Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Readers' Views

Moving to Vegas? Evaluate it first


Those who saw the front-page article ("Losing a Generation", June 8) might enjoy reading "After nice, a return to vice" in the New York Times Sunday Styles section on the same day.

The Enquirer pointed out that young people are deserting Cincinnati for, among other places, Las Vegas, in part because of the entertainment. The New York Times' article detailed "mainline" Vegas entertainment at the casinos, which includes a "sadomasochistic prison scenario, a drag queen that channels Billie Holiday, and couplings in configurations across the sexual range."

Not to mention "underwater sex scenes ... baths in milk and foam and chocolate, and with scenarios that encompassed whips, cross-dressing, masturbation and bestial fantasies..." promised by a new Cirque du Soleil show.

Prudence dictates we should evaluate what the competition has to offer before deciding how answer it.

Jerry Wild, Clifton


For years, players have altered bats

The art of altering bats has been going on for years. The worst was with slow pitch softball. When the aluminum bat came into existence, they were stuffed with everything possible - Tennis balls, ping-pong balls, you name it. One bat was filled with insulation foam. All that happened was it made the bat heavy. An attempt to correct this, umpires did a before game check of all bats. Manufactures do every thing possible to improve the mechanics of the bat, and for some jock to change it makes no since.

The biggest deterrent to altering a bat was the cost. At $300 to $500 a pop, you don't mess with a good thing. My solution to a wood bat is to determine if the corked bat does have any magical powers.

Give some of our top hitters a dozen or so bats that all look alike. Some have been altered and some not. Measure the performance of the hitters and see what bat they were using. This method could put an end to the mystery of the corked bat.

It's possible that an altered bat made no difference. Maybe this would exonerate the cheaters.

Les Haggard, Finneytown


Clinton got power because of husband

I contest the content of Byron McCauley's last sentence in his editorial memo ("Hillary's/History" June 6). It states "... figure (Hillary Clinton), who stood by her flawed man while gaining political stature of her own."

Face it, Byron. She began her political career on third base because of her husband. Now you want us to believe she got there by hitting a triple?

Thomas J. Forristal, Hyde Park


Fort Thomas suit indeed is 'absurd'

I would like to applaud the letter ("Fort Thomas suit was wrongly filed" June 7), regarding the Fort Thomas parents who are suing the school district in order to home-school their special-needs son ("Parents say school doesn't provide boy what he needs" June 6). The letter writer hit the nail on the head when he says, "If you want to mainstream, then do it. If you want special-ed, then do it. But you can't have it both ways."

As a parent, I have substantial sympathy and admiration for the parents in their struggle to raise their son, who has a debilitating neurological disorder. However, I am also a Fort Thomas resident who supported the recent tax levy for our school district. In this regard I find it, as the letter writer puts it, "arrogant, outrageous, and absurd" that anybody would feel they are justified in demanding personal reimbursement of over a quarter-million dollars when it would be at the expense of every other student in this district.

Suzanne G. Lorenz, Fort Thomas


It will take time to find Iraq's weapons

This is in regards to the letter ("Bush lied to us and duped us into war" June 8). The letter writer seems to be espousing the current Democratic message, without much thought or reasoning regarding the facts. Let's stop this worthless rhetoric.

In 1998, Congress gave then President Clinton authority to use any means he deemed necessary to deal with the threat posed by Iraq.

On Dec. 16, 1998, President Clinton ordered a strike "to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs, and its capability to threaten their neighbors. The purpose is to protect the national interests of the United States . . ."

On Feb. 17, 1999, President Clinton, using information from Saddam's son-in-law, who defected to Jordan, said this defection-forced Iraq to admit having "an offensive biological warfare capability, notably 5,000 gallons of botulism, 2,000 gallons of anthrax, 25 biological-filled scud warheads and 157 aerial bombs. Has the destruction of such weapons been verified? No.

The United Nations, by issuing Resolution 1441, believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. How would they deal with the situation? We have found the trailers identified in photographs used by Secretary Colin Powell.

Let's be patient and factual. Iraq is the size of California. It will take time to fully resolve this matter.

Robert Patterson, Mason


Police making Bond Hill residents happy

I want to thank the Cincinnati Police District 4, especially Beat 5 in the Bond Hill area. In the past month, they have quietly and efficiently made the area a safe and pleasant place to live again.

We can now sit outside or walk to the corner market without fear. No longer do the dope dealers congregate on every corner and block our sidewalks. This was accomplished without fanfare or headline-grabbing incidents.

Richard Wuest, Bond Hill


Visalia's sad moment shown positively

Thank you so much for such positive pictures of the school closing at Visalia Elementary on the front page of the June 7 Kentucky section. At an event where no doubt there were tears, you chose to run two very positive and delightful pictures of those involved.

