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Letters to the Editor

October 12, 2017

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

I enjoyed David Turner’s Along the Long Tom River: Observations from the Past and Present, and Blake Andrews’ interview with David Turner (“Stories from the Long Tom," Oct. 5).

October 5, 2017

YOU CAN CUT IT WITH A STICK

Thursday’s Eugene Weekly (Sept. 21) brought a much-needed update on Scobert Park.

We learned that a lot of bad shit goes down there, it’s been going on for a long time, nobody’s had any idea what to do about it in the past and there are no good ideas now — but it doesn’t matter, because the city can’t afford to do anything anyway.

September 28, 2017

PESTICIDE REFORM

It’s fine for writers like Mark Robinowitz to express their opinions, but opinions should never be presented as facts.

In his “Ban Aerial Spray” letter to the editor (Sept. 14), Mark claims that Beyond Toxics doesn’t endorse a ban on aerial spray, which is not true. I wrote a blog earlier in September announcing the Beyond Toxics board of directors formally voted to endorse the Lane County ballot initiative to ban aerial spray introduced by the Freedom From Aerial Herbicides Alliance.

September 21, 2017

SCORCHED EARTH

Rebuild? Do we understand this is a new world and we have to change where we can live? Do we understand that this is only a beginning of hurricanes and floods and fires, and rebuilding is a huge waste?

We are too late.  

Ruth Duemler, Eugene


FAKE VICTIM

In response to the political truth jackass claiming to be targeted by Antifa (Letters, Sept. 14), let’s make a couple things clear:

September 14, 2017

DICKLESS DOLLS

Kari Johnson (“Rejecting Barbie,” Letters, Aug. 24) gives us a very old feminist lecture I’ve heard years ago, taking on what seems to be some of her old toy Ken and Barbie dolls.

See if I remember this right: It’s moms who give their daughters Barbie dolls and it’s the desire of those dolls’ owners that they choose and get Ken dolls. Moms like that because, as everyone knows, the Ken dolls have no dicks.

Factory emasculated males.

September 7, 2017

SOUR GRAPES

Kendra Lady, in her Aug. 31 letter, made a very heartfelt and passionate point about the University of Oregon and its fans' “cult like” adoration of its Ducks sports program. It seems that the main point of her letter was not with the UO but with Eugene and our racist and bigoted past.

August 31, 2017

HOUSING HYPOCRISY

In “Say Adieu to fees for ADUs” (EW, Aug. 17), Terri Harding continues Eugene planner’s “alternative facts” campaign against single-family homeowners. Harding claims the Eugene City Council “passed some amendments to our zoning code in 2013” that accidentally made secondary dwelling units (SDUs) more difficult to build.

Actually, the City Council approved Ordinance 20526 in 2014 to provide protections for single-family neighborhoods around the University of Oregon. As Harding well knows, the amendments were no “accident.”

August 24, 2017

THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL

Camilla Mortensen’s article “Endangered Wolves, Invasive Wolves?” [Aug. 10] brought to mind an invasive species that is rapacious in every environment it encounters and whose unchecked population growth will be the death of us all. The cattlepersons claim that cattle are not invasive because they are managed. Even using that self-serving definition, this species is an extreme danger to us all.

August 17, 2017

MATTHEW KNIGHT MONSTROSITY

What is the cost of Matthew Knight Arena (MKA) to the taxpayers of Eugene and Oregon state? 

The MKA is financed by a series of bond measures provided by the city of Eugene and a “Legacy Fund” (Phil Knight’s money). Although Knight pledged $100 million for MKA operating costs, I found zero references to profit. I found nary a reference to the lack of funds that MKA has brought to Eugene in the past seven years.

August 10, 2017

WE NEED REAL COOLING CENTERS

The recent spate of hot weather is more than something to complain about. For the very young, the very old, the medically fragile, and the poor and unhoused, heat in the 90s and 100s can cause a medical emergency.

The radio stations and the local daily have put out lists of “cooling centers,” but as a friend points out, a serious cooling center must stay open later than 4 or 6 pm, the hottest part of the day. Some churches are open to 8 pm, as are some libraries on certain days, but these are exceptions.

August 3, 2017

THE FACE OF THE FAIR

I wasn’t able to go the Oregon Country Fair this year, so on Saturday afternoon while making lunch I turned to KLCC to hear what was on the Mainstage. A guy was singing about leaving his girl behind. Hmmm.

