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Tuesday, September 17, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER CommentA-7 Bush pays little time to issues that count likely to cause fish kills than "industrial discharges"? Tyrone Yates repeatedly said that he was not an expert regarding waste-water treatment. Then why does he dominate the article? Human sewage and an antiquated design and infrastructure are the overwhelming problems for the MSD. These are expensive problems, but they do not foretell an industrialenvironmental disaster. TOM EWING 2646 Fenton Ave. much training a company provides, there are employees who, on their own, decide to take shortcuts that could put them in jeopardy, just like those who still refuse to wear seat belts even though statistics tell us accidents are the No. 1 killer. Responsibility is twofold: the employer for education, and the employee for putting that education into practice. ROSE M. RANDOLPH Vice President Charles Randolph Co. 1105-B Ohio Pike Amelia. had a higher number of victims with head injuries than motorcycles. Of the 7,518 motor-vehicle victims with head injuries, 1,135 were fatal, while only 298 of the 1,569 motorcyclists' head injuries were fatal. All this just shows that motor vehi-clists are causing more of a social burden to the American taxpayers, and maybe they should be the ones mandated to wear helmets. Let those who ride decide. RANDALL W. ELAM 5522 Wilson Road Independence, Ky. Readers' views prise," which propelled Ronald Reagan into the presidency and set the stage for our present-day New World Order. I disagree with those who consider George. Bush the greatest thing since sliced bread. MAUREEN McNALLY GALLARDO 211 S. Washington Boulevard Hamilton. Appalachian pride Both on Sept. 1 and Sept. 8, The Enquirer printed articles pertaining to the Sedamsville Appalachian Cultural Awareness Fair. In Sedamsville, as in other low-income Appalachian neighborhoods, community members are working to instill a sense of value and pride about Appalachian culture and experience. This work is especially important for the children of these neighborhoods. I thank you for your coverage. MARY KRONER 2115 W. Eighth St. TO THE EDITOR: So George Bush plans to spend the next two months talking up the nation's problems ("Candidate Bush Will Focus on Domestic Issues," Sept. 1). Such attention is long overdue. Regarding domestic policy, Bush is content to bury his head in the sand. International crises distract the electorate from his administration's failure to confront problems here at home. Perhaps, if he had been more attentive, his own Justice Department would not be under suspicion for the BCCI cover-up. The "education president"? Pundits describe Bush's education policy as unfunded rhetoric. His proposals will cost the government very little. The White House says the recession is over? News and business sections of The Enquirer decry the administration's Pol-lyanna attitude. Economy picking up? Tell that to the man whose unemployment benefits ran out and who faces bankruptcy, or the 5,000 who applied for 100 openings at the Ford Sharonville plant. The president might also visit America's financially strapped big cities, groaning under the weight of the homeless problem. While in the big cities, he might also canvass hospital emergency rooms, where overworked staff provide primary care for the medically uninsured. As another election draws near, Bush could also explain the "October Sur- Workers' safety I am writing in response to a quotation by Jerry Monahan, of the AFL-CIO's Building Trades Council, that appeared in the article (Sept. 11) about the trenching death a few days ago. Mr. Monahan stated, "Non-union workers who want to keep their jobs sometimes have no choice . . . forced to work in unsafe conditions because of no protection from an agreement." I take exception to such a sweeping generalization about non-union contractors. First of all, any good employee is the most valuable asset a company can have. Granted, there are unethical businesses out there, but they will not be around long if they do not protect the lives of their employees. No amount of savings that can be had from not taking the time to do it right can ever equal the value of a human life. Moreover, the ethical companies have to pay for other companies' penalties as well as through increased workers-compensation rates. The savings come when the time is taken to do it right. Finally, sometimes, no matter how MSD's problems After reading Richard Green's article (Aug. 30) regarding Dwight Tillery's council hearing on the Metropolitan Sewer District's (MSD) problems, I was concerned about the article's one-sidedness. I attended Tillery's hearing, and the MSD issue is hardly sensational. For example, salts of ammonia, easily treated by MSD, make up 75 of the 19 million pounds of industrial waste flushed into the sewers. Furthermore, that waste will apparently be "delisted" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; it will no longer have to be so closely tracked. This was all explained by MSD officials, who are the experts. Yet the article contains none of these explanations; just the politicized comments of council members. There are technical and policy explanations for many of city council's questions. Why wasn't this information in the article? Why didn't it explain that in the Mill Creek, high biological oxygen demand from untreated