LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.
Treats can produce a nasty trick
With Halloween parties and trick or treating upon us and with the H1N1 virus running rampant in Eugene, people may want to limit those sugary treats for themselves and their families. Short term hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar) suppresses the immune system and dramatically decreases the ability of an individual to fight infection.
Nuetrophils are the type of white blood cells that act as the first line of defense in the immune system by engulfing pathogens or infections. Hyperglycemia has been shown to decrease neutrophil activity in numerous studies. Specifically, neutrophils experienced a decrease in their movement and their ability to engulf and kill pathogens. The harmful sugar effects decreased neutrophil activity only 30 to 60 minutes after ingesting 75 grams of glucose.
So if you eat a regular-size candy bar, a large soda or a piece of cake and then go shopping, you are much more susceptible to the highly contagious flu germs you encounter in public than you would have been without the sugar. Increased intake of sugary foods will have a profound impact on your immune system, so go lightly or resist your sugar impulses during this highly infectious flu season.
He's a good cop
Eugene police officer Judd Warden is a good police officer, and he was doing his job. Perhaps some blame and finger- pointing should go to the property manager who "forgot" that he rented out that apartment earlier that day.
Police recklessness unchecked
So, Officer Stun Gun is at it again? I appreciate Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns' effort at transparency - almost a month after the event occurred.
Meanwhile, we have a Civilian Review Board that appears gutted and repopulated with yes men and a City Council bent on eliminating any chance for auditor independence.
I feel less safe knowing Tasers are being used recklessly in this town and a gutless board is policing the police.
Protesters have a new complaint
Ever wonder what happened to all those socialized medicine protesters? They're now standing in a line waiting for their socialized medicine - and protesting because there's not enough to go around!
Asians, Islanders fear harassment
We appreciate The Register-Guard's active reporting on the Tasing of a Chinese international student living in Eugene. While we wait for more facts to emerge regarding police and landlord behavior, it is important to state the context in which Oregon's Asians and Pacific Islanders live, regardless of residency, naturalization or citizenship status.
According to 2008 U.S. Department of Justice statistics, our communities continue to be targeted with discrimination and violence, for reasons of intolerance and stereotyping. In the coming years, Burmese, Bhutanese and Iraqi refugee immigrants will join our fast- growing mosaic of Chinese, Korean, Indian, Filipino, Japanese, Samoan and more than 25 other ethnic communities from Asia and the Pacific. The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, a statewide advocacy network, and the Eugene residents and community organizations named below are concerned with safety and justice for our communities, whether they are Oregonians or international students and visitors.
This incident sends another chill throughout communities already experiencing increased racial harassment. Being Chinese or not speaking English well are not against any of our laws, not in the United States. We now have an opportunity not only to review use-of-force guidelines, but also to address language access, cultural competency and work force diversity policy issues.
Let us come together and work collaboratively in finding solutions.
This letter is signed and supported by June Arima Schumann and Pamela Phan, co-chairwomen of APANO; Reagan Le, APANO (Eugene); Steven Morozumi of the University of Oregon Multicultural Center; Elena Nielsen of the Philippine American Association; Jason Mak and Misa Joo of the Pan Asian Community Alliance; Mike Takahashi from the Japanese community; and Marvy Schuman from the pan-Asian community.
Eugene/Springfield Asian Council
Tax increase not too much to ask
The Register-Guard's Oct. 25 editorial, "Tax would boost equity," supported the increase in state taxes for high income filers and raising the corporate minimum tax. These increases certainly would help to overcome Oregon's regressive tax system.
On Jan. 26, two tax measures (Measures 66 and 67) will be up for vote. Voting yes on these two measures will add $727 million to the state's coffers designated for use in education, health care, public safety and other services.
Measure 66 would eliminate income taxes on the first $2,400 in unemployment benefits, and that would provide a tax cut for 280,000 Oregon taxpayers. It also calls for raising taxes for couples who make more than $250,000 a year and $125,000 for single filers. By passing Measure 66, only 38,000 Oregonians would see minimal tax increases. Measure 67 calls for increasing the minimum corporate tax, established in 1931, from $10 to a minimum of $150.
Passing both measures would mean that 97 percent of Oregon taxpayers would not see any personal tax increases. Raising taxes on corporations and the richest households is better for Oregon's economy than cutting critical state services that are needed by all - be they rich, middle class or poor.
Getting corporations and well-to-do Oregonians to pay a few more dollars in taxes is not too much to ask.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Lane County
There are powerful women
I read Mark Leibovich's New York Times piece on the front page of the Oct. 25 Register-Guard. As a committed feminist, I could not help but knit my eyebrows. The Times could not find a woman to write the article?
Leibovich noted some powerful females in the Obama administration but somehow omitted Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, and Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services during an H1N1 epidemic, and the female head of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors. As a news junkie, I have seen more of them than Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod on CNN, MSNBC and even on Jon Stewart. I prefer talented women at the table, not just on the basketball court.
I know from experience about the "good ol' boys" networking in the area of sports, but I would much rather see the women at the power table, making and executing serious policy.
To say, particularly, that "economic and national security" for instance, "are overwhelmingly filled by men" by excluding mention of Sebelius (health and human services includes terrorist biological threats and pandemics) and Napolitano (who has successfully coordinated the security network and thwarted terrorist threats under her watch), is a symptom not of Obama's neglect of women, but the media inattention to the women who do these important jobs.
Let the men shoot hoops. Let the media focus on powerful and successful women in the administration and give their women their due.
Let the women decide.
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|Date:||Oct 31, 2009|
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