Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Readers' Views

Clinton years also were secretive

The letter writer ["Civilian radicals run Iraq war," Oct. 12] expresses his displeasure with the "civilian radicals" composed of the current administration. He also complains about the administration's "politics, secretiveness and personal agendas."

I remind the letter writer that the same phrases could be used to describe the previous administration. To many citizens, 'Hillary Care' was a plan and process developed in compete secrecy, in a move that could very accurately be defined as radical since it nationalized one-seventh of the country's economy. The firing and subsequent criminal charges (the defendant ultimately found not guilty) brought against members of the White House travel department by the Clinton administration were instituted to justify bringing in their own people to a non-political agency. Personal agenda? Sure looks like it to me.

The letter writer's complaints apply both ways - it depends on whose ox is being Gored (no pun intended).

Michael Perry


On Yellowstone, Portman was wrong

Perhaps constituents of Rob Portman would be interested in reading the New York Times editorial ["The Snowmobile Quagmire," Oct. 13] which reveals that he changed his vote on the issue of banning snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, causing a tie vote and deadlock. One can say that he single-handedly is responsible for the noise and pollution, and the stress placed on the animal residents of Yellowstone by snowmobilers.

As liaison between the White House and the Republican leadership in the House, it is clear that his loyalties lie with the Bush administration's assault on the environment, rather than protecting public interests.

Sharon Libert


Forget helmets, don'tride bikes at all

How safe is safe?

The subject of helmets for bicycling kids is sure heating up in recent Days. Saturday's Enquirer carried both an editorial and a comment in Readers' Views. If those in favor of protecting our precious little legacies are really serious, you can't stop at helmets.

You must stop children from riding bicycles completely. Only then will you be able to surely stop all the mortalities resulting from children riding bicycles. Don't be shy. Do it. After all, schools are starting to eliminate recess because it has been deemed too dangerous, both physically and emotionally, for our little darlings. At all costs, we must prevent the possibility that even one child will be hurt or worse.

Frank Miller


Arts need supportfrom all ages

Sunday, I attended the matinee production of 'Jewels,' a joint production from Cincinnati Ballet and Columbus Ballet Met. I was very disheartened at the low attendance. Barely half of the theater was filled, which was very sad because this wonderful performance was the culmination of the "Enjoy the Arts" program.

The festival lasted for 20 days and 20 nights, and showcased arts programs of different types throughout the city. This festival is set up expressly for students and young professionals, because they are the next generation who will support arts programs, and yet they are becoming less and less involved in the arts community.

Cincinnatians complain about having nothing to do; yet here is a plan of events already set out for them and it is not taken advantage of. We in Cincinnati have a great artistic community and people need to take advantage of it.

Remember, the ballet, symphony, opera, theater and other venues are for everyone to enjoy, so come out and support them!

Kendall Miller


'Oppressed' peoples helped build nation

I bet the letter writer ("Focus on victims robs us of heroes" Oct. 12) is a white male. If being "politically correct" is the same as telling the truth, than I am all for political correctness.As a 46-year-old gay, white, Italian American male, my "white" brothers and sisters who think that their views are the only views that should be spoken or learned always sadden me. For example, going to a Catholic school in the '60s and '70s, I was taught, and only saw in the pictures, that Christ was white. But now I know better realizing that people of Middle Eastern decent are not white but people of color. Still today, I never see a depiction of Christ that doesn't show him to be blue-eyed with blond hair in almost every religious denomination.

In the beginning, it was our "white" founding fathers and the likes who swindled, raped and murdered the American Indians to steal their land. It was the same "white" men who went to Africa and beat, humiliated and transformed a beautiful culture of human beings into slaves by bringing them back to America and treating them like animals or subservient.

In the '50s and '60s, it was our "white male" U.S. senators and representatives that did not want blacks to vote, have the same education, or the same standard of living as themselves.

Today, it is the same "white male" U.S. senators and representatives and the president who want to prevent gay and lesbian Americans from legally recognizing our commitment and love to each with the Defense of Marriage Act. We deserve the same respect and laws that are extended to the straight community.

Let's get the facts straight, that these "white men" are not heroes in everyone's book. What's wrong with emphasizing the "oppressed" people? We built America too, and we demand to be acknowledged for our labor and strengths as well.

Victor P. Fabro

East Price Hill

It's healthier for kids to walk

Hooray for Jay McKillop ("Old-fashioned route to school," Oct. 6). I was taken with McKillop's great idea, especially when I see very much overweight 5, 6, 7 and 8-year-old children. If more children walked to school, perhaps we would see slimmer children and adults, since the children would be escorted by their parents, instead of standing on a corner and waiting for a bus.

Also, it would be nice to have one bus stop on a street for children in an area, instead of the bus stopping every block and holding up traffic. All would benefit - slimmer children, slimmer parents, cleaner air and happier motorists.

Janet L. Oligee


Limbaugh doesn't deserve sympathy

Since when is "taking the high road," admitting you are addicted to drugs only after being exposed and when facing criminal investigation [Hot Corner: "A shocking admission," Oct. 12]? Rush Limbaugh is one of the most judgmental, divisive Americans I know. It would have been interesting to hear him if some Democratic politician had been caught in a similar situation.

Your defense of Rush Limbaugh is obscene.

Lynda Barbiea

Cold Spring

War is lowering Bush's popularity

George Bush is facing declining approval numbers and increasing doubt that the war in Iraq has been worth it in terms of lives lost and in tax dollars. So he has appointed Condoleezza Rice head cheerleader to travel the country, spreading the "good news," at taxpayer's expense.

One wonder how many families of those lost, particularly since Bush declared, "mission accomplished," can take comfort in learning about such events as school openings.

Let's hope that American voters are smart enough to see these tent meetings as part of the Bush's 2004 election campaign and that they will help him pack his cowboy boots and Stetson and send him back to the ranch.

Cathryn B. Wilson

North College Hill

Schools should stress voting

This is in regards to the article ["Young voters missing at polls," Oct. 2]. Our school systems do not stress the importance of voting. I'm sure some teachers have a few kind words about voting, but at this time of the year, teachers should devote he duty of voting and the procedure.

When growing up in a two-parent family, I saw that Mom and Dad always found time to vote, and they would discuss issues and candidates. My wife and I always do the same - we vote, it's our heritage and duty.

In today's society and in many one-parent families, it's hard for the children to have a base and knowledge of one of the most privileges we have.

Some of the churches, pastors and priests should set aside a few minutes on Sunday before Election Day to stress what it means to vote. Our schools, news media should also devote some time to the importance of voting - young, old, and in between.

If you are a registered voter, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, it is your duty to go to the polls. If you are registered and for whatever reason can't make it to the polls, call the Hamilton County Board of Elections for direction on how to vote absentee .

We need to elect those who will help us all to be a better United States and return us to full employment.

Don Hedges

White Oak

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