Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Readers' Views

Use more money to promote arts


What a great article on the front-page of the Forum section ("The Perfect Moment," June 15) about the impact of the arts and culture on Cincinnati's image - starting with the Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Arts Museum collaboration on the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's close connection with the Cincinnati's Fleischmann family, and now the new Contemporary Arts Center.

Anyone who has seen the new Cincinnati Wing at the Art Museum will tell you that we are indeed a first-class arts city. We have had all these assets, and more to come with the opening of the Underground Railroad Freedom Center and reopening of the Taft Museum, and we just take them for granted.

More of us go to the arts and cultural events than to our expensive professional sports events. Having committed nearly a half billion dollars to those sports events, and having paid out $150 million trying to create a retail center, maybe we should think about increasing the upsized $2.2 million we spent this year promoting the arts.

Now that the world is getting the idea that we have world-class arts, let's spend what it takes to bring the world here to see us.

David C. Herriman, Covington

Peck's Finch was film's all-time hero

Polls show the public's opinion of lawyers is quite low, somewhat worse than used car salesmen. However, last week, the American Film Institute published a list of the top heroes in film.

They did not choose a warrior, politician, religious figure, pioneer, scientist, or business leader. They chose a lawyer, Atticus Finch, of To Kill a Mockingbird portrayed by the late Gregory Peck.

Anyone care to file an appeal?

Irving W. Victor, Amberley Village

Please don't send ill kids to school

As a retired nurse, I hope you take a moment and think of what rewarding perfect attendance in our schools does ("Perfect attendance abounds," June 15). Please do some research into how many colds, viruses and other infections these kids, who never miss a day's school, have spread to countless other kids.

I know a kid who never missed a day in school in 13 years, and he will readily tell you how many times he went to school with the flu, vomiting and diarrhea, or a sore throat and cough.

I do not want to dispute that this was an accomplishment for these kids, but no one gets sick just on weekends or holidays. Many kids have compromised immune systems, from organ transplants, AIDS, cancer therapy, asthma and other conditions that make them become sick easily, and end up hospitalized, because an irresponsible adult sent their ill kid to school.

Please read up on how diseases are spread, the The Center for Disease Control has good information.

Carol Schoner, Mount Orab

Early race fans denied prime parking

Jerry Carroll, owner of they Kentucky Speedway, is trying to attract a Winston Cup race. First, he needs to focus more of his attention on the present. Several friends and I attend the Busch race held there every year, and have had few complaints.

This past Saturday was a different story. As usual, we arrived at the track early to tailgate. Traffic was being funneled around the track as in the past, although all of the gates to the parking around the track were closed. The entrance directly behind the grandstand was the only one open. As we tried to pull in, we were told it was for VIPs only. We continued around the track, roughly an hour and a half later, and were funneled back onto the main road more than a mile past the track, where we were forced to park. Shuttle buses were driving people the long distance back to the track, yet the track's parking area was nearly empty. Later, we discovered those who came just before the race started had the privilege of close parking. In the past, this has not been the case.

Many people said they would never return to the track that has high hopes of that elusive Winston Cup. I'm sure this is not something they want NASCAR officials to hear. Perhaps now we know the reason the important officials from NASCAR were no-shows. They had too far to walk.

Justin Gamble, Alexandria

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