Letters in the Editor's Mailbag.Byline: The Register-Guard
Horizon is clouded
Should we go to war with Iraq? We must undertake a pre-emptive strike Noun 1. pre-emptive strike - a surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you
coup de main, surprise attack - an attack without warning , claim the hawks. No! It's unnecessary and will plunge the world into chaos, reply the doves. It's confusing when each side is stated so forcefully and persuasively.
Who is right? Can we even trust our leaders, or the media, to provide us with honest information? Or are we being manipulated for ulterior political or economic motives?
Each voice sounds reasonable and legitimate as it argues its case. But whatever way we turn, the horizon is clouded and storm warnings are up. At a time when the consequences are potentially so dire, it seems almost impossible to make a wise determination.
STEPHANIE SARNOFF Eugene
A willful blindness Willful blindness is a term used in law to describe a situation in which an individual seeks to avoid civil or criminal liability for a wrongful act by intentionally putting himself in a position where he will be unaware of facts which would render him liable.
Once again, liberal Eugeneans amaze me with their special brand of logic. I've read that President Bush's stance on Iraq is motivated by anything from politics to oil. There is absolutely no proof, they say, that 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. poses any significant threat to 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. . Surely more inspections would alleviate any risk, right?
Let's review: The man not only possesses chemical and biological weapons and is attempting to acquire nuclear capabilities, but has used them on his own people! Another U.N. Security Council resolution? He already violated 16 of them!
He has attacked other countries without provocation and has described the United States as the great Satan The Great Satan (Persian شيطان بزرگ Shaytan Bozorg, Arabic الشيطان الأكبر Al-Shaytan Al-Akbar . Shall we wait until more American graves are filled to address this madman? That approach failed miserably for the former administration.
Remember the first bombing of the World Trade Center, the U.S. embassies and the U.S.S. Cole? We knew who was responsible for those atrocities, yet we waited too long. Thousands of Americans paid in blood on Sept. 11 for the Clinton administration's policy of "let's wait and see."
How is it that liberals can slap "Free Tibet" stickers on their Yugos, yet refuse the same help to innocent Iraqis suffering under Saddam's regime? How can they complain about our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, yet refuse Alaskan drilling, which would far reduce and perhaps eliminate that dependence? How can they support Bill Clinton and Al Gore's declarations of Saddam's evil, yet deny the same words simply because they came out of the mouth of a Republican president?
The self-proclaimed loopholes and willful blindness of liberal ideology continues to amaze me.
JESSIKA JENSEN Eugene
Iceberg dead ahead
Congressmen bravely speak from the land of Saddam Hussein and his "imminent threat Imminent threat is a standard criterion in international law, developed by Daniel Webster, for when the need for action is "instant, overwhelming, and leaving no choice of means, and no moment for deliberation. ." Why are they telling us not to trust Bush? Could it be patriotism at its finest? It'll be interesting to hear their words explained away. Food poisoning food poisoning, acute illness following the eating of foods contaminated by bacteria, bacterial toxins, natural poisons, or harmful chemical substances. It was once customary to classify all such illnesses as "ptomaine poisoning," but it was later discovered that , perhaps?
To gain support for his desire to kill Iraqis, Bush tells China and Russia it's OK to kill breakaway rebels. Dealing in lives, America is about to become history's greatest peddler peddler or hawker, itinerant vendor of small goods. In rural America peddlers carried their packs or drove a horse and cart from door to door. of human misery. With an attack on Iraq, the world will witness America revealing a foreign policy of global domination Global Domination may refer to
President Bush doesn't care a dime about our health, our states or our children. He said he wants our kids to be the best educated, yet our 2002 federal discretionary budget gave more than 50 percent of our taxes to the military and 8 percent to education. He ransacks our budget surplus, hijacks our rights and is squandering squan·der
tr.v. squan·dered, squan·der·ing, squan·ders
1. To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate. See Synonyms at waste.
2. our last chance for worldwide respect as a land of caring people with high principles.
