November 28, 2012 11:00 PM
THE POTTY DILEMNA
We have 11 restrooms in downtown Eugene that the public can sometimes use: two below the Overpark (the only truly public restrooms), five at the library and one at the LTD station. The ones under the Overpark are not well maintained, have no stall doors, and are frequently locked at random times. People have speculated that these restrooms are closed because they need cleaning and no staff are available to maintain them.
November 21, 2012 11:00 PM
ANOTHER DEADLY WINTER
When the Occupy Eugene site was closed in December last year, we went peacefully under the impression that certain promises made by our City Council would be followed through. We went under the false understanding that those who had no place to call their own would be taken care of, that they would not face another winter, sickness and probable death, alone on the streets without at least the option for a warm place to sleep. We thought that despite everything, we had made some small but solid victories.
November 14, 2012 11:00 PM
RACIST CODE WORDS
The election brought good news, not only because the candidates whom I supported did well, but because the process speaks well of us. The biggest money didn’t always carry the day. And a campaign of racism, misogyny, gay-bashing and persecution of immigrants and the poor got its ass kicked.
November 7, 2012 11:00 PM
October 31, 2012 11:00 PM
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
On behalf of the Human Rights Commission and the city of Eugene, we extend our deep sympathy and concern for acts of hate and violence that have occurred in our community.
The Human Rights Commission and the city of Eugene stand in solidarity with those who are impacted, and will speak out against acts of hate and violence. We do not condone either the acts themselves or the acceptance that silence implies.
October 24, 2012 11:00 PM
WILL COUNCIL ACT?
The Eugene City Council is slowly, painfully, somewhat incoherently inching its way toward considering the proposal by Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE) to set up a self-governed village for homeless people, somewhat modeled after successful villages in other cities.
October 17, 2012 11:00 PM
REMEMBERING MISA SMITH 1929 — 2012
There are a few people who quietly influence and bring out the best in this city. These people never seek center stage or public attention; they simply live from day to day doing what they have to do with dignity and strength, contributing immensely to our local culture.
October 10, 2012 11:00 PM
“We conclude that the Fourth and 14th Amendments protect homeless persons from government seizure and summary destruction of their unabandoned, but momentarily unattended, personal property.” In early September, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Lavan v. City of Los Angeles that confiscating and destroying the personal property of the homeless constitutes unreasonable seizure. This ruling is legally binding upon the state of Oregon.
October 3, 2012 11:00 PM
Once again Betty Taylor is the clear choice for City Council to represent south Eugene. Betty has done an outstanding job of representing her progressive and environmentally conscious district. She listens to all perspectives and always makes careful, thoughtful decisions. She works hard to represent us and has a fantastic track record of service. You can always reach Betty by phone if you need to talk with her about city issues.
September 26, 2012 11:00 PM
WE NEED BETTY
The rarest things in politics are compassionate liberals who are tough and fearless. They are the ones the coal shippers and exploiters spend tons of money to defeat. You know where they stand and will not fizzle out when the going gets rough.
We have such a one on the Eugene City Council: Betty Taylor. I have been thrilled over the years of her service watching her work. I implore the voters of south Eugene: do not be sidetracked. Keep Betty Taylor on the council. We need her as never before.
Jim Weaver, Eugene
September 19, 2012 11:00 PM
CIRCLE OF LIFE
In response to Lucas Spiegel’s letter [9/13]: It is debatable whether humans can be nutritionally sound without meat, especially when you look at nutritional deficits across generations. Dr. Weston Price traveled the world in the 1920s seeking traditional cultures that thrived without any animal protein at all, and he found none. Not one.
September 12, 2012 11:00 PM
TOO LATE FOR TALK
The lowest Arctic sea ice volume ever recorded! Yet another confirmation of rapid human-caused global warming. But climatologists are not cheering; they’re not celebrating the vindication of their theories. The results they predicted are not happening in a petri dish or a computer model — they’re happening in irreversible real time in the real world, the only world. And they’re happening faster than predicted.
September 5, 2012 11:00 PM
CLICK YOUR HEELS
Like the Land of Oz, Eugene is a magical place. But, as we learned from L. Frank Baum’s story, magic can be complicated and sometimes dark. Industry sorcerers are presently employing black magic to conjure up coal trains that threaten our fair city. If they succeed, dark clouds of coal dust will envelop Eugene as trains carry their toxic loads from the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming through Eugene to the Port of Coos Bay for export to Asia.