Lanita Boyd, Fort Thomas


Congratulations, Cincinnati champions

I want to take a minute to say, "Congrats" to all of the state champions from Cincinnati.

Elder, Moeller, Reading, Purcell Marian and St. Xavier have all made the city of Cincinnati and their respective leagues very proud. Good job, guys.

Tim Siebel, Norwood


Bush administration far from perfect

This is in regards to the letter ("Dems have nerve pointing any fingers" June 6). Republicans have a very short memory. It was President Clinton's army and Clinton's material that was used in the war in Iraq. The economy was in great shape, not failing when Clinton left office. Only now we have more than 2 million unemployed workers. When Clinton bombed Afghanistan the Republicans shouted, "Wag the dog." But, when Bush fought back, it was heroic.

Fingers should be pointing at the Republican administrations that pardoned presidents guilty of treason, such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, who couldn't remember? It is time people woke up to the fact that neither side is God and neither side is perfect. However, this administration is the farthest from perfect I have seen in my lifetime of 74 years.

Gwen Schlesinger, Amberley Village


There is no need for partial-birth abortion

Does the letter writer have any medical experience or any time spent with premature babies at the newborn intensive care units at the various hospitals in Cincinnati? ("Chabot's abortion bill misguided" June 8).

Everyone is quick to quote the phrase, "When the health of the mother is at stake," but does anyone really know what that means?

True, women can become very ill with pregnancy. Delivery of the baby is usually a cure, but, women have premature babies every day. With the care of a competent doctor, many of them live very healthy lives with their newborns.

Partial-birth abortion involves a premature delivery, perhaps saving the mother's life; but, at the very end of the delivery, moments away from saving mom, the baby is killed. Why must we murder the newborn to save the mother? Can't we just deliver a healthy baby, albeit premature, and put it up for adoption?

Jane Crenshaw R.N., Mason


Peacock pranksters need to grow up

This is in regards to the article ("Two students charged in peacock prank," June 6).Is there ever any good news for animals in this city? First of all, removing animals from their homes, abusing them, depositing them in other places and killing them is not a prank. It is animal cruelty, and is more akin to kidnapping and molesting a child than it is to graffiti or vandalism.

We all know that abusive behavior toward animals is often later exhibited in abuse of other people. Moreover, animals are not property or things; they are sentient creatures.

Regarding the high rates of euthanasia at Cincinnati-area animal shelters, it's our fault. Adopting an animal is a commitment to proper feeding, shelter, health care and companionship.

When you bring an animal into your home and life, you are making a commitment as a guardian, not as an owner of a knick-knack that you can donate to the Salvation Army when you're tired of it. Shelters should only exist to care for stray animals until they are adopted; they are not equipped for or intended to be dumping stations for the irresponsible among us.

Robbie Coleman, Anderson Township


Find advice about city right at home

First the "wonder architects" from cities less provincial than Cincinnati tell us the downtown skywalks are counterproductive to our city's vitality and should be demolished. Now, development planner John Alschuler decries Fountain Square, the heart of our city, as "a place designed for public executions" ("Soundbites" in Forum Section, June 8). Isn't it time to stop looking out of state for advice? Surely, there are development planners who live in Cincinnati? Isn't it time to hire people who understand the way we feel about our city?

Susan Unger, Western Hills


No artistic license when discussing flag

The article ("Artist inspired by his life in U.S." June 8), shows reporter Marilyn Bauer and the art community just don't get it.

When quoting Lois Rosenthal as if she was a Supreme Court Justice writing a majority opinion, she loses track of the fact there is no such thing as artistic license when it comes to showing respect for the flag. The justification only comes from the concept that artists are so clever that they are above us common people and our silly devotion to this symbol of freedom and liberty.

Dan Wagner, West Chester


Westwood sick, tired of criminals

I would like to respond to the column by Denise Smith Amos ("Beyond bicycle theft/Bullies look out: You can be bullied, too" June 8). You have got to be kidding to think because these young thieves now "know what they did was wrong" is a reason to let them off? Stealing is stealing. These young thieves should have thought about that before they decide to commit a crime. If that mother is so concerned with her child, why didn't she teach her child to not steal. If you have time to make a poster you should have time to teach your child right from wrong. Why is she defending his obviously criminal actions?

At the end of the column, Amos stated these two young victims of this crime do not feel safe. They don't hang out with their friends or go to the park.

No longer feel safe to go to our neighborhood park? Now that is the real crime and the folks in Westwood are sick and tired of the criminals, no matter their age, crime, skin color, dictating to us what we can and can't do in our neighborhood.

To defend the criminals and not support victims of this crime is unforgivable.

Mary Kuhl, Westwood

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