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Letters to the Editor: 1-12-2012


They’re carvin’ away at Parvin Butte

They want to haul it away to sea.

By the time they get done 

with their disruptive fun,

Parvin Butt is all it will be.

McDougal & Demers see bucks in the Butte,

Laws of nature & man they don’t fear.

For all that they care we can all go to hell,

and if we can’t go they’ll bring it right here.

I moved out to Dexter for peace & some quiet,

I see now that wasn’t so smart.

For the next 20 years of blasting & dust 

Might not be so good for my heart.

I’m told that these folks are religious, I guess.

So they believe that God put the butte there,

Just for them, I suppose, to blast & dispose,

But I think that God meant to share.

Phil Robbins, Dexter



Thank you, EW, for the Parvin Butte stories. About the headline on the KVAL website “Park ranger fatally shot near Mt. Rainier, gunman still on loose”: If only our law enforcement with their guns and wilderness tracking resources had the same concerted effort to hunt down, arrest and convict those defiling our earth as they have hunting the murderer of a young woman serving Mount Rainer National Park, all our environmental problems would be solved. On New Year’s Day, a 368-square-mile wilderness area was closed to catch one little disturbed man. With that kind of response, it should be no big deal for cops to shut down the rape of Parvin Butte. 

Is there really much difference between Lost Creek Rock Products (one of many greedy, perverse, sadistic mining companies) and Benjamin Colton Barnes, who is suspected of shooting park ranger Margaret Anderson? If you shoot someone dead you are murdering a person, mutilating them with bullets. If your mutilate the earth uninhabitable you are murdering people in the future. Think about who criminals really are. What are you brave, bold and heroic, big, strong law enforcement officers waiting for?

 Karl Lehman, Eugene



I am thrilled that EW regularly includes the Arts Shorts section, highlighting the visual arts in Lane County. As a newspaper with an emphasis on the arts, it is vital that the visual arts get proper coverage. 

The Art Shorts in the Dec. 29 edition appropriately focused on the Last Friday Art Walk, which is the backbone of the thriving arts community in the Whiteaker neighborhood. I completely agree with Sterling Wallach that the Last Friday Art Walk provides an opportunity for young and emerging artists to showcase their work. I also believe that Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Eugene shares this goal and provides such access. With more than 30 participating galleries and venues, the majority feature the work of local and emerging artists, many of whom have never shown their work before. 

The arts are a reflection of our community. Artists create art to express their thoughts and emotions, represent an opinion and initiate dialogue. As community members we contribute to this dialogue by attending local galleries and art gatherings while supporting the incredible talent of our local artists. I invite you to participate in all of the art walks in Lane County, including First Friday in downtown Eugene, Last Friday in the Whiteaker and Cottage Grove (April-September), and Second Friday in Springfield. As you open yourself up wholeheartedly to art, you may find its incredible capacity to impact your life. 

Liora Sponko, Executive Director Lane Arts Council 



We are hoping that our Eugene downtown continues to improve and prosper; that the newfound democracy-uprisings Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Eugene continue to ask the tough questions and push for much-needed changes such as universal health care, the elimination of the idea that corporations are people, and getting money and lobbyists out of elections; that humanity evolves to find other ways to solve differences than with violence and wars; that all are fed, have a warm place to sleep and someone who cares about them; that we treat all creatures from the tiniest to the greatest with honor, respect and compassion; that we show ourselves and each other kindness and compassion and help those in need when we can; a Rose Bowl victory for the Ducks; and I know this last one is particularly tough, but a Cubs World Series championship. 

More love, less hate; more hope, less fear; more community, less isolation; more friends, fewer perceived enemies; more listening, less judging; more dancing, fewer couch potatoes; more sharing, less greed; more live music, fewer leaf blowers; more caring, less apathy; more beards, fewer razors; more muting, fewer commercials; more storytelling, fewer movies; more trees, less concrete; more compromising, less suing; more joy, less sadness; more gratitude, fewer car alarms; more singing, less yelling; more calm, less rushing; more wildness, less suburbia; more BRING, fewer landfills; more truth, fewer lies (we can handle it); more color, less off-white; more art, less Walmart; more silly, less serious: more health care, less insurance.

What if less is more? 

Tim and Bert Boyden, Eugene



What I love about Eugene: Rep. Peter DeFazio, KLCC, Blair Street, New Day Bakery’s whole wheat/ oatmeal/ walnut scones, Adam Grosowsky’s paintings, the Mazet brothers’ glass, Ta Ra Rin’s pumpkin curry, the Salon des Refusés, the Eugene Celebration, the Whiteaker Block Party. And lest I forget, Eugene Weekly. I have faithfully read EW for decades. Your publication has never failed to inform, entertain, educate, uplift, radicalize, ground and give great Sudoku. 

In 2010, I lived in Eugene for six months and, on a slow evening, I actually made a pilgrimage to your office to pay homage to where this tabloid is born. I did not set foot inside the building, just being outside was so cool. I’d return to Corvallis for the weekends and bring my kid a souvenir — a copy of EW from Eugene! Can it get any more exciting than that? 

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to extend my gratitude and praise for all you do. Keep up the good work, EW. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.

