Letters to the editor

Bush must admit his crimes to pardon himself

Louis Urban Kohler advocates impeachment in his letter (see Dec. 15 Tidings). I'm sure he is one of us who have urged it for several years, only now with the specter of preemptive presidential pardons looming. I suggest a couple of questions: a pardon cannot be for crimes that might have been committed; it must specify what crime is being pardoned. Will George W. Bush finally admit that he himself or members of his administration have committed specific crimes (Plamegate, torture, illegal wiretapping, etc.)?

More importantly, preemptive blanket presidential pardons would be the final act of George W. Bush's shredding of the Constitution. Why would the wise and clever framers of the Constitution provide the remedy of impeachment, only to negate it with the possibility of the pardon power being used as the ultimate cover-up and escape hatch?

If such pardons are announced, I will appear in the Plaza beating a drum and yelling "Outrage!" and calling for the resignation of any member of Congress who participates in the disintegration of American democracy by failing to do his or her duty to impeach when the very foundation of our country is at stake.

Jack Seybold


Time to hold Bush administration accountable

It's time, Mr. President, to be accountable for your choices to use harsh interrogation techniques. If your administration did no wrong then surely you don't need pardons for anyone in your cabinet for their actions. Why then talk of a pardon for Mr. Rumsfeld?

A pardon implies wrongdoing. I cannot pardon cruel actions without acknowledging their impact. The use of cruelty is a horrible human trait that needs to be admitted and removed from our culture. Guantanamo detainees who have been held without rights for six-plus years, tortured and permanently injured while in custody under American hands, HAVE BEEN FOUND NOT GUILTY AND RELEASED. Mr. President, you need to be accountable for those who have been mercilessly treated during your guard. Your administration needs to be accountable. I hold you accountable.

Charlotte Nuessle


Early education programs need increased funding

During this recession, we are all tightening our belts, and the State of Oregon is no different. Oregon will cut programs due to budget shortfalls, but some cuts are too important to let happen. Fortunately, Governor Kulongoski understands the importance of all kids getting the strong start they need by increasing the funds for high quality, early childhood education. His budget includes a $6 million dollar increase for Head Start and $1 million for Early Head Start.

High-quality pre-kindergarten programs have the ability to prevent kids from choosing a life of crime. Research has found that at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds left out of Head Start were five times more likely to become chronic lawbreakers as adults.

As the Sheriff of Jackson County, I salute the governor's commitment to preventing future crime by investing in Head Start and Early Head Start. Now it is up to our legislators to continue down the right path and approve the increase in funding for these early education programs. To make Oregon safe, we need to be as willing to guarantee a kid a seat in a Head Start program as we are to guarantee a criminal a cell in jail.

Michael S. Winters

Jackson County Sheriff

He's never seen a naked Moss

(To be sung to the rhythm of "I've never seen a purple cow...") I've never seen a naked Moss, I never hope to see one. But if I ever see one, I hope it's in the snow, when wearing clothes would show her incoherent hypocritical affectation.

David Churchman


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