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SATURDAY EDITION
❘ FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Siuslaw News
NED HICKSON , EDITOR
Without political civility, our nation is in peril
By comparison to the rest
of the world, our people
prospered in a lifestyle
unequaled in the history of
humankind.
How did this come
about?
I would suggest it was in
the genius of the idea that a
system of two-party gov-
retained civility.
The real key to our suc-
cess? The process of issue,
conflict, compromise and
resolution. The party in
power puts out its, perhaps
over-the-top, plan or pro-
gram. The opposition takes
issue and proposes alterna-
tives. Debate takes place
GUEST VIEWPOINT
B Y J IMMIE Z INN
F LORENCE
ernment, with each party
sometimes in power and
sometimes providing the
loyal opposition, could bal-
ance out the excesses inher-
ent in the exercise of any
absolute power.
We have had very liberal
governments (Woodrow
Wilson and Franklin
Roosevelt come to mind)
and rigidly conservative
administrations (Ronald
Reagan and George W.
Bush as examples).
Certainly, the political
machinations were fre-
quently rancorous, going
clear back to the feuding of
George Washington and
Thomas Jefferson.
Yet for the most part we
and it becomes clear neither
side can prevail 100 percent
— so eventually compro-
mise is offered by both
sides, the issue is settled
and we move on.
Again, I must stress this
system worked very well
for over 200 years.
Then, somewhere in the
past 20 years or so, we
decided that compromise
was a dirty word. Somehow
it became synonymous with
surrender.
All-or-nothing became
the misguided imperative of
both sides. At the same
time, we decided that those
from the other side were
obviously of evil intent
while we, on our side, pos-
sessed the purity of the
truly righteous.
People have quit listening
to any idea alien to their
bias and vehemently attack
anyone who questions their
dogma.
What both sides seem to
dream about most is single-
party rule. Lip service is
still given to the process of
compromise but that is all it
is. Instead, we conclude all
will be great again, as soon
as those other “fools” final-
ly come to their senses and
see it our way.
Until then?
Go pound salt.
God help us if either side
ever achieves true one-party
rule. If world history clearly
illustrates a point, it is that
any single-party system,
whether on the left or right,
inevitably leads to despot-
ism.
We, pure of heart though
we may be, are not
immune.
I would suggest that
unless we find a way to
again become civil in our
political systems, unless we
return to an age of reason-
able accommodation to the
ideas of others, this country
is in deep trouble.
LETTERS
V OICE YOUR OPINION
ON HB 4135
The Oregon Advanced Directive law
has not changed in 25 years. HB 4135
wants to change that. It proposes that
the governor appoint a 13-person board
to make sure the advanced directives of
citizens, including those suffering from
dementia, are followed.
As it is now, you can appoint some-
one to be your voice if you cannot. The
sentence reads, “If you wish, the
advance directive may include a direc-
tive to physicians to withhold or with-
draw life sustaining procedures under
certain circumstances.”
The certain circumstances are:
You are close to death and life sup-
port would only postpone — not pre-
vent — death;
Or you are permanently uncon-
scious;
Or have an advanced progressive ill-
ness;
Or life support would not help your
medical condition and would subject
you to extraordinary suffering.
So in other words, you need to be
physically failing, not mentally failing,
to have your advance directive fol-
lowed.
This does not protect the demented.
No one gives them the choice if they
want to live in that condition or not. I
for one do not want to live in a memo-
ry care unit or live with life-sustaining
measures if I was not mentally capable
of making the choice at that time.
At present, HB 4135 is on the House
of Representatives floor to be voted on.
It is important you voice your opinion
to your representative.
—Bruce Yelle
Florence
T HIRD - GRADE MATH
The population of the United States,
as of 2016, is 323 million people.
President Trump has just proposed a
$1 trillion per year program to improve
our infrastructure such as roads,
bridges, airports, etc.
That will cost nearly every man,
woman and child $3,230 each year.
That is only one program on top of
our other basic costs to run the country.
This is only third-grade math.
— Albert Anderson
Florence
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Opinion
P.O. Box 10
Florence, OR 97439
It is my sincere hope any
reader of what follows is
neither insulted nor angered
by the expression of my
sincere opinions.
Unfortunately, it seems to
me such a reaction has
become a near absolute in
political discourse these
days.
If one is questioned about
an issue, it is considered an
attack; if someone dis-
agrees, they become the
enemy; if you suggest that
someone on the other side
may have a good idea, you
are a traitor.
These traits, exhibited so
vociferously by our presi-
dent and echoed in kind by
his opposition, are clear
examples of the break down
in civil discourse that, if not
corrected, will see no less
than the destruction of this
democracy.
