LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.Byline: The Register-Guard
Measure 36 doesn't make sense
I don't understand this amendment to the state constitution, Measure 36. I listen to people talk and they say that only one man and one woman can marry. Now is that forever?
Some say that marriage is for raising children. I was raised by a single parent, and my mom raised three of us. We all turned out pretty well.
The proponents for Measure 36 say that marriage is for procreation PROCREATION. The generation of children; it is an act authorized by the law of nature: one of the principal ends of marriage is the procreation of children. Inst. tit. 2, in pr. , too. Does that mean that people who are sterile or past the age of having children can't marry?
Is it because the homosexual community will have something that the heterosexual community has screwed up over the years - a divorce rate of more than 50 percent - and they are jealous?
I really don't understand why anyone would even vote for something like this. It doesn't make any sense to me. Why would someone want to discriminate against another person? If you have a religious conviction, that is fine, but keep it to yourself. We all have our own religious views. Who's to say yours is better than mine?
Preserve traditional marriage
My best childhood memories revolve around Verb 1. revolve around - center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"
center, center on, concentrate on, focus on, revolve about visiting Aunt Jo and Uncle Earl's home. Together they reared three children, who were off to college by the time I came around. Earl faithfully provided everything the family needed, and Jo used that income to shape the most peaceful home I've ever known.
Creative beyond measure, her vegetable gardens produced much of their food. Walking among her flowers made me sigh with a feeling of rest. Who can talk about Aunt Jo without mentioning the snacks and meals she put her heart into, just for us?
Uncle Earl Uncle Earl is an American old-time music group, formed in 2000 by KC Groves and Jo Serrapere. They are an all-women-band and often they refer to themselves as the g'Earls. Their fans have also been nick-named as g'Earlfriends. , faithful to keep up the heavy work and maintenance of the house, had time for us. We followed him around as he puttered or lived out our imaginations in the playhouse he made from the old chicken coop COOP
See Banks for Cooperatives (COOP). .
Even after 60 years of marriage, they were lovebirds lovebirds
small parrots, traditional symbol of affection. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
See : Lovers, Famous , eating each other up with the looks in their eyes. As they called one another endearing names, my sisters and I felt like we were in the middle of a love relationship, not just bystanders.
Earl and Jo were faithful to each other until death parted them. Their marriage stabilized our world, and added to the harmony of their community. We want to follow their example.
Two men or two women may team up to accomplish tasks. However, let's hold the word marriage for relationships like Uncle Earl and Aunt Jo enjoyed. Please vote yes on Measure 36.
Federal taxes aid destruction
It will not be long before the Internal Revenue Service levies my bank account. I sadly do not voluntarily pay my federal income taxes. I am a conscientious objector conscientious objector, person who, on the grounds of conscience, resists the authority of the state to compel military service. Such resistance, emerging in time of war, may be based on membership in a pacifistic religious sect, such as the Society of Friends to war taxation. The taxes that I do not pay, I either give to life-giving groups or put in savings so that interest can for a time be similarly used.
Were federal income taxes truly used to meet the basic, life-giving needs of my country, I would gladly pay my share. It is a travesty that this wealthy country permits over a million people to be homeless. It is a travesty that so little of our federal income taxes are used for services for vulnerable populations, for infrastructure, public transportation, health care and shelter for all, environmental protection and education.
Instead, the wealth of this country is being used to destroy. From Iraq to nuclear weapons in space, we are causing death, poverty and hatred around the world. The "war on terror This article is about U.S. actions, and those of other states, after September 11, 2001. For other conflicts, see Terrorism.
The War on Terror (also known as the War on Terrorism " creates terror, and we are ever more vulnerable. Our precious young adults are losing their lives, limbs and health in wars. Our government is trillions of dollars in debt, a debt that will devastate dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. our children and our grandchildren GRANDCHILDREN, domestic relations. The children of one's children. Sometimes these may claim bequests given in a will to children, though in general they can make no such claim. 6 Co. 16. .
My heart yearns for policies of caring and compassion. We will have to suffer the consequences of our actions, just as innocent people in many parts of the world now suffer the consequences of our economic and military policies. But we must begin to use our hearts as we formulate and carry out foreign and domestic policies.
Sometimes it's best to change
In response to Kathleen Parker's Sept. 28 column, "Swing-vote moms want an alpha male": When someone with a "stay the course" macho attitude leads you, your children and grandchildren into a swamp full of alligators, poisonous snakes and quicksand quicksand
State in which water-saturated sand loses its supporting capacity and acquires the characteristics of a liquid. Quicksand is usually found in a hollow at the mouth of a large river or along a flat stretch of stream or beach where pools of water become partly filled , it amazes me that this person would be trusted to lead you out again.
