Editorials and Letters
Byline: The Register-Guard
Sources of U.S. accomplishment
I am pretending that I am a person from another country who will do about anything to be able to live in the United States of America and become a citizen. I have studied the history of the U.S. and have learned of her greatness and progress despite things that at times were not done justly.
One thing that really stood out in my studies was that the U.S. accomplished its greatness under the influence of Christianity. If I ever get to the U.S. I am not going to try to change that influence. I will practice my religion and not make a wave and hang on for the ride.
One thing that influenced my conclusion that Christianity was a great positive influence in the progress and greatness of the U.S. is the acres and acres and acres and acres and acres and rows and rows and rows and rows and rows of crosses, and many Stars of David, in cemeteries in the U.S. and in several countries throughout the world.
CHARLES E. SULLIVAN
Easy answer for downtown
The answer to most downtown problems is an easy fix. Housing! More people mean more eyes, more business, more $$ per square foot of land.
Maximizing the space ala the Amsterdam model (retail on street level, diverse housing above) will bring critical mass to make the Broadway blocks active and vibrant. By diverse I mean apartments for all income levels and condos in the $125,000 to $225,000 range along with double bike lanes and green areas for dog walking, sitting.
It will attract all types of business, though I agree we should encourage local and hip corporates to keep it eclectic. Only until folks can live like true urbanites will we have a healthy downtown.
Thankful for early detection
If I had waited till I was 50 to have my first mammogram, I would be dead.
MARY ANN CHRISTIANSEN
Downtown is impossible
Last week I was walking downtown when a homeless man told me to have a nice day! …