Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Readers' Views

Listen to Fernald's neighbors


This is a response to the letter ["Fernald water safe to dump" Oct. 9] regarding the cleanup of the Fernald Aquifer, in response to the Oct. 8 editorial ["Fernald/Don't compromise cleanup"].

Every increase in exposure to radiation equals a corresponding increase in a cancer risk. This is conventional scientific wisdom. It is the approach used by the National Academy of Scientists, the International Commission on Radiation Protection, the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements, and Radiation Protection Scientists and Practitioners the world over. The letter writer is correct in that radiation is found in nature, but if every bit of radiation exposure, regardless of where it's coming from, is a risk to public health, why shouldn't we in the Fernald community be outraged at DOE for wanting to add more uranium to an important local water resource?

There will be a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fernald site about this very subject. Maybe the letter writer should attend this meeting and hear what those of us living in the Fernald area have to say about this issue.

Lisa Crawford, President, Fernald Residents for Environmental Safety & Health
Crosby Township

Borgman aninspiration

My 15-year-old daughter and I spent a beautiful Saturday [Oct. 11] afternoon enjoying the First Annual Art Fair at Pyramid Hill Park in Hamilton. We saw the works of many talented artists and got a glimpse of several of the sculptures scattered throughout the park. The highlight of our day was Jim Borgman's presentation. His easy-going manner and great sense of humor (yes, he is funny!) was just the ticket for a young aspiring artist.

Cincinnati is so lucky to have Jim Borgman.

Denise Hoskins, Symmes Township

Teach Islam, but other religions, too

Let me get this right. There is going to be a workshop for Islam and the Middle East ["Educate yourself in Islam," Oct. 11]. Will this be mandatory for teachers in the Cincinnati area?

If you bring in Islam, then bring in Christian and Judaism also? This is a side door for the left wing to push this on to our students.

Bob Martina, Columbia Tusculum

Chief was wrong to fire priest

After reading the article, ("Fire chief dismisses chaplain" Oct. 12), I was stunned, confused and dumbfounded. Knowing the Rev. Mike Paraniuk and attending his masses, where people line up in the hallways to hear him, he is the most non-judgmental person, a true gift from God. Why would someone be fired for trying to help race relations in Cincinnati? I was dumbfounded to read the Cincinnati Fire Chief Robert Wright's reason: "When he thinks that he's going to be a peacemaker, I don't need him to do that. That's my position, that he should've stayed out of that," Wright said. I understand the fire chief was talking about the race problems between the Cincinnati African-American Firefighters Association and the predominantly white Firefighters Local 48. I have been taught that it is every person's responsibility to help race relations by fighting racism. I was truly astonished to read Wright claim fighting racism as only his right, only their job. Then my skeptical side took over. I wondered whether Wright has a personal agenda that works better when race relations between the firefighters are terrible.

What reasons would the fire chief and possibly the mayor have for wanting race relations to be bad? How could it serve them?

Patricia Lonneman, Cheviot

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