"RATINGS" FAIL TO MEASURE EVENDALE
I was a bit dismayed to read that my Village received the "bottom" rating in your safest neighborhood edition. While your disclaimer accurately states that the theft offenses may be due to shoplifting (in our instance almost 50% from a single store) it fails to show that the other overwhelming numbers of thefts are also business-related and just over 5% occurred in the "neighborhood."

Further, we had a single, non-prosecutable aggravated (felony) assault for the year referenced. The others were misdemeanor offenses. Finally, much like there is a clear distinction between burglary and robbery, a property crime versus a personal crime; there is just as clear a difference between burglary and breaking and entering. We investigated one burglary in 2008. To be sure, one too many, but only one.

While these things may appear trivial, both the quality of living and the reputation for that quality of living are of utmost importance to both me and the police department as a whole.

Chief Niel Korte
Evendale Police Department

WAYNESVILLE: "HEY, LOOK US OVER!"
I enjoyed reading your "Rating the Burbs" article. As an official of the Village of Waynesville (Warren County), I am curious as to where the Village fell on your total rankings. In previous years, I don't remember seeing your rankings going as far north as they did this year. If you didn't look at the Village of Waynesville this year, I encourage you to next year. Waynesville is a wonderful bedroom community with good schools, low taxes and an even lower crime rate.

Staci Morris, Finance Director
Village of Waynesville

CRISP REPORT ON 20-YEAR SCANDAL

"EZ Money" [Cincy June, 2010] Thank you for writing this complicated story. You managed to distill these 20 years of West End corruption to a tight, crisp report.

Dave Petersen
Cincinnati

LOVE THE CHANGES
I just received my June magazine and was quite pleased to see the changes Cincy, the former fluff business magazine has undertaking while I wasn't looking. Your hiring of former Cincinnati Enquirer staff is to be applauded.  Now independent of the paper just maybe they can do the in-depth reporting they were handicapped from doing. I enjoyed Peter Bronson's story of "EZ Money," and sent him an email to let him know. I whole heartily agree with your editorial ["Publisher's View"].  Magazines can fill the void the radio, television and newspapers create with their inadequate depth. Now if we can get the citizens of Cincinnati to elect farsighted individuals (not party line representatives) just maybe the Queen City can get its act together.

Eugene Spiegel (former 3rd generation owner of Reliable Jewelry & Loan, downtown Cincinnati for 100 years)
National, IN

Corrections: Our June issue incorrectly reported per-pupil spending for several Ohio school districts. The spending was not a factor in the rankings of schools. Also, the photo accompanying the item on President Grant's Boyhood Home was the home in which he was born.

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