LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.Byline: The Register-Guard
Eugene as friendly as Texas
Our family moved to Oregon 10 years ago from Texas.
We love it here, but I've always had the opinion that people in Texas are much friendlier than those in in Oregon. Well, the recent Olympic Trials have proved me wrong.
We went to the Eugene 08 festival at the Trials and everyone - volunteers, workers - was helpful and friendly. The reaction from out-of-towners and athletes seemed to be overwhelmingly positive about Eugene.
I'm proud of everyone involved in making the Olympic Trials and festival a wonderful experience for everyone.
Dodged one subprime bullet
Just think - i
f George Bush had had his way, our Social Security funds might now be invested in safe, secure subprime mortgages.
Lots of money left on the table
Did you know that more than 7,000 eligible Lane County residents have not filed for the stimulus payment being given out by the U.S. government?
As an AARP AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization dedicated to "enriching the experience of aging"; membership is open to people age 50 or older. Founded in 1958 by Ethel Percy Andrus as American Association of Retired Persons, AARP now has over 30 million TaxAide volunteer, I was shocked to hear that number from the IRS An abbreviation for the Internal Revenue Service, a federal agency charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing internal revenue laws. and to know that a total of more than $2 million won't be used by local citizens if they do not file a tax return.
It's not too late to file for the money. A simple 1040-A can be prepared by the eligible resident or with help from a relative, friend, neighbor, the IRS or TaxAide.
If you know a low-income person or older resident who may nothave filed, please offer to help. The AARP TaxAide is also running one session a month at one of the Eugene adult and senior centers and will prepare and electronically file these 1040-A forms for free. Forms may be obtained at the IRS.gov Web site and for additional information go to www?.unitedwaylane.org.
Is Seed Council being candid?
The Oregon Seed Council states that there is no link between illness and the noxious clouds of smoke its members produce every summer.
The Oregon Seed Council wouldn't be ignoring evidence that indicates otherwise, would it? The Oregon Seed Council wouldn't lie to me, would it?
What can Eugene do for encore?
On July 7, Bob Welch There are a number of famous people of this name including:
I, too, felt confidence and pride and asked myself "whatcouldwedonext?" As I sat in the stands on those beautiful days and took in the world-class organization and events, my eyes swept around Hayward Field For other uses of "Hayward", see Hayward (disambiguation).
Hayward Field at University of Oregon is one of the most well-known historic track and field stadiums in the United States. It has been the home to the University of Oregon Track and Field teams since 1919. and viewed the setting of huge trees on Hendricks Hill and other stunning scenes. I thought: What other city has this to offer?
Eugene demonstrated that it has the spirit. Think of the number of volunteers it took to do the Olympic Trials, the Bach Festival The Bach Festival is a music festival held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. the Festival promotes Baroque music, and was founded in 1976 by Michael Korn. References
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Susan Palmer reported that a riverfront team will be meeting to discuss the future of the Eugene Water & Electric Board site (Register-Guard, July 9). The river is so key to the future of Eugene. To achieve its full potential we need visionary planners. This opportunity must not be squandered squan·der
tr.v. squan·dered, squan·der·ing, squan·ders
1. To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate. See Synonyms at waste.
2. . The area needs to be developed with the idea of making it attractive to people.
Not a courthouse or a hospital or even a convention center, but living facilities, public walkways, restaurants, shops and outdoor places that are people-friendly. Think of the Oakway Center courtyard, the North Bank restaurant patio, SweetWaters, Roaring Rapids and multiply your vision.
We can truly have a city that visitors will want to return to over and over and that proud locals will delight in sharing. Think big!
John Bigelow John Bigelow (November 25, 1817 – December 19, 1911) was an American lawyer and statesman.
Born in Malden-on-Hudson, New York, he became a lawyer and editor, co-owning and editing the New York Evening Post.
Protesters embraced a bad idea
There are good ideas and bad ideas.
Consuming large quantities of beer and taking dares - bad idea. Dating your girlfriend's sister - bad idea. Mooning a convention of professional dart throwers - bad idea.
Fortunately, in my youth I've had friends, a touch of common sense and adult supervision that have kept me from implementing some not-so-brilliant plans.
This brings us to the May 30 Eugene Taser incident.
Now, I agree in principle with the point of the anti-herbicide protest. However, I am curious: Why didn't Ian Van Ornum's friends, the adult supervision or anyone with common sense say, "Hey, Ian, I don't think you should do that. We're trying to get people to rally to our cause.Making them think that you're spraying them or their cars with poison probably isn't the best approach."
I'm sure Van Ornum and his fellow protesters have had some great ideas. This just wasn't one of them.
