Monday, June 30, 2003

Readers' Views

Ohio budget keeps children a priority


We are deeply grateful that Gov. Bob Taft, the Ohio House of Representatives, and the Ohio Senate have agreed in the new state budget to keep child health a priority, even in these difficult economic times. Gov. Taft, Speaker Larry Householder, and Senate President Doug White deserve our thanks for their leadership on this issue throughout the budget process.

Children's hospitals received support from a bi-partisan group of legislators as well as from parents, medical professionals, and trustees.

Cuts would have affected all families, not just those on Medicaid. By protecting Medicaid eligibility for children and providing an inflationary adjustment for Medicaid payments to children's hospitals, the budget allows Ohio's children's hospitals to continue to provide the very best care for all children in our communities.

James M. Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


Pulfer's multi-use theory is right on

Kudos to Laura Pulfer for her visionary plan suggesting how Kroger could help us build the best parking garage on the planet Earth ("Can't we do more than park cars for $15 million?" June 26).

There is no question that the multi-use approach she describes for that strategic space (as she said, the back door to the central business district, and the front door to Over-the-Rhine) would establish another important anchor in that area and be in keeping with the best in corporate responsibility and leadership.

A larger vision for this parking building would do much to overcome an impression that the city's $15 million price tag is yet another example of polite (to be sure) corporate extortion.

Ron Slone, Forest Park


Pulfer's Kroger column was negative

I don't often read Laura Pulfer's column; her sarcastic editorial on the recent deal reached between the Kroger Company and the City of Cincinnati reminded my why. Does she ever have a positive thought in her opinions? There's plenty of cynicism in this city, nation and world without having to digest her biting sarcasm and pessimism.

So maybe the proposed Kroger parking garage is a bit pricey; but if the project follows through as promised with retail and residential units, then perhaps the price tag will be well worth it.

Just think of her complaints if the city failed to reach a deal with Kroger. We should all thank the Kroger Company for their contributions to our city.

Brian Magnarini, Anderson Township


Be responsible in Colerain Township

This is in regards to the article ("Colerain establishes curfew law for youths," June 25). What in the world is the Colerain Township trustees thinking? Voting to implement a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew. Do they have any idea what impact this will have on the parents of teens in Colerain Township? These parents will be forced to spend time with their children in their own homes. They will know exactly where their kids are and what they are up to. This is just unheard of. What do they expect them to do? Talk to each other? Be in bed getting rest for their job?

The curfew is not enough. The poor misunderstood teens that are just expressing themselves by vandalizing their community need to be held accountable for their actions. Right along with their parents. The parents hopefully are being made to pay for any and all of the damages caused by their little darlings. Who else should be teaching the children? How about the community leaders themselves?

Todd Stephany, Burlington


Clinton administration investigated terrorism

Recent scapegoat assertions that the reason for this country's current international and economic mess is all because former President Clinton did nothing about terrorism during his tenure ignores the facts. The mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center attack was captured and imprisoned and a bi-partisan commission on national security (Hart-Rudman) formed which developed a detailed agenda for protecting the United States from terrorist attacks, including formation of a homeland security department.

The report was completed in January of 2001 and presented to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfield as part of the transition process. The Bush administration blocked Senate hearings on the report and shelved the two and a half years of research and 50 recommendations of the commission. Bush asked Vice President Dick Cheney to start from scratch to do their research. Cheney immersed himself in closed-door meetings with Enron and other corporate cronies fashioning our country's energy policy while President Bush pushed his tax cuts and took a month-long vacation after only seven months in office.

It's sort of been lost in all the distractions of late, but as we approach the two-year anniversary of 9/11, shouldn't we be asking, how's that investigation coming?

Linda L. Gross, Cheviot


Backside of ball park is trashy place

We have attended the Great American Ballpark a total of three times this month. We park in Kentucky and walk over the bridge, climbing the steps by the U.S. Bank Arena. It was a great embarrassment coming up those steps - filthy, dirty, broken beer bottles, cigarettes and other unmentionables. It was so embarrassing that my husband and I approached several attendants and told them of the situation. They said it was up to the U.S. Bank Arena to care for that side; wouldn't it be possible to have people sitting in the work house/or juvenile detention to be part of a clean-up Cincinnati.

This isn't the only eyesore. Almost each time you come off the highway and approach a stop sign/light, it seems people here take that opportunity to dump their car ashtrays.

The ballpark looks great but getting there is a mess.

Audrey Merrill, North College Hill

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