Sunday, September 7, 2003

Readers' Views

Tomato thrower was guilty, too


After reading Tony Lang's memo ("Summer prank/Deadly overreaction," Sept. 5) calling this a Summer Prank gone bad I cannot help but write. What is so funny Mr. Lang about kids shooting paint guns at cars? Have you ever been hit by a paint ball while your car is traveling 35 or 40 miles per hour? I will admit that killing this kid, who by the way was a 23-year-old man, was not the answer. But, I will say this he is just as guilty of a crime as the person who shot him.

Opinions such as Mr. Lang's are one of the reasons this world has gone nuts. Shooting anything at a car is not a prank. I wonder would it have been a prank if someone in a car would have died? The 23-year-old "kid" would have been tried, as an adult.

Paul Jones, Green Township


Please don't feed your dog grapes

I sat up in alarm when I read you're the article about dog treats ("Treat your dog," Sept. 4). In the middle of the article, a person is quoted as saying, "My vet will kill me, but our dog will eat anything ... she will eat grapes as long as I bite them in half for her." With this practice, it may not be up to the vet who lives or dies. She and other readers should be aware that grapes have now been added to the list of foods that are toxic to dogs. Along with chocolate and macadamia nuts, grapes have now been shown to cause a possibly fatal reaction in the canine system.

Granted, the ratio of toxin to body weight comes into play; what kills a small dog may only discomfort a larger dog. But dog lovers everywhere should be aware of the possible terrible consequences of feeding grapes to dogs. There are several web sites that offer lists of possibly toxic foods for dogs. To be safe, dog owners should look them up.

Deb Quilligan, Madisonville


Williams wrong: Jobs can be exported

Walter E. Williams' column ("Jobs cannot be 'exported,'" Aug. 24) talks out of both sides of his mouth. He claimed that a job couldn't be exported and implied that to claim that it can is Orwellian "double-speak." Well, if a company fires a worker in the United States and then hires someone in another country to perform the same duties, the job was here, but now it is there. How else would you describe it?

The job, an opportunity to work for money, was moved out of our country into another - it was exported. Williams said that a service, which cannot be put in a container either, could be exported. We understand that an idea like democracy can be exported. Why not a job?

In the same column he indulged in "double-speak" himself when he referred to the EPA and OSHA as examples of "predatory government." Is it predatory that the people have asked the government to make it harder for us to get hurt when we go to work or to insist that our children have air and water that won't make them sick? Who's the predator, the government or the company that pollutes or has an unsafe workplace?

Dan Gladish, Hamilton


Busch's tamales remain the best

The article ("Mexico comes to Mason," Sept. 3) concerning Mexican food was interesting. When I grew up as a youngster in Cincinnati - in the '30s - one of our favorite treats were hot tamales produced and marketed locally by the Busch meat products company. In those days, they were not only the best tamales available; they were also the only ones.

Since the advent of the Mexican restaurants, beginning with the original Sylvia's in Newport, I've tried to find tamales that could equal Busch's, but no luck. Perhaps from the perspective of a senior citizen, the contemporary offerings can never match those of the distant past. What do we have that can compare to Schoenling's Bock beer, available only in the spring. Oh, for the good old days!

Harvey A. Immerman, Hyde Park


Iraq citizens must want to be stable

The future of Iraq is not dependent on more boots on the ground, or a different style of boots on the ground, or new coalition boots on the ground, or getting the electric operational, or the water running, or the Iraq is governing as soon as possible and on and on. These may all seem to be legitimate concerns but if the truth were known they are little more than hyperbole.

The only way Iraq will survive as a stable and progressive nation is when the Iraqi people want to be a stable and progressive nation. All of the assistance from the coalition, the United Nations, N.A.T.O., or whomever will go for naught if their citizenry hates more than they want, sad but true. The ball is in their court.

Gerald Schwartz, Amberley Village


Cintas provides good jobs for workers

The reading of this story ("Labor rallies against Cintas," Sept. 2) reminded of the piece written some months ago praising how commendable it was that Richard T. Farmer developed Cintas from a humble beginning as a simple dry cleaning business.

Indeed, the history and development of this company is not only commendable but is an example of what is possible to achieve in America. This story prompted me to think of how many people have gained employment, fed their families, educated their children and contributed to the world economy as a result of the growth of this company. Thus it was with dismay that I read the article of Sept. 2 wherein national union representatives made disparaging remarks about Cintas.

It seems a shame that the union currently attempting to solicit the support of Cintas workers chooses to spew negative verbal venom about a company that has historically provided a positive work environment for its employees. Indeed it is in this positive light that Cintas has affirmed the right of its employees to decide on union representation but only if the National Labor Relation Board supervises the process. Why is the union opposed to this process? Do they have a hidden agenda? Cintas doesn't.

Thomas Schneider, Fort Wright


City must remember its existing treasures

I recently experienced the finest our city has to offer in dining recently when I had dinner at Maisonette with my family. The meal and the service, as always, were simply unforgettable and my family and I had a wonderful evening in downtown Cincinnati.

We sometimes forget that we are lucky enough to live in one of the few places in the country that has a restaurant which receives the highest-ranking possible, the Mobile Travel Guide Five Star Award for culinary excellence. Maisonette has consistently maintained its five-star ranking for an astonishing 39 years in a row.

For all the talk and planning we hear concerning how to revitalize our downtown area, and at a time when many downtown businesses and restaurants are leaving or threatening to leave, in order to obtain more favorable economic treatment, I question what is being done to ensure that this crown jewel of our city will remain in downtown for years to come.

In recent years our city has had the misfortune of waiting until it is too late before addressing the concerns and needs of our downtown businesses. Our city leaders should provide economic incentives to Maisonette equal to or better than those provided to other businesses and restaurants.

Cora E. Moore, East Price Hill

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