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Trump entangled in legal actions

So now, Donald Trump is the self-proclaimed "law and order" candidate. Well, he certainly ought to know about the law part.

According to a recent article in USA Today, Trump has been named in 3,500 legal actions in the past 30 years.

That's about one every three days - almost half of them as a defendant. In the last year, more than 70 new cases have been filed.

Trump has been involved in far more lawsuits than other real-estate executives.

His involvement in the legal system does not equal respect for it, as can be garnered from his recent calumnious outburst against a judge of Latino ethnicity.

Some of his court cases involve tax disputes. The New York State Department of Finance has obtained liens on Trump properties for unpaid taxes at least three dozen times.

But the real under-reported story isn't Trump's refusal to reveal his tax records. It's his financial and personal collaboration with organized crime. Trump has tried denying personal connections with mobsters; he denied knowing David Duke.

But the facts are out there. Just Google "Trump's mob connections." If the mainstream media are going to be questioning the legality or the prudence of some of Hillary Clinton's actions, then they should surely be asking Trump hard-ball questions about his commitment to law and order.

Jere C. Rosemeyer


Sanders fans must vote for Clinton

As a Bernie Sanders supporter, I urge all other Sanders supporters to closely examine what is at hand for the future of our country in the upcoming election before making a gut decision on whom to support, or possibly not vote at all.

Not all of Bernie's goals have been met during this remarkable primary season, but some concrete results have been accomplished and a possible path has been set for future elections.

As Bernie himself has forcefully stated, too much is at stake. The country will take a huge step backward if Donald Trump is elected.

Trump did touch on legitimate grievances by a segment of the population that feels that it has been disenfranchised. However, his response was to appeal to fear, anger and prejudice and to propose inconsistent, illogical solutions.

The media provided free and repetitive exposure to such ideas, which gave them a legitimacy they don't deserve.

We cannot afford a divisive, racist, xenophobic and impulsive individual at the helm of our government making decisions about Supreme Court appointments, war, race, civil liberties issues and income inequality.

No matter how each of us feels about Hillary Clinton on an individual basis, the welfare of our country should trump - excuse the pun - such reservations and make us work hard for her election.

The consequences of Trump winning are too grave for our country and, in fact, for the whole world.

Let's not deceive ourselves. A vote for anyone other than Clinton, or not voting at all, is a vote for Trump.

Munir Katul


Eyes don't lie: We're over-logged

I am neither a logger, a scientist or a politician, but simply a citizen of south Lane County who has enjoyed Oregon's quality of life for more than 50 years.

Travis Joseph's opinion piece on behalf of the American Forest Resource Council ("Forest health a priority for forest industry," July 10) did not reflect the reality of what I see in Southwestern Oregon.

Rather than a state "blanketed with healthy forests, thriving wildlife, clean water and abundant recreational opportunities," I see vast expanses of clear-cuts and brown streams running down to bedrock.

A recent hike up Patterson Mountain above Lookout Reservoir offered stunning views of the Middle Fork Willamette watershed. This crazy quilt of mixed-age clear-cuts showed 25 percent fresh, brown, steep, denuded slopes.

The road leading to the trailhead passed through an older clear-cut - easily recognized by the plantation look of Douglas firs planted in straight lines. A plantation is not a forest. It doesn't support diverse wildlife, and it offers no interesting recreational opportunities.

A quick drive from Eugene to Cottage Grove will allow residents of Eugene and Springfield to see firsthand how frequently log trucks deliver their goods to the Weyerhaeuser mill. A beehive of continuous activity, the trucks, forklifts and peelers are constantly at work. Deep piles of logs remind me of the Port of Longview, Wash., yards in the 1970s.

Oregonians may be lulled into believing that logging practices have changed since those days, but it's not what I see daily in my own backyard.

Barbara Butzer

Cottage Grove

Other Americans the new 'them'

It's time to get past recriminations and look to ourselves to understand the horrific growth of violence in American society.

Perhaps the problem is that too many don't regard violence as their problem when they're not the victims.

We have largely failed to stand up to the violence we're promoting abroad, from Iraq to Syria and far beyond.

We glorify the military while rarely questioning its use.

We support violent "revolutionaries," many associated with al Qaeda, in Libya, Syria and elsewhere.

This doesn't create "security." It only increases terror, and has led to millions being killed, maimed or made refugees.

We largely ignore the human costs of our military policies, secure in the belief that our motives are pure, while creating chaos and escalating violence everywhere.

Fear of terror has led to increasingly militarized police at home. Now, the routine brutality of many is being exposed by Black Lives Matter. Meanwhile, Second Amendment protectors are preparing for violent resistance to the government.

James Madison warned that war breeds a host of other injustices. Domestic spying, the National Defense Authorization Act, secret courts and other suspensions of constitutional rights are obvious examples.

More insidious is what the acceptance of military violence does to a society that accepts wars as inevitable.

For all our distrust of government, we too easily accept the demonization of entire nations as "enemies" just because politicians tell us it is so.

Now Americans are coming to regard other Americans as "them." We have met the enemy, and he is us.

Rick Staggenborg, M.D.

Founder, Soldiers for

Peace International


Nuclear power is the way to go

Again The Register-Guard has published a guest viewpoint by Tom Giesen ("Only viable strategy: Stop using fossil fuels now," July 14) proclaiming Armageddon if we continue to use fossil fuels, and he offers no solutions.

I have dissed solar and wind energy in the past and, while they have made great strides the past few years, they are not a final solution.

I reiterate: Nuclear power is the only viable solution to our near-term and future energy needs.

When will a courageous few scientists and politicians step forward and champion nuclear power?

Clark Guffey

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Date:Jul 16, 2016
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