A big thumbs up to Cleveland Book Week – Cheers & Jeers
CHEERS . . . to Cleveland for getting its own Book Week at last. The first Book Week was sponsored by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Brews + Prose, the City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Flea and the Cuyahoga County Public Library and there was something for every bookworm: A book swap, storytellers, musicians, and readings by poet Rita Dove and other winners of the 81st annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which occurred Thursday night. Can't wait until next year.
JEERS . . . to East Cleveland residents who insist on repeatedly recalling Mayor Gary Norton and City Council President Tom Wheeler, which is a waste of the city's money and time. This time, a special recall election, costing between $25,000 and $30,000, will be held in December. Enough already.
CHEERS . . . to the legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Democrat from Columbus, to make the house of John P. Parker, a national monument and study its feasibility as a national park site. Parker more than deserves it. He was a former slave who ran an iron foundry, became an abolitionist and a military recruiter for the Union Army. His feats and his home are well worth remembering.
JEERS . . . to a recent Cleveland City Council proposal to name a stretch of Cedar Ave. where the famous boxing promoter Don King stomped a man to death, "Don King Way." It's bad enough that city council had earlier named a stretch of Shaker Blvd. after the promoter and one-time gangster and now wants to change it to Cedar Ave. The latest idea is even worse: Samuel Garrett, 34, died in 1966 after King stomped him in the head over a $600 debt. King did the time and served nearly four years in prison for the murder. But no way should there be a Don King Way anywhere in the city.