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Wednesday, October 16, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Comment A-1 3 Students indoctrinated by clever use of words was sentenced to 15-60 years; she has been sentenced to life. Incidentally, why is it that all the members of the parole board are people with direct connections to the penaljudicial system? What about representation from the general public, or even one or two victims who survived? They would throw a new light on the parole question, and maybe some of the ill-advised paroles would be less likely to occur. RICHARD H. ENGELMANN 309 Carriage Circle. Readers' views House members going to the Senate to seek guidance on blocking the Thomas vote, also because of supposed sexual-harassment incidents. Jiggling coins is serious! These persons must stop such outrageous offenses against themselves. May I make a few effective suggestions? Persons such as Pat Schroeder and Geraldine Ferraro and the rest of their ilk should stop wearing makeup, perfume, deodorant and scented lotions; shave their heads instead of their underarms and legs, wear loose trousers and baggy shirts, breast binders, and men's shoes. And never, never wear lace undergarments. Absolutely, never wear pink anything! I guarantee they will no longer have the harassment problem, and they will be finally happy, and the rest of the world can get on with solving real problems facing the nation today. If jiggling coins is harassment, can you imagine what a pervert Captain Queeg must have been? JANE THOLE 11263 Marlette Drive. victim of major crime. Last year, it was one in 15. In 1970, one child in 10 was being raised in a single-parent home. In 1980, it was one in five. Today, it is one out of two. In Cincinnati today, 42 of white children and 86 of black children are raised in single-parent homes. I agree that alcohol and drugs contribute to these statistics, but they are the symptoms not the root causes. Logic tells us that human decisions and judgments are determined by the values and principles already in mind. Defective values and false principles will inevitably result in defective or false judgments. From the beginning, our nation was based on the self-evident truth that human rights come from the Creator. The purpose of government was to make secure these God-given inalienable rights. All public schools taught and recognized God, religion, prayer, Bible reading and morality as important parts of our children's value system. But during the '60s, our Supreme Court threw out of our schools these values and principles, resulting in the great increase of crime and broken homes. We must establish non-censored schools. ROBERT J. CONLON 11210 Montgomery Road. students and others with the clever use of words. Students are learning to be "politically correct." And they're learning it in a forum which brooks no opposition or dissent. A troubling legacy, whether one blames administrators or professors or both. ROLAND C. TEIGEN 5381 Hagewa Drive. TO THE EDITOR: In "Finding Dialogue on Campus" (Oct. 5), Robert Ger-vasi accurately points out that dialogue, a shared commitment to "reason through," is at least one prerequisite for restoring civility in the wake of the politically correct climate which now exists on many college campuses. Last week I spoke with a student who had enrolled in a University of Cincinnati graduate-level course purporting to be about diversity. She expected to gain an understanding of the diverse backgrounds and values of the modern work force. Instead, she was subjected to a racist diatribe as her professor declared that white people, white men in particular, are oppressors. He then pounced on a student for wearing a "Saks" shirt, denouncing her as "elitist." (Diversity in clothing is prohibited?) Was the professor attempting to create a relevant dialogue about diversity? I do not think so. The most disturbing thing about these events is that graduate students passively consented to its propagation. No protest was made, no question raised about the reasoning behind the words. Is this because these students had a similar ideological diet during their undergraduate years? Gervasi notes that in Athens, Greece, "success often rested on the clever use of language ... as a weapon of conquest." Exactly! I submit that this is the triumph of the left in this country, indoctrinating Council veterans Do you suppose we could get each of the Cincinnati council members now in their fourth term to tell us what they knew and did about the condition of our sewers and schools during the last seven years? H.F. VERITY 6363 Grand Vista. Homosexuality I couldn't believe that The Enquirer would print such misinformation as was contained in C.E. Stauffer's letter (Oct. 8). He stated that "AIDS in the United States is spread by behaviors , . . that are freely chosen by the participants." Do you really think that a heterosexual wakes up one day and consciously decides suddenly to become homosexual? If Mr. Stauffer