Monday, October 20, 1997
Free speech abounds on topic of porn

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Be careful when you open your voice mail. Somebody might flash you some naked aggression.

"You're sick for writing about porno stores." - Al Westridge, Bridgetown.

"They should put you away." - Bridget Foster, West Chester.

"I own 300-400 porn movies. But I'm not obsessed with 'em. I will pray to the good Lord for you to get some help." - Jack Kochendorfer, Newport.

So went reaction to Friday's column about the adult video stores in Millville. A store clerk was busted last week for selling X-rated videos to a minor in the Butler County village.

"Pornography leads to unspeakable pain and heartache as well as abuse both physical and mental." - Gregg Schuler, downtown Cincinnati.

The column described the stores, their contents and their decors. Uncomfortable with porn, but not in favor of censorship, I asked people just to quit buying the stuff.

"Pervert!" - Luke Wallace, Price Hill.

"Right-wing Nazi!" - Brenda Bridger, Walnut Hills.

"Hey pinhead! Don't tell me what to watch." - Bo Ridgeway, Milford.

"There's nothing wrong with pornography. You're just a prissy prude." - Thomas Martin, Symmes Township.

"Porno's legit. You're a creep." - Alf Schmidt, Oxford.

"You wrote that those places are well-lit. So's Hell." - the Rev. Z.T. Smith, Covington.

A good many readers, for various reasons, also opposed censorship.

"Right on for being against censorship of adult videos. Any kind of censorship limits all of our freedoms." - Craig Anderson.

"I am a Christian who hates censorship. But I also know from family experience the pain pornography can cause. The only way the $3.9 billion adult video business will dry up is by appealing to a higher power." - Marilyn (last name withheld by request), Harrison.

"Just turn on cable TV or your computer and get all the porno you want. This arrest is just about politics and people trying to get elected." - Sammy Dodge, Millville.

"If you are a true adult, you don't need 'adult' entertainment." - Art (last name withheld by request), Fort Mitchell.

"I'm an old guy who can't sleep at night. So, I get up and listen to the radio. Luckily, I use an ear plug. I'm no prude. But I wouldn't want my wife hearing the garbage talk on some of the FM stations in town." - Larry Marr, Maineville.

Kathleen Hartz, Sycamore Township, suggested turning a negative into a positive.

"Put a $1 tax on every adult video and magazine sold. Since adult videos are a multibillion-dollar industry, these people obviously don't care how much they pay for these things. We could take all of the tax money and fix up our schools."

Big John

A recent column about John Shirey's job hunting drew unanimous support for Cincinnati's city manager.

"Keep him here. We love 'em." - Alice Fairchild, Fairmount. "Fire city council. Not John Shirey." - John H. Conn, Mount Lookout.

"He's one of the few city managers who doesn't hop when council says, 'Hop!' " - Edith Daulton, Covedale.

"He didn't get high marks on his performance review because he didn't please city council. There's no pleasing those people." - Ruth McLain, Fairmount.

Council gave Mr. Shirey a 4 percent raise two days after the column appeared.

Riddle me this

Who's coming to a grocery shelf near you?

Laura Kreuter.

The Miami Township seventh-grader's name and her prize-winning riddle appear on paper cups in the new edition of Dixie Riddle Cups. Boxes of the cups should be in area stores by early November.

Laura's riddle - What do you get when a cow is caught in an earthquake? A milkshake - won a $100 savings bond. This column broke news of her victory in June.

Fourteen other riddlers won the $100 prize. They were among 4,193 entries.

The grand prize - a $1,000 savings bond - went to Anna Triglia of San Jose, Calif. Her riddle: What lies at the bottom of the sea and shakes? A nervous wreck.

Dixie Riddle Cups have a long shelf life. The last batch lasted 20 years.

At that rate, Laura's name could still be on the cups when she's raising her own little riddlers.

Cliff Radel's column appears in The Enquirer Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 768-8379 or fax at 768-8340.