Letters in the Editor's Mailbag.
Byline: The Register-Guard
Something's wrong at library
I love our new library, but something's wrong with our new city centerpiece. Anyone who has used the new library has probably had the experience of long waits at checkout. By now it's clear the new checkout system isn't working properly. Luckily, the library still has the old checkout technology available.
Then there's check-in. Big problems there, too. If the new check-in technology (the "sorter") were an employee, he or she would have been fired by now. Why? Friends who work at the library tell me it simply can't keep up. Not only is the sorter slow, it's careless. After four months of training it still damages books (often beyond repair).
So here I am, a taxpayer who for years voted to fund a bigger, better library. A taxpayer who was thrilled when Eugeneans finally passed the levy to build a new library. A taxpayer who thinks the new library is a cathedral for books. And a taxpayer who is sick of lousy service, not from the wonderful people who staff the library, but rather from the techno-`employees" who can't do their jobs.
If I got to vote again, I'd vote to fire the slackers and let the real workers do the jobs they love. I'd say 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 to admit that the technology sounded great but has consistently failed to deliver, and that it's time to cut our losses and get back on track so we can all really enjoy what will (hopefully) be a wonderful addition to Eugene.
n. 1. A friend. BELLER
Bleeding just doesn't stop
Just when you think reality can't get weirder, it does. One day (Register-Guard, April 26) we find that the Republican-controlled Oregon House has voted to give millions of dollars in new tax breaks to Oregon's wealthiest corporations. By all means, let's bleed our already bankrupt state government on behalf of the wealthy.
The next day (Register-Guard, April 27) we see a photo of a parent selling her blood to try to provide funds for more teachers at her child's school. Plasma selling, formerly the domain of the destitute des·ti·tute
1. Utterly lacking; devoid: Young recruits destitute of any experience.
2. Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished. See Synonyms at poor. in Portland's Burnside district, has now become the newest way to try to salvage our schools.
Not content to bleed Americans and Iraqis in pursuit of global empire, not content to bleed our national treasury in pursuit of hundreds of billions of dollars in Bush administration tax cuts for people who are already billionaires, not content to bleed our state government in pursuit of never-ending corporate tax breaks, the wealthiest will now watch us bleed ourselves for our children's future.
ROSCOE ROSCOE Remote Operating System Conversational On-Line Environment
ROSCOE Radiation Oncology System Computer Operating Environment
ROSCOE Remote Operating System Communications Online Executive (used for mainframes) CARON
Consider tax-cut alternative
The compassionate conservatives of the Bush administration suggest that a $600 billion tax cut that clearly targets the wealthiest Americans as beneficiaries would be good for all of us. Rather than beat up on these well-meaning individuals, I'd like to propose an alternative, which would cost half as much and be much better for all of us.
Instead of cutting $600 billion in revenue, I suggest Congress appropriate about $300 billion in expenditures - essentially $1,000 per U.S. citizen. Half of this money would then be distributed as a flat citizenship dividend to each citizen: $500 paid directly to each documented U.S. citizen. The other half would be distributed to the states at the same rate; with Oregon, for example, receiving $500 for each of our approximately 3.5 million residents for a share of $1.75 billion.
The advantages of such a proposal: It would cost only half as much as the Bush plan. It would directly benefit American citizens. The money would flow directly into the economy. The second half of the dividend, paid to the states, would go a long way toward supporting education and other threatened programs in states throughout our nation ($1.75 billion would certainly help Oregon's budgetary crisis).
I realize I'm being unrealistic even presenting such an idea, but, with gene splicing splicing /splic·ing/ (spli´sing)
1. the attachment of individual DNA molecules to each other, as in the production of chimeric genes.
2. RNA s. advances, I'm convinced that some day pigs will, in fact, fly - and that, given enough time, Congress will do something that makes sense.
Junction City Junction City, city (1990 pop. 20,604), seat of Geary co., NE Kans., at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers; inc. 1859. The rail, trade, and processing center of an agricultural and dairy area, it grew as the supply point for nearby Fort Riley,
Time for Sony to give back
If, after jilting the Eugene-Springfield community and the unemployed workers it left behind, Sony stands to profit so heavily in its real estate deals, I think the least it can do is establish an unemployment fund for its former workers here and/or donate some of that real estate back to the community.
DAVID BERG David Brandt Berg (18 February, 1919 - October 1994), frequently known by the pseudonym Moses David, was the founder and leader of the religious movement formerly called Children of God, now called "The Family International".
Understand Cuban oppression
Those critical of Cuba's oppression of dissidents should consider the following points:
If 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. had a neighboring neigh·bor
1. One who lives near or next to another.
2. A person, place, or thing adjacent to or located near another.
3. A fellow human.
4. Used as a form of familiar address.
v. country 90 miles from our shores that was 50 times our land mass and thousands of times more militarily and economically powerful than us, and if this country were doing everything it could get away with to crush the United States, there would certainly be restrictions on freedom of speech here similar to what exists in Cuba. (Consider the erosion of our civil liberties that has resulted from a relatively small number of terrorists.)