had done any reading on the subject, he would know that homosexuality is greatly induced by a chemical imbalance andor genetic malformation in the body. Do you really think that a normal person wakes up one day and suddenly decides to throw away hisher life on drugs? Ask any addict. I neither condone nor condemn this behavior. These people are doing what they are doing because they have no control over their actions. But Mr. Stauffer wants to believe otherwise, and don't confuse the issue with facts. RALPH B. FRIEDMAN 5656 Eagle's Ridge Lane. Tatum parole case The Enquirer (Oct. 8) contains the story about the denial of parole of Larry Tatum from the imprisonment he is serving for the 1977 beating, rape and attempt to burn the body of his presumably dead victim. I believe that justice has been served by the denial, but he will be eligible for parole again in 2001. Will the poor woman he did all this to have to get a campaign going again at that time to stop his parole? Why should she have to continue to pay for that man's criminal conduct? He Harassment cure An article (Oct. 9) stated, "Ferraro disclosed that when she was an 18-year-old typist, she had been sexually harassed by her boss standing so close to her, jiggling coins in his pocket in a way that sent unmistakable sexual signals." The front page of the same issue shows a picture of several female Democratic Basic values I agree with your editorial "Children: Society Must Focus on Getting at Causes of Neglect and Abuse" (Oct. 2). Statistics show that, since the '60s, family life and crime have been going to hell. In 1961, one person in 100 was the Europe's immigration issue William Pfaff ATE SURVEY REVEALS: BANK PASSBOOK SAVINGS RATES ARE COMPETITIVE WITH MONEY MARKET FUNDS. A COMPARISON OF SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES However, beyond these arguments lies a reality that has nothing to do with theory. The skinheads, the political forces of exclusion and racism stirring in Mediterranean Europe, and in Britain, and even Scandinavia, all demonstrate that a social and political limit does indeed exist to the European peoples' willingness to accept further mass immigration. These phenomena also demonstrate the European populations' unwillingness indefinitely to accept the existence of large culturally unassimilated minorities inside their countries. It is plain, as Mr. Hurd said, that a common European policy controlling immigration is essential, as are measures of cultural as well as economic assimilation of the young migrants already installed in Western Europe. Good or bad, this is fact. No one who remembers the origins of the Second World War will underestimate the danger of substituting theory for fact in such a matter as this. One has simply to regard the religio-cultural war now going on between Serbs and Croats to understand the danger. That, and current tensions elsewhere, between Slovaks and Czechs, Azerbaijanis and Armenians, Greeks and Turks, Jews and Palestinians; among Zulus, Xhosa and Boers in South Africa to cite a few examples of many. All suggest the irresponsibility of immigration policies that promise new confrontations between peoples of deep cultural differences and expectations. BANK REGULAR SAVINGS RATES PARIS: At the British Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool the other day, Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd called for a coordinated European policy controlling immigration. Britain, behind the English Channel, is the major nation least affected by the new immigration to Europe of the Third World poor a movement of peoples which many believe will be followed by a new influx from Eastern Europe and from a chaotic Soviet Union. This immigration has provoked so-called neo-Nazi violence in Germany in recent weeks (so-called, because these skinhead toughs are racist and stupidly nationalist, but ignorant of the reality of Nazi or fascist belief). Immigrant-worker and political-refugee hostels have been pillaged and burned. Germany has more than its share of such refugees because Germany's laws on political asylum are particularly generous. But while nearly all these emigres have fled countries of political corruption and abuse, the vast majority are actually economic refugees. The question really at stake is Germany's, and Western Europe's,-tolerance for the migrations of the poor. In France the rightist National Front emphasises the cultural barrier. It demands that immigrants unwilling to accept the French way of life be sent back. France's prime minister says that immigrants in illegal status must be expelled. In Spain, near Gibraltar, clandestine immigration from North Africa inexorably increases despite Spain's effo-ts to police its coastal waters. So does illegal black African and Maghrebian immigration to southern Italy. All of this reflects an ideological confrontation as well as a practical and political problem. It is said by some that the rich coun- Ymmmmmm 5-o "mmm, im 5.0 isttinsEEQm 4.75 tries