Sunday, July 25, 2004

Letters to the editor

Pro-peace nuns have right long-term answer

Three cheers for the Sisters of Charity of the Americas ("Nuns walk to show opposition to war," July 19) for reminding us (perhaps too quietly) that terrorism and war will not be banished by more violence and more war. A few years ago it was suggested that "if you want peace, work for justice," and that is still good advice.

When the World Trade Center was attacked, four U.S. Jesuits wrote to President Bush from their direct experience of dealing with terrorism over the years in Peru: "Terrorism ... finds its ultimate justification in the poverty of the people who have no hope for a better life." We cannot win a "war" against suicide bombers; if people are able to earn a just wage, provide for their families and experience freedom of opportunity, terrorism has no appeal.

Of course, we must support our troops who are in Iraq now, but the long view requires that we look to eradication of poverty and injustice, disarmament in the world, and promotion of human rights. If we devote our great national resources to these humanitarian causes, carefully monitored, and in conjunction with the United Nations, we have a chance to build a better world for our children.

Viola Powers, Anderson Township


More men should lead like women

The apologists for the right wing have it wrong. Men should not be offended at being referred to as girls. Women should and do take great offense at men who think the worst insult they can hurl is to call someone female.

If the California governor and legislature were predominantly female, the budget impasse most likely would never have occurred. If they used the typical feminine model of behavior, they would have communicated, included compromises and reached a consensus. Instead, they used the male model of power-grabbing, one-upsmanship and belittling. Politics based on the traditional male model has led us to this sorry state of public affairs. I hope that someday, especially for my daughters' sake, that more women gain public office and act like women; and I hope that the men in office learn to act like women.

Angelina Straface, Kings Mills


Cross-burning doesn't show wide bias

Often, when incidents like the recent cross burning take place, many see it as proof that racism is still pervasive among white people in our country. The unfortunate fact is that there will likely always be a certain percentage of deviants in our society who vandalize, rape, murder and terrorize based on any trivial excuse their small minds can conceive. Should we assume, for example, that all men are rapists just because that terrible crime still occurs? No.

So, please do not let idiots like these cross burners lead you to assume that whites are still generally bigoted. We are outraged and angered by this crime.

Brian Willis, Union Township


Charter schools do use our tax dollars

In a guest column ("Local taxes do not fund charter schools," July 18), Terry Ryan makes the statement that "charter schools receive no money at all from local taxes," and that those schools' money "comes solely from state and federal sources." The money may not have come from local taxes, but it did come from state revenue that is given to the local schools. Cincinnati Public Schools paid $33 million to charter schools from its current budget and anticipates paying $43 million to them out of next year's budget ("School finances in crunch," July 13).

Charter schools are private schools dependent on public funds, and few would exist without those funds. While interest groups have every right to start one, they need to raise more of their own support, and be accountable for how they use it and what they teach. They have no right be a financial drain on our public schools.

Richard Weis, Anderson Township


Man who shot bear within his rights

I support the gentleman who shot the bear in his back yard ("Man who shot bear refuses plea bargain," July 22). While the bear is a "protected" animal, it was out of its usual domain. It was the right and duty of the man to protect his family, his pets and his horse. Thank heaven the bear was discovered and dispatched before the bear was able to avail itself of a child. Shame on the wildlife division to continue on with the frivolous prosecution of this man. Since when is the welfare/safety of humans considered irrelevant? By continuing with the prosecution, this is exactly what the wildlife division apparently believes. Shouldn't common sense rule the day? Please!

Sue Davidson, Morrow

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