End shutdown; Great support; Planet above profits; Sour grapes — Letters to the Editor, Jan. 9, 2019

Free offer and an idea to end government shutdown

I have a Ph. D. and I have been trained to give individualized I.Q. Tests. I would, for no cost to the public, be willing to test Donald Trump to see if he has a measurable I.Q.

And regarding the government shutdown, maybe a better way to deal with it would be to furlough the secret service and let the president and members of congress protect themselves.

—Sheldon l. Meyer

Dunes City

Great support for community event

Elderberry Square had its first annual Gingerbread Workshop on Dec. 29 — and the event turned out great! 

We had a blast making gingerbread houses and people. Many wonderful local businesses donated delicious food.

Among the businesses were Big Dog Donuts and Deli, Hukilou, BJ’s, The Oddfellows, Better Living Center and the Seventh Day Adventists. 

We were also able to make a winter wonderland from the trees donated by BJ’s Ice Cream. 

For anyone that was unable to come to this event, we will be having a high tea in March.

Our thanks to everyone who helped make this event happen!

— Barbara Stacey

Elderberry Square

Put the planet above corporate profits

Community Rights Lane County (CRLC) continues to work toward real democracy, where we the people make decisions that protect our health, safety and welfare.

Sister organizations Freedom from Aerial Herbicide Alliance (FAHA) and Our Community Our Rights (OCOR) are continuing to challenge the county’s action to block their initiatives from the ballot.

The decision affecting FAHA’s aerial spray ban initiative has already been challenged in the Lane County Circuit Court, and is now on appeal to the Oregon Court of Appeals. That challenge is ongoing and will take many months to reach a conclusion.

The decision affecting OCOR’s Right to Local Community Self-Government initiative, which gives communities the right to write and pass laws to protect themselves from harmful corporate activity such as aerial spraying, was brought before the Lane County Circuit Court in a hearing Nov. 5, and we are awaiting a decision in that case.

Until laws that favor the planet are elevated above corporate profits, CRLC will continue to persevere and expect to be increasingly active in 2019. We hope others will join in that important work.

—Michelle Holman



Sour grapes, plain and simple

In regard to Jimmie Zinn’s letter (“We Are Becoming Dangerously Malleable,” Jan. 5), I have to agree with him on some points and disagree on others. I’m slightly ahead of his perspective of seeing 12 presidents come and go, as I have seen 14 of them come and 13 go — all the way back to Franklin Roosevelt, who really pulled us through WWII but hurt us by helping create a welfare state. 

He started the Social Security program, saying the tax would be 1 percent and our Social Security number would never be used for identification. 

So how is that working out ?

I agree with Mr. Zinn in that I, too, have have seen screw ups in every one of those presidents. There's only one fellow that I have ever heard of that made no mistakes and walked on water, and our presidents have missed that mark.

However, I disagree with Mr. Zinn when he says that none of President Trump’s ardent supporters — myself included — can accept that he is fallible. 

Sure he is. Unfortunately on more than one point.

I’m sorry Mr. Zinn feels that we feel no criticism of our president is valid. Without question, some criticism is due, but by far the majority of criticism is not valid; most is only sour grapes because he is president — and their gal is on the sidelines. Plain and simple.

In regard to being malleable and changeable, how about Clinton, Obama, Schumer and Pelosi opposing spending money for a border wall (now that we need it) when all of them were on TV newscasts years ago saying the opposite when Democrats were in office ?

It isn’t about the $5 billion at all.

It is because Trump is in office.

Again, plain and simple.

—Tony Cavarno



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