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Letters to the Editor

June 27, 2012 11:00 PM

URBAN AGRICULTURE

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 20, 2012 11:00 PM

NUCLEAR BLACKOUT

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 13, 2012 11:00 PM

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.

June 6, 2012 11:00 PM

A LOT OF TURNIPS

A column written by Paul Conte in the May 24 EW expressed concern about the Eugene City Council and professional staff in the way they worked with the proposed Capstone student housing project.

May 30, 2012 11:00 PM

CLEARCUTS STILL HAPPEN

I’ve met quite a few people in Eugene who don’t realize that logging companies in Oregon still clear-cut on public land … well, they do. Last year, Governor Kitzhaber and the State Land Board approved a management plan that nearly doubles the annual clear cut of the Elliott State Forest. This year we stand to lose another 850 acres of one of our last intact coastal rainforests. 

May 23, 2012 11:00 PM

UNDERMINING CAHOOTS

I’m not sure how many people realize what a complete and total disaster it will be for the people of Eugene and neighboring communities if Willamette Family Treatment Inc.’s Buckley Center “sobering station” shuts down; obviously, not enough people, or the service probably wouldn’t be threatened with losing its funding to begin with (see Slant last week).

May 16, 2012 11:00 PM

NOT A PERFECT MATCH

The Capstone project will be good for Eugene, even though it is not a perfect match. The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) — the project will be built in the downtown neighborhood  — has listened to literally hundreds of people. We believe that we understand the issues. As we would hope, the Capstone people have also listened carefully.

May 9, 2012 11:00 PM

CONFIDENCE IN PETE

May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

WORDS FROM WEAVER 

Pete Sorenson was my top aide when I was first elected to Congress and helped me put through the French Pete Wilderness Act over strong objection from the timber industry. I can say without qualification I know no more dedicated and honest a public servant.

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

SOLID LEADERSHIP

As an involved citizen over the last 10 years and more, I’ve had the honor of working with many of our local elected officials.

A few hard-working electeds — Betty Taylor, Pete Sorenson, Kitty Piercy and Rob Handy —  have provided a cornerstone of almost everything we’ve succeeded in for the public interest of Eugene and Lane County.

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

LANE PEACE SYMPOSIUM

April 11, 2012 10:00 PM

WOW HALL RESPONDS

On April 5 EW published an unflattering letter (“WOW Hall Problems”) and the present staff and board of the Community Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) would like to reply.

April 4, 2012 11:00 PM

WOW HALL PROBLEMS

Eugene has a rich and lively arts community. Theaters, galleries, clubs, venues and artists of all stripes, and all of them contribute to our colorful environment. Part of this scene is the Community Center for the Performing Arts in the historic WOW Hall. The CCPA is a tax-exempt nonprofit run by a volunteer board of directors elected by WOW Hall members and the building is long since paid off. It belongs to you! It has a secure base and lots of potential.

March 28, 2012 11:00 PM

NOT THE ANSWER

March 21, 2012 11:00 PM

TRUST THE TRUST?

March 14, 2012 11:00 PM

PUT BACK THE BENCHES

I walk West Broadway several times a week. It should be a hub of commerce and activity. Instead it is in a sad state. 

March 7, 2012 11:00 PM

PROGRESSIVE TRADITION

For decades, Pete Sorenson has been a courageous and highly principled servant of South Eugeneans. Since the timber-industry’s underwritten and orchestrated lawsuit of 2010, he has been the target of a sustained politics of personal destruction. This has been cold, angry and ugly — dripping with sarcasm and half-truths. Citizens should reject it.

February 29, 2012 11:00 PM

THOSE DIRTY BIRDS

How can the city of Eugene waste its time debating a downtown exclusion zone for people while turkeys are running amok? Yes, at the corner of Broadway and Willamette, less than three blocks from City Hall, turkeys took over the sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to go out of their way to avoid them.

February 22, 2012 11:00 PM

WE DESERVE BETTER

Since when does a ambiguous county law supersede the First Amendment? The hearings officer at the county has made his decision on the mining of Parvin Butte. I think that everyone in the Dexter/Lost Valley area is shocked!

February 15, 2012 11:00 PM

NOT WORTH DISCUSSING?

I watched the Feb. 8 proceedings of the Lane County Commissioners, stunned, as three of our elected officials (Jay Bozievich, Sid Leiken, and Faye Stewart) thwarted the efforts of Commissioner Rob Handy to have the board even consider possible salary reductions for county employees earning more than $90,000 a year. 

Aren’t these dire economic times for the county? Why should any area of the budget be immune from discussion?

Robert Young, Eugene

 

VACANT PROMISE

February 8, 2012 11:00 PM

SUPPORT FOR NURSES

I’m one of the five Lane County commissioners. The county and the nurses who work at the county have been trying to negotiate a labor agreement for some time. According to media reports, these negotiations have centered around both wages and benefits, and it’s clear that reducing benefit levels to the nurses will affect their total compensation. I do not support reducing the total compensation levels of Lane County nurses

February 1, 2012 11:00 PM

COAL TRAIN FREE

Thanks for your cover story (1/19) on the coal trains coming soon to dozens of Northwest communities. I wanted to alert you that there’s more that residents can do than to merely plead with their local politicians to pass nonbinding resolutions. They can instead follow the lead of the group Coal-Free-Bellingham.org, which just launched a local ballot initiative campaign.

January 25, 2012 11:00 PM

IMPLIED VIOLENCE

It was with inspired heart that I took my kids to the Oct. 16 Occupy Eugene March. Looking at the exuberance and peace embodied by the people surrounding us, I thought that this movement might be one I could support and work for. And I did to the best of my ability. Until recently.

January 18, 2012 11:00 PM

THE TIME HAS COME

The Bijou’s presentation of Revenge of the Electric Car is a welcome sequel to Who Killed the Electric Car? a decade ago. The opposition has become an advocate. Ten years ago there was only one struggling EV maker in Eugene, today there are several Oregon-based companies involved in EVs and a network of charging infrastructure is growing. Yet most of us drive locally by ourselves on a daily basis.