Opinion: Americans getting what they voted for: inflation, high gas

Just checking in to see how everyone is doing these days. Let's take a look at some facts as of Nov. 13.

In December 2020, I took a picture of a gas pump at Kroger's − regular gas was $2.099 per gallon and diesel was $2.289. Today, gas is about $3.859 per gallon and diesel is about $5.599.

The inflation rate in December 2020 was running at 1.36%. Inflation as of today is running at 7.7%.

I heat with fuel oil, and I had my tank filled on Jan. 8, 2021 at $2.549 a gallon. I called today to see how much I would have to pay per gallon for fuel oil and it is now $6.499 per gallon.

Please, don't try to blame Russia. It all started in January 2021. We all know what happened in that month. You get what you voted for.

Edward Rusk, Cherry Grove

Misinformed Christians should reread Bible on immigrants

Thank you, Rev. Henry Zorn, for your Nov. 13 "Your Turn" op-ed ("Demonizing of immigrants doesn't follow Bible teachings") and educating the so-called Christian community about the "real" truth of the Bible. From the beginning to the end, the Bible proclaims a clear mandate to care for immigrants and others. Jesus taught that we are to see "Him" in the stranger and welcome him. God gives us diversity as a gift.

Most of our ancestors came here as immigrants searching for a better life, much like those of today. Thankfully, no one put up a hateful wall to inhibit them.

Hopefully, the old white guys and misinformed Christians will read Rev. Zorn's article. A reprint may be in order. Thanks again, Rev. Zorn.

Ann Thompson, Green Twp.

Rethink plans for dog park at Burnet Woods

Regarding, "Proposed dog park in Cincinnati's Burnet Woods draws snarls from neighborhood leaders," (May 22): Please add my voice to those urging Cincinnati Park leadership to rethink plans for a dog park in Burnet Woods. A resident now of Newport, Ky., I frequented Burnet Woods when I lived in Clifton while studying at UC, and I continue to attend events there.

In Newport, we’re still mourning the loss last year of a public park bulldozed so that trees wouldn't interfere with the view of the Cincinnati skyline from a new condominium complex. Please don't follow suit in Burnet Woods. In this region and beyond, we'll all lose if our leaders continue to sacrifice ecosystems and our remaining commons to shortsighted corporate and private-interest lobbies.

Kris Weller, Newport

Congress must act on carbon pricing

In the Nov. 12 article, "Republicans tout benefits of fossil fuels at climate talks," we see politicians sharing talking points from the fossil fuel industry, and scientists politely rebutting their claims. The industry promotes carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, but with billions of dollars spent and over two decades of development, there has never been success demonstrated at scale. We've wasted a lot of time.

The only way to test the viability of CCS is to attach a high cost to those emissions, which would create a financial incentive for fossil energy companies to capture and store them. But so far, Republicans will not support federal carbon pricing. Our family renovated a comfortable 100% electric, LEED Platinum house in OTR that has received global recognition, slashing our reliance on fossil energy. We listened to the scientists pleading that humanity reduce global emissions 50% by 2030 so that we'll have the best chance to achieve Paris targets. But our individual actions are dwarfed by economic inertia that permits companies to profit from carbon pollution with no incentive to change.

As a father, I'm angry that our disorganized efforts thus far are failing our kids. Congress must act on carbon pricing to either prove CCS, or finally break the fossil energy grip on our GOP.

Chris Heckman, OTR

A grudging thank you to Jane Fonda

Most every Veteran’s Day I reminisce a bit about serving my country. As an in-country combat Vietnam veteran, I wasn’t a fan of Jane Fonda. Her critical stance and shameful actions during our time there didn’t endear her to many of us who served. So today, after thinking about it, I thought more.

Bitter I have been over the years towards her, but for me, time has a way of mellowing feelings and taking a new look. Although I still disagree strongly with the way she didn’t support my fellow troops, I have come to support her initiative in creating the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (GCAPP) some 26 years ago. She has used her fame and fortune by creating this organization and, although it’s hard for me to say, I thank her for it.

Mark Cann, Pierce Twp.

Facial mask with scary image terrifies child

To the man at the Museum Center last Sunday who wore a mask with a crazy image: You terrified my two-year-old granddaughter.

I understand that some people have medical issues and choose to wear a real medical mask in order to experience real life. All good. However, for people who wear masks to fit in with their group, please just wear a blue mask. That is still scary to normal children, however, it won't cause children to run away and grab their family member in fear.

