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Actually Mr. Farr is one of two Eugene city councilors who performs as political bull shifter as they attempt to shift the public's attention away from the timing and connection of PeaceHealth's CEO Alan Yordy to land trader John Musumeci. Contrary to the bull shifter's claims, many of the Yordy/Musumeci business transactions took place many months before Eugene's City Council ever spoke on the subject of relocating the hospital.
In December 2000 PeaceHealth made the decision not to expand the Hilyard Street hospital. Within a period of 12 months the Yordy/ Musumeci RiverBend land deals was wrapped in gold and delivered to Musumeci as his $15.6 million dollar reward for pulling the wool over the eyes of politicians like Pat Farr and some members of the general public.
In addition there are a number of local and state politicians who have chosen to ignore the far-reaching community damage that extends to the McKenzie-Willamette Hospital and ultimately the taxpayers of Springfield and Eugene.
As a brilliant land trader, Musumeci is no doubt entitled to tap PeceHealth's $357 million investment fund for as much as PeaceHealth is willing to pay. However, PeaceHealth may have forgotten the origin of their profit making investment fund came from general public medical payments, contributions, and extensive government funding,
As Bellevue Washington's gargantuan medical system gains total control of the Eugene-Springfield medical community, the cost of medical care will continue to rise far above the average cost of living. State-of-the-art health care may be a wave of the future many people will never be able to afford.
Glass "art" is something that I myself own, but bongs are not "art." They remain paraphernalia no matter how you shape it. A gun is a gun is a gun, not metal "art."
And what is the new interpretation? Marijuana, no matter how freely you think you should be able to smoke it, is still illegal and for a good reason. Marijuana is a problem among children under 18 (which account for 19 percent of "consumption"), and is a problem for anybody in this country because, oh yeah, it's still illegal.
And just because they have a sign in the window does not negate them of their responsibility. They are a business putting out a product that has the potential to hurt people, thus they have a responsibility to their consumers. Why do you think McDonald's stopped giving toys with small parts to infants? They realized there was a problem. Even gun manufacturers are responsible for their products.
And most people can smoke pot out of a can or a paper, but it is still the main way to smoke it out of a bong (which is made of glass).
As for the profiling, the majority of stores targeted were found to have had their merchandise in the hands of children.
This dismissive attitude came at about the time Oregon's charter school law passed. And — after groups developed charter proposals that documented, among other things, the great demand for new educational approaches — the district did not show commitment to choice. They complained about being forced to grant the charters and proceeded to make life hard for these new schools — including charging them double the rent that they charge to other non-profits.
Other Oregon districts saw crisis as opportunity and funded innovative new programs by starting their own charter schools. But the Eugene School Board could not seem to think outside the box. You'd think that a district where more than half of the parents in some neighborhoods (up to 71 percent) send their children to alternative schools would be open to working with people who donate vast amounts of time and talent to bringing greater school choice to our community. Let's start seeing some evidence of a school board that is truly "committed to choice."
Toward the end of the rally, a much smaller "splinter group" went marching off on its own with the intention of blocking traffic elsewhere and taunting the police. In my opinion, that "splinter group" did nothing to further the cause of peace and justice and very possibly did the cause a disservice by turning off the moderate, undecided people that saw it broadcast on Cascadia Alive.
The peace, justice and environmental movements are going to change the world when the large masses of "average folks" get off their sofas and come and join us. Average folks are not going to join us because they're impressed by anger, property damage or insults to the police. Average folks are going to join us when they're impressed by the intelligence, dignity, creativity and spirit of community with which we carry out our activism.
Meanwhile, our diplomats are scurrying around the globe spending billions buying friends; CIA is flashing cash inside Iraq enticing Sadam's generals to switch sides; and the war budget seems unlimited. What has happened to America?
Should I adjust my scorecard accordingly? I prefer to think most of my fellow Eugeneans carefully consider their use of accusational descriptors so as not to dilute their powerful meaning.
Tracy, is Sally Sheklow's column too much for you? Go to the grocery store. There you will find hundreds of magazines with heterosexuality as the focus. Of course you're sick of reading about her sexual orientation. I'm just as sick of reading, watching and hearing about heterosexuality. Every time I step outside my door I'm bombarded with heterosexuality. Tracy, try stepping outside your box and realize that the world doesn't rotate on a heterosexual axis.
OF TWO CITIES
I just returned from a few days in Arizona. No Volkswagen buses in Phoenix. Big new SUVs with American flags prevail. And everyone I talked to down there was in favor of going to war. Many said it made sense economically.
"My company had been in a slowdown since the last Gulf War," confided one Arizonian qued up in a line with me. "Of course after 9/11 things started to pick up. Now Phoenix is in line to get a lot of national security and defense contracts. "
I told people in Phoenix, in as nice a way as I could,
that I was from Eugene and that most Eugeneans were against the war.