While freedom of speech isn't great in Cuba, the internationally recognized human rights to health care and education are flourishing in Cuba more than any other Latin American country. Thus, Cuba has achieved the lowest infant mortality (hardware) infant mortality - It is common lore among hackers (and in the electronics industry at large) that the chances of sudden hardware failure drop off exponentially with a machine's time since first use (that is, until the relatively distant time at which enough mechanical and highest life expectancy Life Expectancy
1. The age until which a person is expected to live.
2. The remaining number of years an individual is expected to live, based on IRS issued life expectancy tables. in all of Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. . This helps illustrate the true reasons behind U.S. hostility toward Cuba. Latin American countries List of American countries
If the pretext PRETEXT. The reasons assigned to justify an act, which have only the appearance of truth, and which are without foundation; or which if true are not the true reasons for such act. Vattel, liv. 3, c. 3, 32. for the recent war in Iraq had been the need to remove a brutal dictatorship and "liberate" its people, the United States wouldn't have needed to travel so far. We could simply stop giving hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Colombia - a country where dissidents are not arrested, tried and incarcerated incarcerated /in·car·cer·at·ed/ (in-kahr´ser-at?ed) imprisoned; constricted; subjected to incarceration.
Confined or trapped, as a hernia. , but are instead tortured and murdered death-squad style.
Support lacking for troops
Well, it truly seems that we have The Red-Guard here in the Eugene-Springfield area. That seems to explain the lack of support-the-troops letters that we published in the paper. Do the editors think their audience is made up of only anti-war protesters? No, there are actually more pro-Bush and pro-troops readers here than the editors think. It just so happens that the rowdy minority gets the publicity.
It is very disappointing to read the lack of support that the editors have for this country and our military. Why can't they admit that this war in Iraq was the right thing to do? Could it be that it is too embarrassing for them to admit they were wrong? Why can't they admit that the president is hoping to give the Iraqi people the same opportunities in life that we Americans take for granted? Why can't they admit that it was the right thing to do to rid Iraq of a dictator and a human-rights abuser? Why can't they admit that Iraq can now be open to many new opportunities? Why can't people understand that this humanitarian relief that is occurring is not for oil or land, but is truly humanitarian?
Fortunately, we have a president who is compassionate and cares about human rights and not the goofball goof·ball or goof ball
A barbiturate or tranquilizer in the form of a pill, especially when taken for nonmedical purposes. cowards that we had in the Bill and Hillary Clinton presidency. I do believe that we will find weapons of mass destruction Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be high explosives or nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but exclude the means of transporting or , but that will take time. And, yes, I would rather have a cowboy president in the White House than the cowardly and uncommitted Clinton.
Rationale keeps changing
When the Bush administration was trying to muster international support for its pre-emptive pre·emp·tive or pre-emp·tive
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of preemption.
2. Having or granted by the right of preemption.
a. war several months ago, the reason given was that Iraq posed an immediate threat to the United States.
First, the administration said Iraq would not face military action if it submitted to U.N. weapons inspections, ensuring compliance with U.N. Resolution 1441. Iraq complied. When nothing was found by the inspectors, the accusation then became that they were moving all of their illegal weapons around to fool inspectors. Next, Iraq had to submit to American spy planes flying in its air space 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. the contraband contraband, in international law, goods necessary or useful in the prosecution of war that a belligerent may lawfully seize from a neutral who is attempting to deliver them to the enemy. . Iraq again complied.
The Iraqis found some old missiles in storage, and reported and destroyed them. Instead of encouraging continued cooperation, U.S. officials condemned them for having empty warheads and claimed it as proof of the Iraqi violation of 1441. Next, Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein
(born April 28, 1937, Tikrit, Iraq—died Dec. 30, 2006, Baghdad) President of Iraq (1979–2003). He joined the Ba'th Party in 1957. Following participation in a failed attempt to assassinate Iraqi Pres. and his sons had to leave Iraq within 48 hours. Finally, the administration found something that Iraq would not do, and Bush had his excuse to invade.
As the war began, the excuse became "Iraqi freedom," and now President Bush states that we may never find any weapons of mass destruction but that we are going to find out the truth.
So it comes down to this: The U.S. military was sent in to a sovereign nation, killing thousands of innocent men, women and children, risking our soldiers' lives, so we could know the truth.
Well, I hope that little peace of mind was worth all that effort and death. I'm not so sure.
Sowing seeds of tyranny
As a motorcyclist and a citizen, I am not as concerned about the danger of not wearing a helmet as I am about the attitude of Register-Guard editors (editorial, April 30) that they know with certainty what's best for me. From such attitudes, the seeds of tyranny are sown sown
A past participle of sow1.
Adj. 1. sown - sprinkled with seed; "a seeded lawn"
planted - set in the soil for growth .