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Glad to omit words
When I was a boy in high school, I wondered how we could insert the words "under God" in 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. and still advocate separation of church and state
Now, after 48 years of bristling bristling
see hackles. at this obvious break in the wall separating church and state, I at least have the pleasure of knowing that a federal court agreed with me.
I don't expect the ruling to stand - the political processes of our country are too infected with Christian pseudo-morality to permit that - but I will continue to omit those words.
TERRY LIITTSCHWAGER Walterville
Passions driving protests
Federal Forest Service employees often are accused of unethical behavior because they are engaged in forest management. Anti-forestry zealots Zealots (zĕl`əts), Jewish faction traced back to the revolt of the Maccabees (2d cent. B.C.). The name was first recorded by the Jewish historian Josephus as a designation for the Jewish resistance fighters of the war of A.D. 66–73. , distended distended Medtalk Enlarged, bloated. Cf Nondistended. with moral superiority, leak on about the unethical federal forest management practices, their words fraught with freshly learned cliches wanting context.
Their concerns are related to the illusory dire environmental consequences of forest management. Admittedly, most know nothing about the environmental guardianship of the Northwest Forest Plan, know nothing about forest fire disturbance history, know nothing about forest genetics Forest genetics
The subdiscipline of genetics concerned with genetic variation and inheritance in forest trees. The study of forest genetics is important because of the unique biological nature of forest trees (large, long-lived plants covering 30% of the and know nothing about the political entanglement of fisheries management Fisheries management is today often referred to as a governmental system of management rules based on defined objectives and a mix of management means to implement the rules, which is put in place by a system of monitoring control and surveillance (MCS). . Apparently, choices are simple when one is under the enchantment and dead weight of ignorance.
Human passions, fortunately and unfortunately, are responsible for both illuminated and depraved de·praved
Morally corrupt; perverted.
de·praved·ly adv. environmental behavior. Many repudiate TO REPUDIATE. To repudiate a right is to express in a sufficient manner, a determination not to accept it, when it is offered.
2. He who repudiates a right cannot by that act transfer it to another. forest management based on outdated perceptions and a veneration for the forests, which rejects all non-amenity options for resource management.
Wendell Berry Wendell Berry (born August 5, 1934, Henry County, Kentucky) is an American man of letters, academic, cultural and economic critic, and farmer. He is a prolific author of novels, short stories, poems, and essays. He is also an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. wrote: "People cannot live apart from nature, and, yet, people cannot live in nature without changing it. Only a healthy local economy can keep nature and work together in the consciousness of the community."
We may chose between Berry or the nihilists who myopically refuse to acknowledge, understand or to foresee the potential for a new environmental conceptual framework For the concept in aesthetics and art criticism, see .
A conceptual framework is used in research to outline possible courses of action or to present a preferred approach to a system analysis project. that is evolving to put ecological health in the forefront of resource decisions.
MONTY WILSON Blue River
Pay for carbon disposal
George Bush finally admitted that global warming is a reality but declined to offer any solutions. Let's help him with some policy suggestions.
Global warming is caused by excess carbon dioxide carbon dioxide, chemical compound, CO2, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is about one and one-half times as dense as air under ordinary conditions of temperature and pressure. in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. The solution is to start removing the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and to stop putting more in. There are numerous studies and pilot projects that have looked at ways to sequester sequester v. to keep separate or apart. In so-called "high-profile" criminal prosecutions (involving major crimes, events, or persons given wide publicity) the jury is sometimes "sequestered" in a hotel without access to news media, the general public or their carbon in forests, in the deep ocean or deep underground. The costs vary from $30 to $200 to sequester one ton of atmospheric carbon.
If we don't want to burden our children with an even greater carbon dioxide problem, we should adopt a pay-as-you-go approach and clean up after ourselves. Each of us is responsible for several tons of carbon entering the atmosphere each year. If you drive your car 12,000 miles per year, it puts about two tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Disposing of that carbon would increase the price of a gallon of fuel by about 40 cents.
A policy that would assess an upfront disposal fee for carbon in fuels would allow market forces to select the optimum mix of future technologies. Renewable energy such as wind and solar technologies would become more competitive. The money collected in up-front disposal fees would go to a new major industry - carbon sequestration sequestration
In law, a writ authorizing a law-enforcement official to take into custody the property of a defendant in order to enforce a judgment or to preserve the property until a judgment is rendered. . Part of this industry includes the re-forestation of available land. With policies that factor in the true costs of our industrial processes, we can contemplate a cleaner, greener world.
