Letters: At length

Measures 49, 50 make good meatloaf

A friend's mother always said to her whenever she thought her daughter was doing something halfheartedly, "Stop reading the darned cookbook and get your hands in the meatloaf."

It doesn't matter what political party you belong to, or if you've never worked on a ballot measure or a candidate campaign before, it's time for everyone to don aprons and get much closer to the oven.

A good meatloaf is firm and juicy; it shouldn't crumble or fall apart when sliced. When voters passed Measure 37 they discovered a dry meatloaf that hadn't been well mixed. Measure 49 reworks the recipe in a logical way that protects Oregon's ranches, farmland, forest and water. It fixes many of Measure 37's flaws and preserves Oregon's quality of life.

Voters have an opportunity fix a poorly thought out recipe. Should citizens be forced to eat dry and crumbling land use planning at every dinner for the rest of their lives?

State Senators Alan Bates and Ben Westlund got their Oregon Health Care Reform meatloaf into the oven. However, one lone state senator left one of the ingredients out &

leaving 117,000 children stranded without any healthcare. Measure 50, the "Healthy Kids" initiative will extend health care to those children.

Governor Kulongoski proposed taxing cigarettes in order to provide healthcare to those children. Several big tobacco companies are already looking for ways to defeat Measure 50. Their chef, "Mr. Butts," is already cooking (lobbying) for the defeat of Measure 50. Chef Butts can afford his own cooking show, complete with direct mailings, canvassing, targeting supporters, numerous TV ad buys and a bottomless pit of money. It's up to voters to decide if they want Mr. Butts for their chef or a basic meatloaf recipe suited for 117,000 children needing healthcare.

Voters are hungry for brand new chefs at the county, state and national level. Jackson County Democratic chefs are recruiting candidates to try out to be new chefs at the County Commissioners offices, Oregon's House of Representatives in Districts, 4, 6 and 55 in the U.S. Senate, Secretary of State's office and the State Attorney General's office.

Part of the pleasure of making meatloaf is that it's unfussy. Diners remember with nostalgia the taste of honest, local, and fresh ingredients. The D's provide research, voter targeting, fundraising, campaign material development and special events to help. Bring your own chili sauce, horseradish, and grated carrots to the Jackson County Democratic Headquarters (858-1050). Be proud, eat fresh. Select the best chefs at every level of government. Turn on the oven. You can help cook the best meals in town!

Paulie Brading


Jackson County Democrats

Zionist politics threaten 'Corrie'

There has been a nationwide effort by Zionists to silence Rachel Corrie by stopping the production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie. What do detractors fear from Rachel Corrie's words? The play is taken from Rachel Corrie's private journals and emails written from when she was a teenager up to the time she was killed beneath an Israeli military bulldozer in occupied Palestine. Her journals reflect her perceptions and experiences as a teenager in Olympia and an activist in Gaza.

Well organized Zionists have threatened loss of funding and picketing in communities where theatres decided to go forward with "My Name Is Rachel Corrie." Those threats have not come to fruition. Ticket sales and donations are up this season at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, whose director presented the play. Ed Herendeen, producing director of the CATF, stated in an interview that "All the pre-controversy and drama surrounding this production really had very little to do with this young woman's story. She was writing her view of the world at age 23. And her view of the world was: Why are we doing this to one another? This has to stop. This violence has to stop."

Recently, "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" had the most successful run of any play preformed in Seattle Repertory's Leo K theatre. Subsequent to the play, there was ample community discussion in post-play forums, op-eds, and letters to the editor.

Rachel Corrie was defending the home of her friends &

the Nasrallah family (Samir Nasrallah is a pharmacist; his brother, Khalad is an accountant) when she was killed. Rachel knew that three young children were in the Nasrallah home at the time it was threatened for demolition by an Israeli military bulldozer. Khalad Nasrallah, his wife and child came to the U.S. in June, 2005 for a speaking tour. The family was not judged a threat by U.S. customs officials who allowed the Nasrallahs to enter this country, and were not judged a threat by the Israeli government, which permitted the Nasrallahs to travel to Tel Aviv to apply for U.S. visas.

Rachel's detractors say the home hid a weapons smuggling tunnel. Within seven months of Rachel's death, the Israeli army had demolished all the homes in the neighborhood, including the Nasrallahs' home. No tunnels were found.

Rachel Corrie was a humanist and an artist: In her short life she worked for the Northwest Conservation Corps; she supported the labor movement; she advocated for the mentally ill; she sculpted; she danced; she wrote prolifically. Rachel was witty, intelligent, observant and caring, and that is what the play reflects.

Bonnie Brodersen

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