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Letters to the Editor

January 18, 2018 01:00 AM

A WARRIOR'S FAREWELL

 I am a chief petitioner for the Freedom from Aerial Herbicide Spraying Bill of Rights.

I am coming to the end of the activist’s path, trod by our beloved Audrey Moore (Josephine County) and Jan Wroncy (Triangle Lake).  I am dying of cancer after a long healthy life.

This is not a fight any of us chose. We did not put ourselves in harm’s way. The timber companies came to our homes with their herbicide poisons. 

My friends, neighbors, colleagues and co-conspirators, I am so sorry to be leaving you so soon.

January 11, 2018 01:00 AM

TRY NOT TO BREATHE

Thank you to Camilla Mortensen and Kelly Kenoyer for delivering news that matters in the Dec. 28 edition of Eugene Weekly!

What do your two articles, “Weed Wages Water War” and “Air Quality in Oakridge,” have in common?  Both articles shed light on shady backdoor deals that privatize clean air and water.

January 4, 2018 01:00 AM

THE ONLY GOOD REPUBLICAN

In the recent edition, you print an editorial urging the ouster of Greg Walden from Congress (12/4). But then you give Pat Farr, an equally evil Republican, a nice photo op where he pretends to give a shit about homeless people.

The only good Republican is a defeated Republican. Please don’t give these scumbags any positive press.

Doug Hintz, Eugene

 

PICK YOUR BATTLES

The controversy over the Jesus banner downtown is a distraction. There are bigger fish to fry.

December 28, 2017 01:00 AM

NORTHWEST PALETTE

 Bob Keefer’s excellent review (Celebrating Two Lives in Paint,” 12/14) brands Margaret Coe’s and Mark Clarke’s art practice with the DNA found in the regional art of the Northwest.

December 21, 2017 01:00 AM

TINY, PITIFUL GESTURES

There seems to be a perception among local politicians that the homeless and their advocates don’t appreciate the tiny pitiful efforts of local governments to provide emergency homeless shelter.

That’s not true. We do appreciate their tiny pitiful efforts; we just know that they’re tiny and pitiful.

The Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners favor what they call “pilot projects” — car camps, rest stops, etc. — kept as small as possible and never significantly expanded, even though they work.

December 14, 2017 01:00 AM

FAREWELL, SHEKLOW

It was with mixed feelings that I read Sally Sheklow’s annual Thanksgiving column (EW, 11/22). Her contributions to the Eugene Weekly have always been, for me, the highlight of your publication. Her writing covered local, global, personal, political and societal matters. And this was her last column for the Weekly.

The quality of Sheklow’s pieces, plus their timeliness, has contributed excellence to the Weekly’s material.  

December 7, 2017 01:00 AM

GODMOTHER OF PRINTMAKERS

Bob Keefer writes, “the godfather of printmaking here is Gordon Gilkey” (“Printmaking Explodes in Oregon," 11/30). However, his article conveniently excludes LaVerne Krause, who I consider the godmother of Oregon printmaking.

Krause graduated from the University of Oregon art department in 1946, and lived in Portland after graduation, then returned to the UO to found the printmaking department. 

November 30, 2017 01:00 AM

CORRECTING NEGLECT

Last May, you brought our attention to the problem of a lack of accountability in our long-term residential centers, which has led to abuse and neglect of our most vulnerable citizens. Because you took the time to research, interview, listen and respond, change has occurred (“A System of Neglect,” 5/4). 

As your mission statement says, Kelly Kenoyer, you provide a voice for the oppressed and dismissed. 

Thank you so much.  

Kim Donahey, Eugene


HEALTH CARE CONCERNS

November 22, 2017 01:00 AM

NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD

Sorry, Joe Tyndall (Letters, Nov. 16). Can’t do it. Men are human. Human beings, like other animals, are innately neither good nor bad. I have known many “good” men, most of whom have at one time or another done a bad thing.

It makes little sense to either blame or aggrandize anyone by category. Neither does it make sense to ignore privilege and harmful behavior.

Evelyn Hess, Eugene

 

CONTACT PETER DEFAZIO

November 16, 2017 01:00 AM

MEN ARE GOOD

Sunday, Nov. 19 is International Men’s Day. Maybe one day during the year we can stop blaming men, particularly white men, for the ills of the world. You might consider a father who daily went to a job he didn’t like so you could live comfortably. You might consider the men who created all the things you take for granted, like houses, roads, schools, hospitals and pretty much everything else. 

November 9, 2017 01:00 AM

NO TO ONE GRO

Hopefully the voters of Creswell will say no to One Gro (“Campaigning in Creswell,” Oct. 5). A corporate monopoly on a dispensary in that locale is unnecessary. Let other players get into that market.

I am concerned about plantations and where these corporations set up shop on quite a few city blocks, as in Eugene. Cultivation is okay, but this is a new venture in this state

William O’Brien, Eugene


DEFAZIO AND GUNS

November 2, 2017 01:00 AM

SHAMING IS UNHELPFUL

Katherine, creator of the Friendly Anarchism podcast, advocates “shaming people for their fascist beliefs” in the Oct. 19 EW cover story, “Antifa.”

