Thursday, June 3, 2004

Letters to the editor

Norwood mayor defends development

Peter Bronson closed his May 25 column "Norwood has an infestation of developers" by saying, "But the only blight on Atlantic (Avenue) is bugs and developers. You can sweep them away, but they keep coming back." Bronson has used a snapshot to render a judgment when, in fact, the die was cast years ago.

The Norwood Lateral cut through Norwood beginning in 1968, and the neighborhood I was raised in was swept away. When Interstate 71 went through the same area, once again, homes were swept away. The interstate enabled people to leave the urban area and flee to the suburbs. What came next, of course, was that developers followed. Now the trend is changing back. Developers are now looking inside the Interstate 275 loop - Oakley, Norwood, etc. strip malls are now called "lifestyle centers." Why is all of this happening? There is only one valid answer - because residents of the area dictate with their spending habits and developers respond accordingly. (And the problem is?)

Thomas F. Williams, mayor, city of Norwood

Square proposals show common sense

Three cheers for the common-sense views of guest columnists Gil Born "Make square a walking nexus" and Dick Cline "Tread lightly on square; rebuild skywalks" (May 30).

Building on what they said, let's thank the experts, pay them off and send them packing. We got our money's worth in that their recommendations sparked spirited discussion of the future of the square and downtown in general.

Here are my thoughts: Follow Born's suggestions and open diagonal passages from the square to Sixth and Vine streets and Sixth and Walnut streets. There are about a dozen restaurants, bars, theaters, museums and shops within one block of the square. We do not need more. We just need to make them more visible and accessible from the square. Follow Cline's suggestions. Rebuild the missing parts of the skywalk. Clean up the garages. Add more visible security. Then sit back and watch the area around the square hum with activity and tax-paying businesses.

Bob Fitzpatrick, East Price Hill

Welfare state hurt black families

Bill Cosby said some important things to his black brethren ("Reaction split over Cosby's remarks," May 30). He told them they must take charge of their own lives and become responsible parents.

I wish he had said more. Let's observe that black families survived slavery; black families survived the Civil War and Reconstruction. Black families survived the Great Depression. But the black family did not survive the welfare state.

When blacks were the victims of segregation, prejudice and even lynching, they survived because they had to. They were not being helped. When the welfare state took over, when there was a reward for being poor, when tax money was paid to black girls who became pregnant, the world changed. Self-reliance was replaced by reliance on the welfare state.

Everett DeJager, Rossmoyne

Meaning of marriage being twisted

The letter "Dowlin's marriage stance strains credulity" (May 29) criticizes Hamilton County Commissioner John Dowlin's stance on a constitutional amendment to ban what has become incorrectly labeled "same-sex marriage."

The word marriage has always been used to describe a legal union between one man and one woman. Our news media and other liberal activists have recently attempted to change that definition by using the word to describe a living arrangement between two members of the same sex.

I have no problem with two members of the same sex living together under any degree of commitment they choose. Legally defining such a union as marriage, however, changes the meaning and effect of our country's Constitution and entire body of law.

Nick Noel, Springfield Township

'Cops' flap worse than Mapplethorpe

The city of Cincinnati is being subjected to national ridicule because just a few members of council seem to be pursuing only their own agenda and not the city's.

The latest debacle involving the taping of a Cops episode in the city exceeds any adverse publicity the city may have received over the Mapplethorpe matter. The latter involved a matter of some legitimate dispute, but the filming of a Cops episode in the city should not be a matter of contention.

With the unfortunate propensity of Vice Mayor Alicia Reece and Councilman Christopher Smitherman and others to shoot themselves and the city in the foot, one can only hope they never get concealed carry permits.

Thad Willard, Greenhills

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