'Slanted and Confusing'
The office copy of Cincy Business just arrived and it disturbs me how slanted and confusing your data is ("Rating the 'Burbs," April 2007). For a publication that purports itself as "The Magazine for Business Professionals," it's alarming that you would publish information so incomplete as to warrant the rest of the data obsolete.
Your complete omission of the Oak Hills School District from the list of the area's best is reckless and irresponsible. Despite your buried and confusing caveat on the preceding page, to omit one of the largest high schools in the entire state is beyond unconscionable.
Since when do home values dictates education value? If you would have bothered to speak to seasoned and professional real estate agents on the west side (let alone any of its citizens), you would discover that the housing market is one of the most stable in the region if not the entire country. Home values don't fluctuate as much on the west side because people stay in their homes and don't pick up stakes when the spirit moves them.
I also find the crime statistics laughable. From your rankings, one can glean that it's safer to live in Villa Hills than in Blue Ash. Have you ever been to Villa Hills? And where's Westwood, one of the city's worst police districts?
You're going down the same erroneous, ill-advised path Cincinnati Magazine went down several years ago: pandering to the affluent, nouveau riche, temporary population base of the Queen City, ignoring that stable, consistent foundation that keeps the engine of the city running.
Eric Weissmann
DSC Creative, Cincinnati

EDITOR'S NOTE: Articles in our special "Rating the 'Burbs" report called attention to why some top-rated school systems, including Oak Hills and Fort Thomas, were not included in this survey, and specifically addressed the positive attributes of Western Hills communities.

Highway Robbery
Your article rating the speed traps ("Highway Robbery," May 2007) was very good and very true. I've seen the Newtonsville police department in action, and they did indeed want to write tickets for everything. I've been pulled over, I've been to mayor's court, a kangaroo court. They made up stories. But your readers should know that the Newtonsville police department was recently disbanded. The Wayne Township trustees bought up their assets and we went through the process of hiring our own police chief. We are going to need to put out a levy to fund the department. We're now trying to build a police department that is not there to harass and intimidate, but to serve and protect.
Dennis Elchlinger
Wayne Township Trustee
Clermont County

EDITOR'S NOTE: The data used to compile the list of top speed traps was filed to the state in mid 2006, before the Newtonsville police department was disbanded.

Thanks for putting the numbers together to show the rank abuses of the mayoral court system as it applies to tickets.
After moving to Norwood, one of my neighbors called the police over my car that I had parked in front of my home. Yes, I thought it crazy, too, but apparently there is an abandoned vehicle law limiting any car from sitting for a scant period of time (15 hours I think). Well, I was hot and trotted into the Norwood Mayor's Court to fight this absurdity (my car was even towed and impounded). The judge dismissed the ticket as I had already had to pay over $100 to get it out of the tow yard. In my experience the judge was a lawyer and wasn't someone who was from the city's government. Still, I am certain that his future fees for performing this service could be leveraged under political pressure to collect ticket monies. I didn't see much of that the afternoon that I sat there for over an hour. It could have been an aberration, but I really didn't see any gross imposition of fee collection. It just seemed like a small-town mechanism for settling small city-based issues.
Dale Unroe
DU IT (IT Biz Advisory and Service)