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Monday. October 21, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER' CommentA-11 Sexual harassment is offensive TV intruder And if I say something about it to men (and sometimes women), 1 hear, in various forms, that it is the woman's fault and that if women didn't "dress that way" or "walk that way" or indeed have breasts, it wouldn't happen. Why don't men get insulted by this rationale that women can control their behavior? PATRICIA WACK 1326 Frank Willis Road New Richmond. TO THE EDITOR: In view of all the terms, and only after FDR tried to be president for life was it put into the Constitution.) Ohio's governor also faces term limits. Why not city council? I can understand why people in office like David Mann are opposed to limited terms. They fear losing the power and perks they enjoy. But as for the rest of us who have to pay the taxes and live under the laws these politicians write, I think we should put term limits on city council. We need to have new voices on council! JAMES A. FOX 3476 Cornell Place. sexual-harassment and hostile-environ Readers' views ment talk coming out of the Thomas nearmgs, i oner the following: My 8-year-old son and I were watching the Bengals game when an advertisement for a new movie a comedy came on. The lead character said to his attractive kind of talk in his home when all he wants to do is watch his heroes play football? Hasn't that become the price children in America have to pay to watch TV? GREGORY C. SCHULER 9250 Cunningham Road. need not adequately served by glasses, it is highly doubtful that there will be a mad rush to this "new" procedure. The research you profiled is an extension of currently available procedures and involved only 75 patients. The procedures which are in broader application have been available to the public for many years, and less than 2 of those "eligible" have elected to undergo the surgery. Based on this experience, it is difficult to see how this will ever render eyeglasses obsolete. I am reminded of Videotext, an innovation which was heralded as the replacement for newspapers. Through a subscription device attached to home televisions, I was meant to receive all the news every morning without having to actually turn a page. I would no longer need a newspaper. That was 1984. And, like Orwell's vision for the year, very little really changed. Perhaps selfishly, I hope and pray that this new surgery will find the same level of commercial success that Videotext did. That way, I will continue to sell eyeglasses and you will still sell newspapers. STEPHEN J. KENT EyeWorld Optical 5179 Fishwick Drive. assistant, "We always talk about what you want to talk about. When are we going to talk about what I want to talk about?" She replied in exasperation, "What do you want to talk about?" He answered, "You and me sweating between satin sheets." 18-year-old voters It is interesting to note that in an editorial (Oct. 8), The Enquirer is inclined to so highly praise the fact that students who are 18 years of age and still in Cincinnati public schools will have the opportunity to vote for the school-tax levy. But what was left out of the editorial is that while they will be casting their vote to increase taxes, will they also be the ones who pay the increased taxes? KEN MILLION 1412 Garfield Place. This ad was repugnant, sexually ex No term limits Your editorial praising Reps. John Boehner and Charlie Luken was well received (Oct. 11). I could not agree with you more. I do not agree, however, that congressional terms should be limited. This function has been, is and should remain in the voting booth. To use an expression of a local radio personality, "Wake up, America!" JOHN ROBERT LOWERY 98 Herman Ave. Hamilton. plicit, and definitely unwelcome in my family room. I had no prior warning of the ad's content so I could not avoid it, and after it ended I couldn't concentrate on enjoying the game because I was wondering what effect it had had on my son. That this character was talking to his assistant and not to me is irrelevant if , the law holds, as I understand it does, that a hostile environment is created even if the Eyeglasses Sexual harassment I had to write. The situation with Judge Clarence Thomas is such a sad mess. I do not know if the accusations against him are true, but I do know that each time a senator, reporter, neighbor, friend jumps to his defense by impugning the integrity of Anita Hill before getting the necessary information, I fear for my daughters, myself and all women. They just don't see it as harassment. But every time I get hollered at while walking down the sidewalk, touched and kissed in that "little lady" sort of way, watch commercials with women propped on cars, get beeped at and tailgated by , semitrucks on the highway, stared at by gas-station attendants, hear jokes about sex, watch rape victims get raped by the court system, hear of women being killed by estranged boyfriendshusbands, and watch Bluto trying to sexually assault Olive Oyl, I am being sexually harassed. hearer is not the intended target. . I couldn't help thinking of all the senators' phony posturing, with their expressions of mock surprise and concern for this issue. Letters Your front-page headline "Eyeglasses May Be History" (Oct. 3) ruined my breakfast. As someone whose company sells more eyeglasses in Cincinnati than any other, the notion of a frameless society is naturally disturbing. It is also, by the way, highly improbable. Most people who have need for corrective lenses will continue to wear eyeglasses. Surgery is invasive, expensive, and it has been available for years. Absent those cases which involve a bona-fide medical Limit council terms I was very disappointed to read David Mann's comments (Oct. 13) opposing term limits for city council members. I don't understand why he thinks city council is so special. The president of the United States faces a legal limit on the number of terms he may serve. (Indeed, every president before Franklin D. Roosevelt observed an unofficial limit of two If we make funny movies about sexual harassment, we can expect to get more young boys becoming confused young men who commit it. If it is wrong for adult males, then why is it right to subject an innocent 8-year-old boy to that 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. Another editorial view Understanding racial pride William Raspberry Everybody knows that a Mideast peace conference will give its sponsors and participants fits. They will wonder whether it was worth it in the first place. But before we pitch into despair about the difficulty of it all, some words of congratulation are due. The Bush administration deserves travesty to shrink from the task. The United States is necessarily in an ambiguous role. It arrives as patron of Israel, but Arabs invite it to serve as their patron, too. But formidable as they will be, the tests of peace are greatly to be preferred to the tests of war. The Washington Post credit for intelligence and courage in seizing on new political circumstances to reach for resolution of one of the world's most intractable