Expending any city resources to challenge Ohio law is a really bad idea, especially on the abortion front. If the city has ample resources to pursue such an effort, the mayor should evaluate the financial prudence for such resources. A reduction in headcount in the city’s law department is in order.
Ohio permits cities to raise revenue, in particular, imposition of taxation on the earnings of non-residents. There is a long overdue and active effort underway in the Ohio Legislature and within professional trade associations to lobby for changes in how cities levy taxes. This “taxation without representation” is the means by which cities can pursue financially reckless agendas at no incremental cost to its residents because the burden was shifted to non-residents/non-voters.
The city’s unlawful and immoral COVID taxation scheme only furthered “taxation without representation” by “deeming” people to be working in the city when they weren’t in reality. A case headed to the Ohio Supreme Court may be the wake up call for Ohio’s cities. Approximately 85% of the city of Cincinnati’s income tax is paid by persons who don’t reside in the city and can’t vote in city elections.
Cincinnati should stick to what city government is all about and stop the wasteful political grandstanding. The proliferation of single-party rule will not bode well for Cincinnati.
John F. Michel, Hyde Park
Forest Hills school board focused on education, not indoctrination
I applaud the Forest Hills school board for their measure to ban “anti-racism” (“Forest Hills school board OKs measure to ban anti-racism,” June 24). Hopefully, this will be an important first step of putting their schools back in the business of educating children, rather than indoctrinating them.
But the other big win for Forest Hills was one of the finalists for their superintendent dropped out because of the vote. I suppose the real question was how he got to be a finalist in the first place, but at least this saved the school system much divisiveness that would have occurred had he been hired.
D. Thomas Terwilliger, Monfort Heights
Forest Hills guarantees an education that ignores reality
At first glance I thought it was an example of jumbled headline writing: “Forest Hills school board OKs measure to ban anti-racism.” But, nope. The headline is spot on.
The board has adopted a policy that would have made George Orwell proud, describing its ignorant, bigoted policy as “embracing a culture of kindness and equal opportunity for all students and staff.” And,yes, it apparently includes among kindness a ban on teaching or advocating “anti racism” and “all related euphemistic surrogates.”
I trust that real estate agents will now assure folks contemplating a move to Anderson Township that their children will be guaranteed an “education” that ignores the realities of history, civil rights, economics, international affairs, sociology and politics.
Noel Morgan, Kennedy Heights
Being pro-life should be about more than giving birth
Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio’s legislators are eager to pass laws restricting abortion rights. But I haven’t heard any of them proposing legislation that would help all these women and children.
Where is the bill guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid parental leave? Who will propose the bill mandating universal quality daycare and preschool? Maybe Rep. Jean Schmidt, who sees even rape and incest as opportunities for women, would like to write legislation that gives mothers the “opportunity” to have nutritious food on the table for herself and her children three times a day, and a decent, affordable place to live in which to raise all those kids. At the very least, I’d think at least one of our legislators, concerned as they are with potential life, would propose a bill to provide universal, free pre- and post-natal care.
Being pro-life should be about more than just nine months of gestation and a moment of birth. Real pro-life should be about protecting, nurturing, and most of all, loving each child every day.
Andrea Herzig, East Walnut Hills
Rename McMicken Avenue after Oscar Robertson
Two major local stories this week concerned renaming buildings that feature Charles McMicken’s name, and potentially renaming Calhoun Street after Oscar Robertson. Why not just eliminate the middleman and rename McMicken Avenue after Robertson? Two accomplishments with one gesture!
Jim Waldfogle, Union Twp.
Mill Creek communities need more than cops
Scott Wartman’s article on Elmwood Place (“We just need cops,” June 24) sheds light on many small declining communities in Greater Cincinnati. Some, like Elmwood Place, are in the Mill Creek Valley – from Lower Price Hill to Camp Washington to Lockland and Lincoln Heights.
These communities were once the heart of our region’s industrial base which provided jobs to much of our population. What they have in common is loss of industrial jobs and tax base, ageing out of the original ethnic population (as in Elmwood Place’s German Catholics and Appalachians), turnover from owner-occupied to rental housing units. The closing of elementary schools, churches and small businesses weaken community life and morale and contribute to an increase in crime.
There are variations on the story, of course. Lincoln Heights never was allowed to have an industrial base to lose. Millvale was created as a segregated public housing enclave. Elmwood Place got its independence but was landlocked and could not do much expansion of housing stock or population. Reading has a broader land base and room for a thriving housing and institutional base on the hilltop. But Mayor Annekin of Elmwood Place is right when he says “We are not unique. Other places are struggling.” Lockland is one of these.
It helps to be a Cincinnati neighborhood. Police and fire services, for example, are assured. But Carthage has lost its elementary school and has seen some decline. Communities that are separately incorporated can benefit from sharing services with larger municipalities or Hamilton County. Elmwood Place, for example, shares a school district with St. Bernard. They are getting a new shared elementary school. I wish they would share policing with the county and fund their community development corporation instead, but I understand the community spirit of “having our own.”
See more of my recommendations for Elmwood place at the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition Research Committee site https://uacvoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Elmwood-Place-Report-Final-pdf.pdf.
Michael Maloney, Kennedy Heights
Many women wish for a viable pregnancy
In this era of statistics, I would like data on how many miscarriages occur in our country per year. I suspect that many of these women are devastated by losing their baby. For as many who are railing at the Roe v. Wade decision, there are women wishing for a viable pregnancy.
I, for one, am glad that three women decided to continue their pregnancies – both my children and my husband are adopted. The pro-abortion advocates refuse to understand that their issue is up to individual states.
