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Letters to the Editor: 6-28-2012

URBAN AGRICULTURE

Each generation leaves an architectural layer atop the old. We can read the cultural narrative of peoples in foundations and sherds, in tillage and midden heaps.

Eugene, like every city, is swooping into the 21st, hopefully with the majestic grace of a, er, duck.

One Eugenean architectural experience which pleases my particular sense of 21stness has got to be that garden down by the U.S. Courthouse. To stroll amongst the strong green crops bathed in reflected gleamings off that mirrory mesa of an edifice; to raise a bemused eye from a frond to the Fed; is somehow sensationally gratifying. That garden is architectural genius of the highest order.

Now, if only we could graze goats on the lawn for the amusement of the zigguratti who in the Courthouse work.

David H. Tyson, Eugene

 

BORN TO RUN 

Welcome U.S. daughters and sons,

It is time to throw, jump and RUN!

Sorry ‘bout the lack of sun,

Hear the crack of the gun.

The faster you go the sooner it’s done.

It all happens so fast,

only a laser knows who won.

Thanks for your dedication,

 you are second to none

While here, by all means

 pay homage to “Pre,”

 Oregon’s favorite son.

Give it your all, leave it on the track

and please have some fun!

Know, no matter the results,

we are proud of you.

Tim Boyden, Eugene

 

WHY OBJECT TO EMX?

I’m really confused why so many businesses are against the EmX. Have any of them used the LTD bus system for a day to try and get around town? The city bus system is terrible! The EmX is so much easier to ride, reliable, and you can get places on time. Taking the EmX into UO takes me 10 minutes. Going from work to school using the city bus takes me an hour and a half. Having to wait 30 minutes to an hour to get somewhere via the city bus system makes it impossible to plan your day. Why would they be against people getting around town easier? If anything it makes their businesses more accessible. 

I see signs saying something about EmX taking a lane — well if more people could get places efficently then they won't need to drive and we won't need so many lanes. If I could take the EmX to West 11th I’d prefer it over driving with all the construction. Those against the EmX need to use the bus system for a week and they will grow to love the EmX and it’s efficiency.

Robin Payne, Eugene

 

IN DEFENSE OF GREENHILL

I am writing in response to the letter written by Kelly Coulter in the June 21 issue. Ms. Coulter’s claim that Greenhill Humane Society “has killed animals” for treatable conditions in the last month is completely false and, to be honest, offensive. 

I am a volunteer in the surgical suite at Greenhill and have been since last year. I have never seen an animal euthanized. The medical staff practices with integrity and diligence to treat each and every animal and their medical needs. This thorough and compassionate care enables these animals to continue on to safe, long, happy lives. They utilize every resource available to improve the lives of their patients, traditional and alternative. 

Any animal that passes through Greenhill’s doors is treated with kindness, respect, and love. The people who work and volunteer at Greenhill are compassionate and ethical and are doing this work simply for the love of animals. These are good people doing good work. To suggest otherwise is incorrect and to make allegations that have no basis is ignorant. Lane County is lucky to have Greenhill stepping in and all the animals, pets or strays, can look forward to protection, healing, and care.

 Anne Harris, Eugene

 

POLICE STATE

Today (June 12) while installing art in the windows across from Kesey Square I saw a number of people hanging out and enjoying the plaza. In a mater of minutes a bicycle patrol and two police cars pulled into the square as people scattered and I could only see what looked like the police interrogating some young people. After another police SUV arrived they hung around for 45 minutes and left behind two red caps and an empty plaza.

Later I spoke with a polite young teen couple in front of Voodoo Donuts and asked what was going on. The young man said that the cops accused him of smoking meth in the plaza, which he said was BS and that the police overreacted. 

Did anyone else see or hear what this was all about? It seems every time I am downtown the police arrive like storm troopers for some minor infraction(or not). I consider myself a middle of the road law abiding citizen who appreciates our public servants, but this is getting way out of control. 

Marc Time, Eugene

 

I HAVE A QUESTION

How is it massive international corporations still continue to rake in record profits while we the people lose our homes, have to pull out our own teeth with pliers 'cause we can no longer afford dental care, or young adults die 'cause they have to choose between antibiotics or pain killers?

These are the same massive corporations that buy politicians with unlimited campaign contributions — politicians who are now telling you the collective bargaining rights of workers is a bad thing — and we believe it. Good job, America.

The same politicians that tell us teachers, police, and fire departments are overpaid so it’s their fault the economy is failing.

