Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Readers' Views

Adult took ball away from child


I am writing in regard to the baseball game my family attended recently at the Great American Ball Park. My husband and I took our 9-year-old daughter, Megan, to the game. We sat right behind Barry Bonds. It was great. She walked down next to the field and said, "Hi" to him. He was gracious enough to wave and say, "Hi" back. She continued to stand there and watch him. She was in awe.

Then in the eighth inning, a home run ball came right toward her. I watched her disappear under a crowd of men. When I got to her she was crying and had a large scrape on her arm. A woman came out of the crowd and told me that the man who had the ball had lunged over top of my daughter and her young daughter, knocked my daughter out of the way as she was picking up the ball and grabbed the ball away. My daughter was very upset. The mother took her hysterically crying young child and left. There wasn't anything I could do about it. I told one of the staff what happened, and he didn't act like he cared.

We came home and watched the news. We taped the ball coming into the crowd and watched it frame by frame. It is clear on the tape that that man went over top of her. So when he's bragging around the water cooler about the ball, I hope someone reminds him that he took it away from a little girl and what a big man it takes to be able to do that.

Nancy Lowry, Hamilton


Some folks don't like new Kroger

The article ("Wraps off grocery's makeover," Aug. 2) seems to me to be rightly placed in the Business Section, rather than in Metro. For its flagship store, Kroger has chosen to become more like Wal-Mart in size and variety of merchandise as they compete for families still needing more stuff.

It is not only the size of the new store; it is the location of the basic bread-and-butter items. I have encountered several people struggling literally with gritted teeth to reach the milk and bananas.

Sadly, I have to say that this inflated grocery store is so unfriendly to people of limited energy, like myself, or with a physical handicap, that I can no longer shop there.

Jessica Murdaugh, Hyde Park


Borgman, Stahler among the best

It's not surprising to see the Art Museum is honoring our two editorial cartoonists with an exhibition "The Editorial Eye: Cartoons by Jim Borgman and Jeff Stahler."

I have subscribed to Newsweek magazine over the past several years. Part of their weekly format is a Perspective page that recaps interesting quotes of various folks from the previous week. The page also includes three editorial cartoons obviously representing the best that week from the 300 or so political cartoonists across the country. It never fails to amaze me when I see cartoons from both Borgman and Stahler chosen two of the three best for a particular week. This is quite a distinction for Cincinnati especially when you consider I can't remember seeing any other city so honored by Newsweek.

And, there have been few issues when Mike Peters, of the Dayton Daily News, was the cartoonist of the third cartoon. Quite a trifecta for our little area.

Hopefully the Enquirer's readers appreciate the talent we have sweating over their drawing boards to provide us with their unique editorial insight of the issues of our times.

Paul Ashworth, Delhi Township


Dillon should take personal responsibility

Let me make sure that I understand all of this. Corey Dillon arrives to training camp late and it's Delta Airlines' fault. The USA Today reported on July 29 in the Sports Section that Dillon arrived a "tad" late to check in for the flight with baggage and was not able to board the flight. As a result of Dillon's reporting to training camp late, he is anticipating a $5,000 fine from coach Marvin Lewis. Dillon is quoted in the article as saying, "If there's a situation where someone needs to be fined, they should be fining Delta." It seems to me, with the Bengals season ending last Dec. 29, Dillon should have had plenty of time to report on time for work at the end of July. Coach Lewis has made it very clear that he wants Corey to be a leader on this team. Maybe a great start to being this leader would have been for Corey to acknowledge that he ran late and missed the flight on his own accord. The rules for check in at the airport are the same for the working middle class as well as multimillionaires.

Paul Christoff, Anderson Township


Reds owner not reason for downfall

In the letter ("Stingy Lindner just cares about money," Aug. 3), the writer claimed the woes of the Reds were the result of Lindner. A couple of thoughts: First of all, it was Lindner who kept Barry Larkin, though at an inflated price, perhaps in part due to public sentiment and loyalty to Larkin. He also spent multiple millions to bring Ken Griffey Jr. here. Stingy? If Junior had not been injured, we might all be singing a different song. And, isn't it easy to spend other people's money?

Frankly, I'm more concerned that I can buy three liters of soda at the grocery for what it costs for a cup of ice and a little bit of soda at the ball park, or that the attractive riverfront is really on the south side of the river. Of course, leaders in Northern Kentucky actually worked together to come up with a vision and a cohesive plan.

Tom Baker, Anderson Township


Let's support gutsy Reds team

As a longtime Reds fan, I can honestly say that the '70s Big Red Machine could not win with this pitching staff. Those teams had solid pitching to go with their Hall of Famers and could not have hung with the Dodgers without it. Jim Bowden promised to fill our system with good young pitching ready for the new stadium. He failed miserably. Bob Boone is a great guy, but not a good manager. Both were correctly dismissed.

To get quality, you have to trade quality. If only two of our eight new pitchers become quality starters, the Reds will be light years ahead. Coupled with Jose Acevedo, we will have three solid starters vs. none, which is what we had all year. Minor leaguers Josh Hall, Ty Howington, etc. deserves their chance as well. In addition, Ray Olmedo and Russell Branyon are also an improvement over Brandon Larson, Aaron Boone and oft-injured Larkin, who were part of the opening day line-up this year.

At a minimum, our starting line-up still looks good. Most importantly, the new general manager will now have roughly $25 million freed up to spend on free agents. You can buy a lot with that if you spend it wisely. I understand and agree with the Reds' recent moves. A $60 million payroll with no pitching had to get fixed. Let's support this team that has more heart than any team I've seen in recent memory.

Matt Cahill, Maineville


New Covedale Cinema is a hit

As a proud resident of the Westside, I had a great time watching the Wizard of Oz at the renovated Covedale Cinema in Western Hills. I remember going there as a kid and was pleased when they turned it into the new home for the Cincinnati Young People's Theatre. The Covedale Theatre was one of the last great, full-sized neighborhood theatres. Because of competition from the larger cinemas, I have to give a hats off to everyone responsible for re-doing what I consider the miracle on Glenway.

The Covedale is now the new home of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts and a great outlet for the young people of our community to show off their talents. Check out the Covedale Theatre. For the price ($12) you get true up-and-coming talent for a fraction of the price you'd pay elsewhere. John Freie, Green Township


Bush's Africa trip had negative effect

It is unclear why President Bush went to Africa. Was it to show the world that he is the president of a powerful country? Or, was it to spend the United States' surplus budget to aid Africa?.

Congress said Bush had promised Africa more money than our budget could afford. Was he trying to rid AIDS from Africa when we still have the disease in the United States? Does Bush believe he is the policeman of the entire world?

This trip caused more negatives than positive effects on our foreign relations.

Mostasa Zaki, Hamilton

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