Monday, October 20, 2003

Readers' Views

Voice of Faithful not radical group


As a first-time participant in any meeting with the Voice of the Faithful group, I thank the Enquirer for its coverage - both the day before and day after the conference ["Group seeks dramatic reforms," Oct. 4]. I found this an intelligent, educated, informed, reasoning and reasonable group of middle-aged to older to old-aged. Presentations and opinions were most thoroughly and logically presented. The main discussion was and the aim of this group is to work for an equal partnership in the disciplehood of Christ to which are equally called: laity and clergy. Using the gifts and talents of all in dialogue, decision and action we are the living body of Christ on Earth.

This hope comes from those who know and deeply love the church, not a group of radical modernists determined to destroy the faith and its doctrines.

Extremists exist in all groups - social, political, and educational as wells as religious. With the responsible participation of the many they don't prevail.

Joanne Gluck, Montgomery

Time to ordain female priests

It was disheartening to read Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriquez Maradiaga's comments in the article ["Cardinal: Change will restore church," Oct. 11]. He stated, and as I have been raised to believe, that "We are one church . . ." but then goes on to uphold excluding women from the priesthood. I have yet to hear a good, solid reason why women cannot be priests or, for that matter, why priests cannot marry.

As a child, gender excluded my friends and I from serving as "alter boys" [now alter persons]. Decades later, girls are serving and, to my knowledge, their participation in the celebration of mass has not diminished the sanctity of the mass. In fact, participation by everyone encourages a sense of community.

People's lives would be personally and spiritually enriched if women like Capt. Joy Manthey ("Sister pilots boats, delivers God's word" Oct. 13) were priests. She obviously has a calling, why not give her the opportunity to truly celebrate that calling.

Change can be positive.

Mary Helen Frede, Delhi Township

Take readers' bad ideas free of charge

Regardless of the patently racist nature of the remarks by [Memphis Developer] John Elkington (pretending to have learned never to rent to a Chinese restaurant), the offhandedness of this comment shows his stupidity.

We have plenty of stupid people in charge of downtown development already, and it doesn't seem like a good expenditure of area resources to add another one to the payroll. If the city nonetheless intends to contract with Elkington, may I offer my own services; many consider me a world-class holder of stupid ideas, and I would do the project for a fraction of the cost.

Terry Serena, Madisonville

Scrutinize moral pols and pundits

What really stresses me out are smart alec columnists and political candidates who take the moral high road, then, promulgate rumors and twisted truths about their competitors and make fun of otherwise dedicated people. What is even more stressful is knowing that so many of our naive citizens actually believe it without seeking out the real truth.

Ann Thompson, Green Township

Breast cancer risks increase with age

I would like to comment on the article, ("Diagnose breast cancer early," Oct. 16) by Stephen P. Povoski. The article asks that readers check a list of items that could indicate if they are at high risk of getting breast cancer.

I was diagnosed five years ago with breast cancer and had none of the risk factors listed. As a member of a local advocacy group, I meet countless women who also were diagnosed with breast cancer, but had none of the factors that Povoski lists.

The danger I see in such an article is that women will read this and conclude that if she does not have any of the risk factors listed, she is not at a risk for developing the disease. This is a fallacy. If you are a woman, you are at risk for developing breast cancer. As you age, this risk increases. These facts reinforce how important it is that we research the causes of breast cancer. As survivors and advocates, we are thrilled that the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati's Children Hospital Medical Center have been awarded grant monies from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the potential link between the environment and breast cancer (see Oct. 16 Tim Bonfield article "UC breast cancer study to explore puberty issues"). For more information about this project and our organization, visit www.bcacincy.org.

Ann Hernick, President

Breast Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati

Another sign that dispels road rage

A reader recently wrote a letter ["Find a finger sign for 'I'm sorry,'" Oct. 16] regarding the lack of a hand sign drivers could use to indicate sorrow and contrition for their bad judgment and/or misdeeds behind the wheel. For what it's worth, when possible I make eye contact with the other driver, place my open hand palm down on my chest, nod my head and grimace in a way I hope expresses regret.

I also raise my open hand in a salute to drivers who do me a favor. I don't know if these gestures do anyone other than me any good, but I offer them as a means of dispelling road rage and keeping the world a happier place.

Rolf Wiegand, Covington

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