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"Guest Viewpoint"

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.