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Signs on a Plane

By · September 20th, 2006 · Letters
To the writer of the Letter to the Editor "Obscene Fetus Photo" (issue of Sept. 6), thanks for the reminder. I had meant to ask the same question.

When I was about 17 or 18, Larry Flynt sent out a flyer that was deemed obscene. It showed pretty horrific Vietnam and abortion photos. We at least had to open the flyer after judging from the front page it wasn't going to be pretty.

Now suddenly we're being subjected to the flying plane with the misleading and incorrect image on it. Suddenly we don't even have the right not to see it at all. Not to mention kids seeing it.

What are these people thinking? I work in the Harrison area and am pretty sure that the plane was gassing up when I drove by. I think that the next time I see it I'll go ask some questions. Hopefully I'll find some answers as to when that line was crossed.

-- Bill Mertes, Downtown

Tell Our Story
We recently had the great pleasure to read Margo Pierce's sensitive and informative article concerning the situation in New Orleans and featuring the volunteer work of the Cincinnati Katrina Collaboration ("Katrina Lives," issue of Sept.

6). Her coverage of so many facets of the recovery here was outstanding, as were Graham Lienhart's accompanying photographs.

I wanted to express our deep gratitude for the volunteer efforts of the group and for the insightful coverage by Pierce and CityBeat.

The recovery of our beautiful, sad and devastated home will take many, many years and the efforts of many, many kind and generous volunteers and donors. The comments about the "numbness" required to live here daily made by New Orleanian Forest Willoz and quoted in the article are so very true.

While we are grateful for volunteer efforts and financial support from across the nation and around the world, I want to express an even greater appreciation for the emotional, psychological and spiritual lift that this support provides to us. We need to know that we are not forgotten, that people still care.

We also need to have our story told -- and told again -- all over the country.

-- Jim Pate Executive Director, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity

No Animals Harmed
Last night, we went to a circus. Every seat was filled. There were thousands of people attending, and they gave the performers a standing ovation ("A Dream of a Show," issue of Aug. 30). What a treat for us to attend an event with talented musicians, tumblers, acrobats, singers, dancers, actors and -- oh, yes, did we mention -- no animals.

If a circus can be that enthralling -- the entire evening punctuated with spontaneous and robust applause from a wildly cheering audience -- gone is the archaic thought that we need to abuse animals to entertain us.

For years, we've begged people not to financially subsidize the animal suffering that's a part of each and every animal act. Montel Williams, who has surely seen his share of abuse to people, actually had tears in his eyes after viewing behind-the-scenes footage of just how animals are trained to perform stupid tricks in circuses. He stated on air, "If you don't want to subsidize this kind of animal torture, the next time the circus comes to town, keep your wallet in your pocket."

But now that we have Cirque du Soleil, we can joyfully tell people the next time this circus returns to Cincinnati, be there!

-- Tom and Jayn Meinhardt, East Walnut Hills



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