Sunday, August 1, 2004

Letters to the editor

Many can say no to teens who speed

Manufacturers openly advertise speed and handling of cars. Dealers happily sell pocket rockets to kids. Banks happily finance them. Insurance companies insure them. Parents let them drive them.

There seems to be no such thing as "no" anymore. It makes no sense to let a kid drive a plus-100 mph capable car, and yet all the above groups conspire to make it happen. The one control element here is insurance. If the kids can't get insurance for rockets, they can't drive them. If they do, you seize the car and sell it and yank their license for five years.

It's tough love; but it's better than all these kids dying on our roads.

Keith Forrest Hamilton

Lend a hand to women being abused

Regarding the editorial "Get tougher to stay hand of abusers" (July 29): Replace "Why doesn't she leave?" with "How can I help?" When was the last time you gave to a woman's shelter or supported state funding to help single mothers? What response do you give an abused woman? Do you turn away in disgust or do you sincerely ask, "How can I help?"

Most abused women avoid using the legal system because they are unable to provide for their children alone. A badly beaten or dead woman is an outrage, but why does that seem to be the only time this issue gets any attention?

Cary Estes Price Hill

Muslims must denounce heinous acts

Being a Muslim, it's extremely painful to see random killings by the insurgents in Iraq who have kidnapped Islam for their nefarious agenda, and every peace-loving Muslim is being held hostage to their heinous deeds.

Malaise and inactivity of Muslims are to blame to a great extent for such abhorrent acts since it's only they who can decisively purge these elements from their societies. American Muslims have an extra duty of unequivocally and forceably denouncing all such acts anywhere.

Dr. Mohammad R. Khan Mason

Lead hazards are worse in the city

I am amazed at the different responses to suburban vs. urban lead hazards. The suburban response was documented in a recent article ("Lead in soil may be local phenomenon," July 26). After the lead was discovered, soil was removed using both private and public resources. The urban response has been minimal, even though the risk to residents is much, much greater. The risk is greater because there are more sources of lead and the concentration is much higher.

It would be difficult to abate this contamination in the short term, but steps could be taken to stop adding to the problem. The Cincinnati-area lead advisory committee has tried unsuccessfully for years to get City Council or the board of health to adopt regulations that would prohibit uncontrolled power washing and other activities that contribute to lead hazards.

Bill Menrath Mount Washington

Bengals-county flap hurts whole area

Disgusted, outraged and insulted ... these are just three things I am feeling as I read that the Bengals are suing the county ( "'The Jungle' a mess, Bengals say in lawsuit," July 30). When will the people of this city get tired of being ripped off by the Bengals and the Brown family? Who is the loser in this game? And it is a game that both our county and the Bengals are playing.

I will tell you who's the loser; it is our kids. We have schools falling apart, teachers who are not paid enough, and these two organizations are throwing our money away on a game. The winners are the lawyers.

Paul Jones Green Township

Police who aided family were 'angels'

On July 3, my husband, Donald, fell from our third-floor balcony. Unfortunately he did not survive.

I do not know all the officers' names, because there were so many there, but some from District 4 were Eric Pruitt, Tom Wells and Jennifer George. Many people do not appreciate the police the way they should these days, but there could not have been a kinder, more compassionate bunch of people than those who were there for us that night. The detective who came out was so professional and considerate of my emotions at that moment - even though he had a job to do, and he had to ask so many questions.

The officers who helped my grandparents get my children out of the house and into the car as quickly as possible to prevent them from seeing anything to harm or scare them were wonderful people. I know it must be hard to do that kind of job, but there is no better bunch of people to do it. They are all angels.

Lisa Burdine Walnut Hills


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