EDITORIALS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2003
Convergys I: Make the deal
A whiplash week of Cincinnati City Council objections to offering Convergys job-retention tax credits left the deal on life support this weekend. Council members need to show some flexibility if they are to help Mayor Charlie Luken and City Manager Valerie Lemmie craft an acceptable alternative offer.

Convergys II: Incentives
The derailing of Cincinnati's $63.4 million bid to keep Convergys' headquarters downtown might not have occurred had the city been further along reforming development functions and tax break policies.

Federal budget: Fix the deficit
The White House budget office predicted that the federal government will register a $450 billion deficit this year, and could get bigger.
OTHER OPINIONS
LETTERS
Homeless need dose of empathy from critics
As a hard working, middle-class citizen on the edge of homelessness, I empathize with Richard Witherspoon and all of the other homeless U.S. citizens that call encampments under highway overpasses home.

Readers' Views
Letters to the editor.
FORUM COVER FOR SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2003
Are cities at a disadvantage?
Are mega-million dollar tax breaks worth it to cities trying to keep their corporate citizens happy? Or are big businesses just big bullies who cow cities into financial capitulation with threats to leave town?
Cities face hard work trying to keep firms
Expert: Reform incentive policies
How city can cope
Greg Harris: Regionalism must be our new focus
James Orr: Convergys deal is a defining moment
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