What am I doing in Eastlake?

Dear Ms. Salaam, I read your article and all the comments as well. A writer's viewpoint is usually offered to elicit commentary, provoke thoughtful ideas and spark intelligent discussion from readers. However, when a writer submits a piece that is loaded with racial remarks and derogatory comments, it clearly proves the writer is ill-experienced in the topic. If your sole purpose in publishing this article was to create a name for yourself, you've done exactly that - your name is not credible. Readers will not be able to take seriously a writer who loads text with complaints sans solutions, racial remarks and negative pessimism about the state of a community. Be a doer, Ms. Salaam. Invent something interesting for Eastlake. Create something meaningful for Eastlake's high-scoring school districts. Make a change. But do so positively. Your piece slams a community that you are not bound to. As my mother used to say, "If you don't like it, leave." Your slant is narrow and it is not surprising that you have not made solid friendships in Eastlake. Good people generally see transparencies in others, and if you have not built good relationships in Eastlake perhaps it's because what's clearly visible - your own inability to see past races, even the SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) race. Please be a responsible writer. The goal is not to offend, right? Isn't a writer's goal to expose their viewpoint to a larger audience via words? Words and their delivery should be chosen wisely. Your baseline viewpoint has been exposed now. As you note in your article, Eastlake is a small community. You may find it hard to build good friendships now that you have torn everyone down, including yourself.
— August 6, 2013 12:27 p.m.

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