Sunday, September 28, 2003

Readers' Views

City Hall security is just good sense


In reference to the article ("Screenings make sense," Sept 16), I agree with everything that was said. It makes sense to be protected. The other places that are big in Cincinnati are protected; why not City Hall?

City Hall is a very open place, to where people can walk in anytime and just hold the whole place hostage if they really felt the need to do so. It's better to be safe then sorry. If I worked at City Hall, I would want to be protected. Being protected is a very important issue to me, as well as many others who live in the Cincinnati area. To be honest, it wouldn't bring that much more effort to you. All you have to do is walk in the doors and then go straight through the metal detectors. If you're clean, then you have nothing to worry about. I think the metal detectors are a great idea, and that's because being safe is my top concern.

It might cost us extra money to provide us with the metal detectors, but in the long run, they would be well worth it. Having metal detectors isn't as big a deal as some of the overboard that some places have to go through just to enjoy a nice day at work. If you think about it, it's really nothing.

Leighann Tope, Green Township


Divorced parent pays for school, loses input

This letter is in response to the article ("College tuition adds to conflict in divorces," Sept. 16). First, no one could possibly comment on this situation until you have been divorced. I'm a father with two children that currently go to a Catholic school and was ordered to pay half their tuition on top of paying child support.

If their mother and I were still married, this would have been between us to decide if we could afford this schooling or not. To have someone else decide what is best for my kid goes against what this country is made of. Being a divorced father, you pay child support - which you have no control over - and they go to the school that someone else picks and you have to pay tuition. Now let's throw in college and order me to pay that. What a joke.

Sandra Morris, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, said "In many situations, it's very tragic - the divorced parents don't do what they would have done if they had stayed together, and the children are pretty much cut off (from any support)."How the heck does she know about someone's financial status?

I'm sick of someone else deciding for me what's best for my kids. Start in the courts and give the fathers a chance to have more input and how the money is spent.

Richard Hughes, Mount Healthy


Don't forget about Miami's positives

The article ("Survey gives Miami U. low marks on diversity," Sept. 21) is another example of Cincinnati media emphasizing the negatives over the positives. While none would argue that Miami should continue to strive for more diversity and acceptance of minorities, the same could be said for virtually any university. However, I suspect leading with a headline like "Survey gives Miami high marks for campus beauty" wouldn't be quite as much fun to write.

Michael S. McCarthy, Associate Professor of Marketing, Miami University, Oxford


Salon owners need to think about accident

Do our salon and day spa owners ever read or listen to the local news? The Sept. 14 Metro headline read, ("Corvette nails Talawanda bus"). I guess it was coincidental that the Sept. 15 headline read, ("Salons seek liquor law change").

Attention salon owners: Picture one of your family members on that bus and remember this slogan "Don't drink and drive."

Sharon Dugan, East End


Air travelers found cheap seats elsewhere

The Sept. 23 Enquirer featured an article ("Delta dangles 20% incentive") on Delta's new lower fares in an attempt to reverse sagging ridership. Guess who created that problem? Delta's noncompetitive pricing has driven many travelers to fly out of nearby cities. I include myself in that group, having departed out of other airports on my most recent five flights. Two of my trips were from Dayton and one each was out of Louisville, Columbus and Indianapolis. Three excursions were for business, and the other two were pleasure.

My motive in every case was to save on the fare. Because several of these trips involved traveling partners, the savings were even more substantial. As an example, I traveled to New York with a business associate and our combined Southwest fares were cheaper than one ticket on Delta.

Area businesses have discussed bringing another carrier to Lunken Airport to create some competition and to drive down fares. Price-conscious customers, armed with Internet travel Web sites, have made that unnecessary as they have shown a willingness to fly from outlying cities. Apparently, they have been doing it in droves.

Steve Lippert, Wyoming


Balloons dangerous? That's just hot air

It's just a suggestion, but perhaps the writer who is concerned with releasing balloons during celebrations ("Balloon release endangers animals," Sept. 15) should try reading something other than PETA's propaganda before sounding the alarm about their harmful effects on the environment.

An eight-year study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as studies by the University of Miami in Florida, has found no evidence of wildlife deaths attributed to latex balloon ingestion. It seems there is no documented proof that this has ever occurred. Typically, the balloons reach an altitude where they freeze and shatter into dime-sized pieces that decompose in about the same time as it takes an oak leaf to biodegrade.

It would take 28 million fully inflated balloons to cover one square mile of ocean - if they all stayed inflated and came to rest at the same time, in the same place. The truth of the matter is that the release of 3,000 balloons by a group of school children in a suburb in Cincinnati can hardly qualify as an environmental disaster.

David H. Hoffman, Madeira


Current Iraq conflict nothing like Vietnam

My letter is in response to the letter ("Bush's speech echoed Vietnam perfectly," Sept. 19). The author states, "We are going down the same road to unending bloodshed that we went down before (in Vietnam)." Let me say this: The only exact similarity between Vietnam and Iraq is that Americans are fighting on foreign soil. Since the author didn't even listen to President Bush's speech Sept. 7, whether you are for or against the war in Iraq; right, wrong or indifferent, it is the opinion that war, sentiment and circumstance have not changed since Vietnam that is most detrimental to the cause for the current conflict.

In Vietnam, we fought and broke even with communism - in Iraq we fought a regime and a leader that supported tyranny and murder against its own people. And the tyrant fell, and the people are free. Our troops deserve our support for their victory and for the ongoing struggles that they will encounter on behalf of the Iraqis that want and deserve freedom. Stand up and be counted.

Lisa Lameier, Covington

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