Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Readers' Views

Hire more police to improve image


The only way I would bring my out-of-town and foreign guests to downtown Cincinnati would be if I saw a smiling police officer, perhaps also greeting some visitors, at almost every intersection.

There are a lot of nice places to eat and be entertained in the city. The fear of trying to get out of the city without encountering a nasty, foul-mouthed group of kids (not all groups of kids are nasty), panhandlers, robbers and worse overshadows the pleasantness of the evening. Spend your money on more police, so Cincinnati appears to be and is a safe city. When I leave the Aronoff, every dark doorway is frightening. I have been approached within 50-feet of the theater. Now I hear about an armed robbery in the area at 7:30 p.m. I do not step out of the Music Hall until I see that the guards are watching. Then I rush to my car with my keys in my hand.

Jo A. Catiller, Alexandria


Widening lanes is counter-productive

The recent articles on rebuilding the Brent Spence Bridge and the widening of I-75 continue to frustrate me ("Brent Spence Bridge obsolete, dangerous," Sept. 21). Obviously, state officials in the region are not at all concerned with managing the growing number of cars and trucks flooding the interstate. They instead feel it is necessary to waste tax dollars on re-paving and re-building instead of considering forms of public transportation.

It is a known fact that widening lanes is counter-productive. An EPA study reports that 43 percent of current highway traffic in Cincinnati is a result of simply building and widening roads. On the other hand, commuter rail is efficient, clean and less costly in the long run. One set of rail tracks carries the same number of people as 16 lanes of traffic. Researchers also predict new highway lanes would just be clogged in seven years anyway, so what is the point of widening?

Transit currently in the U.S. saves more than 45 million barrels of oil a year. The public officials need to start thinking about the future, along with all the wasted fuel and money lost to congestion and sprawl, before people start moving away to more attractive cities.

Chris McDowell, Hyde Park


Hummer drivers unfairly described

I assume that the article on page A2 ("Psychologist says Hummer buyers tap reptilian brain," Sept. 21) was designed to further the argument that Americans should not buy tank-like, gas-guzzling vehicles. If so, then the Enquirer should put the article on the op-ed page and let the debate begin.

But to describe Hummer drivers as "insecure and selfish" and "personality-deficient" is a bit over the top.

Mike Hagen, Mason


Not all CPS students were absent first day

I am a second-grade teacher at Mount Airy School, a CPS school. In light of all the negative publicity about attendance on those first days of school, I could no longer keep silent.

I would like to congratulate all the students, and parents of those students in Room 110. All 22 of my enrolled students were in attendance on the first day. All were on time, and all were in uniform. Prior to school starting, I had mailed a personal note to each child's home, with my expectations for the first day of school. However, I cannot take the credit. It belongs to a great group of parents and kids. To top it off, I had 100 percent participation at Open House/Meet the Teacher night this past week. What a beginning. Many thanks to my parents and students.

Jill Ruthemeyer, Harrison


If not us, who will destroy terrorism?

This is in response to the letter ("Don't risk my friends in war on terrorism," Sept. 21). The writer says, "I want terrorism destroyed, but I don't want my friends or nation to go down with it."

My question: Just who does the letter writer propose will destroy terrorism if we don't?

John W. Plattner, Walnut Hills


Cinergy doesn't need its name on center

I am outraged that Cinergy Corp. is willing to pay $12 million for naming rights of the convention center. Every shareholder and customer of Cinergy should be as outraged as I am.

I see no logical reason to spend $12 million to advertise their name. We all know as consumers that those costs will be passed on to us - in increased utility bills - and that is unacceptable. I would think that it would be more prudent for Cinergy to use that $12 million to improve the transmission lines and re-evaluate the power grid to prevent a blackout.

Don't forget Cinergy spent millions of dollars once before to have its name put on Riverfront Stadium, and where is that expenditure now?

Dennis M. Luken, Mount Washington


Diocese's action seems discriminatory

In response to the articles ["Teacher fired; she wed outside Church," and "Priest, teacher suspended," Sept. 20] concerning the actions of Bishop Roger Foys and the Diocese of Covington, I find it quite ironic that the female teacher whose only offense was marrying in a Presbyterian rather than a Catholic Church was fired on the spot, while the male teacher accused of being a child molester was put on administrative leave. It seems that the punishment meted out by Bishop Foys has less to do with "grave offense against Catholic doctrine or morality" and more to do with gender.

Clem Schaeffer, Burlington, Ky.


Memo on music stereotyped rap

Byron McCauley's editorial memo ["Bad rap/When life imitate art," Sept. 19] is another example of sensationalist news coverage. There are good rappers and bad rappers. Should we stop watching the NBA because of Kobe's impending trial?

Let us know how we can feel safe in this post 9/11 world.

The way the Enquirer habitually makes mountains of mole hills is offensive to those of us who realize there are more newsworthy happenings in our world. People make bad decisions.

Isaac Thorn, Clifton

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