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Jan 25th, 2008 - 11:39:06 

Letters to the Editor




Dear Reader,

Are you an inveterate writer of letters to the editor or a shy person wondering who cares what you think? Either way, West By Northwest.org welcomes your letters and invites you to share your thoughts, concerns and ideas with a worldwide and growing readership. Our guidelines are simple. 1000 words or less, thoughtful, well-written and respectful. Just click and write back online. Hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,

M.G. Hudson

Editor



Letters to the Editor

Call to Community: Support Portland State Faculty Now
Brooke Jacobson
"Using the strength of the Internet, we have posted our petition online at Petition Them.com. It is a great site to gather critical support quickly. Please sign this petition to show support for our union's struggle to get a living wage for Portland State University's adjunct faculty. We need to collect 500 signatures by Monday (January 28th) to tell PSU its part-time faculty deserve a Livable Wage." Please see article and petition for more information. -a feature at WxNW.org
Jan 25, 2008


Letters to the Editor

Cut Off War Funding, Banjo Lane and American Freedoms in a Era of Legal Torture
Brooke Stone, Charles Little Mead, Michael Kemp
Brooke Stone's open letter to Senator Smith regarding the war looks like it is having an effect:"We should be using our tax money to solve our own internal problems. We should have national health insurance; we should be building low-income housing; we should be fully funding our public schools; we should be funding a comprehensive program to switch over to renewable energy sources, so that we do not need Iraqi and Iranian oil!" And a word or two from Banjo Lane fans (don't despair–that evil Mircosoft code finally translated so we will soon post the next installment), and a word from Michael Kemp's blog, remembering the freedoms for which we stand. –a feature at WxNW.org
Mar 5, 2007


Letters to the Editor

Internet Neutrality, Banjo Lane, Of Religion and Society, and Greetings from Romania
Carol McBrian, C.R. Rushing, Caleb Brennan, and Eduard Diaconu
Readers respond "from the West down to the East." And politics do make interesting bedfellows: "If you live in Oregon, please thank Senator Wyden for his strong stand in support of Net Neutrality. If you don't live in Oregon, please urge your Senators to stand with Senator Wyden for Net Neutrality. No matter where you live, please tell all your friends about this issue." And more. –a feature at WxNW.org
Jul 3, 2006


Letters to the Editor

"Family Values" or "It Must Be OK to Use Elected Office for Personal Gain, Isn't It?"
Norm Maxwell
People are living and dying around the world to make government fair and transparent. But hey, get real, it's Lane County, U.S.A., Using official Status for A'gain: "Although many of his constituents undoubtedly see no problem with voting for relatives' interests from elected office, it will never quite stand close scrutiny in the bright light of day for many of us. Let us remind Commissioner Stewart of this decision should he ever decide to run again for re-election." – a feature at WxNW.org
Jun 10, 2006


Letters to the Editor

The Fight for Internet Neutrality on the Wire, and Measure 11 Up Close
Carol McBrian and Sharon
A not too subtle corporate bid to take over the Internet is under way. Only our grassroots response will make the difference. Two bills on "Internet Neutrality" are coming up in House and Senate: "Things are happening so rapidly around the issue of Internet Neutrality that it's hard to keep up with them. On Thursday, May 25, the House Judiciary Committee will be looking at the Internet Freedom and Non-discrimination Act of 2006 (HR5417), which was introduced by Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr (R-Wis)... This bill seeks to preserve Internet Neutrality by tying it in with the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914. Please ask your Representatives today to support this bill, especially if they sit on the Committee..." And a letter about the real effects of state mandatory sentencing: "The DA could and should have tried him as a juvenile. Measure 11 gives the District Attorneys all the power. Thanks, Mr. Maxwell for writing about this injustice." a feature at WxNW.org
May 24, 2006


Letters to the Editor

New Lane County Fire Code? Good Intentions Gone Bad
Dick Lamster
Moonscapes as fire prevention? The first of several hearings is tonight at Harris Hall, Eugene: "This is not based on good botany, wildlife management, 'fire management science,' logic, common sense, practicality, the big picture or anything else I can think of. If a parcel of property complied with this new code, then other things... that would come into play are increased erosion, quicker rain run off which leads to flooding, decreased property values, esthetics, nutrient regeneration, no shade in the summer on your house to reduce electricity costs for air conditioning, huge destruction of wildlife habitat, lost of business... Does this sound like blackmail? It is like an EMT responding to the scene of an accident and deciding not to treat you because you are a smoker, or overweight, or old or somehow do not fit the 'code.' " –a feature at WxNW.org
Feb 7, 2006


Letters to the Editor

Why We Support City of Eugene Ballot Measure 20-106
Andrea Ortiz and Bonny Bettman
"The Eugene City Charter needs to be amended to give Council permission to hire the External Police Auditor and to appoint members of the Civilian Review Board. This ensures that the Police Auditor is answerable to a different branch of government than the one being audited. This separation is essential to preserve our traditional democratic systems of 'checks and balances.' " – a feature at WxNW.org
Sep 30, 2005


