Thursday, July 10, 2003

Readers' Views

Remove downtown homeless camps


The homeless camps need to be removed from underneath all bridges in this city. These bridges are not appropriate living spaces for anyone. Camps creates a danger, especially if a tenant becomes intoxicated and wanders out onto a busy roadway.

This should not be a debate. The litter scattered around these campsites is an eyesore. We clean the riverbank every year; why not clean under the bridges every year? Giving the homeless notice and then placing their property in storage is absolutely appropriate.

Sitting around and letting the homeless set-up camp where ever they want is not. There are shelters, services and jail. It's time we start to narrow their options for living spaces, and bridges should not be included.

Shana Johnson, Green Township

Luken's cable TV remark was insensitive

As a neighbor of Cincinnati, I want to speak up in response to the heartless, callous remarks from Mayor Charlie Luken claiming to see a homeless man "put in cable TV" near one of the downtown bridges.

Our public officials ought to set examples of caring attitudes rather than ridicule the unfortunate. Mayor Luken owes the City of Cincinnati and this area an apology.

Claire Outten, Covington

People must keep Ohio River clean

In regards to the article ("Ohio River sweep has trashy history," July 9), I would like to say that the river should not be that dirty in the first place. It is just disgusting how dirty the Ohio River is. People should be watching the river making sure that nobody is dumping their trash in it.

The article says that 11,000 tons of trash had been pulled from the river. There should be none. We should be helping the river remain clean.

Robert Hessler, Blue Ash

Great Neighborhood series is welcomed

I am a 24-year-old who was born and raised in Norwood. I am writing in response to the Enquirer's Great Neighborhood series (July 8). My family lived on Edmondson Road before Rookwood Commons was developed and has since moved to north Norwood. Although I graduated with a four-year art degree, I still work at Quatman Cafe and Holy Trinity School in Norwood.

I have a lot of pride in my little city, and the nearby communities that have withstood the tests of time, industry and prejudice.Thank you for showing respect to these towns and for highlighting a few of the many gems we have to offer.

Jeannie Sanders, Norwood

Columnist generalizes gay marriage issue

Ignorance is not a justifiable defense for syndicated columnist Jeff Jacoby in regards to his column ("The threat from gay marriage," July 6). The use of such a general statistic (40 percent of people in the same-sex civil unions in Vermont were married before) is not only an insult to all readers, homosexual and heterosexual alike, but not worthy of proving that same-sex unions are a demise to the traditional heterosexual marriage.

Without further data the evidence Jacoby presents is useless. In order for one to take his implications seriously, more questions about all couples in Vermont need to be answered. He absurdly leaves the reader thinking those in a "traditional" marriage find it too difficult to maintain and are persuaded by homosexual "recruiters" to take another road in life.

If a heterosexual person has trouble maintaining a marriage to someone of the opposite sex, where she/he is supported and encouraged by society, then that person has absolutely no hope of surviving an emotional and intimate relationship that is shunned by society.

At what point does one get lazy enough to shirk societal responsibility and assume the general public would not demand a more informed opinion based on reliable information?

Michelle A. Minette, Morrow

Forum section is just fine for reader

In regard tothe letter writer's ("Editors use Forum for right-wing agenda" July 9), complaint about the Enquirer's being ultra-conservative, I love the Enquirer just the way it is. I don't think of the Enquirer's editorials as "hard-line conservatives, but hard-line truth. It could be the Enquirer is the way it is because Cincinnati is generally a conservative city.

Does the letter writer really think the Enquirer doesn't counter my favorite, Walter Williams? Has he never read Denise Smith Amos' columns?

Keep your Forum section just the way it is. It is a bright light in a dark media forest.

Sue Meyer, Harrison

You should tip your servers accordingly

While having lunch in downtown Cincinnati, I overheard a woman proclaim, "I tip only 10 percent."

As a former server, I'd like to give some information to the general public. Servers make a little more than $2 an hour and that's only so the restaurant can have them clean and do side work. Eight percent of every food check goes to the IRS as taxable income.

If a customer leaves only 10 percent, that's virtually nothing for the server to put in his/her pocket for giving good service. If you did not receive the service you thought you deserved, the tip should reflect your displeasure; but if the server worked hard to get your meal to you hot and timely, they deserve at least 15 percent.

Nancy Anderson, Bridgetown

Surgeons should have stopped after a point

I was bothered by the July 9 article about the twins "Surgical complications result in death of twins." I can't believe the doctors went on with the operation even after the first serious complication. The doctors should have stopped the operation at this point.

Everything happens for a reason, and messing with that truth caused the death of two human beings.

Kandice Sisco, Blue Ash

Deaths of conjoined twins is unfortunate

In response to Wednesday's article, "Surgical complications result in death of twins," it is incredibly saddening the twins, Ladan and Laleh Bijani, were lost in surgery. The surgeons were going to call off the procedure halfway through the operation because of lack of blood flow to the brain of Ladan. They decided to keep on going to separate the twins. They should've quit the operation and left them conjoined. They might still be here today if they did. The surgeons could have stopped the operation and finished it a few days later. They possibly could have come up with another solution to the problems they encountered during surgery.

It's sad, but in a way, the twins got what they wanted - to be separated from each other.

Laurren Justes, Symmes Township

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