Letters to the Editor: Hey WNBA! Eugene, not Portland, is capital of Oregon basketball

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WNBA belongs in Eugene

After reading the Oct. 13 article, “WNBA looks at expansion with Portland in the mix,” I’d urge the commission to look south — to Eugene. Portland already flamed out with the Portland Fire, and while that was long ago, other than a large population, Portland offers no evidence of a strong women’s basketball culture. The article mentions high WBB attendance at Oregon and Oregon State, but it’s a stretch to think Duck and Beaver fans will travel north consistently, facing the endless bottlenecks of the Portland suburbs and the constantly under-construction freeways.

In Eugene, the WNBA would have a ready-made, sellout crowd and a professional-level arena. Logic also suggests that placing the team in the middle of the state would attract even more fans from north and south. Eugene is an easily navigable city that already has a shuttle plan in place for Duck games.

So, WNBA Commissioner Engelbert, come join us for a game! The season is about to start, and once you’ve experienced the phenomenal energy of Duck Nation, I think you’ll be willing to redline Portland and pencil in Eugene. We may be TrackTown, USA, but we’re also the capital of Oregon basketball.

Ann Huber, Eugene

Please vote, and vote for good of country

The election is almost here.  Please vote when you get your ballot.

As for deciding which candidate to support, please remember the following: Donald Trump continues to push the “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him because of fraud.  He has never backed this claim with facts and in doing this has led to greater division and political violence, for example the Jan. 6th Attack.  Overwhelmingly, Republican leaders have either expressed the same lie themselves or have been silent about it.

In addition, Republican lies have not stopped there.  For instance, Marjorie Taylor Green, representative from Georgia, recently said “I’m not going to mince words with you all.  Democrats want Republicans dead, and they have already started the killings.”  This is both a complete lie and meant to inflame anger and hatred in those who support her and Donald Trump.

This is done at the expense of the unity of the country and our democratic institutions.  Once again, Republican leaders are silent about rejecting such lies.  In the light of such actions, I encourage everyone to vote for the good of the country and not for anyone who supports the “big lie” or similar lies.

Thomas Dodd, Eugene

Healthcare, judicial system part of reason for poverty

As well written as David W. Rothwell’s Your Turn column (“We need to embrace the idea that poverty affects us all,” Oct. 9) is it didn’t really point out how poverty affects us all, and only briefly mentions reasons for poverty.

A significant impact is the health of those in poverty. The higher cost of emergency room visits compared to preventive healthcare is paid for by everyone. Further, the stress of poverty and resulting health issues decreases the ability to focus on work and results in reduced productivity.

A significant issue is multi-generational poverty caused by, among other things, a judicial system based on punishment rather than rehabilitation. U.S. society as a whole seems to not accept the idea that people have “paid their debt” when released from prison and apply a stigma that often prevents employment. This produces economic hardship for the entire family, which then means less opportunity for children’s education and other challenges. A specific class of crimes unnecessarily leading to this multi-generational impact is drug possession and other so-called victimless crimes.

And let’s not forget the negative economic impact of abstinence-only sex education, lack of access to contraceptives and family planning, and forcing women to give birth.

Charles H. Jones, Eugene

Psychological projections in politics

The Sept. 10 Register-Guard story, “Election deniers courted in Michigan,” is a good example of psychological projection (accusing the other side of what your side is doing). Kristina Karamo is quoted as saying; “authoritarians” are giving millions to her Democratic opponent – Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson – in an attempt to “corrupt battleground state election systems so they can control America … If you look at history, it shows you what tyrants do.”

The facts are the opposite. Democrats are getting millions of small donations while billionaire Barre Seid donated $1.6 billion to conservatives. People who want to succeed in the Republican Party are forced to pretend to believe the “big lie” that Trump won, even though all evidence and courts suggest otherwise.

Republicans with honesty, integrity and ethics, are ousted, like Liz Cheney. Trumplicans think they are patriots, while in actuality, they are traitors who tried to overthrow the last election, and are suppressing the vote, gerrymandering and destroying democracy. Iranian women are fighting the morality police for their freedom, while the immoral Republicans and the Supreme Court are subjugating American women and supporting abusive, sexual predators. Keeping women barefoot and pregnant.

Jerry Brule, Eugene

Oregon needs its own private tanker plane

Increasingly Oregon is experiencing huge forest fires that risk health, property, animals, the beautiful forests, and lives — and cost a fortune to fight.

I may be naive in all the details of this suggestion, but it seems that it would be cost-effective for the state of Oregon to invest a billion dollars, or whatever it costs, into a huge tanker airplane, permanently based in Oregon, probably at the large airfield in Klamath Falls, that could respond immediately to a small forest fire.

Much of our terrain is best reached from the air, and I’m a believer in efficiently solving problems while they’re small!

