Friday, October 17, 2003

Readers' Views

Local Cubs fan suffers heartbreak


So Paul Daugherty ["The Fan doesn't deserve scorn, just pity," Oct. 16] believes that Cub fan Steve Bartman's grab for a foul ball at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night was just typical fan behavior? I hope not. I would hope that someone who was fortunate enough to get a seat that someone else would have paid more than $500 for was not there to snag a free $10 baseball!

I would hope that a self-proclaimed "die-hard Cub fan" watching his team that is five outs from its first World Series in his parent's lifetime would be thinking, "Wow, this could be one more out" not "Wow, I hope I can get that neat-o ball"!

But if Daugherty is right and I am wrong, Major League Baseball could save a lot of money. Do you have any idea how many batting practice pitching machines could be purchased with one baseball superstar's salary? If the stands are full of people to catch pop flies, why have any players at all, just line up a bunch of pitching machines and fire baseballs into the crowd all night. The Steve Bartmans of the world would be happy as clams, and I would not have to endure the heartbreak of my team imploding.

I'm a Cubs fan in exile in the Queen City.

Jim Eichenberger, Hamilton

Cubs fans remain loyal in bad times

The fan in the stands blew it; the fan didn't blow it. The bottom line is - it really makes no difference - the Cubs are the Cubs. Win or lose, I love 'em. They are my team.

There's an age-old expression in Chicago: "You can't hurt a Cub fan, because there's nowhere to go but up." That expression lives on.

Go Cubs!

Matt Hader, Madeira, Chicago native

Stop the financing of anti-U.S. terrorism

Now why is it that we are giving the Palestinians money? So they can support groups that blow up Americans? It seems that way. Perhaps we need to donate more of our flags to them so we can watch them burn. Where is the Arab/Muslim brotherhood? Oh, they are giving, but they are giving to finance terrorism, heck with the squalor of the so-called innocents.

Also, isn't it ironic that the same tactics and terror that is taking place in Israel is occurring in many of the Arab/Muslim nations and directed toward us? Folks, get with the program. Stop financing them through the purchase of SUVs. It might be nice to drive now but it comprises the future of our children.

Marilyn Gale, North Avondale

Should we give Rush the benefit of doubt?

I read Jonah Goldberg's syndicated column, ("So what if he's a hypocrite?" Oct. 16), in utter amazement. And, no, this wasn't just because he had the audacity to use the words, "humane, mature, humble, and pitch perfect," and Rush Limbaugh in the same sentence. Goldberg's defense of the fallen Limbaugh is certainly a unique one. Let me see if I've got this straight - We shouldn't hold Rush's appalling hypocrisy against him because he's been right all along in his pompous, judgmental world-view?

Come on. Goldberg and others of his ilk just don't get it, do they? Limbaugh's hypocrisy is exactly the point. It's not the fact that Limbaugh has condemned drug use for years and now finds himself in the throes of addiction that offends; it's the way he condemned drug users and others with personal weaknesses. In his ever-present tones of smug contempt mixed with cruel glee, Limbaugh rode roughshod over his targets with merciless sanctimony.

For Limbaugh, showing compassion is nothing but a flaw in character; empathy does not exist in his tunnel vision, and yet we should show him that which he lacks? Of course, Limbaugh's crime is his blatant hypocrisy and not his drug problem. It will be interesting to see if this ordeal broadens his semi-fascist stance and teaches him a newfound respect for people's personal failures.

I sincerely doubt that will be the case, but maybe we should give him what he has never given others, the benefit of the doubt.

Greg Gaston, Mount Adams

Signs on bridge are not attractive

What great pictures of various Tall Stacks activities in Wednesday's Metro section. What a shame that the Purple People Bridge is covered with those junky signs. Those advertisements really detract from the fun look of the bridge. I wonder how many people will look at those signs and hurry away to open an account at 5/3 Bank and then go to Kroger to buy P&G products or Sara Lee pastries.

Brenda Ruffner, Madison Place

Cultural ignorance is what harms us

A letter writer obviously resents our children being taught about Islam ["Teach Islam, but other religious, too," Oct. 15]. He says, "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." The ignorance of linking Islam to the left wing is exactly why our children should learn of the world's religions. Some prefer to remain in the dark, resenting anything different from their own limited thinking, while others prefer to educate themselves and their children in other cultures of the world knowing that knowledge and understanding foster international peace.

It is this willful ignorance of other cultures and unwillingness to get along with our neighbors that have brought us isolated into a mean, political war in Iraq.

Elizabeth Paquette, Cherry Grove

Borgman's Siegfried cartoon disrespectful

The "Siegfried and Joe" editorial cartoon by Jim Borgman on Oct. 13 was totally disrespectful of Roy Horn who may still be fighting for his life. Borgman has totally overstepped his bounds in making this cartoon.

Kathy Schubert, Terrace Park

Drug benefits would cost some retirees $$

Retirees who are fortunate enough to receive company drug benefits are in danger of losing this great addition to our retirement package. There are an estimated four million of us across this nation.

Our Congress, in its infinite wisdom, is currently debating on adding drug benefits into our Medicare program. That is fine, but guess what? They may eliminate this from our current retirement plan, moving us into the Medicare plan, which may wind up costing us and the government thousands of dollars. This is typical bureaucracy.

My feelings are to leave those who have company plans out of this picture. Leave us alone. My current plan is great, but the current congressional plan would cost me many dollars each year.

Congress should definitely create such a plan for the uninsured and those at the lower end of the income scale. I also feel those who are fortunate enough to be at the upper end of the income scale should bear more of the plan's costs. With four million of us, we can create quite a voting block. This is what Congress pays attention to. Let your congressman know of your thoughts.

Truman Faulkner, Mason

Enjoy the stars, not lit up Cincinnati

Thursday night, during "Light up Cincinnati" all the businesses, the stadiums, Cincinnati Museum Center etc., were lit up in all their glory. I find it absolutely irresponsible that after a major blackout that knocked out the entire East Coast, other energy issues, and worries that this country has been dealing with, that we are going to be blatantly wasting energy in this manner.

Another related issue is light pollution. When was the last time you really could see the stars? I think that it would be a more wonderful event to actually have companies turn off all their lights (except for ones that perhaps are on for safety reasons) and the City of Cincinnati enjoy the real lights, the stars.

Caeli Good, Northside

Unity is what's best for fire department

I'm glad to see that there was a change in thinking in regard to the Rev. Mike Paraniuk ["Racial friction smolders in Fire Department tiff," Oct. 15]. There was movement on both sides. Now maybe some good can come of this unfortunate situation. The fire department needs unity, not separate groups.

Paul R. Siebel, Norwood

Key of life: A galactic song
Land swap: Two-way bridge
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