Publicly shaming those who engage in hateful acts and live by hateful ideologies does precisely nothing to convert ignorance and hatred into understanding and trust. Only real human connection does that.

October 26, 2017 01:00 AM

ANTIFA AND VIOLENCE

In response to the discussion of the use of violence in the Oct. 19 article “Antifa,” I would like to offer the following: If you seek to change the hearts and minds of those in your community, committing acts of violence will not help you achieve that goal.

It may be tempting to forcefully silence opposing voices, but I implore you to consider non-violent alternatives and to engage others in open and empathetic dialogue.

Richard Griscom, Eugene 

 

October 19, 2017 01:00 AM

ADDRESSING RAPE

Your “The Freshman Survival Guide” (Oct. 12) states: “The first half of your first term of college is known as the ‘Red Zone,’ the period of time a young woman is most vulnerable to rape … so go with friends you trust and look out for each other, and keep an eye on your drink.”

Why are you giving advice only to women when addressing rape?

How about talking frankly with men, the gender that creates and perpetuates the problem? What if instead you had published:

October 12, 2017 01:00 AM

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

I enjoyed David Turner’s Along the Long Tom River: Observations from the Past and Present, and Blake Andrews’ interview with David Turner (“Stories from the Long Tom," Oct. 5).

October 5, 2017 01:00 AM

YOU CAN CUT IT WITH A STICK

Thursday’s Eugene Weekly (Sept. 21) brought a much-needed update on Scobert Park.

We learned that a lot of bad shit goes down there, it’s been going on for a long time, nobody’s had any idea what to do about it in the past and there are no good ideas now — but it doesn’t matter, because the city can’t afford to do anything anyway.

September 28, 2017 01:00 AM

PESTICIDE REFORM

It’s fine for writers like Mark Robinowitz to express their opinions, but opinions should never be presented as facts.

In his “Ban Aerial Spray” letter to the editor (Sept. 14), Mark claims that Beyond Toxics doesn’t endorse a ban on aerial spray, which is not true. I wrote a blog earlier in September announcing the Beyond Toxics board of directors formally voted to endorse the Lane County ballot initiative to ban aerial spray introduced by the Freedom From Aerial Herbicides Alliance.

September 21, 2017 01:00 AM

SCORCHED EARTH

Rebuild? Do we understand this is a new world and we have to change where we can live? Do we understand that this is only a beginning of hurricanes and floods and fires, and rebuilding is a huge waste?

We are too late.  

Ruth Duemler, Eugene


FAKE VICTIM

In response to the political truth jackass claiming to be targeted by Antifa (Letters, Sept. 14), let’s make a couple things clear:

September 14, 2017 01:00 AM

DICKLESS DOLLS

Kari Johnson (“Rejecting Barbie,” Letters, Aug. 24) gives us a very old feminist lecture I’ve heard years ago, taking on what seems to be some of her old toy Ken and Barbie dolls.

See if I remember this right: It’s moms who give their daughters Barbie dolls and it’s the desire of those dolls’ owners that they choose and get Ken dolls. Moms like that because, as everyone knows, the Ken dolls have no dicks.

Factory emasculated males.

September 7, 2017 01:00 AM

SOUR GRAPES

Kendra Lady, in her Aug. 31 letter, made a very heartfelt and passionate point about the University of Oregon and its fans' “cult like” adoration of its Ducks sports program. It seems that the main point of her letter was not with the UO but with Eugene and our racist and bigoted past.

August 31, 2017 01:00 AM

HOUSING HYPOCRISY

In “Say Adieu to fees for ADUs” (EW, Aug. 17), Terri Harding continues Eugene planner’s “alternative facts” campaign against single-family homeowners. Harding claims the Eugene City Council “passed some amendments to our zoning code in 2013” that accidentally made secondary dwelling units (SDUs) more difficult to build.

Actually, the City Council approved Ordinance 20526 in 2014 to provide protections for single-family neighborhoods around the University of Oregon. As Harding well knows, the amendments were no “accident.”

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL

Camilla Mortensen’s article “Endangered Wolves, Invasive Wolves?” [Aug. 10] brought to mind an invasive species that is rapacious in every environment it encounters and whose unchecked population growth will be the death of us all. The cattlepersons claim that cattle are not invasive because they are managed. Even using that self-serving definition, this species is an extreme danger to us all.

August 17, 2017 01:00 AM

MATTHEW KNIGHT MONSTROSITY

What is the cost of Matthew Knight Arena (MKA) to the taxpayers of Eugene and Oregon state? 

The MKA is financed by a series of bond measures provided by the city of Eugene and a “Legacy Fund” (Phil Knight’s money). Although Knight pledged $100 million for MKA operating costs, I found zero references to profit. I found nary a reference to the lack of funds that MKA has brought to Eugene in the past seven years.

August 10, 2017 01:00 AM

WE NEED REAL COOLING CENTERS

The recent spate of hot weather is more than something to complain about. For the very young, the very old, the medically fragile, and the poor and unhoused, heat in the 90s and 100s can cause a medical emergency.

The radio stations and the local daily have put out lists of “cooling centers,” but as a friend points out, a serious cooling center must stay open later than 4 or 6 pm, the hottest part of the day. Some churches are open to 8 pm, as are some libraries on certain days, but these are exceptions.