Rather than creating a middle-class lifestyle for all, our oilocracy urges civilization to spend $4 billion daily on militarizing the world. Indeed, it's a time for acute concern and love of country. Instead of blaming state politicians for the plight of our schools and other programs, inform yourselves and speak out against Bush. It is our right and our duty, and unfortunately needs to be done. He's steering us into an iceberg, and the America we know will be doomed - morally and economically. If his plan succeeds, this president will permanently damage America's magnificent potential and its image around the world.
There's a word for that kind of crime: Treason.
BRIAN BOGART Eugene
What if we're wrong?
With all of the talk of killing the metaphorical rattlesnake rattlesnake, poisonous New World snake of the pit viper family, distinguished by a rattle at the end of the tail. The head is triangular, being widened at the base. The rattle is a series of dried, hollow segments of skin, which, when shaken, make a whirring sound. in Baghdad, there's one point that appears to be missing from the argument: What if we're wrong?
What if there are no 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 ? We've bombed Afghanistan into submission, increased our security and are allowing Israel to kill all the terrorists that they can with our weapons. We are catching potential terrorists here, and arrests are being made abroad. So it's hard to argue that the same intelligence source that missed the plot to attack the World Trade Center is right about Saddam Hussein's threat to the United States and that if we don't overthrow him it would be a grave mistake.
It's even more important now to ask if we should potentially kill thousands of Iraqis, lose an unknown number of American soldiers and spend at least $50 billion. Think about it when you put gas into your tank. It's going to have a lot of blood in it.
DEREK RYTER Eugene
Once again, we have a riot in a neighborhood near the university - an event that always serves as a reminder of the injustice in our poorly named justice system. Will any of the students who threw rocks at the police serve seven years in jail, as one anarchist is currently serving? Will any of those who damaged police vehicles, committed arson and otherwise destroyed property be required to serve 23 years in jail, as another anarchist is doing? No, of course not.
They are, for the most part, well-moneyed, apolitical a·po·lit·i·cal
1. Having no interest in or association with politics.
2. Having no political relevance or importance: claimed that the President's upcoming trip was purely apolitical. and white. You can also be sure that the Lane County district attorney's office won't be issuing a memo stating, "No plea deals with student rioters," as they did when anarchists were accused of the same crimes.
Anyone who still believes that the justice is fair and impartial should consider these disparities. Anyone who believes that anarchists who cover their faces with masks at demonstrations are cowards, should think about the special injustice system that operates for people who have a radical political perspective, as well as those who are poor, people of color Noun 1. people of color - a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
people of colour, colour, color
race - people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock; "some biologists doubt that there are important and others on the wrong end of the power dynamic in this country.
TRACY SCHARN Eugene
18-year-olds not ready
I disagree with Verb 1. disagree with - not be very easily digestible; "Spicy food disagrees with some people"
hurt - give trouble or pain to; "This exercise will hurt your back" The Register-Guard's Sept. 30 editorial on Measure 17, which would lower the minimum age limit for legislators to 18 from the current limit of 21. While I respect the newspaper's enthusiasm for inviting young people into the political system by dropping hurdles, I'm also a realist and have some experience in this area.
At 18, I was very sure of my political views and was active within the Republican Party. I espoused a lot of beliefs which seemed very clear-cut, and I made my choices based on a very rigid set of views. While this seemed completely reasonable at the time, I've learned that bills and mandates are passed and created with more than just ideals and some textbook examples. I believe it is next to impossible to attain that knowledge at the age of 18, and frankly I'd rather see the minimum age of legislators raised to 30.
Attitudes and beliefs tend to be tempered with real-world experiences. If I had the opportunity at 18 to serve in the Oregon Legislature, I can guarantee that I would have regretted about 75 percent of the decisions and votes I would have cast. While my core ideals and beliefs are somewhat different now, the real-world experiences I have gained over the past 10 years in the workforce have given me insight that I couldn't possibly have at 18.
