Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Readers' Views

Let adults decide what is explicit


First the anti-pornography group Citizens for Community Values tries to force their values on everyone in the county by bullying and strong-arm tactics against merchants and hotels ("Polls: 60 % say Hustler OK," July 4).

Then David Miller, vice president of Citizens for Community Values, insults the intelligence of the adults in our community by saying we think "sexually explicit simply means nudity," and people don't realize the level of explicitness the Hustler store is selling.

I think we as adults know what sexually explicit means, and we do not need the CCV to hold our hands and tell us what is bad. Leave our decisions about what is "sexually explicit" to us, please. Believe it or not, adults in Hamilton County can make decisions for themselves, even about what is sexually explicit or not.

Tom Wilson, Kennedy Heights


Video games popular, advance minds

In response to the article, "Study finds computer gamers not anti-social," (July 7) this is true because I am a big computer gamer. To my surprise, there are a lot more people out there who play video games. I am a 16-year-old male and enjoy playing an online game called Half-Life.

To take my mind off writing an essay for homework, I like to take a break and play some video games. My parents find this completely annoying, but it helps me get my work done and on time. I find playing games actually helps me in hand/eye coordination. It might help me in combat situations when I join the armed forces.

Austin Nesbit, Sycamore Township


Dems show desperation with Bush criticisms

I realize the Democrats are desperate to find something to criticize President Bush for, but as usual, they have beat the "Bring them on" remark to death. They had better spend their time looking for a candidate for the next election, but they are down to Al Sharpton, which means they are pretty close to the bottom of the barrel. But that's what we thought when they had Gore up.

Michael Bootes, Colerain Township


Gay marriages won't hurt traditional ones

This is in response to the Jeff Jacoby column "The threat from gay marriage." What is this man afraid of? Is he and others like him afraidsame-sex marriage will in some way cast doubt on the authenticity of opposite-sex marriage and the love that unites the partners?

Not all opposite-sex marriages happen for the right reasons. I have known several men and women who used to be in traditional marriages but are now in same-sex partnerships. They were in these traditional unions for many reasons, but I do know some were in these unions out of fear of coming out as gay men and women. The traditional family values of our society would have singled them out personally and professionally, threatening their lives and livelihoods.

Jacoby writes that at least one person in 2,000 of the 5,700 gay and lesbian unions registered in Vermont were once involved in a traditional marriage. They have only corrected a serious mistake made years earlier out of fear and condemnation. This fear has been strengthened by a hate that has been heavily fueled by politicians who seek elected office and also by organized religion. It is time for elected officials and organized religion to represent all of mankind.

Same-sex marriage will happen one day. The world will not fall apart. Tragic mistakes will have been avoided and traditional family values will be extended to all forms of marriage. The world will then see that love truly can go beyond the established boundaries and will enrich the lives of everyone in the world. Honesty has a way making that happen.

Drew Hoffman, Newport


CAC has more than controversial exhibits

Realizing that one person's art is another's trash, I take exception to Tom Martin's description in his letter "New arts center disappoints patron" (July 7), mentioning the Arts Center"vile, perverted and disgusting." Granted there was one exhibit we chose not to peruse closely, but the rest captivated us.

We found the video pieces on riot-torn Detroit, two dissimilar families depicting their similarities, and others to be thought provoking. A room full of speakers, each tuned into the voice of a member of a choir, was beautiful and fun.

My favorite was two monitors each showing opposing fans in a soccer tournament. How that could be "vile or disgusting" is beyond me.

Cincinnatians should be proud to have this new museum.

Wayne Beckwith, Loveland


'Shocking' jacket telling of modern life

This letter is in regard to the article "Shocking attire keeps women safe" (July 7). I believe this jacket shows that we, as a society, must be close to reaching a pinnacle in greatness. This jacket not only serves as protection, but also looks very fashionable. It shows how safe our streets must be these days when a woman needs to wear a jacket that can produce electricity as protection.

What now? How can we improve upon ourselves anymore than this? I would be amazed to see some sort of new, stylish, electricity-producing hat to come out in the near future.

George Wright, Sycamore Township


Child support issues affect fathers, too

I read the article "Child support fix leaves holes" (July 6) and was pleased to find it to be gender-neutral.

