TO THE EDITOR:
Cincinnati has a wonderful arts heritage and a festive history; why do we insist on wiping this clean from the slate? While I applaud the mayor's Main Street efforts, do we really want a soulless "Me Too McCity" that is developed like a regional shopping mall replete with our own copies of aquariums, Beale Streets and Eiffel Towers?
We need more creation and less imitation.
Creation is life, and entrepreneurial small businesses provide it. They are the real source of economic growth and vitality. We must facilitate them through an exclusive focus on basic services in a tireless fashion. Since when did the overbearing deterministic planning of Socialism becomes accepted in this city? History is replete with examples on Socialism, and we all know where it ends.
Others have it right. The city needs to focus on just basic services such as public safety, sound infrastructure, clean streets and attractive parks. When strong basic services are in place, life will return to the city. Or would you much rather prefer the alternative.
Thomas J. Fruth, Jr., Clifton
Bengals need some big-name players
While watching the Oakland Raiders/Tennessee Titans game, I saw such stars as Jevon Kearse, Steve McNair, Frank Wycheck, Rod Woodson, Eddie George and, of course, Jerry Rice.
When I watch the Bengals, I saw one Pro Bowler. The roster is filled with players either ending their career or starting it. I don't blame coach Marvin Lewis. Until Mike Brown spends the big bucks like Green Bay did years ago to get a Reggie White or bring in the big names, forget it.
Andy Star, Montgomery
Destroying chemical weapons takes time
I found it quite hypocritical of the Pentagon to ask the world for a three-year extension to destroy 45 percent of its chemical weapons. ("U.S. ask more time to destroy poisons," Sept. 4)
After passing the resolution to require Iraq to destroy all of its chemical weapons the world demanded that there be a set timetable for Iraq to disarm. The United States did not support that.
If it will take the Pentagon an additional three years to destroy the full 45 percent how long would have taken Iraq to disarm? Surely not only four months!
Andrew Haggard, Milford
Other jewels already exist Downtown
I applaud the city's efforts to revitalize Main Street. But Cincinnati shouldn't overlook their existing entertainment center, anchored by the Aronoff, and surrounded by a number of good restaurants. That center also needs to be revitalized, and the city doesn't need another consultant to tell them how. People no longer feel safe, especially after dark, in downtown Cincinnati. Simply put, police need to be more visible and should aggressively address loiters and panhandlers in the area.
Carl Hall, Symmes Township
Let Cincinnati taxpayers vote
With all of the hullabaloo surrounding Damon Lynch III and his stretching of the rules concerning residency within the Cincinnati city limits and his eligibility to run for Cincinnati City Council, we should think about a rule change that makes sense?
Why not allow anybody who pays Cincinnati city income tax to vote in the Cincinnati elections. After all, since we pay the freight, why shouldn't we have a voice concerning how the money is spent and by whom? It just seems fair.
Patrick Retherford, Hamilton
Cash bonus shows no confidence in NYSE
Someone needs to explain to me how New York Stock Exchange Chairman Richard A. Grasso's taking a $140 million bonus is a step toward restoring the average investors confidence in the stock market.
Not only is the bonus a startlingly large amount, it is a no-risk amount.
What does that say about the confidence those who run the stock exchange have in their own business?
I suppose those of us in the trenches will be told that the bonus was earned and reflects similar bonuses paid to high-level executives in other businesses.
If that is the case, the average investor should also be told why risking a high percentage of their income in the stock market is a good idea when those who run the stock exchange prefer cash.
It's like finding out the owner of the biggest burger franchise in town doesn't eat meat, yet insists his burgers are what everyone should be eating.
George Corneliussen, Montgomery
Could Reds become a Yankees farm club?
Thank you, baseball fans of Cincinnati. You built a ballpark that would make any team happy. Cincinnati, the birthplace of this big-league game, has a team that is really a shame. We are very adept at trading away players, but not so good in getting replacements that can play in the majors.
As things are going, here is the rub: Could we become a N.Y. Yankees farm club?
Dick Blum, Columbia Tusculum
Media doesn't make child rearing hard
Oh, please. I'm tired of hearing about "The Kiss" and how scandalous it was ("The Kiss: Going too far," Sept. 5). If writer Byron McCauley doesn't want to explain the difficult situations to his children, don't become a parent. That, and being responsible for what they watch, is your job.
The rest of society did not choose to have your child, so stop acting as if the media and those of us who enjoy it are responsible for making child-rearing easier for you.
Susan Ankenbauer, Westwood
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