TO THE EDITOR: In spite of frequent and accurate reporting by the Enquirer about the struggle in Norwood between developers and homeowners/businesses, the April 9 article "Urban renewal study gets approval" drives home once again the perception that those of us who have not yet sold our property are holding out for more money. Nothing could be further from the truth.
A small group of 20 have not yet signed option contracts with the developer.
In fact, two businesses on Edmondson Road and one at the corner of Edwards Road have been engaged in a deliberate, lengthy and detailed process to try to place a value on what we are losing by being asked to move. At any price, none of us will be able to reproduce anywhere else in the metro area the value of being located across the street from Rookwood Commons, the most popular mall in the city.
Understanding value is not as simple as realizing that we are getting more than we paid for our property. None of us have any price in mind, and we have hired appraisers who specialize in high-visibility locations, focusing not only on the building but also the value of the signage and its impact on the 20,000 cars that go by each day, and what it might cost each of us to reproduce this exposure through advertising in print, radio, TV or billboard.
It is the opinion of many yet unsigned that the development would be good for the area and highly beneficial for Norwood's tax base, but not at the cost of our livelihood and income in order to increase the developer's income.
David Dahlman, Norwood
Use Iraq's assets to pay costs of war
Now that Baghdad has fallen, let's address the issue of the cost of this war. Saddam Hussein's net worth is considered to be about $8 billion.
Saddam's 20 palaces are now for sale. The sale of these could raise an additional $100 million.
Profits from the sale of oil to the United States are another issue. Let's pay the Iraqis their net costs for their oil. It has been said that freedom is priceless. Let's go find out.
Crude oil at $10 per barrel, times five years, should pay the United States back nicely. We could stick around and set up a perfectly working democracy for free. It may upset our liberal friends who were worried about the cost of this event, but it would do wonders for the bulging import deficit.
And we won't have to deal with tax increases for our elderly, out-of-control health costs, or slot machines at River Downs.
Tom Weipert, Wyoming
Biblical passages on gays are unambiguous
I feel compelled to write this letter after the Rev. Stephen Van Kuiken states that I have a shallow, narrow interpretation of the Bible ("Minister makes stand for gay marriages," April 4). God would not create a human being and then in Leviticus 20:13 say they must be killed.
Gay people were not born that way, but they have learned it. God loves gay people, but states very clearly that he hates the sin. If the preacher mentioned above chooses to ignore the Bible by loosely interpreting it his way, then he will suffer the consequences. There are too many passages of Scripture condemning the gay life for anyone to ignore them or misinterpret them.
Rueben A. Kyrk, Pastor, First Baptist of Miamitown
Methodists helping with relief for Iraq
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is engaged in a praiseworthy humanitarian effort called Iraq Emergency. This ecumenical endeavor includes the Mennonite Central Committee concentrating on furnishing direct food aid and medicine.
Also praiseworthy, the Middle East Council of Churches has instituted at least eight major relief centers through local mosques and churches near Baghdad, Basra and elsewhere. These are to shelter both internally displaced Iraqis and those fleeing to Jordan, Syria and other countries.
"It is a boundless privilege," as Emerson mused, "and when you pay for your ticket and get into the car, you have no guess what good company you will find there."
William Dauenhauer, Willowick, Ohio
Ohio leaders need to get creative on money
In regards to the article ("Pick 1: Gamble or pay more tax/Ohio Lawmakers scramble to fix budget," April 9), if increasing the sales tax by an extra cent on the dollar or legalizing video gambling for solving the current fiscal crisis is the most creative thinking that we have coming from our legislators, then maybe there is some justification to the ill-conceived concept of term limits for legislators after all.
Can any of these legislators or the governor for that matter keep a straight face and say that there isn't room for at least a 10 percent reduction in the budget just from expecting more efficiency and value from the tax dollars we are now paying? If so, this would result in the realization of $4.9 billion from a spending plan that is $49 billion.
Legalization of more gambling venues such as video slots is a slippery slope that we don't need to begin to climb.
To the governor and the legislators, it's time to get creative. Start spending tax revenues you have now like it's your own money. Steve Deiters, Oakley
You bet we'll find those bad weapons
The search goes on for: the golden fleece? The holy grail? An honest man? Saddam's weapons of mass destruction?
Our generals and admirals have taken their 21st Century weaponry on an Iraqi shake-down cruise. I do believe they proved they have a fantastic arsenal of extremely effective computer-assisted weapons.
Since we didn't find these weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, where do you think Saddam sent them? Iran? Jordan? Lebanon? Syria?
You can bet the farm that our military machine will not rest until they find those weapons.
Tom McDonough, West Chester Township
Broadnax not one to speak for justice
In the April 8 article "Boycott demands consolidated" Dr Stanley Broadnax was quoted as saying, "We are only asking for what everybody else gets - a return on the taxes that we have paid for years. As black taxpayers, we have had our taxes collected from us but never reinvested in our communities."
Whose dollars were reinvested when the city had to sue Broadnax for repeated property violations on land he owned in Mount Auburn? Whose dollars were reinvested when Broadnax, as a city official, was reported to be taking paid sick time to moonlight as a doctor at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville? Whose dollars were reinvested when Broadnax was convicted of drug abuse and aggravated cocaine trafficking in 1994?
I find it a rather curious choice in using Broadnax to quote about reinvesting in the community.
Todd Osborne, Downtown
Thumbs up: Green card troops
Thumbs down: Augusta National
Ohio House: Budget ledger-demain