Thursday, October 9, 2003

Readers' Views

Early plans called for exit at MLK


The editorial "Access to Uptown," [Oct. 5] states it is puzzling why no interchange was proposed when the highway was built.

If you do a little research you will come to find out that an interchange a Victory Parkway was proposed in the original design. One only has to look at the rebuilt Martin Luther King Drive which at the time was known as Melish Avenue.

Myron Bush, who was a councilman at the time, led the fight in Council to have the interchange eliminated.He said it would have an adverse effect on the African-Americans who owned most of the homes which would have been eliminated. Also, he said there would be a loss in park property along Victory Parkway.

The redesigning of the expreesway with the interchange being placed at William Howard Taft delayed the completion by more than a year. Maybe if the city goes and dusts off some of the original plans of the expressway it can save the poor taxpayers a few million dollars.

Larry Schmolt, Price Hill

Strike letter showed ignorance of labor

The letter "Strike doesn't deserve students' support" [Oct. 7] asks, "what is a living wage?" is further evidence that the history of labor still needs to be learned in America. A study of Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII's always timely encyclical on the working man, would enlighten those who missed this lesson the first few times around. It revolutionized and emphasized the importance of the working man in the 20th century.

A working man is not a lackey, and he is entitled to the dignity of earning enough to pay for the necessities of life. To callously say "that is what the job pays" or "take it or leave it," is why loyalty to companies today is so lacking.

An employer who treats a good employee with the fairness of a living wage saves himself the added expense of continual turnover, frequent absentees, embezzling and other forms of cheating. Remember, it was unfairness to employees that initiated unions. Repeating history is the price paid for failing to remember it.

Elizabeth Paquette, Cherry Grove

Solutions complex for addictive behavior

I read with interest, as well as sadness, the article on sex addiction in the Oct. 6 Tempo section [ "Search for sex never ends"]. At the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, we know all too well about the destructive cycle of sex addiction and its devastating toll on individuals and their loved ones.

Our toll-free help-line receives calls every day from men and women throughout the country who feel that pornography use and sexual compulsion has taken over their lives. As with many addictive behaviors, the solutions are complex. But admitting you have a problem is the first step in the right direction.

Our toll-free help-line is staffed by a compassionate counselor who can talk to callers about sex addiction and refer them to an appropriate therapist in their area. People who are struggling with these issues or who have been victimized by someone who has can call 1/800-583-2964.

Maryam Kubasek, Director of Communications,
National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families

Genome Institute has humble history

Your article "Taft Hails Genome Institute Alliance" [Oct. 7] was well written and informative about this important addition to Cincinnati's high tech standing. I would like to add an important bit of history which will add to an understanding of Cincinnati's contribution to the Institute. In 1828 a specialty drug store was founded in the City. Eventually it became the Wm. S. Merrell Pharmaceutical Co., and after many acquisitions and mergers became Marion Merrell Hoechst. Its German owners donated the buildings and land to the University of Cincinnati. Thus began the Genome Research Institute.

Thomas Blohm, Madeira

Fernald water safe to dump

Regarding the Oct. 8 editorial [Fernald/Don't compromise cleanup"], I don't think that we can afford, in the present financial climate, to look at Fernald on the base of our emotions.

First, radioactivity is not dangerous by itself. For example, each man or woman is radioactive. And each day eighteen pounds of uranium dissolved in the waters of the Great Miami River are flowing past DOE Fernald.

DOE Fernald's discharge was 524 pounds in 2002, less than ten percent of the natural flow. Removing the 600 pounds per year limit may result in dumping of not more than about 1,500 pounds per year.

EPA regulations allow 540 parts per billion of uranium in "recreational" water. To surpass that limit DOE Fernald would have to dump three and a half million pounds of uranium in the river.

These are some of the facts one should know before labeling an idea as outrageous.

Kees DeJong, Associate professor of Geology,
University of Cincinnati

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