Bonnie Brunken, Eugene

Public shouldn’t have to pay

In the Oct. 10 RG, a pilot died in a plane crash deep in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness say they’re facing a $25,000 to $50,000 bill to remove the plane’s debris from a steep mountainside far from any road.

The US Forest Service demands that it be removed at the family's expense.

Mountain climbing, hang gliding, base jumping - any of these dangerous behaviors should be the total responsibility of the people doing them.

The public should not have to foot the bill.

John Zacharias, Eugene

Drive a mile in my tires

In regards to his letter of Oct. 12 (“Great planning by the city”), I have to wonder if Richard Steers actually lives in south Eugene. His description of the state of south Willamette Street sounds like it comes from a city pamphlet rather than direct observation. Traffic used to flow smoothly through the corridor, but now it regularly backs up as far south as 35th Avenue and as far north as 18th Avenue The vaunted "street trees" are weed gardens. And the bike lanes that were the impetus for the remodel are largely ignored by bicyclists, who continue to use the sidewalks.  No, contrary to his conclusions, citizens need to remain involved on city planning and push back hard when the city staff goes off the rails. Remember the South Willamette rezoning project? We don't need another Franklin Boulevard in south Eugene.

Jim Johnson, Eugene 

Isaacson would be good Ward 7 choice

I live in Ward 7 and voted against the Syrett recall. Ward 7 residents should have something to say about who replaces her. I recommend Daniel Isaacson. His work on the planning commission makes him well qualified to be a city councilor. From his Facebook page and personal communications, I see he has a deep knowledgebase regarding affordable housing, which is my top issue. His ideas on what to do about housing make sense to me. The City Council needs someone with his expertise.

Lynn Porter, Eugene

Kotek brings climate-win experience

So often it’s difficult to see the full picture when we focus on one point.

I find I lose any anger at the houseless person in front of my home when, instead, I see the wildfire that destroyed her home, her employment, her family, her community and her safety. I remember how many of us are literally one paycheck away from becoming a climate refugee left struggling on the street with her. I get angry when I see how contaminated soil and air in my community is poisoned by corporations who then delay or obstruct their own reckoning especially when the community members (and children) pay with their health for corporate poison for profit.

Climate and so much more is at stake in these elections. We have a champion in Tina Kotek. Look at her record and see what she has done and will continue to do as our next governor. As Speaker, Tina has led us to every one of the biggest wins for the environment and our climate in the last nine years and she stood up against Republican walkouts over clean energy jobs.

Lisa Buscho, Eugene

A vote for Ceniga is a vote for common sense

A vote for Ryan Ceniga for West Lane county commissioner is a vote for common sense.  I am convinced common sense needs to return to government at all levels.  Ryan’s opponent wants to implement new programs, spending yet more of our hard-earned money. I agree that certain groups need help, but the answer is not always spending. Training, mental health evaluations and drug rehab are really what is needed in this county to combat the homelessness.  Let’s utilize federal grants, yes, still tax dollars, but not all from our county, to provide drug and alcohol treatment, retraining and mental health assistance.  Remember the adage, “Give a man a fish and he will be fed for a day. Teach him to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime”?

Ryan understands the root of the issue, and he understands how hard people work for their money. Inflation is real and here to stay, so we need to be frugal, not careless with the taxpayer’s money.  Groceries, fuel, and taxes are high and rising at alarming rates.  Ryan will watch your dollars like they are his own and make good choices for Lane County.

Sharon Schrenk, Mapleton

Lesley will direct county in positive direction

Dawn Lesley, a candidate for West Lane county commissioner, has the forward thinking to move Lane County government in a positive direction.

An engineer by profession, Dawn knows how crucial it is for Lane County to move forward on a climate action plan to achieve clean air and maintain drinkable water for Lane County residents.

Dawn is a passionate advocate for a women's right to choose her own medical outcomes free from fear.

Dawn serves on the Lane County Budget Committee, and this gives her an in-depth understanding about how Lane County government functions.  Governmental budgeting experience is essential knowledge for a commissioner, which her opponent lacks.

Dawn is my trusted choice for West Lane commissioner.

Pat Reilly, Eugene 

Showing respect for the unknown

Marianne and I give freely to St Vinnies, BRING Recycling, you name it. Now and then we end up with junk that we leave out by the street with a "free" sign, and the junk disappears in a mega-second!

So, we have this real cheesy plastic flower wreath, and we left it by the street with a couple flowers falling off without a “free” sign. Day one, it’s still there. Great, it should have been snapped up.

Day two, somebody reattached flowers to the main body of the wreath. Day three, somebody leans the wreath affectionately against tree … humm. Day four I get around to putting up free sign and the wreath evaporates muy rapido!

We finally realized plastic flower arrangements typically mark a place where a death has occurred.

Those were good folks showing their respect for the departed. Have to just love Eugene!

Skip Berlin, Eugene

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