Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Readers' Views

Solution-minded folks welcome in Cincinnati

Richard Cook has chosen to move out of the city. This is the second time I have read this in Peter Bronson's litter patrolcolumn ("It's not the trash, it's crime" Feb. 7). The comment that it's not the grime, it's the crime is not totally true. Working on the theory that a litter filled neighborhood invites unacceptable behavior and an unacceptable element, it is imperative that we enforce litter rules.

Cook's complaint about a Christmas tree that was not picked up is hardly newsworthy. Most people would simply drag the tree to the back yard, call to find out the proper procedure and move on. While litter may seem petty compared to other issues, whining is not the answer, nor is moving away. Cincinnati needs people who want to be part of the solution. I am sorry to hear that we're losing another homeowner. On the other hand, a honeysuckle bush might make a nice housewarming gift.

- Linda Burns, Westwood

Saddam's weapons are hard to find

Some perspective on United Nations' weapons inspections: Iraq is a country covering 167,925 square miles, while Hamilton County covers 414 square miles. There are 200 U.N. weapons inspectors working full time in Iraq, which is equivalent to one person working half time to search Hamilton County.

For comparison, assume there is a gallon of anthrax hidden within the houses, apartments, factories, warehouses, skyscrapers and sewers or buried underground, etc. somewhere in Hamilton County. Picture in your mind driving around Hamilton County. What is the chance that one person, working half time, will find that anthrax or confirm that it does not exist? What is the chance that one person's presence every other day wandering Hamilton County will deter the owner of that anthrax from giving it to a terrorist? The answer to both is zero.

Those who think the U.N. weapons inspectors have a meaningful chance to accomplish disarmament of Iraq, or to deter Saddam from giving untraceable weapons of mass destruction to terrorists are naive, misguided or partisan.

- Mel Barbera, Liberty Township

Give Marge her private box seats

Give Marge Schott her private box and her seats by the field. The double-talk Carl Lindner is trying to pull on Marge Schott s an outrage and a disgrace to the name "Great American Ball Park".

To me, America means integrity and trustworthiness. Lindner, stand by these principles or take your company name off the ball park. It's a shame Marge has to take Carl Lindner to court to have justice, but it is the great "American" way. And Bud Selig, butt out.

- Janet Vennemeyer, Springfield Township

We should only vote in November

Well the Milford School levy just went down in defeat. Now what the school district is going to do is spend another $30,000 to $40,000 to put it back on the ballot in May. How many times do we have to vote something down, and why in May?

All voting should be done in November. No special voting dates and no more Milford tax increases. Balance the books, as we all have to do. We need to pass a law that all voting is done once a year in November. No more special push through levies. Vote no on the Milford School levy.

- Dale Schaefer, Milford

Diversity quilt not made for everyone

I saw the photo "Mariemont diversity quilt spreads to permanent display" (Feb. 1) of the happy needle workers with their colorful quilt and thought what a great idea. I wonder who the squares represent, Eskimos? Koreans? Polynesians? Lapps? I expected a square for each, and others, too.

Silly me, it's a Black Celebrity Quilt. Would someone from Mariemont High please explain the diversity in that? My dictionary says "diversity: being diverse, unlikeness; different kind; variety." Does the Mariemont High School's dictionary differ? I have no problem at all with a Black Celebrity Quilt being made for Black History Month, but the ill-use of the word "diversity"' I really find quite irksome and disappointing. It leads me to believe they were celebrating everyone.

- Colleen Bricker, Wilmington

LeBron James gets lesson in life

Each installment of the Ohio High School Athletic Association's newsletter is peppered with appeals in the OHSAA meeting minutes every time parents come in to plead the case for their child. How were they supposed to know he wasn't allowed to play varsity football for seven years? Or their daughter should be able to play softball, even though she's 22 years old. Each time, the OHSAA opens up the rulebook, cites some bylaws, and votes usually 7-0 to disallow the appeal.

Is LeBron James the most phenomenal player to ever take the floor in Ohio basketball history? You bet. Is his school shamelessly capitalizing on his success? Unfortunately, yes. Did LeBron break the rules of participating as an amateur? Yeah, he did.

I look forward to seeing LeBron play in the pros, but let this be lesson No. 1 in the school of life. LeBron knew what he was up to and so does the OHSAA.

The LeBron case is a slam-dunk 7-0 in my book.

- Patrick Grimes, Mason

Religious workers laid freedom's groundwork

In the Enquirer article "Cincinnatian in Iraq to oppose war, boycott" (Feb. 7), Barb Rounds-Kugler is quoted as saying about peace activists like Mary Schoen, "The first thing that pops in my mind is that they should thank the veterans who fought and died for the freedom of speech that allows them to say these things."

The first thing that pops in my mind about Barb Rounds-Kugler's comment is that our thanks must go first to those religious communities such as the Religious Society of Friends and others who suffered persecution and sometimes even death at the hands of religious oppressors. Nevertheless, they continued to stand for freedom of religion and speech. It was such people, not the military, who established for us that these freedoms are fundamental human rights. I might also point out that the history of nonviolent conflict in the 20th century makes clear that those using nonviolent methods have been instrumental in achieving such freedoms and others for many people.

- Franchot Ballinger, Hyde Park

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