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Tuesday, October I, 1991 TIIF. CINCINNATI ENQUIRER CommentA-7 Poverty population could doom schools diate loan guarantees from the United States that would enable it to settle Jewish refugees on land allotted Palestinians over two decades ago. Small wonder Arabs are resorting to terrorism and taking hostages. Nuclear proliferation must be curbed if life on Earth is to continue. Saddam should not have the capacity to wage nuclear war. Nor should Israel. Why aren't U.N. observers assuring the rights of Palestinians on the West Bank and overseeing the dismantling of Israel's nuclear reactor? ETHEL EDWARDS 898 Walnut St. Red herring dents who choose not to use the center be labeled racist? Will students who don't attend the center face administrative and social sanctions? Such extremism is becoming commonplace on many college campuses. Will incoming "freshpersons" be required to visit the center as part of their "sensitivity training"? Shouldn't students, white or otherwise, go to the center because they want to study, learn and enrich their viewpoint by speaking with others who may have different outlooks? Will the stated goals of the center be served if students feel compelled to go because it's the correct thing to do? Many will be dismayed, too, if the lecture circuit at the center is joined by people like Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton, Leonard Jeffries and others whose racial hatred toward whites, Jews and Asians is well documented. If the center becomes a podium for stone-throwing and anti-white rhetoric, those who have expressed reservation based on racial separatism will have a strong argument. WILLIAM BRAND WASHBURN 1562 Buckboard Lane. Boomer fan In response to all of the criticism of Boomer Esiason, if you hit an all-pro in the hands with the football, should he not catch it? If the receiver has a 45-yard route, can he not alter it so that the ball is not behind him? If a defender can come around our receiver for an interception, should the receiver not come back for the catch, instead of standing there? When the opposition is helping Boomer buckle his chin strap just after the snap, should he not have a little more time? Through all of this bad receiver pass routes, bad hands, no protection, and a coach who can't get the next foot out of his mouth fast enough this gentleman has not blamed referees, teammates or coaching staff. He has taken all of the heat for the four losses. This shows me that Boomer not only has talent, but also a lot more character and class than has been publicly acknowledged. If he were in Buffalo, Jim Kelly would be second string. Thanks Boomer. JAMES TERGERSON 2601 Kathleen Court. U.N. inspections The president is right in declaring that U.N. inspection teams must be guaranteed the right to check on Iraq's nuclear capabilities. Why not inspections for all countries, with reduction and elimination of nuclear arsenals as the ultimate goal? For such inspections to be acceptable, they would have to be equitable and administered by some supra-national organization, with rules known to and accepted by the global community. No question that the United Nations should curb Saddam Hussein's nuclear build-up, as well as that of neighboring Israel, which, aided and abetted by the United States, has built a nuclear reactor. Neither the United States nor the United Nations should countenance preferential treatment for any one country. When Iraq did not withdraw from Kuwait by the U.N.'s deadline, American planes began a saturation bombing of that country. Israel, on the other hand, had never complied with U.N.-negotiated terms to end the hostilities of 1967. Presently, Israel is demanding imme TO THE EDITOR: Guest columnist David Black ("Reforming the School System," Sept. 23) had many good ideas. But the major problem is that the city schools are inundated with kids who are "almost unteachable." They are unteachable because so many are from impoverished homes, raised by single mothers who themselves are illiterate and often irresponsible. They are frequently raised in a terrible family life that may consist of an unhealthy diet, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and a revolving door of strange men who sometimes get their mom pregnant. The support services suggested by Mr. Black might help a little. But when these kids hit their teens, I think most would fall back to the bad habits learned in their environment. The worst scenario is that this poverty population is dramatically growing. In contrast, the population of kids with productive and educated parents who are more likely to be teachable is declining, because many traditional parents have been having fewer kids since the 1960s. A few decades ago, the city school population might have consisted of one child out of 