Letters in the Editor's Mailbag

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Byline: The Register-Guard

Development is key here, too

So Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is the lead sponsor of an anti-war resolution by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. She says billions of dollars in "war dollars" should be redirected to U.S. cities, many of which are struggling with severe budget shortfalls. Eugene, she says, has had to cut $20 million from its budget over the past three years.

Sounds good, right? I agree. It is past time for us to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, which has morphed into a nation-building mission. Also, we have successfully booted out Saddam Hussein from Iraq and it is past time for that nation to stand on its own. So what is wrong with this picture?

If Mayor Piercy means what she says, and is not just posturing and playing to her far-left base, why does she oppose legitimate economic development right here in Eugene? There are 60 vacant acres near the Eugene airport all zoned for an industrial park - something Eugene could really use - because two firms have given up after failing to get past the permitting process.

It seems to me that the city, and Piercy in particular, should have stepped up and helped one or both of those two firms in their failed attempt to develop that industrial park.

Oh, I forgot: Those two companies did not have "sustainable" business models.

Jack Jennings


Be wary of UO having its own police

I have no official affiliation with the University of Oregon but I would like to present my opposing viewpoint to the UO having their own police force.

I consider myself a kind of refugee from another state. In my previous state I was a student and employee at the local university. I was maliciously attacked by a university supervisor while working. This supervisor had a history of harassment, sexual harassment and retaliation against me. He also had friends in the university administration and was slated for promotion.

After being attacked by this supervisor (who threw an object at me that whistled by my head) I was stunned. Terrified, I went to the university police, thinking I was doing the right thing by reporting this perpetrator.

The university police spoke to administrators and then dropped my complaint. They practically laughed in my face, adding insult to injury. I then went to the city police and told them about my experience with the university police. The city police told me the university police were a separate entity answering to no one except the university administration.

If the UO has its own police, will they just be the university administration's puppet? UO students and employees should seriously consider that possibility. I would not want any law-abiding citizen to go through what I went through with university police.

Diane Van Orden


Nuclear waste comments are due

On May 19, two friends and I carpooled to Portland to attend the U.S. Department of Energy hearing on a proposal to continue to truck high-level nuclear waste across the nation's highways, including Interstate 5 in Oregon, for burial at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.

It is estimated that it will take 12,600 truckloads to dispose of extremely radioactive waste, mostly from nuclear reactors that will be dismantled in the coming decades.

Attending the hearing were 190 people, the majority of whom oppose the DOE plan, including Portland Mayor Sam Adams. So do Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkely, who have stated that trucking nuclear waste through Oregon poses an unacceptable health risk. One would think that in the wake of the unending nightmare and tragic nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, our government would consider a better way to dispose of nuclear waste.

Hanford is still a Superfund site, contaminated from 40 years as a major generator of plutonium for our nuclear weapons. …