Avoid fear-mongering and learn the facts
In response to Darryl Parson’s letter in last week’s Siuslaw News (“What About Gang Wars and Shootings?” June 17), I would ask him exactly how much he really does know about “all theses shootings in Chicago every day,” considering he could not even correctly identify any of the Midwest major gangs.
Being born, raised and having worked on the southside of Chicago for over 60 years, I think that I have more information beyond the sound bites, fear-mongering and racial stereotypes churned up from the media or a political party.
Certainly Chicago, like every large and diverse American city, has violence issues and a myriad of police enforcement problems on top of societal problems in general. If you are thinking Al Capone here, that is definitely an anachronism.
The Windy City, though, also has a deep multicultural strength, leadership and a purposeful drive that keeps it struggling to honor the American dream amongst its citizens.
It is consistently ranked among the nation’s top cities for restaurants, attractions, parks, museums and its unique neighborhoods.
I look forward to visiting Leon’s Barbecue, walking the Lakefront, Buckingham Fountain and riding “the L” on my visits back.
So, before anyone race-baits and trashes a community 2,200 miles away, remember that Americans are not having that any longer.
When black lives matter and native lives matter and brown lives matter then all lives will matter.
Jefferson, Washington, Lee were not the same
In his recent letter (“They Are Coming For Jefferson, Washington,” June 24), Mr. Marks appears to make a false equivalence between these three Americans.
There is a very key difference.
One of them led a rebellion to violently overthrow the United States Government (i.e., the Civil War). This created a horrendous death toll. His participation helped to extend the war, leading to additional deaths of countless thousands of Americans.
The other two were instrumental in the founding of our country. Yes, all of our Founding Fathers were human. They had personal failings and sins, as do we all.
What I find quite amazing is how they came together to create our wonderful system of government.
God bless everyone.
Clean water is life; poisoned water is death
Directly above the pristine Siuslaw River, 1,200 acres were recently logged by a company from Atlanta Georgia called Forrest Investment Association.
They have raped and pillaged this enormous amount of land with no regard to the effects to a multitude of private home’s springs, water sources to private and public lands, streams and creeks.
Soon, those acres are going to be ‘treated’ and sprayed with poisonous herbicides, pesticides and insecticides such as glysophates (i.e., Round-Up), 24D, Dicnba, Atrazine and other chemicals that cause a variety of illnesses in humans.
All of the private springs, public streams and creeks eventually work their way to the Siuslaw River which, when infused with these chemicals, threaten all humans using the water, including Mapleton, Duncan Island and some Florence residents.
Last week, this land was confirmed by the Confederated Tribes to be an ancient Indian burial ground. Senator Jeff Merkley’s office will visit for a consultation this week. An environmental law firm has been hired to investigate, confirm and stop any notion of spraying these life threatening chemicals on any of these torn up acres.
I urge anyone who values clean water in Mapleton and the Siuslaw region to get involved by becoming informed.
Clean water is life; poisoned water is death.
—Kimberly Ann Fleenor