Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Letters to the editor

SUVs pose problems besides gas-guzzling

Rowland Nethaway's syndicated column "Environmentalists who attack SUVs should look homeward" (March 7) distorts the views of those disapproving of gas-guzzling, heavy-passenger vehicles. Since aging refineries are not replaced, tight capacity causes high prices at the pump. Also, extra use of steel and fuel are accompanied by high-polluting refinery, transport and steel-making operations.

Energy-efficiency goals of practical environmentalists are exactly what the United States will need to survive economically with the juggernaut of globalization. Our extravagant ways are not sustainable when many awakening countries, similar to China, compete for energy.

If we don't act, exponentially rising energy costs will consume much more of our world-competitive, lower wages.

Edward Wells, Monfort Heights


Don't let Lunken become big airport

In the fight to enlarge Lunken Airport ("City decides soon on Lunken," March 14), I hope the city remembers to listen to the citizens of Cincinnati and not just the corporations who are eager to make Lunken bigger.

We east side residents do not relish the thought of large, noisy jets flying over our homes. I have been living in my home more than 40 years and anticipated the airport remaining its current size.

Many east siders not only work at P&G, we are stockholders and we use P&G's many wonderful products. That doesn't mean we will stand behind P&G in a fight to enlarge Lunken. We don't want to become a New York City, Chicago or Washington, D.C. - with two large airports, both of them noisy and a hassle to use.

Ruth B. Gumz, Madisonville


Adults know best in teaching teens

The point of the article "Teens ask whether approach is realistic" (March 14) is that if teens think they should learn about contraceptives, then we'd better teach it.

Since when do we let teens set the educational agenda? They'd probably like to learn how to surf. So is that what we teach? No. Why? Because we know those aren't the things they need to learn.

However, only when it comes to sex do some adults think teens know more than we do. Sexually transmitted diseases, broken dreams and out-of-wedlock pregnancies are what we saddle them with when we forget that adults are the ones who know best.

Sue Kathman, Lakeside Park


Officer would be wrong for city now

Peter Bronson's column "Cop nearly lost his life so we don't want him" (March 11) laments the Civil Service Commission's decision not to hire Officer Robert Taylor, formerly of the Cleveland police, who lost his job due to budget cuts.

Taylor may have been completely justified in shooting and killing a 16-year-old black youth, who was a passenger in a stolen car; he may have come highly recommended by his former supervisors in Cleveland; and he may be a terrific cop. However, he is definitely wrong for Cincinnati at this point in time, given its past events and the current climate. This is not the dusty streets of Hadleyville, the mythical town in High Noon that Bronson compares Cincinnati to.

Bronson's blast at the Civil Service Commission would have been better aimed at the Cincinnati Police Department. After all, what message were they trying to send when they recommended hiring Taylor, and what would the fallout have been had they prevailed?

Jane M. Tucker, Price Hill


Spain election brings scary what-ifs

The lessons learned from the Spanish elections are pretty scary ("Angry Spain ousts leaders," March 15).

I guess al-Qaida now figures that the best way to have Bush lose in November is to blow up a bunch of stuff in Washington, D.C., two days before the election.

James Delp, Colerain Township


Go get 'em, Junior; real fans back you

I am a lifelong Reds fan. I'm saddened, disgusted and angered at the way some fans are treating Ken Griffey Jr. These past few seasons have been difficult. But Junior is human and people do get hurt from time to time. When he is playing, he still performs with the best of them.

Junior, if you are reading this, the real fans are still with you. Don't let those fickle pseudo fans get to you. Now go knock 74 home runs this year and give them plenty of crows to eat.

Gregory Blosser, Mount Airy

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