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Monday, April 19, 2004

Letters to the editor


U.S. needs to overhaul intelligence agencies

Having worked for 11 years as an intelligence analyst/officer in East Germany, Washington, D.C., and other places, I can assure you that money is not the answer to fix the broken intelligence community, whose budget exceeds $30 billion. Too much is spent on technical means. With all that money, no one predicted the end of communism or the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The CIA overestimated Soviet capabilities and has a long history of ignoring warnings. There were 241 Marines killed in 1983, when Ronald Reagan was president, and nothing was done.

A fundamental restructuring, combined with rethinking our approach to learning foreign languages and studying other cultures, is required. We also need leaders who do not "politicize" intelligence, which is behind the justification for the invasion of Iraq.

Stephen V. Hoyt, Pleasant Ridge

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Arafat is not a sympathetic figure

Osama bin Laden commits massive terrorist acts against the American civilian population and the U.S. armed forces go after him to kill or capture and punish him with the support/approval of most of the free world.

In Israel, the Arab terrorists continue to kill men, women and children. When the Israeli government forces kill a major leader in this vast, evil, human destruction, so-called neutral observers condemn this act by some (who knows what) standard.

And then, Yasser Arafat seeks world sympathy for feeling confined, lest he be killed also. Is there anyone who doesn't know Israel could have killed him at any moment of its choosing, and of course, still can?

Philip Edlin, Walnut Hills

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Tax burden heavy for under 200K club

I just sent off my tax return. Ouch. It's too bad I'm not in Bush's 200K club. I could've shucked my tax burden to a middle-class family like mine, too.

Kenny Snowball, Eastgate

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Kentucky lawmakers can't get it right

The senators and representatives for Kentucky used to meet every other year to take care of business. The voting citizens of Kentucky were convinced by our elected officials that an effective job could not be done if they - the elected senators and representatives - did not meet every year.

This issue was placed on the ballot and voted on. The issue passed, and now our elected senators and representatives meet every year in Frankfort, and they still can't seem to get a balanced budget. Why?

Renee Skidmore, Erlanger

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Time for city to say no to incentives

First Convergys, then Kroger, the Maisonette, and now LabOne all wanting, no, demanding incentives to stay in Cincinnati. It's time for businesses to say, "Like citizens, who pay their taxes without much complaint or recourse, we're citizens of the city too and want to do our part."

About 2,500 years ago, Pericles said, "We alone regard the man who holds himself aloof from the business of the city not as quiet but as useless."

If the shoe fits ...

Bob Schneider, Mount Adams

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Shipp should focus on Rice triumphs

Regarding to the column by E.R. Shipp "Rice's June Cleaver hair gives her away" (April 13), talk about sending mixed signals. Shipp talks about National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's hair, that she was an only child and referring to President Bush swatting flies.

Shipp might want to direct her attention to the accomplishments of Rice, not her hairstyle or that she was an only child. I think Dr. Rice is an extremely accomplished person and performs an outstanding service for her country and serving the President of the United States.

Ed Burns Sr., Fairfield

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Rice's hair isn't the real problem here

Syndicated columnist E.R. Shipp proved that she is both a racist and a bigot by her vicious attack on National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, focusing on a hairdo that Shipp doesn't think is "black" enough. Of course, Rice's hair isn't the real problem. Shipp is obviously consumed with bitterness and jealousy because of what Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell have achieved.

Bill Banchy, Anderson Township




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