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Letters to the Editor

April 20, 2017 01:00 AM


Love seeing the last issue about immigrants (EW, 4/6). It’s always important to hear the stories of the newbies. It connects us to our past. As the spouse of a recent immigrant I understand the struggles of newcomers. It is not always easy to fit into our American culture.

Dan Russell, Eugene


April 13, 2017 01:00 AM


If anybody enjoys drinking a beer or a glass of wine on the beach like free Oregonians have always been able to do, you’d better contact the following state legislators and tell them where they can stuff House Bill 3441. This ill thought out bill alleges to curb litter on the beaches by banning alcohol while ignoring the Cheeto bags, soda cans, fast food wrappers and other detritus that actually account for the bulk of the waste. Additionally, the ban ignores the fact that littering is already illegal.

April 6, 2017 01:00 AM


In your March 16 article about House Bill 2921 (“‘Anti-sanctuary’ Legislation Brewing in Oregon”), bill sponsor Rep. Mike Nearman says, “I’m on the budget committee for my school district, and we spend a lot of money to teach students who don’t speak English.”

April 1, 2017 01:00 AM


I just read the dog-centric headline of your news story this week and saw the photo, and I’m so angry that you would publish a story about dogs and not mention cats. I love cats. I love every kind of cat. I just really love cats and I just want to hug all of them but can’t. 

Your readership also loves cats. You owe your readers an apology.

Tabitha Catherine, Eugene

Editors Note: The article itself also talked about cats.



March 30, 2017 01:00 AM


The root cause of current climate change must be addressed: human over-population in a world with finite resources.

Too many people equals a large appetite for energy, fresh water and arable land. In 1900, the world population was 1.5 billion. By 1965, it was 3.3 billion. Only 52 years later, 7 billion!

March 23, 2017 01:00 AM


The Lane County Board of Commissioners has approved the land use change on a 4-1 vote, allowing for the destruction of a Native historical landmark, TV Butte, near Oakridge. This, against the protests of locals who live nearby and of our fellow Americans who are native to this land.

Shame on them, I say!

March 16, 2017 01:00 AM


March 9, 2017 01:00 AM


Gratifying to see a thorough piece of investigative reporting leave the ivory tower and enter the public arena (“DEQ Has Oregon In Dirty Hot Water,” EW, Feb. 23). What the three journalism students learned about Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s dereliction of its duty to prosecute polluters is sadly representative of other “enforcement” agencies state and nationwide.

March 1, 2017 01:00 AM


While walking down a narrow aisle at a local store, I passed a young Latino family. Dad moved aside and mom clutched her young son. Fear was in their eyes. 

Based on Trump-incited anti-immigrant behavior and new immigration policies, their fear is reasonable. Any encounter that may draw attention — a false accusation, a traffic ticket, a misunderstanding or a cheating employer — could lead to jail, deportation and family separation.

February 23, 2017 01:00 AM


Weyerhauser is planning to aerially spray a witches’ brew of toxic herbicides in an area that is uncomfortably close to the main intake for drinking water for Eugene and its associated canal. 

February 16, 2017 01:00 AM


In Kelly Kenoyer’s article “Activism 101”, an informative and helpful piece of journalism, the author referred to non-violent direct action as possibly sounding like “some kind of anarchist crap.” 

February 9, 2017 01:00 AM


I was very moved by the painting on the cover of your 2/2 issue [“Hiding in Plain Sight] by Jeremy Okai Davis. Thank you for that. 

Amy Isler Gibson, Eugene



Upon reading about the forced resignation of Principal Bracco and Vice Principal Osborn of Creswell High I am reminded, once again, at how thin-skinned and judgmental our society has become.

February 2, 2017 01:00 AM


The Black Student Union and the contingent that supported it during the recent process to consider renaming Deady Hall at the University of Oregon now has the opportunity to put its own stamp on history and the UO campus.

The new Black Student Center will need a name. I propose that the person most deserving of that honor would be the late Dr. Edwin L. Coleman II.

