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LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Cemetery overrun with weeds

Recent letters to The Register-Guard have stressed the great improvements to the Masonic Cemetery that have been achieved in recent years.

No one questions the great value of all this work, but that is not the issue many people are concerned about. What we question are the present policies regarding maintenance of the burial plots, as the grounds are so overgrown with weeds that it is next to impossible to find the tombstones.

It is not a botanical garden. Some in the neighborhood tell us the mausoleum is being offered and used for rock concerts and art shows. Complainants were informed that descendents of the residents of the cemetery and neighbors no longer have a voice in the operation of this facility, that management is free to use it as they see fit. Renting is not necessary, as grants and plot fees are more than adequate for perpetual care.

We see these policies as disrespectful and desecrating to the cemetery, the past governors, mayors, civic leaders and others interred therein, and the neighborhood. The recent letters to the editor campaign seems to be a method to silence those with weaker voices who would seek to correct these questionable policies.

Eugene has wetlands for plants, art museums where artists can display art and venues where musicians can play for patrons. Let's restructure the cemetery oversight committee.

PERRY McGILL

Eugene

Make illegals join the Army

Our sacred rights are being given to illegal aliens who are not willing to pay the same price our fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters are fighting and dying for today, as they did in every previous gener- ation.

Illegals want work? Round them up and put them in the Army for six years. Illegals will learn English, loyalty to the United States and the fact that freedom is not free.

JOYCE E. STUART

Eugene

Guns play a role in most killings

I have noted with interest the many articles of people killing themselves or others with guns.

The National Rifle Association has a quaint motto - "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

I recently read a column in the Statistic and Analysis Program out of Washington, D.C. - 96.3 percent of all violent deaths are caused by guns.

I haven't read of anyone clubbing someone to death recently.

THOMAS HALIGAN

Eugene

Kip Kinkel needed treatment

That a teenager, like Kip Kinkel, is a victim of mob mentality is understandable. Mob mentality has been with us since humans lived together.

So Kinkel's prison sentence of 120 years for killing his mother, father and two high school students and wounding several other high school students is understandable - and tragically regrettable - when such a schizophrenic personality, with proper treatment, can become a wholesome, socially productive personality.

Example: When our teenage Malibu neighbor and surfing buddy of my sons suddenly exhibited periodic bizarre behavior, we and our neighbors informed the teenager's parents who, like Kinkel's parents, failed to face their son's personality problem.

After a day of surfing with my sons, the teenager, upon returning home, once again heard voices that told him his mother was the epitome of evil and a menace to society. While his parents were watching TV, the teen called his mother into the kitchen, where he stabbed her. She staggered into the living room and died in her husband's lap.

The teenager, judged insane (although he seemed sane to the community), was confined to a state mental hospital for eight years of treatment while being supported by his family and friends, including me, who visited him whenever I returned to Southern California.

Today, the teen has become a married, successful businessman with his kids in college and universities.

JERRY COPELAND

Florence

Locking up land costs money

Regarding the recent editorial (Register-Guard, June 5) imploring readers to ask Congress to approve excessive seizure of public land for nonuse and roadless areas, the editors obviously are not able to connect the dots. When it comes to the relationship between set-aside public land for noneconomic use and the problems Oregon communities are now facing with lost timber revenues - as well as proposed tax increases for local county services - there is a connection.

Roadless areas are not easily accessible to anyone. It is difficult to fight fires in these areas, so every summer we watch these lands burn needlessly. Because of the lack of professional forestry management, more than 10 million acres burned in the United States just last year - the most in 50 years - and this number continues to rise. Forest fires pollute and degrade air quality, resulting in widespread health issues.

The newspaper should look at the wasteful practice of how environmental groups and their attorneys have cost taxpayers in terms of tearing up existing, paid-for roads to reduce access and multiple use of public lands.

If what Woody Guthrie sang is true, that this land is our land, then why are these groups advocating reduced access to public lands for recreational and economic use - at the cost of both forest health and our economic base?

JENNIFER GASKILL

Eugene

Rent increase is a hardship

The hubris of President George Bush's Oval Office has permeated every aspect of our life, seeping down to the very bowels of the Shangri-la of Eugene.

Right now, I feel as if I have been dealt a ferocious blow below the belt. I have been given three days to sign a yearly rental renewal with a 20 percent increase in rent, an added cost of $160 per month. (In previous years, the norm was about a 2 percent increase.) My options are to sign, move or be thrown out on my ear.

Never mind that I am a senior citizen in my upper 80s. Never mind that I have been a model tenant the past 15 years, at which time I moved to this apartment upon the death of my husband. Never mind that I am recovering from a bad fall, hospital emergency and all that jazz. Never mind that I ride around in dilapidated jalopy from 1990.

Does anybody care? President Bush's Oval Office hubris has set the tone. The big guy may do as he pleases. The little guy be damned!

JANET POLAND

Eugene

English should be only language

I cannot understand why immigration reform is such a hard task for all of our great politicians. Here is a very easy resolution:

We, the citizens of the United States, can go back to the way it was 50 years ago, when all literature was only written in English and everyone was expected to communicate in English. All foreigners within the United States as of Dec. 1, 2007, who speak, read and understand English would have the right to apply for citizenship of our wonderful United States.

There will be no question as to their right to citizenship because all of the paperwork and teaching for the citizenship class would be in English.

As of Dec. 31, 2007, the federal government, state government and school systems would teach only English. There would be no more publications in our schools or government for anyone unable to read and understand English, no matter what nationality. All nations would be treated equally with the immigration bills.

We wouldn't need to worry about teaching English, because students would have learned the language from their parents, who are required to speak and read it.

Anyone not speaking and understanding English would go back to their native country to learn to speak and read before applying for citizenship. This would be very easy to enforce, because there would be no loopholes - just plain English.

BETH HARTLERODE

Eugene

Hadzabe tribe must be saved

We fight and struggle to preserve the animal and plant species of our planet that are on the verge of extinction. Why don't we do the same for an ancient race of people who are now looking at becoming extinct as a people due to the greed and desire of others? I am referring to the Hadzabe tribe of Tanzania, Africa.

In a June 12 article on the front page of The Register-Guard, it was brought to light that the Tanzanian government had struck a deal to sell off the ancient tribal hunting grounds of this diminishing group of people to Tanzanian UAE Safaris Ltd. It is to be leased to an Arab royal family as their private hunting preserve.

I find it shocking and appalling that such a plan even could be considered, especially when it means the vanishing of a culture of one of the oldest groups of people to inhabit our planet. Members of the Hadzabe tribe, who now number fewer than 1,500, have indicated their willingness to fight to maintain their lands and way of life. Perhaps they can be wiped out quickly and soon forgotten.

I hope we in the civilized world won't let this happen.

If we can fight so hard for an owl with spotted feathers or a species of wild grass in a meadow, then why can't we muster some strength to attempt to speak up for a vanishing culture of hunter-gatherers? Is our government and its ambassadors unable to approach the Tanzanian government and or the Arab royal families and point out how basically wrong this whole scenario really is?

GEORGE WOJCIK

Eugene

Bush for president of the CSA

It is easy to get majority consent that George W. Bush is the worst president in our nation's history. And most historians agree that Abraham Lincoln was the best.

However, the case can be made that Lincoln was, in fact, our worst president. If Lincoln had let those 11 Southern states secede from the Union, this would be a great nation. And Bush never would have been elected president of the United States.

He might be president of the Confederate States of America, and they would deserve him. But the rest of us would be spared the ordeal of having a Texas drugstore cowboy as our president.

GARRY KELLY

Florence
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Date:Jul 5, 2007
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