I must tell you I didn't know if I should laugh or cry when I finished the Living Out Loud column "Pretty in Pink" (issue of Aug. 22). I'm afraid Ms. Pretty in Pink is going to have a very hard life.
Can I take comfort that her mother is going to be right there beside her helping her out? No, it makes everything worse. No family values here at all.
— Dana Mansfield, Newport
$10 to Talk
This was a great column about the mother and daughter in Price Hill ("Pretty in Pink," issue of Aug. 22). A suggestion: interview Crazy Eyes. Why not find out why she does what she does? Wouldn't it be worth that $10 just to talk to her? I think it would make an even better column.
— Steven Deluc, Westwood
I want you to know me and my husband and my kids live in Price Hill. It's a good family community and a good place to raise our kids. Price Hill is rich in history and is a proud community.
What a pity that the only thing Larry Gross can think to write about is a prostitute he says he came by at 9 in the morning ("Pretty in Pink," issue of Aug. 22). I even doubt if it happened. The bad element we have here and which we are trying to get rid of only comes out after the sun goes down.
I don't like Gross making fun of us here. What bad taste. You have lost a reader.
— C. Wright, Price Hill
A Shocking Ending
I was laughing all the way through the Living Out Loud column this week ("Pretty in Pink," issue of Aug. 22) until the ending, which was a shocker. Daughter like mother?
It was a great column, but the ending made me sad. I want to shake that mother. Look what she's turned her daughter into.
— Roger Bowman, Finneytown
Railroaded by Sex Registry
Thank you sooooooooo much for the story "Next Comes Burning at the Stake" (issue of Aug. 15). This is the best article I've read yet about the negative repercussions a sex offender registry has on juvenile offenders. I'm saddened and angered, yet not surprised regarding the punitive actions Ohio legislators have taken with their new registry law.
I myself was accused of a sex crime when I was 10 years old. I was falsely adjudicated and have been on Michigan's registry since I was 12 — even after I spent 18 months in a sex-offender-specific outpatient treatment facility and successfully graduated the program.
Being on the Michigan registry has posed so many problems for me. Margo Pierce touched on many of them in her article. I can hardly live anywhere. I've been homeless multiple times. I've lived in basements, shelters and "with friends" for going on three years. I've been turned down from countless jobs and fired from some too, merely because I'm on the registry.
My story has been in The Detroit Free Press, USA Today, local Detroit TV and NBC's Dr. Keith Ablow Show. My goal has always been the same as Pierce's is now — to educate the general public about how sex offender registries are flawed and don't provide the safety the legislatures are looking to provide. I'd also love to have some help getting off the registry.
I'm now a 23-year-old graduate student at Western Michigan University. I will graduate with my Master's degree in social work in April 2008. According to Michigan law, I will have to register until I'm 37. I am job-seeking right now — but it's like pulling teeth. No human service agency wants to hire a "sex offender," even with all my knowledge, skills, experience and obvious degree qualifications. I don't know what I'm going to do about paying back college loans next summer.
Thanks again for this article. It was more than sufficient and served as a voice for all of us who have been railroaded by the registry.
— Leah DuBuc, BSW, Kalamazoo, Mich.