Just as nicely, they said they wanted war. Of course many were not
as outspoken about war being good for their pocketbook as the man
who worked for a defense contractor. Shop owners and restaurant workers
alike hadn't thought much about specific war issues, but they did
know that Phoenix was in line for war booty (they didn't call it
I was glad to return to Eugene, glad that our citizens, if not our politicians, aren't bought up by munitions and oil company payola. I was relieved by every handmade "no blood for oil" lawn sign on Friendly Street. Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Houston may well get their war profit, but we should let the "high rollers" contribute their sons and daughters for the cannon fodder. And when some Iraq-like country actually gets powerful and vengeful enough to drop bombs on our cities and burn our babies in retaliation, let Eugene be well down the list.
Michael T. Hinojosa
Words like cruelty, murder, suffering and revenge play across the mind, each bringing images of the results of the impending war. Why can't leaders see, why can't leaders think, why don't leaders prevent such bloodshed? Words like greed, power, conceit and heartlessness are brought to mind each bringing images of our selected president.
Changing directions calls for contemplation, changing directions calls for persuasion, and changing directions calls for action. Now words like hope, peace, brotherhood and solidarity are raised across the land, each bringing images of a true patriotic spirit.
Slowly the sleeping giant of the real American ethos stirs. Can we awaken it in time to leash the dogs of war?
Not so. Poor costumes; second-rate dancers; overly simplistic dance routines; strange lighting (often blinding the audience with lights shining directly upon us for some indeterminate effect); ghastly, unnecessary lip-sync numbers; synthesized music; and the complete lack of any sets made many of us feel like we'd been had. On the way home, we stopped for ice cream at Prince Puckler's and got the rush we were after for a mere $1.95.
Ann L. Yee
Of course, there are many nonracist Christians, but there are so many racist "Christians" and racist "Christian" institutions that it taints the respectability of the whole sea of Christianity. If we cannot get rid of overt racism and other ethnic "superiority" viewpoints at a small Oregon school like NCC, it means we are doomed to perpetuate racism and other bigotry long into the future which is a sad comment on the future viability of the American Dream.
Fixing the rogue school NCC and renaming Centennial Martin Luther King would be two nice baby steps in the fight against Eugene's racism. Two small steps for a community but no giant leap for our species. With Bush humping for war the giant leap cannot be seen in any microscope or telescope. Our old world leadership based on bigotry, greed, deception and violent pre-emptive killing has made our eyes go blind.
On the other hand, the advertising is plenty large and easy to look at, and those new cartoon pictures in the classifieds really make up for the tiny comic pages! I like the way the woman in the employment section is standing below the man. It accurately reflects how women are still beneath men in pay and job opportunities. Yep, those guys at the R-G really did their research well. Less focus on news, zero in on the advertising, more money for the big boys at the R-G!
As for me, I'm glad I don't subscribe to it, and I'm not going to waste my coinage on it anymore.
The U.N. can do its part by passing a resolution offering to lift the economic sanctions on Iraq if it successfully completes the inspection process and agrees to allow permanent monitors to guard against a future resumption of illegal weapons programs.
Mr. Bush can pledge 10 percent of the hundreds of billions we will save to humanitarian assistance in the region, 20 percent to alleviate the dire fiscal situations of the states and the remainder to providing health coverage for those lacking it.
Everybody wins. Bush gets credit for being a statesman, 30 percent of our soldiers don't have to come home with disabilities and Iraqis don't have to suffer massive increases in cancers and birth defects from exposure to uranium oxide dust from depleted uranium ordnance like the last Gulf war, the states are happy, and people are healthier. Everyone can breathe again.
Remember, peace is possible.
No, Mr. Ellis, the "blood" will be upon the Legislature's hands, where it always was — during the special sessions before Measure 28 and in the current session. Focus your anger — and your activism — on the Kruses and the Corcorans who still don't "get it," despite the loud and clear message from the majority of us. Add your voice to the effort to require accountability and responsibility from Salem. Try and make representative democracy work, OK? For the long term well-being of those kids you are so rightly concerned about, somebody has to.
Instead of dirty politics behind closed doors and backroom deals with large corporate contributors, he has exposed the military industrial complex in a way that has allowed the world to see, in vivid detail, what profiteering from war is all about.
If the current "Axis of Evil" bad guy Saddam Hussein had only had a visible tie to al-Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, we would never have been exposed to the hypocrisy going on with our government. We would have all gone along with the charade of killing innocent people, like in Afghanistan, because they were part of the 9/11 gang.
