Letter to the Editor

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#MeToo: hashtag leads to social movement and to the beginnings of social change

#MeToo: hashtag leads to social movement and to the beginnings of social change To the Editor: (Plain Press, April 2018)       Worldwide, one in three women experiences physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Violence against women and girls is embedded in cultural and societal norms. Women are and always have been paralyzed by fear … Continue reading

April 2018 Issue of the Plain Press


Reader urges compassion and support for refugee families

To the editor: (Plain Press, February 2018)        Your October 2017 edition printed an article, titled International Village Festival features storytelling, food and entertainment, about Esther Ngembe speaking at the International Village Festival. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ngembe, last year, and hearing her families’ story. It is the part of a refugees’ life … Continue reading

Men challenged to take a stand against sexual harassment

To the editor: (Plain Press, January 2018)          This letter is in response to the articles covering the sexual harassment allegations made against men in the media and government throughout the United States. To all males living in this country, I issue a collective statement:  enough already!  Who are you to impose your sexual desires on someone because … Continue reading

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