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Saturday, November 22, 2003

Readers' Views


Majority is not always right

TO THE EDITOR:

In the letter ["Mathis went too far in blaming Republicans," Nov. 20], the writer made an interesting comment: "If their ideas (liberal Democrats) are so good, why aren't they in the majority?"

I would assume that the writer would have been an active member of the majority who at one time thought the earth was flat.

James J. Mignerey, Hamilton

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Bush, GOP squandered the world's sympathy

This is in response to the letter ["Mathis went too far in blaming Republicans"]. In my opinion, syndicated columnist Deborah Mathis didn't go far enough because she left out how Bush and the Republicans took a post 9-11 sympathetic world community and turned it against us, and how he lied to us to attack a country that had little or nothing to do with 9-11, and still hasn't finished the job in Afghanistan. Mathis also failed to state that the Democrats approved 160 of Bush's nominees for judges and only blocked four using the tactics the Republicans used to block 60 of Clinton's nominees.

George Case, Bethel

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Norwood dispute is constitutional issue

The Norwood eminent domain issue is coming to bloom rapidly. As a result, the continuing debate over the concept of "valid public purpose" is once again before us. I would like for us to note that the United States Constitution has, does, and will continue to state that "No person shall be . . . deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation." Contrary to the opinions of others, public use is the precedent-setting term as it derives from the Constitution itself. "Public purpose" is nothing more than a rhetorical sleight-of-hand that serves to bend the argument in favor of those who favor the state over the individual.

Thomas J. Fruth, Jr., Clifton

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Museum center needs taxpayer support

The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is essential to our region. I am writing to thank the Tax Levy Review Committee for making the right decision. Cincinnati Museum Center deserves to be placed on the ballot and deserves to be supported by the voters of Hamilton County. It is a place for all ages in our region. I take my children, ages 2 years and 10 months. I take my out-of-town parents and in-laws, ages 60 years plus. I take my local and out-of-town friends, ages 25-45.

Cincinnati Museum Center is a great public resource with very little public support. It is incredibly unique to house three individual museums and an Omnimax theater, all in one of the most impressive buildings in America. It has created all the operating efficiencies possible, cared for this historic landmark, and served hundreds of thousands of visitors. However, it cannot be expected to maintain this feat all by itself. Cincinnati Museum Center needs public support to grow and flourish. A levy to provide this support needs to be on the March ballot. Voters need to vote yes for Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal.

Elizabeth Pierce, Mariemont

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Bengals fans abusive toward visitors

The Cincinnati Bengals might have earned respect on the field in Sunday's [Nov. 16] defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs, but respect is not something the Bengals fans earned on Sunday in their treatment of Kansas City fans.

My family and I flew in to Cincinnati to stay with friends in anticipation of a game that I had marked on my calendar since the schedules came out in April. We used to live in the Cincinnati area and were happy to be able to combine a visit with friends and a trip to the football field. We were excited even more because we would have equal Bengals fans and Kansas City fans in our group of eight.

Our visit to Paul Brown stadium was marred by several incidents. First of all, my 7-year-old son had worked hard on a sign all week to display at the game. During the first quarter while we were away from our seats, we came back to find the sign torn into small pieces and wadded up in our chair. My son was upset and this incident ruined the remainder of his game day experience. Fortunately, he has visited other NFL stadiums in Tennessee and Indianapolis and realizes that not all fans in the NFL are typically this rude.

On the way out of the stadium, we were pushed and screamed at verbally by several fans. I know I'm not the only KC fan that experienced this behavior, because my flight home was filled with similar comments from others who attended the game.

If Cincinnati is such a "sports city" as the Enquirer article stated on Nov. 17 and deserves a good team, then why can't their fans be good sports and behave accordingly. Honestly, it's no wonder that the city can't control race relations and rioting if they can't contain their fans in a simple sporting event.

Rhonda Smith, Platte City, Mo.

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Democratic candidates oppose gay marriage

Syndicated editorial cartoonist Mike Keefe took the easy way out with his cartoon on the Reader's Views page [Nov. 20] by casting the "religious right," an always-convenient target, as the only blockade towards legalizing same-sex marriage. Perhaps Mr. Keefe doesn't know that most of the candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination are on record as saying they oppose gay marriage, including Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., whose state Supreme Court recently ruled that the banning of gay marriage in unconstitutional.

