TO THE EDITOR:
I have been a lifetime Reds fan and recently attended a game in Cincinnati to see the Reds play the Cubs. I have been traveling the five-hour trips at least once a year for the last several years, and this may have been my last. I do not disagree with the current strategy of playing young players to see what you have for next year.
I would, however, like things to be in perspective. When I bought my tickets, the Reds were a contender, now they are nothing more than a glorified tryout for next year. We spent nearly $200 to attend a game in which only Sean Casey was a name familiar with most. The seats were small at the new park and the prices for concessions were more than I expected, given the sharp reduction in payroll of the recent team.
The theory, "If you build it, they will come," will not set well with many fans. So long as current ownership sees this as merely a business, then they better accept the circumstances they will find themselves in the next few years.
Todd Kegley, New Carlisle, Ind.
Would public stoning satisfy David Wells?
Regarding David Wells' column on Sept. 26 ["Mea culpa: Time to be pastoral"]... Your remarks are certainly not helpful. Would you be satisfied with a public stoning? The Archbishop could be suitably attired in sackcloth and ashes. The event could be held at 312 Elm Street.
Walter J. Harpen, Wilmington, Ohio
Court wrong on concealed carry
The Ohio Supreme Court has again shown its propensity to legislate. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer got it exactly wrong when he said that current law allows for limits on carrying to help maintain "an orderly and safe society." States that have little or no restrictions on gun-toting have less crime, not more.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen and our illustrious governor seem to be consumed with the idea that our constitutional rights are subject to the approval of local police. I have yet to see that written anywhere. Indeed, if a woman is raped and murdered by an angry ex-boyfriend, maybe those who keep her from defending herself should not be shielded from civil liability.
Tom Jones, Norwood
We all know who is polluting the bridge
I wish to commend the letter-writer who persevered in his efforts to find out who was responsible for blighting the Purple People Bridge with advertising signs ["Keep the banners off the bridges," Sept. 25]. Now we know where to direct our protests in case this happens again, Southgate Partners, as well as the individual advertisers.
Patton Davis, Mount Adams
Whatever happened to that Larry Barkin?
Perhaps I can add some levity to the current Cincinnati Reds events. Last night my husband and I took our 5-year-old son to his first Reds game. He turned to us at the end of the third inning and said, "Why isn't Larry Barkin playing?" We'll miss you, Larry.
Constance Conlon, Anderson Township
France has right idea about U.S. role in Iraq
In his column "Our war with France" (Sept. 19) Thomas L. Friedman follows the Bush administration's logic that it is someone else's fault that our policy isn't working. Bush has finally admitted that there was no connection between Saddam and 9-11. Bush fails to apologize for convincing the majority of the American public that there was a connection and that was one of the main reasons for going to war.
The French had it right before the war and they have it right now. The United States should turn the political and rebuilding effort in Iraq over to the United Nations and the Iraqis. We should quickly re-establish the Iraqi police force and let them re-establish security in Iraq. That would allow us to bring home the bulk of our troops this year and stop the killing of U.S. soldiers in a war fought for the wrong reasons.
Bob Letourneau, West Chester
Salons should be able to serve glass of wine
As a hairdresser for over 25 years and a business owner for the second time around for 11 years in Cincinnati, I could not believe when I got off the plane from Toronto on Sept. 15. The front page news was no less ("Salons seek liquor law change" Sept. 15). I had to laugh, and then I got annoyed. In a city that deals with gun violence and drug dealers every day, is this even an issue?
Come on, this is the year 2003. It's like the land that time forgot. What will be next, regulating what we serve in our own homes?
It is hard enough to keep a small business in this city operating, and if giving a client a glass of wine after a hard days work is considered "risque," as Kathy Wagner says, then we all should curl up and die.
All sorts of things went through my head: Don't cut your hair, it's too dangerous. We could cut your ear; then we need to apply for a surgeon's license. I could go on and on, but then I would not want to think outside the box.
Taylor Jameson, Northside
Bring our soldiers back from Iraq
The letter ("Bush's speech echoed Vietnam perfectly," Sept. 19) about the Vietnam and Iraq wars hit the nail right on the head. Please bring our kids home. We won't be dishonoring anyone. And, we don't need to lose any more of our brave and young soldiers.
I love our country, but I just don't feel this is the way to make it safe. There are many more effective ways to protect our citizens without sending our kids off to fight a guerilla war that can't be won on foreign soil.
Bob Veeneman, Fairfield
Personal liberties are in jeopardy
Peter Bronson's criticism of Miami for Barbara Ehrenreich's appearance at the opening convocation, as an instance of favoring left-leaning views, deserves comment ("A left thumb in the eye for Miami U," Sept. 14). I, like many faculty members, participated in after the convocation discussions with students, and the discussion I experienced was an exemplary instance of framing issues in the context of reasoned argument, as opposed to ideology of either the right or the left.
I would remind Bronson that free speech couldn't occur unless all of us are willing to put up with the many inconveniences it puts in our paths. Of course, if we want to do away with these inconveniences, we can just strengthen the Patriot Act. As reported in an article in the October issue of Harper's Magazine, under the proposed amendment to the Patriot Act by the Bush administration, Americans are threatened with being stripped of their citizenship if they become a member of, or provide material support to, terrorist groups engaged in hostilities against the United States. If such powers are granted to the federal government, it is certain that they would be abused and that freedom of speech, especially in political matters, would be severely curtailed.
I hope that Bronson, who wishes to defend free expression, will consider a column designed to inform citizens of matters such as this in future columns.
Steven M. DeLue, Oxford
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