household sewage and low summertime flow are far more Helmet issue Your editorial "Motorcycling: States Have Begun Rethinking Prudence of Requiring Helmets" (Sept. 9) does nothing but carry on the misinformation that's been handed out for years. In the Journal of Trauma (September, 1989), a study that included 49,143 victims treated at 95 trauma centers from 1982 to 1986, separating the victims into two categories those with and those without head injuries showed that motor vehicles accounted for 33.1 of all victims treated, while motorcycles only amounted to 6.8. Of the 49,143 victims, only 16,521 had head injuries; 45.5, almost half of these head injuries, occurred in motor vehicles, with only 9.5 occuring from motorcycles. Falls, assaults and pedestrians all Letters We welcome letters from our readers. Address them to: Readers' Views, Enquirer Editorial Page, 617 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45201. Limit your letters to 250 words or less, and include your name, address and phone number. Other editorial views Are term limits a panacea? XT Tony Lang Bork, there was deafening silence from the same journalistic outlets that are now shouting heavenward in indignation ... It was the various groups who united to "Bork" the nominee of that name who introduced negative TV advertising into this arena and they did so . . . with vicious disregard for the truth. Orange County (Calif.) Register. 1 A- Governnment nitpicky regulations give an engineer friend of mine the conniptions. He doesn't believe Congress would meddle as much with small business, if more members had firsthand business experience before they waddled off to Washington. Former Washington meddler George McGovern said as much after he bought a country inn in Stratford, Conn. The former senator from South Dakota said he wished he had had business experience before he went to less strategic rung than Russia on the ladder of international importance. Billions for Kuwait but only millions (if that) for Russia? Where is our sense of priorities? Where is our sense of history? Where is our sense of self-preservation? We all know, of course, how to spell the three-letter word that dictates U.S. policy in the Middle East. It is O-I-L . . . If America could save Europe, is there a bona fide reason for doing any less to Asia? Or will we be content instead to save our money for the next war, a war that very well could be prevented if the United States takes the right actions now? The Post-Crescent, Appleton-Neenah-Menasha, Wis. So some conservative groups are running a TV ad telling scandalous truths about three of the senators who'll sit in judgment on Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas? So what? . . . It certainly doesn't mark a new high in decorum for public debate. But let's be clear: There's nothing inaccurate about it. All it does is point out some well-known facts, some indiscretions (or worse) by Sen. Edward Kennedy (Harvard cheating, Chappaquidick, Palm Beach), Sen. Joseph Biden (plagiarism), and Sen. Alan Cranston (Keating Five footsie). Since when did it become a high crime to report the truth? In fact, when various groups on the other side ran ads that distorted the record of Judge Robert That was music to my friend's ears. The latest and best argument in favor of massive U.S. aid for the citizens of what used to be the Soviet Union comes from the new Soviet foreign minister. The United States, the official argues, was prepared to do far more in behalf of Kuwait, which occupies a far I threw out more bait: "What do you think of term limitations for elected representatives?" equal footing. It would presumably bolster instant political stardom which has been the anti-team trend for years now and has weakened the parties. Everyone wants to be a star. Nobody wants to be a follower. But what would make small businesspeople or other non-pols want to run for office if we did pass term limits and scuttle the current arrangement of near-lifetime incumbents? The attraction of seniority presently acts as a powerful incentive to professional pols. Would the possibility that non-pols could make more of a difference right from the start attract a better grade of elected representative? Beats me, but one thing I am sure of is term-limit reform alone is not going to make my engineer friend happy nor simplify government. If we really want simplification, for starters we ought to pass an amendment saying no law can be longer than one printed page and no set of regs longer than three. I know one congressional staffer who thinks we should abolish congressional staffs. If I understood Democratic presidential candidate Paul Tson-gas correctly the other day, he was suggesting we ought to outlaw shrimp in Washington as if lobbyists and lawmakers (suddenly shrimpless) would cease schmoozing at a zillion receptions and buffets. "An absolute must," he re plied. He would vote for term limits in an instant. Open the system up to non-lawyers not that we have anything against lawyers. Some of our best friends are But is that what term limits would bring? More representative representatives? Cincinnati voters will vote on a term-limitation plan this November. National advocates similarly want to break up the Old Boys Network in Congress and the millionaires' club in the Senate. If term limits passed and political incumbents could no longer hunker down in office for a lifetime, would my engineer friend