Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Letters to the editor

Junior has been class act for decades

In 1977 I sat next to a young man at Riverfront Stadium. I was impressed by his knowledge of baseball.

I said to him, "May I know your name and how old are you?" He immediately sat up straight in his chair and answered, "My name is Ken Griffey Jr. and I am 7 years old."

He signed my scorecard.

Phyllis Tennenbaum Karp, Downtown


Better to stay in Iraq than fight here

To all the people who would like us to pull out of Iraq because they feel the war is wrong:

Should we falter, common sense should tell all of us that thugs will take over Iraq, terrorist training camps will be reinstated and thousands upon thousands more terrorists will be trained to kill us, and they will, if left to fester.

Do you want the war on terror fought in the streets of America and the skylines of our cities forever changed and thousands of innocent people killed? Wake up, people - not in my country! Better to fight them in the Mideast than to fight them in the streets of the United States.

Shirley Kleinholz, Delhi Township


Civilian control of military better

After yet another tiresome and poorly reasoned letter ("Bushes should emulate Prince William," June 23) criticizing the Bush family for not sending enough of their own kids into actual combat, I feel compelled to point out that the United States has a longstanding and proud tradition of civilian control of its military.

If the author is correct, then why not take the argument to its logical extension? Let's limit public office to only those who have served in combat, or better, wholly deny voting rights to non-veteran civilians. Problem solved! Presidents would finally start considering seriously all of the issues involved in pursuing their bloodthirsty goals.

I'd warn the writer, though, that she and others throwing accusatory variants of "chicken hawk" arguments at our current leadership would most likely end up with a foreign policy they dislike even more by leaving it solely in the hands of the patriotic and largely conservative group we honor every Memorial Day.

David Holtz, Washington Township


Kerry cussing also should be decried

After reading the letters to the editor in Monday's Enquirer, I became somewhat confused and irritated. All the righteous indignation because of Vice President Cheney's use of the f-word. I do not approve of his use of that type of language in public, either, but where were all these good people when John Kerry used foul language when he claims that he was knocked down by a Secret Service man while skiing, or when he told a man to "sit down and shut the "f up" while at a rally speech or when he "shot the finger" at a veteran while visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial? For that matter, where were the news media?

It is difficult for me to cling to the philosophy that "if one of yours does it is despicable, but if I or one of mine does it, it's OK." I know that there are many liberal-leaning persons who do not subscribe to this philosophy anymore than I do and are just as ashamed and outraged as I.

Ed Willwerth, Western Hills


For peace, Israel must withdraw

Richard Cohen is correct when he says Israel's West Bank and Gaza settlements have to go ("Jewish zealotry questioned by writer," June 16). He and the quoted Jeff Goldberg fear that the most reactionary, belligerent, racist elements in Israeli society are promoting these provocative settlements. There are two elements missing from this analysis. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan of allowing Palestinian self-rule in Gaza sans Jewish settlement is one of the worst scams in modern history. The Gaza strip contains only 150 square miles of semi-barren land. That's the size of Hamilton County east of Vine Street. What a homeland! Less than 2 percent the size of tiny Israel. Israel will still occupy the West Bank. And President Bush endorses this plan? An independent West Bank plus Gaza appears to divide the tiny country fairly equally. There will be no peace in the Middle East until Israel gets out of the occupied territories.

Stan Neumann, Pleasant Ridge


Low interest rates not good for some

When TV or newspaper stories discuss interest rates, you hear we got to keep the interest rates low. These statements are from banks, corporations and real estate sources. What about the millions who need higher interest rates to help with rising prices? We are entitled to make money on our investments, but our voices are not heard.

Bob Alexander, Mount Healthy

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