GARY RONDEAU rondeau
One of several formes fixes (fixed forms) in French lyric poetry and song of the 14th–15th century, later popular with many English poets. The rondeau has only two rhymes (allowing no repetition of rhyme words) and consists of 13 or 15 lines of 8 or 10 Eugene
Two new bunkers
A 21-raspberry salute, please! Announcing a new architectural genre in our fair town: the bunker! Or is this a mentality? I suggest that Eugeneans check out the new library on Olive Street and the new Safeway on 18th Avenue.
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Eugene is not pristine
Hooray for Donna Nigon (letters, June 25). While this community claims to welcome diversity, the truth is quite the opposite.
The biggest problem with people in this area is that they honestly believe that Eugene is unique, and they bandy bandy /ban·dy/ (band´e) bowed or bent in an outward curve. the word "pristine" about as if this area actually is pristine. But pristine means uncorrupted. The McKenzie River is not pristine. The Willamette River is closer to a cesspool cesspool: see septic tank. than it is pristine. After 20 years in Alaska before moving here, I can tell you that most of Alaska is not pristine, either. Humans have touched the Earth all over with their trash.
While working in Prudhoe Bay in 1985, I found McDonald's hamburger wrappers while working out on the polar ice cap
While Oregon and the Eugene-Springfield area have their attributes, this area is not pristine, let alone unique.
GREG HARRIS Springfield
Teachers paid too much
Even during the boom times of the 1990s, the education lobby has declared an "education crisis" and more money for schools has been needed for the "children." Folks, the problem is not that we don't pay enough taxes, but rather that our state, local and school districts spend too much money on employee compensation.
As an example, let's examine Eugene School District Eugene School District (4J) is a public school district in the U.S. state of Oregon. It serves the city of Eugene Elementary schools
A teacher merely restates subject matter mastered when attending school. All it takes is a desire to work with kids and a few child psychology courses to better understand them. When you hear the plea for more money for the children, remember it is really for their own children in the form of higher compensation.
Evidence of their true motivation is seen by the recent union agreement reached while the state was in the budget crisis. Instead of negotiating a wage rollback, they further increased their pay and benefits and continued the PERS a. 1. Light blue; grayish blue; - a term applied to different shades at different periods. problem. If you care about our schools and our children, demand reductions of government employee compensation.
J. A. MOORE Eugene
Don't blame Legislature
Helen Solem's notion (letters, June 24) that Oregon's bureaucracy is too large and that our budget has atrociously increased more than the budget of any other state is ignorant and completely lacking in true reasoning. I suggest that all readers learn something about the state's government and its budgetary history.
Oregon's budget has increased "more than any state in the nation" due to a number of significant budget cutting acts in the federal and statewide arena. Federal spending in areas such as education, transportation, and health care has been reduced over the past 15 years. In Oregon, a nasty little initiative called Measure 5 cut property taxes while also cutting severely into the tax base that funded schools and other government services. These two changes and others have forced the Legislature to spend more to provide the services Oregonians cannot live without.
Oregonians have an increasing problem: They want services like high-quality health care, education and safe and accessible transportation; however, they are unwilling to pay for them. Hence government becomes the bad guy because it has to raise taxes to cover the cost of these services.
Please be educated. Solem has the freedom to not believe what I say - however, I do ask that she not remain ignorant about what it takes to run government. Oregonians should not blame the problems on the Legislature if they are ignorant about the challenges lawmakers face. If they have a problem with how the government is operating, then they should exercise their civic duty and contact their legislators. Contrary to popular belief, here in Oregon they do listen.
SARA Sara or Sarah, in the Bible, wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. With Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah, she was one of the four Hebrew matriarchs. Her name was originally Sarai [Heb.,=princess]. M. CHAMBERS Cottage Grove
Remove 'justice,' too
The time has come to come out of the dark ages. The Pledge of Allegiance is to the country, not to God. America was not founded for religion but for the freedom of religion. I only wish we could have a freedom from religion.
The other part of the pledge that should be changed or deleted is justice for all. Justice is for rich white people. Minorities have a disproportionate number of citizens in jail. I do not think we can rely on Chairman George Bush to change anything. His loyalty is to money. The people have to stand up to the government so we can keep our freedom.
Remember, this country is based on freedom.
VERNON BELL Springfield
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