Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Letters to the editor

Cincinnati Public Schools should help

After the collapse of the building at Summit Country Day School, several area schools volunteered their facilities so students there could continue their academic pursuits. One school district makes no such public proffer - the Cincinnati Public Schools. There was considerable discussion before passing the most recent bond levy of having "community learning centers." Cincinnati schools in the O'Bryonville/Hyde Park area surround Summit. Yet, publicly none of those schools within a stone's throw of Summit offered their facilities for use.

CPS blew a perfect opportunity to be a good neighbor and maybe even win support for their efforts to turn the school system around. Let's hope the trend doesn't continue.

Alan Coleman, Westwood


What does aid to Summit cost Xavier?

It's nice to read that the students of the private Summit Country Day School will begin classes again after the collapse of its building. It's also generous that Xavier University is able to provide classroom space for Summit's high school students, and all of this at no cost to Summit ("Summit classes move to XU," Jan. 25).

However, what The Cincinnati Enquirer failed to research and report is what the added cost is when a facility brings in hundreds of people per day to use its buildings. There's added cost with utilities, custodial staff, restroom supplies, and wear and tear on its buildings. How generous of XU to offer all of this for free - or will this generosity be passed on to XU's students and hidden in their general fee?

Chris Lemmon, Milford


Citizen Complaint Authority toothless

When there is a problem with the police and their policy we, as citizens, are told to turn to the Citizen Complaint Authority. The Citizen Complaint Authority has been labeled as an independent citizen watchdog group. Where does their funding come from? Who appointed them? The CCA was called the Office of Municipal Investigations up until about a year ago. The only thing that has changed is the lettering above the doorway, but all the same employees are still there. It is in the same location, and they have the same policies.

OMI/CCA is bought and paid for by Cincinnati City Council. Its members are appointed by the mayor and can be removed if they disobey their marching orders. They are the furthest thing from an independent citizen watchdog. They have no subpoena power and cannot issue indictments. They cannot even open an investigation until the matter has been disposed of through the legal process.

There are many boxes full of CCA cases sitting in a friend's basement, none of which have been investigated. OMI destroyed records after two years, therefore there can be no continuum, no long-term record of an officer's conduct. These records should never be destroyed. We should be able to view, at any time, an officer's full record.

Brian Garry, Clifton


God sanctioned traditional marriage

In defense of marriage, our basic unit for society, I am proud of the stance taken by the Ohio legislator on Defense of Marriage Act. I firmly believe in the sanctity of a marriage between a woman and a man. I applaud those that stand firmly against beliefs that undermine the very foundation for which a society can exist.

The family is the basic unit, and a mother and father combined have the sacred duty and obligation in raising their children. They provide them with temporal as well as emotional needs, enabling them to be productive, law-abiding citizens. God has sanctioned such; why shouldn't we?

Stanley Trout

West Chester Township


Taliban would like Ohio marriage bill

Ohio is about to take a giant step backward in individual freedom, civil rights and compassion. I'm referring to the bill that has passed both houses and, once cleared by the conference committee, Gov. Bob Taft plans to sign. We champion personal freedom until we, the majority, are confronted with something we strongly disagree with. Then we want to ban it.

The government has no business telling two committed adults that they can't live together as a married couple. This is something I expect of the Taliban, not our government.

Chuck Giesler, Blue Ash


Wasn't Convergys deal to keep jobs?

Convergys laid off another 27 local workers last week - the second such layoff since receiving a $52 million gift from the state of Ohio and city of Cincinnati as incentive to keep local jobs and to boost the local economy. I'd be interested to know how many of these jobs will be outsourced to their India office, or given to H-1B visa workers.

Frank Pedro, Covington

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