Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Letters to the editor

History will be kind to President Reagan

Learning of Ronald Reagan's death Saturday was sad but I also know it was a blessing to him and his wife. He had deteriorated to the point he was not the man many in America knew and loved. His wishes of not being a burden to his wife have finally been granted because he finally was allowed to "slip the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God."

I hope history will be honest and let future generations know of this great president.

While insiders and outsiders told him his strategy was wrong, he knew he was right, and today we no longer live our lives with the weight of the Cold War around our necks. He also restored a pride of being an American.

Kevin Ragle Symmes Township

Obey rules of English language

I can't believe that I read people actually want to change the way words are spelled ("Our spelling 'shuud be lojical,' protesters cry," June 3). I find it amazing that I can pick up the paper and from one day to the next citizens can get less intelligent - all the way from a few members of City Council not wanting Cops to be filmed in Cincinnati, to the average person wanting to change the way words are spelled. I learned in grade school that I "should" spell "shuld" "should." How hard is it to obey certain rules?

Jeremy Carle Green Township

Hypocrisy goes both ways

When discussing the issue of bishops denying politicians and voters communion for their political beliefs, author Laurie Balbach-Taylor said, "I wonder why these politicians want to continue calling themselves Catholic when they do not accept the church's teachings ... it's the ultimate hypocrisy."

I wonder if she'd agree, then, that the ultimate irony is the many Catholics who willingly receive communion, consecrated by the very men who aided, abetted and condoned the molestation of children for more than 40 years.

David Richardson Delhi Township

Pro-life teachings clearly anti-war

Catholics with a pro-life agenda must ask at least two questions of all candidates: Are you in favor of developing new anti-bunker nuclear weapons? Do you believe in waging pre-emptive war without certain evidence of a clear and present danger to the United States?

A "yes" to these questions is clearly opposed to Catholic pro-life teachings.

Timothy Leonard Hyde Park

Clubs should have designated drivers

Regarding the editorial "Law gets tougher on drunk drivers" (June 4): When you stand back and look at all the devastation caused by drunk drivers, you have to wonder why we are still building clubs and bars with parking lots.

Think about the fact that when people drive to a bar or club, they drive there to drink. You have to have an I.D. to get into a bar, but who checks you on the way out?

Every club and bar have designated drivers called cabs; take that car to your next outing and leave yours at home, or have a non-drinker drop you off and pick you up. More laws or stronger laws will not stop the problem.

Mark Watton Dayton, Ky.

Smokless restaurants are appealing

In a June 4 letter, ("What's next - only thin people can eat?"), the writer wants to know how bars have fared with a smoking ban. As a nonsmoker who recently spent a week in California, where smoking is banned statewide in bars and restaurants, I can tell you that the bars are thriving. My wife and I were much more willing to go to a bar to enjoy a drink and watch a ballgame than we would be here in the Tristate, where we would no doubt encounter a smoky environment.

Jim Porter Pierce Township

Budget cuts in future for administration

Has anyone else seen the Laura Bush "Education is my passion" advertisements that her husband's supporters have been pasting all over the Internet? The reality of "No Child Left Behind" is that not only will thousands of children be left behind, but also veterans, and anyone concerned about the growing threat of terrorism.

The Washington Post recently gained access to a May 19 memo the Bush administration will be making massive spending cuts if Bush is reelected. Their budget plan will cut $1.5 billion for education, 21,820 kids from Head Start, and $910 million for our nation's veterans. These cuts represent yet another reversal of Bush campaign promises.

Peter Kurtz Maineville

Fix glitches in Fernald cleanup
A simple question to protect kids
Humbled by families waiting at home
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