Letters To The Editor

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