July 27, 2017

HEALTHY POLITICS

Sen. Ron Wyden sets a great example of transparency and listening to the public with his town halls and the recent interview with the Eugene Weekly (July 13). His work against the Senate health care bill, along with the raised voices of citizens across the country, paid off: the bill was dropped.

In addition, the attempt to just repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) hit a dead end as well. Now it is time for both parties to work together for a bill that provides affordable care for all Americans.

July 20, 2017

'BA-ROCK' SPIRIT AT BACH FEST

Applause for Will Kennedy’s “Bach for the 21st Century” (July 13). I especially appreciated Kennedy’s “outsider” probes about the festival’s relevance, audience and programming.

July 13, 2017

ORPHANED ANIMALS

Excuse me, but I was just wondering …

Would it be at all possible to some way check the empty University of Oregon student housing apartments, dwellings, etc., for any “pets” abandoned this graduation season?

Please let “us” not let it happen again.

S. Parnelle, Fall Creek

 

MERKLEY IN 2020

July 6, 2017

HAIL QUEEN HILLARY

I enjoyed Rick Levin’s perceptive article about Ashland’s culture [“Taming of the Shrewd,” June 29], except for his line comparing Hillary Clinton to Lady Macbeth. Clinton is not a murderer, nor a woman who can only go mad when defeated. I would compare Hillary Clinton to Queen Catherine, first wife of Henry VIII.   

June 29, 2017

BIG TIMBER ENTITLEMENT

Kelly Kenoyer’s article “Rx: Fire” (June 22) hopefully generated some interest in prescribed burning in people other than foresters and ecologists.

The general public can learn more by reading Indians, Fire and The Land In The Pacific Northwest, edited by Robert Boyd. It is a collection of scholarly articles detailing how Native Americans used fire to manage resources for their hunter/gatherer lifestyle for thousands of years before the white man came to the area.

June 22, 2017

MEATY COMMENTARY

It is clear that EW enjoys trolling “sensitive types” — it gets people talking about the newspaper. But I thought opening your article about a food truck with, “Butchering — cutting down an animal for food — is an art, a calling, a passion,” is creepy and demands comment.

June 15, 2017

NO HUNGRY KIDS

What does it mean when 53 percent of children and youth in Lane County are eligible for free lunch programs (“Summer Safety Net,” June 8)? With one in five children in America living in homes in poverty, this is not just a local problem but a national one.

And the current response from budget proposals by the President and the Speaker of the House is to drastically cut the SNAP (formerly food stamp) program.

June 8, 2017

BEATING WALDEN

Because of the “genetic Republicans who could not conceive of not voting for a Republican” in Greg Walden’s congressional district (“The Far Side,” May 25), any Democrat who runs against him will be at a disadvantage.

June 1, 2017

RAPE CULTURE

It isn’t a surprise that the two men accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the Hi-fi Music Hall were not prosecuted, as only 11 out of 1,000 perpetrators are brought to trial on those charges, according to RAINN.

May 25, 2017

FOR THE BIRDS

While the theme for EW’s latest Outdoors Issue was welcome (May 18), I’m disappointed that, alone of the pursuits covered, birding was treated as a joke rather than the positive pastime so many find it to be.

May 18, 2017

OCF STORY POLE DECISION

Congratulations to the Oregon Country Fair board for a wise and prudent decision (May 4, “OCF Cancels Story Pole”).

There is a place where style and tradition intersect. But tradition leaves style at the crossroads and goes a longer, proven journey through generations. It takes cultural memory … where are your ancestors buried ?

Although our minds are colonized by the omnipresent corporate dominion, we have to diminish our own colonial attitudes and not squander privilege on ourselves. 

May 11, 2017

BRINGING MARGINS TO CENTER

I want to thank the writers at EW for regular coverage of the activism and stories of people of color, local and abroad. I was touched by the “Unsung Hero” issue that covered Johanis Tadeo’s important work reconnecting Chicano youth with their heritage, particularly the vulnerability he showed when describing the effects of racism on his life and his dedication.

May 4, 2017

PEACE AND UNITY

Because I moved out of the Eugene area five years ago, I don’t read the Eugene Weekly as much as I used to, but your recent cover “In Good Faith” caught my attention, and I was so grateful to have seen it and read it.