January 26, 2017 01:00 AM


Another magnificent, tall fir has been reclaimed by the forest with the passing of University of Oregon Emeritus Professor Edwin Leon Coleman. The University of Oregon and the Eugene community have been enriched by this kind, courageous and remarkable man’s life, service, friendship and example to all people of good will.

January 19, 2017 01:00 AM


I appreciated Shawn Boles’ clear-eyed viewpoint on the Nancy Shurtz Halloween party flap [12/29].

The professor was, perhaps unwisely, injecting her professorial role into a party environment, which seemed to get everybody confused. Seems she surprised her guests with an unscheduled pop quiz on a book regarding white privilege that she hadn’t assigned them to recognize, much less read.

January 12, 2017 01:00 AM


I live next to Skinner’s Butte and propose that we restore its name to what it was called by the Native Americans who lived here before us: Ya-Po-Ah, meaning “the high point” in their Kalapuya language. We’d be following Alaska’s example in its name change of Mount McKinley to Denali, the mountain’s Native American name meaning “big” for the highest mountain in the country. 

January 5, 2017 01:00 AM


As a third year law student, I find the University of Oregon response to Prof. Nancy Shurtz’ blackface incident disgraceful.

According to the university, the disruption caused by the professor’s costume “was so significant that it outweighed any right that Shurtz has to free speech and academic freedom.” It is patently offensive for the university to assert the right to selectively abide by the Constitution, because state entities have no such ability.

December 29, 2016 01:00 AM


Don’t miss the opportunity to make use of the ice storm’s destruction! 

Rather than cutting and hauling away trees, leave trunks standing (if safe) to provide wildlife habitat. Otherwise, leave logs on the ground to slowly decompose.

Cut limbs for firewood but save lengths of cedar and locust for rot-resistant fence posts and construction materials. Other wood can be salvaged for making furniture or art.

December 22, 2016 01:00 AM


Let’s take a diversion of comments on Trump, Eugene City Council, pot, election results, healthcare, housing, etc., and declare a “Merry Christmas, Best Wishes  & Happy 2017!”

 Stace Webb, Eugene



A quote from Marine Gen. James Mattis (Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense): “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

December 15, 2016 01:00 AM


It’s easier to share with Lane County neighbors in need of food thanks to Capella Market’s new cashier station signage. Cappella staffers Reisa and Rhonda worked with FOOD for Lane County to put eye-catching signage next to the cashiers, so that customers can donate in $1, $5 or $10 increments when they check out.

December 8, 2016 01:00 AM


I was incorrectly identified last week [Letters, 12/1], so I’d like to introduce myself properly. My name is Ana: I’m a queer, light-skinned Latina from a multicultural family. I have a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Willamette University. I was a campaign volunteer for Hillary Clinton.

Because of my mishmash of identities, I’m privileged in many areas, marginalized in others. My goal as a feminist is to recognize my privilege and use it to amplify the voices of those who are not being heard. 

November 23, 2016 01:00 AM


I spent some time today sitting outside the Federal Building in Eugene, Oregon, with a sign saying, “Keep Love Alive” in response to the unrest in America since the election.

One man will never change my values, one man will not change the love in my heart. One man will not stop me from feeling love for my fellow countrymen and women. Whether they are black or white, gay or straight, woman or man.

November 17, 2016 01:00 AM


I am a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in journalism, history and political science. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in determining today’s cover. Given the grim results of the presidential election this week and the protests that proceeded, today’s cover could not have been more appropriate. I appreciate your bravery and journalistic integrity. This made my day.

Nicole Bales, Eugene


November 10, 2016 01:00 AM


Eugene Stands with Standing Rock wishes to invite everyone to participate in a National Day of Action against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

There will be a rally and march in Eugene noon Tuesday, Nov. 15, in front of the Army Corps of Engineers office, 211 E. 7th Avenue. We will deliver letters to them and from there march to the banks. We’re asking anyone attending to please bring your letters to give to the Army Corps of Engineers.