Thursday, October 16, 2003

Readers' Views

Constitution has not been ignored


In Walter E. Williams' syndicated column, ("Road to tyranny often paved with 'good ideas,'" Oct. 5). Williams states the federal government has ignored the Constitution, which is considered to be the framework of our government. Williams bases his statement on the government's loose interpretation of the Constitution in order to support programs not specifically referred to in the Constitution.

However, the Constitution's ability to be interpreted loosely is what has kept it alive throughout America's many changes, including the suffrage movement and civil rights movement. Had the founding father's created a governing document with no ability to be interpreted, our hopes of democracy and civil liberties would have been crushed. The Elastic Clause, first coined by Alexander Hamilton, has enabled politicians to create programs of great importance to Americans.

The courts, Congress and the White House, have not ignored the Constitution, as Williams concurs, but have ultimately helped apply a 200-plus year-old document to govern the lives of Americans in ever-changing times. Thus the essence of American life does not necessarily lie with the policies made in accordance to the Constitution, but within the heart of the Constitution and the concept of democracy.

Maris Braun, Mariemont

Public art adds value to city

Three cheers and a big thank you to the Enquirer for the editorial ("Redirect public art," Oct. 14) suggesting our community create more lasting, one-of-a-kind works of public art for our city.

In fact there are several efforts occurring right now to create and maintain permanent public art for our community. One was announced last week in honor of our designation as an "International Sculpture City." Eight entities, including two cities and a host of arts organization, announced a juried sculpture installation on the Purple People Bridge, with the goal of creating a world-class sculpture bridge. Not only will it connect two cities, but it could become a destination for visitors, enliven Cincinnati's side of the bridge, and promote the many talented artists who live in our region.

The pigs were an incredible gift to all of us, the bats one of the most unique projects of its kind, but ultimately they were both designed to be short-term celebrations. Beyond the fun generated, perhaps one of their greatest values was introducing all of us to the value of art and how it can add great fun and innovative and creative character to or urban environment, which we are now striving to do in a more permanent way.

Tamara Harkavy, Executive director, ArtWorks

Contract trimmers have butchered trees

Cinergy has contracted a company to trim trees away from our service wires. While I understand the need for this service, these trained professionals have mutilated and butchered our trees to the point where they would have been better off cutting them down.

I wonder how Cinergy can consciously turn their heads at the devastation that has been left behind once these orange trucks have left our neighborhoods?

Sue Ulmer, Green Township

Clergy's victims can often feel at fault

The ongoing exposure of abuse by clergy in the Cincinnati area has been upsetting, and I'm not sure if we really know to what extent these actions by trusted helpers have been so destructive. I am a child psychiatrist and see kids and teens that have been victims of abuse of all kinds. We know that children are not "little adults" and that emotional stress in childhood can setup a life of misery.

Abuse by clergy is even more damaging because children can end up feeling betrayed by God. And because of this may never feel safe in a place of worship-ever. I once heard Billy Graham asked by an interviewer what his definition of hell was, he replied, "Hell is being separated from God." I see so many kids who are depressed, but in reality are living in hell and even firmly believe that they deserve to be there. We in the mental health community are often helpful to these people, but we have no cures.

Damage to identity and spirituality are not treated like a fracture or pneumonia. Treatment is trial-and-error over what is often quite a bit of time. Please let us not forget the long-term suffering resulting from the betrayal perpetrated by the actions of these "ministers" for which only limited undoing is possible.

Rodney E. Vivian, Anderson Township

Kerry not fit to be president

As I picked up the Oct. 13 edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer, I read the cover page with interest. Then I turned to page A2, "First Stop" and that's exactly what I did.

But the "First Stop" was the last stop for what stared me in the eye: a picture of a wannabe, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., known as the "unknown soldier." The headline, "Unknown soldier' now makes his voice heard" was right. I just had to respond.

I put this "unknown soldier" in the same category with Hanoi Jane Fonda, and find them both useless.

I hope Kerry crawls back in his box and takes it back to Massachusetts, where he belongs. No way could I cast my vote to support for president. Kerry is a legend in his own mind.

Earl D. Corell, Anderson Township

If you're dirty, it's easy to be funny

I read with interest Peter Bronson's column [" 'Married . . . With Children' - not as seen on TV," Oct. 11] on about the so-called family hour, with its endless crude humor and sexual innuendos.

I recall years ago, on the Ruth Lyons 50-50 Club, her guest was comedian George Kirby. She asked him about his nightclub act and the fact that he kept it clean. His comment was that anyone can be dirty; but to be clean you have to work at it.

Ray Deidesheimer, North College Hill

We already know how to spend money

Thirty three million dollars is being spent by our govenment to educate us on how to spend the new $20 bill.

I became outraged while seeing a picture of the new bills superimposed on TV while watching football games over the weekend. However, what was more outrageous was the response I heard when a Treasury Department official was asked why spend the $33 million. His answer, "to make sure Americans know what to do with the new $20 bill."

Hey Washington, without spending a dime let alone $33 million, I can tell you what we Amercians will do with OUR money, new or old. Like you bureaucrats, anytime we get money we spend it!

Steve Boone, Deerfield Township

Find a finger sign for 'I'm sorry'

The other day a woman pulled her car into the "out" driveway at a shopping center in Delhi. The driver of the car I was in was very upset - that is, until the woman mouthed "I'm sorry" and waved. The mood of our driver lightened and on our way we went.

It occurred to me that there is no signal or hand sign to indicate "I'm sorry - I know I screwed up this time." Why don't you, as the Enquirer, invent such a signal, publish it, and publicize it to the point where it's well known in Cincinnati? It's a very simple idea, but might limit the occasions of road rage significantly. Who knows? It might even catch on across the country.

I'm leaving this in your capable hands as the voice of the people of Cincinnati. Lets see you run with the idea.

David Morris, Western Hills

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