Unite the globe
Many Americans distrust the United Nations or any other world organization, yet international conglomerates already affect the way practically everyone now lives. There is great danger and no retreat.
Corporations outsource jobs to low-wage Asian nations. The United States is a huge debtor: What happens if a creditor like China cashes all their U.S. treasury notes? The costly war in Iraq, begun pr-eemptively, will likely end under U.N. auspices.
What is desperately needed to promote decent living, to minimize terror and to avert war is some kind of independent global parliamentary assembly with members elected democratically from nations desiring to pioneer oversight of global justice issues brought by member citizen groups. Within several decades its advisory counsel to nations and international organizations could be highly influential, if not decisive.
No longer can nations stand united alone. Much of what happens globally is out of control. What is needed to stand undiminished is a vehicle to unite and serve all democratic peoples. ' Orcutt Frost, Medford
Shame on theater board
Shame on the board of directors, and especially Mr. Pendleton, for hindering Livia Genise in her position as artistic director at the Actors' Theatre in Talent.
— I have been a subscriber to the theater for many years and the arrival of Ms. Genise was such a welcome change. Her enthusiasm and artistic vision are extraordinary. Her ability to bring that theater alive with her choice of productions, special events evenings and her personal contributions were beyond what anyone could expect.
The theater will miss her vision and commitment and I, for one, will re-think my subscription this year. No one could give more than she did to Actors' Theatre. When is the board of directors going to wake up? ' Jacqui Harris, Ashland
Think before you sign
Initiative measures are a cherished right of Oregon voters, but with rights come responsibilities. We all need to be careful what initiative petitions we sign.
The League of Women Voters urges voters to think very carefully before signing the anti-tax referendum petition now circulating. We hope you will make sure you are willing to accept the financial consequences for Oregon if this initiative succeeds. ' Jean Milgram, action chair, League of Women Voters of the Rogue Valley, Medford
The Democrat Party meeting for Jackson County Sept. 11 was remarkable, with at least 100 people energized and ready to search out every person in this county who doesn't like the way things are heading in America. The uneasiness expressed by so many people I talk to about the economy, the war, the loss of liberties and more, is being transformed into action. We can all do our bit, right around home, to make change happen.
Voters who feel disenfranchised are invited take part in this ever-recurring chance to return heart and human values to the democratic process of the business of running America. Being dictated to from the top down is what has driven people from Europe and Asia and Africa and South America to make up this great United States. From the grassroots up is the way to make our country work, and it works best when everyone engages in the process, however small the effort.
Get involved. Get to know your neighbors. Donate your time. Use your voice. Cast your vote. Reach out to the Democratic Party at 858-1050, or call Betty McClendon at 488-2918 to involve yourself in the real grassroots neighborhood of democracy. ' Gail Beason, Talent
The only good thing that ever came out of Korea (North or South) were our men and boys.
There is no Iron Curtain, Bamboo Curtain, or Berlin Wall separating those people ' only an imaginary line.
South Korea has had American training and up-to-date weapons for decades. It's time they stood on their own.
North Korean troops are doing the Nazi strut. That isn't impressive any more.
Their political and economic leaders seem to be caught up in an endless cycle of fear and ignorance. When they can't feed their own, they will start a war to kill off the excess and begin all over again.
Billions of dollars were spent on weapons and mountain hideouts and now they expect the rest of the world to feed them ' or else.
Each soldier, pilot and officer in the North Korean military is aware that if they are ordered to attack, they will be killing their own people for absolutely no reason whatsoever. That is as close to genocide as any people can get.
Without a united Korea, there is no Korea. There is no true identity.
Combined, the Korean people would have respect and a worldwide market. Separated, they will never be anything more than a huge pain in the rear. ' J.C. Mequish, Medford
The truth will out
When I first met Livia, I felt she would be good for Actors' Theater. After my involvement with Annie (as FDR and Healy), I feel compelled to ask Mail Tribune readers to be patient. The truth about Livia Genese will become crystal clear over time.
For those who care to understand exactly where and how she failed as a community theater director, see the directing link on my Web site: ' John K. Fox, Ashland
Rewrite the barking law
This letter is in response to both the editorial and article in the Sept. 12 edition concerning Medford's municipal code on barking dogs. I believe an explanation of how the code is enforced is needed.
