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THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1991 SECTION B MO Environment becomes front-burner issue Camilla Warrick EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 MetoSot F1 BY RICHARD GREEN The Cincinnati Enquirer Candidates for Cincinnati City Council are used to fielding questions on a range of To familiarize voters with the 26 candidates for Cincinnati City Council who will appear on this year's ballot, The Enquirer will print their photos and a brief position statement each of the four Sundays before the Nov. 5 election. Today, the candidates identify their top environmental priority, Page B-8. issues, from potholes to flying pigs. 4 fJtjwwJ lll5lW' Yet. there's a burning issue confronting candidates this year like never before, council members and hopefuls say. The issue is the environment. , "It's definitely moved to the front burn er this vear. That s one ot the issues everybody wants to talk about," said Coun take countermeasures. In August, council members after weeks of debate among environmental advocates and business leaders unanimously adopted a package of measures aimed at cleaning Cincinnati's air. The "clean air law," as it has become known, adopts all state and federal air pollution standards and gives the city the right to slap $25,000-a-day fines on violators. Also, citizens can sue polluting companies for repeated violations if the city does not. The ordinance also created the Office of Environmental Management. The 20-per-son panel which will cost about $150,000 a year is charged with tackling all environmental issues facing the city. "No one can deny that the environment has been a top concern of this council," said Bobbie Sterne, the Charterite chairwoman of council's Intergovernmental Affairs and Environment Committee. "And I don't think any of us will deny that it will continue to be in the next council term." cilman and Democratic candidate reter Strauss, who has run for council seven times. Columbus Day hard for some to celebrate Every October Kathy Wakil has ached in silence. The problem is Columbus Day. It's difficult for a Native American to get excited about the man -who launched the long, brutal conquest of the people who were already here. It's also difficult to express that pain on a day your government tells you to party. Who wants to hear the wail of a victim? But now, as the hoopla builds for the 500th anniversary of Christopher Colum Added Councilman Guy Guckenberger, . the 40 billion gallons of untreated waste the system allows to reach the Ohio River each year. A city report estimates the cost to repair the aging system at $2.2 billion. Almost 9.8 million pounds of toxins were emitted from Hamilton County industries into the air in 1988 and 1989 the highest emission figure among all Ohio counties, according to Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records. An environmental group's study maintained that children in Lower Price Hill experienced significant health problems and high rates of learning disabilities, possibly from exposure to lead pollution. The disclosures forced city council to an Independent-Republican: "The environment is a No. 1 issue out there." Democratic candidate Roxanne Quails. "In years past, some thought it to be faddish or superficial. No one can say that this election." One reason is that Cincinnati residents have been exposed to a number of startling reports in the past year revealing significant problems with everything from the air in Lower Price Hill to the labyrinth of sewer lines snaking through the city. Some of the problems: The Metropolitan Sewer District handles more toxic-laden sewage, discharged largely from area industry, than any other sewer system in Ohio. Environmental groups also have complained about In previous elections, small pockets of Cincinnati voters expressed concern about the air, soil and water in the city, but environmental issues were overshadowed, candidates say. But this year, "it seems that politicians have discovered the environment, said bus' landing in the West Indies, the ig nored part of the story is being told. People like Wakil, who is three-quarters Indian (Blackfoot, Cheyenne and Chero kee), are speaking out. lackwell acts 01 work B stage "Most Native Americans feel that if we celebrate anything, it's having survived 500 years of living under someone else's rule," said Wakil, a Northern Kentucky mother of five. Former mayor sees U.N. post as politics with interpreters None of the inhabitants of the island of Hispaniola were that lucky. After 40 years of living under Spanish rule, introduced by Columbus, an entire race was obliterated. Most Americans don't know the sordid facts that surround the man. Although we've been honoring hirn for decades as the intrepid Renaissance sailor, we'd be hard-pressed to write more than a para graph about his enterprise. We ve been taught he was bold, brave, pious. But we probably weren't instructed about his lust for wealth. Suspecting gold in the hills of Hispaniola, Admiral Columbus ordered each inhabitant over 14 years old to produce enough gold dust every three months to fill a small bell. If they couldn't deliver, their hands were cut off, according to Oregon educator Bill Bige-low, who has researched Columbus' life and writings. :wwsta... If the supply proved unsatisfactory, Columbus initiated a - slave trade. He rounded up 1,500 natives, picked 500 who would fit on the ship and sent them to Seville. Although only 300 survived the journey, Columbus continued to promote C t'i the practice. Reassessing history BY ANNE WILLETTE Gannett News Service WASHINGTON As far as J. Kenneth Blackwell can tell, international diplomacy is just local politics with inter- : preters. The former Cincinnati mayor and council member now is the U.S. representative to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. He is the nation's leading voice in the world body charged with establishing, promoting and protecting basic individual rights. But he still is counting votes and building coalitions. , Only now, he counts votes from 53 member nations, instead of nine city-council members and he leads the delega-. tion for the pre-eminent, world power; -5, " "People would say to me," how', is.it.. that you have to negotiate with countries ) as diverse as Syria and Germany? And I'd say it's no different than having to negotiate simultaneously with the FOP and AFSCME," Blackwell said in a reference to the Fraternal Order of Police and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. "You have to listen closely