Free Speech Letters, 12/20/11

A leftist county?
It is not surprising that Child Welfare Services in Cuyahoga County removed a fat kid from his parents, because they were not doing enough to make him a skinny kid.  Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are run by Democrat, leftist politicians who are all about forcing everyone to live according to their edicts and philosophy, just like sons of Lucifer who waged war in Heaven to take away the free agency to act given to man by God.
William P. Barron Jr.
Fairborn, Ohio

A little local love
What an insightfully written article. Miss Hanauer certainly has a clever way of turning the everyday into something exciting. Love her articles.
Maxine Jones
[RE: “It’s the most locavore time of the year” by Jennifer Hanauer, 11/29/11]

”Nice” does not equal “lawful”
You say “trespassed” as if she wasn’t trespassing just because she was doing what she thought was a good deed. While plowing a neighbor’s driveway of snow might seem neighborly, it is indeed trespassing if those neighbors haven’t given permission. If she’d slipped and broken her ankle, the homeowner could be held liable. I agree with your assessment that she’s likely misunderstood and the penalty is too harsh, but just because a person is well-intentioned, it doesn’t mean they’re acting within the law.
Steve Chaw
Oakwood, Ohio
[RE: Commentary Forum:” Nuts? ‘Squirrel Lady’ is guilty of a big heart” by Tim Anderl, 12/6/11]

U.S. does not have it all
Appreciate the general sentiment of the commentary, but by unnecessarily dragging Fox News into the debate you lose all credibility. Additionally, while the U.S. may have the highest GDP we only rank #10 per capita so calling us the wealthiest nation is somewhat of a misnomer. And no, having any number of people below the poverty level is not a crime and neither is involuntary unemployment. Just being an American does not guarantee a person a well-paying job and their own home stocked full of food.
Steve Chaw
Oakwood, Ohio
[RE: Commentary Forum: “Feed people, not squirrels” by Rana Odeh, 12/6/11]

A woman misunderstood
My wife and I lived a few doors down from Annick. A wonderfully interesting lady — former French teacher that’s been laid off. She didn’t feed all the squirrels from my observations, but specifically the albino/white squirrels. I had never seen a white squirrel until we moved into this neighborhood so I found them quite interesting, though not as much as she, apparently. Our landlord, Greg, and his wife absolutely hated her. The two of them wanted her to stay clear of our duplex/home. After being threatened by him, I never saw her throw another nut there. She is a very nice person, though maybe slightly obsessed, she does not deserve any hard time for this petty issue.
Joel S.
Kettering, Ohio
[RE: Commentary Forum Topic: “Extra! Extra! “Squirrel Lady” to go on trial for criminal trespass,” 12/6/11]

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