I do not believe this to be
any exaggeration. When we
demand all or nothing, the
end result will, in most situ-
ations, be nothing.
Consider our history.
From before the constitu-
tion was ratified through
well over the next 200
years, we became the most
successful and the most
powerful nation on Earth.
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S AFETY IS IMPORTANT
PART OF EDUCATION
Monday evening I attended the
informational meeting at Siuslaw High
School regarding the possibility of the
school district pursuing a bond to
finance the upgrading and/or new con-
struction of the facilities, including the
high school.
I went because I value education and
I want, in every way possible, to show
the young people in our community
that we do care about and support
them.
I went because, as a retired teacher
who has visited and spent time in those
facilities, I recognize that they are out-
dated, ineffective for 21st century
learning and teaching, and are unsafe.
I went because I wanted to see the
future of our community — our youth
— embraced and supported.
I left the meeting feeling sad.
Not because there wasn’t support for
the proposals, but because I heard
three thoughtful Siuslaw High School
students, all female, asking multiple
questions about safety.
“Will each room have a fire extin-
guisher, because the foam will disable
a shooter and then it can be used to hit
them?” asked one student.
“Will the exterior doors have auto-
matic lockdown systems that can be
triggered?” asked another.
“Will our classroom doors be
stronger and safe, ‘cuz the ones we
have now are flimsy?” asked the third
student.
I was heartbroken that these are the
questions that our students have on
their minds when they think about their
high school (junior high, elementary)
school day.
And then, on Valentine’s Day, com-
ing home after a lovely afternoon’s
drive along our beautiful Oregon
Coast, I heard the news from Parkland,
Fla. — another school shooting leaving
17 students and teachers dead, with
more injured.
My sadness turned to anger.
And as my heart went out to those in
Florida, my heart went out to our stu-
dents who start the days with those
very same worries accompanying them
to school each day. Those worries
become magnified each time there is
another school shooting — we’ve had
18 shooting incidents at schools in the
first 45 days of 2018 in America.
If we truly are a “City in Motion,”
that motion needs to support — 1,000
percent — our youth. Our residents
need to support an upcoming bond
measure should the district decide to
move forward and place a measure on
the November ballots.
It will let our students know that we
have their backs. We can’t, as a com-
munity, believe it will “never happen
here.”
That’s what they thought in
Parkland, Fla., Marshall County, Ky.,
Aztec, NM., Rancho Tehama, Calif.,
San Bernardino, Calif., Roseburg,
Ore., Troutdale, Ore., Santa Monica,
Calif., Newton, Conn., Oakland, Calif.,
Blacksburg, Va., and Littleton, Colo.
They were wrong.
Enough.
—Becky Goehring
Florence
T HOUGHTS FROM
AN OLD U.S. M ARINE
As I sit here in my comfortable
motorhome presently at U.S. Marine
Corps Base Camp Pendleton in south-
ern California watching the Olympics,
and in particular the downhill skiing
routes these athletes are skiing down, I
cannot help but wonder how many
other Korean Veterans of the Korean
War are looking at these hills as I am
— and wondering if those were the
hills we had to fight up and down back
in the 1950s?
Without a doubt, most of the
observers and all the participants have
vague — if any — memory of the
thousands of American young men
who died over there while fighting to
take those hills and then to hold them.
Just some thoughts from an old
Marine reminiscing.
—Tony Cavarno
Florence
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Amendment
C
ongress shall make no law
respecting an establishment
of religion or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech, or of the
press, or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the Government for a
redress of grievances.
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WHERE TO WRITE
Pres. Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461
TTY/TDD Comments:
202-456-6213
www.whitehouse.gov
Gov. Kate Brown
160 State Capitol
900 Court St.
Salem, Ore. 97301-4047
Governor’s Citizens’ Rep.
Message Line:
503-378-4582
www.oregon.gov/gov
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
221 Dirksen Senate Office
Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-5244
541-431-0229
www.wyden.senate.gov
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley
313 Hart Senate Office
Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-3753/FAX: 202-
228-3997
541-465-6750
www.merkley.senate.gov
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio
( 4 th Dist.)
2134 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-6416
541-269-2609
541-465-6732
www.defazio.house.gov
State Sen. Arnie Roblan
( Dist. 5 )
900 Court St. NE - S-417
Salem, OR 97301
503-986-1705
FAX: 503-986-1080
Email: Sen.ArnieRoblan@
oregonlegislature.gov
State Rep. Caddy
McKeown
( Dist. 9 )
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-986-1409
Email: rep.caddymckeown
@state.or.us
West Lane County
Commissioner
Jay Bozievich
125 E. Eighth St.
Eugene, OR 97401
541-682-4203
FAX: 541-682-4616
Email:
Jay.Bozievich@
co.lane.or.us