Letters in the Editor's Mailbag
Byline: The Register-Guard
Adams proposal has potential
As a parent and a teacher, I was thrilled to read Shelby Martin's article "Adams School pitches environmental, sustainability focus" (Register-Guard. Nov. 20).
Our family has followed with interest the discussion over the future of Adams, our neighborhood school. This most recent idea, proposed by Principal Pamela Irvine, is the first one to really excite us. We certainly would add our daughter to Adams' enrollment if they could make this idea happen.
Irvine seems to understand, as do many Oregonians, that it is absolutely critical to teach our children such basics as "solar energy, native plant landscaping, clean stream programs, a bike-to-school campaign, rainwater harvesting and local food initiatives." She has joined the ranks of educators who recognize these skills not as radical new ideas, but as an essential component of the curriculum of the 21st century.
The scientists have stopped arguing; climate change is happening. Having a child when our planet teeters on the brink of catastrophe is a true act of hope - hope that the world will continue to support life and hope that our children will fix or mitigate this problem that we couldn't or wouldn't.
Clearly, our approach until now has not worked. And while our children are smarter than we are, they can't be expected to do any different unless we begin to teach them how.
Faith has no place in politics
This is to express appreciation for Jerome Garger's view of religion and politics (letters, Nov. 18).
As a student of the Bible (as literature) and of human nature, I long since have known that literal interpretation of scripture is nonsense.
The Bible contradicts itself over and over, but the faithful don't realize it because they never read it - with brains engaged, that is. Instead, they listen to preachers, whose purpose is to purge their minds of reason and replace it with faith - which, let's face it, is also superstition.
That is to say, both terms, faith and superstition, apply alike to the belief in imaginary beings, creatures and events. Of course they could be real, but that also applies to fairies. We can't prove whether they are real, that is, just imaginary.
Now, there's nothing wrong with faith (that is, superstition). But it has no place in politics - that is, in government.
Think of it: Would you be in favor of faith-based initiatives if you realized that they are also, accordingly, superstition-based?
Governor should reject WOPR
I write this letter on behalf of Citizens for Public Accountability.
We join tens of thousands of citizens who wrote comments to the Bureau of Land Management on its Western Oregon Plan Revisions and note that those comments on the plan were overwhelmingly negative.
Many public officials - including Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, Eugene and Corvallis city councils and some county elected officials - have criticized the WOPR publicly.
In its current revised form, the WOPR would open 100,000 acres of remaining old growth to logging and construct 1,300 miles of new logging roads subsidized by taxpayers.
The WOPR clearly conflicts with the goals of the current Northwest Forest Plan and other plans and policies, which elected officials and other official entities worked hard to adopt as a compromise between competing stakeholders.
The current plan drastically cuts existing environmental protections and does not add any new protections to these forests that stand as a buffer against regional and global climate change.
Citizens for Public Accountability, many other organizations and a vast number of citizens urge Gov. Ted Kulongoski to reject the Western Oregon Plan Revisions before the end of the current 30-day public protest period. …