As a suburban reporter for The Cleveland Press in the 1960s, I covered University Heights. That is where I met then longtime Mayor Earl Aurelius. He not only got me into politics, but he invoked a formula for success I rely on today. 

And, it applies to the recent two letters to the editor taking the Cleveland Jewish News to task. (“CJN  needs more balance,” June 21 and “CJN’s strategy questioned,” June 28)

He called it the 10-10-80 formula, which I mistakenly thought referred to something you apply on grass: “10% of the people are solidly behind me; 10% are solidly against me. The other 80% are negotiable.” 

So, the two letter writers are in the second 10%, but have the right to criticize. I just want such letters to be read in context. In my newspaper career judgment, the CJN overall does an incredible job.

David H. Brown

North Bethesda, Md.

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