LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.
Book looks at Bush appointment
Jim Lang (letters, Oct. 30) stated "to say that the U.S. Supreme Court put Bush in office is not true - a lie. He was elected by the voters."
I suggest that Lang read the new book about the Supreme Court titled "The Nine" by Jeffrey Toobin. This book describes in detail the appointment of President Bush. Specifically, read Part 2 in the book (pages 141-177), which details every aspect of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
FEMA fakery is no surprise
I don't understand all the fuss about the Federal Emergency Management Agency holding a fake news conference.
We have a fake president who lied us into a fake war. We have a fake education system, fake terrorist threats, a fake energy program, a fake Medicare drug system and a fake economy.
We have fake news stories about Iraq successes issued by the White House and repeated on television by Fakes News. We have Internet porn purveyors given fake White House press credentials to lob fake questions to fake White House press secretaries.
Why not fake Bush administration news conferences?
Forest issues aren't clear cut
I am concerned about the Bureau of Land Management's readjustment of the Northwest Forest Plan allowing more clear-cuts in Oregon, and my primary reasons are not environmental.
The Register-Guard's Oct. 29 article, "A clear-cut solution," implies that clear-cutting benefits humans economically and logging restrictions benefit the environment (primarily the spotted owl). This is a false dichotomy that has plagued the logging debate for far too long.
In reality, things are not that clear cut. I am from Coos Bay, a town that used to survive off of logging and fishing. I have seen the economy crash as fishing and logging jobs dwindle year after year. Environmental restrictions and the spotted owl are often blamed for economic problems, but the true problem is a history of irresponsible resource management.
Within the past century, we Oregonians have exhausted our fish and our forests. Now we have to pick up the pieces. If we harvest forests in a sustainable way, timber jobs will sustain future generations. There are several reasons to protect remaining old growth stands that have nothing to do with the spotted owl. Their root systems provide more water in streams, available for human consumption. They also decrease risk of flooding. They can generate new sources of income such as wild mushrooms.
I urge the BLM and fellow Oregonians to think of the human elements to sustainable forestry, and to keep protective resource management practices laid out by the Northwest Forest Plan.
An absurd waste of time, money
Is this a high-priority court case: "Judge allows confession in stolen coat case" (Register-Guard, Nov. 2)?
We don't know all the details, but this appears to be a colossal circus of poor judgment, stupidity and overreaction. Start with a child who leaves her coat on the playground. A teacher, Elizabeth Logan, allegedly finds a child's coat on the playground and tries to sell it on eBay instead of putting it in the lost and found.
Then super-sleuth mother stumbles on an eBay auction of a coat like the one her daughter left on the playground. The mother breaks eBay rules by contacting a bidder, and the eBay bidder responded with the info that Logan told her to outbid the mother.
The mother then contacted the school, which wasted our tax dollars by contacting police. A detective coerced a confession from Logan by threatening to humiliate her by parading her in front of her students in handcuffs.
Everyone involved has shown an incredible amount of poor judgment and an absurd waste of time and resources. Shame on this little girl for leaving her coat on the playground. Shame on the teacher if she did this, on the mother and eBay rule-breakers for taking it this far, on the school for contacting police, and on Hillsboro police and the court system for even considering being involved.
This could have been resolved without all of the nonsense. Our police and courts ought to be prosecuting dangerous criminals.
Lung cancer is a serious killer
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we dedicate ourselves to increasing awareness of the issues surrounding lung cancer.
The American Cancer Society reports that nearly 85 percent of all lung cancer cases in the United States are smoking-related and represent 30 percent of all cancer deaths. About six out of 10 people with lung cancer die within a year of being diagnosed, and the expected five-year survival rate for people with lung cancer is just 15 percent.
These numbers are frightening, yet it's estimated that more than 45 million Americans are current smokers. Many researchers, physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers are dedicated to finding better ways to diagnose and treat lung cancer, and many studies are in progress right now that offer hope to patients and their families battling the disease.
But the fact remains - the best way to defeat lung cancer is to prevent it. So, please help in the fight against lung cancer by quitting smoking; encouraging your friends, family and neighbors to quit smoking; and speaking with your children about not smoking. By reducing the number of people who smoke, we will ultimately reduce the number of lung cancer deaths each year.
Patient and community
Downtown should be inclusive
A Mailbag writer suggested, "The city of Eugene needs to dispose of the panhandlers and young adults first, before it embarks on this major project for downtown" (letters, Nov. 1).
I will assume the author didn't mean a literal campaign of human disposal. But regardless of his statement's intent, his choice of language callously dehumanizes people who, no matter how you feel about being asked for change, are people, deserving of human decency.
Regardless of whether you feel someone deserves help from you or society, they are still part of our community. We should continue building a vision for change downtown, but perhaps by focusing on what we can add, rather than what we should discard.
Every person hurrying into the gym with their head down or parking as close to a downtown restaurant as possible so they can simply go in, have dinner and go home strengthens the sense that downtown is a place for targeted visiting rather than lingering. Introducing new stores and community spaces would be great, but so would people.
New stores cannot sustain themselves without customers, and it is up to us as community members to be present downtown and create an environment where we can all spend time and enjoy ourselves. "All of us" can include people who are homeless.
Let's work together to build our community, but not in ways that banish people from it with the kind of harsh and careless disregard that any kind of "disposal" implies.
BLM isn't forced to change plans
The article "Old trees, new plan" (Register-Guard, Oct. 28) compels me to clarify the true legal context in which the Bureau of Land Management is proposing forest management changes for approximately 2.6 million acres in Western Oregon.
Advocates for the current proposal have vastly overstated the extent to which a lawsuit settlement agreement legally requires the BLM to choose an alternative that significantly reduces environmental protections. The settlement actually requires:
1. That the agency revise the Resource Management Plans by Dec. 21, 2008, considering at least one alternative that limits reserves to those needed to comply with the Endangered Species Act's prohibition of jeopardizing listed species.
2. That all alternatives comply with the Oregon and California Lands Act as interpreted by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Nothing in the settlement requires BLM to "return to its timber production roots" or releases the agency from "Northwest Forest Plan oversight," as the article states. The BLM is free to choose from a variety of alternatives that continue to provide fish and wildlife protection comparable to the existing forest plan.
The agency is required to provide only one alternative that might reduce reserves. The decision to propose multiple alternatives that all reduce protections is the agency's policy choice.
Furthermore, the court already has determined that the Northwest Forest Plan complies with the O&C Act, and BLM doesn't suggest otherwise in the settlement. Many reasons are behind the BLM's proposal to slash environmental protections. None of these reasons is a legal mandate.
Senior policy analyst
Pacific Rivers Council
Must have skipped a math class
On Oct. 30, The Register-Guard had a front page headline saying "Researcher labels 1 in 10 high schools `dropout factories.'?" It was with a sad chuckle that I discovered further in the article that the actual proportion of these schools nationwide is 12 percent, or almost exactly 1 in 8.
I suppose one needs a high school education to appreciate the size of this difference.
Planters are a winner downtown
I have so appreciated the lovely flower baskets and planters that have graced downtown this year. I am grateful to whomever made this happen. The planters look so nice.
Perhaps we should leave it up to this person to decide how best to revitalize downtown.
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