Thursday, October 2, 2003

Readers' Views

Support Mount Healthy schools


For more than 22 years, my wife and I have lived in the Mount Healthy School district and have raised two boys. Even though we always paid our taxes, only one son actually attended Mount Healthy High School, for a year. I have no connection to the schools other than living here and sending a check once a year to support the high school band, because I think music is important.

My point is this: I have no children of school age and haven't for a long time. But, I make a point of getting out and voting "yes" every time the schools beg for that same money over and over again. Am I out of the loop here? Is there some better plan to choose from to give those kids a decent start in life? Is there a second option I don't know about to save the schools of Mount Healthy?

Yes, I disagree with the way Ohio funds its schools. I believe the kids in Mount Healthy should be getting the same education the kids in Mason get, but that is not the Mount Healthy school system's fault. The bottom line: If you have kids in Mount Healthy schools, get out and vote for your child's future. If you don't have kids, vote for it anyway and stop your real-estate values from continuing to drop. Vote "yes" for all our children because they need us now to come to their aid. Vote "yes" if you once received a free public education because it's your turn to pay up and return the favor.

Hank Mayberry, Springfield Township

Catholic Church just doesn't get it

Timothy Fitzgerald, spokesperson for the Diocese of Covington, wrote the following in his letter, "Ky. Diocese followed rules" [Sept. 27]: "As ministers and servants in the mission of Catholic education, all of our Catholic employees have a serious obligation to follow and live the teachings and beliefs of our 2,000-year-old Christian tradition."

Can he explain to us Catholics what 2,000-year-old Christian tradition condones the coverup for the sexual abuse of minors by ordained priests? Was the "zero tolerance" policy described in Fitzgerald's letter not in effect when these crimes took place? Or does the Catholic Church have a different set of rules for lay people?

You see, Fitzgerald, the Catholic Church continues to lose the public-relations battle because it has not atoned for its own sins.

Steve Griffen, Montgomery

If homeless annoy you, that's a shame

I am writing in response to Peter Bronson's column, "Letting the homeless be squatters is inhumane." [Sept. 27]. I am not as concerned with what he wrote, but with the tone that he used. Obviously, it would be better that the homeless be safe in shelters and off the streets and under bridges. However, a person who is "annoyed" may not be in a position to offer a meaningful opinion.

Bronson rhetorically asks why he should "have to feel like a window peeper" on his way to work. I would suggest that Bronson feels that way because of his own attitude.

When I see a homeless person on the street or under a bridge, I feel sorrow and compassion for those who live in that state. For those of us with warm beds and ample food, there is never a place for annoyance. If the suffering of someone else produces annoyance, then that would suggest to me a person with a character problem who isn't part of the solution to the problem.

David Samples, Hamilton

I admit it: The Bengals are better

After firing several salvos on the letters page at Mike Brown and the Bengals last fall, it would be remiss of me not to recognize the tremendous improvement the team has made this season. They've got a lot of games left in the season, so it's too soon to pack bags for the playoffs. But, it's not too soon to congratulate the entire team for its accomplishments and cheer them on to finish what they've begun.

Richard Mashburn, Hyde Park

We seniors have darn good records

All this talk about dangerous senior-citizen drivers makes me sick. Look out your window while you drive and tell me how many cars do you see that have senior citizens driving who:

• Pass you on the street or highway speeding?

• Run yellow or red lights?

• Have cell phones stuck to their ear?

• Are eating food or drinking?

• Are primping their hair or applying makeup?

• Are reading the paper or a magazine?

• Are cutting in and out of lanes on the Interstate highway without signaling?

• Sound their horns and give you the finger as they pass you?

Instead of testing senior-citizen drivers, I think the authorities should be checking the younger generation for their ability to drive. After all, most of the senior-citizen drivers you observe have a lot of miles under their belts and have survived a lot of years on the road.

Sure there are a lot of accidents involving senior-citizen drivers, but check and see how many there are with the younger generation. Then maybe you will wake up to the fact that senior-citizen drivers are not the problem on the highways.

I am 75 years old and have been driving since I was age 16. Check my driving record and see what you come up with.

Donald V. Thien, Sr., Harrison, OH

Water Works ills deserved better play

How unfortunate that the article "27 home sick after ruling on overtime" [Sept. 27] was buried on Page B2 of the Enquirer, instead of above the fold on page A1. The article dealt with a mysterious flu that swept through the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, disproportionately crippling the union membership.

In these difficult times of threatened privatization in response to runaway deficits, unchecked spending, and obscenely high rates of taxation, Water Works Director David Rager's comments provided a warm and fuzzy feeling indeed. Despite the fact that well over 30 percent of his staff chose to stay home and pout, Rager was calmly and confidently able to assure a panicked public that there would be no interruption of service.

I sincerely apologize for my previously selfish and shortsighted view of my modest contributions to the public trough. Finally, I'm able to appreciate the wisdom of one guy working a shovel, while three guys stand around and watch.

Bob Polewski Jr., Miami Township

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