Letters to the Editor

Reader advocates for an entertainment tax

To the Editor:

     This letter is in response to the article by Bruce Checefsky in the April issue of the Plain Press titled “Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus opposes public funding for Browns Stadium.”

     One of the most disturbing facts about our capitalist nation is the misappropriation of funds directed to the salaries of entertainers. Everyone should agree that the value an athlete, movie star, talk-show host, team-owner, etcetera brings to the average citizen is very small.   Granted, they do offer a minuscule of diversion from our daily trials and tribulations as did the jesters in the king’s court during the Middle Ages. But to allow these entertainers to horde such great amounts of wealth at the expense of more benevolent societal programs is unacceptable. They do not provide a product, or a service, so why are they rewarded as such?


     Our society is also subjected to the “profound wisdom” of these people because it equates wealth with influence.  Perhaps a solution to this problem, and an alternative to defeated school levies, crumbling infrastructures, as well as all the programs established to help feed, clothe and shelter those who cannot help themselves, would be to tax this undeserved wealth.  Entertainers could keep 1% of the gross earnings reaped from their endeavor and 99% could be deposited into the public coffers. If the City of Cleveland won’t agree to this, then they should buy stock in these sports teams and use the profits to fund various public programs.

     The old ideas of the redistribution of wealth have failed, and it is time to adapt to modern day preferences. People put their money into entertainment above everything else; isn’t it time to tap that wealth? Does anyone think this will reduce the quality of entertainment? It seems to me that when entertainers received less income, the quality was much higher.

Joe Bialek 

Help is available to prevent suicides through treatment of psychiatric conditions

To the editor:

     Since 1949, Mental Health America and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May as Mental Health Awareness Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. It raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Cities and businesses across the country hold various events to support mental health and open up the lines of communication. Many websites provide ideas for businesses to support their employees during the month of May and beyond.


     According to the CDC, suicide rates in our country increased by 36% between 2000-2021. Suicide was responsible for 48,183 deaths in 2021 alone, which is about one death every 11 minutes. We know that many mental health disorders–including depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and PTSD, come with a heightened risk of suicidal thoughts or attempts. While seeking help for suicidal thoughts or behaviors is critical regardless of the cause, securing a specific diagnosis may help the individual receive treatment, especially ongoing treatment, that is best suited to their mental health needs.

     Mental Health America says that up to 60% of people who die by suicide have major depression, and research suggests the majority of suicides are related to a psychiatric condition. If you or someone you know is depressed, there are effective treatments available. Talking to your doctor is a good first step, and you can also visit the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness to learn more about support groups that you might find helpful.

     The Jason Foundation is another valuable resource. JFI is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of suicide through educational and awareness programs. On the website, you will learn about warning signs and risk factors associated with people who may be struggling with mental health issues and suicidal ideation. We know that four out of five individuals considering suicide give some sign of their intentions, either verbally or behaviorally. In 80% of those considering suicide, we have an opportunity to recognize the warning signs and intervene. Take the time to educate yourselves on the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide. This knowledge may help you save the life of a friend or loved one.

Morgan Marks
Chief Development Officer 
The Jason Foundation, Inc.

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