Sunday, August 3, 2003

Readers' Views

Corporate leaders often step forward


It's notable yet again the business sector has stepped forward to help solve problems for our city that government and politicians have been unable to solve ("Another Proctor leader steps up," July 21).

It's doubly ironic at this same time these same politicians fail to be able to simply find a way to keep one of these international companies (Convergys) headquartered in our downtown. These companies are often portrayed as villains, and yet, more often than not are the first people city officials turn to in times of need; whether it's to jump start Over-the-Rhine redevelopment as did Kroger by building a new store, or whether to lend an executive to spearhead a problem politicians can't solve. It's about time we all realize what an asset this major, often international companies, are. What they add to the betterment of all our lives and add to the viability of our city, most particularly to our downtown.

Ginny Murphy, Mount Lookout

A July that was for the ages

What a depressing July.

Jim Orr secures a huge incentive deal for Convergys, setting a dangerous precedent for corporate welfare in a city that can't afford it.

The Reds launch a precipitous salary dump, apparently a first step in their new game plan - "We'll be great in 2008."

The month ends with President Bush and Pope John Paul II feeling compelled to define marriage. It's a sign that our culture is truly in bad shape - slouching toward Gomorrah as one clergyman put - that there is any argument over the definition of marriage as a man-woman affair.

Here's to better news in August! If it's anything like July, I'll cancel my newspaper subscription and resolve to live in blissful ignorance.

James B. Hagerty, Deer Park

Israeli wall meant to keep terror out

In his letter ("Bush should follow Reagan's example," Aug. 1) linking Reagan's "Tear down this wall!" statement to Israel's new security fence, the writer's logic is flawed. The Berlin Wall was built to keep people in. The Israeli fence is to keep terrorists out. Perhaps the writer should also call for China to dismantle the Great Wall and for everyone to take down any fences around their yards.

Carl Rullmann, West Chester

Armstrong's demeanor belies his great talent

The editorial's ("Survivor secret," July 29) characterization of Lance Armstrong as cocky couldn't be farther from the truth. His articulate manner and modest demeanor belie the amazing physical talents of this American. In this day of professional athletes shunning their fans and screaming into the camera that they are the greatest, he is a refreshing change.

Neil Dorn, New Richmond, Ohio

Guilty priests must meet final judge

In regards to the news report from Boston, ("No indictments in priest abuse scandal, July 21") one of the victims said, "It's unfortunate that the men who agreed to sanction the abuse of children throughout the years cannot be indicted."

The victims of this Catholic priest sex abuse should remember the guilty priests and those who condoned it will all have to stand before a final judge someday, our God, who is good but also just, and I understand that eternity lasts a long time.

Laura V. Ernst, Reading

9/11 report overlooks extended visas

We are being spoon fed the highlights of the report outlining the security failures leading to the 9/11 terrorist disasters. The finger seems to largely point to the lack of coordination between the FBI and CIA. It's believable, based on known problems, but it's a second-tier failure. The first was the political subversion of security rules related to the visa system.

So far, the report's top lines say nothing about the flood of terrorist country students and visitors here on unverified extended visas. We all should recall the visa issued to a terrorist after he died in the 9/11 slaughters, and the carelessness it implied. For example, no member of Congress objected to the admission of about 40,000 Iraqis from 1991 to 2000, even though, without diplomatic relations, no visa application could be properly checked.

Not only does the Congress have the oversight responsibility, they winked at what was happening and subverted the visa security process. The entire immigration/visa system was a political football, after 9/11 rules about pre-checking visa applicants have been reemphasized. The actions of Congress, rather than finger-pointing at others, will tell us if Congress can now be trusted not to again play politics with the nation's security.

Edward Wells, Monfort Heights

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