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Letters to the Editor

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM


I watched the Feb. 8 proceedings of the Lane County Commissioners, stunned, as three of our elected officials (Jay Bozievich, Sid Leiken, and Faye Stewart) thwarted the efforts of Commissioner Rob Handy to have the board even consider possible salary reductions for county employees earning more than $90,000 a year. 

Aren’t these dire economic times for the county? Why should any area of the budget be immune from discussion?

Robert Young, Eugene



February 9, 2012 12:00 AM


I’m one of the five Lane County commissioners. The county and the nurses who work at the county have been trying to negotiate a labor agreement for some time. According to media reports, these negotiations have centered around both wages and benefits, and it’s clear that reducing benefit levels to the nurses will affect their total compensation. I do not support reducing the total compensation levels of Lane County nurses

February 2, 2012 12:00 AM


Thanks for your cover story (1/19) on the coal trains coming soon to dozens of Northwest communities. I wanted to alert you that there’s more that residents can do than to merely plead with their local politicians to pass nonbinding resolutions. They can instead follow the lead of the group Coal-Free-Bellingham.org, which just launched a local ballot initiative campaign.

January 26, 2012 12:00 AM


It was with inspired heart that I took my kids to the Oct. 16 Occupy Eugene March. Looking at the exuberance and peace embodied by the people surrounding us, I thought that this movement might be one I could support and work for. And I did to the best of my ability. Until recently.

January 19, 2012 12:00 AM


The Bijou’s presentation of Revenge of the Electric Car is a welcome sequel to Who Killed the Electric Car? a decade ago. The opposition has become an advocate. Ten years ago there was only one struggling EV maker in Eugene, today there are several Oregon-based companies involved in EVs and a network of charging infrastructure is growing. Yet most of us drive locally by ourselves on a daily basis. 

January 12, 2012 12:00 AM


They’re carvin’ away at Parvin Butte

They want to haul it away to sea.

By the time they get done 

with their disruptive fun,

Parvin Butt is all it will be.

McDougal & Demers see bucks in the Butte,

Laws of nature & man they don’t fear.

For all that they care we can all go to hell,

and if we can’t go they’ll bring it right here.

I moved out to Dexter for peace & some quiet,

January 5, 2012 12:00 AM