Todd Remmy, Kenwood

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Columnist recycles lame logic, fear tactics

This letter is in response to Peter Bronson's column ["Gay marriage is a topic wired with explosives," Nov. 20]. I have been married for 25 years, and am not threatened by gay marriage. A review of the column shows the same fear mantra and logic that has been applied to other social issues: "black segregation," "it is the foundation of civilization," "the species will cease to exist," "nothing is left to stop." I've heard all of these lame arguments before - 35 years ago.

I'm truly amazed at the litany of social ills associated with the issue of children in fractured families, stuck in poverty, failing in school, slipping in crime. But mostly, I'm curious as to how gay marriage and teen pregnancy are related.

Ed Kubrin, West Chester

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Bronson misses mark on marriage issue

This letter is in response to Peter Bronson's column ["Gay marriage is a topic wired with explosives," Nov. 20].

In his column, Mr. Bronson argues that support of gay marriage is solely an emotional position and that logic supports those opposed to allowing gay and lesbian people to establish legal and binding unions or domestic partnerships.

Bronson's position seems to be that gay marriage further undermines the institution of marriage among heterosexuals and that the ultimate victims will be our children. However, I am baffled by his logic insofar as it seems predicated at least partially on the implied assumption that if people were allowed to establish legal domestic partnerships, that many people who are currently parents living in heterosexual married relationships would abandon their families to set up housekeeping with someone of the same sex. Certainly, he can't believe this to be the case.

Michael S. McCarthy, Mason

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Interstate 71 needs smoother access

It's apparent that the letter writer of Walnut Hills ["Avondale doesn't need any more I-71 access," Nov. 20] doesn't get out much. If the writer ever drives Northbound on Interstate-71 from downtown, the writer would discover that access to the Clifton/Avondale/Walnut Hills corridor is severely constrained by the lack of interchanges. The Reading Road exit, which is just above downtown, puts you off in Mount Auburn on an incredibly congested and winding part of Reading Road. Dana Avenue exit, on the other hand, actually puts you onto Duck Creek Road.

If I were, say, the passenger in an ambulance heading for UC Medical Center from downtown or Northern Kentucky, I would want to be in an emergency room within five minutes of departing the highway, not the 10-15 minute drive currently experienced, even under the best conditions.

Debbie Davidson, Norwood

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Nuxhall is lovable, but no great broadcaster

The editorial department's recommendation that fans vote for Joe Nuxhall to win the Ford C. Frick Award is just a little bit of sentimentality over objectivity, don't you think? Joe Nuxhall is great man deserving of many honors. Unfortunately, being a great man does not automatically make one a great announcer. "The Old Left-hander" is beloved by so many despite his "creaky gargle" and his endearing lack of eloquence.

I would vote for Mr. Nuxhall to receive any humanitarian award ever conceived, but there is a big difference between being a lovable broadcaster and a great broadcaster.

Howard E. Bueker, Green Township

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Coach, columnist deserve congrats

We had to contact you concerning two commendations which we feel should be made:

Kerry Coombs, the coach at Colerain High School, handled the situation after the loss of the game beautifully. I think it could not have been handled better.

Having read Paul Daugherty's column for many years, I thought his recap of the player's reaction to the loss and the coach's response was superb. It had to be his finest column.

Colerain could not have counted it a loss after the way it was handled. It was a win for all of those boys.

Shirley H. Wagner, College Hill

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We need research, not nutritional labels

In response to letter ["Nutritional info vital to diabetics," Nov. 21] requiring restaurants to provide nutritional information on their menus, I too am a parent of a 9-year-old diabetic. At times it would be helpful to see additional information in restaurants. Although, like most parents with diabetic children or diabetics in general, I have a pretty good understanding of how many carbohydrates are in the foods we eat, fast food or not. What concerned me was the statement, "until there is a cure."

With all the revenue/money/dollars associated with the disease will they allow for a cure? We need to spend our resources in more productive ways, not debating if a restaurant should post a nutritional value chart.

Todd A. Vollet, Florence




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