I read Brian Griffin’s Cincinnati Blogspot every so often just to see what he’s up to. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s a cheerleader for Cincinnati. There’s nothing wrong with that – but the thing is, he likes to bury his head in the sand and not face a lot of Cincinnati realities.
As part of his last post for 2006, he wrote about the most over reported stories for the year. These are his opinions and out of the five he has listed, I have serious issues with four of them. My comments are after his.
Most Over Reported Stories of the Year:
• Brian: Murder rate in Cincinnati. Larry: Between 2000 and 2004, the homicide rate in Cincinnati increased 190%. In 2006, our 40-year-old homicide rate was broken. You think that’s something to be proud of? We are one of the most unsafe cities in the country. It’s a little scary here, don’t ya think? Should we all just ignore this and eat another cheese coney?
• Brian: Bengal Arrests. Larry: Let’s see, Chris Henry arrested three times – the last one being charged with allegedly speeding and allegedly operating his vehicle under the influence. Matthias Askew was arrested for a parking violation. Police had to use a taser to subdue him because he allegedly resisted arrest. O’Dell Thurman was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. Hummmm…kind of a pattern here, or maybe I’m all wet. Don’t our kids look up to these so called sports heroes? In my view, these guys aren’t heroes at all and it’s news.
• Brian: Marcus Fiesel tragedy – Yes, it was horrible, but making the case a spectacle is also horrible. Larry: You have got to be kidding, Brian. Read this from Radio Free Newport to find out how truly bad this was. As far as I’m concerned, the media here needs to rub our face in this to make sure this type of thing never happens to a little child again.
• Brian: Every closing of a restaurant in the City. Larry: You and I battle on this constantly. Granted, it’s a little hard to keep up with all the closings. Redfish, Aoli, Bella, Za, Poppie’s, Frisch’s, House of Sun, and Barleycorn’s are the first few to come to mind but I’m sure I’m missing some. I find all these closings alarming. You must pack your lunch from home a lot.
• Brian: Enquirer’s obsession with reality TV – Jerry Springer is just not that interesting. Larry: Whatever, Brain. Maybe we both agree that the Enquirer is a bad newspaper, but I don’t watch television. All I know about Springer is that he likes to write checks.
I think if you were to ask Brian the difference between him and me, he would say that he concentrates on the positive while I’m fixed on the negative. Maybe that’s true, but I think if we’re to move this city forward, you have to face realities and not bury our heads in the sand. We got some problems here, folks.