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Torrey puts priority on police

I'm very disappointed in the way public safety officers have been treated during Mayor Kitty Piercy's administration. Whatever happened to making public safety a priority in Eugene?

Why isn't the city supporting and encouraging our police?Public safety should be a city priority, and the mayor should be an advocate of safe streets and safe neighborhoods. Why isn't this happening?

Jim Torrey has placed public safety as his priority and will do everything he can to help our police and public safety officials. Torrey listens and this is important to Eugene voters who care about public safety. It's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a  for a mayor who understand the voters' concerns for safe neighborhoods and a safe downtown.

Bonnie bon·ny also bon·nie  
adj. bon·ni·er, bon·ni·est Scots
1. Physically attractive or appealing; pretty.

2. Excellent.


Business leaders support Torrey

Voters should pay significant attention to which candidate for mayor of Eugene can create and nurture NURTURE. The act of taking care of children and educating them: the right to the nurture of children generally belongs to the father till the child shall arrive at the age of fourteen years, and not longer. Till then, he is guardian by nurture. Co. Litt. 38 b.  a sustainable business A business is sustainable if it has adapted its practices for the use of renewable resources and holds itself accountable for the environmental and human rights impacts of its activities.  environment - the source for family-wage jobs, taxes for community services, environmental improvements and expanded opportunities for goods and services In economics, economic output is divided into physical goods and intangible services. Consumption of goods and services is assumed to produce utility (unless the "good" is a "bad"). It is often used when referring to a Goods and Services Tax. .

Mayor Kitty Piercy "Kitty" Piercy is the current mayor of Eugene, Oregon, sworn in January of 2005.

The press dubbed Piercy's election part of a "shift to the left" for the Eugene City Council.
, who has no personal business background, has wisely formed a task force and she recently outlined a 12-point plan, hoping to improve Eugene's economic fortunes through these difficult times and beyond.

Challenger and former Mayor Jim Torrey also announced his economic and sustainability blueprint, drawing upon his longstanding business expertise as well as community, educational and political service.

As a community, Eugene is well served by these proposals, the exchange of ideas and a robust debate during this important election.But it strikes me that Torrey's ideas have captured the attention and the financial commitment of many Eugene area business leaders, who, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 recently reported campaign finance records, have individually and cumulatively built longstanding, highly regarded and sustainable businesses.

If you are voting for a better economy, do you vote for someone who can talk about it, or someone who has done it? It is obvious to me that many people who have proven how to create sustainable businesses strongly favor Torrey for mayor. Action should speak louder than words.

Brian Bell


Piercy protects local businesses

Wow, prime time television ads! No wonder Jim Torrey needs so much money for his mayoral campaign.

The donor-developers must be champing at the bit to make Eugene a huge city at citizen expense. I believe citizens are becoming aware that growth can be expensive for taxpayers when they see their increased Eugene Water & Electric Board and sewer bills to pay for new infrastructure.

Do we really want more traffic, more accidents, more billboards and more pollution? I seeTorrey signs along Coburg Road on construction plots and the Torrey billboards adding their permanent ugliness to our streets.

Mayor Kitty Piercy, with more than 6,000 visits to community events, has urged sustainable growth and support for local businesses that keep our money in our city. She listens to neighborhood voices and works to keep our community prospering and safe. Our local farms and local small businesses need a mayor who continually works for them in this uncertain economic time. I support Mayor Piercy.

Ruth Duemler


Torrey brings people together

There's listening, and there's hearing. You know you've been heard when someone actually takes action based upon what you were saying. Lots of people listen, but they don't always hear.

Jim Torrey hears. He asks questions. He suggests solutions. He seeks ways to bring people who don't agree together. That's what he did when he volunteered to be the executive director of Kidsports. That's what he did when he said he'd chair an effort to recruit volunteers for this summer's Olympic Track and Field Trials. That's what he does every day.

If you want to be heard, you have to talk to someone who hears. Eugene deserves such a person as its mayor. Join me in electing Jim Torrey.

Dave Pedersen


Piercy has shown leadership

Shortly after Kitty Piercy became mayor of Eugene, workers at Lane Transit District A transit district or transit authority is a special-purpose district organized as either a corporation chartered by statute, or a government agency, created for the purpose of providing public transportation within a specific region.  went out on strike.

