Letter to the Editor

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Community Roundtable– Cleveland Police Reform

To the editor: (Plain Press, April 2017)                There was much to learn from the community roundtable on Cleveland police reform and consent decree held on March 22nd at the Urban Community School in Ohio City.  But, it might not have been obvious. That is because people tend to focus on content instead form, “substance” … Continue reading

“Let me in immigration man”

  To the editor: (Plain Press, April 2017)                My grandfather Albert Joseph Bialek came to the United States from Poland (Galicia) in 1910. Per the Ellis Island website, he boarded the ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse in Bremen, Germany (formerly Prussia). He had just completed his service in the Austrian Army.  Poland at that time was … Continue reading

Reader recommends Citizen Police Academy as means to bridge gap between police and community

To the Editor, (Plain Press, March 2017) Regarding the photo exhibition put together by Al Wasco and featured in the February issue of the Plain Press– in 1999, I had an idea similar to Mr. Wasco’s so I enrolled in Cleveland’s Citizen Police Academy, hoping to encourage communication between police and minorities, outcasts, the psychiatrically-labeled … Continue reading

Offended by Black and Blue Side By Side

To the  Editor: (Plain Press, March 2017)             I attended the discussion at the Black and Blue Side By Side exhibit which you pictured in the February 2017 Volume 44 edition of the Plain Press. Portraying black male subjects with police officers seems to be an attempt to gloss over the many instances of the crimes … Continue reading

Architectural historian, Craig Bobby, points out inaccuracies in articles on Cheerio building and W.25th Lofts project

To the editor: (Plain Press, February 2017)        I am writing to you to inform you of some inaccuracies found in articles in the January 2017 issue of the Plain Press.  All of these are articles pertaining to local historic buildings. In the article about the commercial building on Detroit at the corner of West … Continue reading

Clevelanders urged to get involved in police reform

To the editor: (Plain Press, October, 2016)       The latest wave of terror, unleashed by the legalized killing of Black people, is re-traumatizing to many in Cleveland. LETTER Amidst this pain, white people are learning better to listen to people of color. As part of that, the group Showing Up for Racial Justice newly created a … Continue reading

October 2016 Plain Press – PDF


End poverty by amending constitution to guarantee right to food, clothing, shelter and medical care

To the editor: (Plain Press, September 2016) With all the debate recently for amending the United States Constitution in favor of certain issues and/or those constituencies, perhaps a more appropriate amendment should guarantee each citizen of the United States the right to food, clothing, shelter and medical care. Poverty is defined as the condition of being … Continue reading

Sewing proposed as means to help those in recovery

To the editor: (Plain Press, June 2016) Joe Bialek’s earnest letter in the May issue on the ever-timely problem of drug abuse brings to mind a Ted Talk by Johann Hari, which is quite insightful, (if a bit proud in title.) Hari looks beyond the family to the larger social pressures that families contend with … Continue reading

Call for self-image change, fails to address need for societal reform

To the editor: (Plain Press, June 2016) In regard to the letter in your May issue, “Can we trace addiction to our image of ourselves?”, in which the writer refers to Transactional Analysis, although he nowhere mentions this name in his letter, this is what he is discussing. Developed by John Bradshaw, Transactional Analysis (TA) … Continue reading