TO THE EDITOR,
Your column is enjoyable to me each week, but if you do not apologize for your adolescent behavior, you have lost your credibility with me.
Apologize for what, exactly? “Your adolescent behavior” covers 40 years of my adventures. If you are referring to the March 6 incident at Maumee Valley Country Day School (MVCDS), apologize to whom?
MVCDS students? I’ve done that.
MVCDS administrators? I’ve done that.
My employer? I’ve done that.
Or do you mean apologize to judgmental people like you with no true picture of what happened that morning?
Tell you what, Mary; the next time you make a mistake, assuming you walk among us mortals and make mistakes, we’ll write a skewed, fact-twisted, fabricated-quote version of the incident designed to make you look bad and embarrass your employer, and you can walk around for a week apologizing and trying to set the record straight. When you call us to protest, we’ll blow you off and let you figure out how to handle it for the public. Then, more than two weeks later, we’ll run a wishy-washy, 2,000-word analysis piece that lacks the spine and heart to assign responsibility but further muddies the waters. Then, I’ll judge you and write you with a demand for an apology and ultimatum on your credibility.
Wear those shoes, Mary, before you write to me with any demands for apology.
Thank you for the kind words about the column.
TO THE EDITOR,
My submission [for the “Song of Toledo” contest] is attached. Word on the street and with my sources is that you’ve already picked your winner prior to the contest commencement. I hope you take the time to listen to my song and all the others out of respect for our craft. We can do better on our MySpace pages. More exposure.
Wow. I’ve heard of sour grapes after a contest, but before it even starts? For what it’s worth, your “sources” are fools, liars or a dangerous combination of the two.
With eight judges — including two elected officials — three media partners and several high-profile sponsors, such as Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and Columbia Gas involved, there is no way a rigged or fixed contest would be tolerated. Once all the submissions are in, CDs will be sent to the judges, who will independently listen to the songs and then rank them. All that feedback, plus a public vote from the Toledo Free Press and FOX Toledo Web sites, will determine a top five.
From there, the judges will be asked to pick their favorite song, and we’ll reach a consensus.
I haven’t been to your MySpace page, but if it gets you more exposure than our contest — City of Toledo/Lucas County Song of the Year designation; studio recording time at Strawberry Fields Recording Studio; appearance on a FOX Toledo segment; exposure on 106.5 The Zone; a Toledo Free Press profile, a stage slot at the “Smoke on the Water/Ribs for the Red Cross” concert; and a stage slot at an MIS concert, opening for a national act — then you have one heck of a MySpace page.
Entries are being accepted through noon on April 3; details are here.
TO THE EDITOR,
Did you pay the fine on your red-light camera ticket?
My intention was to not pay the fine, and to report and write about the process as it proceeded, to see how far the collection efforts would go on what many feel is a legally uncollectible fine. But the week after the Feb. 1 column about the camera hearing, I received a phone call from someone who said they overheard a conversation in which “making an example” referred to my public declaration of noncompliance. My wife and I decided that playing chicken with the City of Toledo over a $120 fine was not the most prudent action. So, fine paid.
Henry David Thoreau, I’m not.
TO THE EDITOR,
As I began reading the March 15 guest column by Dean Sparks, “Fathers, step up,” I thought I might be able to pick up some tips for my husband, Roger. Reading through each of the suggestions, I thought to myself, “Wow, he already does that.”
My son Jackson, who is now 2, is indeed a lucky little boy to have the wonderful daddy whom he does, and I know there are others. He is always up for an outdoor adventure of stalking a neighborhood cat or changing the nastiest of diapers. Let’s hear it for the good guys and the great dads! It’s about time they got some good press.
LISA LAWSON-LaPOINTE, Bowling Green
Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.