LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.
Drivers have greater obligations
In response to Rob Fisher's complaint (letters, April 14) concerning The Register-Guard's recent series about pedestrians and traffic, I would like to point out the following:
I am a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motorcyclist and an automobile driver, so I believe that I am qualified to say that members of all four groups misbehave every day on our roads.
The point that he is missing is that one of the four groups is singularly adept at killing members of the other three. I really don't much care how many times he has seen a pedestrian cross against the light. He is driving a deadly weapon, and he is as responsible for the consequences of its operations as any gun owner is responsible for keeping his guns away from the curious fingers of children.
Fisher possesses a weapon that kills 40,000-plus people a year, and when he misbehaves, the result will be far deadlier than when any of the other groups do.
Marine reserves too extreme
Mark Tilton's April 4 letter says that designating marine reserves is a modest proposal that could benefit Oregon fishermen.
But rushing to designate marine reserves without first having fish stock assessments to justify their existence is an example of putting the cart in front of the horse. These reserves will likely include most of the habitat that supports significant fish populations and, once designated, it would be highly unlikely a marine reserve would be reclassified in anyone's lifetime.
On the contrary, marine reserves do not support fishing. They are an important component of an anti--fishing agenda.
Besides the economic impacts marine reserves will have on coastal communities, very few people who use Oregon beaches for recreation realize how marine reserve designations could impact them. Surf fishing, clam digging, crabbing and river tidewater fishing would not be allowed. Shell, agate and driftwood collecting would also be forbidden. In short, any activity that removes living organisms or nonliving materials is not allowed in a marine reserve.
A marine reserve is the most extreme level of protection. Less stringent designations, such as marine protected areas, would still allow benign recreational activities. However, Gov. Ted Kulongoski is intent on designating up to nine marine reserves, the size and location of which are now being proposed.
These could include a significant portion of Oregon's coast. To learn more, visit www.oregonmarinereserves.net and voice your concern to your state representative.
Trials visitors will hit potholes
It is a real honor that Eugene is Track Town U.S.A. and that the U.S. Olympic Track &Field Trials are coming here.
Many great athletes and fans will be here this summer to watch and compete in these trials. I hope that everyone who goes has a great time and enjoys the event.
I also hope that on their drive through Eugene, these people don't get in a car accident or have a flat tire upon hitting one of the various potholes that grace Eugene's streets. I know I must sound like a broken record, but the number of potholes in the streets is outrageous.
Don't get me wrong, the city is trying to fix them. However, it seems that every time one pothole gets filled in, at least two more appear in its place. The city does have plans in place to combat this problem - a gas tax. That's the five extra cents per gallon that you pay for the already ridiculously high-priced gas that it takes to fill up your tank.
Meanwhile, you will just have to keep paying those higher gas prices, swerve around those holes or risk getting a flat tire. On the other hand, you could fight the tax and save money by riding a bike everywhere. However, watch out for the potholes!
So Eugene, be proud of your city earning the right of hosting the Olympic Track &Field Trials - just don't think about it while driving.
Owners are responsible for dogs
The Eugene Kennel Club offers sincere condolences to Anne Hardy for the difficulties she has encountered in walking with her small dog in her Eugene neighborhood.
Hardy noted that in her most recent encounter, "We were followed down the street by a loose pit bull mix who wouldn't leave us alone" (letters, April 3). Therein lies the crux of the problem, and that is people who do not train their dogs (of whatever breed), allow them to run loose (in violation of current city code) and, further, refuse to accept responsibility for their dogs' actions.
The general membership and board of directors of the Eugene Kennel Club would like to remind the citizens of Lane County that we are available to themas a resource in our community. We have extensive knowledge of dogs and dog behavior, training and socialization and can offer referrals to veterinarians and trainers in this area. Please contact the Eugene Kennel Club at 689-9632. The contact number is also published every weekend in the classified Pets section of The Register-Guard.
The Eugene Kennel Club believes that with our community working together to educate dog owners about dog behavior and management, our community will be safer for all our human and canine citizens.
Eugene Kennel Club
Support fire district measure
I'm writing to encourage the voters in the North Douglas Fire District area to vote for the upcoming measure to provide funds for the fire/ambulance department.
The fire department is run by a small number of paid personnel and many volunteers. The ambulance is mostly volunteers, too. The measure to be voted on is designed to enable the department to upgrade and maintain equipment, facilities and training for personnel.
If the measure is not passed, the department willhave to make cuts in the service currently provided.
The board of directors is making decisions now about what they will have to cut to keep the department solvent. The district's current tax rate is among the lowest in the state.
The ambulance service is suffering from a high number of calls where the payments made by the insurance carriers and medical providers do not cover the cost of the transport. As everyone else who drives has experienced, the department is having to deal with rapidly increasing fuel bills.
As property owners, we have to choose to support the district and pass the measure or to be happy with cuts in service that become necessary due to lack of funds. The board meetings are open to the public.
New reports are a huge burden
The April 9 editorial, "An act of public service," misses the mark.
I am one of the public officials who is turning his back on public service strictly due to the invasive and burdensome reporting requirements created by our Legislature. It is well to remember that the activities that drove the legislation happened in the Legislature and not in Oregon's small communities.
I have filed these forms in previous years and would gladly continue to file the old form without complaint. When I now have to list relatives not living with me or even in the same state, that is a lot. How will knowing those names improve local government in Oregon?
The arbitrary extension of the reporting requirements to the small-townofficials by our legislators also deserves criticism. All of the communities involved had the opportunity 30 years ago to impose the reporting requirements on their local officials. They chose not to.
Finally, the editorial ignored the fact that local officials now have to file quarterly financial reports. For me, that was the final straw. The cost of being an unpaid volunteer became too high.
I have filed these reports in years past and agree with the editorial's assessment that they are beneficial. But I would encourage our legislators to exhibit the courage necessary to let small cities and special districts decide by public vote whether to have their officials file these reports as was done 30 years ago.
John T. Dillard
Bush owes nation more tears
I opened up my newspaper and, wonder of wonders, I see on the front page: President Bush sheds a tear for the loss of a Navy SEAL(Register-Guard, April 9). I wonder if he is capable of shedding a tear for the grief and misery his eight years of governance has created in this country.
Snow muffles climate zealots
I'm not a big fan of late-April snowfall in the valley. But, if it helps muffle the cacophony of doom from the local practitioners of the computer-model-based global warming religion, may the trend continue.
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