With bus service halted and negotiations at a standstill standstill /stand·still/ (stand´stil?) cessation of activity, as of the heart (cardiac s.) or chest (respiratory s.) .

Complete cessation of activity or progress.
, the strike had the potential to become a protracted pro·tract  
tr.v. pro·tract·ed, pro·tract·ing, pro·tracts
1. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.

 conflict that would adversely affect not only workers and management but also the community. Mayor Piercy was instrumental in convening con·vene  
v. con·vened, con·ven·ing, con·venes

To come together usually for an official or public purpose; assemble formally.
 a team of community mediators who quickly gained the trust of the parties and were able to help broker an equitable settlement.

Intervening in such a visible, high-stakes event early in her term displayed the qualities of leadership that Mayor Piercy has consistently shown throughout her first term in office: a willingness to take political risks, the ability to bridge differences, and the perseverance Perseverance
See also Determination.


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dogs trail steadfastly through Alaska’s tundra. [Am. Lit.
 to achieve positive results. These qualities have served Eugene well over the last four years and underscore The underscore character (_) is often used to make file, field and variable names more readable when blank spaces are not allowed. For example, NOVEL_1A.DOC, FIRST_NAME and Start_Routine.

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 why Piercy deserves re-election.

Bob Bussel


Piercy right to resist inventory

Jim Torrey is attacking Mayor Kitty Piercy for resisting learning whether the city satisfies a state requirement to have a 20-year supply of buildable build·a·ble  
Suitable or available for building: "The problem was finding a site that was well located, appropriately zoned . . . and buildable" Sam Hall Kaplan. 
 land for new homes and businesses.

The state law is now absurd. The law must be changed. It is time to say: "Shut the door. We are full up. Stop population growth. We do not need more people, more businesses, more cars, more roads, more pollution."

We live in a finite world. The oil peak has been reached. There is no comprehensive substitute for oil. Supplies will steadily decline to perhaps 50 percent of current levels by 2030. Food production will diminish. Starvation starvation, condition in which deprivation of food has forced the body to feed on itself. Causes are famine, fasting, malnutrition, or abnormalities of the mucosal lining of the digestive system.  will increase. We are long overdue in establishing negative population growth. But no politician seems able to tell the public the unpleasant truth.

California became a population hell-hole from my perspective, and so we moved here in 1993. The quality of living here has steadily decreased since then.

Donald Anhorn


Torrey's backers are all familiar

I am confused. I thought Jim Torrey was an independent. I thought he left the Republican Party due to dissatisfaction with itspolicies.

But I read the April 17 Register-Guard article about mayoral campaign contributions showing he received big money from a Who's Who Who’s Who

biographical dictionary of notable living people. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 922]

See : Fame
 of big business and developers, including downtown landlord Dan Giustina for almost $4,000 and Hamilton Construction (of Springfield!) for $5,000. His list of donors looks like the usual pro-business interests that backed him in the past, and backed former mayors Brian Obie and Jeff Miller

For other people named Jeff Miller, see Jeff Miller (disambiguation).

Jefferson B. "Jeff" Miller (born June 27, 1959), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing

So I went to Torrey's Web site to check out why he left the Republicans to become an independent. No word there. I e-mailed his campaign asking why he switched parties, and the auto-reply said that I'd be hearing back from him shortly.

It's been over two weeks, and still no word. Why not? I wonder.

If I did hear back, I'd tell Torrey that I am not opposed to development and growth in our city. As our population increases, it is inevitable. And as a small business owner, I recognize that growth can be good.

But I prefer a balanced approach to development that also considers environmental issues, quality of life, and living wages instead of a blank check Blank check

A check that is duly signed, but the amount of the check is left blank to be supplied by the drawee.
 to the developers.

And speaking of a blank check, I cannot afford the $5,000 or $6,000 Torrey's backers are contributing, but I can afford the $50 that so many small contributors are making to re-elect re·e·lect also re-e·lect  
tr.v. re·e·lect·ed, re·e·lect·ing, re·e·lects
To elect again.

