Sunday, July 29, 2001

What readers say about Cincinnati's bid

        The Olympic Games are about excellence and bringing people together. Those would be welcome emphases for us. Just as most individuals strive to preserve their reputations at any cost, our city's good name should be protected. Honor, prestige and commitment are loftier priorities than temporary inconvenience and some cost. Also, the development needed such as light rail and the Olympic Village in Bond Hill will benefit our citizens long after the Games end. — Nancy Cameron, Pleasant Ridge

The Enquirer (July 25) reported that the committee members have remained stone-faced throughout the tour. I congratulate them. Anyone who can maintain a straight face when being told that we're solving our racial differences with a committee led by people who fabricate and disseminate inflammatory lies (e.g., stolen guns flooding the streets), that UC is flush with funds for development, that Nick Vehr has control over the water quality of the Ohio River, and items of equal plausibility and veracity is indeed of Olympic caliber. My hat is off to them. — Henry E. Dorfman, Springfield Township

        I don't think Cincinnati should be host to the 2012 Olympics. To name a few reasons: Weak infrastructure, no rapid transit, gridlock on our roads, skyrocketing air pollution, inadequate housing, poor race relations, unacceptable laws making discrimination against lesbians and gays legal, unbuilt venues, and so on. The inability/unwillingness of this city to deal with these and other problems should be a sign to the USOC members visiting here that Cincinnati citizens do not want nor have the time for hosting the Olympics in 2012. Money that is being spent on entertaining this folly should be going to fund solutions to our already full plate of issues and not Nick Vehr's pipe dream. — Mary Crain, Oakley


Yes! Cincinnati should host the 2012 Olympics. The area has as much and more to offer overall as the other cities bidding to host. The Olympics are 11 years in the future and a forward-thinking city will design for a great world event while working on and solving immediate problems. Let's not allow the region to become paralyzed by a few thugs and their so-called “leaders.” — Ken Eckert, Anderson Township

        The Olympic Games should NOT be held in Cincinnati. A considerable outlay of public money would be used and we have many more important priorities: school buildings, teacher salaries, more police to control the violence in our city, and better care for our roads. Also we do not have enough roads to handle all the traffic without causing gridlock. — Don Burke, Green Township

        I would like to tell the U.S. Olympic Committee not to consider Cincinnati as a potential host. While there are most likely a number of Olympic athletes who are probably gay, it is hypocritical and absurd to award Cincinnati this great honor, in light of Cincinnati's Issue 3 that bars anti-discrimination protection for homosexuals. A truly caring and tolerant city would not judge what our creator was meant to judge, and would, instead, follow the example of kindness that was set for us all. — Dianne Rice, Loveland


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