and dangerous regional disputes. Even considering that the negotiation may well lock in crisis just as President Bush heads into his re-election campaign, it would be a mmm grant children to retain familiarity with the language and culture of their parents and, in the name of ethnic solidarity, locking them into that language and culture. I wish he were around to help us with the even more difficult distinction between an insistence that history be taught whole, for the good of the whole society, and the notion that it be taught from a peculiarly ethnic point of view so that students from that ethnic background can feel good about themselves and therefore become avid learners. The implication is that many black children fail to learn because they have been brainwashed into thinking they come from an inferior culture. The cure: Teach them how superior their ethnic culture truly is. Rustin, almost as if anticipating the contention in another article he wrote in 1976, offered this warning: "Cultural diversity has its values, but the celebration of cultural uniqueness must be very carefully looked at. It can very easily become a campaign for ethnic superiority 'Black is beautiful' only if one says 'Black is beautiful also.' " The point is not to demonstrate the superiority of the black heritage, or even its perfect equality with other heritages. The point that needs to be driven home is that the ability to learn and think and create and contribute exists in individuals, not in cultures. The message our children need to hear is that genius can crop up anywhere including right there in their classroom if we'll only give it the chance. Fifteen years before Afro-cen-trism became a part of the academic-cultural-political lexicon, Bayard Rustin was raising a warning flag. Be proud of your ethnic history, he was saying back in the mid-1970s Be insistent that it become a part of the nation's general history. But learn the difference between racial pride and racial arrogance. Rustin, who was deputy director and principal planner for the 1963 March on Washington, died in 1987, a couple of years before the Afro-centric movement sent shock waves across university campuses and public-school systems. But he had seen similar stirrings. And he understood how easily they could be transformed from the simple demand that the contributions of black people to the American culture be acknowledged to the more contentious notion that black contributions are superior. I don't know what Rustin would say about the present dual effort to elevate the ancient Egyptians to cultural supremacy and to prove their blackness with the twin goals of demonstrating the purity of the black American cultural heritage and the derivative nature of the Euro-centric culture which, goes the argument, was stolen from Egypt. But if his earlier remarks are any indication, I don't think he would clamber aboard the Afro-centric bandwagon. "To pay homage to the distinctive contributions of minority and immigrant cultures is important for the nation, as well as for the particular group," he acknowledged in a piece he wrote in 1975., "The enduring struggle of black people, the survival of the Jews, the political triumphs of the Irish, the successful campaigns of for- ROLEX CHRONOCRAPHS made from 1957-1975 Daytonas or Cosmographs With This Style Face STAINLESS STEEL Original Cost $115-$400 I Will Pay $3,000 & up 14K or 18K COLD Original Cost $700-$2,800 ROLEX CHRONOCRAPHS made from 1935-1960 Waterproof TYiple Calendar STAINLESS STEEL Original Cost $75-$125 I Will Pay $3,000 & up UK or 18K GOLD Original Cost $275-$440 I Will Pay $9,000-$10,000 & up ROLEX CHRONOGRAPHS made from 1957-1975 Daytonas or Cosmographs With Any Style Face STAINLESS STEEL Original Cost $115-$40O I Will Pay $2,000 & up 14Korl8KCOLD Original Cost $700-$2,80O I Will Pay $7,OOQ-S10,000 & up ROLEX CHRONOGRAPHS made from 1975-1988 Daytonas or Cosmographs With Any Style Face STAINLESS STEEL Original Cost $400-$950 I Will Pay $2,500 & up 14K or 18K COLD Original Cost $2,500-$4,900 1 Will Pay $8,000-$ 10,000 & up eign-speaking immigrants for recognition of their unions all bear witness to the pivotal role of minority groups in the forging of American democracy and in the creation of a more humane social order. "We have learned, however, that a healthy expression of cultural identification can too easily escalate into extravagant claims of group superiority Groups who suffered discrimination used to demand equal opportunity; they now demand a guarantee of power." The. message was not for blacks alone, but for all minorities who reacted to a sense of exclusion by embracing exclusiveness: women who insisted that they were better suited, by virtue of their womanhood, to govern; blacks and Hispanics who insisted that only they were capable of teaching their children; ethnics who placed "tribal objectives" above more important social goals. Rustin cited, for example, the politicization of bilingual education. "There is a desperate need to develop creative and educationally sound approaches to the teaching of the non-English speaking," he said. "Ideally, bilingual education should be a part of this effort. 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And we're not going to get that back by returning to government by the well-born and the closed door. NEW YORK: Once upon a time, the story goes, Washington was a town wherein giants dwelt. Men born to rule, imbued with tradition, civic responsibility, noblesse oblige, stewardship and family trust governed with decorum and restraint, tempering partisanship with a sense of history and community. Those suspected of scandalous behavior were confronted behind closed doors by those with the power to clear the air, or to quietly remove the offender from public life. The press, at least the respectable press, was also in the hands of the equally civic-minded; when a discreet phone call was placed by a government official to an editor or publisher incendiary material was excised or watered down. And thus the public discourse was seldom soiled by the taint of lubricious dirt, and the public's confidence in government remained high. With the aroma of the Clarence Thomas fight still wafting over Washington, this view of the capital's past strikes a chord of longing. The notion of leaders who did not view every dispute as an occasion for scorched-earth political tactics, the idea of public officials thinking less as Republicans and Democrats, and more as Americans, is clearly attractive. There is, however, another side to this pastoral and one we cannot dismiss casually. All that civic-mindedness came with a very high price tag. First, it was blatantly elitist: not in the Jeffer-sonian sense of a "natural aristocracy of talent and virtue," but in the darker sense of that word. Government in those days was largely the province of white male Protestants born to the "right" families, who attended the "right" schools and joined the "right" clubs. The idea of Italians, Jews, women or blacks with a role to play in the back room of national decision-making was absurd. 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