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Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Letters to the editor


Spend on schools instead of fountain

On the front page of the July 23 Enquirer, the headline read, "How do you move 109-ton fountain?" The answer to this silly question is: You don't.

Isn't the time long past due for the city to stop diverting attention away from solving the real problems in downtown Cincinnati? Instead of blowing more money on Fountain Square, use the funds to benefit the Cincinnati school district.

Al Hammoor, Covedale

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Open city's own casino on Fourth Street

Instead of the city giving the rights to a casino operator, we should run the casino ourselves and collect all of the profit instead of a small percentage. We should not put a casino on a riverboat that could slide down the river if the profit is not as large as anticipated, it should be on land.

We have a perfect building in the heart of downtown: the former McAlpin's building on Fourth Street.

William A. Schmitz, Mount Airy

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How can teens afford $25,000 car?

The Enquirer's July 25 lead story ("Too young, too fast) upset me very much. My heart goes out to all parents who have lost a child or children, no matter what the circumstances of their death.

I would like to know how Jesse Ramirez, 19, of Middletown, and his wife, Amy, 17, could afford a $25,000 car - $18,000 for the 2000 Mustang GT, $3,000 for the custom paint job, $4,000 to soup up the engine. That was about my salary for 2003. I would like to apply for a job wherever they are working.

Janet Stavale, Green Township

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Tobacco plan favors one company

In response to the editorial "Tobacco plan good news for Ky." (July 19) - supporting the tobacco quota buyout and Food and Drug Administration regulation recently passed by the U.S. Senate - some very important facts should be noted.

The legislation would represent the largest federal tax increase since 1992 and place thousands of tobacco manufacturing jobs at risk. FDA regulation included in the bill represents the most anti-competitive legislation passed by Congress in decades, and gives Philip Morris an unprecedented and irreversible competitive advantage in the U.S. market.

The Wall Street Journal, in a July 20 editorial, rightly referred to the Senate bill as having "the makings of a new public utility that will lock into place competitive advantages for the cigarette industry's biggest company and give government a rooting interest in its long-term survival. .... Put another way, the federal government would become not only a partner of tobacco but a partner of tobacco monopolists."

If Congress is serious about giving tobacco growers financial relief, it will adopt the House version of the tobacco quota buyout bill.

Tommy J. Payne, executive vice president, external relations, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

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Driver appreciates Cincinnati kindness

There are a lot of things that I would change about the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area, but one thing that I wouldn't change are the simple acts of kindness exhibited by so many local residents. On Sunday morning, July 18, my car ran out of gas on Red Bank Road. While it was only a block to the gas station on Madison Road, it was beginning to rain. A kind soul graciously drove me down to and back from the gas station. I neglected to ask her name, so I have no way of knowing who she was. I wanted to thank her publicly for her efforts as they were much appreciated.

John Dietz, Norwood

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We'll keep Ohio's green, affordability

Thanks, Ohio! We just returned from a trip to Las Vegas and Southern California for a family gathering and visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. We came back with a better appreciation of Ohio.

Take Las Vegas - outside the Strip there is absolutely nothing. There is more green and water in Winton Woods alone than the whole county.

Southern California is something else. Our little acre in Fairfield would have at least four or five homes. A three-bedroom ranch was listed for $725,000 in Ventura County. A Realtor told us a fixer-upper near San Francisco goes for $500,000. For what?

Thanks, Ohio. But don't raise taxes.

Mario Orosa, Fairfield




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