But by using the tactic of a pre-emptive strike George W. was able to show the world that in order to bring peace he is willing to kill more innocent people because "Saddam tried to kill my daddy." Some might think he didnt get his fill of killing people he doesnt know while he was governor of Texas.
What if we are judging him wrongly? If we look at what he has done to bring the people of the world together in a common cause for peace it is hard to find anybody his equal. He has done more in a year to get people to talk about world peace than all the world leaders put together since Biblical times.
Now is the time to step forward George, with your real agenda: to be the peace that you wish to see. I cant wait until you step upon the world platform and announce, "Now that I have your attention "
With the Blinders
"We should name a street after a woman." Agreed. How about 20 or 30 of them? There are many award-winning teachers, activists, authors, singers, scientists and other over-achievers of color among whom we could choose.
"Everyone has a Martin Luther King Boulevard." Everyone? To my knowledge, there are none in Lane County. How many in Oregon? Very few. As Oregon's second or third largest city, what are we waiting for?
The prize-winning excuse is the claim that Martin Luther King Boulevards are always "centers of drugs and prostitution" (R-G letters 2/21). Well, we should certainly emulate that!
Drugs and prostitution choose poor neighborhoods. African-American home buyers and renters are often shut out of middle class neighborhoods, so middle class African Americans live among the poor. We don't want to name a street through a white neighborhood after an African American, so we name the main street through the poor neighborhoods after Martin Luther King, and we think we've completed our duty to "minorities." That is the reason for the jokes on TV. Evidently white people just don't get it.
The only way to be "non-racist" is to oppose racism. To oppose racism, you must see racism. In order to see, take off your blinders.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ms. Tattersall tells us this letter was rejected by the R-G.
Given that this "logical and yet heartfelt" position does not seem to be forthcoming from within NPR, I wonder if you could expand your coverage of the Iraq crisis to regularly include live feeds from the radio broadcasts of nations such as Russia, France and Germany. Even substituting your biased coverage for that of the BBC would be a wonderful change for the better from your ridiculously simplistic reportage on this matter.
In conclusion, I ask again that you please cease your war-mongering, sycophantic reporting and "analysis" of the Pentagon's push for war, and allow the voice of the majority of our nation's population to be heard. You can best do this by shutting down your own microphones, and giving the American people what they deserve logical, yet heartfelt analysis of U.S. imperialism in the region, as expressed by so many people in other nations of the world.
But worst of all, he has exploited the Sept. 11 tragedy to advance his right wing agenda and to rob Americans of their freedoms. The USA PATRIOT Act was bad enough, but now he wants to create a massive database containing personal information on all Americans, down to the foods we buy and the videos we rent; and is planning to introduce an even more frightening measure, the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, later this year.
We saw a harbinger of things to come here in Eugene last week: several legitimate local businesses were shut down by the feds, throwing hundreds of local people out of work.
We don't need to wait until 2004 to kick this unelected psycho out of office. Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark is spearheading a movement to impeach not only President Bush, but his entire administration. Articles of impeachment have been drawn up and are available at www.votetoimpeach.org. If you believe as I do that America cannot survive another two years under the Bush yoke, I urge you to contact Rep. DeFazio and ask him to support this effort.
Jim A. Johnson
Many peace activists have used Martin Luther King Jr.s and Gandhis philosophies and actions to justify their assertions that no one who is against war should in any way break the law. (In Eugene, this has included trying to keep other people from stepping off the sidewalk while protesting). However, both these men (among countless other people) recognized that the role of a civil disobedient is to provoke and to essentially be ungovernable. This included putting themselves in situations where they knew they would be beaten by the police or other henchmen, or where they could be arrested for their actions. These men (again, among countless others) spent considerable time in jail for provoking and being ungovernable in the pursuit of justice. They understood the importance of provoking a response in order to be effective. Protesters who fail to draw attention to their protest are doing little to actually further their cause; in addition, those who use the names of MLK and Gandhi in advocating full compliance with the law are misrepresenting what these men espoused.
Which brings me back to the sidewalk/street issue. Do we want to stop this war enough to step into the streets, stop a little traffic and business as usual, provoke and be ungovernable?
Not breaking any laws, even ones as minor as stepping into the streets, to stop the murder of who knows how many innocent people is less about pacifism than it is about not wanting to risk anything personally. In addition, strict adherence to all laws, regardless of their validity, is equal to implicitly acknowledging the right of those who want to wage this war to also set the rules for how we can express our opposition. If we accept that, we will have no effect on the outcome of their venture.
Incidentally, I have seen and participated in protests in many countries. The U.S. is the only place I have ever seen people reluctant to take to the streets be it planned or spontaneous. Taking over the streets is usually the first course of action when people want their voices to be heard.
When thousands of innocent people face imminent death, this issue of staying on the sidewalk becomes not only trivial but ludicrous.
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