million in scholarships to attend college?

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 3:29 PM, 03.27.2009

"Trashpooling" would save the city money

I would like to make a suggestion that would reduce the time, effort, and cost needed to collect our city's trash.  It could be done on a volunteer basis, and it would save the city lots of money, both in manpower and in truck-related costs.
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:31 AM, 01.22.2009

Cedar Lee parking garage is inefficient

My husband and I are stalwart supporters of the Cedar Lee Theatre and shopping area. Over the holiday, we went to see a movie. Our enthusiasm was almost dashed when we encountered a long line of people trying to pay for parking in the parking garage. It took almost a half-hour just to get a parking ticket, only to repeat this process at the cinema. Having only one machine in each stairwell is ridiculous and creates a bottleneck. At least the parking garage should have a machine on each floor for consumers to pay quickly and get on their way.
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 9:07 AM, 01.09.2009

We are the new bail bondsmen

In 2008 millions of us woke up to our new business: bail bondsmen.

But, we forgot to hold collateral against the bond of $75 billion to the financial tycoons.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 7:18 AM, 12.11.2008

Helene Morse

I read with interest the December 2008 article about Helene Morse and her craft. Not only does she repair precious items, she creates them! I have included a photo of the piece she created for me. It is quite detailed and enjoyed by everyone who stops by my desk. It is a wonderful personalized gift that I will cherish. Thank you Heights Observer, for profiling a real gem in our community.

Karen Hahn

Office Administrator

Ruffing Montessori School

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 9:17 AM, 12.16.2008

Headline irks reader

I'm writing to express my displeasure at the choice of a word in the headline about the Open Doors Academy trip to Harlan, KY. First, let me say that Kentucky is my home state, having grown up in Lexington. I am very proud of my state and my heritage. This is one of those times that a word may be used by the people themselves, but it should be avoided by "outsiders." I am speaking of the word "poor." I read the headline and reacted negatively toward the article. Would the headline have read " the poor in the Heights Area"? I think not. There are those living in the Heights area who fall under urban poverty and have a different culture. Why didn't it just say "the people" of Harlan, KY?
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 1:45 PM, 09.22.2008

Barack Obama instills hope

The first time I had a TV in my classroom was when JFK was inaugurated president. His handsome image and stirring words are forever seared into the consciousness of the people who bore witness.

We have the chance to do it again. The world is watching and cheering for a young charismatic leader. He is intelligent, calm, passionate. We, the people, will have to keep him going in the right direction, keep his feet to the fire, and keep him working for justice and equality for all. But the people had to do that in the 60’s, and we ended a war, enacted legislation to help those in poverty, and passed civil rights laws.

Vote for Barack Obama who instills hope in so many. Then we, the people, rejuvenated, will direct our government on its proper path in this world.

Claudia Vondriska

DeSota Avenue, Cleveland Heights

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 3:27 PM, 09.21.2008

University Circle should embrace Cleveland Heights

Moving to Cleveland in early 1965, after release from the Navy, a real estate agent put my wife and me up in a motel out near Chagrin and Richmond and showed us houses from Solon to Mayfield Heights to Westlake. Unhappy with the houses and with the distance from University Hospitals where I was starting a psychiatric residency, I looked more closely at a map around University Circle. I found Cleveland Heights to be a good jog or bicycle ride away. My wife scanned the newspapers and found a house which we pressed the realtor to show.
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 1:31 PM, 06.25.2008

Stephanie Tubbs Jones was a dear friend

The City of Cleveland Heights has lost a treasured friend with the death of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Our community could always count on her to listen and to respond on topics that affected everything from housing programs to senior citizen concerns to transportation issues. She truly believed in doing everything that she could to help her constituents. There was no one like her. Our City Council and our entire community are mourning her loss.
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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 11:43 AM, 09.02.2008

Fountain beautifies all seasons

As a westside to eastside convert, I have never regretted making that taboo change and enjoy raising my family in this wonderful community.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 2:04 PM, 05.08.2008

Middle East Program

I take issue with several statements made by Fran Mentch in the April 10 issue of the Heights Observer.
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.30.2008

Heights High kids ace spelling bee and more

To the Editor:

The good news of the Reaching Heights Spelling Bee is in: Students from Heights High placed second in the competition [a team of CWRU faculty won after three tiebreaker rounds].
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 10:22 AM, 04.26.2008

Cleveland Heights-University Heights library board cancels program on the Middle East

I was pretty angry when this whole thing started with the Library cancelling the program on the Middle East primarily due to the pressure of one individual. Like most public libraries, the CH-UH Public Library is an important and respected part of our community. Many of us have fond memories of taking our children to story hours and other children’s activities, and attending the adult programming ourselves. We love being able to have free use of new books, films, music, and access to computers and the Internet. The CH-UH Library branches help form the fabric of our neighborhoods, and we have a great deal of affection and respect for the library staff, who work to keep the library a valuable part of our community.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 12:47 PM, 04.11.2008