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Opinion
Wednesday, February 24, 1999
H he CI ac I< amas P rint
A right to be heard
As I sat down to vote by mail
the other night, I wondered:
What am I doing this for? I’d just
spent the day reading articles in
the Oregonian about the hun­
dreds of students and parents
To B e ¡ n
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P eríect Woidd
KARL KATZKE
Assoc. Editor
that traveled down to
Salem to demonstrate
their support for in­
creased education
spending.
In case you turned
the news off at the
first mention of the words “New
Carissa,” you might have missed
this news story. Here’s how it
happened: Gov. John Kitzhaber
wants to increase education
spending. The state representa­
tives don’t want to. There’s a
battle waging.
Actually, I don’t care about the
battle itself. What I care about is
that the rally had to be held on
the side of the state capital... The
front of the capitol was being
used for the celebration of our
state’s 140th anniversary, with
usually dignified senators dress­
ing up in silly costumes and mak­
ing long-winded speeches.
Even though the students had
planned to come for months, and
the government had known
about the visit for months, John
Kitzhaber was out of town that
day and the few senators the stu­
dents got to speak to were
“downright rude,” according to
Lincoln High School students’
comments in The Oregonian.
Where’s the problem? We
have to remember, as our favor­
ite elected officials stand up their
in their Armani suits and Rolex
watches, that we are a part of this
government too. Remember the
, old American Revolutionary slo­
gan, “No Taxation without Rep-
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resentation?” I’m sure you heard
about it once in elementary
school... Your US History
teacher knew that this statement
wasn’t on the ACT or SAT, so
they probably didn’t go over it.
In other words,
we have the right to a
water system that
doesn’t leak (WestLinn
Tidings, Jan. 12). We
have the right to drive
down the street of our
town without hitting a
pothole large enough
to swallow a small Euro­
pean country (Fox 49 news
at 10, Feb. 19). We have a
right to have enough
money devoted to educa­
tion to bring our children
up properly.
We have the right to a country
that works properly. Maybe the
Better Business Bureau should get
involved... we’re paying for a
product that isn’t performing as
advertised.
The most important issue is
that the government we elect
doesn’t listen to us. If they’re go­
ing to do what they want to do
anyway, what is the use of even
voting them into office? We
might get more done if we didn’t
have a government!
Of course, this is why the
school budget isn’t being in­
creased. If more money went to
education, then people might
think, which would mean that
they would question the govern­
ment and its policies.
Now wouldn’t that just bite?
We have a right to be heard.
This is guaranteed in the law of
our land, the Constitution. So
whenever you have the chance,
write a letter to your senator. Give
them a phone call. Or better yet,
write a letter to your favorite pub­
lic forum, such as The Orego­
nian, your local town newspaper,
or, horror of horrors, The Print.
Whatever you do, though, don’t
sit back quietly and accept the
status quo. It’s your choice. Use
your voice.
Cloud of Unknowing
instrument of the Divine?
First, I’d like to thank you for lutism and relativism and the
all the Print space dedicated to very nature of Divinity and
the subjects of religion and Truth. Editorial policy and lim­
philosophy in your winter edi­
ited space would suggest that
tions. I’m glad that others in the the classroom (or even the cof­
college community find these fee shop) might provide a bet-
areas of study p-—————
ter atmo­
worth exploring. I • • « r— nc t r~\
sphere for
Joel Shempert’s LETTERS TO
such de­
increased clar­
ity of Christian t h
apologetics in
his weekly ar­
ticle are a source of intellec­
tual stimulation. Also, superb
articles on the Labyrinth and
the kind and thoughtful (al­
though I have taken plenty of
ribbing for that photo) inter­
view by Janos Plesko of my
thoughts on religion were ap­
preciated. A weekly student
run newspaper is not the easi­
est forum to carry on a conver­
sation about such intricate top­
ics as faith and reason, abso-
Robert Schoenberg
(x2576)
Angie Daschel
Karl Katzke
Mandi Linstrom
Feature + A&E Editor:
Jeremy Stallwood
Sports Editor:
Cartoonist:
Joel "Israel" Gunderson
John Thorburri
Advertising Manager:
Staff Photographers:
Sarah Welch
Toni McMichael
Kristina Brooks
(x2578)
Copy Editor:
Joel P. Shempert
Photo Editor:
Timothy A. Bell
Design Editor:
Megan Oldenstadt
Secretary:
JoAnne Gale
Advisor:
Linda Vogt (x2310)
bates but I
think
you’ve
been most
generous in allowing these ex­
plorations.
I would like to offer several
thoughts to clarify an interpre­
tation that Mr. Shempert had of
my statement in the interview
regarding faith. I do not see
faith as a lack of surety as Joel
implies. Quite the contrary I
see faith as a willingness to
continue to ask questions
within a framework of trust.
Faith seeks understanding. As
new ways of exploration in bi­
ology, physics, cosmology, an­
thropology, and other natural
and social sciences reveal the
material world, faith tries to
understand them within the
context of a hidden spiritual
realm. “Lack of surety, this fun­
damental ‘un-knowing’” as Joel
puts it is not “the basis for all
for all openminded and sophis­
ticated thought” but rather the
very instrument through which
Divinity beckons. The great
Christian mystical work from
1375, the Cloud of Unknowing
suggests
putting
“all
thoughts, all images, all con­
cepts beneath a metaphorical
“cloud of forgetting” in the
mind,
and
then
single-heartedly seeking to
love God, hidden from our fi­
nite consciousness by a “cloud
of unknowing.”
Joel’s
suggestion
of
Christianity’s claim of absolut­
ism in its ability to find God is
I E EdiTOR
Staff Writers:
Salena De La Cruz
James Khosravi
Janos J. Plesko
Maria Raymond
Shelbi Wescott
exactly like the absolutism
present in fundamentlist Islam
or Judaism, sectarian Hindu­
ism, Mormonism, Orthodox Ca­
tholicism, etc. Each claim to
have the truth that contradicts
others beliefs. Mr. Shempert
concludes that “this claim of
absolutism seems ugly and op­
pressive to our modern plural­
istic minds.” I agree because
as I’ve stated in previous let­
ters, Divinity seems to me to be
One Mind, One Consciousness
that transcends the pluralistic
minds of arbitrary interpreta­
tion of religion. This is the
place where I believe faith
seeks understanding and from
my limited point of view there
is much to understand. I just
ca.n’t agree with C.S. Lewis that
one who remains open to in­
quiry will, without even realiz­
ing it, find hell. Perhaps that is
best left for one who doesn’t
inquire!
Last, I want to say that I felt
sad in class when a student
said, “Man, you and that Joel
ShemperTguy must really have
it in for each other.” I think
nothing could be further from
the Truth. I had Joel as a stu­
dent who taught me much in
our classroom discussions and
as a friend who always ex­
pressed his opinions freely in
my office or in the hallways.
Now that we carry on our con­
versations in a public and spir­
ited forum I can see how the
misconception of our relation­
ship could arise. Though we
may disagree on thoughtful
matters, I have always held him
in highest regard and would
only hope that many other stu­
dents would pursue truth as he
does.
Bill Briare
Religion Instructor