FUND BIKE LANES

Please urge Congress to include bike trails in the upcoming $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. Bicycle lanes and trails add so much value to our community and need to be remembered when funding comes up for transportation projects.

~ JESSE THIREY

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CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

“Christian” conservative politicians have no empathy or emotion. They do not know love. They are psychopaths hidden behind a “mask of sanity” that presents them as Christians, but they are not Christians. They are “Caricatures of Christians.” Their actions are not Christ-like. They take everything from their fellow man. They are fascists who create misery, pain, civil oppression, economic failure and endless war. They don’t care about us; they have no guilt, conscience or remorse.

Our thinking is atomized. Whatever we concern ourselves with grows. Emphasize democracy, not fascism. All we do is discuss possibilities of what was bad, what is bad, and what may be bad. We see, hear and know what is right but we are too cowardly to take on the injustice we see festering everywhere. We have all the information we need to unite and break free. We deny what we know because our awareness demands that we unite in every different fight. Think only  how to unite. Unite your intelligence and intuition into one thinking unit for change. Think only on how to change America for the better.

~ CHRISTOPHER JUDGES
EUGENE, OREGON

THE MAN IN THE MIRROR

The gun is a unique weapon. When Timothy McVeigh committed the Oklahoma City bombing there were no calls for manure control, no large vehicle purchase restrictions. Likewise, after Jeffrey Dahmer’s murders there were no calls for restrictions on alcohol, knives or forks. Granted, these were isolated cases without repeated methodologies. However, we did not assign blame to their weapon of choice. We simply asked, “How could these individuals do this?” The gun is different. Guns have become the symbol of a loss of innocence, of our greatest resource, of our future: our children.

Memory is short. We seem to forget that without the gun, Western Culture would not have conquered the world. We forget that one of the reasons the American Revolution was so hard-fought was because of British gun control. We forget that the first thing a tyrant does upon coming to power is enact a gun ban. We have been spoiled by over 200 years of relative peace and freedom that we’ve forgotten our first fight to obtain those sacred rights. We forget our forefathers’ warning that “Any society that would trade a little liberty for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

Society has a right to be angry, to be fed up and to demand change. But the time has come to assign blame where blame is due. John Watson said, “Give me a dozen healthy infants … and I’ll [give you a] doctor, lawyer, artist… beggar-man, and thief” because his studies proved that nurture more than nature makes a person. It’s time we look at the real cause of these terrible acts. It’s time we look at “the man in the mirror” and ask what we need to change, to fix as a society to ensure that these people are not excluded, are not pushed so far into the abyss that they in turn marginalize society into Judith Boss’ category C, people who they would not mind killing and eating for food. Worse still, it becomes for them their only option.

The gun is the red the bull sees, a distraction. We can take away all the guns in the world but a person backed into a corner will always fight or flee. Even without guns there will be rope, knives, vehicles, fire. … We can’t eliminate everything. We can continue to “First make thieves then punish them.” Or we can create a world of inclusion, love and compassion. We can shift focus from our otherness and seek out similarities. We can extend a hand of friendship to the angry, depressed, isolated and emotionally scarred or, better still, not let them fall in the first place. Then, just maybe, we will actually live up to our values of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all.

~ JENNIFER CORBIN

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