Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Letters to the editor

Aid for immigrants invests in our future

I was so pleased to read that immigrants from many lands are being supplied with translators to assist them with the Ohio proficiency tests ("Statewide test adds challenge," March 7). Truly they need all the help that they can get.

And because English is not an easy tongue to learn, they have great anxiety, sometimes leading to tears.

It is a good investment to supply these translators for our newcomers to America. The actual help with their tests gives them courage, and the caring tells them that there are people who are willing and eager to help them. It is to our advantage to do so. And it is important that they have a command of the language and that they are comfortable in their new home. They are our future.

Helen W. Joffe, Hamilton


Stop studying; start baking, washing

Thanks to the writer of the letter "Schools must realize voters told them no" (March 7) for her brilliant suggestion that the Lakota Schools make up their $7 million shortfall from the state of Ohio over the next three years by holding bake sales and carwashes. Lakota students, forget about doing your homework and studying, just fire up your ovens and grab your buckets and sponges.

Fred Thomas, Loveland


'Great lady' headline came too late

The Enquirer's headline March 7, calling Marge Schott a "great lady" would have meant so much to her. On a recent visit to the doctor, I met her in the waiting room. I mentioned how grateful Cincinnatians were for all she had done for the city. She thanked me, and said she wished the media felt the same. Too bad the media did not tell her, while she was alive, when it would have meant so much to her.

Peter G. Courlas, Downtown


All must denounce hateful remarks

The vicious tirade of hate broadcast by a city radio technician on the police communications channel was the most vile, horrifying hostility I have ever heard ("City worker suspended for remarks," March 6).

The tape was rebroadcast on WDBZ (1230 AM) on Friday. On it the speaker repeatedly advocated shooting down African-Americans on sight and called for a return to slavery. It was truly terrifying. His hourlong rant was aimed at Cincinnati police officers. Did he assume his listeners would agree?

If I were black, I would be afraid to go near Elmwood Place, where this guy is (was?) a part-time cop. Every decent white person in this city should speak loud and clear against these threats of violence to nearly half our population. If we remain quiet, we are no better than the evil we abhor.

Kathy Helmbock, Oakley


Bestiality comparisons are offensive

I am deeply offended by the repeated analogies published in these editorial pages equating gay marriage to marriage between a person and an animal. Especially offensive is Walter Williams' column "Let's get married - and hey, why not to our horses?" (March 7). One would think that as member of a minority group himself, Williams be more respectful than to draw comparisons between groups of people and animals. His remarks, and others' remarks comparing homosexuality to bestiality, are thinly veiled statements of hatred toward gay men and lesbians.

Andrew Ruffner, Mount Lookout


Power me up, cable and phone folks

I welcome the recent announcement that Cinergy is seeking to enter the broadband communications market. This could be great for consumers, in order to bring down cost of broadband. Now, if only Time Warner and Cincinnati Bell could get into the energy market and bring down those outrageous prices, I'd be a happy camper.

Matt Steinbach, Price Hill


Big oil can gouge us with impunity

Isn't it extraordinary how many lies the oil industry has up its sleeve to justify gouging us at the pump? Two weeks ago, high gas prices were attributed to speculation. Today, the excuses are "the rest of the world is bidding up the price," demand is up, refineries are making a seasonal switch from winter to summer fuels (hey, that's a new one), and "supplies are smaller." The truth is that big oil can charge us any price they like, because apparently they can get away with it. Judging from the way things are going, my guess is that their retail price goal for the United States is $2 a gallon, regardless of market conditions.

John Ingram, Mount Carmel

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