Sunday, August 24, 2003

Readers' Views

Let people power purple bridge fix

This is in regard to the Weekend Memo "Purple People Bridge/One-way or two?" [Aug. 22]. I think the signs are a great idea, even a colorful map of downtown attractions will be great on the Cincinnati side of the bridge.

What happened to all the beautiful large flower pots from last year? These could be placed along or at the end of the bridge. What about some of our baseball bats displays? The garden clubs of Cincinnati could take turns with displays. Neighborhoods have many talented gardeners. Give them a chance. What happened to the corporate sponsors? They could do displays with their names attached.

I don't think we need $400,000 in federal beautification funds to make this a doable project. Let's give the people a chance to get involved in showing their pride in their hometown. Cincinnati has a lot to offer, so let's show pride in our city.

Pebble Humphries, Batavia

A simple solution to I-471 ramp problem

I have recently read two articles in the Enquirer concerning traffic on the I-471 bridge due to the Newport on Levee popularity ("Newport traffic clogs bridge," Aug. 19). I don't understand why the obvious solution is never mentioned. Upon exiting the ramp, why can't the traffic proceed straight (putting those cars directly in front of the levee) and let others turn right for those going into Bellevue and Dayton? This would be a easy, cost efficient solution. So what's the problem? Everyone is asking.

Peggy Renchen, Fort Thomas

Our children are our masterpieces

Eighteen years of intense labor go into creating a wonderful work or art, knowing that you will have to sell it off eventually.

You shape it and form it, rework it at times when you are dissatisfied with it, and sometimes get to the point where you wish you had never started it. Outside influences affect its appearance, but you still persevere on your intended outcome. Then that sad day comes when your work of art - filled with so much time and effort, tears and joys - has to leave to be with its new owners. Your heart is suddenly so empty, because you did not realize the size of the space it had taken up inside of you.

As your child goes off to college for the first time, congratulate yourselves for being a wonderful potter, painter, teacher. You have indeed completed your most precious masterpiece and made it ready for the world.

Melissa Witte, Fairfax

Numbers don't add up in some news items

Recently, I've come across some things that quite frankly don't add up, literally.

• While at an office supply store, I purchased a ream of paper that had an everyday price of $2.77. On the same shelf , there was a ream of recycled paper, same number of sheets, for $.75 more. Where's the incentive to recycle if it's going to cost more at the register?

• There's been talk of building a cardiac-oriented hospital in Norwood. Who will staff it? There are doctors in all areas of medicine, including cardiology, leaving the Cincinnati area for greener pastures.

• On a recent MSNBC cable show, Scarborough Country, it was reported that Congress is appropriating just over $5 million to study Chronic Wasting Disease in deer in the states of New Mexico, Colorado and Wisconsin. Why?

Steve Boone, Mason

I want to believe in Reds, but how?

I really am trying to believe that the Reds are going to use the money they are saving from trading away players on winning next year. I'm like the poster in Fox Mulder'soffice in The X Files - "I want to believe."

However, as they trade away more key players and leaders I find it harder to believe. Sometimes I think if they could, they'd trade fans like me for some cash and a minor league player to be named later.

Rob Lewis, Price Hill

What's so charming about young Flynt?

Whatever college that reporter Maggie Downs received her journalism degree from needs to beef up the curriculum with a few classes in logic.

Her Metro section front-page story ["He's a different Flynt off the old stone," Aug. 22] extolling pornographer Dustin Flynt's charm, diligence, and commitment to his work as virtues that should somehow elevate him to the level of being "just like all other young, thriving entrepreneurs" is a new low in journalistic taste - not to mention an insult to all young, thriving entrepreneurs with a conscience.

It's a shame that, as a younger man, Dustin once had to bear a stigma for the actions of his family; however, his choice as an adult has been to dive head first into the family cesspool instead of walking away from it.

This charming, committed, diligent, polished "entrepreneur" makes his living in an industry that exploits women and appeals to our basest instincts.

What exactly is it that Maggie finds redeeming and charming about that, and what makes her think we want to choke down such drivel with our morning coffee?

Interesting to note that the article lauding young Flynt was juxtaposed with one lambasting the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for not acting severely enough in the case of a priest who was allowed to remain in ministry after undergoing treatment for alcoholism and sexual issues.

Someone who has presumably been treated, faced and resolved his issues, and gone on to a life of helping others might be worth reading about, but then again, a story like that might take looking below the surface and considering the truth.

Bob Furia, School counselor, West Chester

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