Thursday, February 12, 2004

Letters to the editor

Coddling crooks adds costs, overcrowding

I am commenting on the Hamilton County Justice Center overcrowding situation ("Women's jail is full; In Hamilton Co., that means early release," Feb. 9). In my neighborhood, more than 2,000 serious crimes were committed in 2003. I come unglued when I hear of jail overcrowding and the answer being early release.

The answer to save money is simple: Stop coddling these miscreants with mattresses, three hot meals, and air conditioning, television and phone privileges. Instead, put them in a razor wire compound in tents on cots with a footlocker.

I will concede that a heater during the winter is certainly warranted, and I will throw in hot showers, but that's it. If it's good enough for our military, of which I count myself a proud veteran, then it should be good enough for the relatively few low-lifes that infringe on our quality of life daily.

Chris Kearney, Westwood

Witness a case study in helping police

Look how quickly the police had a suspect in the homicide that happened in front of the H&R Block office when witnesses stepped forward ("Man killed near tax office," Feb. 10).

If a witness had come forward in the 100-plus homicides over the past several years, probably the vast majority would be solved and a dangerous person would be in jail.

If everybody in the community steps forward and works with the police, not against them, maybe Cincinnati would be a better place to live and work.

Wilbur Klosterman, Riverside

Families are the basis of society

After reading the article "Gay lifestyle laws could backfire" (Feb. 8), I was very upset.

Yes, this new bill may cause problems, but if Gov. Bob Taft had signed one agreeing to recognize same-sex marriages, it would have also caused problems.

Families are the basis of our society. If we change the structure of the family, if we don't have a mother and a father in the home, our society will fall apart. If our state gives into same-sex marriages, what will it give into in our future? The line has to be drawn somewhere.

Anna Woestman, Bridgetown

Hands off my Social Security money

I read "The Daily Grind/A bleak outlook on pensions" (Feb. 9). It mentions how six of 10 workers feel there should be an income limit before one could get Social Security. That way they wouldn't be taking their grandkids' money to spend as they like. To those six of 10 workers, I have this to say: "I paid it in, not my grandchildren. Therefore, I would be spending my money, not theirs."

I haven't paid into Social Security all these years for someone to say, "We won't be giving you any of your money back. It's going to your grandchildren instead."

David Mattingly, Fairfield

Means-testing promotes class warfare

Income testing, as John Eckberg describes as a silver lining, would have to eliminate more than just a few percent of recipients to do any good ("The Daily Grind/A bleak outlook on pensions," Feb 9). That means we would have to eliminate a lot of middle- to upper-middle-class wage earners to have any significant impact.

Promoting this form of class warfare will only make the idea of allowing workers to invest part or all of their Social Security taxes in private accounts look better even - if only to keep social engineers from stealing it in the end.

Jeff McBrayer, Delhi Township

Cut fat, bonuses to lower health rates

If you base health care costs on $1, what part actually goes toward patient care?

Are multimillion-dollar salaries for chief executive officers being made off the backs of workers who paid for them?

It was just reported that major insurance providers want to give bonuses. How about cheaper rates instead?

Retirees are having their dreams shattered by out-of-control costs. My insurance went up 500 percent this year. I do not need the AARP or any other fraternal organization to tell me how to vote.

I am part of an ever-growing majority, Mr. Politician, and if you want our votes, are you willing to step forth?

Forrest Hudson, St. Bernard

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