are illicitly rich, and stole their wealth from the rest of the world through imperialism and colonialism. They exploited migrant laborers so long as they needed them. Now they must give back to the poor, through policies of unrestricted and non-discriminatory immigration. This argument may add that policies of cultural assimilation in the host country are a form of imperialism. It says that schools and other cultural institutions should not privilege the historical values, norms of behavior, language or literature of the host-country majority, as this would suggest that the values of the immigrant groups are less meritorious. This, of course, is the multicul-turalist argument, heard in the United States as well, an influence on educational policy in many urban U.S. school systems and in American universities. The argument against undiscri-minating immigration says that while the industrial nations benefit from migration there is a social as well as practical limit to the numbers they can accept in a given period. It rejects multiculturalism, and defends the proposition that a hierarchy of values exists. It says that these democratic and liberal values, which worldwide are defended by a heavily outnumbered minority, are properly taught in a democracy. It insists that cultural assimilation is a justified objective of host-country social and educational policy. 5.5 RiiMsim(im5.o 5.0 MONEY MARKET FUND RATES 4.56 i 5.27 IGIilii'inag'i 4.85 William Pfaff is a Paris-based correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. hjittmi 1 5.23 pEmLiijttzsi 5.ii Congress clings to privileges Findings based on information provided to Gateway Federal during its phone ratesuney of leading Hamilton County banks on 10 1 '91. Money market fund rates quoted in the Wall Street Journal, 10 10 91. Bank rates represent annualized rate of interest. Money market fund rates represent the average of annualized yields and dollar-weighted portfolio maturities ending 10 9 91. ! Walter Mears fC1 V K &4 Compare Gateway Federal's passbook savings rate to the up-front payment policy was set earlier at the Senate restaurant. The House has just ended a system under which its sergeant-at-arms used to fix the parking tickets members got around the Capital by certifying that they were issued while the congressmen were on official business. The Senate adopted a similar policy in January. Republicans claim there are signs that the incumbent advantage is narrowing. Spencer Abraham, who runs the GOP congressional campaign committee, said that shows in his polling, and it may make for more competitive challengers in 1992 House competition. The check flap and the other episodes involve Republicans as well as Democrats. But the Democrats dominate Congress, especially the House, and an issue that works against incumbents works to GOP advantage. WASHINGTON: One by one, layers of congressional privilege are being peeled away by a Congress nervous about rebellious voters but the trappings and conveniences surrendered so far are minor fringe benefits. The rewards and perquisites of power run far deeper than fixed parking tickets, unpaid lunch tabs and bounced checks. And there is no ermtim in the pay, raised to $125,100 this year; the pensions, which w up in tandem; and the exemption, automatic as the House and Senate pass employment, civil-rights and other measures that govern conduct everywhere Imt at the Capitol. Coinres W not covered by laws doling with harassment, discrimination, wages and hours or other workplace guarantees. Instead, Congress and its members judge their own behavior, on grounds that the agencies they empower to supervise other employers cannot constitutionally supervise them. Republican Sen. Charles Gras-sley of Iowa has been trying to get the system changed, arguing that Congress would pass better laws if it had to live with them. But he isn't getting anywhere. rates paid by banks and money market funds. Cross over to Gateway, today! "You're Worth More Here." Grassley was unable to force a Senate vote on an amendment to make Congress subject to the family-leave guarantees it has voted to require of private employers. But he said he'd try again on a pending civil-rights bill. Grassley is opposed to both measures, but says if they're to be imposed elsewhere. Congress should "have a dose of (its) own medicine." Congress has just dealt with some of the most visible and vulnerable of the favors of office: After an audit showed that some congressmen had been bouncing checks on the House bank, it was ordered shut down by the end of the year. House members now have to pay with cash or credit card for meals at the House restaurant, where some $300,000 worth of unpaid bills remain from the days when they could sign the tab. The Gateway, Federal FDIC I SSI KH SAVINGS BANK Walter R. Mears, ice president and columnist for the Associated Press, has reported on Washington and national politics for wore than 25 years. I'

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