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Monday, February 2, 2004

Letters to the editor


Politicians continue to beat a dead horse

In response to the article, "Taft's address will set agenda" (Jan. 27), as Yogi Berra said, "It's deja vu all over again." Why do politicians keep beating a dead horse? If you read the whole article, the dream here was to attract technical professionals from all over the world. Where are the jobs we are training people for? Not here. The companies here are outsourcing the jobs to low-wage countries.

Ten years ago everyone changed their career paths for what was to be high-paying jobs in the technical fields only to find the jobs went to India and Canada.

If you are lucky enough to have a job, you'll find it pays far less than expected and is on the block to be sent somewhere it can be performed cheaper. Then consider our conservative politicians cut education every chance they can, for example, Gov. Ernie "family values" Fletcher of Kentucky.

Gary Milish, Villa Hills

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U.S. should spend more on defense, not less

The editorial ("Deficits: a pox on both parties," Jan. 28) got it wrong. It was former President Ronald Reagan's tax increase that reduced his deficit to GDP from its high of 6 percent. The Republicans under President George W. Bush have increased spending and cut taxes to the point that the economy will not grow fast enough to get back to a surplus. The only way we can get back to a balanced budget is to increase taxes on those individuals making more than $150,000 per year and cut the rate of spending to 1 percent less then the rate of GDP growth.

We need to rationalize defense spending for weapon systems needed for today and for future battles. The defense department continues to buy weapons systems to fight yesterday's wars. The United States of America spends more on defense than the 16 next highest-spending nations.

Bob Letourneau, West Chester

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Bond Hill project raises concerns

City Council reportedly is considering contributing $13.7 million toward a housing redevelopment in Bond Hill estimated to cost $52 million for 300 homes.

Underwriting one-quarter of the project's cost will boost the gross profit on each home to almost $60,000, a profit margin of 47 percent (the average selling price is $187,500 within a range of $125,000 to $250,000).

With continuing budget deficits and almost 18,000 vacant housing units in Cincinnati (according to the U.S. Census), is quadrupling one developer's profit the best use of taxpayer dollars?

John Schlagetter, East Price Hill

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Summit parents pay for pleasant conditions

I got a good laugh reading the letter "Cincinnati Public Schools should help" (Jan. 28). According to Alan Coleman, Cincinnati Public Schools missed a perfect opportunity to be a good neighbor by not offering space to Summit students, whose school recently collapsed.

Coleman, along with any Summit students, are welcome to use CPS's facilities, that is if they can live with the over-crowded classrooms, peeling lead-based paint, ancient heating and cooling systems and leaking roofs. Something tells me that one reason Summit parents' pay thousands of dollars each year is to help their children avoid such unpleasant conditions. Amazing how CPS gets bad press even when they don't do anything.

Jay McKillop, Hyde Park

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No-lunch Tropicana, no corned beef

I was saddened by the news that Jeff Ruby was closing for lunch his Tropicana restaurant at Newport on the Levee ("Ruby saves his first team for the late-night meal," Jan. 29).

I was so looking forward to going there and getting a real New York corned beef sandwich. I have heard so many enthusiastic comments aboutthe sandwich that I had to try it. One of the most frequent remarks was that it was as good or better than the "old Izzy's." I can relate to this, because I often went to Izzy's and can remember the indescribable goodness of a corned beef on rye.

I guess I'll have to go to New York as Ruby did to enjoy this treat once again.

George Gressle, Hamilton

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Ohio should focus on greater problems

I've read headlines about polluted rivers and 250,000 job losses in Ohio in the past two years, half of marriages end in divorce, unemployment is way up, we are setting new records for homelessness, etc.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Bill Seitz and Gov. Bob Taft are spending a lot of time and energy worried about gay marriage? That is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. No wonder Ohio is a mess. The priorities of our elected officials are about pleasing certain groups and being re-elected than taking on the important stuff. Homophobia is a vital issue, but less significant than adultery among heterosexual couples, the breakup of the family as marriages fail, teens having babies and porn on television.

Mike Shryock, Madeira




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