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Hospital siting affects everyone

Some people would have us believe that concerns about the proposed Triad hospital at Delta Ridge stem from a "not in my backyard" perspective. We believe the issue is community.

Community members carefully created the Metro Plan. It calls for residential and open space development in the North Delta area. The streets are constructed to serve that purpose. The Eugene City Council is considering overturning this community decision.

If there is a flood or earthquake, the community south of the river will need medical services. Congestion on North Delta Highway and Green Acres Road would greatly impair transporting members of the community to the hospital. Triad's offer to help improve the situation doesn't begin to address the severity of the problem.

Hospitals are built to serve the community. Putting hospitals in close proximity to accommodate doctors is not a primary consideration. Hospitals often have hospitalists who care for in-house patients. Many physicians rarely go to the hospital.

Lakeridge community residents are in jeopardy of losing their homes if the rezoning spreads to their area. Most of these residents are retired and on fixed incomes.

Triad is not the community-based McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. It is a for-profit corporation located in Texas.

The City Council's purpose is to best serve the community. The council needs to weigh Triad proposal's impact on the entire city. This must not be a knee-jerk reaction to losing Sacred Heart to Springfield.




Tax policy built on deception

Fellow Republicans, our party has lied to us. They say that thanks to the Republicans, we are being taxed less.

President George Bush and the leaders of the Republican Party have perpetrated an evil and calculated deception on us. Since we've all been about as bright as a pile of rocks, the deception has been a smashing suc- cess.

It's very simple. The Republican-led House and Senate passed legislation to roll back income taxes by fine tuning the tax base and lowering the rate on capital gains. Now we all pay lower taxes, but - and here's how the evil deception is implemented - in place of higher taxes, the government has substituted inflation.

With a policy of inflation, the government can spend money it doesn't have by ignoring budgetary restraints. It can spend as much money as it wants by the simple expediency of issuing bonds, which are promissory, interest-bearing notes.

Inflation causes every single item you need to sustain life to escalate upward in price. Inflation is the cruelest form of taxation. It is dishonest and immoral. Inflation is a result of government policy.

Fellow Republicans, we need a new party. It can't happen too soon.



Watching TV makes kids fat

A recent article in the Journal of The American Medical Association points out the correlation between childhood obesity and television watching.

In a large study, it was determined that when children watch an hour of television, they average eating an extra 167 calories. They especially eat more sugary cereals, sweetened pop, candy, salty snacks, sweet baked treats and fast food - all things that are advertised on TV. And American kids watch on average three hours of TV a day. Saturday morning cartoons are especially bad, as children see one food commercial every five minutes. It is noted that "the average U.S. child now sees more than 40,000 television commercials per year."

So, parents take note. Summer is almost here. Will your children spend their time inside passively watching the tube and packing away the calories by eating lots of poorly nutritional foods? Or will they be active, playing with friends outside, going to summer day camps, playing sports and doing other interactive and learning activities for a busy, nonfatten- ing, healthy summer?

You decide.



Time to stop insulting Christians

If the point is to prove that Christianity can be deeply insulted in a Christian nation - as defined by the Supreme Court - without cities going up in flames, I'd say that has been sufficiently proven. Christians should peacefully use political and economic pressures to discourage further re- dundancy.

The University of Oregon has distinguished itself by facilitating the publication of obscene cartoons blending homoeroticism (putting it politely) with Christ's sacrificial death on the cross. Christians went through proper student government channels to protest and were told they had no case.

Down the hall, a committee was working on a UO diversity code. Which side of the controversy do you suppose the new code will defend?

Across town, we're treated to the "Da Vinci Code" movie and told to be cool because it's only fiction. OK, but if Christians invested money in a fictional movie casting aspersions on every basic doctrine of the Muslim faith, the reaction wouldn't just hit the newspapers; it would hit the history books. Yet Muslims can play a major role in bankrolling the Da Vinci movie.

By biblical standards, this movie and the book that spawned it are blasphemous, unless we dumb-down the definitions of "blaspheme" in Acts 26:11, "accursed" in Galatians 1:8-9, "Antichrist" in 1 John 2:22, "Messiah" in John 4:25-26, "resurrection" in Acts 4:33 and "inspiration" in 2 Timothy 3:16. These are not random Scripture passages; they are all quite central to Christianity.



UO should use cage-free eggs

As a graduate teaching fellow in the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, I am writing to voice my support for the UO's Food Services to stop using eggs farmed from industrial battery cages and switch to the use of cage-free eggs.

The idea that what we eat, or are served to eat, affects the world around us is not radical, extreme or even particularly unusual. The European Union has pledged to phase out the use of eggs from hens kept in battery cages by 2012. Also, a number of other universities across the country have made similar moves, including the universities of Wisconsin-Madison, New Hampshire and Iowa, George Washington University, Dartmouth and MIT. I hope we can add the UO to that list.

The UO's mission statement says the university is committed to "helping the individual learn to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively and live ethically." Part of an ethical teaching environment is to live by the ethical standards to which you hold your students.

The suffering experienced by animals, particularly egg-laying hens, produced by industrial farming techniques is well documented. Part of thinking critically is to make the logical connection between what we eat, where it comes from and the methods used to produce it.

I would like to see the UO make the ethical choice to utilize exclusively cage-free eggs.



Cartoons chose wrong target

As an unchurched, agnostic citizen, I wish to weigh in on this tempest in a tureen concerning The Insurgent of the University of Oregon, President Dave Frohnmayer and Bill O'Reilly (Register-Guard, May 19).

I am astonished, first of all, by the lack of imagination displayed by the editors and cartoonists of The Insurgent. Surely the Catholic Church has been a long-standing target, not least because of the widespread scandals over child abuse. There's a real target, and it has cost the church dearly in membership, vocations, contributions and court settlements.

If the editors and cartoonists wish to lampoon some variety of Christianity, what better target these days than the religious right? The disgusting spectacle of, say, John McCain and Rudolph Giuliani snuggling up to fundamentalist evangelists such as Jerry Falwell and Ralph Reed should be good for some laughs. Their brand of Christianity has been so pervasive these last six years as to hold the White House in thrall. A bit of digging might also turn up some risible material among Wiccans, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and Taoists, among others.

Finally, President Frohnmayer is quite correct in his position on the affair.



The Insurgent has no hierarchy

Over the last month, we members of The Insurgent Collective have received a variety of angry phone and e-mail messages about our March issue. Recently, some of these have been targeting an individual member of our collective with personal threats.

Anyone is welcome to criticize us as a group. We print almost every letter we receive. This is perhaps unfortunate for those critics who have nothing to back up their argument other than racism - for example, those who tell us it is brave to attack Islam because Muslims are violent - or homophobia - from those whose prejudice is so intense that they find the idea of a gay Jesus inherently offensive - and have their bigotry exposed for all to see. But we will, nonetheless, open the forum to their opinions.

However, we will not allow any person within our group to be attacked. We are not a hierarchy. There is no individual entitled to full credit or complete blame for anything we produce.

We are a collective. If you attempt to single out one of us, you will have to deal with all of us.




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Date:May 30, 2006
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