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Thursday, September 19, 1991
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Thursday, September 19, 1991 THE CINC INNATI ENQUIRER CommeMA-11 Solution for schools lies in neighborhood TO THE EDITOR- Th tw claims is a negotiated process between the insurance company and the attorney. There are two parties who have failed in the negotiation process, not one party only. It serves no purpose to cast blame off oneself. Mr. Chesley also states that "insurers ... are presently unwilling to divest and pay, even when liability is absolute, until it is absolutely necessary to do so." The fact of the matter is there are very few absolute liability cases. Secondly, plaintiff attorneys traditionally ask for too much money to settle cases. No reasonable mind would automatically pay what an attorney initially demands on a case. It is common practice for most attorneys to seek many times the amount at which a church don't want to pay for all the lawsuits against priests who have been caught molesting children, committing homosexual acts, or fathering children out of wedlock. I would like to see the financial files of all such lawsuits or payoffs. I think even the richest of the rich would be shocked. JOANNE C. ROSEY 1157 Anderson Ferry Road. Support Israel Israel has asked the United States for humanitarian help in resettling almost a million refugees from Ethiopia and Soviet Russia. Not cash, not a loan, but a loan guarantee for $10 billion. This would allow Israel to borrow from private sources and, contrary to the scurrilous propaganda permeating the radio and TV talk shows, instigated by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, will in no way reduce the federal monies available to meet domestic (state and municipal) needs. This absorption program will result in an investment in the U.S. economy. Much of the money Israel will borrow from private banks will be spent in the United States for American goods. It is, as Lyndon Johnson said of U.S. support for Israel, the right thing to do. JAMES J. BEHR 3805 Williamsburg Road. Operation Rescue It is evident from his letter (Sept. 1) that Robert Keiter is unfamiliar with Operation Rescue and its efforts, although that may be somewhat under standable considering the inaccuracy of some local media reporting (or lack of it) of the events in Wichita. Rescuers may be called fanatics now, but so were the "revolutionaries" who founded our country. Martin Luther King's crusaders were called worse than that. Operation Rescue does support all 11 local crisis pregnancy centers (CPC), and no rescue is carried out without CPC and sidewalk counselors ready to help those who decide not to kill their babies. There is a long list of parents waiting to adopt, and rescuers often offer direct aid themselves. As for single-mindedness, we believe that killing babies is wrong and saving babies is right. As for going to hell, that's God's call, not ours or any humans. Sure there is a lot of pain out there in unwanted children. We Christians have a lot of work to do. We can choose pain and life, or pain in death. As for the rescuers, we think it an honor to serve jail time for the life of a baby. If we are out there risking our body, you better believe we're ready to help those we save. ALLEN RAINEY 8887 Eagleview. Liability suits Stanley Chesley's guest column (Sept. 6) contains a lot of misconceptions about insurance companies. Why are so many cases litigated? Mr. Chesley states it is "because of the reluctance of insurers to resolve cases prior to the filing of a suit." I am surprised he chooses to put all the blame on the insurance companies. Settlement of port on school structure is a good opening gun m the drive to save public education, the bulwark of our democracy. To achieve significant, lasting change, the community and its leaders now need to address the underlying socioeconomic system at the root of school problems. Brown vs. Board of Education mandated integrated public schools and their proven educational uplift. In the 1960s, Cincinnati chose open enrollment and alternative schools. This was perhaps the good and only solution then, but it is neither good nor the only solution for the 2000s. The proposed voucher system will only accelerate decline. We need alternative neighborhoods, not alternative schools. We need neighborhoods and schools where the values and knowledge taught have meaning. (The hours spent in school by a child have no meaning if every other aspect of the child's life cries out against him.) Cincinnati has a unique pilot opportunity which threatens no one. The pilot minidistrict advocated by the Buenger report should be Over-the-Rhine (OTR). This "most valuable piece of undetermined urban real estate in the United States," if converted to an alternative multicultural, mixed-income neighborhood, would position Cincinnati well for the 2000s. The advantages to downtown are obvious. Initiatives with inherent democratic Readers' views demographics such as the potential1 statecounty office building, financial incentives to gulf war veterans, etc., would be good seeds to a thriving residentialcommercial OTR. JOSEPH W. HENRY 249 Hosea Ave. Catholic priests How many times do we even hear about it when a priest is caught doing something illegal and immoral? The church covers it up and simply ships the guilty party to another parish, where the people are unaware of his improprieties and he continues his molestations. This is definitely a black eye for the church and all the straight priests who are doing a good job. I would like the archbishop to take an honest poll of his priests. I think both he and the pope would have to face the fact that the Catholic Church, with its strict rules against married priests, is drawing only the men with problems, either mental or physiological. The church had better get with the times and allow priests to marry and be normal, or it will go down the tubes. Hard-working people who support the case is ultimately settled. Do policyholders want their insurance companies to haphazardly expend extravagant dollars on even clear liability cases? I think not! What I truly believe our American legal system needs is fewer "frivolous or otherwise unnecessary" lawsuits. If a judge or jury decides such cases are "losers," make the plaintiff and attorney reimburse the defense for their expenses. This would be one step toward reform. RUSS DAHLEM Claims Manager Royal Insurance 525 Vine St. Letters Address 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. Rotating shifts for city police T XlTony U..II Lan9 timely values on Timeless pieces. Burkhardt's presents the classics. Navy flannel and camel hair sport coats with all the luxury detailing, in a coat you'll wear for years to come. Complemented, as always, by Burkhardt's superb tailoring and service. And for a short time these classics are a superior value. But hurry, these timeless pieces won't be specially priced forever. more senior officers will be out on the three other shifts (3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and the 8 p.m to 4 a.m. overlay shift). Before 1986, Cincinnati police rotated shifts every 28 days. Last time