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A more positive way to remember victim?

To the Editor:

A recent trial for Cory Sause resulted in a sentence for the young woman. Your front-page article suggested that the families were grateful to have closure after the devastating accident on Dec. 21, 2004. I can only emphasize; it was a tragic event for two families. The articles have been prominent and sobering. We learn again about the outcome of driving under the influence.

As a community member and reader, I, too, would welcome closure. Future articles should be placed inside the paper. Comments regarding conduct and judgment should be avoided. It is never inappropriate to remember our own weaknesses and failures. Few of us really set out to cause pain and grief.

In Chapter 8 of John, he recalls the words of Jesus who is confronted by the scribes and Pharisees who are condemning a woman for her behavior: 'Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.' Not surprisingly, no one did.

The cross and the flowers on South Shore are a constant reminder of a sad event. Surely, there is a more positive way to remember the Kibler son, perhaps through a program at his former high school?

Judy C. Kelley

Lake Oswego

Witness harbors animosity toward Sause

To the Editor:

The Lake Oswego Review reported that Patrick Kibler's father, John, addressed Cory Sause Tuesday, Aug. 8, (in a Clackamas County Circuit Courtroom) saying: 'I don't think any of us harbor animosity toward you. The feelings we have are of extreme sadness ... The one good thing to come out of this is if it helps your life in the future.'

I have a feeling if he had seen what actually happened to his son that night he would feel a lot of animosity toward Sause. I feel a tremendous amount of animosity toward Sause and I didn't know either Sause or Kibler. At some point someone needs to describe the physical destruction that occurred that night.

My wife says I drive too slow and there is a reason why. I saw what happened to Patrick Kibler and his brother and it will stay with me always. Animosity. Absolutely!

Scott Stewart

Lake Oswego

Pesticide use implicated in causing diseases

To the Editor:

My thanks to Cliff Newell for his excellent coverage of our DVD called 'Water,Water Everywhere,' and of my own long struggle for a better, more natural way of living in our surroundings, and, more specifically, my fight against the use of toxic chemicals.

A few small errors, which are always par for the course:

I was quoted as saying that elimination of dandelions 'invites disease and infection.' Not quite. It is the use of pesticides to destroy dandelions and other plants, permeating our ecosystems, water in particular, that is implicated in the causation of many diseases, including cancer, and which puts us humans and all the other animals at risk. Round-Up, for example, kills frogs.

As for influencing the EPA and other government agencies, I'm not so sure. I did write an annotated bibliography on 2,4-D for the EPA, and I was invited by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob Berglund, during the Carter Administration, to speak to the heads of the many agencies that are involved in permitting and advising the use of toxic chemicals. I took a MD-toxicologist along and, yes, it seemed clear that together we were reaching these people. After that, there were many calls back and forth between DC and me. One day, my D.C. person exclaimed 'oh-oh' in the middle of our conversation. He and most of the people we had influenced were on a list to be let go by the newly elected Reagan administration. He had just been handed his termination papers. And so, that was probably the end of our influence in Washington for a while.

As for changes in Legislature, maybe … but most of our victories were in court; one was issued by the U.S. Department of Justice (in our 1996 lawsuit to stop a highway through the wetlands); and sometimes we won just by filing a lawsuit and gaining concessions.

I was sick from being doused with forest sprays, which drift down to the valley farms and residents, and I wanted justice. Not money, just justice - and an end to the wanton use of chemical spraying, and a way to live peaceably in this earth without harming each other and the animals.

But I liked Cliff Newell's piece and I do thank you for running it.

Barbara Kelley

Director, Save Our ecoSystems inc (SOS)

Lake Oswego