then be happy? My grandpappy always used to warn: Be careful what you ask for; you just might get it. What does my friend want? Less nitpicky counterproductive regulation. Less waste of taxpayers' time and money. Less government by lobbyist. He wants government simplification. Remember in the late 1980s when we were supposed to get tax simplification and got a tax increase instead? Term limits would get rid of incumbents who write the laws, but term limits wouldn't disturb a hair on the head of lobbyists or government bureaucrats who write the regulations. Term limits would simplify seniority. Term limits would blow the seniority system to smithereens and at least at first put all elected members on more of an I began to glimpse my friend's vision or a more reanty-Dasea stirrer ifir?? fJfitrrf hft Congress. What if Congress and other elected bodies were "representative" in the full sense of the word? What if they more closely mirrored our workaday world? i ta llllillll What if more small businesspeople ended up in Congress and in other elected bodies along with more-engineers, doctors, educators, assembly-line workers, journalists (well, maybe not journalists). People with down-to-earth workday experience who presumably despise forms, government jargon, waste of public time and money and similar public outrages. - Preferred Tony Lang is a staff columnist for The Enquirer. RATING THE DIETS nutrl syitem -Silt mil flliclut - - Some Reservations - Judge Thomas left dangling OtHClfltr 1, j).W VKiirtiliBp M Prilifem Oilt 70 H HoUtrow QUI 70 H IMii 70 Hnl Crig 60 Opt-tMI Programs evaluated on: BjIjikviI diet Sensible (.alone loci Realist u. anety ot IikxIn Li)w-tji.hi!h-iarNihtirjle CtjmprclvnMvc cutum: program Rncouraccs learning nulniimul inlornuliiOT Pro ides heha mr mtkiilicaiion Entourages monitoring h health professional Sin ami Mead) weight loss Recognizes maintenance as key insuc lO Evans & Novak - bsolutely NOT HfCOMMFNOED if 4D at the National Review, Bennett was reminded that William F. Buckley Jr., the publication's founder and editor-at-large, has advocated liberalization of antidrug laws. If Buckley's views also Uirn out to be the magazine's, Bennett may have to consider whether he wants his name to remain on the masthead. itm, miii H loOihi 20 1 ScirMHi 20 H Immuni Ptmt 20 H Alkmi 20 Slillmin 10 Mm on fifiii imkii) Healthline MACiA.INi: 1,..iiiimiii Li mm nmniwt gptyywH wgypydw 5 1 t THIS fv .;.;?? Z. WEEK! V WASHINGTON: Close associates of Judge Clarence Thomas were furious at the lack of support supplied him by his White House handlers at the opening of Senate confirmation hearings. Thomas was baffled when senators read from his old writings but distorted their meaning by omitting key sections. White House lobbyist Fred Mc-Clure and Ken Duberstein, managing Thomas' confirmation, were seated behind the nominee, but did not spring to his assistance by passing him the full texts of what he had said. A footnote: On the day before the hearings began, President Bush telephoned Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph Biden to apologize for an unauthorized television commercial attacking him. Bush's advisers had split over the wisdom of such a call, with most recommending that he should not. Former President Carter used the word "explosive" to describe sections of a new book about alleged efforts of Republican political operatives to ward off an "October Surprise" aimed at releasing American hostages in Iran before the 1980 election. The book, by Carter's former national-security aide Gary Sick, is not finished. But Carter told a key Democratic politician that Sick claims new documentation to back his case that advisers of then-Republican presidential nom- House Republican Whip Newt Gingrich, whose Atlanta suburban district was devastated by the Democratic-controlled Georgia Legislature's redistricting plan, is about to switch to a new, safely Republican district on the other side of the city. That would turn the tails on a prolonged campaign by Georgia Democrats against Gingrich, currently the state's only Republican in Congress. In seeking to get rid of him, the anti-Newt plan significantly weakens Democratic voting strength in at least four other congressional districts. Not only will Gingrich survive if he manages to switch districts, but he is recruiting Republican candidates to run in the weakened Democratic districts. inee Ronald Reagan sought to delay release of the hostages. Carter gave the Democratic politician no details but said that President Bush's close friend Don Gregg, now ambassador to South Korea, could be implicated. Full-scale investigations, independent of Sick's own probe, are about to get under way in both the Senate and the House. Former drug czar William J. Bennett, a new senior editor of the National Review, was most unpleasantly surprised to see in the conservative magazine a full-page advertisement by the Drug Policy Foundation announcing awards to advocates of drug legalization. A $100,000 award went to Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman, who has urged that many restricted substances be made legal. A $10,000 prize went to another drug legalizer, federal Judge Robert Sweet of New York. Both Friedman and Sweet have been sharply criticized by Bennett. Complaining to his associates l Lose All The Weight You Can For ( FOR CENTER NEAREST I I I THIS WEEK! 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