Steve Dehne, Green Twp.

Abortion sole focus of some voters in midterms

As a registered independent, and as I usually do, I voted for both Democrat and Republican candidates during this election. What disappointed me was that based on exit polling, it appears that a high percentage of Democrats (and unmarried women from both parties) made the Roe v. Wade reversal the sole focus of their vote. With all of the issues facing our country, that seems very short-sighted to me.

Carolyn Peters, Liberty Twp.

Democrats wanted election deniers on ballot

A popular theme in the midterm election was that Republicans who dispute the outcome of the 2020 presidential election pose an existential threat to our democracy. We heard this from the president and from Democratic candidates across the country. As it happens, Democrats spent millions of dollars across at least 13 Republican primaries in efforts to help just such candidates win their party's nomination.

Isn't it an incredible risk to let such candidates get anywhere near elected office? Candidates such as Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania, whose opponent Josh Shapiro claimed last week "poses a clear and present danger to democracy, our freedom and our safety." Or Don Bolduc, who Maggie Hassan described as "the most extreme nominee for U.S. Senate New Hampshire has seen in modern history."

Some might see this as just a cynical political maneuver to enhance the election night odds for Democrats, but I like to think of it in a more positive way. You might believe that democracy was in fact on the ballot this past week because of the danger posed by these election deniers, but isn't it reassuring that the Democrats have demonstrated that they do not really believe this?

Patrick Burghardt, Blue Ash

Community excluded from Ziegler Park expansion decision

On Oct. 10, the Budget and Finance Committee began deliberations on uses for $140 million in fiscal 2022 carryover funds. Within two weeks and without any community engagement, Cincinnati City Council gave 3CDC $3.5 million in order to permanently close two streets in OTR for the expansion of 3CDC's Ziegler Park.

3CDC won approval on Oct. 17 for the expansion of Ziegler Park without having to compete with other capital improvement proposals as this project came after the regular capital budget was adopted in June. Notably, OTR Community Council rejected the same proposal, presented by DOTE, several months earlier.

Even though our former mayor and City Council had adopted a new policy for Community Engagement on Sept. 15, 2021, our current mayor and council, based upon the city manager’s recommendation, exempted this project from community engagement on Oct. 19.

The rush to approve 3CDC's proposal precluded the OTR and Pendleton councils from raising questions about the project or considering alternative uses for the money.

Actually, before these Budget and Finance Committee meetings, the community was engaged through Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney’s Healthy Neighborhoods initiative. They met on Sept. 13, Sept. 21 and Oct. 5 to discuss the challenges residents are facing: affordable housing, residential parking, pedestrian safety and violence. The expansion of Ziegler Park was not offered as an approach to any of these issues, despite the venue being an ideal setting to inform the community of the administration's intent − a week later − to prioritize the 3CDC proposal.

A solution that includes the approval of the community serves us all. Why not put the project’s capital into a contingency fund until impacted residents can voice their concerns and vote for projects they need?

Alexis Marsh, Deborah Mays, Peter Hames, OTR

Reds have gone in wrong direction since parting with Baker

Regarding, "Dusty Baker wins his first World Series title as manager with the Houston Astros," (Nov. 6): So Dusty Baker gets his World Series ring and a new contract. Reds fans get another year of Walt Jocketty. Since Jocketty told Dusty in 2013 that "we need to go in a different direction," the Reds have not made the playoffs, they have eight losing seasons in nine years, and they attained the second 100-loss season in club history.

You were right, Jocketty. The Reds have gone in another direction − down the toilet. "Well, where you going to go," Walt? Keep giving advice to the Reds' CEO because you are so successful.

Robert Wheelersburg, Elizabethtown, PA

Voters chose decency over the Republican Party

I am very grateful to the common sense exhibited by voters throughout the United States who chose in this midterm election to reject significantly the divisive hatred spewed by Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

The months on end of fear-mongering and disparaging ads by the Republicans had actually depressed me into thinking that if voters would actually believe the nonsense being espoused, then there would be minimal hope for the future direction of the United States. However, once again, the common sense of the populace has spoken (like the general common sense relied upon for centuries in jury trials), and the majority of this country has said that it is time to move forward on the critical issues of the day, not backwards as the Republicans wanted to go.

A remaining sadness for me is that it appears that it will be many years, perhaps decades, before the majority of Ohio voters will be able to discern that the Republicans are only concerned for themselves and their deep-pocket financial backers and not for the common good of all Ohioans.

Chris Noell, Hyde Park

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