Thursday, March 27, 2003

Readers' Views

Covington ordinance provides equal justice


The Enquirer's attempt to poke holes in Covington's proposed human rights ordinance ("Group rights sprawl," March 25) makes one wonder whether the current editorial board would have backed West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd on June 19, 1964.

On that day, Sen. Byrd spoke against a measure passed by the U.S. Senate. He complained that the bill "goes beyond equal justice and provides special treatment" for some people, thereby "doing violence to long-established constitutional principles."

The measure, of course, was our nation's landmark Civil Rights Act. Sen. Byrd has thus gone down in history as wrong-headed and repressive on this fundamental issue, and a similar fate awaits Tristate leaders who oppose or delay needed protection for persons based on their sexual orientation.

Also in the editorial, the Enquirer pats itself on the back by noting its call "for opening up the debate on repealing Cincinnati's Article 12." Hopefully, the Enquirer will soon move from that wishy-washy stance to a position clearly in favor of repeal, thus providing leadership to help the city escape an unjust law that stifles our civic vibrancy and brings us national disgrace.

John C. Brennan


Conservative actors often speak out too

Why do conservatives have such a hard time dealing with liberal celebrities? Conservatives voted for President Reagan-the actor. They voted for Sonny Bono- the singer. They are courting Arnold Schwarzenegger-the actor, to run for governor in California

There seems to be a double standard. Conservatives don't seem to mind conservative celebrities speaking their mind, why do they get so upset when it is a liberal celebrity?

Matt Stegman

North College Hill

Voinovich did the right thing

Regarding the March 26 editorial ("Budget showdown: Cut taxes, spending"), we Ohioans should be proud of Sen. George Voinovich's courageous vote to limit President Bush's tax cut of $726 billion. He was one of three Republicans who took a stand against a popular wartime president. We should all get behind him in his brave fight because the rich and the mighty will probably pounce on him to make him suffer politically.

Should this tax cut take effect anyway, and it very well might, we will see $500 billion in tax cuts for the upper 1 percent of taxpayers that would amount to approximately $90,000 per millionaire. To finance these cuts, the House leaders plan deep cuts of $475 billion in vital programs that benefit the bottom 99 percent of poor Americans ranging from Medicaid, child care, education, food stamps, environmental protection of our air and water and other emergency help for the poor. We must take care of our poor, our children and our elderly because a country is known for the way it treats those who need help.

Our states are beginning to feel the pinch of previous tax cuts. We see states struggling to meet the costs of the mandated "Leave No Child Behind Law." For every $77 dollars the federal government gives the states, there will be $500 in additional costs that most states will find impossible to meet.

When our men and women are fighting a war in Iraq, we should not ask them or their families to make further sacrifices. Social Security and Medicare will also suffer needlessly. Previous tax cuts will cause the revenue that would have been used to keep these programs solvent until the year 2050 or more, now gone. Sen. Voinovich is right; this is not the time for such a costly tax cut.

Marty Hanon

Delhi Township

Disappointed with Voinovich position

Though a lifetime Republican, I would like to offer a friendly suggestion to the Ohio Democratic Party. Present Ohio voters with a candidate who has a proven record of fiscal conservatism as a candidate for the U.S. Senate against George Voinovich and you could well find considerable support among independent and Republican voters. After disappointment with his performance as governor, I reluctantly voted for him for the Senate, but certainly not again.

Frank Minning

Anderson Township

Winburn's criticism vague, unwarranted

Most new parents at Walnut Hills High School are just figuring out the morning traffic patterns and volunteering at the spaghetti dinners. Not Charlie Winburn ("Parents charge grade inflation" March 26). He has been a member of the Walnut Hills community for six months, and he is ready to sack the principal and liberate the staff. Maybe Gen. Tommy Franks should have sent him to Baghdad.It is a shame that he would choose to attack such a magnificent school. It is also a shame that the Enquirer would give headline coverage to vague, unsubstantiated claims.

Patrick Borders


Walnut Hills complaint degrades work

I am a senior at Walnut Hills High School writing in regard to Charles Windburn's accusations of grade inflation and lower entrance exam requirements at our school. I have been a student at Walnut Hills for six years, and I have never been aware of the changing of my own grades or any grades of my colleagues. My fellow students and I read the article and were incredibly shocked; we were disgusted with the way it portrayed Walnut Hills- its students, teachers, and administrators.

This year, I am taking three Advanced Placement classes while most of my friends are taking four or even five. We work very hard to earn the grades we get, and believe that those are the grades we deserve. In addition, I hold down a part time job, am co-editor-in-chief of our nationally acclaimed yearbook, and volunteer with my church. Personally, I think that the aforementioned article degraded our hard work and dedication to our studies, extracurricular activities, and our community services because of the allegation of "inflated grades."

Through the college application process, I have noticed how meticulous our record keepers are and how precise our administrative staff is in keeping our transcripts and other records accurate and complete. As a student on the inside of Walnut Hills, I also believe that Walnut Hills is not only a great school, but the best public high school in the state. Our grades are not inflated - our students' intellect, motivation, and dedication are.

Emily Vance


Brody kissing Berry was beautiful moment

Regarding the photo of Oscar winner Adrien Brody planting one on Halle Berry (" `Pianist' leads long list of Oscar night surprises" March 25). Why did the cutline say "to the delight and dismay of those watching?" Who was dismayed? How did you know that? Who chose that qualifier and why? It was a beautiful, unexpected moment that preceded his beautiful speech; nothing more, nothing less.

Jackie Weist

Anderson Township

Trucker has wrong idea about freedom

After reading about truck driver James Watters misguided attempt to show "support" for the troops in Iraq I felt compelled to respond. I'm not sure Mr. Watters has the concept of freedom down. This is America, Mr. Watters, and love it or hate it we have the right to speak our mind in public assembly.

You have the right to disagree. You do not have the right to threaten and silence the voices you disagree with. Furthermore, take responsibility for your actions. You admitted guilt for breaking the laws of the country you claim to support, accept your punishment and consider it a lesson in freedom 101.

Steve Rawlins

Hyde Park

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