Sunday, July 27, 2003

Readers' Views

New UC chief now must cut waste


I believe University of Cincinnati's president Nancy L. Zimpher has made a favorable first impression. One of her priorities should be to put the brakes on the excessive tuition increases the students and their parents have been facing the past several years. With 14,274 employees and 33,000 students you have 2.3 students per employee. I do not know of any business that can survive with that kind of ratio.

The taxpayers are tired of business as usual at all levels of government and want to see some of the election promises to eliminate waste finally come into play. UC is a fine school; however, the new president has an obligation to make it better by getting rid of some of the old ways and introduce better ways with good but fewer employees. We wish her well.

Jim Keller, Evendale


Bush deceptions aren't limited to uranium

I find it fascinating the media and the public are only focused on the African uranium misinformation from Bush and company. This deception is one of a pattern this administration, under the direction of two secretive folks (Cheney and Rove), has conducted since they took office.

It began with the energy policy and the meetings with Enron. It also includes a tax cut for mainly the wealthy that was supposed to stimulate the economy, but raised the debt for our young people; promoting Aids relief and education reforms and not funding them; secretly setting back much of the environmental gains we have made while claiming to be an environmentally conscious administration; thanking our heroes in Iraq while cutting their benefits and not allowing their salaries to be increased; adding a Medicare prescription benefit while raising other Medicare fees; etc.

Bush and company have learned they can tell the public what they want to hear and do what they want in the background, which isto pay off their largest campaign contributors. Wake up, America. You are being taken for a ride by a bunch of clever rich, elite con men. I find it amazing we are still more focused on Clinton's betrayal than the constant betrayal of this administration. And where did Ken Lay go?

Henry Wernecke, Loveland


Let citizens listen in using scanners

In the article by David Eck ("County update unplugs scanners, July 16"), it was mentioned, "The new radio system will be a boon to police and fire workers." My concern is the for the citizens who listen to police and fire frequencies in Hamilton County each day, and have for ages.

Granted, the old system needed to be replaced. The new system blocks any citizens from listening to these new bands. I find it ironic that safety officials are calling for more citizen involvement while at the same time they block us from hearing happenings in our community.

Is this such a wise move? County Commissioners have the ultimate responsibility for this decision. Was there any citizen involvement in the design of this new system? I find it odd media can listen in, but the average citizens have to wait until news time. What is so secret that these frequencies are blocked? We live in an open society, or so says the Constitution.

County Commissioners should investigate this issue and allow us the ability to monitor police and fire departments in Hamilton County, as we have for the past 50 years.

Neal Berter, Colerain Township


Modern worship like rock concert

I am in full agreement with the letter ("Churches should focus on their true mission," July 25). The contemporary churches today are geared toward the younger audience and are becoming like a rock concert. The older members like a calmer, quieter atmosphere and to be able to hear scripture and get something from the service.

When they have head-banging loud music, by the time you leave you have a headache. What happened to low-decibel music that is more friendly to the ears?If you drive away the older members, you have nothing but a worldly concert. By the time you get to the message, you are already exhausted from the rock-concert music. Modern amenities and updates are OK, but don't carry it to extremes.

Pat Lemen, Fairfield


Let us all help the Reinert family

I was deeply saddened by the column by Peter Bronson ("Family of deputy P.J. Reinert needs a hand," July 20). How can our system be so unfair to the human race? Deputy Reinert was doing his job to help our society become a better place to live. I refuse to believe there is no help available for him and his family. There is no way he and his family should have to endure hardships of health insurance and lack of sufficient income, on top of everything else.

I live close to where the accident took place and saw many rescue units going to the scene. You knew something terrible had happened. I need to do something to help this family. I can contribute to the Paul J. Reinert Family Fund at Fifth Third Bank and it would be great if everyone reading this would do the same; but what happens to this family six months or a year from now? If anyone has any suggestions on long-term help for this family, please let someone know. Hopefully our community can make a difference in this family's lives.

Lynn Steinriede, Colerain Township


Yes, long fingernails can be unhealthy

I am amazed to hear the medical profession is now finding out that harmful bacteria can lurk under artificial or long natural nails. I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure this out. I am turned off by nurses, and even some doctors, who have long artificial or natural fingernails. To even think of any hospital employee handling a baby with painted long natural or artificial nails is upsetting to me.

Patricia Klancar, Forest Park


Jessica Lynch didn't earn label of hero

I am a 27-year veteran of the United States Air Force; I served in Vietnam on two separate occasions. These are my thoughts on Jessica Lynch. Jessica Lynch is not a hero and should not be celebrated as one. She is an Army soldier who was victimized by the war's tragic sequence of events. The real heroes, in her ordeal, are the soldiers that liberated her. Why have we not celebrated their heroics? Would a 20-year-old male soldier that made a wrong turn, was captured, then subsequently liberated, come home to a hero's welcome as did Jessica? I doubt it. Lynch did her job and obeyed the orders of her commander, whose judgment was not very good.

Ret. Col. Dave Francis,Lawrenceburg, Ind.


Williams' 'values' column missed point

In reference to Armstrong Williams' column ("Next justices can restore cultural values," July 23), I'd say he does not get it. What the court is saying is if two men or two women want to enter into a marital or sexual agreement, it is none of your business, the state's, or Pat Robertson's business.

If he and the majority of Americans find certain acts between consenting adults to be offensive and immoral, then don't do those acts. Here will be no culture war of which you speak once certain people quit trying to foist their ideals on others, and decide instead to find their own business.

Catherine Harris, Indian Hill


Playing with interest rates hurt savers

The federal government plays around with the interest rates and accomplishes nothing for the economy. I agree 15 percent is too high, but 1.5 percent is too low. Multibillions of dollars are shifted back and forth. As a retiree and saver most of my life, my investments provided me with money to spend.

Stop playing with interest rate and put them at 6 percent, and leave them. Mortgage rates are a joke; a $20,000 house was raised to $100,000. Interest rates were reduced 2 percent, whom are we kidding or cheating? Tax cuts do nothing for the retiree or saver. If they want to put money into the economy, give us a fair interest rate. We cannot spend money if we don't have money to spend.

Bob Alexander, Mount Healthy

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