We live in east Medford and own two dogs who bark in greeting and in warning. We have a next-door neighbor with low tolerance for this.
We received two citations and went to court both times. The judge informed us that we were in violation simply because the neighbor said the barking disturbed her and our defense was discounted.
When we received the second citation the police officer who wrote the ticket told us our neighbor demanded that we receive a citation. The officer said she had no choice.
So, you see, the police do not decide when a citation is written. Knowing any defense effort would be futile, we paid a second fine. We were left wondering what happened to the concept of innocent until proven guilty.
This is how the system really works. It is driven by demanding neighbors, not the police. The municipal code needs to be re-written. ' Meg Rawlings, Medford
Your Sept. 12 editorial Law's bark worse than its bite is mistaken. The Medford public nuisance ordinance, worded (as far as I can tell from the editorial) almost exactly like the county ordinance on the same subject, is much too vague and open to interpretation by ordinance-enforcing agencies and judges.
The telling terms are any person in the vicinity can report having their comfort and repose disturbed. This means, theoretically, that a person visiting the area for one day could report that they were disturbed because a dog barked at them as they walked past.
Under this expansive wording the dog owner has no way to defend against the claim. Unlike criminal charges, rather than the complainant having to prove their claim, the burden of proof of non-offense here is on the person receiving the citation. Proving negatives is extremely difficult!
The usual legal criteria for a public nuisance is that it must substantially impair the public's right to access or other resident's enjoyment of their property. If something bothers a single person, especially one that is not a close neighbor, then it is a 'private nuisance' and the recourse is suing the offender, not having the authorities issue tickets.' Janice Koler-Matznick, Central Point
I would like to respond to Mr. Donaldson and the article Barking back. As both a dog owner and a sleep-deprived neighbor of barking dogs I can tell you that people do not call the police after one yip.
My neighbors and I have been the victims of irresponsible pet owners who allow their dogs to bark for hours on end ' both during the day and at all hours of the night. And the high-pitched bark of small dogs can be particularly irritating.
I have spoken with the owner of the dogs ' who claimed to be unaware of the barking. It helped for a couple of days but then things were back to they way they had been.
My only other option is to call the police. This is not something I take lightly but I have had enough of the barking. Having a dog is a responsibility ' both to the animal and to the neighbors around you. ' Vicki Graham, Central Point
Narrow and mean-spirited
I love the work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival most of the time, and I love the sparkle and energy and courage of the fare at the Cabaret and I love the variety and vitality of offerings at the Craterian in Medford. I'm proud of the efforts of Oregon Stage Works in Ashland and the Actors' Theatre in Talent, but I'll be damned if I can understand the narrow, mean-spirited and ignorant point of view of those in charge of Actors' Theatre.
Those in charge of Actors' Theatre are clearly the board of directors, and they have allowed two masterful artist/administrators to slip through their fingers within one year. They are still bathing in ignorance of their role in the theatrical scheme of things.
Their charge, according to established procedures in the worlds of community and regional theater, is to hire the very best artist/administrator they can find, and to see to the financial solvency of their charge.
My charge to those in charge of the board of directors is to mind your charge. Fill it with passion and vision and respect for the community you serve. Pretend you're physicians. Heal the illness that plagues the theatrical patient you serve. ' Paul Roland, Ashland
I cannot understand how the U.S. Congress had the gall to give themselves a pay raise at this time.
It seems as though the poor state of the economy and innumerable lost jobs mean little to those greedy members of Congress. It is so obvious that they thought of only themselves, not for the good of the country. For shame! ' Dora Kelsey, Medford
Mannix's real goal
It took the Oregon Legislature much time and effort to work out a revenue package and now the Mannix/McIntire team is trying to reverse it. They claim that all taxes are bad, and use distortions, exaggerations, half-truths and omissions as justification.
What they really want to do, but don't tell you, is reverse the Legislature's decision to raise the corporate tax beyond 10 bucks. Hey, working man/woman, how would you like to make millions and only have to put a &
36;10 bill on Oregon's table? Got the picture, folks?
Too many politicians talk about reducing taxes. But do they tell you what services will be cut ' services needed in a civilized society? Do they talk about high corporate prices (e.g. gasoline) or complain about the waste and excesses in the private sector?
