Sunday, August 10, 2003

Readers' Views

'Electronic' CAC art disappoints


Last weekend, I drove down to Cincinnati to experience the new Contemporary Art Center. The new structure is magnificent and the interior spaces are quite impressive.

However, the exhibitions on display were scientific or science oriented. Each exhibit could have been experienced in a science museum. If the art center directors are bent on projecting science, why not label the building "Contemporary Science Center" and not mislead the public?

It is true that developments in science have exceeded other cultural advancements but a vast difference exists in what we label science and what we define as being art.

At an age when true art is struggling to exist, when thousands of artists daily confront oblivion, it pains me to see machines, photography and electronic gadgetry thrust in the forefront to masquerade as art. The public assumes that the directors of the CAC are experts in the field who compile exhibitions on the cutting edge of what we call art. The present shows only reflect magic and wizardry of 21st-century science. Where is the art?

Thompson Lehnert, Emeritus Professor of Art, Kent, OH


Here's how church can be reformed

Enough is enough. Let's clean house and move on.

Maybe the churches have forgotten that it's the people who make up its ranks. And it's the rank in the file who have given the churches its leaders, etc.,

That being the case, maybe it's time the rank and file take a more active role in demanding that its church leaders re-write bylaws, doctrines, etc., that are more conducive with what followers want from their leaders who will preach the word of God in a manner set forth by Jesus and his followers.

Not everyone has the calling for clergy life in any church. It is not an easy career. And because of this fact, when a calling as a church leader no longer prevails, he or she should resign from that position.

It is time that church leaders become more accountable for the positions they hold. Maybe the flock should set aside some of its collection and retain independent religious consultants to review the daily workings of our church leaders. And those who do not abide by our ideals of how a religious leaders should stack up, be voted out with three months severance pay, so he or she, in all fairness for past work done, will have a chance in finding another job.

Bill Keenan, Delhi Township


Pay attention to kids' mental health

Many thanks for shedding light on the often-overlooked topic of childhood mental health ("Thousands of kids in distress," Aug. 3). Too many times, emotional/behavioral distress in children and teens is dismissed as a normal part of growing up or "just a stage" children go through. While developmental stages bring emotional and behavioral changes, undetected mental health issues can seriously impair every part of a child's life.

Since children spend nearly as much (and sometimes more) time in school as they do at home, the reported survey's focus on student mental health cannot be ignored. If we are to decrease the stigma of mental health disorders and encourage students to use available resources, mental health services must be an accessible part of students' everyday environment.

I urge every adult interested in the well being of children to advocate for additional resources and services to address children's mental health. Each of us has the ability - and the responsibility - to do all we can for our children.

Marcy Robbe, Director of Mental Health Services, The Children's Home of Cincinnati


Lunken decision is anti-business

This past week, Cincinnati City Council passed a motion that states "guiding principles" for the future of Lunken Airport. This ill-considered motion comes as city administration is preparing to launch a master plan in conjunction with a noise study that is just about complete. The motion presupposes the conclusions for the study. If city council has all of the answers, why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a master plan?

Prior to passing this motion council failed to request any input from the (LAOAB). This board was created by council to advise council on the development of Lunken Airport. Yet, in the past six months, council has passed two significant motions that directly impact the future of Lunken Airport without seeking any input from the LAOAB.

As a member of the LAOAB, we have worked diligently the past three years to explore and study citizen concerns, corporate concerns, noise issues, and development issues at Lunken Airport. Yet, council member Chris Monzel and city council apparently feel that the concerns expressed by a few citizens outweigh the informed opinions of the Lunken Airport Oversight Advisory Board sufficiently to ignore the board. Stephen K. Shaw, Madeira


Elder offended by Christian remark

As an elder in the Presbyterian Church, I was deeply offended by the letter ("Homosexuality not acceptable to God," Aug. 6) which refers to my denomination, as well as others, as "pseudo-Christian."

At issue is the debate over current attitudes toward homosexuality. Leonard Pitts, Jr., discussed this quite eloquently in his Enquirer column of Aug. 5. Many people of faith and conviction are struggling with this issue.

I have re-read Romans as Hille suggested. I recommend he re-read Matthew 7:1 before lashing out in judgment of others.

Richard Morris, Harrison


Turns out, Springer wasn't serious

Regarding Jerry Springer's announcement that he will not run for Senate, apparently Springer's web site (www.runjerryrun.com) , meant "Run as far away from Ohio as you can Jerry."

We take our politics seriously here in Ohio.

Chad Showalter, Maineville


Perhaps God sees gay bishop's love

While we're all so busy assuming what God thinks about the confirmation of a gay Anglican bishop, why don't we also assume that what God sees is the love of this man for his family, partner and his people?

Elizabeth Paquette, Cherry Grove


Judging others is wrong to do

What gives us the right to pass judgment upon other people? Certainly not God. It was always my belief that God stood for the love of all, not as a billboard excuse for ignorance. To say that homosexuality is morally wrong is the same as saying that a woman is morally wrong for not being born a man.

Homosexuality is caused by chemical differences in a person's brain at birth, not a choice to be morally deviant. How any person could make such an ignorant assumption is beyond me. Perhaps homosexuals cannot repopulate, but, due to global overpopulation, is that to really be considered such a crime?

Plenty of heterosexual couples choose not to have children and are not scrutinized as immoral. If a person feels that the Bible gives cause for hatred, perhaps it is time for them to think with their mind instead of a book.

Alyssa Evans, Liberty Township


Scouting has many positive aspects

I'm a Star Scout in Boy Scout Troop 433. I have been involved in the scouting program for about eight years. I have really enjoyed my experiences. Scouts get to do many things, such as, camping, hiking, and boating. For the older scouts, like me, we have a high adventure camping trip.

I am going on my first high adventure trip in a few days. We will be going to Colorado and hiking in the Rocky Mountains for eight days. I have been preparing for this trip for a long time by hiking, planning meals and packing equipment.

I believe scouting is a great program that does a lot of good for many teens. Scouting could really make a difference in many peoples' lives, if they would just make the decision to join.

Kevin Knollman, Springfield Township

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