Letters to the Editor - Jan. 18, 2013
Hire ex-military protectors
Before we are so quick to condemn the NRA’s suggestion to place armed guards at our nation’s schools, step back and look at what the men and women of our armed forces are doing in countries halfway around the world.
The greatest fighting force in the world is attempting to protect men, women and children who, at best, are 70 percent illiterate from terrorists bent on preventing them from enjoying the freedoms we have here in America. Additionally, most of these people don’t want us there.
Why wouldn’t we want the same protection for our children? The current state of the economy, along with high unemployment rates, offers very limited career opportunities for these brave individuals when they return from overseas and begin their civilian lives. Why not give them a chance to further serve their country by protecting our young American students to ensure a future generation of well-educated citizens who don’t have to live in fear of deranged fanatics?
Additionally, these well-trained fighting men and women could be assigned to our borders to prevent the flood of future Democratic-voting immigrants that place a strain on our economy. It is time for the leaders of our government to make the success of the United States of America and the American people their top priority.
As a former infantry soldier trained in the use of these so-called assault weapons during the Vietnam War, I would gladly give my time to protect a local school.
Kirk D. Levi
Looking forward to bypass
In response to the very clever “pig in a poke” letter (Readers’ Forum, Jan. 11 News-Register), I would like to submit a counterpoint.
As a Highway 99W commuter for more than 24 years, I feel compelled to relate that the sleepy, small-town feel of McMinnville belies the reality that a significant percentage of wage earners and local spenders endure this anathema of a commute daily. One can ignore the maddening daily frustration and the Friday zoo created by Spirit Mountain Casino and coastal tourists unless, of course, you deal with it every day or every week.
A point more relevant to an Amity resident, who likely is not a commuter, is that I have watched business after business open and fail in Dundee. The failures are completely attributable to the impossibility of turning left in, or out, of a business. As good as your restaurant — or whatever — is, the disposable income it depends on can be disposed of with much less stress elsewhere.
Unfortunately, with my proclivity and others I have talked to, this is the fulcrum of patronage. A bypass will remove the through traffic and enhance the ability of those who wish to experience the many wine rooms and restaurants minus the maddening congestion. We look forward to it.
Mike Dandy McMinnville
Use computer alternatives
I find it unacceptable that cats are still being dissected at McMinnville High School. These cats are acquired after having been euthanized by a method illegal in Oregon and many other states.
Under Oregon law (ORS 609.405), a cat or dog can be euthanized only by lethal injection; yet the cats MHS buys from Carolina Biological Supply are euthanized in gas chambers.
Witnesses report that gassed animals fight one another, try to claw their way free, vomit and choke. Is it ethical for MHS to purchase cats killed in an inhumane manner not allowed in Oregon?
Studies have shown that modern humane alternatives to dissection are as effective or better at achieving teaching objectives.
The sophisticated models, interactive computer and virtual-reality programs are educationally sound, cost-effective and humane. Cats are not treated as disposable teaching tools or mere objects.
Also, using modern alternatives does not support the enormous specimen business that relies on the continuing over-population of cats for free, or cheap, sourcing, primarily from shelters.
The claim that dissecting cats gives students an invaluably “authentic” experience and future career advantage in veterinary, medical or research fields is simply obsolete. Ninety-five percent of medical schools in the United States and Canada no longer use animals in their curricula, and a student can become a veterinarian today without ever dissecting a dead animal or harming a live one.
The modern computerized alternatives are also a better match to the type of scientific research students will encounter in their careers today. Seattle School District no longer dissects animals because the cost doesn’t justify the educational benefit.
I invite everyone to learn more at a free class, “Humane Educational Alternatives to Animal Dissection in Our Schools,” being offered at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at our public library.
Close Riverbend in 2014
It was encouraging to read the article, “Mac council hears from residents” (News-Register, Jan. 11). We applaud our city council for declining to support Waste Management’s efforts to accelerate their expansion of the regional landfill here. All residents of McMinnville and our neighboring communities should be alarmed and talking with our elected officials as well.
Can Waste Management not find an acreage to purchase for a regional landfill that is miles away from homes and rivers in a sparse eastern county that could use an economic boost?
We are weary of the “dog and pony (falcon)” shows. Waste Management needs to keep the promise they made to us. Close Riverbend in 2014.
For many years, residents have been dealing with stench and semi-trucks carrying trash from far-away cities rumbling through our communities. It will only get much worse with dangerous berms and expansions. As a gesture of goodwill, they should install a state-of-the-art transfer station and recycling depot at the site here.
Do we want to be known as an area to come and enjoy our neat shops, outstanding museums, healthy, prosperous farms and vineyards? Or as stinky McMinnville with the second largest regional landfill in the Northwest? We can’t have both.
NRA response not logical
David Terry’s letter (Readers’ Forum, Jan. 11, “Sign gun control petition”) contains direct quotes from two websites, one made by a commenter at www.vosizneias.com and the other at defendschools.com, a Libertarian Party website. Both list six incidents of gun violence that were stopped by private citizens. The vosizneias site includes a seventh, the Clackamas mall shooting.
Unfortunately, what they say happened at Clackamas Town Center doesn’t match with news reports from TV or print. That calls into question the validity of claims on the other six incidents.
Regardless, six or seven gun violence killings over 15 years doesn’t represent “numerous examples from the recent past.” Try Columbine, Newtown and Virginia Tech.
The NRA has done a great disservice to hunters, collectors and target shooters. I know people who have guns, and all of them are quite responsible. Yet because of all the news on indiscriminate killings, they are all lumped together with the far right.
Seems to me that the NRA doesn’t represent hunters in total, only gun manufacturers. Had the NRA responded constructively and with some thought, we wouldn’t have the New York law.
The NRA constantly warns that someone is coming after your guns. Who, Nancy Pelosi?
Obama supposedly was going to use the “fast and furious” FBI sting in Arizona as a reason to get rid of the Second Amendment. Really?
Some say that Article 21 indicates that the United Nations is going to take over the United States. Really?
If you want to read something about losing your freedoms, read the Patriot Act. I don’t own a gun because I know I can’t hit what I’m aiming at.
I don’t have any answers to gun violence, but the people who run the NRA should. Arming everyone doesn’t seem like a reasonable or logical response.