in diplomacy. People use nuance. Subtlety is raised to a new art form. Masters of diplomacy can talk to you for an hour and say nothing but make you delighted that they just spent an hour with you." President Bush appointed Blackwell to the human-rights post in January, after he lost the election for the First District congressional seat to Charles Luken. Bush and Republicans had persuaded Blackwell to quit his post as a high-level federal housing official to run against Luken. . Blackwell is one of the most prominent black officials in the Bush administration. Because of his race, he said, African diplomats find it easier to open up to him. But he has had to win over Western diplomats who wondered if he were an affirmative-action appointment. On balance, Blackwell believes his race has not been a factor in his effectiveness. The job requires Blackwell to shuttle between Cincinnati, where he, his wife, Rosa, and children still live, and the State Department in Washington, the United Hans Koning, author of Columbus: His O 0 Enterprise, quotes the admiral from his own correspondence, "Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold. These are details that may have es- caped the average American, That's because curricula didn't include them. But that is starting to change. Diana Porter, a ninth-grade teacher at Woodward High School, says her students will be spending tomorrow taking a hard look at Columbus, They've already been collecting mate rials, evaluating old children s books, as Gannett News ServiceShawn Spence sailing the myth with reality. "We're Former Mayor J. Kenneth Blackwell is the nation's leading voice in the world body charged with protecting human rights. trying to use this Columbus anniversary year to broaden understanding," Porter said. "We want to encourage people to think multi-culturally. That may sound like an academic ex- ercise, a simple accomplishment. But Wakil knows that it isn't, She's spent human rights of Cubans through its economic embargo. Blackwell entered the United Nations at an auspicious time. With the collapse of communism, countries that routinely voted against the United States those in Eastern Europe, for example now are voting with it. People who foilow the commission (Please see BLACKWELL, Page B-ll) shame and embarrass countries into improving human rights by exposing their conduct. But the commission is subject to political pressures and, because of that, has been criticized as ineffective. Until recently, the United States was unable to get the commission to condemn Cuba for human-rights violations. Communist and Latin American countries joined to block U.S. initiatives. And Cuba complained that the United States was violating the Nations in New York and the commission meetings in Geneva. Blackwell deals with such matters as ethnic violence in Yugoslavia, political imprisonment, torture, self-determination and free speech. He works in an arena where individual rights largely taken for granted in this country are the subjects of negotiation. The United Nations formed the Commission on Human Rights in 1946. The commission's power is in its ability to years protecting graves of the Shawnee and Mound Builders from looters and trying to convince others of their impor tance. She had spent years before that trying to counter the education her children received in public schools with what she had learned from her elders. "You get so sick of hearing your people referred to as savages and heathens," she said. Girl apparently killed by arrow through chest To think multi-culturally isn't just to acknowledge the presence of other races or salute their accomplishments. It's to view history from many perspectives and not relegate the struggle to the past. When an organization formed this year to commemorate an old battle between whites and Indians in Clermont County, members realized they had to do it dif i 1 n J J ferently. Whatever gets said about that March, 1792, skirmish, which !imon iven ton led for the white settlers and Tecum seh led for the Shawnee, must come from I y v two cultures. It must exDlain their clashing visions their differing attitudes toward land and property rights. And it must set the record straicht. The only marker to the decided to stay to do some fishing, King said. ; Cincinnati police and Hamilton County Coroner's Office workers combed the area for almost three hours under threatening skies looking for clues to the killing; Jay wouldn't say what they found, nor would he comment on the girl's wounds. But Flannery said the girl had been shot with a bow and arrow. "(The body) was out in the open. There was an arrow stuck through the chest," Flannery said, pointing to his clavicle. King said the girl had on no shoes, though shoes were near the body. She was dressed in black corduroy slacks; a red and white shirt; and a pink, blue and gray sweat jacket. Her hair was pulled back, possibly in a ponytail. Police said she wore glasses with rose frames, had a 4- to 5-inch scar on her right knee and weighed 103 pounds. The woman's body was taken to the Hamilton County morgue, where an au battle says the Indians were defeated. But by sheila Mclaughlin The Cincinnati Enquirer A couple looking for a fishing spot at a Riverside park Saturday discovered the body of a girl who apparently was shot with a bow and arrow. Cincinnati homicide detectives are working to identify the girl. "At this point, we don't know who she is," said Sgt. John Jay of the violent crime section. "The body looks to be a female, possibly in her teens," Jay said. Police later said she appeared to be of Oriental descent, 15 to 29 years old, with shoulder-length black hair. Jay said she may have been dead two days. Police consider the case a homicide. Eugene Flannery and Sharon King of Price Hill found the body about 2:30 p.m. in a grove on Southside Avenue just east of the public boat launch at Riverside Park on River Road. The couple had just finished watching a friend's soccer game at the park and 4 i7 f a dozen accounts of that day ten other 5 J -v wise. 1 . f v J A . "We want to put up our own marker or monument," said Rick Crawford, historian for the Grassy Run Histoncal Arts committee, "and make it right." It isn't much, one half-truth toppled in a country full of them, but it s a De ... 1i 1 ' ginning. The Cincinnati EnquirerPhaedra Singelia Camilla Warrick's column appears on Sun Cincinnati police remove the body of an unidentified female who was found near the Ohio River on Saturday with anarrowjpj topsy will be performed. days. 1 malm I

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