Monday, September 22, 2003

Readers' Views

Let salons serve nips with snips


It really bothers me that local police and prosecutors are spending their time and effort on preventing local spas and art galleries from serving a beer to their regular customers ("Salons seek liquor law change," Sept. 15). Perhaps they could use the resources they have to better prioritize their activities.

It seems to me that these officers might want to increase their activities in Over-the-Rhine, Madisonville or even across the street from the Aronoff Center. I realize that it probably isn't the individual officer who makes these decisions; rather it is some myopic manager.

Common sense and prioritized policing would go a long way in convincing law-abiding taxpayers like me that our money was being wisely and effectively spent.

Gary Bryson, Sharonville


Siren testing timing poses terror danger

It occurred to me, after a test on the weather radio at about 11:50 p.m., the sirens going off at noon, and then at 12:07 p.m., why are we so stupid?

If I were a terrorist, and looking for an opportunity to inflict mass casualties, why not perform the act when everyone is ignoring the warning system? (I know it's a test).

We have been conditioned to ignore the alerts that are scheduled. The weather service even goes as far as to say that in the event of inclement weather, the test will be conducted on the following fair weather day.

I feel that random testing is more appropriate in the current situation, if not always. That way, we have to find out what is really going on.

David Lager, Harrison


Don't neglect kids, go get divorced

It's unfortunate, but after reading the Sept. 17 Tempo section, I've become convinced that I am depriving my children. According to the headline and story, I'm going to have to divorce my wife of 16 years and marry her best friend. I mean, there's no arguing with the headline: "Two moms are better than one." If it were true, it would be neglectful and selfish of me not to provide my children with all of the advantages of dual mothering.

It's a shame, too. I've grown very fond of my wife over the last 16 years. I can't imagine finding a woman who would be as adept at juggling schedules, handling the household or balancing our oft-empty checkbook. She hasn't bounced a check in 16 years. Sure, we have our ups and downs - what couple doesn't? But you don't throw aside a vow like "until death do us part" easily. Perhaps I should have said, "Until we find a better arrangement?"

I'm so glad the headline writers at the Enquirer have opened my eyes! I thought that I was doing the right thing by staying with my first wife, and providing a loving, stable home for my children. I always thought that keeping your promises (wedding vows), and loving your wife and kids enough to work through any problem, was the best way to go. Thanks for pointing out the "better" way!

Stan Bartsch, Covington


Forget consultant; talk to Ludlow folks

As a fourth-generation Over-the-Rhine resident and property owner, I strongly disagree with the idea of turning Main Street into a Beale Street-type district.

Many others and I have worked diligently in the face of opposition to develop and create quality market-rate housing and small businesses with a sense of community in the Main Street area without the help of the city. Over the past decade that sense of community has propelled others to invest in residential and business projects and to lay down roots in the neighborhood, again without the help of the city. The efforts of these individuals have created a neighborhood of caring, committed residents and business owners who take pride in their efforts of making Over-the-Rhine a safer and cleaner place to live and work.

To focus the future development of Main Street into more of a bar district would be a great mistake, and to spend the money for a consultant to push the issue will be a greater mistake. Main Street has its share of bars; what it needs now is the butcher, the baker and candlestick maker.

An example of a successful, diverse and inclusive community that Main Street should model itself after is Ludlow Avenue in Clifton's gaslight district. Ludlow offers a movie theater, a grocery store, ethnic and domestic restaurants, banks, florists and market-rate housing side by side in a successful mix. If the taxpayers are going to spend $100,000 on a consultant, why can't we spend the money locally and hire the Ludlow Business Association to consult on how to create a successful residential/entertainment community?

My neighbors and I plan on loudly opposing the hiring of John Elkington and the development of the Main Street area into a tourist destination as proposed by Mayor Luken and Councilman John Cranley.

Anthony J. Gulden, Over-the-Rhine

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