10 coming from single-parent poverty homes. Today, it is probably five out of 10. (Mr. Black stated that as many as 95 of the kids from single-parent homes are poverty-level). In another decade, the "almost unteachable" will probably grow to eight out Readers' views of 10 of the kids attending school. So no matter how efficient the schools become, they are doomed in the long run as long as our society does not face up to the poor's unabated and destructive baby boom. Somehow this population has to change its morals and learn about and utilize birth control. ED ROTHENBERG 2718 Hampshire Ave. UC Afro center I hope the stated mission of the University of Cincinnati's African-American Cultural and Research Center is achieved ("Black Center Called a Boost to UC," Sept. 19). If cultural appreciation, education and racial unity are affected in a positive way, then the cost of the center will pale in comparison with the benefits. But there remain real doubts which only time will eliminate. Elizabeth Tillis, student body president, said it would be "real important for student leaders who are white to go to the center and set an example for other white students." It's politically and socially correct. What of the educational choice and freedom of association? Will white stu Patrick Buchanan's column "Conservatives Won Cold War" (Sept. 16) encapsulates anti-communism as a crusade, a real battle fought during the past 50 years, with Barry Goldwater as a John the Baptist and heralding Ronald Reagan as its field marshal. It smacks of the John Birch Society, equating communism or the "red scare" with everything evil. The real threat of Soviet expansionism never materialized past Eastern Europe. Expanding free markets in the West saw to that. After Richard Nixon went to China and Russia in 1972, the residue was all "red herring." The Cold War was won by default from the failure of a (Marxist) revolution to take hold from the grassroots level. The real champion is Mikhail Gorbachev and his policy of glasnost. TERRENCE WILZ 410 Arlington Lockland. The problem's in the process Who'll vouch for vouchers? WASHINGTON: On the To y Germond & Witcover ,1 iony fM Lang ;.&m1 tion process. So the nominees' common strategy was to muddy the waters with elaborate obfuscation that might make them look foolish, as it did, but would not provide the smoking gun on which their confirmations would be put in jeopardy. That is precisely what has happened, and it is also the reason they are the butts of jokes and such obvious contributors to popular cynicism about the system. The problem, of course, is that no one can prove Clarence Thomas has been spending his spare time debating the abortion issue with friends and associates. During the hearings he dismissed even his well-documented advocacy of "natural law" as a kind of idle speculation by a "part-time political theorist" rather than some deeply held belief that would govern his conduct on the Supreme Court. And if Gates insists he has "no recollection" of this conversation or that meeting, who is to prove the contrary. But the result has been the disheartening spectacle of nominees for two of the highest tions in the government appearing to be less than they must be. The White House and the senators on the two committees know the whole thing is a meaningless ritual dance. And, as the polls and Jay Leno have demonstrated, so does the public. merchants in the next town over. Berkeley calls its vouchers Berkely Cares Vouchers, so let's give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they mean it. They are not claiming it's some ultimate cure-all. It's simply a means for the ordinary Joe to do something one-on-one for a homeless person and know the handout won't be wasted on drugs, booze or tobacco and is less likely to be stolen than cash money. A voucher might help the street person clean himself up a little. Simple as that. No big deal. Berkeley claims its vouchers are forgery-proof. Anything can be abused. Less than honest merchants could ignore the restrictions and exhange alcohol or whatever for vouchers. I, for one, would still buy vouchers and, yes, gladly go to the little extra trouble of keeping a few vouchers handy in my pocket every day. The Soviets ironically have the opposite problem: Their almost worthless ruble is not convertible outside their country. In the case of our down-and-out, our dollar inside is often too convertible into illegal drugs, booze, smokes, whatever. And who says only institutions can help the down-and-out? A little more person-to-person contact through handing out food vouchers might do us all some good in this community. night show the other night comedian Jay Leno told of a poll-taker testing opinion on whether Clarence Thomas should be confirmed for the Supreme Court. As it happened, the pollster called Thomas himself, Leno