Gail Giardina, Wyoming
Don’t elect another con man in J.D. Vance
Please, dear voters, don’t be taken in by another con man. J.D. Vance never supported Donald Trump until he needed billionaire Peter Thiel’s money to finance his campaign, and then he kissed the ring for an endorsement. Elect a real Ohioan who is currently already serving the people of Ohio, Tim Ryan.
Inflation is a global and temporary situation caused by COVID, then Putin’s war. Don’t throw democracy out the window for another con man seeking power. Aren’t we all tired of billionaires running our country? Elect officials who want to serve their country instead.
Cindy Johnson, Cheviot
Police chasing Akron man for traffic violation makes no sense
I do not understand why police pursue a guy for a traffic violation. Jayland Walker fled, but the Akron police had his license plate and knew where he lived. Even after endangering the public by chasing him with several police vehicles, when he left the car and fled on foot, why chase him? You have his car. You know where he lives. He will be caught. No need to chase him, especially when it was claimed that a shot was fired from the car. If all that’s involved is a traffic violation, why not just tow the car and wait at home? I don’t understand why eight officers needed to chase the guy and fire 90 rounds. Makes no sense at all.
Terry Murray, Dent
Too many innocent lives sacrificed to gun violence
According to the Gun Violence Archive organization, there have been 197 mass shootings in 2022 and 113 mass shootings between May 14 (the Buffalo supermarket shooting) and July 4 (the Highland Park shooting).
How many more innocent human beings must be sacrificed, just so bold and moral decisions do not have to be made regarding gun safety? To our legislators and Supreme Court justices, are the ones you love most in life worth that sacrifice?
Amy Neuzil, Pierce Twp.
Ban on assault rifles, high-capacity magazines needed
Congress has compromised on their recent bill addressing our country’s continuing crisis with gun violence. They are throwing taxpayer’s money at the problem but not addressing the elephant in the room. A simple bill, no pork, just the banning of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines is needed. Assault rifles were designed as weapons of war, intended only to destroy and annihilate.
Why do non-military citizens require these weapons? Our senators and representatives are so fearful of the NRA, its members and, more importantly, losing votes, that they are willing to dance around the obvious. We can no longer safely go to the grocery store (Buffalo), church (Laguna Woods), holiday parades (Highland Park), large concerts (Las Vegas), or send our most-precious citizens, children, to school (Sandy Hook, Ulvade, Columbine and Marjory Stoneman Douglas to name a few).
I propose that Congress be required to personally view up close and personal, the horrific carnage caused by these weapons. With that, they might stop offering prayers and condolences and get something done that will at least make it more difficult to obtain the weapons. Unfortunately, I’m sure mass shootings will continue to occur. I’m not asking that the Second Amendment be altered or changed – just the banning of semi-automatic weapons.
Pamela Rizzo, Western Hills
Supreme Court needs Ketanji Brown Jackson
Ketanji Brown Jackson, earnest and deliberate, you answered questions calculated to ensnare, survived with clarity and perception around the law you love, about the people you defended by rights as Americans.
You came, surprisingly, from urban Florida, never a breeding ground for eminent jurists. You came with the subjugation of Black women written on your back. You came, polite, incisive, accustomed to both spoken and unspoken animosity and bald disrespect. You smiled.
Now you face a greater quandary: to weave your way to the truth within a labyrinth of personalities and prejudices you could not choose. They arrived at the pinnacle of justice by paths foreign to you: three in the cheap seats, appointed by a minority, insurrectionist president. And now, with you, also three women, with disparate identities, threading their ways through the annals of political testosterone. Which minority opinion will you write?
Justice Jackson, your long voyage fronts formidable storms and so I wish for you fair winds and following seas. We need your grace, your intuition, your truth, to address our needs for practical justice now, not based on imaginings from our original, sinful history.
We really need now a court that reckons with the science of the possible and the precedented and is not immured in today’s politics of disruption and autocracy.
Ellen Frankenberg, Springfield Twp.
Appalled by priest’s hatred of LGBTQ people
How can Rev. David Duseck lead a parish or parishes when he has such hatred in his heart? I was appalled to read today’s article in the Enquirer. Why would a new pastor to a parish want to start out this way? Maybe he has sexual issues he needs to address before he can shepherd his flock. All of us are God’s children and should be treated as such. Why does he feel the need to attack LGBTQ+ members? Father, examine your conscience.
Katherine Leroux, Ft. Wright
So much for majority rule
Sixty-eight percent of Americans believe in a right to abortion, according to The Wall Street Journal. Women have now been stripped of the right to control their own bodies by “far-right” justices, appointed by two presidents who lost the popular vote, and confirmed by senators who represent a minority of the American population. So much for “the majority rules.”
Dan Kuhnell, Covington
Moving predatory priests is diabolic
I find it quite ironic that a Catholic priest is calling out homosexuality as “diabolic and unnatural” when the Catholic Church as a whole has refused to accept responsibility for the sexual abuse committed over decades. Unnatural is a “man of the cloth” preying upon children who are taught to revere and trust him. Diabolic is moving these predatory priests to different parishes again and again to allow them to continue this abhorrent behavior. If we are all God’s children, let’s start acting like Christ and love one another!
Terri Adkins, Mason
Supreme Court returned abortion decision to the people
That the Roe v Wade reversal has aroused the passions of people on either side of issue, can’t be argued. What can be argued are the reasons some have put forth to justify their position. Take the rationale from a letter writer on July 3 who declared that “the abortion issue was just decided by nine unelected autocrats instead of the democratically elected representatives of the people.” In point of fact, this Supreme Court actually returned the decision to the people (via their elected representatives to the state legislatures) because the 1973 court took it away from us for no constitutionally sound reason.
Janice Wilson, Mason