Jim Bolker, Corvallis



Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie,

Didn’t want the girls to occupy.

So they showed him their titties

And made him cry.


Joel W. McClure, Eugene



I do declare: Winning is “subslime!” Chip and his phenomenal Ducks surely put Happy in New Year. OMG, I’ve never! Starting with a road trip to California with Felmo and Turner, wellsprings of football lore and Marv, my consort and seasoned chef who performed with grace and charm at our now infamous tailgate party. Marv brought his trusty grill and Chinook salmon bellies that he had caught, filleted, grilled and karmically shared with our Wisconsin neighbors. About high noon, I got myself “ducked-out” in the old Queen dress — a real crowd pleaser. With sunscreen, hope and my fan adorned with green and yellow ribbons we headed for the Rose Bowl.

Soon, I found myself in an integrated sea of cheering Ducks and Badgers, but it wasn’t my imagination — their red outnumbered our yellow. And though I began to glow and glisten, I barely kept from melting in the brilliant daylight. With most of our opponents on the shaded side of the stadium, we only got more fired up to whoop ’em good. With ample vitamin D, there was no blood, no tears (for Oregon), but a lot of sweat. By the second half, the air cooled, but I continued fanning as the game was most unnerving. Lo and behold, with confetti of ALL colors uplifted and unified we left with very big smiles.

So what about 2013, will it be a Bowl of Roses or a Bowl of Oranges? O fiddle dee dee! I’ll think about that next year. For now, I’m just so thankful to be at home with the Ducks.

Old SLUG Queen Scarlett O’Slimera aka Joanie Cypress



Although I have mixed feelings about serving in the U.S. Marine Corps (1957-63), I remain impressed by many of their values.

Several of my drill instructors and sergeants, Korean War veterans, had been among those surrounded at the frozen Chosin Reservoir. Fighting their way out, bringing their dead and wounded with them, they left no one behind. No one.

They taught us that we were a team of brothers. That we could survive only if we compensated for the differences among us, as they vigorously pressed us, Marine Corps style, to get with the program. They taught to make up for deficiencies. They taught us were all in it together.

This sounds to me similar to the basic message of the evolving nonviolent Occupy movement. We may be our country's last hope before an American version of neo-fascism takes over. Our openness to all makes us easy to infiltrate and to discredit. Corporate media — expert at distracting, entertaining, and propagandizing us — have skillfully emphasized the movement's negatives and discredited its basic common-sense validity. They have made our tough, critical questioning seem unpatriotic, unAmerican. 

This current system promoting corporate "personhood," legalized bribery, and devastating economic injustice clearly needs fixing. Political representatives, with some exceptions, represent the interests of the super-wealthy. Improvements to our admirable experiment in representative democracy will not come from the top down anyway. Never have. Never will. 

They will come from the people. People like you. We need you. Join us.

Jerome Garger, Yachats



Sometimes television cannot evade reality, as in the dull Dec. 10 telecast of a debate among Republican candidates for president. As all of the candidates lied on the same issues, it became apparent the GOP is based on subterfuge common to both major parties, misleading the voter.

The debaters (a very loose term) made it obvious they shared the same main focus — support of two groups that destroy our democratic system by buying our politicians. They go after support from the groups that give the most money to candidates for office, a form of bribery made legal by our system that allows gifts from private donors.

Who are they?

One is a foreign nation, Israel, which all the Republican candidates described as our "ally." Such a lie ignores the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 of our sailors. It also denies how Israel pushed us into war in the Middle East, where thousands of our troops have been killed, and which now urges us to join them in the insanity of an unjustified attack on Iran.

The other is corporate business that wants to rob us by being made free of "big government." Government may be big, but Republicans always have wanted to diminish that bigness with less regulation of corporate business, which long has been a self-serving major funder of politicians.

Does President Obama have shortcomings? Of course. But a thinking electorate would elect him by a wide margin over any candidate the Republicans choose to represent their selfish agenda.

George Beres, Eugene



I’m a happy member of a large and loving Oregon family; many of us live in Lane County, near Dexter. Our lifestyles and opinions run the full gamut, yet we most often seek to stand on common ground, the solid rock from which so much grows, this love of and from family that heals us and bonds us. There are several real threats to our community and we all are concerned about countywide problems, from the high rates of child abuse and alcoholism to the environmental crime now being perpetrated on Parvin Butte near Dexter. 

This mining of Parvin Butte with its dozens of trucks daily chewing up the roads, spewing diesel fumes between here and the coast, adds to the climate change threat. Climate change is now seriously affecting many worldwide, Russian and Chinese 2011 crop failures are causing even higher food prices and destabilizing starvation. What will a destabilized China look like? And will we be able to feed those Eugeneans most in need in 2012? Will most children have asthma in the future?

Locally, many can agree that the destruction of Parvin Butte via gravel mining by developers, McDougal Brothers and Greg Demers, harms our environment and increases global warming. They are making so much profit that they can easily afford the small daily fine while continuing to commit their environmental crimes countywide, flaunting Lane County laws, our laws. Are further legal actions necessary? Are their companies presenting a real threat to our community’s health? Are their offices occupied?

Charles F. Thielman, Eugene