Letters to the editor

Bush and Cheney should be tried

Over my lifetime, I have seen many administrations come and go. During World War II, I was in the European theater. My two brothers served as well.

Over the last sixty some years I have seen administrations take office, filled with hope and promise, and leave. I voted for FDR. three times. I recall Truman and Eisenhower well — and, of course, John F. Kennedy.

I watched in grim astonishment as Richard Nixon walked across the White House lawn and boarded a helicopter, having resigned in disgrace. Could it be any worse?

Indeed. Over these many decades I have never witnessed an administration that so flagrantly violated our Constitution while it politicized the branches of the government as the one now occupying the White House. The arrogance of the Bush White House is stunning. The Iraq war is just one tragic result. It will take generations to recover from the damage this administration has done to our great country.

The war has been a stunning breach of their fiduciary duty. So deeply do I feel about what has occurred over the last six-plus years, that it is my wish that shortly after the president and his vice president exit the White House, America will hold the equivalent of the Nuremberg Trials and prosecute these two men for crimes against humanity.

Bush and Cheney have conducted unconstitutional surveillance, abandoned habeas corpus, tortured detainees, blurred the separation of church and state, and, most egregiously, sent our young people into harm’s way to be maimed and killed while they dissembled and cherry-picked the intelligence. This administration should be held accountable.

Abe Mish

Preservation means slower growth

Columnist Froma Harrop’s column on population (Tidings, July 31) was well done and implies how hopeless environmental causes are unless environmentalists deal with the underlying cause of degradation — ever more people needing ever more goods, services, and housing over increasingly spread out urbanized areas.

While people like Sierra Club head Carl Pope remain in denial about the main cause of environmental losses, and while we elect pro-growth people to Congress like Ron Wyden, Earl Blumenauer, and David Wu, there isn’t really much hope of retaining the naturalness we all profess to want.

Due to low development densities every 3,000 added people to the U.S. or Oregon consumes about one square mile of farmland, forest land, open space or wild life habitat. Because of high immigration quotas and the children of immigrants, we add 25 to 30 million people every 10 years. Pity that Carl, Ron, Earl, and David won’t do the math to determine how much open land is lost every 10 years and how much will be lost over the next 100 years if present policies continue.

Brent ThompsonPresident, Friends of Jackson CountyPhoenix

Navickas is right about library

Councilor Eric Navickas is to be commended for calling a spade a spade. In this case, the card in question is Danny Jordan, who, in privatizing the library system seems intent on both breaking a union (SEIU, which represented over 100 jobs Jordan Co. are hacking) and shipping as much of our tax dollars out of state as possible.

Mr. Navickas correctly called Jordan’s scheme what it is: union busting. While venting his anti-union venom all over SEIU, Jordan is also shipping our tax dollars to LSSI, a for-profit library company in Maryland. This will no doubt help Maryland’s economy, and they should be appropriately grateful.

What Jordan hasn’t mentioned in his union-bashing speeches is that there would be no money for him to ship out of state had not local SEIU members fought in Washington D.C. to reinstate our OC funds. While Jordan was mostly a taxpayer-funded no-show in D.C., SEIU fought for Southern Oregon and got our OC money back. Now Jordan Co are sending it back east again. Brilliant.

Thanks, Mr. Navickas, for telling the truth.

Phil Newton Murphy

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