Thursday, September 25, 2003

Readers' Views

Bush's integrity starting to slip


I recall the shameless attempt by former President Clinton to temper the furor over Monica-gate by questioning what the meaning of the word "is" is. It didn't work and only set him up for ridicule.

Now, our newest president, who ran his campaign on honesty and integrity, has finally admitted there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to 9/11 when he sent our sons, daughters, mothers and fathers to war.

Somehow, 69 percent of U.S. citizens came to believe Saddam was responsible for or at least connected to 9/11. I wonder in what section of the Bush's manual on honesty and integrity the meaning of the word "lies" lies.

Bob Neal, Cheviot

Why should we drive to Dayton to fly Delta?

I am a big airline customer; I like Delta and do agree they have a fine work force and safe equipment. I want to love to fly and it should be fun, hassle free, but mostly cost effective. Delta continues to take advantage of the Cincinnati market and ignores our pleas for cost reductions.

Should I pay twice as much to fly to Los Angeles or go through the sad process of driving to Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Dayton, and Columbus to get an airfare that is in line with what others pay in comparable cities?

We cannot for some reason give Southwest, JetBlue a go here!

If Leo Mullin, CEO of Delta, really cares, then maybe he can address to us the customer exactly why we should pay for his hub in Cincinnati. Maybe Northwest will try harder than Delta.

Bruce Tillinghast, Vice President & Partner,Walker Machinery Co.

How would Jesus react to teacher's marriage?

In reading the article about Angel Meacham, the teacher who was dismissed from St. Joseph's Elementary School in Northern Kentucky for marrying outside the Catholic Church, I was deeply saddened and reminded of Jesus' confrontations with the Pharisees in the New Testament.

A phrase we often hear today is, "What would Jesus do?" I think Jesus would celebrate Meacham's love with her husband, regardless of what Christian Church it was blessed in, and bless her for her work, in His name, for 17 years, at St. Joseph's. Do not cast her out, as the Pharisee Simon would have done to the "sinful" woman who washed Jesus' feet with her tears out of love and faith.

Oh, don't get me wrong, because rules and order are good things. They keep us from chaos and anarchy. Sometimes it's best to throw off our trappings, loosen our hair, put on our sandals and walk in the way of the Lord. It is only then we come to know what is important and what is not.

Peter Keiser, Anderson Township

Paul Brown Stadium ripe for stampede

Every time I go to Paul Brown stadium, there are 10,000 red-seat ticket-holders leaving the game by going down a five-story escalator that empties into a bottleneck of fans. The exit gates are so close to the escalator that people block the exit of the escalator.

There is no security ever in place to stop the escalator in case of emergency. Imagine the pile-up at the bottom and the people who would be trampled. I have had to jump over the side at the bottom of the escalator just to keep from falling on top of someone. This is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

Ted Helmes, West Chester

Carney Street view was rightly preserved

City Council gets a lot of flack for lacking vision and consensus on most issues. But as a resident and native of Mount Adams I'd like to thank City Council for voting to protect the Carney Street view corridor in Mount Adams from development.

Long before there was big money and abundant affluence in Mount Adams there were simple German/Irish Catholics who had the good sense to leave well enough alone. A view like that is something that you cherish and protect for future generations. It's not to be wasted on the selfish needs of a few individuals with more money than sense.

Matt Hueneman, Mount Adams

UC band kept school spirit going

Major kudos to the UC marching band, color guard and field commander for their music and enthusiasm during Saturday's game against Temple. The game went into triple overtime, and the band never slowed down. They, along with the cheerleaders, worked hard to keep the crowd pumped up and helped take the team to a 3-0 record.

Connie Hedrick, Westwood

Ask any free Iraqi who benefits most

I think syndicated columnist Derrick Z. Jackson is getting a little carried away with his own rhetoric ("Cheney's conflict over Halliburton," Sept. 21). He said, "We know what the meaning of i$, i$ to Halliburton. It is by far the largest beneficiary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq."

I think all those Iraqis not being tortured, raped and murdered might think they are benefiting the most.

Rod Apfelbeck, Wyoming

Keep the banners off the bridges

I think the transformation of the old, run-down L&N railroad bridge into the "Purple People Bridge" is a great idea.

The bridge was not in the way of development, and with a little creative thinking and some hard work by certain organizations, it now serves to benefit the people of the region in many ways. I am not wild about the color choice, but it's not too annoying.

What is annoying, however, is the huge advertising banner strapped to the side of the bridge. I decided to make a few phone calls to register my complaint about the banner. First on the list was Procter & Gamble, the advertiser. I spoke to a nice person who noted my concern and promised to pass it along to the appropriate department. Next on the list was the Cincinnati mayor's office. They were nice, and wanted to help, but not much they can do there. Let's try Newport. They informed me that the bridge is now managed by the Southgate Partners.

Yes, we allow them during Riverfest. Is that a bad idea also? Well, I believe it is sad that such a huge civic and regional event has become so commercialized.

My fear is that a dangerous precedent has been set. What will appear during Tall Stacks? Are we willing to allow advertisers to buy their way into our skyline during local events? Will this trend lead to permanent displays on the bridge?

Britt Krebs, Westwood

Connect downtown with Over-the-Rhine

Symbolically, the downtown core and Over-the-Rhine must be connected to erase an invisible border. Central Parkway could be routed underground, through the abandoned subway tunnel, to become an expressway stretching from Plum Street to Broadway. The north-south streets would remain open, as urban parks would fill the current stretches of Central Parkway between the intersecting streets.

Parking itself cannot make Main Street more viable, though it enhances ease of access. Blocking vehicular traffic at night and during festivals on Main, from Central Parkway to Liberty, would create a similar ease of access.

Cobblestone pavement, benches, and appropriate fountains and lighting could cultivate the street's civility.

Ultimately, large crowds enhance security. Neon signs, restaurant scents, and live music could blend into an interwoven tapestry that no suburban center developed on yesterday's cornfield or river levee could ever match.

John Anderson, Downtown

Let's not all pile on Lewis just yet

Marvin Lewis is in the process of rebuilding the Bengals, not a championship team. Give him time, backing and encouragement.

I am confident he will deliver for Cincinnati. His teams will never quit nor should we in our enthusiasm for our professional football future, the Bengals.

Daniel D. Dell, Sr., Mount Lookout

Army did not 'bait and switch' guardsmen

I am writing regarding the letter ("Army changing rules on National Guard," Sept. 19). My husband is with the 324th MP Company, and although their orders are being extended from one year after they landed in Kuwait, I do not agree that the Army used the "bait-and-switch" tactic.

The unit was told when they first received orders back in February 2003 that there was a chance they could be gone for up to two years. Although, I miss my husband very much, I am also very proud of him, and while I am sure there will be some who will get out of the guard when they get home, my husband will not be one of them.

Kathy Richardson, Middletown

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