LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.
There is no climate crisis now
Recent editorials have stated that global warming is a very serious problem and action should be taken to reduce carbon emissions.
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that the Earth is experiencing unprecedented global warming are flawed and cannot be supported. In response toa 2006request fromCongress to do an independent analysis, a panel of statisticians chaired by Edward J. Wegman of George Mason University found significant problems with the methods of analysis by researchers.
The analysis discovered that the IPCC clearly violated 60 of the 127 principles relevant in assessing the IPCC predictions and followed only 17 of the forecasting principles critical to making sound predictions. As a result, Wegman's team concluded that the finding that the planet is experiencing unprecedented global warming cannot be supported.
Furthermore, the head of the IPCC has acknowledged that over the past eight years, temperatures have plateaued. He stated that this is not what you expect because if carbon dioxide is driving temperatures, then you'd expect that temperatures should be going up - and they are not.
In view of the above, data do not support that we are in a climate crisis at this time, and it seems prudent to not take any drastic action now.
Real problem is off-leash dogs
I have been following the heated pit bull controversy in recent letters to the editor. I would like to add my comments to the debate.
I walk my leashed pit bulls in the Skinner Butte area everyday. In the last year we have always seen at least one unleashed dog, usually accompanied by the owner, who verbally abuses me when I call attention to the leash law.
Many times unleashed dogs have run at us at full speed, displaying aggression. I have several times been thrown to the ground in an attempt to ward off aggressive dogs. The only reason my dogs and I have not been seriously injured is that I use pepper spray anytime an off-leash dog comes within five feet of us.
Funny thing: None of these dogs was a pit. We have been assaulted by huskies, German shepherds, Labs, border collies and even Yorkshire terriers! Breed is definitely not the problem.
I have repeatedly called upon authorities to enforce leash laws. With the exception of one officer, I have been met with indifference when I reported the problem to Lane County Animal Services employees. It is an off-leash dog war out there, and more people and animals will inevitably be hurt until we demand that officials enforce animal control laws.
Money taints political process
Democracy produces the worst of politicians.
In order to attain the public office where they will be paid a salary by the taxpayers for performing certain services, and through what is known as political contributions,candidates must also sell those same services and more to the highest bidder for money to pay for the advertising required to con voters into voting for them.
Then they resort to any means available to keep any change in the system they use from even being discussed.
Complete control of the independently owned news outlets of yesteryear was impossible, but that has been remedied. The political parties can now pretty much control what is said and how it is worded.
Imagine what would hit the proverbial fan if Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio decided to run for president. The current voting system is being used successfully, and suggestions for change are never seen or heard.
Keeping reform only one step ahead of revolution fails from time to time in other countries and, judging by the intensity of some complaints, failure seems always to be a possibility.It happened one time in our past when accumulated causes for dissatisfaction resulted in a civil war.
Don't put hospitals together
Could someone please explain to me the need for McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center to "snuggle up" to Sacred Heart Medical Center's facilities at either Hilyard Street or at RiverBend, which is scheduled to be operational August 2008?
For approximately 30 years, I've heard rants about the traffic around Sacred Heart and the University of Oregon. Roadblocks were put up by the Eugene City Council preventing Sacred Heart from expanding in the university neighborhood as well as in the area of Coburg Road and Crescent Avenue. Now, the City Council wants to put McKenzie-Willamette's new facility within walking distance of the soon-to-be expanded Sacred Heart University District hospital, or within several miles of the new RiverBend hospital.
What is wrong with placing the McKenzie-Willamette facility in Glenwood or in the Barger area to be near the population that doesn't already have a hospital nearby? Both of these areas would be south of the rivers.
I live near Valley River Center and can get to either the RiverBend or the university district hospital in 10 minutes or less and to McKenzie-Willamette Springfield in about 15 minutes. Shouldn't those families who are not centrally located in Eugene or Springfield have a similar opportunity?
I don't remember Sacred Heart getting public funding to expand its current facility or to build the new facility in Springfield. Why should the taxpayers of Eugene pay to move the UO Riverfront Research Park and to build a hospital in downtown Eugene when the streets of Eugene are going to potholes?
Keep the `temporary' I-5 bridge
I can't believe we are being asked for input on the design of the new permanent Interstate 5 bridge over the Willamette River.
About a year ago I talked to one of the project managers of the so-called "temporary" bridge we are using now and found out it is anything but temporary. In fact, it would probably last longer than the one we have abandoned.
The real issue is the number of pilings in the river bed. Someone has decided that concrete bridge supports are bad for fish or turtles or something, so we're spending many millions on a bridge we don't need and can't afford. How about a few more state and county police officers who can really answer the call at 3a.m., or maybe some funding to get mentally ill people off the street?
It seems that the Oregon Department of Transportation has a new blank check for bridges in Oregon, and that's fine if used responsibly.
I do understand that it feels good to drive across a beautiful bridge in my much-appreciated Oregon, but let's get real. To quote Bill Cosby, "Come on, people."
Drug treatment needs funding
The April 11 editorial about the 20 percent decrease in jail beds emphasizes our county's need for adequate law enforcement capacity while facing decreasing funding. The writer refers to the corrections system as the "essential foundation" of progressive public safety. I believe that drug treatment is equal in importance to the number of jail beds.
I have worked in addiction treatments for 30 years. Drug treatment programs serve addicts who are in the criminal justice system and those who are not. Effective treatment reduces crime, reduces health problems, helps people return to productive lives and helps families stay together. All of these changes have a positive impact on our community.
People mandated to treatment by the courts or self-referred need and deserve the best professional services. Without treatment services the likelihood of repeated drug and other offenses increases, and so the jailhouse door revolves.
Higher priority to funding of law enforcement to the neglect of treatment is not going to solve any problems. Treatment availability is as crucial as are jail beds. If we have only criminal justice services, our community glass is neither half full nor half empty; it is moving toward empty.
Dianne D. Watson
Let hospital pick its own site
TheEugene City Councilneeds to staytotally out of the decision about where to place McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.
If it had not been for the council, Sacred Heart Medical Center would now be in north Eugene.But the council fought so hard toprevent that from happening, the hospital moved to Springfield.
My wish is that McKenzie-Willamette will move to the Glenwood area, where it would have easy access and be a beautiful sight.
The council forgets that there will still be a hospital in downtown Eugene. Sacred Heart University District is not locking its doors, so why do we need a second downtown hospital? As far as theRiverfront Research Park is concerned, just where is the city of Eugene going to get the $155 million to $250 million to relocate all the businesses that are already there? We can't fill a single pothole, yet we can afford to relocate these businesses, plus hire an outside negotiator to talk with University of Oregon officials (more money into the garbage)?
The mayor and City Council got us into this mess, now they need to sit back, be quiet and let McKenzie-Willamette make its own decision.
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|Date:||Apr 24, 2008|
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