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Monday, May 24, 2004

Kennedy would have supported research


Letters to the editor

Bravo Britain ("Britain opens stem cell bank," May 20)! How I wish it was America stepping up to the plate to recognize the enormous importance of stem cell research. How exciting to contemplate this new frontier of health and longevity for human beings.

How amazing to envision saving lives through organ transplants without compromising the immune system.

John F. Kennedy's passion for progress and belief in what the greatest country in the world can do for mankind was exemplified in his spectacular vision:

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

If John F. Kennedy were alive today, I believe he would be equally passionate about committing us as a nation to exploring and advancing the breathtaking potential of stem cell research and medical science on the verge of making an enormous contribution to mankind.

Shirley Radlove

Covington

Showing photos aids the enemy

The photographs of abuse of "Iraqi detainees" by American soldiers are a sad tale. Having served in the United States Air Force for 11 years and now serving in the Kentucky Army National Guard, I know this is not the norm for U.S. troops. I'm not excusing their actions by any means and disciplinary actions have already begun.

But should a man, a non-combatant there to help rebuild a nation in turmoil be decapitated for crimes of others? What is the media's hand in this matter? Anyone with the slightest bit of common sense knows the answer. By non-stop coverage and viewing of those prison photos the media has put every American in Iraq and probably in most Middle Eastern countries at risk. ?

Irresponsible journalism is aiding and abetting the enemy. Please stop handing them ammunition.

Steven Banfield

Taylor Mill

Wants Lowe's kept out

I implore the Hamilton County Commissioners to listen to the voices that Green Township folks are sending to their ears. We are not against reasonable development in our neighborhood - but the Lowe's plans for development along Harrison Avenue are not reasonable. They are intruding into our back yards. Where we once had green trees, we will now have a 65 foot wall to look at. Don't believe for a moment that wall will not be an invasion. We feel that by reason of the fact that our homes were there first - legally built on properly zoned land - that we should have some say in what intrudes on our neighborhoods. Do not allow the zoning that was promised to protect our homes to be changed so that big box retail can be built. Aileen Ettensohn

Green Township

Pleasant or not, Bush fights threats

As much as Democrats are taking pleasure in the thought of the our military failing to stabilize Iraq, lets remember that it was the Democrats who appeased North Korea, it was the Democrats who allowed Al Queda to attack us for nearly a decade with little or no response, and it was the Democrats who wanted to leave Saddam's volatile regime in power. Pleasant or not, at least President Bush is doing something about foreign threats.

Robert Moon

Colerain Township

Rev. Larger deserves forgiveness

Regarding the article "Convicted priest returns to ministry" on May 12, and several letters criticizing Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk's decision, I wonder why some Catholics are less forgiving than Jesus. He left his church in the hands of a bunch of sinners who had abandoned and denied him. The Rev. Raymond Larger made a stupid mistake, but he did not endanger innocents. He repented. Like the father of the prodigal son, we should rush out to welcome him home.

James T. Fitzgerald

Hyde Park



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