Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 29, 1980, Section A, Page 4, Image 4

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Corrupt spirit
Not long ago the University
campus was once more blessed
with the presence of "Brother
Ray " I stopped to pay my resp
ects only to find him angering
and frustrating a number of
students by making gross
generalizations, criticisms, and
accusations. It remains a myst
ery to me hew he expects to
"save souls" by shouting at
people and calling them
queers, hippies and sinners.”
He seems to be moving away
from what is truly important in
the first place; showing some
concern
Brother Ray fails to recognize
the dogmatic, narrow minded
reputation organized religion
(Christianity in particular) has
earned itself in this country.
(Don't forget Vietnam when
"God was on our side ’) He also
fails to recognize that it's the
exploitive sexist, materialistic,
imperialist-capitalist system that
stands behind the corruption of
values in this nation; not the
people themselves. It’s only na
tural that people want to love
and be loved, share and be
shared with; it's just that the
system is counter to these very
things.
People are being repressed
and manipulated on a large
scale; not just here, but all over
the world. As it now stands,
there is little chance that the
vast majority of people in the
world will be able to open up
their hearts and radiate any
positive energy without
becoming vulnerable to the
greed and hatred that large
scale imperialism and capi
talism seem to breed
The way to make people listen
and learn is not to shout and
criticize "in the name of God,”
but to listen and show a little
love in return.
Humanity in itself can provide
so many beautiful experiences
to live for and strive for, but until
the leaders of the world give
people a genuine opportunity,
universal love and happiness
may remain a difficult thing to
achieve.
Christian Gunther
Freshman, undeclared
Beatle blunder
On behalf of the Beatles I feel
it is my responsibility to correct
a quotation in Mike Lee's "Che
shire Fortnightly" column in the
May 20 Emerald. Assuming he is
referring to the John
Lennon-Paul McCartney
composition "I Am the Walrus,”
he misquotes the song as
saying "Goo Goo A' Joob." The
correct quote should read "Goo
Goo Goo Joob.”
Rob Miller
Freshman, undeclared
War wondering
When I learned of the failed
attempt of the American military
to rescue the hostages in
Tehran I felt a terrible sense of
deja vu. I remembered May 14,
1975 when I was part of a naval
task force sent to rescue the
crew of the Mayaguez. As it
turned out the 39 member crew
was rescued but nearly 60 mar
ines were killed as a result Back
then Ford also said it was an
humanitarian mission and not
an act of war
Now we have another
president, another reelection
campaign and probably another
war.
I wonder why it is that Carter
waited until after he lost in
Pennsylvania? I wonder if any
one cares that he violated the
War Powers Act?
I know now that Carter is wil
ling to sacrifice anyone to get
reelected. I know he is willing to
go to war and that draft regis
tration, the proposed recall of
retirees and veterans, and the
ongoing deployment of tactical
nuclear weapons are all part of
his campaign strategy.
For many months other vets
and myself told the campus that
Iranian vets would be suckers.
Now eight of them are more
than suckers; They're dead.
And I wonder how long will
you wait?
David Isenberg
Sophomore, undeclared
Fowl behavior
Ah, Spring, a time of the year
ripe for ornithological observa
tion. Allow me to direct your
attention to a recrudescence of
migratory activity, particularly
noticable in the area surroun
ding the University. On pleasant
evenings the young will freque
ntly congregate to form a
gaggle of Greeks; they then
travel around the campus from
one Greek nest to another
This movement is characte
rized by numerous stops for
liquid refreshments and a
swaying motion, visible as the
groups waddle down the sid
ewalk, that becomes more
prominent as the evening wears
on. At each nest the gaggle will
perch on the porch and attempt
to sing, with an effect remin
iscent of bullfrogs with laryn
gitis. There is also much in the
way of mating calls and puffing
of plumage, as each group tries
to identify itself to the
occupants of the nest, a task
that becomes more difficult as
the evening progresses and
powers of articulation are lost.
Classification of these Aves is
not certain. Probably they are of
the family Phasianidae and the
genus Gallus, but what species?
I personally think they are tur
keys.
Their posturing, mating calls
and loud puffery are interesting
examples of animal behavior. In
the early hours of the evening I
find it quaint and even char
ming. When, however, the noise
continues past midnight it takes
on the nature of truly foul
behavior, clearly the product of
bird-brains.
John Migheli
Graduate student,
school of management
Save mountain
(This letter is directed to all
the apathetic bystanders in this
world and at this university.)
theirs
Pmy wmy f%L, the eap Ji&r whvt td eta/T
Two weeks ago, I didn't know
what Hardesty Mountain was or
where it was located I just came
back from there Hardesty
Mountain is located about 30
miles from Eugene on Highway
58 It's easily accessible by car
or even by bike. Hiking in a little
way, the noise of the freeway
rapidly fades away and you are
immersed in wilderness — the
way Oregon used to be
hundreds of years ago. If there
ever was, is, or will be a "God’s
country,” this is it, It sounds
perfect, right? A place close to
Eugene where anyone can go to
experience nature to the fullest.
Wrong. The problem is that
Hardesty Mountain may not be
long for this world. A timber sale
is slated for this August. If this is
allowed to happen, Hardesty
Mountain will be clearcut into a
slaughtered mess. A thriving
ecosystem will be demolished
and it can never be replaced.
How sad to think this would
happen all because a few
greedy people look at forests
and only see dollar signs
You can help! Write a short
letter to Rep. Jim Weaver or
Sen. Mark Hatfield today. Or
contact the Hardesty Mountain
Studey Group, P.O. Box 377,
Springfield, OR 97477.
There is a lot you can do —
just dig in and do it.
Lise Youngblade
Freshman, undeclared
Bird-brains
Having always admired the
powerful and forthright jour
nalism of the Emerald, I was
concerned that as time passed
your pinnacle of excellence
might drop. As the relentless
quality of your writers awed me
daily, I couldn’t help but fight
the sensation that you couldn't
keep it up. After all,when you’ve
hit the top, where can you go
but down?
However, the front page of
Wednesday’s (May 14) paper
reaffirmed my faith. I am so
relieved to know that waterfowl
are surviving in Eugene’s
treacherous environment. It is
not every paper that would risk
its reputation on a daring piece
of investigative journalism like
the baby duck story. These tales
aren’t pretty, but they must be
told. Far be it from me to tell you
your business (why, I know little
about such hard-hitting, ballsy
journalism), but perhaps a fol
low-up piece is called for. You
know, stories of ravaging packs
of dingos attacking baby birds,
entire coveys of quail being
sodomized by fraternity
brothers and garbage pickers
roasting sparrows over burning
trash bins.
Keep up the fine work.
Incidentally, those “impertur
bable Millrace ducks’’ were
geese
In a fowl mood,.
Steven Patterson
sophomore, journalism
Close-minded
Those of you who were rude,
close-minded and foul-mouthed
during Ronald Reagan’s or any
candidate’s visit are a disgrace
to this university.
Wendell Anthony Werner
Senior, Telecommunications,
Economics