Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Readers' Views

Animal suffering is unfashionable

What a great article in the Business section ["Now you don't have to wear a suit to be one," Sept. 29]. I very much appreciated all the fashion heads-up advice on how female executives express themselves. But what I thought was the greatest tip of them all was from executive Janet Clarke, who stated that neither fur, nor leather, were options.

No person, in 2003, whether a chairman of the board, or a retired teacher like myself needs to subsidize animal suffering in order to look chic.

Karen Friedman, Amberley Village


All children need basic instruction

It is growing increasingly tiresome to hear school board members and candidates for those offices complain about the No Child Left Behind educational reform program ("Candidates adjust to school changes," Oct. 5). To complain that these reforms are "unfunded mandates" smacks of their lack of understanding of what the NCLB educational reform movement is all about, and that is that many school children - some with physical and mental challenges, but many, many more who are typical - are not receiving basic instruction from districts, and some are being pushed aside altogether.

To single out physically and mentally impaired children as a reason for many of these "unfunded mandates" is both wrong and distasteful. What NCLB says is you can't shove these kids aside anymore; you must teach all children. If accountability hurts, so be it.

Simply put, there are many school districts across the state and the country that are doing a good job of teaching every child, both typical and special need, and they don't need to be mandated to get the job done with the money they are given by taxpayers.

It's those school districts that fail to do the job properly and who don't like to be held accountable who cry foul with the "unfunded mandate" claim.

Just do the job you are paid to do with the money you were given originally and all will be fine. Call it an "already funded mandate."

Tim Pennington, Newtown


Rebuilding Iraq is worth the cost

After World War I, America and its allies left Germany to its own fate. We know what that led to: Hitler and Nazism. The post-World War II rebuilding of Germany, however, resulted in the prosperous, democratic ally that Germany is today (OK, they're opposing us on this Iraq issue, but that's another letter).

The Bush administration has demonstrated leadership by engaging Iraq in the fight against terrorism. The administration is certainly paying the price, in terms of public opinion. Much of it is being swayed by Sen. Ted Kennedy and the Democratic presidential candidates. What are we doing spending $87 billion in Iraq when that money could be better spent at home? I'm sure the same arguments were made against Truman when he approved the Marshall Plan to rebuild Germany after World War II. What was Truman thinking? President Truman's official statement when he signed the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948 was: "Few presidents have had the opportunity to sign legislation of such importance . . .This measure is America's answer to the challenge facing the free world today." I can't think of a better parallel to the terrorism confronting that same free world now.

Barry Novak, Mason


Wants more prizes with fewer ads

Ohio politicians are hypocrites and talk out of both sides of their mouths. The Ohio Lottery is becoming a big joke. The reason they are not in favor of slot machines at the racetracks or riverboat gambling is because they are afraid it would interfere with the Ohio Lottery.

Their excuse is that they are looking out for us. If they are, why did they just spend all the money for new machines? Why do they waste all that money? Why don't they have more winners, instead of spending money on new machines and advertisements?

Dolores Freking, Mount Washington


New I-71 exit is unneeded

Council member John Cranley needs to take a geography lesson. The Dana Avenue exit from Interstate 71 going west is about two blocks from Evanston and Xavier University. The next exit at William Howard Taft going west is one block from Reading Road. That goes right into Avondale and Corryville. I do not see how another exit and $33 million can get one any closer. I am afraid Cranley has dropped to the realm of pre-election grandstanding.

John Bossert, Hyde Park


Limbaugh apologists should support others

In her Oct. 4 letter Janice Feldstein blames everyone's favorite whipping boy "political correctness" for the reaction to Rush Limbaugh's comments and concludes that this is not "a free country if we can't equally express our opinions."

I wonder if she feels the same about the Dixie Chicks, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon expressing their opinions.

If she is really concerned about our freedom to express opinions she should be writing other outrage over the Bush administration's use of the government to retaliate against Ambassador Wilson because he expressed the truth about alleged Iraqi purchases of uranium from Nigeria.

Bill Hopewell, Pierce Township


Limbaugh's remarks not based on facts

Those claiming that Rush Limbaugh was "just expressing an opinion" miss the point: his opinion was irresponsible because it was not based on any factual evidence. Who are all these sportswriters giving black quarterbacks a free ride? Where were they when Jeff Blake and Akili Smith needed them?

Mr. Limbaugh's decision to bring race into his commentary on Donovan McNabb reveals not a commitment to objective analysis but his own paranoia that prompts him to see racial preferences even where they do not exist.

Mr. Limbaugh might not be racist in his heart, but as a public commentator, his pre-existing, highly politicized assumptions about the world make him racially biased. In the end, he forgot he was not speaking to his loyal radio followers but to a diverse national audience in the glare of television lights.

He played the race card and then, when held accountable rather than praised, claimed he was a victim of a conspiracy launched by all those left-wing, ACLU-card-carrying, feminist-sympathizing sportswriters. Very ironic and sort of pathetic.

Frank Cullen, Mount Lookout


Mental illness is medical issue

What a wonderful column by Deborah Kendrick wrote about the "stigma" of families who have members that suffer from mental disabilities daily ("Mental illness the unseen, unspoken disability," Oct. 5). Society continues to isolate individuals who suffer from chemical imbalances and escalate the daily burdens for their families. If more people (including insurance companies) approached these individuals with compassion like they do for other illnesses, we might be much further on the research and treatment for mental health issues.

Roses to Ms. Kendrick for speaking up for the "unspoken" disability, which needs to be treated as a medical issue, not shamefully tucked under the rug. The only downfall to this article was that it was not on the front page of the newspaper.

Liz Elder, Montgomery


Strike doesn't deserve students' support

What in the world are they teaching the students up at Miami University ["Miami recalls strike of 1970," Oct. 6]? I realize that the unions and the far left in this country have done a masterful job of brainwashing millions of people in this country, but an entire university? Someone please help me out here, what is a "living wage?" The wage that your employer pays you is not based on how many kids you have, your mortgage and your other monthly living expenses. Your wage is based on what your job is worth to your employer, nothing more, nothing less. Of course the students should have learned that in their economics classes, so that begs the question: What are they "teaching" their students up at Miami?

Steve Jung, Colerain Township

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