To Dennis Tuttle: Thanks for reminding me about former Enquirer Executive Editor George Blake and for alerting me to his negativity toward The Post. I always thought that the head shot his paper ran made him look like an ape, which I took as a delicious irony given the anti-evolution bias sometimes seen on Enquirer editorial pages.
To June and Lloyd Engelbrecht: I hope that your disappointment in The Post's earlier endorsements of George W. Bush hasn't permanently prejudiced you against reading that newspaper. You write of Nick Clooney's presence there in the past tense, but he resumed his Post column after his unsuccessful run for Congress. It continues to run three times a week, and Clooney frequently discusses politics with always-incisive criticisms of the Bush administration. And The Post's editorial pages are full of progressive political opinions on a daily basis from both national and local writers. (Full disclosure: I've written several guest columns there.)
Whenever my friends complain again about The Enquirer, I tell them, "Buy and read The Post while you can. Even in its reduced form, it remains our superior daily."
-- Richard Riegel, Oakley
Dennis Tuttle's suggestion that The Post go to the Web is a good one (Letters, issue of Feb. 28). A small paper in West Virginia did it successfully.
The Hur Herald (www.hurherald.com) was started in sparsely populated Calhoun County to provide a second news source for the county.
I think a large paper in a big city could do the same.
-- Rhonda Keith Stephens, Madeira
We're Too Polite for Our Own Good
I was a bit bemused by Larry Gross' column "Can't Figure Us Out" (issue of Jan. 31), and it was difficult to tell if he was serious or trying to be funny. I was prepared not to give it too much attention until the letter from Tammy Wessler appeared in your Feb. 21 issue. It seems fitting and beyond coincidence that her letter appeared in the issue containing the cover stories about the demise of The Cincinnati Post.
None of the attributes listed by Wessler are unique to Cincinnati -- those same conditions exist in almost all of America's urban centers. Whether or not she realizes it, the kind of mindless dribble that Wessler (we're not related as far as I know) spouts -- "I choose not to speak of them" -- is exactly what's wrong with Cincinnati, not just the city but the whole region. The now-pervasive Cincinnati-polite, group-think mindset that seems to possess so many in this region has been its downfall.
This city's and surrounding region's problems will never begin to be resolved and our potential will never be realized if we can't honestly and openly critique our institutions, our leaders, both political and social, and our cultural mindset. It's a Borg-like mentality that encourages us to be grateful for what we have, never complain and certainly never question the wisdom of our leaders.
It's that mentality that gave us a struggling downtown, deteriorating inner ring suburbs, Paul Brown Stadium and the lost opportunity of Broadway Commons and enables the nation's largest grocery store chain to casually disregard a ghetto in the shadow of its office tower (the tenements on Court Street, not Over-the-Rhine) while it steadfastly balks at the prospect of a real downtown grocery store. It's what is giving us The Banks and has laid the foundation for the failure of our only other local daily newspaper.
It now falls to CityBeat to be the lone voice questioning "the truth."
As far as Wessler's admonition to those who find fault with Cincinnati to leave it, she is unfortunately prophetic. Too many good, talented people have already done so -- and we are all the poorer for it.
-- John Wessler, Norwood
Cutting off Post's Options
Your cover package on the perils of The Post going out of business ("Dim the Light," issue of Feb. 21) fails to mention that the parent owner of The Enquirer, Gannett, quietly took steps to prevent a possible linkup of The Post with other area newspapers by buying Community Press, publisher of neighborhood/regional weeklies in Ohio and Kentucky.
That transaction should have been stopped under anti-trust laws, which appear to be not enforced by the current gang in Washington.
Also, the recent death of Charles Scripps, who had some Cincinnati roots, does not bode well for The Post.
-- John C. Scott, Madeira
A story in the cover package about The Cincinnati Post (issue of Feb. 21) gave incorrect dates for Henry Holcomb's work at the paper. He worked there from 1972 to 1976.