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Letters to the Editor

August 22, 2012 11:00 PM

COUNCIL DELAYING ACTION

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

TARGETING THE HOMELESS

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

EMX IS A WINNING PLAN

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

REPAIR MAKES SENSE

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

STERILE VISION FOR 4J

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

ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE

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

SKEWED PRIORITIES

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


JOINING THE BOYCOTT

July 5, 2012 12:00 AM

DIESEL AND DUST

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

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.

June 21, 2012 12:00 AM

NUCLEAR BLACKOUT

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

SAVE THE HEADWATERS 

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 LOT OF TURNIPS

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

CLEARCUTS STILL HAPPEN

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

UNDERMINING CAHOOTS

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

NOT A PERFECT MATCH

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

CONFIDENCE IN PETE

May 2, 2012 11:00 PM

WORDS FROM WEAVER 

Pete Sorenson was my top aide when I was first elected to Congress and helped me put through the French Pete Wilderness Act over strong objection from the timber industry. I can say without qualification I know no more dedicated and honest a public servant.

April 25, 2012 11:00 PM

SOLID LEADERSHIP

As an involved citizen over the last 10 years and more, I’ve had the honor of working with many of our local elected officials.

A few hard-working electeds — Betty Taylor, Pete Sorenson, Kitty Piercy and Rob Handy —  have provided a cornerstone of almost everything we’ve succeeded in for the public interest of Eugene and Lane County.

April 18, 2012 11:00 PM

LANE PEACE SYMPOSIUM

April 11, 2012 11:00 PM

WOW HALL RESPONDS

On April 5 EW published an unflattering letter (“WOW Hall Problems”) and the present staff and board of the Community Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) would like to reply.

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

WOW HALL PROBLEMS

Eugene has a rich and lively arts community. Theaters, galleries, clubs, venues and artists of all stripes, and all of them contribute to our colorful environment. Part of this scene is the Community Center for the Performing Arts in the historic WOW Hall. The CCPA is a tax-exempt nonprofit run by a volunteer board of directors elected by WOW Hall members and the building is long since paid off. It belongs to you! It has a secure base and lots of potential.

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

NOT THE ANSWER

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

TRUST THE TRUST?

March 15, 2012 12:00 AM

PUT BACK THE BENCHES

I walk West Broadway several times a week. It should be a hub of commerce and activity. Instead it is in a sad state.