Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Readers' Views

Norwood holdouts fighting for rights


In response to the letter ("Norwood holdouts need to move on," Oct. 1) and now with the appearance of signs in the neighborhood that say, "Held hostage by the Institute for Injustice," it's amazing that some people just don't get it. We "holdouts" own private property. All property owners have a constitutional right to keep it or sell it as we see fit. It has nothing to do with my neighbor's opinion. There is no majority rule in private property law.

What people also don't get is what we are fighting for. Today it's my property; tomorrow it's someone else's. This is a constitutional issue, and there's a principle involved. We are fighting to send a message to our elected leaders to uphold the constitution as they were sworn to do. It's not about anyone's opinion as to whether we have received "attractive" offers. Some of us haven't negotiated with the developer for almost a year, and a couple of us have never negotiated.

For those in the neighborhood who have signed restrictive-option contracts with earnest money held by the developer that you will never see if they walk away, and with your property tied up until 2004 for some and 2005 for others, it's about the money. Paid more than you ever thought your house was worth and unable to sell to anyone else, you're ready to buy that new house. I understand you were fooled with promises and optimistic deadlines, and I respect your right to sell your house, but we have the same right not to sell.

David Dahlman, Hyde Park Holistic Center

Say 'thanks' with rear-window lights

The Oct. 19 letter titled "Try sign language for saying 'sorry' " is an excellent way of defusing drivers' anger.

I'm sure that one time or another all of us wished we could thank a courteous driver who stopped to let us fold into traffic. And have you ever hoped you could say you were sorry to a motorist you had just inadvertently cut off?

Using sign language might be the answer, but it is difficult to see. How about having a blue light at the rear of the car that would flash the word "Thanks" when a courtesy is shown, and an orange light (colors optional) to light up "sorry" when a mistake is made. What a way to reduce road rage!

Just think, with the click of a switch a bit of civility could be brought back to the road.

Car manufacturers please take note.

Frank Labmeier, Green Township

Critics of Bush need to remember Clinton

In her letter ("War is lowering Bush's popularity" Oct. 14), the letter writer suggests that losses in Iraq have become too much. I find it disturbing that the people of this nation, who "cherish" their rights, are not interested in seeing that others enjoy the same rights. I wonder what the letter writer deems an appropriate cost in lives and dollars for 25 million people to have a life like the writer has. If we were to go by the writer's comments, we would have left France after about four hours during the D-Day invasion.

As a former soldier, I have traveled to the Middle East many times. I have been approached and asked when the United States would do something about Saddam Hussein.

For those in America who listen to today's news reports, and then question Bush's arguments, I suggest reading President Clinton's speech (Dec. 16 1998) for operation "Desert Fox." Americans will find the same arguments that President Bush has made. If Americans were to do further research, they would not find Ted Kennedy, Tom Daschle, Dick Gephardt or others criticizing Clinton's arguments. Americans should remember that they are hearing exactly what anti-Bush groups want them to hear.

Anthony Hayes, Anderson

Tall stacks nice; food was horrible

It is always a beautiful sight when the Tall Stacks are in port, and it is a pleasure to be there. My very big complaint this year is the food. We took a luncheon cruise on the Creole Queen, the same boat on which we had lunch at the last Tall Stacks.

This year the food was absolutely awful, and there were virtually no choices, so it was eat the precious few items they offered or walk away hungrier than when you boarded. Four years ago there were several entrees from which to choose, several side dishes and several desserts.

I don't know if each boat serves the food they choose or if all the luncheon cruises are catered identically. I do know that I will never again pay $42 to eat the slop that was offered this year.

Rita Nowikowski, Cherry Grove

Tall stacks festival great for Cincinnati

Excuse my ignorance for not knowing exactly who in the city planned Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival at the P&G Pavilion; however, I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful event this year.

My boyfriend and I went down together on both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy a bit of history, good food and an even greater musical performance! Kudos to the city for getting blues greats such as Bo Diddley, Keb Mo', John Mayall, and of course, B.B. King! It was so nice to see such a diverse crowd. If we can get talented musical artists such as those who entertained us over the weekend every year, the city will be reaping the benefits. Keep it up, Cincinnati!

Teresa Stemann, Pleasant Ridge

U.S. policy playing both sides of conflict

The Arab-Israeli conflict stems from the fact that government on both sides is controlled by religious concepts and practice that lead to theocracy rather than genuine democracy. Terrorists, suicide bombers and Israeli settlements in Arab territory are merely symptoms of the real problem.

The Magna Carta started the western world toward recognition that theocratic government and similar regimes serve best only those who are committed to the ideology of those in control; and that they do not provide good government of all the people, for all the people, by all the people.

The bottom line boils down to the fact that secular democracy is the one best answer for all of the most significant problems around the world, including the Middle East dilemma; and the United States is spending billions of dollars and countless lives to spread secular democracy everywhere; but we are also spending billions to protect a regime in Israel that is democratic on Election Day and largely theocratic at most other times.

The greatest deterrent to peace throughout the world is our inconsistent policy and attitude toward the two sides of the Arab-Israeli issue, where the big problem is a critical shortcoming common to both sides of the difficulty, namely; the absence of genuine secular democracy.

Roy L. Anderson, Hyde Park

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