Thursday, February 19, 2004

What you say: On Tall Stacks' deficit

Cincinnati's taxpayers have watched as not one but two abominations of excess have been raised on our river. Everyone knows the real purpose of these behemoths is to make a few rich people richer. Tall Stacks is an event that celebrates everything that is good about human culture: innovation, imagination, beauty, music, history. So their budget falls short by a fraction of just one stadium's cost, and city Councilman John Cranley wants to get tough with organizers: "We need to hold them accountable." We should give every one of these tough-guy City Council members the boot and replace them with the Tall Stacks staff. They know what's really important, what public money should be used for, and they know how to get good things done.

Kathryn Schultz Miller, Oakley

Let's see if I understand this correctly: Tall Stacks creates a $40 million-plus economic impact for the city. Tall Stacks is one of the best success stories in years. The event planners are $500,000 short to the city government, and still trying to find the money. And John Cranley is already talking about taking every legal process available to reclaim the city's money? I think Cranley should cool his jets for a while and worry about what the city will pay out in lawsuits that are sure to come our way.

Dennis Coyne, Pleasant Ridge

Tall Stacks 2003 was a thrilling experience for me. I come to visit with relatives in the United States about once a year. Even in Germany we could read about Tall Stacks in the newspaper. It is a great way to show the world that Americans do have a history. You can be proud of your heritage, and I hope that Tall Stacks will take place in 2007 again, with many sponsors and many more visitors,

Stefan Luttmer, Braunschweig, Germany

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