Some fun facts:

1) Underpaid teachers with oversized classrooms don’t teach as well; under educated people follow educated people and trust politicians more than educated people do.

2) Fewer police equals more crime, more crime means more people in jail, more people in jail means more profits for billion dollar corporations that either supply government owned prisons or operate and actually own and operate their prisons at a profit.

3) Fewer firefighters means more homes burn down and more homes become unsalvageable. Land without a home on it sells for less than land with a home on it.

Charles Echols, Springfield

 

ACROSS THE WORLD

This story begins in March 1, 1930 when my father was born in Bangladesh and passed away in Eugene. My father married my mom on June 11, 1950 purely due to love and they celebrated their 60th anniversary in Eugene. In 1963, my father came to Oregon for his masters degree in Forestry. In 1987, he became the chief conservator of forestry in Bangladesh. During this time he was responsible for the entire nation’s forest and wildlife. 

Our country’s roads and highways enjoy the cool breeze and the shades by the trees planted by my father’s administration along with conservation of forestry. His favorite comment was to tell people, “Always look down as you walk in the forest and try not to step on a single creature of God, because you cannot replace it!”

In 2006, we moved from New Orleans to Eugene due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We spent many good years together in many cities such as New York, Nashville, New Orleans and Eugene. He was most comfortable in Oregon. His last day in Eugene was on Dec. 20, 2010. My son was born March 10, 2012 in the same hospital. My son’s name is Deen, which means “Faith” just like his grandfather. We are from Bangladesh and we have been part of Oregon since 1963.

Mahi Chowdhury, Springfield

 

BYRON’S KINDNESS

Over a month ago something happened on a downtown street that has been on my mind ever since.

I fell face down on the sidewalk in front to the Evviva Training fitness center, both arms full of groceries plus a cane. No way to break the fall, I lay there wondering what to do next, when a young man from the center came out and helped me to my feet.

When he saw all the blood, he drew me into the gym. He must have had medic training because he successfully stopped the bleeding in several areas, cleaned the wounded areas and applied first-aid patches.

I left having thanked him profusely. No doctor visit was needed; so thorough was his treatment. I managed only to get his first name, Byron. I am so grateful to him and so pleased I had not fallen in front of the many empty storefronts. His thoughtfulness is what I hope will result more and more from the LCC building, the Capstone-UO projects. We need more grocery outlets, drug stores, etc. downtown. They will come.

So thanks, Byron, for being proof that such kindness is alive and well downtown and let’s hope it will grow apace with the growing population.

 Doug Brinkman, Eugene

 

CPD FOR YOU AND ME

I don’t know if this breaks a “no soliciting” rule, but I thought I’d give it a shot.

There’s a band called the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies who are in the middle of creating their seventh full-length album. They are somewhat of a Eugene institution (though I don’t know if it’s as cool to sport CPD memorabilia as it is the green and yellow). Right now they’re trying to get together the funds to release this new album and have asked their fans for support through pledgemusic.com. If you like their music, liked their music (or are gonna hop onto iTunes after reading this to find out) go to pledgemusic.com and donate a little toward their artistic efforts. 

If you do care where that five dollar bill goes, don’t care for their music, or think this request is idiotic, ignore this solicitation. 

To the band: Apologies, I just really wanna hear that album!

Celene Jarvi, Eugene

 

AN IMPORTANT DAY

As a former federal worker with 32 years of service at the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and as a veteran, the Fourth of July is an important day for me. Since the dawn of our nation, federal workers and the military have played a significant role in America’s achievements. 

The contributions of federal workers will be very much in evidence this week as Americans prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Millions of Americans will check a weather report prepared by the National Weather Service, grill meat inspected by  USDA Food Safety Inspectors, and fly in skies kept safe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration. Others will enjoy time outdoors in our National Parks, travel with children protected by car seats inspected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and visit post offices to mail letters and packages to loved ones serving in the military. 

Many of the federal employees working at these and other agencies will be working this coming holiday, as usual, so that the public can have uninterrupted services. The military will be protecting the nation.

Why, I often wonder, do both parties in Congress and many of the citizens of this country always first look to cut budgets, wages, benefits of the federal workforce, retirees, and the military and veterans when trying to balance a budget?

My fellow federal workers and veterans and I are proud of the jobs we’ve done for America for the last 236 years. We wish you, and the nation we love, a happy Independence Day.

Richard Tracy, Leaburg