Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Letters to the editor

Patriotic 'Fahrenheit' deserves fair look

After seeing Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, I can't understand the right-wing uproar surrounding it ("Moore movie pulls large crowd here," June 28). This may be one of the most patriotic films ever made.

Moore's admiration and concern for our troops is clearly evident in the film. I would urge any potential critic to actually see the film and respond to the points made therein instead of merely attacking Moore for having made it. This film should serve to open a healthy and much needed national debate, and not merely be fodder for more political mud-slinging.

John R. Kinnamon, Montgomery


Moore's movie hardly 'documentary'

I can't believe that that the article "Moore movie pulls large crowd here" (June 28) referred to the film as a documentary. Only a moron could believe something from Michael Moore had any relation to facts. Fahrenheit 9/11 is as much a documentary as Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ.

Richard Vayo, Colerain Township


City must focus on keeping residents

Regarding the editorial "Census isn't sum of Cincinnati" (June 27): Unfortunately, it appears that the elected officials and city planners have forgotten a major way to reverse or at least reduce the exodus from our beloved city: retention. I have not heard of a single initiative to retain middle-class families and homeowners, such as my husband and me. In the business world, most people know that it is more cost-effective - requires fewer resources - to retain a customer than to lose the customer and try to bring them back.

To stabilize its population and achieve lasting recovery, Cincinnati must maintain existing neighborhoods, as well as build new "urban villages." This city has a wealth of these charming older neighborhoods.

Rita Ross, Westwood


Adjuncts used solely to save money

The University of Cincinnati contends that the service and research permanent faculty explain why their average salary is $60,000 and an adjunct teaching the same number of classes earns $17,000. As an adjunct at two area universities, I would like to point out the following:

• Adjuncts hoping for a career in their field also conduct research to remain attractive candidates. Adjuncts frequently spend more time on research than full-time faculty.

• Permanent faculty have access to university research funds beyond their salaries. Permanent faculty can also apply for reduced teaching in order to conduct research. These are not options for the paid-by-the-class adjunct.

• Although there are fewer opportunities for adjuncts to do so, many also provide "service" free of charge. I have sat on local boards and run community projects.

• When most permanent faculty take on administrative work, they are compensated for this by the university with extra money in addition to their salaries and/or with a reduced teaching load.

There is only one reason why so many adjuncts earn so little. It saves universities money. It is a misplaced economy grossly unfair to both the adjunct and student alike.

Maureen Basedow, Oakley


Tie tubes of moms who can't provide

Regarding the article "Vasectomy sentence raises questions" (June 27): Family Court Judge Michael "Mickey" Foellger suggesting that deadbeat dads be given a vasectomy is an excellent idea. But the other half of the equation needs attention, too. Women who produce two babies with no father figure in the babies' lives, no one to help support the children, and are on welfare should have their tubes tied.

It is unfair to the children to raise them in that kind of an environment ... or ask the grandmother to raise them while the mother is out getting pregnant again. This is a cycle that must be stopped. If someone is going to preach about the civil liberties of the mothers being violated, then there must be a spokesperson for the children also.

Kathryn L. O'Connell, Blue Ash


Turn concern from Iraq to our city

How are we going to win the hearts and minds of the people of Iraq when we can't win over our own citizens' right here in Over-the-Rhine? It seems there has always been a gulf between these city residents and the police, City Hall, and the rest of greater Cincinnati. Violence, poverty and finger-pointing between residents and city officials have remained the modus operandi for decades. Perhaps before we next set out to change the world, we should instead concentrate changing ourselves.

Dan Kindle, West Chester Township

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