recounted, "but he said he had no opinion." It is axiomatic in American politics today that the politician who becomes the butt of jokes on the Tonight show is in a peck of trouble. In this case, the butt is not just Thomas but the whole charade of the confirmation process that is being played out here these days. The voters have been watching Thomas repeatedly claim he has no opinion on the abortion question and Roe vs. Wade. And they have been watching Robert Gates, President Bush's nominee for director of Central Intelligence, insist repeatedly that he cannot recall conversations about the Iran-Contra affair that other CIA officials seem to remember in some detail. In both cases, the nominees are expected to be confirmed by comfortable margins. But their performances have strained the credulity of even the most gullible Americans and contributed to the pervasive cynicism in the electorate about government and politics. It is one thing for Clarence Thomas to say, as he did, that he should not make a judgment on an issue, Roe vs. Wade, likely to face the court shortly after he is confirmed. That is a legitimate position for any judicial nominee. It is quite another thing, however, to behave as if you have been living I never thought I would live long enough to see Cincinnati, Ohio, seriously considering anything invented in Berkeley, Calif., in the so-called land of fruits and nuts. Berkeley's latest invention is vouchers for homeless people. Since word got out, lots of other cities are taking a look at voucher programs of their own. Berkeley's vouchers can be purchased from local merchants and used like cash to buy food, launder clothes, pay bus fares almost anything dollars would buy except for illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco products. Those are excluded. In Cincinnati, Drop-Inn Center officials and FreeStore folk have blasted the voucher idea as no cure for homelessness not that anyone ever suggested it was. Certainly, down-and-out people need treatment, jobs, clean clothes, affordable housing. I still like the idea of vouchers. In fact, I would extend the voucher program far beyond handouts to homeless. The Columbus mother who shot her three children the other day reportedly used money from her welfare check to purchase the murder weapon in this case, a gun. The deranged woman could just as easily have used a Louisville Slugger baseball bat, but nonetheless, if the reports are correct, your tax dollars and mine went toward purchase of a murder weapon to kill babies. I have no illusions a voucher program could keep every wacko bent on mayhem from buying some implement of destruction or self-destruction. I just don't want to keep paying for such things in some plastic capsule shut off from the real world while the nation has debated the abortion issue with so much heat. Indeed, it would be a fair question to wonder whether anyone so intellectually incurious should serve on the Supreme Court. The Gates case is just as ridiculous, and the voters know it. A new opinion poll shows that 58 of the people think he has not been telling the truth about what he knew about Iran-Contra and when he knew it. By all accounts, Gates is an intelligent man with a reputation for paying close attention to detail in his previous assignments. But there were literally dozens of cases in Gates' written answers to questions and testimony in which he asserted that he couldn't recall what had happened at a particular time. In this case, the question would be whether we should have a CIA director with either a terrible memory or the lack of bureaucratic sophistication that allowed him to miss his agency's involvement in something as bizarre as the Iran-Contra affair. This hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, speak-no-evil strategy has been dictated by a White House recognition that both nominees were carrying some baggage that could prove explosive in the confirma either through handouts or taxes. What's so wrong with a voucher limited to spending only on food, clothing, rent or transportation? Okay, sure they could spend all their vouchers on Twinkies. They could swap vouchers for cash. Nothing's perfect, not even city council. Personally, I would much rather have somebody hustle me by asking, "Buddy, can you spare a voucher?" than by demanding, "Give me $8 to fix my car." Two able-bodied guys gave me that routine a month ago, with no car in sight, and they got real put-out when I refused. Those two, I wouldn't have given a 25C voucher. I also love hearing homeless advocates from institutions in what must be one of Ohio's most concentrated, overloaded homeless neighborhoods Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine warn that a voucher program would fill up the downtown with panhandlers. Note the "all-or-nothing" argument. Hey, if that's the