 Mayor Kitty Piercy.

Larry Lewin


Torrey didn't thwart district

I read the April 19 letter signed by Janet Heinonen and Sally Smith contending that Jim Torrey "thwarted thwart  
tr.v. thwart·ed, thwart·ing, thwarts
1. To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of: They thwarted her plans.

" the south university historic district nomination with utter amazement and disbelief. As a homeowner within the proposed district for over 20 years, I cannot let their ridiculously one-sided and untrue accusations go unchallenged. They neglect to mention that the historic district nomination failed not because of lack of "leadership" or support by Mayor Torrey, but because half the neighborhood did not support the nomination and resented the heavy-handed tactics and smug smug  
adj. smug·ger, smug·gest
Exhibiting or feeling great or offensive satisfaction with oneself or with one's situation; self-righteously complacent:
 and condescending attitude of the supporters group.

Mayor Torrey wisely withdrew his support when it was obvious that the nomination presented insurmountable problems and a sizable portion of the homeowners did not support it. The supporters still can't stand to admit that they lost, fair and square.

Deborah Ogburn


Remember to respect candidates

I saw my name on the front page on April 17, listing donors to Eugene mayoral candidates.

I could not help imagining the various spin-meisters working over the news contained in the article. It is easy to see how our campaigns for public office become emotional and personal. We too often engage in demonizing one candidate or another.

We need to think about it. Are we really getting it right when we describe one candidate or another as such a terrible person? Jim Torrey and Kitty Piercy both make great personal sacrifices to serve the public. I happen to think Torrey will make a better leader for Eugene. But I am grateful to Piercy that she is willing to serve.

How many others who might serve at some level of government shy away because of the way we treat our elections? Part of our dialogue about moving forward in Eugene should include less heated rhetoric and less of the "politics of personal destruction." And a little more respect for all of those who are willing to take on the duty democracy requires.

We all need to work together to be the best community we can when the elections are over. Let's remember that.

Ed King


Piercy championed sustainability

Jim Torrey being worried about Eugene's future makes me laugh. Is that why he's so eager to tear up to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the foundation of government or order s>.

See also: Tear
 our prime farmland Prime farmland, as a designation assigned by U.S. Department of Agriculture is land that has the best combination of physical and chemical characteristics for producing food, feed, forage, fiber, and oilseed crops and is also available for these uses.  so that his developer buddies (and he) can make a buck?

Is that why he blocked citizen oversight of the police, even as the truth about the abuses of Juan Lara Juan Manuel Lara (b. January 26, 1981 in Azua, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who plays for the Cleveland Indians. He was signed by Cleveland as an amateur free agent in May 1999 and called up to the Major League club on September 5, 2006.  and Roger Magana were coming to light? Abuse occurred on Torrey's watch.

Is that why he did nothing toward creating sustainable business while he was mayor? Making sustainable business a reality in Eugene took a real environmentalist environmentalist

a person with an interest and knowledge about the interaction of humans and animals with the environment.
 - Mayor Kitty Piercy.

Richard Miller Richard Miller may be:
  • Richard Miller (executive), former president of Wang Laboratories and former CFO of AT&T
  • Richard Miller (engineer), an engineer and businessman who founded VM Labs
  • Richard Miller (FBI agent), arrested for spying in 1983


Where does Piercy get numbers?

At a recent neighborhood meeting and during public debate, Mayor Kitty Piercy told the audience that the public safety problem in Eugene is solved because the Eugene Police Department is hiring 15 police officers this summer.

Initially, I thought this was a good thing. Hiring 15 officers may help the already overworked and understaffed police department. However, I found out that the department has no intention to hire 15 police officers this summer, making the mayor's statements inaccurate. Where is this mayor getting her numbers?

With public safety being one of the two or three primary concerns in our community, is the mayor using the city cops as a political football? It appears she's simply trying to placate pla·cate  
tr.v. pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing, pla·cates
To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease. See Synonyms at pacify.
 her audience.

It would appear the mayor for all of Eugene is willing to tell people what they want to hear to get re-elected. Even if it's not true. When is common sense going to return to City Hall?

Bill Ward

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Date:Apr 26, 2008
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