Are you ready to throw chance to the wind? Are you ready to allow a kid fresh from the prom the ability to vote on your income taxes, urban growth boundaries, highway projects and natural resources? Though the newspaper claims that there isn't a financial effect from approving this, I'd suggest that rash decisions made by a lack of real-world experience will cost us plenty. One look at the Legislature as it stands now is evidence enough of that!
BILL ROYLE Brownsville
Stop Saddam early
After reading mostly unchallenged frothy froth·y
adj. froth·i·er, froth·i·est
1. Made of, covered with, or resembling froth; foamy.
2. Playfully frivolous in character or content: a frothy French farce. rhetoric that has been spilling over onto The Register-Guard's Mailbag opposing President Bush's Iraqi war plan, I'm compelled to express my sentiments. Also, where were all these opinionated o·pin·ion·at·ed
Holding stubbornly and often unreasonably to one's own opinions.
[Probably from obsolete opinionate : opinion + -ate1. doves fighting for Mailbag space when President Bill Clinton's orders led to killing innocent people in Iraq, Serbia, Sudan and killing malnourished mal·nour·ished
Affected by improper nutrition or an insufficient diet. field mice This article is about the fictional creatures from Oz. For types of real-life rodents, see field mouse. For the band, see The Field Mice.
The Field Mice are fictional intelligent creatures — field mice — that live just outside the Emerald City of the in Afghanistan without congressional approval?
I won't repeat analogies comparing Saddam Hussein with Adolf Hitler because, for one reason, many people tailor history to blend with their ingrained beliefs. Many idealistic but unrealistic people believe our ultimate goal for attacking Iraq is oil. If Saddam develops a deliverable nuclear weapon and takes over other oil fields This list of oil fields includes major fields of the past and present. The list is incomplete; there are more than 40,000 oil and gas fields of all sizes in the world. , they will be correct. Our military personnel would then be at great risk trying to throw out the bum. I hardly think those brave warriors would appreciate those legislators who had stalled their war vote until after the election, or for another time to better their political positions.
Some allies oppose us because of their selfish self-interests. The United Nations is too often indecisive in·de·ci·sive
1. Prone to or characterized by indecision; irresolute: an indecisive manager.
2. Inconclusive: an indecisive contest; an indecisive battle. . We need to spot drill for oil and gas in the isolated, desolate Arctic National Wildlife Refuge The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) covers 19,049,236 acres (79,318 km²) in northeastern Alaska, in the North Slope region. It was originally protected in 1960 by order of Fred A. Seaton, the Secretary of the Interior under U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. . Very few people visit there. It's so lonely and depressing that half the caribou Caribou, town, United States
Caribou (kâr`ĭb), town (1990 pop. 9,415), Aroostook co., NE Maine, on the Aroostook River; inc. 1859. are on Prozac. Some people want to spend more money to develop hydrogen fuel cells. It's not that easy. Do you remember the Hindenburg?
ROBERT DAVID David, in the Bible
David, d. c.970 B.C., king of ancient Israel (c.1010–970 B.C.), successor of Saul. The Book of First Samuel introduces him as the youngest of eight sons who is anointed king by Samuel to replace Saul, who had been deemed a failure. SMITH Eugene
Union hurting economy
It seems to me that we no longer have to be concerned with al-Qaeda ruining our economy; we have the longshoremen's union taking advantage of us at our country's ports of entry.
JAMES A. COX Eugene
Speak up, citizens
The best time to stop this disastrous war is before it starts - before more of the world's children are traumatized, bloodied, maimed maim
tr.v. maimed, maim·ing, maims
1. To disable or disfigure, usually by depriving of the use of a limb or other part of the body. See Synonyms at batter1.
2. and murdered.
Speak up, fellow citizens. If you've spoken up already, speak up again! Tell your congressional representative to vote no on the war resolution. Tell our senators to slow the juggernaut, to filibuster filibuster, term used to designate obstructionist tactics in legislative assemblies. It has particular reference to the U.S. Senate, where the tradition of unlimited debate is very strong. It was not until 1917 that the Senate provided for cloture (i.e. - as Sen. Robert Byrd has suggested - until the administration comes to its senses and turns toward peace.
CHARLES GRAY Eugene
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