LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.
Higher state taxes not needed
One of the most outrageous things our Oregon Legislature ever did was reported in the Sept. 4 Register-Guard. According to the article, the Legislature appropriated $135,000 to pay 10 people to be "observers" of the people gathering signatures on the petitions to refer the state tax hike to the people. The article said the money was tucked into a catchall budget measure in the closing hours of the legislative session.
Besides being a questionable use of taxpayer money, it looks like a conspiracy of the Legislature and the governor to thwart the will of the people. The governor delayed signing the tax-increase bill to shorten the time that signature gatherers had to get the required number, and now we have state-hired people interfering with the collection of signatures. Are the governor and the Legislature afraid to allow the people to have their say on these tax measures?
Furthermore, it seems to me this is just more evidence that the money from increased taxes is not really needed. In addition to this spending, lawmakers appropriated $121,000 to make a plush job for Sen. Margaret Carter, over $90,000 for a higher education job for Rep. Larry Galizio and $740,000 for free soda pop for prisoners. They scaled back implementation of voter-approved Measure 57 because of lack of funds but were able to find millions to increase pay of state employees when the rest of us are taking cuts.
Doesn't look like we need more taxes. Sign a petition and vote.
Learn more about bottled water
Last Saturday morning, walking in the Eugene Celebration Parade with the Just Say No To Bottled Water task force of the Unitarian Universalist Church, I heard laughing and clapping - for us! Maybe it was our long tails of clanking cast-off plastic water bottles that got their attention. Or maybe it was because they knew that the bottled water fad is the result of one of the biggest corporate scams ever put over on the American people - and the world.
Then at the film fest Saturday night, my "bottle awareness" gauge went through the roof when I saw "Tapped." Produced by Stephanie Soechtig, this film will be shown again at the Eugene International Film Festival, Oct. 8 to Oct. 11. Until now, I had regarded the use of bottled water as a personal issue, albeit stupid, costly and bad for the environment. "Tapped" demonstrates that the production, distribution, sale and disposal of bottled water is one of the most critical political issues of our time - a worldwide problem that demands attention, education and action. The information on plastics in the ocean, in landfills and on shorelines will make you shudder.
What now? How about local stores that declare "Bottled water not sold here"? Let's have a Bottled Water Awareness Coalition of citizen groups and churches to spread the word. And imagine a new headline: "Eugene sixth U.S. city to ban commercial sale of bottled water." If you don't believe how bad the situation is, visit www.tappedthemovie .com for information and a sneak preview of "Tapped."
Boise State's shame is greater
I am somewhat surprised by the tone of many of the letters concerning LeGarrette Blount and his meltdown after the Boise State game. Of course it is wrong to hit someone, and Blount should pay the penalty, but where is any sense of compassion and understanding?
I am not a big fan of the hysteria attached to college football in general and Duck football in particular, especially when it brings out the worst in many of us. Put yourself in Blount's place. You are high on the adrenaline of a game and a classless opponent who just beat you, taunts you and, from what I've been told, calls you the "n-word." How would you react? And those "frisky" Boise State fans (as letter-writer Steve Thorwald calls them) that Blount wanted a piece of: They merely slapped his face and continued the racial taunting.
Of course Blount should have held his anger and emotions in check, but I think the greater shame this time around belongs to the Boise State football program and its fans.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Sep 12, 2009|
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