Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Letters to the editor

So where would gripers build homes?

It seems that America has developed (and Cincinnati has perfected) a class of individuals that aren't happy unless they have something to be angry about. It used to be that they were always grousing about sprawl and how new homes were eating up farmland.

So what happens when, instead of buying up local farms, builders start to replace old, worn-out, high-maintenance houses in established neighborhoods with new, deluxe and energy-efficient homes? Right - the same people start grousing again. They sarcastically refer to "bash-and-builds" that are replaced with "McMansions." Try higher property values and a larger property tax base.

Maybe they'd finally be happy if all the home builders closed up shop and left town? Naw, they'd just find something else to fuss about.

Steve Davis, Loveland


New housing shouldn't be haphazard

Our neighborhood does not mind when a developer tears down an older home and replaces it with a new, larger home. This is typically good for the seller, developer and buyer. However, the problem occurs when a single home is replaced by two homes on the original lot, or two homes are replaced by a new private drive with four or more homes. This haphazard construction practice is very profitable for the developer but comes at a large cost of green space, trees and natural beauty. We strongly feel that these ad-hoc development projects should be prohibited by zoning regulations.

Jim Kelly Jr., Sycamore Township


UC could learn a lesson from nuns

Congratulations to Cincinnati State for its hiring of Sister Mary Bookser. A dire need exists for her professional support; I, too, have always admired Xavier for employing Sister Rose Ann Fleming. Most non-educators have no clue how critical the work of these nuns is. Would that the University of Cincinnati emulate these role models for its athletes.

Patricia Caroline Cruise, English faculty, Raymond Walters College


Government handouts just don't work

Regarding the editorial "Attacking crime from the inside out" (Jan. 3): It is time to see real black leaders take the initiative to try to end the mayhem. Predictably, though, their plan sticks out a palm for government money. Ironically, the Jan. 2 edition of the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal.com republished a 1968 editorial, "The collapse of liberalism." In a broad, general way, liberalism has come to mean "...any evil [man] displays is merely the rest of his environment, and that his innate good will be released by the simple step of giving him ample money, housing and other worldly goods."

This strategy of attacking our problems has failed. I am tired of being a cash cow.

Scott Smith, Delhi Township


Mind your Ohio customers, Kentucky

Before too many Northern Kentucky taxpayers shoot themselves in the foot, some realities should be noted.

Northern Kentucky sells a lot of cigarettes to Ohioans, and others. As long as there is a big difference in taxes in Ohio vs. Kentucky, this will continue. When the difference is not worth the drive, this income will end and Kentucky taxpayers will make up the difference.

Also, note that a lot of smokers buy their liquor in Kentucky, while buying their cigarettes.

John Myers, Springdale


Dillon didn't deserve ill treatment

I'm sorry, but I just shook my head as I read the stupid Hot Corner item regarding Corey Dillon ("Pitching a fit," Jan. 4). Never did I read one shred of a line that he threw at anyone, but tossed his gear as a goodbye to the fans. I wish instead he had thrown his equipment at the head of Mike Brown or Marvin Lewis, whoever made the decision to sit Dillon, one of the best running backs in football, the last two games, costing them a ticket to the playoffs most likely.

Dillon played with passion for seven years for a losing and inept organization. Very few, if any, free agents will flock here after seeing Dillon on the bench healthy, as we failed to make the playoffs. I'm happy Dillon is leaving to continue his career with a team that truly wants to win.

Tim Robertson, Covedale

Rose's confession doesn't change a thing
Drug killings symptoms of disease
Letters to the editor