Monday, September 27, 2004

Main Street delights await suburbanites


As a suburban woman, I exist amidst comfy homes on grass, trees and gardens, multi-level shopping centers and sensible shoes.

As a Cincinnatian, however, I frequent the marvelous downtown museums, restaurants and stadiums. On my regular route are the neighborhood shops and galleries "On Main." One searches Over-the-Rhine for the retro and is ever amazed at the nouveau.

My sensible shoes and I are quite comfortable "down under." Get in touch with your urban self.

It's fun! It's easy! Just be there! Best of all, shoe style is optional.

Millicent Hines
Amberley Village

Neighborhood needs to clean up

I have read with great interest all the articles and proposals to rebuild Main Street, lower Vine Street and Findlay Market as well as the Downtown condos that are being built or proposed. My husband and I have been subscribers to many events at Music Hall over the years and attend many events downtown frequently.

Last weekend we attended the Cincinnati Pops concert, and I was especially appalled at the debris in Washington Park and surrounding areas. The streetlights were out in many areas, people were sitting around throwing trash and food on the ground, and the disarray was most disturbing. Until the residents begin to take some responsibility for their neighborhoods and teach their children to respect property and cleanliness, all the money and rebuilding in the world is not going to change the area.

Angela Madden

Back P&G: Buy extra Tide, Crest

The recent threat of a boycott of Procter and Gamble's products is sufficiently preposterous to stimulate laughter and yet sad enough to motivate tears.

The quality of P&G's products is matched fully by the integrity and the sensitivity of its constructive citizenship. Procter's support of repealing Article XII reflects its resistance to discrimination against any individual or group of individuals. Article XII, in allowing discrimination against our gay citizens, diminishes all of us in ways that have cost us significantly locally in many ways and humiliated us nationally and internationally as well.

Those of us who value P&G and, even more, value fair and equal treatment for all of our fellow citizens must retaliate. If Crest toothpaste and Tide detergent are the targets, we will have to brush even more frequently and wash our clothes even more often. At least the opponents will be easily identified: bad breath and dirty clothes.

Paul G. Sittenfeld
East Walnut Hills

Dressing well for school serves purpose

If I told my kids at young ages that they could choose whatever they wanted to eat each night for dinner, they would never have chosen broccoli. A steady diet of pizza and ice cream would have been irresponsible on my part, however, as the adult entrusted with teaching them good nutrition.

To say, "If kids don't like to come to school because of what they are wearing, they're not going to learn" ("School dress codes wear thin," Sept. 19) is confusing separate issues.

Kids go to school because it is the job of youth to learn. A dress code is simply one tool for teaching them the appropriate attire for their current work environment. It is the job of the adults in their lives to provide the optimum atmosphere, encouragement and stimulating learning opportunities.

Kids are free to express themselves in a myriad of other ways and more appropriate times, including "dress-down" and "spirit" days. They will never choose a dress code, but they can be expected to accept this area of their lives as one where adults make the decisions, no less than their future boss or company will.

Michelle Priestle
Delhi Township

Rules mean no right to be crybabies

Regarding "No-signs rule reflects affluent living" (Sept. 15), the letter writer really missed the point: If you choose to live where there are rules, regulations and restrictions, don't be a crybaby when you are asked to follow the restrictions. It has nothing to do with what a sign says; there simply should be no signs. Those of us that move to a place because of the restrictions should expect and demand that everyone comply. This has nothing to do with anyone taking anyone's rights away.

Jean A. Newman
North Bend

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