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Published: 11/7/2012

Women’s ascent a decline

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Gloria Steinem celebrates the ascent of women to economic and political power. But those gains have come at an unintended price (“Documentary is a reminder of women’s struggles for rights,” op-ed column, Oct. 6).

The battle for a woman’s right to choose and ready access to contraceptives was interpreted by men as a green light to casual sex, objectifying women.

Are women better off as a result? They’ve become calloused, hardened, and less respectful of marriage and children than their forebears. If this were a crime story, we’d name men the perpetrators and women their accomplices.

JOHN LEAFGREN

Perrysburg

 

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Wind tax credit figures dubious

You did your readers a disservice in your Sept. 20 editorial “Renew wind tax credit.” You quoted job creation numbers that are outliers among even rabid environmentalists.

I have battled wind development and the attempted strong-arming of my community into an industrial wind zone. You say that on average, a wind farm supports more than 1,000 jobs. Our local developers never claimed more then five or 10 permanent jobs per wind farm.

The production tax credit does nothing to spur wind-farm construction in Ohio. It only hides the true costs of these projects from voters.

You do a great disservice to your readers and the environmental cause by cherry-picking studies and misrepresenting the true benefits of these projects.

JOSHUA VAN CAMP

Jasper, Mich.

 

Sell war bonds to rebuild military

Our nation’s enemies know we are out of money. Our military is extended to the point that we are no longer as effective internationally as we once were.

The answer is to rebuild our military to be so strong that no one will attempt to harass us. We need to do as we did in World War II: Sell war bonds and dedicate the money to national defense.

The bonds would have an interest rate greater than is offered on investments now.

JACK DAWSON

Grand Rapids, Ohio

 

Gee’s expenses, pay are a bargain

As a 2001 Ohio State University graduate, I was disappointed to read your article criticizing OSU President Gordon Gee’s salary and expenses (“OSU chief’s expenses at $7.7M; Review tracks travel, entertainment costs since 2007,” Sept. 24).

Mr. Gee presides over one of the largest, proudest student bodies in the country. Under his guidance, according to Ohio State, the average OSU freshman has an ACT score of 28 and is in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class. The university’s first-year retention rate is more than 90 percent.

Mr. Gee’s compensation is low, given the amount of resources, national attention, and pride he brings to Ohio State and the state of Ohio.

ROB DAVIS

Partridge Lane



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