way anyone feels, let him purchase his vouchers only from Over-the-Rhine merchants and only hand them out in Over-the-Rhine. Or only in Indian Hill. Or for anyone who wants to apply a little "Greyhound therapy" to panhandlers, he can always buy his vouchers from Jack Germond and Jules Wit-cover are Washington-based, nationally syndicated columnists. Tony Lang is a staff columnist for The Enquirer. Recession talk in California HO Evans '7vE & Novak 11 Bush political strategists want a Californian in the Cabinet, and there doesn't seem to be any chance for one to fill the vacancy as attorney general. Deputy Commerce Secretary Rockwell Schna-bel, a Los Angeles insurance executive and California Republican fund-raiser, is under consideration to replace Mosbacher. But Bush insiders would much rather have a Hispanic to fill the gap left by the sacking of Lauro Cavazos as education secretary. One name on the list: Long Beach businessman Ron Cedillos. WASHINGTON: When President Bush huddled privately with his big West Coast financial contributors during his latest visit to California, he was told the bad news: The economy is much worse than you admit. The Republican fat cats took issue with optimistic reports of recovery coming out of Washington. Many of them contended that the worst is yet to come in the Golden State. A footnote: White House aides privately regard Bush's California fund-raiser for appointive Sen. John Seymour as a disaster. For the president to cross the continent and raise less than $100,000 is a sign of both the state's failing economy and Seymour's uphill climb for election next year. INCOME TAX COURSE CURRICULUM-During the 75-hour course, students will study all phases of income tax preparation including current laws, theory and application. GRADUATES WILL RECEIVE an H&R BLOCK certificate of achievement as well as the opportunity to interview for employment with H&R BLOCK. However, completion of the course does not guarantee employment. H&R BLOCK KNOWS TAXES AND HOW to teach them. Our instructors are experienced BLOCK personnel who make each session an exciting experience with discussion sessions, reference materials and instructions using regulation forms and schedules. CLASSES ARE NOW FORMING-Enrollment is open and classes begin soon. A choice of morning, afternoon and evening sessions are available. Anyone may enroll. Applicants need only the willingness to learn about taxes. THE TUITION COST IS LOW and covers the complete course, including textbook, all materials, supplies, reference guides and registration. There are no extra charges An installment payment plan is available if desired. FULL DETAILS ARE AS CLOSE AS YOUR telephone. Just call for complete information as to class locations, starting dates, tuition, etc. Act promptly as classroom space is limited. Early registration will ensure your place in the school. Chances of getting enough money to start a presidential campaign for Rep. David McCurdy of Oklahoma may have received a death blow from Pamela Harri-man, the doyenne of Democratic Party finance. McCurdy, House Intelligence Committee chairman, has generated interest as a centrist Democratic candidate, but must build a war chest. His big hope has been help from the widow of Averell Harriman, Democratic elder statesman and heir to a railroad fortune. But Mrs. Harriman tells friends that won't happen. She says her candidate was Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and that when he decided not to run, she decided to stay on the sidelines in 1992. Famed anti-Communist Vladimir Bukovsky came home to Moscow after years of self-imposed exile and went straight to the office of the new KGB chief, Va-dim Bakatin. Bukovsky, who spent 12 years in Soviet prisons, also appeared on television to appeal for a complete opening of all KGB files. Bakatin, a reformer who was fired as interior minister by President Mikhail Gorbachev under pressure from hard-liners, may go along with Bukovsky. His agreement would expose the files of the most infamous secret police organization in world history. H&R BLOCK OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1991, 3:00-8:00 p.m. Call for class time & location French President Francois Mitterrand infuriated German President Richard Von Weizsacker by showing up a full hour late for their scheduled meeting in Bonn. German ceremonial troops were forced to stand at attention, awaiting his arrival. At the joint press conference ending the visit a day later, Mitterrand jumped in to take the first question and delivered a 15-minute answer. Mitterrand's planned tardiness also angered President Bush at the London Economic Summit in July. He kept Bush and host Prime Minister John Major cooling their heels before the opening session. Eastern District 6938 Montgomery Rd. 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