I'd rather have someone who thinks about it first, looks at all the options and is willing to change direction when necessary.
Parker asks, "Who is the most constant, most dependable, most responsible?" My question is, "To do what, to or for whom, and for what reason?"
Quit telling people how to vote
As a registered voter 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. , though I'm an expatriate, I am still entitled to vote. I will do so via an absentee ballot in the next two weeks. I also am on the fence regarding who I should vote for.
One thing is for certain, though: I have finally had it. I am tired of reading The Register-Guard every day and seeing letters from people who feel they have the right to tell me how I should cast my vote. The voting system Noun 1. voting system - a legal system for making democratic choices
legal system - a system for interpreting and enforcing the laws is done through a secret ballot secret ballot
1. A type of voting in which each person's vote is kept secret, but the amassed votes of various groups are revealed publicly.
2. See Australian ballot.
Noun 1. for a reason. I will not tell you or anyone else how I will vote any more than I will tell you how much money I earn. It is none of your business.
Those who have written these letters should do their campaigning elsewhere. They should take to the streets and hold signs in the typical Eugene fashion. There, they will meet people who disagree, and eventually violence will erupt on both sides, in typical American fashion.
One word about this phenomenon: I live in Hong Kong Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov. . One year ago, we had a protest against the government's plans here on a national holiday. Some 500,000 people took to the streets all day and night and protested peacefully. There was no violence at all. You know what? They got what they wanted. The government stood down a few days later.
Just thought people might be interested.
JEFFREY A. INSLEY
Vote for values is never wasted
Have you ever carefully considered that a way of voting, which some people (but not me) view as "throwing your vote away" may be a very commendable and appropriate action?
Do you sometimes feel that you must vote for the lesser of two undesirable candidates to avoid throwing your vote away by voting for a better person, who appears to have very little chance of winning? If so, it is examination time.
Before you mark your ballot, you should conscientiously examine your principles and values in the light of the standards you have set for your own life. Following this self-examination, you may have an agonizing decision to make. If so, which will you throw away? Your principles and values or, in the eyes of some people, your vote?
If need be, write in your choices of better people for the various offices. Please don't make a decision to not vote.
In the words of John Quincy Adams: "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."
This election is about our future
We all need to consider what will be good for the future of our country and our planet when we vote. In this presidential race, I've heard a lot about the war, taxes and Vietnam records. What I want to hear is how the next administration will deal with issues like the environment, the enormous deficit, America's worsening image and providing for our nation's children.
I'm a schoolteacher and a mother of two. I worry that if our country continues on its current path, our children won't be able to enjoy clean air and water and the beauty of nature as environmental protection laws are repealed, public lands are sold off and funding for our parks is slashed. I worry that our youth will inherit an enormous debt that will weigh them down for generations. I worry that many children will not get the education, health care and services they need due to lack of funding. I worry about the negative image Americans now have throughout much of the world and that our innocent children will inherit this image.
When we vote, we need to look beyond our tax cuts and our fear and think about how we are leaving this planet for future generations.
Kerry isn't fit to be president
Ultra-liberal John Kerry Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. is unfit for command as president.
As president he would nominate liberal activist judges with their crazy decisions. Think about the Pledge of Allegiance Pledge of Allegiance, in full, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, oath that proclaims loyalty to the United States. and its national symbol. fiasco. These judges would also destroy your gun rights.
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tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. forest fires This is a list of notorious forest fires: North America
Year Size Name Area Notes
1825 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km²) Miramichi Fire New Brunswick Killed 160 people. .
We would have a weakened America. Kerry would not fight unless we were attacked, and then only with United Nations approval. We are in a different kind of war.
Kerry gets an F rating from the National Rifle Association National Rifle Association (NRA)
Governing organization for the sport of shooting with rifles and pistols. It was founded in Britain in 1860. The U.S. organization, formed in 1871, has a membership of some four million. Both the British and the U.S. for a reason. After missing most Senate votes, he shows up to vote for bankrupting the firearms industry. He voted to keep frivolous lawsuits going. On Kerry's list of assault weapons to ban are many of our hunting guns. Kerry gets a 100 percent rating from animal rights organizations. He has voted 50 times against gun rights.
Americans would be increasingly taxed to pay for Kerry's socialism. Socialism doesn't work, just ask Europe.
Kerry is unfit for command, as many Vietnam vets have said. How can a man aid the enemy, lie about his fellow vets and be president of the United States The head of the Executive Branch, one of the three branches of the federal government.
The U.S. Constitution sets relatively strict requirements about who may serve as president and for how long. ?
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Richardson was born in Windsor, Berkshire. He won the English Amateur Championship in 1989 and turned professional later than year.
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