Captain Knox checked, Philadelphia police rotated (gasp!) every seven days. Sleep reseachers such as Dr. Kramer are learning what works and doesn't in adapting to shift changes: "The longer you are on a shift," he said, "the better chance you have for adapting." Rotations through the clock from days to evenings to nights work better than jumping back and forth. The older you are, the harder it is to make shift changes. Also, body temperature changes throughout the daily sleepwake cycle which is why one should-not exercise before bedtime. One intriguing new discovery by Harvard University's Dr. Charles A. Czeisler and others is that a shift worker's bodily "pacemaker" can be reset by as much as 12 hours within only two to three days by carefully timed exposure to very bright light at night and almost complete darkness during daytime sleep. People so treated tended to sleep two hours longer than control subjects, so extra sleep may also help them adapt. Cincinnati police might want to look into the timed use of very bright lights for their rotating night-shift patrols. On Sept. 22, Cincinnati police return to working rotating shifts. Moonlighting patrol officers with low seniority may be least thrilled with the new plan. Some expect double disruption in their lives. I'm told well over 60 moonlight on off-duty police details. Rotating shifts might seem at first glance to bode ill for police alertness and health. Since the turn of the century, medical researchers have reported that shift workers' circadian rhythms do not completely adapt to an inverted sleepwake cycle even after years of permanent night work. Among the effects are diminished alertness and increases in fatique-re-lated accidents during night shifts. Including auto accidents a big problem for police. Yet next week, Cincinnati police squads will begin rotating shifts every 56 days. With Cincinnati's violent crime rate up almost 22 in the first six months of 1991, are rotating shifts wise at this time for public safety or police health? Long-term exposure to variable work schedules including night shifts has also been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal illness, reproductive dysfunction in women and sleep disorders. But the new shift plan will not rotate all police only about 40 and many of those opted for rotating shifts. Dr. Milton Kramer, head of the Sleep Disorder Center at Bethesda Hospital, tells me about 10 of us are "owls" who thrive on nighttime wakefulness and daytime sleep. Non-owls who opt for night shifts may do so for various reasons such as to be free to baby-sit days while the other spouse works. Choice may remove the stress of not being given any choice of shift assignment, but according to Dr. Kramer, a night worker still faces the physiological problem of adapting to an inverted sleepwake cycle. Capt. Bruce Knox of District 4 told me police psychologist Walter Lippert had recommended all street officers rotate for relief from the sameness of fixed shifts and for exposure to a broader slice of society. Cincinnati police instead opted for a combination rotating and fixed-shift plan like none other in the country as far as Captain Knox knows. The entire police division was surveyed: 60 preferred fixed shifts and 40 preferred rotating. A task force made up of street officers created the new plan roughly faithful to that 60-40 preference. Street officers' shift and squad choices are awarded by seniority every 12 months. Knox said in District 4, 86 got their first or second choice. Most senior officers in the past opted for first shift (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) leaving an imbalance of junior officers on later shifts. It is expected, with rotating squads, Tony Lang is a staff columnist for The Enquirer. j Israel: Democrats' dilemma Evans & Novak V 0 i Congress demands the $10 billion loan guarantee at once. One of its most astute leaders, Rep. Stephen Solarz, moved further into the dangers of an open-ended foreign-aid program last weekend. He told us on CNN that if Jewish immigration to Israel doubled or tripled from the presently expected 1 million emigres, the United States would have an obligation to help finance the additional absorption costs no matter how massive the exodus. The Democrats, in the words of one Republican, are "sailing into a cul de sac" that could cut them off from what had looked like their lifeline to a formidable 1992 challenge to Bush. Now it is the president who has committed his administration against a new foreign entanglement and the Democrats who are taking the lead in a foreign-aid program far removed from their demand to redirect American spending from overseas. It is a rare win-win situation for Bush. Even if he should lose to the Democratic Congress on the loan guarantees, he will win the political debate. Indeed, with longtime Republican supporters so angry, the Shamir regime may start having second thoughts. WASHINGTON: President Bush's Republican-backed rejection of Israel's demand for instant gratification on its $10 billion loan guarantee has given him an answer to Democratic cries of "Come home, America" and attacks on him for ignoring the domestic front. It is growing Republican support that makes Bush's political posture so comfortable. When Israeli Finance Ministry official David Brodet told a closed-door meeting of congressmen last week that it is "essential" not to make it appear that the United States can "deliver" Israel to the Arabs, GOP Rep. Bob McEwen of Ohio strongly disagreed. What is essential, he politely told Brodet in private, is to show the Arabs "that Israel cannot deliver the United States" and that the United States has an agenda of its own. McEwen was reflecting the mood of a majority of Republicans who surely count themselves staunch friends of Israel but who are not part of the pro-Israel congressional lobby that dominates debate over matters affecting the Jewish state. Blocking Israel's demand for immediate action on the loan guarantees in fact is solidly grounded in the president's fear that it would torpedo his Mideast peace conference. White House aides deny that Bush is counting on a domestic political windfall from his tough stance against Israel on the loan question. Nevertheless, this is an intrinsically attractive political decision by candidate Bush in a bleak economic climate where foreign aid is more unpopular than ever. Israel's ability to repay $10 billion in loans is simply not taken for granted inside the Bush administration. Indeed, some officials worry that the first $10 billion in guarantees may be the precursor of future loans needed to finance the debt repayment. Beyond the numbers, denying Israel immediate guarantees is a direct contradiction of what is emerging as the main political theme of 1992 Democratic presidential candidates: George Bush "doesn't care about you and me" but only about helping foreign countries and building a new world abroad. This theme was enunciated forcefully in the declaration of presidential candidacy by Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder and picked up by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa. 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