Unfortunately, the accompanying graphic "Unraveling child support" on page B4 was not. Its assumption that the mother was always the parent who has custody of the child is an insult to the many custodial fathers who are raising their children in circumstances that may be equal to or more difficult than those faced by mothers.

During the hearing to set the amount of child support custodial fathers often contend with a prejudiced court that frequently grants them less support than mandated by the income based Ohio support table, and the mother is not even required to pay her fair share.

Statistics show that even with this reduced requirement, there are proportionately just as many situations where mothers don't pay child support as there are fathers who don't pay.

The fathers must then fight a county unwilling to pursue mothers for their lack of support.

D. Thomas Terwilliger, Amberley Village


British public rightly questions Blair on Iraq

Sunday's editorial cartoon "The Wingman," by Nick Anderson, illustrates the difference between the citizenry of Britain and the United States. Unfortunately for Tony Blair, the Brits are much more informed about Mideast affairs. Moreover, they do not have the short attention span of their American cousins. Cognizant of this, Bush knew he could dupe the American public into thinking Saddam Hussein was involved with 9/11, and that Iraq posed an immediate threat to us. Countless lives have been lost as a result.

As a veteran, I am dismayed that our troops remain in harm's way.

Jay Petersen, College Hill


Missouri Gov. wrong with anti-gun stance

The voice of stupidity has spoken again. This time it is anti-guns Gov. Bob Holden, D-Missouri. The July 3 edition of the Enquirer carried an Associated Press article "Mo. Gov. questions police gun resales" detailing some very ugly facts.

Holden on Thursday vetoed a concealed carry weapons bill, but that apparently was not enough for him. After learning of a criminal attack that same night in which four people were killed by a criminal using a pistol once owned and later sold by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Holden stated that the patrol should reconsider its practice of trading in old weapons for new ones.

If the crime of assault and murder had been committed another way, we would not being hearing more anti-gun nonsense right now. Say the criminal in question had purchased a car that was formerly owned and used by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and had run over the victims in their plant parking lot. Do you believe for one second that Gov. Holden would be calling for the end of automobile trade-ins? People, not things, commit criminal acts.

Matt Briedis, Withamsville


UC hoops must stop tolerating lawbreakers

One of the top news stories of the past week was the arrival of University of Cincinnati basketball recruit Robert Whaley, or as many would have us believe, UC's basketball salvation.

This young man made a plea agreement in Kansas on two misdemeanor charges of battery. Why? Because "The plea was more of a deal so I could be here playing now," he responded. By his own admission, Whaley will probably only be at UC for one year, and then to the NBA.

I'm all for giving a person a second chance; however, Whaley was charged in Michigan in 2001 with criminal sexual conduct (resulting in a hung jury). Whaley said he respects Coach Huggins for not giving up on him. "They're giving me a chance." Well, I guess this isHuggins' life calling - giving thugs a third, fourth or even fifth chance. There wouldn't be jokes about UC's basketball reputation if the program didn't make a habit of recruiting kids that tend to bend and even break the law.

When will Coach Huggins realize that his actions only make these kids believe they are above the law? Oh I forgot, in college sports, it's not about the kids, it's about the national championship.

John Winters, Elsmere


Constitution does not protect terrorists

Contrary to the opinion expressed in "Bush's terrorist ruling is wrong" (July 7) the unnamed, uncharged persons held by the federal government would not appear to have any rights under the Constitution of the United States.

The preamble to that document seems quite clear: It was created by "We the people of the United States" in order to "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."

Nothing is said about any rights to liberty held by alien invaders bent on harm to "we the people."

Gene Wolters, Anderson Township


Lots of fun to be had in Greater Cincinnati

Not having too much fun this summer? Well what's your idea of fun? Answer that and give the initiative to answer those questions. My idea of fun is a night out with friends, a cheap thrill, if you will, eating. Here are some things to do in Cincinnati for an affordable price, just while you're in town:

• King's Island for a day.

• The Beach water park.

• Putt-putt golf.

• Serpentine Wall.

• Movies.

When you go to these places don't be a square to the people around you; that won't be fun. At King's Island, go into the picture booths and get blueberry ice cream. At The Beach, grab some lemonade and relax, go down the slides even if you're scared. That's what makes it worthwhile. Go to see a movie you wouldn't think you would enjoy for a bit of flavor or just to say you saw it.

The fun is there; you just haven't given it a chance.

Tiara King, Blue Ash

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