Sunday, August 31, 2003

Readers' Views

Poor attendance is fault of parents

This is to address the article, "CPS first day: 25% no-shows" (Aug. 26). Here we go again. Not more than three days into the new year, and the principals and officials are already making excuses for the students of Cincinnati Public Schools. They state in this article that there were several factors for the low attendance ... school started early, it was hot, school started on a Thursday not a Monday ... blah, blah, blah.

Nowhere in the entire article was the blame placed where it should be - on the parents of these students.

Getting your kid to school has nothing to do with a not having a computer, not owning a car, not having the right clothes, etc. It has to do with personal responsibility. Were the students who did not show up the ones I saw last night out well past curfew? Where are their parents?

Until the powers that be in this school district finally pull their collective heads out of the sand and say exactly what needs to be said to the taxpayers, the parents and the students this district will always be doomed to fail.

Mary Kuhl, Westwood


Teach children that effort is a virtue

As a father of three children, and as a soccer coach for 20 years, I felt the need to write after reading about Lakota Schools allowing students to join the cheerleading team without going through tryouts. Over the years, I have seen a pattern of allowing children to participate in many activities without having to put effort in to them.

For example, say soccer has a rule that all children must play equal time. I will agree that all children have the right and should be allowed to play no matter the level, but I have witnessed firsthand children who do not come to practices - or when they do, they put half the effort in as other children.

I have also seen these same children's parents complain time and time again that their children are not playing enough, yet they won't get off the couch to bring them to practice on time.

Our children are being brought up to think they do not have to put effort forward in order to gain anything. The cheerleading story is a prime example. We are setting our children up for disappointment in their adult lives. After all, when was the last time you got a job without going to the interview?

Paul Jones, Green Township


$9 for 25 minutes of parking? Seeya

On Aug. 25, we had to make a short stop at the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts office in the Hamilton County Justice Center. I parked in the lot at 9th and Sycamore streets for approximately 25 minutes. I got charged $9 for that 25 minutes.

Thanks a lot, Cincy. You will probably see me again in 10 or 15 years.

Donald Edwards, Norwood


Let's put monuments in our front yards

In reference to the brouhaha over monuments on government property, everyone should step back and take a deep breath. The federal government is not the bully in this case. The federal government has never really said much of anything on the subject. The bully pushing this issue is the ACLU.

The federal government didn't have a problem with it. But our modern lawsuit-crazy society is the perfect vehicle the ACLU needed.

Where it will end? Who knows. Probably not until they eliminate the word "God" from our money, from every courthouse in the country, and from every school in the country. I wonder if they will forbid the Congress from having a chaplain, or opening congressional sessions with prayer. I guess eventually it will be forbidden to even sing "--- Bless America." In the eyes of the ACLU, God doesn't have a prayer.

Maybe as citizens, we should start putting monuments like that in our front yards. For every one they take down, we could put up a hundred more.

Claude Cornell, Monroe Township


Require students to pay for electricity

I have a simple solution in regards to the article "Hard-wired students put strain on utilities" (Aug. 28). Instead of the universities paying for the students' electricity, have the students pay. College is a time to grow up and start acting like adults, so make them start acting like adults. Give them a little more responsibility and see how fast the energy use drops.

I know the question that some will ask - "How can they pay for the electricity and go to school?" My answer is they would find a way, unless they did not want to have their PlayStation 2 and their 24-inch television with surround sound. These energy eaters would not be showing up in dorms much longer if the students had to foot the electricity bill themselves. I say it's time to let the children grow up. They want to be away from home; then let them have that responsibility.

Thomas Clark, Morning View, Ky.


City's pollution used to be lots worse

The Enquirer raises the alarm about air pollution ("EPA shift could add pollution," Aug. 28).

Utility companies and other industries will be allowed to increase their production without adding expensive accessories to reduce emissions. Is this bad? When pollution is really bad, it is visible.

In the 1930s, I frequently rode from Oakley to downtown on the No. 70 streetcar. As the car went down Gilbert Avenue hill, a large cloud of smog became visible. Everybody heated with coal, and most of the fires were not terribly efficient. CG&E had what it took to burn its coal efficiently, with little smoke, but others did not. Somehow, we survived. There were no news stories of people suffering and dying from bad air. Conditions then were much worse than today, yet we survived.

Everett DeJager, Rossmoyne


Skip the fashion show and focus on the art

In regard to the article ("Gallery takes off," Aug. 26), I thought I was reading about the success of a young professional. Instead, this is what I found, "She's wearing black, flared yoga pants ("They make everyone's figure look good," she says.) and a strappy little tank top that hugs her body.

What does this have to do with her successful art career? Would the author have described a man in this manner? "He was wearing a cute black suit and a strappy tie that hugged his body."

Let's focus on the art gallery owners' personal achievement and success, and leave out the unnecessary focus on body shape.

Kris Hehn, Anderson Township

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