Steven J. Strauch
Unsung heroes also aided Trials
In response to "Hayward Field reinvents track and field experience" by Ron Bellamy "Rockin'" Ron Bellamy (born December 13, 1964) is an American professional boxer. He is the half-brother of former NBA center Walt Bellamy. Ron also started his career in basketball, playing collegiately at UNC-Charlotte and professionally in New Zealand and Europe. (Register-Guard, July 10), we offer k
udos to The Register-Guard for the coverage of the Olympic Track & Field Trials. The articles and great photos brought the excitement and pride into our homes.
Greg Irwin, Vin Lananna and the fantastic volunteers received well-deserved praise from The Register-Guard.
We're concerned, though, that a very important group of people has been unrecognized: the many people who did the business of the bidding, the planning and the execution of the successful event.
The project managers, Tom Jordan Thomas "Tom" Jordan (born May 24, 1981 in Manchester, England) is a professional footballer, currently playing for Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville, where he plays as a defender. External links
So, we express our appreciation to anyone and everyone who played a part in putting on the 2008 Trials. And to everyone who has worked for years to bring back "Track Town, USA Track Town, USA, a popular nickname for Eugene, Oregon, is widely known as the mecca for the sport of track and field in the United States. The home of the University of Oregon (UO), Eugene is considered by some to be the capital of the running world. ."
Opencarry of guns deters crime
I feel the public should know about a fast-growing civil rights movement in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. called "open carry."
In the 43 states where it is legal, thousands of responsible, law-abiding gun owners are coming out of the closet and publicly carrying handguns visible in belt holsters for self-defense.
Our intent in carrying openly is not to alarm the public or make other people uncomfortable. We're not looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. trouble.
In fact, the truth is quite the opposite. We believe that open carry deters crime. The more of us there are, the more the general public will get used to seeing good, responsible people carrying guns.
If the thought of law-abiding people carrying guns in public disturbs you, consider this: In Lane County, there are about 270,000 adults, and the Lane County sheriff has issued over 10,000 concealed handgun licenses. This means that statistically, 1 in 27 adults you see in public in Lane County is already legally carrying a concealed handgun for self-defense. You haven't had any problem with them, have you?
Any law-abiding citizen in Oregon can legally carry a handgun openly in a belt holster almost anywhere in the state. A few cities, such as Portland, prohibit loaded firearms in public, but CHL CHL crown-heel length. holders are exempt from that and most other carry restrictions.
If you see someone with a handgun in a holster, don't be alarmed. They're just exercising their right, and you're safer with them nearby.
For more information on open carry, visit OpenCarry.org.
Helms had other `achievements'
If I may borrow an acronym in current use by our young folks: OMG (1) See Object Management Group.
(2) "Oh my God!" See digispeak.
OMG - Object Management Group !
A Washington Post writer wants us to believe that the late Sen. Jesse Helms Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. (born October 18, 1921) is a former five-term Republican U.S. Senator from North Carolina, and a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was considered one of the leading figures of the modern "Christian right". was a "great man."
Mark Thiessen wrote "Most of Helms' great achievements forgotten" (Register-Guard, July 9). Nowhere in his list of accomplishments does Thiessen mention Helms' other achievements:
Helms consistently opposed tax increases, abortion, gay rights, affirmative action affirmative action, in the United States, programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women. , food stamps, secularism sec·u·lar·ism
1. Religious skepticism or indifference.
2. The view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education. and government-funded healthcare legislation. He bitterly opposed federal financing of AIDS research and treatment.
He consistently supported apartheid in South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. , the right-wing death squads in Central America Central America, narrow, southernmost region (c.202,200 sq mi/523,698 sq km) of North America, linked to South America at Colombia. It separates the Caribbean from the Pacific. and the Nicaraguan Contras. He opposed recognizing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He had a penchant for holding up votes on treaties and appointments to win a point, which earned him the sobriquet of "Senator No."
Helms purposely tried to make the African-American Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun cry by singing "Dixie" while in an elevator with her and suggested President Clinton "better not show up around here (Fort Bragg Fort Bragg, U.S. army base, 11,136 acres (4,507 hectares), E N.C., N of Fayetteville; est. 1918. Originally an artillery post, it is now the principal U.S. army airborne-training center and the site of the Special Warfare School. ) without a bodyguard."
Mark Kleiman summed it up best: Jesse Helms devoted a career to maintaining second-class citizenship for black and gay people and supported tyrants and terrorists.
However, Thiessen did note one sterling achievement: Senator Helms helped secure passage of the Iraq Liberation Act The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338)  (codified in a note to 22 USCS § 2151) is a United States Congressional statement of policy calling for regime change in Iraq. calling for removal of Saddam Hussein. We all know how well that worked out.