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Letters to the Editor

October 17, 2012 11:00 PM


There are a few people who quietly influence and bring out the best in this city. These people never seek center stage or public attention; they simply live from day to day doing what they have to do with dignity and strength, contributing immensely to our local culture.

October 10, 2012 11:00 PM


“We conclude that the Fourth and 14th Amendments protect homeless persons from government seizure and summary destruction of their unabandoned, but momentarily unattended, personal property.” In early September, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Lavan v. City of Los Angeles that confiscating and destroying the personal property of the homeless constitutes unreasonable seizure. This ruling is legally binding upon the state of Oregon. 

October 3, 2012 11:00 PM


Once again Betty Taylor is the clear choice for City Council to represent south Eugene. Betty has done an outstanding job of representing her progressive and environmentally conscious district. She listens to all perspectives and always makes careful, thoughtful decisions. She works hard to represent us and has a fantastic track record of service. You can always reach Betty by phone if you need to talk with her about city issues.

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM


The rarest things in politics are compassionate liberals who are tough and fearless. They are the ones the coal shippers and exploiters spend tons of money to defeat. You know where they stand and will not fizzle out when the going gets rough.

We have such a one on the Eugene City Council: Betty Taylor. I have been thrilled over the years of her service watching her work. I implore the voters of south Eugene: do not be sidetracked. Keep Betty Taylor on the council. We need her as never before.

Jim Weaver, Eugene


September 19, 2012 11:00 PM


In response to Lucas Spiegel’s letter [9/13]: It is debatable whether humans can be nutritionally sound without meat, especially when you look at nutritional deficits across generations. Dr. Weston Price traveled the world in the 1920s seeking traditional cultures that thrived without any animal protein at all, and he found none. Not one. 

September 12, 2012 11:00 PM


The lowest Arctic sea ice volume ever recorded! Yet another confirmation of rapid human-caused global warming. But climatologists are not cheering; they’re not celebrating the vindication of their theories. The results they predicted are not happening in a petri dish or a computer model — they’re happening in irreversible real time in the real world, the only world. And they’re happening faster than predicted.

September 5, 2012 11:00 PM


Like the Land of Oz, Eugene is a magical place. But, as we learned from L. Frank Baum’s story, magic can be complicated and sometimes dark. Industry sorcerers are presently employing black magic to conjure up coal trains that threaten our fair city. If they succeed, dark clouds of coal dust will envelop Eugene as trains carry their toxic loads from the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming through Eugene to the Port of Coos Bay for export to Asia.

August 29, 2012 11:00 PM


Several Occupy Eugene committees are collaborating on caretaking an empty downtown house which is involved in foreclosure. We have been at 1191 Lawrence for three weeks now, with the cooperation and support of the neighbors and the owner, who lives out of state.

August 22, 2012 11:00 PM


Jerry Ritter [Letters, 8/16] kindly asked me why housing for the homeless is a human right. The right derives from common decency, apparently a foreign concept to right-wingers.

August 15, 2012 11:00 PM


Jeff Zekas [Letters, 8/9] denounces the homeless and their sympathizers with the typical bitterness and cynicism of a disillusioned former believer in a cause he’s now committed to discrediting. Once, when he “was young and naive,” Zekas “felt sorry for these miscreants.” Now that he’s grown up and wise, he sees that the homeless are in fact “mentally deficient” perpetrators of “theft, assault, and murder.”

August 8, 2012 11:00 PM


Kudos to Eugene City Councilor Betty Taylor for her recent decision to support the West Eugene EmX Extension [Slant, 7/26]. Taylor was initially skeptical, but after putting in the legwork to educate herself about the actual facts on the ground, she changed her mind. 

August 1, 2012 11:00 PM


We moved to Eugene in November of 2007 because of its arts, culture and outdoors. We also liked the philosophy of “reduce, reuse, recycle.”

I read with interest Mark Gillem’s article [7/19] on 4J school consolidations. It seems that not only does it make sense to refurbish existing schools instead of demolishing (sending to the landfill) and starting all over, but it is actually $100 million cheaper. HELLO.

July 25, 2012 11:00 PM


I am deeply grateful for Mark Gillem’s recent analysis [cover story 7/19] of the flaws in the proposed 4J Facilities Master Plan. He did not say it, but I will: The emperor has no clothes. Bigger is not better. Newer is not better. More expensive is not better. At one time, the South Eugene region contained Dunn, Fox Hollow, Laurel Hill, Whiteaker, Parker and Condon Schools in addition to Harris, Edison and Edgewood. Within the memory of many residents is also the Glenwood neighborhood school. 

July 18, 2012 11:00 PM


Imagine the lonesome howl of a wolf on a starry Eastern Oregon night. Does it curdle your blood or inspire you? Do you feel hate or love? Do you want to kill the wolf or protect it? These are the extremes and politics of our human-wolf relationship.

July 12, 2012 12:00 AM


The state of Oregon, local municipalities and Lane County allocated $2.8 million in taxpayer dollars on security for a track meet. Yet we have no long-term solution for accommodating the homeless or preventing teachers from being laid off. Why is it that public funding is available for sport events without question? Its a sad commentary on the misplaced priorities that fail to address the social needs of the most vulnerable citizens in our community. 

Pat Reilly, Eugene


July 5, 2012 12:00 AM


I live in the River Road area very close to the railyard. I love my home and neighborhood, the proximity to the river and bike path, the large lots and the fertile soil we are blessed with. Unfortunately there is a trade-off living where I live: the noise from the switching yard, chemical odors that come from the Baxter wood preserving plant, diesel fumes from the trains and Union Pacific’s herbicide spraying along the tracks. 

June 28, 2012 12:00 AM


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.

June 21, 2012 12:00 AM


Fukushima nuclear power plants pose a real and imminent danger to all of the northern hemisphere and urgently in Oregon and on the West Coast. Last week, we saw the first of a large piece of debris hit the shores of Oregon. The tsunami debris in the Pacific is the size of Texas.

The media blackout on this worldwide catastrophe is complete. Go to www.enenews.com or to YouTube to get the truth. 

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM


A treasured resource for our city lies at the foot of West Amazon where the Amazon Headwaters Trail starts to climb towards Spencer Butte. 

Strolling along the canyon beneath majestic trees we hear the sounds of forest denizens and Amazon Creek. There is no place in town that is as accessible and yet seems so remote from the cityscape.

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM


A column written by Paul Conte in the May 24 EW expressed concern about the Eugene City Council and professional staff in the way they worked with the proposed Capstone student housing project.

May 31, 2012 12:00 AM


I’ve met quite a few people in Eugene who don’t realize that logging companies in Oregon still clear-cut on public land … well, they do. Last year, Governor Kitzhaber and the State Land Board approved a management plan that nearly doubles the annual clear cut of the Elliott State Forest. This year we stand to lose another 850 acres of one of our last intact coastal rainforests. 

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM


I’m not sure how many people realize what a complete and total disaster it will be for the people of Eugene and neighboring communities if Willamette Family Treatment Inc.’s Buckley Center “sobering station” shuts down; obviously, not enough people, or the service probably wouldn’t be threatened with losing its funding to begin with (see Slant last week).

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM


The Capstone project will be good for Eugene, even though it is not a perfect match. The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) — the project will be built in the downtown neighborhood  — has listened to literally hundreds of people. We believe that we understand the issues. As we would hope, the Capstone people have also listened carefully.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM