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Moral absolutes

The arrogance of the liberal press never ceases to amaze me.

I study the issues and examine the candidates. Those I vote for most nearly represent the values and philosophy that are dear to me. To say that money spent on campaigning influenced my vote is to insult my intelligence.

Most political pundits miss the point entirely. As demonstrated by the election, a majority of Americans are fed up with the agenda and moral tone of the far left. Like it or not, there are moral absolutes in this universe, and there are consequences to breaking them.

DAVID I. LEACH Eugene

Jail wastes money

When the Lane County jail measure was rejected in our recent election, Sheriff Jan Clements was quoted as saying that he must have failed to tell the public how important the measure was (Register-Guard, Nov. 6). I am wondering if people are really more informed than he thinks.

First, I do believe the jail needs improvements. The measure we just voted on, however, was for both improvements and additions. Perhaps it would have been better to make two separate measures. I know many people would rather see additions for rehabilitation rather than more jail space.

Second, I am wondering if the many people who have been in jail and their friends and families have concerns about what seems to be a lot of unnecessary expenses for inmates. For example, I had a family member who was sent to the local juvenile facility. He was 17 and tried as an adult. When he turned 18, he was sent to Lane County Jail, then to Oregon Corrections Intake Center, back to Lane County jail, back again to OCIC, to a jail in Newport, and finally to MacLaren. This was all within seven months. Each time he was moved, he was given a TB test and a psychological evaluation called an MMPI - Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory - yes, he had the MMPI seven times in seven months. I know that at the time, to have the test done privately was $200. By the way, this test is not valid if given within six months after another test!

It seems clear to me, as I'm sure it did to many voters who have experienced firsthand the inefficiency and redundancy of services provided for inmates, that this was one of the reasons this measure was defeated.

Where are the checks and balances?

ELINOR SILVIS Eugene

Bush has blank check

Many reasonable Americans are reeling from the outcome of the national elections. Now that American citizens have elected a Republican House and Senate, the Bush administration has a blank check. This development is not merely an inconvenience to those who are ideologically opposed; it represents devastation.

Since Sept. 11, President Bush has cynically exploited the public's fears to advance his agenda. He has bullied our allies and enemies alike, inviting worldwide resentment, distrust and hatred. As our planet undergoes unprecedented climate disruption, Bush fiddles while Rome burns, advancing policies that coddle big business while ravaging the earth. The economy has gone from surplus to deficit in a cloud of mismanagement and corruption. The ghost of Joe McCarthy looms as our civil rights are systematically dismantled. And now we are on the brink of a reckless war that could kill thousands of innocents and risk a nuclear or biological chain reaction. The Iraq invasion will squander global goodwill and deplete our financial resources, while playing into the hands of terrorists who thrive on a world of chaos.

We who believe the country is headed in a disastrous direction must rise to this tremendous challenge by loudly opposing the administration's regressive policies. We must demand that our representatives take a courageous stand. The stability of the world is at stake. George Bush is not simply wrong; he is dangerous.

PAUL CHASMAN Waldport

Political chicanery

As this Veterans Day comes and goes, I wonder why President Bush would veto the 2003 defense authorization bill if it contains concurrent receipt legislation that would allow disabled retirees to receive full military retired pay and disability compensation. And I wonder why Congress would rush to vote to send U.S. troops to war with Iraq before the November elections but put off a decision on concurrent receipt until after the elections.

This is an example of political chicanery at the expense of our military retirees, and it is the height of hypocrisy.

JOHN R. STOUT Cottage Grove

Unwatched, unappreciated

Read it and weep: 22 high school marching bands, the best from all over the state, marching in Autzen before practically no one.

Meanwhile, the mighty Oregon Ducks, play before 56,000-plus fans from all over the Northwest, who cheer them on as they beat a lesser-talented Portland State.

Music and artistry are a thing of the past. Muscle, winning and athletics are where it's at.

JAMES LIGNER Marcola

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Date:Nov 16, 2002
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