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Change focus of recycling ad

I object to the tone of Sanipac's ad (Register-Guard, Jan. 4), especially "Fill 'er up." It's like "Whoopee! We love to get stuff, and don't worry about the recycling bit - who cares? Fill the old girl up."

Waste management is about more than filling your containers up. The wording should be changed to:

1) Sort out what you can reuse.

2) Use the containers for the rest - even newspapers.

DON FISHER

Eugene

Casinos are unconstitutional

The Register-Guard's editorial board is a sometimes puzzlement. A short time ago a state legislator (not of my political persuasion) was trying to spin the state constitutional provisions requiring candidates and legislators to reside within the district they represent. The editorial pointed out that the state constitutional provisions were specific and clear. It urged him to reside in the district or resign. Bravo - let's support the constitution (a people-enacted document).

The constitution is also very specific and clear on the issue of casinos in Oregon. It says they are prohibited (no exceptions).

I am anxiously awaiting the editorial board to outline those provisions and then urge the governor and attorney general (who have sworn to obey that constitution) to obey it or, alternatively, resign and permit others who will honor and obey the provisions of the people-enacted state constitution, do so.

It follows that those sworn to uphold it do so or vacate the position to which they were elected. There isn't any difference in the two cases. OK, editorial board!

RICHARD C. BARTLETT

Florence

Religious references came later

Some citizens seem concerned that others might object to inclusion of the phrases "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" on our money (letters, Jan. 2). However, it should be pointed out that both phrases are relatively recent historical additions.

Our coins and bills were modified starting in 1864 under the controversial Coinage Act of April 22, 1864. The Pledge was modified by presidential order on June 14 (Flag Day), 1954, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved adding the words "under God" during the perceived menace of "godless Communism."

Neither phrase was endorsed by our founding fathers. In fact, the guiding lights of the movement to gain independence and the founding of this country had deep suspicions of religion in general and scorn for those that claimed to speak for God in particular. In "A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1788,"John Adams wrote:

"The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature ... it will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of heaven ... These governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses."

I don't mind so much that conservatives today are against many of the principles that this country was founded on, but I do object to their distortions of historical reality.

JOHN DONOVAN

Eugene

The numeral is 'zero,' not 'oh'

In his Dec. 31 opinion piece, Russell Sadler is concerned about pronunciation of the ensuing years' numbers. With Sadler's infinite wisdom and easy access to the editorial page, he should direct his energy to the correct pronunciation of numerals. The "oh" he refers to is a numeral and should be zero or aught; "oh" is a letter of the alphabet.

The windshield washer fluid is 20/10, not 20/20.

DICK GILKISON

Cottage Grove
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Date:Jan 10, 2004
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