Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Readers' Views

Let's get divorce out of the courts

Congratulations to Laura Pulfer ("Can lawyers work out a kinder, gentler divorce?" Aug. 24) for publicizing an alternative to costly, court fought divorces. Unfortunately, this will not have a big impact until the Ohio legislature steps in and makes this approach mandatory in divorces where no criminal behavior has occurred.

The concept of anybody being able to "sue" another (usually innocent) person in court simply because they are unhappy and wish to end their marriage is an anachronism that has no place in the 21st century. The courts can play no constructive role in divorce beyond dealing with criminal activity, and should simply, by law, be removed from the process.

Hopefully, the Collaborative Family Law that Laura describes will prove a first step in this direction.

D. Thomas Terwilliger, Amberley Village


Global warming is 'Chicken Little' story

According to Microsoft Encarta, the last Ice Age began 115,000 years ago and began to wane significantly about 10,000 years ago, without the aid of man, coal fires, automobiles and/or freon. It is further theorized that this is a cycle, which has been repeating itself since the planet began. Am I missing something here? Are the doomsayers doing a "Chicken Little" here?

Walter Elsnau, Mount Airy


Flynt not worthy example of youth

I had such high hopes when the Enquirer finally brought a younger reporter to its staff and allowed Maggie Downs to write about people and places that might interest the 20-something crowd in Cincinnati. However, her article on Aug. 22 about Dustin Flynt, Larry's nephew, was a desperate attempt at news.

Dustin Flynt happens to have a rich uncle who made his fortune on exploiting women. Maggie, you don't have to search far to find a worthwhile story on rich young men in this city. I suggest you call Carl Lindner, Buddy LaRosa or any of the top executives at Proctor & Gamble and see if they have young professional sons, grandsons or nephews that you could write about. Or better yet, take a look around the city and report on the young men who didn't have their college educations paid for and careers waiting for them at the family business. Now, that would be news!

Chris Gaietto Lemmon, Milford


Mascot demeaned true native culture

I commend Stacy Stahl for her pride and her willingness to want to teach others of her native heritage. However, being a mascot of a high school football team is just not the appropriate place. It is demeaning to say the least.

Native people, have been, and still are, subject to exploitation, racism, and ridicule. Using an Indian as a school mascot is just as racist as using a black human. You don't see these schools getting away with using "Little Black Sambo" mascots, but you see them getting away with using Indian mascots with faces painted, and headdresses (which were not even customary dress for this area), and tomahawks, jumping around making animated war whoops.

If Stahl truly wants to show her "native pride," she can start by teaching her traditions to civic centers, grade schools, or become involved in legitimate Native Cultural Organizations around the area. We are waiting to hear from you Stacy at www.icare-care.org. Indigenous Cultural Advocacy in Resources and Education (I.C.A.R.E.).

Judy Beckner, Rossmoyne


Moore's defense faulty on Commandments

Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore scares me. During a verbal defense of his decision to place the Ten Commandments in Alabama's highest court of law he likened the current U.S. Supreme Court to an earlier one, which allowed slavery.

The Dred Scott decision that exacerbated tensions prior to our Civil War leaned heavily upon religious viewpoints of the time as well as scripture. In fact, the Bible states that slaves may be acquired by purchase (Lev. 25:44) and by birth from slaves already possessed (Exod. 21:4), amongst other ways.

Our nation was founded upon the principle of law. Though our laws are open to interpretation we have but one voice, the U.S. Supreme Court, to decide upon how they may be interpreted. Not so with religion. If religions were unanimous in their interpretations, the world would not have hundreds of religious denominations and sects each claiming to be the true voice.

As for the Ten Commandments, at least 30 percent of these commandments relate to religious observation. It cannot, therefore, be considered a model for our nation's laws.

Moore cannot have it both ways. Were we as a nation to strictly adhere to scripture according to the Bible, the rights of blacks, women and many others in the United States would have to be revisited.

Moore and his followers truly scare me.

Kevin Johnson, Portsmouth


North Bend story is about control

The front-page article ("North Bend's existence in hands of voters," Aug. 23) describes the issue that will be on the November ballot to dissolve the village government.

This is not, as the article states "a battle between the old village and the new village." It would be better described as the desire of a developer, who is neither a resident nor voter in the village, wanting to tell those of us who are what kind of government we should have.

It is stated that nine out of people in the village are in favor of the issue; yet the Enquirer couldn't find a single resident to quote who was. It is also stated that our property tax savings would be about 2 percent, but it doesn't state on what the 2 percent is based. In reality the tax saving is $1.47 per thousand of taxable value. That amounts to an annual savings on a home with a market value of $100,000 of about $52. One dollar per week savings is hardly worth giving up our self-government and local control.

The Village of North Bend was established in 1789, the same year George Washington was elected to his first term as president of the United States. It has done quite well for 214 years. Let's keep it that way.

Jim Rolfes, North Bend

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