Friday, May 21, 2004

Letters to the editor

Church doctrine, politics get thorny

Regarding the Colorado bishop who advocates refusing communion to those who vote for pro-choice politicians, this is getting out of hand. Being involved in politics involves compromise. If Catholics must vote only for candidates who toe the line of church doctrine, then we won't be participating in this democratic society very often.

Pope John Paul II spoke out against the war in Iraq. The church opposes the death penalty in most cases. Yet many "pro-life" candidates pushed for the war and stubbornly defend the right to state-sanctioned killing. As Christians and as responsible citizens, we need to consider the whole spectrum, not just one or two issues. We need to look at social justice, care of the environment, international relations and more. Who will better serve all these causes? That is the question voters should be asking themselves.

Cynthia Dennemann, Fort Thomas

Activists must decry all killings the same

Where is the black leadership of our city now in regard to "Two men shot, killed" (May 18)? There were 50 to 100 potential witnesses and no one help the police investigate.

The leaders, activists and ministers of the city must stand up and be heard regardless of the color of one's skin. Murder is wrong, regardless of the races involved, and punishable by law. When the day comes we all believe this, the city will be a much better place to live and work.

Bill O'Neill, Milford

Nation no longer deserves to survive

On the May 15 Enquirer front page, there were two articles that describe America today - "Military changes rules/Most coercive interrogation methods halted" and "High court lets gay marriages go forward." We are a people that haven't the will to survive, nor do we deserve that right. Not only are we a nation of cowards and degenerates, but also we now want to demand the rest of the world be like us. I fear the greatest enemy of all mankind, democracy, has finally murdered us all. May God have mercy on us all!

Donald McComas, White Oak

Female priests, gay couples no threat

In the "Your voice" column "Church should shed failed reformism" (May 20) by Rich Leonardi, he states, "Just as men by their nature cannot be 'called' to be, say, mothers, women are not called to be priests." Just what genetic difference is there that prevents women from being priests? I understand why men can't be mothers, i.e., bear children - no uterus, no ovaries - a real problem. But men can be parents.

On the same page, a letter writer ("Traditional marriages key to society") is worried about homosexual marriage destroying "civil society." How does two people choosing to become monogamous for the rest of their lives ruin my marriage of 22 years? What is the problem?

Jill Dew, Ryland Heights

Help America Vote Act is big step

I have proudly gone to the polls and voted for more than 40 years. Recently, I have been working hard to promote the use of voting machines that can be used independently and privately by everyone, including people with disabilities. I have tested several accessible voting machines over the last year or two and am extremely excited about being able to vote without assistance for the first time.

Bless the Help America Vote Act and all those who worked to make it a reality.

Joyce Rogers, Covedale

Energy Dept. responds on Fernald

Regarding the Enquirer's May 19 article "Report suggests breaking promise on Fernald waste," the Department of Energy will comply with its commitment to provide a 45-day notice to the state of Nevada prior to the initiation of Silo's waste shipments. DOE is recommending to our regulators that the silo material be retrieved and packaged into Department of Transportation-certified containers.

Several analyses (including one by the University of Cincinnati) have shown that Fernald's silos are well past their design life. By placing the material in DOT-certified containers, our analyses indicate safety to a Fernald worker is improved almost 1,000 times and the risk to the public is improved 50 times. DOE is committed to finishing the cleanup, and is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio regulators to resolve the issues surrounding Fernald's silos. We are also working to answer all questions posed by the state of Nevada.

Robert F. Warther, manager, Department of Energy Ohio Field Office, Springdale

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