LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.
Eugene needs paid sick leave
Paid sick leave was a common sense reform that was much needed by the working people of Eugene.
It was especially necessary given that our health care system is only focused on profiting large corporations in the health care industry. Many jobs in Eugene are low wage, don't come with insurance, and don't include paid sick leave. When people don't have access to health care, staying home to recover is more important.
Besides the obvious human benefits to Eugene workers, children and customers, this change will also save tax money. If people can't take time off to deal with minor illnesses, they are more likely to go to the emergency room after the health problem gets much worse.
Portland already had paid sick leave, and its economy is booming. Paid sick leave was the right thing for Eugene, too.
Put the focus on the 'Johns'
The July 24 Register-Guard article "Pimp gets 12 years in underage prostitute schemes" didn't mention what happened to the "Johns" (those who pay for sex). Arresting the pimps makes little difference. Any sting operation to deter sex trafficking should include an aggressive search, arrest and prosecution of those who pay for sex with children.
The pimp is just the messenger, and it's likely that his position will be quickly replaced unless focus is turned to the Johns.
Two questions for Eugene leaders
I have two questions for the leaders of the city of Eugene:
1) When so many professionals who design, construct and evaluate buildings agree that the existing City Hall building should not be torn down, why are they ignored?
2) When the city budget is so tight that even the funds for the publication of neighborhood newsletters are cut back, why are the concrete walls of the over park alleys being painted in alarming green and blue?
Weltzin B. Blix
Take hard look at statue's words
I think it would be a good idea for Laura Mulligan (letters, July 21) to take a good look at the words on the Statue of Liberty. And unless she is a full-blooded Native American, her ancestors came here from other countries. Does she think they should have been returned? If they had been, where would she be living now?
Knowing that my family blessed those words when they came to this country has been part of my growing up. I wish more people would read them, and not just set off fireworks for "freedom."
It might be a good idea if our school systems did a better of job teaching about how this country was formed.
Potentially, possibly, conceivably ...
In his June 24 guest viewpoint, Alan Thayer managed to question, sort of, whether Eugene city councilors might potentially, possibly, conceivably put their own livelihoods at risk by contemplating requiring businesses to provide health coverage for their employees.
Thayer's essay raises additional as-yet-unaddressed questions for Eugene citizens:
1) Is it possible to imagine a potential situation in which Thayer would attempt to frighten councilors into abandoning their possibly liability-attracting health care policy that conceivably could violate city, county or federal statutes or regulations?
2) Is it practical for a city to require a public vote on every potential policy and/or rule it could conceivably seek to implement?
3) If so, what could possibly be the role of elected councilors, the city manager and other city executives?
These are just a few of the questions left unaddressed by Thayer that could, from some point of view, doom Eugene's proposal.
And then what? Eugene employees would conceivably face the same prospect of personal bankruptcy in the event of a major health problem as city councilors possibly, potentially, conceivably might maybe face for passing an entirely, from one point of view, reasonable requirement for employers to provide health insurance for their workers.
In other words, City Council members should slow down, get independent advice and ensure they are not abandoning their principles on the word of a possibly biased business lawyer.
Keep the government out of it
I must commend Eugene City Council members Mike Clark, George Poling and Chris Pryor for voting against the mandatory sick leave law. They will get my support next election.
Although I feel that employers should have a sick leave policy, I also feel that governing bodies should not demand that they do so.
Workers have a choice whether or not to work for a company that does not have a desirable sick leave policy. If you don't like the policies, don't go to work for that company. Keep the government out of it.