Thursday, January 29, 2004

Letters to the editor

Parking operators lacking in snow class

For those who live, work or do business downtown on a regular basis, I implore you to take a good look at which property owners cleared the snow from their sidewalks this week. It's a little thing, but it demonstrates which care about their patrons and pedestrians and which do not.

In particular, take a good look at the surface parking lots. Almost none cleared snow from the sidewalks along the perimeter of their property. Surface parking lots are aesthetically displeasing, contribute nearly nothing in the way of property or employment taxes, and charge ridiculous prices. The least they could do is shovel the sidewalks. These owners were quick to clear the snow from their lots so they could park cars, but apparently the sidewalks weren't even a consideration.

Todd Kinskey, Northside

At least clear a path for your tax check

Is it selfishness or laziness that has people shoveling the snow from their driveways, but neglecting to shovel the public sidewalk in front of their house? I find this to be rude, self-centered behavior and not very neighborly. What a way of showing the mail carrier you appreciate them, just when people are expecting a tax return in the mail. I'm not a mail person or related to any.

Phil Harrell, Cheviot

A couple of questions for Smitherman

I think it's fine that Cincinnati rookie councilman Christopher Smitherman likes to ask questions and get them in a timely manner ("Smitherman splits city in first weeks," Jan. 26). Maybe Police Chief Thomas Streicher and Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen should do the same.

How about this memo directed to Smitherman: How many hours, and on what dates and at what times, have you accompanied Cincinnati police officers in patrol cars or on their walking beats, as they protected our city from violence and crime? We'd like the answer by sundown tomorrow.

Carter Cordes, Wyoming

It's time to move on from video flap

This is in regard to whether Lt. Jeff Butler used a racial slur in 1999. Now that the Secret Service has refused to review the tape, maybe City Council can move on to more important things. Worrying about what someone may or may not have said five years ago is not the way to bring healing to this city. Worry about the present and future of this city, decrease the shootings and bring businesses back to downtown. Those are the important things.

Shana Johnson, Green Township

Wal-Mart's greed hurts communities

Many citizens in Milford are resisting the building of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in our community. My main objection to Wal-Mart is its excessive profiteering to the extent that it drains local tax money to care for its workers' health care.

Corporate citizenship should be built into our system. However, when corporate owners/shareholders don't live in the community and drive greed too far, then public shaming seems an appropriate step to tame the beastliness.

Kirt Hobler, Milford

Hmm: No drive-through tellers robbed

In reading "Bank robbers defy patterns" (Jan. 26), the question is raised as to the irregularity of the number of robberies during stated years. I once read that there are usually more than 8,000 bank robberies nationwide per year.

When considering the taxpayer's cost of each robbery, police investigation, pursuit, arrest, trial and incarceration, it's costly. Yet, I have yet to hear of a bank's drive-in teller ever getting robbed. It would appear that these tellers have security that others do not have; they seem to have a lot of customers, sometimes two lines of cars. But then banks don't have the incentive to give equal protection to all their tellers, or to the taxpayer. Bank personnel cannot complain and keep their job, and taxpayers are not heard.

George Fortner, Price Hill

Support your local film commission

Thank you to the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission for their outstanding assistance with our feature film Dead Horse, which wrapped filming Saturday. Kristen Erwin, executive director of the film commission, and her diligent staff's attention to detail helped make our production possible. A healthy local film community equals economic health and growth throughout the region. Please support the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

Matt Hader, Madeira

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