Taxes are neither good nor bad ' they are simply necessary. As voters in a democracy, it is our responsibility to have our representatives enact a fair tax system and to face the reality of our society's needs. It's also our responsibility to know when greed and deception are trying to lead us in another direction. ' David E. Asche, Medford
One more time
What a shock to learn that for the second time in a year, the board of Talent's Actors' Theatre has driven away a talented and resourceful artistic director.
The story this time sounds very much the same as the last time, i.e., the board wants to micromanage and dictate what plays are staged. It is my impression that Mr. Pendleton and Mr. Walsch are on some kind of power trip and I believe the patrons of this wonderful little theater are owed at the very least an explanation, and probably a new board.
As a volunteer house manager, I have seen Livia at work. She is a marvel. She has staged some wonderful plays and terrific musical evenings.
A recent survey showed that attendees are very pleased with the offerings and are even willing to pay more for tickets. I think the present situation is shameful. The community will surely suffer by losing Livia Genise. ' Ellen Gardner, Talent
Little useful insight
An Ashland writer claimed Molly Ivins to be one of journalism's brightest lights. He further stated that She's sharp, she's fearless, she's a brilliant and witty writer. I think she offers very little useful insight.
Any journalist who waited almost four weeks before writing about the 9/11 attack is not a bright light. She is sharp enough to keep the radical Democrats confused. She is fearless of the truth. However, I like journalists who offer valuable insights instead of an adolescent reaction to adult decisions.
Molly, March 21: We are now united in desperately hoping that the war will be both easy and short. Even if the war goes well, and we all pray it does, it's going to be the peace from hell.
May 23: Since I am in the happy position of having predicted a short, easy war and the peace from hell, I think I'm looking like a genius prognosticator about now. Enough said?
Also, the real peace from hell happened after we gave peace a chance. Remember the Killing Fields of Cambodia ' 1.5 million slaughtered. President Carter and the U.N. did nothing. ' Bill Hartley, Medford
Join Day of Caring
On Sept. 13, United Way's Day of Caring brought people together from all walks of life to paint, pull weeds, dig and anything else that needed to be done. As I watched the many hands that came together I was reminded how much we need each other.
United Way is one way to help support nonprofit organizations in our community that are on the front lines daily helping those who need a hand up. If you have never come to a Day of Caring I encourage you to get involved. You will see first-hand what can be done by a people when they put their hearts and minds together.
Thanks to all those who worked so hard on Saturday at the Day of Caring and thanks to all those who are in the trenches every day working so hard to make this a better world. ' Debbie McQueen, Central Point
The debate continues
I have been following your articles on grazing in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument with much interest. It sounds like the ranchers are waiting for a buy-out.
I personally feel that it is a privilege not a right to graze cattle on public land and don't want to see more of my tax dollars going to welfare ranching. There are a lot of traditional ways of life that are no longer copacetic like whale hunting or slavery.
Society marches forward. It's hard to imagine how we can preserve the many values identified in the monument and still allow cattle to run willy-nilly. Maybe cattle can be used for certain management practices but that would require that someone control the cattle and meet the identified objectives versus dumping them off in April and picking them up in October.
With the federal government having to cut or reduce funding to so many important programs, land management agency budgets being reduced, public schools suffering, etc., can we still afford to subsidize ranchers that insist on grazing their cattle on sensitive, unique places like the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument? ' Eric Navickas. Ashland
Enforce traffic laws
Isn't it wonderful that there is no speed limit on Interstate 5 anymore? Cars, trucks and buses are driven 65 to 80 miles an hour and no one seems to care.
Driving north on I-5 from Central Point to Portland, I was driving my usual 62 to 64 miles an hour and all the traffic was going past me like I was parked. If the OSP had the funds needed to patrol the highways there would be less chaos on the roads.
If the Legislature wasn't busy spending money for baseball and tax breaks for the rich, there would be plenty of money for the OSP. The fines for speeding, tailgating, cutting in and out of traffic without regards to the drivers in the other cars and not using turn signals would pay for all the police needed to bring order.
Also, if there were less accidents the insurance rates wouldn't soar as they have been for years. ' William B. Carnegie, Central Point