Letters to the Editor

No Supervision at the Polluting IWL Gun Range
Mike Speiser
"I have great respect for property rights, and I recognize that the IWL range has been in its current location far longer than I have owned my property. I moved to the nuisance, and there's a level of hypocrisy in advocating for the nuisance to be moved after the fact. However, when the club was originally created and permitted (through Lane County's Conditional Use Permit process), there was virtually no understanding of the severe consequences of lead contamination of soil and watershed, lower-powered weapons of the time did not risk injury at the distance of today's weapons, and the level of noise pollution from firearms typical of the time was significantly less." – a feature at WxNW.org
Jun 9, 2005


Letters to the Editor

Open Letter from the Railroad Pollution Coalition
Handy, Riley, Seese-Green, Swisher, Waldorf
Hear that whistle blow! This evening the Eugene City Council is considering an Enterprise Zone. Neighborhood leaders respond: "Our coalition's goals are to promote the strongest cleanup of the pollution at the railyard, and to promote re-development of any abandoned parts of the railyard that takes into account broader public interests - not just job creation, but livability of our neighborhoods, relative needs/desirability for commercial, retail, residential, parks, historic preservation, etc.... To us, a decision to support the Enterprise Zone is tantamount to a decision to subsidize piecemeal industrial development of the railyard - development that might well happen on its own anyway - and "job creation" in the manufacturing sector at the expense of too many other community values. Industrial redevelopment will also require only the lowest level of cleanup."
Mar 7, 2005


Letters to the Editor

Own Stocks in Cement? One Land Use Activist's View
Norm Maxwell
"The authorities in the LMD assured me that all the land use gambits they were trying to smoke past me in my 'hood were completely legal and if I didn't believe it, just ask them. While there are a few honest cops in the LMD, there are others who act as agents for developers and their consultants...  As the LMD's budget is fee based, I guess this isn't surprising.  One hand washes the other. The more money you are prepared to spend, the more preferential the treatment you can expect when you plan a multi-million dollar development that will hopefully crack Eugene's Urban Growth Boundary."
Jan 20, 2005


Letters to the Editor

Why I Support the Conyers Hearings and Desperately Seeking Senators
Joan McIntyre and Tim Carpenter
"So, now we are asking if Congress should contest the Ohio electors. Rep. John Conyers, who is leading the Congressional investigations in Ohio, needs your help now. He is asking for one million emails from the American public demanding that the House Judiciary Committee hold full hearings on the 2004 Election. Full hearings are essential, because that will give the Committee subpoena powers — until now, Blackwell and others have been able to simply ignore Rep. Conyers' demands for information — because the GOP Committee Chairman has refused to convene a full hearing. YOU can change that. Send your message now!  Tell a friend to write an email, too."
Dec 21, 2004


Letters to the Editor

December Letter: Deadline Extended for Wolf Management Plan
Amaroq Weiss for Defenders of Wildlife
The wolves are returning to Oregon. There have been sightings all over the state. How we can co-exist, or not, depends upon what we do in the near future. "Unfortunately, some extreme livestock and hunting interests are now attempting an end-run around the citizen Committee planning process in order to over-turn the Plan and weaken wolf protections. Defenders needs your help in writing personalized letters to the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission."
Nov 30, 2004


Letters to the Editor

October Letters: On the Upcoming Elections
Starhawk, Carol McBrian, and H.H. Hudson
'"I don’t see how we can claim to speak to the communities who are most impacted... if we disdain this simplest, most basic of political acts.  How do we speak to the parents of kids whose schools are lacking books and desks and supplies if we can’t get out to vote for school bonds? In California, we have a chance to vote for Proposition 66, which would end the worst abuses of our vicious three-strike law that now condemns mostly black and brown offenders to life sentences for stealing a few bucks worth of groceries.  If you can’t be bothered to vote for that, don’t claim to be an ally..." And what about Nader?
Oct 23, 2004


Letters to the Editor

September Letters: Presidential Policies and Election
Jane Goldhamer, and Studs Terkel, et. al.
"...Another danger we must be braced for is 'malfunctioning' voting machines with no back-up records.  Urge your friends in states with voting machines to vote early, by mail-in absentee paper ballots!"
And many prominent Nader supporters are urging a change: ""We, the undersigned, were selected by Ralph Nader to be members of his 113 person national 'Nader 2000 Citizens Committee.' This year, we urge support for Kerry and Edwards in all 'swing states,' even while we strongly disagree with Kerry's policies on Iraq and other issues."

Sep 21, 2004


Letters to the Editor

September Letters: Artists Raise Significant Funds and Peace and Conflict Resolution University Invite
Nona Glazer and Dietrich Fischer
Most of us know who we would vote for today but the campaigns will drag on for a couple more months. What makes a campaign run? Fundraising, of course. Move Over, Bigwigs! Painter Nona Glazer spreads the news as well as paint: national and Northwest artists are getting involved in the game that means so much to to the state of the world as well as the state of the nation, painting the town green. Artists are becoming political benefactors.
Also, Are you or someone you know interested in peace and conflict resolution studies? "Studying with the founder of a new academic discipline is a rare opportunity, like studying medicine with Hippocrates,
economics with Adam Smith, or relativity theory with Albert Einstein. EPU offers students a well-rounded program covering Peace with Security, Development, Freedom, Nature and Culture."

Sep 1, 2004


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