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Saturday, November 8, 2003

Readers' Views


Issue 1 showed Taft's lack of credibility

TO THE EDITOR:

Regarding Issue 1's defeat, I think all the people of Cincinnati can personally thank Gov. Bob Taft. He lied about everything during his re-election campaign, when he knew the facts, because it was his office the previous four years. Then suddenly, after his re-election, Ohio was in such bad shape that he must raise taxes on everything, including day-to-day activities such as going to the beauty salon. And then he showed his face on TV, and we heard him on the radio telling us how good Issue 1 would be for us.

I do not believe anything the man has to say. I can't wait for his four years to be over. As long as he endorses anything, I will vote against it. Ohio deserves a better governor.

Janet Myers, Mount Airy

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Hey, Marvin! Invest this!

I was sorry to hear from Marvin Lewis on Wednesday that I do not have an investment in the Cincinnati Bengals ["Lewis questions fans' investment in team," Nov. 6].

My records show a "yes" vote to raise my taxes for a new stadium, the Charter Ownership Agreement for my seats, 15 years of season tickets, the Carson Palmer jersey I bought for my son, numerous hats, beer and food concessions and most recently the Bengal outfit my daughter wore for Halloween. You're right, Marvin, this isn't an investment, because my 12-year return is a record of 54-138.

Steve Koesterman, Montgomery

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There's no need to apologize, Coach

Someone explain this to me. Coach Marvin Lewis said Bengal fans had jumped off the bandwagon just like 14 other cities, and this was natural, expected, but he wished it didn't affect the possibility of a home sellout this Sunday ["Lewis questions fans' investment in team," Nov. 6].

Four hours later he was apologizing for these remarks. Remarks that were honest, open, based in total reality and made to assist the team to win.

Why is he apologizing, and to whom?

Joe Phillips, Fairfield

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Bengals fans need to get back to jungle

The jungle is back! We were at the game and watched the Bengals knock Seattle silly. Things have changed and the team is looking really good, thanks to Marvin Lewis. We believe.

It would be great to see Paul Brown Stadium packed to the brim for Sunday's game.

Come on, Bengals fans. Join us. The fun is back. Who dey!

Pat and Ken McKinley, Hamersville

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Abortion-rights case fails three ways

The attempt by syndicated columnist Jane Eisner ["Abortion requires making a choice," Nov. 5] to frame the abortion debate in ethical terms, putting the rights of a mother against the rights of the unborn, is nothing but sophistry. Abortion rights advocates refuse to accept three fundamental points that cannot logically be disputed.

First, the female has been designated as the one to carry the child from conception to birth. This is a natural law that is unalterable. To terminate the child is against natural law.

Second, as soon as conception occurs and cells begin to divide, life has begun, and that life has rights, separate from those of the mother. That life, at that point, is an individual and fundamentally has the same rights as, say, a 5-year-old child under the care of a mother. The test is not whether the child can survive at some arbitrary point along their development. Rather, the question is whether the child can develop naturally if allowed. A 5-year-old would likely perish if abandoned. A mother can be criminally prosecuted if she willfully or negligently terminates the 5-year old's life.

Third, the debate is not about choice. A man and woman exercised their choice when they decided to engage in sexual activity. The only possible exception to this is when the pregnancy occurred as a result of rape.

Frank Johnston, Hamilton

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DeWine can give up hope for mayor's seat

Chris Smitherman and Sam Malone weren't the only surprises on election night. Perhaps most shocking was Pat DeWine's sixth-place finish. I note that DeWine's entire "strong leader" campaign made it seem like he was running for mayor, instead of council. All of his commercials placed him in executive-looking poses, jutting his hands into the air, and always moving, moving, moving.

But moving where? After placing second in 2001, he wound up back where he began in 1999: sixth. If DeWine really did have designs on the mayor's office, those plans have been put on hold, indefinitely.

Doug Pennington, Clifton

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Church doesn't get it in money case, either

I was appalled at the article ["Priest resigns over misspent money," Nov. 5].

Just when I start to get reeled back to the Catholic Church, I get dunked in the water again. Why does the Catholic Church feel the Rev. Tom Axe's bad discretion of spending donations for his personal use is any different than a chief executive officer doing the same from his company?

Wake up! This is another reason why the sheep are leaving the flock. Axe did not do the right thing, yet he does not get reported to the authorities?

Maybe the Enron employees should have hired the Catholic Church's lawyers and auditors, or perhaps maybe the parishioners should finally realize their donations are not going in the right pockets.

Barb Kelly, Liberty Township

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What's so 'crazy' about committed love?

Thank you, Peter Bronson, for getting my juices flowing with your column ["Thank you, Cincinnati voters; the good guys won," Nov. 6], which said the small-minded Defense of Marriage Act would "stop the craziness" of marriage rights for gays.

What's crazy about the union of two loving people who desire a sanctioned, committed relationship?

What's crazy about promoting a better community with more stable family building blocks?

What's crazy about reducing the number of children raised by stressed-out single parents, or by no parents at all?

The real craziness comes from the damage inflicted by a fearful, exclusionary mindset. The real craziness comes from conservatives invoking the name of Jesus, perhaps the most radically inclusive leader our world has known.

John C. Brennan, Clifton




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