There's no way to know what might or might not have happened. All that is certain is that Hamilton County voters decided that having an NFL team in Cincinnati is worth a few more pennies.
I'm sure this raises the dander of those who are anti-sports to begin with, but those people will never appreciate un-measurable benefits that professional sports bring to a small market town. A better expose would be a behind-the-scenes look at how the city missed out on revitalizing downtown by building the Reds stadium on the river as opposed to Broadway Commons.
-- Ben Shooner, firstname.lastname@example.org
HPV Vaccine Is Effective
In response to letter from Rebecca Dietrich about the human papillomavirus (HPV) (Letters, issue of March 14), the vaccine that's now licensed is an HPV-6, 11, 16, 18 vaccine. It is virtually 100 percent effective in preventing infection with those four HPV types.
Types 6 and 11 cause more than 90 percent of genital warts in men and women and respiratory tract warts in young children. Types 16 and 18 cause approximately 70 percent of cervical cancer as well as other cancers in both men and women.
Because the causal link between HPV infection and cervical cancer is so powerful -- i.e. HPV causes about 99 percent of cervical cancers -- the HPV vaccine is generally considered a cervical cancer prevention vaccine.
Worldwide, half a million women per year are diagnosed with cervical cancer and half of them die from the disease. In low-income countries, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in women.
The vaccine could thus prevent more than 150,000 cervical cancer deaths per year in women worldwide.
Similarly, hepatitis B infection might cause liver cancer -- although the link between hepatitis B and liver cancer isn't quite as strong as that between HPV and cervical cancer -- and hepatitis treatment was marketed as a liver cancer prevention vaccine.
Hepatitis B is often transmitted sexually as well, so there are parallels between these two vaccines. Interestingly, hepatitis B is mandated for school enrollment in many states and there was not significant controversy about legislative mandates for hepatitis B vaccine.
In terms of length of protection, recent studies show that immune titers remain high well over five years after vaccination. Studies suggest that vaccinated women might also develop protection against cancer-causing types other than 16 and 18.
So far, the vaccine appears to be one of the safest ever tested, but Dietrich correctly points out that long-term safety data are needed.
-- Jessica Kahn, MD MPH Associate Professor, Pediatrics Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Thanks for Informing Us
Recent CityBeat features that remind me why I try never to miss an issue:
1. Margo Pierce's excellent preview (Difficult Dialogue," issue of Feb. 21) of the controversial Xavier University play, Keeley and Du, which I recently saw. Would never have known about it otherwise.
2. Kevin Osborne's revelation about the hidden information on the proposed Baltimore/Bengals deal that I have not read about anywhere else ("Prevent Defense," issue of March 14). No wonder the county is challenging that sweetheart stadium contract in court.
3. Your thorough, thought-provoking look at The Cincinnati Post and its rich history ("The Light Dims," issue of Feb. 21). You think George Clooney might buy it and his dad would run it (Porkopolis, issue of March 7)? What a great idea!
4. Your regular Porkopolis column in which Greg Flannery always seems to find something new in the world of Cincinnati politics.
Without an alternative press, Cincinnati would be a lot less informed. Hang in there!
-- Kathy Helmbock, Oakley
The cover story "Prevent Defense" (issue of March 14) mistakenly reported that then-Cincinnati City Councilman Todd Portune set back the clock in council chambers to allow more time for an important vote just before midnight June 30, 1995, when council approved the sales tax plan for the stadiums. The gesture occurred during another late night vote Jan. 31, 1998, to give a 12.4-acre parcel to Hamilton County that would become the future site of Paul Brown Stadium.