August 29, 2012 11:00 PM
Several Occupy Eugene committees are collaborating on caretaking an empty downtown house which is involved in foreclosure. We have been at 1191 Lawrence for three weeks now, with the cooperation and support of the neighbors and the owner, who lives out of state.
August 22, 2012 11:00 PM
COUNCIL DELAYING ACTION
Jerry Ritter [Letters, 8/16] kindly asked me why housing for the homeless is a human right. The right derives from common decency, apparently a foreign concept to right-wingers.
August 15, 2012 11:00 PM
TARGETING THE HOMELESS
Jeff Zekas [Letters, 8/9] denounces the homeless and their sympathizers with the typical bitterness and cynicism of a disillusioned former believer in a cause he’s now committed to discrediting. Once, when he “was young and naive,” Zekas “felt sorry for these miscreants.” Now that he’s grown up and wise, he sees that the homeless are in fact “mentally deficient” perpetrators of “theft, assault, and murder.”
August 8, 2012 11:00 PM
EMX IS A WINNING PLAN
Kudos to Eugene City Councilor Betty Taylor for her recent decision to support the West Eugene EmX Extension [Slant, 7/26]. Taylor was initially skeptical, but after putting in the legwork to educate herself about the actual facts on the ground, she changed her mind.
August 1, 2012 11:00 PM
REPAIR MAKES SENSE
We moved to Eugene in November of 2007 because of its arts, culture and outdoors. We also liked the philosophy of “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
I read with interest Mark Gillem’s article [7/19] on 4J school consolidations. It seems that not only does it make sense to refurbish existing schools instead of demolishing (sending to the landfill) and starting all over, but it is actually $100 million cheaper. HELLO.
July 25, 2012 11:00 PM
STERILE VISION FOR 4J
I am deeply grateful for Mark Gillem’s recent analysis [cover story 7/19] of the flaws in the proposed 4J Facilities Master Plan. He did not say it, but I will: The emperor has no clothes. Bigger is not better. Newer is not better. More expensive is not better. At one time, the South Eugene region contained Dunn, Fox Hollow, Laurel Hill, Whiteaker, Parker and Condon Schools in addition to Harris, Edison and Edgewood. Within the memory of many residents is also the Glenwood neighborhood school.
July 18, 2012 11:00 PM
ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE
Imagine the lonesome howl of a wolf on a starry Eastern Oregon night. Does it curdle your blood or inspire you? Do you feel hate or love? Do you want to kill the wolf or protect it? These are the extremes and politics of our human-wolf relationship.
July 12, 2012 12:00 AM
The state of Oregon, local municipalities and Lane County allocated $2.8 million in taxpayer dollars on security for a track meet. Yet we have no long-term solution for accommodating the homeless or preventing teachers from being laid off. Why is it that public funding is available for sport events without question? Its a sad commentary on the misplaced priorities that fail to address the social needs of the most vulnerable citizens in our community.
Pat Reilly, Eugene
JOINING THE BOYCOTT
July 5, 2012 12:00 AM
DIESEL AND DUST
I live in the River Road area very close to the railyard. I love my home and neighborhood, the proximity to the river and bike path, the large lots and the fertile soil we are blessed with. Unfortunately there is a trade-off living where I live: the noise from the switching yard, chemical odors that come from the Baxter wood preserving plant, diesel fumes from the trains and Union Pacific’s herbicide spraying along the tracks.
June 28, 2012 12:00 AM
Each generation leaves an architectural layer atop the old. We can read the cultural narrative of peoples in foundations and sherds, in tillage and midden heaps.
Eugene, like every city, is swooping into the 21st, hopefully with the majestic grace of a, er, duck.
June 21, 2012 12:00 AM
Fukushima nuclear power plants pose a real and imminent danger to all of the northern hemisphere and urgently in Oregon and on the West Coast. Last week, we saw the first of a large piece of debris hit the shores of Oregon. The tsunami debris in the Pacific is the size of Texas.
The media blackout on this worldwide catastrophe is complete. Go to www.enenews.com or to YouTube to get the truth.
June 14, 2012 12:00 AM
SAVE THE HEADWATERS
A treasured resource for our city lies at the foot of West Amazon where the Amazon Headwaters Trail starts to climb towards Spencer Butte.
Strolling along the canyon beneath majestic trees we hear the sounds of forest denizens and Amazon Creek. There is no place in town that is as accessible and yet seems so remote from the cityscape.