LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.
GOP fiscal policy unsustainable
Our country won't survive another four years of borrow-and-spend Republicans. The federal debt is over $7 trillion - that is a 7 with 12 zeros behind it.
Liability investments are fueling this economic recovery, but who is investing and what are their conditions of investment? Our country is addicted to deficit spending and is in need of Debtors Anonymous.
Fiscal discipline starts individually with our own parts in the almost $2 trillion consumer debt. Fiscal discipline involves making do with what we've got, paying off debts and saving money for emergencies.
Why can't we pump our gas?
Now that retail gasoline prices are at all-time highs across our state, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you cannot pump your own gas in Oregon? Can you come up with, or has anyone ever put forth, a single rational response to this question?
The argument most commonly cited is that this statewide government mandate creates jobs. In actuality, however, this is one huge fallacy. If you and I were granted the liberty to choose between self-service and full-service at all gas stations in Oregon, these stations would still have to employ the same number of attendants that are currently employed in order to satisfy this choice.
Choice is good. The least amount of government interference in your life results in the greatest amount of freedom for all individuals. The greater the freedom, the greater the opportunity for personal happiness.
Proponents of this irrational law in Oregon perpetuate its existence not out of concern for more jobs, but rather out of their desire to restrict your freedom, limit your choice and impede an efficient free-market economy. They cannot offer a single objective reason for preventing you from being able to choose between self-serve or full-serve. They are, however, using force to restrict your freedom.
I am not advocating that the option for full-service be outlawed in this state, as the situation currently exists for self-service. All I am asking for is the freedom to choose.
SEAN J. McMAHON
U.S. media have clear agenda
Let me see here. Same-sex-attracted men enter the priesthood - failing to advise the seminary of their disordered attraction - and then are guilty of the majority of the sexual abuse of young boys, and the left wants to blame the bishops and crucify the church?
Of the more than 100,000 troops serving honorably in Iraq, fewer than 10 have clearly been caught forcing Iraqi men to simulate homosexual acts - and the left is up in arms and ready to blame the commanders and crucify the Bush administration?
My mother used to lament, "You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't." Now I understand what she was talking about.
If anyone openly describes exactly what is involved in homosexual sex, one is considered obscene and vulgar. If anyone openly describes or attempts to show exactly what happens in both regular and partial-birth abortion, they are considered obscene and vulgar.
The media have decided that the cruel deaths of 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, and the butchering of people like Nick Berg, ordered by the people in charge of terrorism, should be hidden from the American people because it might incite violence - but they happily show photos of nude Iraqi prisoners who have been abused by fewer than 10 American soldiers, who probably belong in jail themselves.
It seems clear that the American media have an agenda. They certainly don't think very highly of their own country.
JOAN C. CHIPMAN
Sept. 11 used to justify injustice
I want to tell the rest of the world that I am sorry that my government has chosen to use the tragedy of Sept. 11 to justify the war on terror. Instead of using the opportunity to reflect on U.S. mistakes and injustices of the past that would make America so hated, my government has chosen to use Sept. 11 as justification of expanded perpetration of terror and injustice on the world. I, like many Americans, do not agree with my government, and I am greatly saddened by others' suffering.
I understand that the people of the rest of the world, like us, only wish to live out the full potential of their lives and do not wish us ill, just as we do not wish ill on them. I fully support and encourage their fight against oppression perpetrated by our government, however I urge them to follow the path of nonviolence as exemplified by successful leaders Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., etc. Whereas violence certainly may be justifiable at times, it only feeds the propaganda of your oppressors.
I hope we can work together to remove these people from power who act to divide us with fear and hatred. I ask the forgiveness of people in other countries, because while they suffer war, famine and death, we complain about high gas prices. As difficult as it may be, I only ask that others not hate us because we are imperfect, ignorant and flawed.
Question the war, not soldiers
Sherry Franzen (letters, May 25) may not be willing to support our troops who are called to defend our country and risk their own lives. Not all do it for the educational opportunities and money, but for freedom and democracy. As an American woman, Franzen should be not only tying yellow ribbons everywhere she can, but dancing in the streets! She should be happy she is not called to the horror of war to preserve her right to write what she did. It's not the troops' motives she should question, but the reason for this war.
Sept. 11 was a wake-up call that stirred our souls. Many fine people felt called to join the service and do whatever they could to prevent that horrible day from ever happening again.
The recent abuses that have been reported are not an accurate representation of the rest of the fine Americans in Iraq doing what they believe to be an honorable thing - serving their country and, yes, even Franzen. She ought to tie that blood-red ribbon around her eyes to hide from the fact that she should be ashamed to continue to enjoy the very freedoms and liberties that our troops are fighting to preserve.
And by the way, if Franzen hates an oil-driven war, she should stop driving a gas-powered vehicle - or better yet, move to Iraq and see how she feels then.
South Eugene protest off base
Upon reading the article concerning Adrian Vaaler, a veteran attempting to honor South Eugene alumni killed in the Vietnam War (Register-Guard, May 28), I found myself dismayed at the ignorant sentiments and complete lack of respect displayed by the students who would object to this memorial.
Having recently graduated from South Eugene, this attitude among the student body does not surprise me - and it is fostered, if not held, by the faculty as well.
We can all agree that South Eugene is a wonderful community, offering the strongest academic environment in the area. These ridiculous protests only serve to hurt the school's reputation. It is certainly valid to object to particular wars or all wars, but any reasonable person can see that many, if not all, of these honorable South Eugene students who served our nation never got the chance to decide whether the battles they fought were justified.
Moreover, the idea that a war memorial glorifies war, as the students seem to have stated, is an insult. As Vaaler put it, "If anything, it (the memorial) reflects the human cost of war and the price we pay for having old men send young men and women into conflict."
I wonder how the students would react to a memorial honoring alumni who lost their lives in World War II, and not with any more discretion than the veterans of the Vietnam war. Should we not honor these veterans? After all, they are also people who killed others.
Don't remove Wilberger posters
On my way into work on May 26, nearly every business lining Highway 99 in Eugene - as well as elsewhere throughout the city - had a poster of Brooke Wilberger displayed in their windows, pleading for clues and assistance in finding her. By May 27, nearly half those flyers were gone. A few days later, I was very dispirited to see that only one or two of those businesses still had Wilberger's picture in their windows.
Wilberger is one of our own. We owe it to her to keep those flyers constantly displayed until she is returned to her family. We need to keep her fresh in our minds, our hearts and our prayers until the riddle of her disappearance is solved. Please, please, put those flyers back up and keep them there until we know where she is.
It's an inconsequential inconvenience to have a paper taped to the front of a business when you consider the worth of this precious soul who is missing from among us.
Abduction coverage is selective
As I'm watching media coverage on the disappearance of Brooke Wilberger, I'm saddened by the fear and grief of her parents and horrified by the possibilities, as is everyone else. I hope she is found safe very soon and able to return to her family.
And I'm saddened by another thought: If Wilberger were a woman of color, elderly or physically challenged, would she be getting the same amazing amount of hourly, daily, constant reporting - to the point of local TV stations' running and rerunning home videos of her dancing and stretching on the beach? Would reporters be as impassioned and heartfelt about finding her?
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|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||Jun 6, 2004|
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