Letters at length, April 22

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's socialism

In the April 17 guest opinion "Democracy and capitalism" by Ed Dillon, the author made the usual indictments of capitalism and made the case that our current socialist system could be improved by guess what — more socialism.

What we have today, and have had for years, is a mix of statist controls that is the worst of all worlds. It is a merger of capitalism and the state that is run by and for the benefit of the state, local and federal government. The only robber barons around today are those that have been created by government fiat. Businesses have been forced to abide by rules that make them less competitive worldwide. Our unemployment rate is going up because businesses are acting in their own self interest and moving offshore where they can be competitive. No amount of government regulation and higher taxes will bring them back.

The choices we have had at the ballot box have not been between capitalism and socialism. The real choice has been between big government and bigger government. Our children are being saddled with trillions of dollars of debt to fund programs that will waste 80 to 90 cents out of every dollar spent. This is happening at a time when our entitlement programs Medicare and Social Security are already generationally bankrupt. As Margaret Thatcher stated, "The trouble with socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money."

This taxation of future generations is the ultimate taxation without representation. The lack of morality is not apparent to those who continue to urge more and more spending in Washington D.C.. You can claim this is not socialism Mr. Dillon, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, calling it something other than a duck is disingenuous at best.

Charles R. Horton


Overpopulation is the bottom-line problem with sustainability

I can't for the life of me understand why we are focused on symptoms rather than essentials of the bottom-line sustainability problem. Human overpopulation renders the most modest of lifestyles unsustainable. And, no, it is not just an immigration problem; after the world population hit 5 billion we went beyond "if only THEY would behave differently." I understand why elected officials are reluctant to tackle this most sensitive topic, but why do non-political forums consistently edge around the core issue? Whether it's the disappearance of local farmland to development, tottering entitlement programs, traffic congestion, increasing scarcity of clean water, inadequate medical care, unemployment, homelessness or the rapidly disappearing ice caps ... the enemy is us. Too many of us.

Nancy Ames

Siskiyou Pass

All Oregon students deserve access to higher education

Currently in Oregon there are students who are denied the opportunity of higher education. There are students who have graduated from Oregon high schools and who are forced to pay out-of-state tuition. With the current economic situation, the thought of paying out-of-state tuition, which can be as much as three times more than in-state, is not an option for many of these students. So, they simply do not go to college.

Oregon is losing the opportunity to educate our youth because we are pricing bright young students out of an education.

Luckily there is a solution to this injustice. It is Oregon's House Bill 2939, affectionately known as Tuition Equity. This bill will allow students who have attended an Oregon high school for three or more years, graduated from an Oregon high school, been accepted into an Oregon university and are working toward Oregon residency to pay in-state tuition rates.

Tuition Equity allows Oregon students access to higher education which, in these economic times, is more of a necessity than ever before. Education is not a privilege; it is a right that every Oregon student deserves.

Let's make that happen! Let's pass HB 2939 and get Oregon back on track!

Taylor M. York

Vice president, Associated Students of Southern Oregon University

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