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I just read about rabid raccoons in the July 26 News Briefs and I have some personal opinions on this article. Many, many years ago, I worked as a microbiologist, assisting in the examination of suspected rabid animals that had bitten people. While doing so, I learned a lot about the disease of rabies and its ramifications.

On July 1st, Greenhill Humane Society began providing sheltering and adoption activities at the former Lane County Animal Services facility. Greenhill now operates two facilities in Eugene — one on Green Hill Road and one on West 1st Avenue.

The Affordable Care Act survived the Supreme Court, but we should not celebrate yet.

Present narratives about race and culture define what we can say, what we see and what we believe we can do in transforming ourselves, our communities and society. Racial problems seem impossible to resolve.

Intense negotiations are under way behind closed doors in Washington, D.C., as congressional leaders horse-trade the main provisions and the various riders attached to the pending Transportation Bill.

City Hall, I too dislike it — in its present state of disrepair. It depresses with neglect.

Dear Aidan R. Smith: You asked me for a response to your letter to the editor [“Student Disconnect,” 5/31], so here it is.

I’d be celebrating, too, if my company were just handed $3 million more in profit than even we had said was required to build a spa-like enclave for wealthy students in downtown Eugene.

As the campaigns for the two Lane County commissioner positions come to a close, we’ve been hearing far more about the violations of Oregon’s Open Meetings Law by Commissioners Handy and Sorenson.

This letter is in response to the April 19 letter from John Vawter of Capstone to Diane Chavez, the Olive Plaza administrator.

Deciding to endorse and strongly support Pete Sorenson (commissioner for South Eugene including Whiteaker and the Jefferson/Westside neighborhoods) is an easy task.

Who is Andy Stahl? It’s not clear, from reading the campaign literature and newspapers, what Stahl’s political philosophy is.

It is important for our community that we re-elect Pete Sorenson as Lane County commissioner. There is no other candidate who has Pete’s experience or his knowledge or will hold to those core values that are central to the long-term health and well being of our community.

We each have our own perch from which we watch the political season play out. These days I’m just a rural geezer down here southeast of Cottage Grove.

What the bleep? Oh, a Skype from the Preacher. 

I suppose it makes a kind of desperate sense to think about stepping up logging again on the BLM’s O&C lands.

Dear Eugene: You can’t say I didn’t try. Or that I didn’t give you a second — or third, or fourth — chance.

Let’s begin with the word “disingenuous.” Disingenuous means insincere, devious or false. Isn’t this really the description of the Eugene Budget Committee position “that they remain ‘animal friendly’ but merely want to provide animal services by a cheaper model.” The facts of the matter appear as follows.

I was having my favorite drug of choice, dark roast Sumatra, with a man I’ll call The Preacher.

Food is fundamental to life. In the warmth of the summer sun, fruits and vegetables grow abundantly.

Across the UO campus, teachers and researchers are organizing to create a faculty union.

“Ellen passed away.” Even over the phone I could tell my friend was fighting tears. Just the day before, I attended the 10th annual meeting of Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA). We talked fondly about Ellen Bombero and her role in its tumultuous beginnings.

The Oregon Legislature must soon decide to fund or not to fund the construction of a state mental hospital proposed to be sited south of Junction City. That decision will determine the focus of treatment for Oregon’s mentally ill population for years to come.