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Crucifixion prompts

many questions

Tribune movie critic Pat Holmes was right. 'The Passion of the Christ' is making 'some' money and arousing compassion in those who believe somebody must suffer because they were born (An unholy commotion, Weekend Life, Feb. 27). Still, if Jesus is the savior, logically, he must be alive. If he lives, he is not dead, so he did not actually die and nobody actually killed him.

On the other hand, if the suffering Jesus is only an icon that churches use to recruit members, money and now moviegoers, he likely was merely mortal and his brutal killers are now skeletons. So isn't it time people stopped asking who killed Jesus and how, and started determining if he is, in fact, dead or alive?

Personally, I think that if mere mortals tortured to death the son of God and savior of the world, it was not their fault. God ought to have made an indestructible savior with the ability to go into a meditative state, like some people do today, in which he would feel no pain.

Given the apparent popularity of Mel Gibson's film, I have to wonder. Do people really want the joy of salvation or just the suffering icon that makes their own fear, guilt and suffering seem bearable?

Edith Pounds Bernard

Sherwood

TriMet suit would

impose huge costs

So Michael Levine needs special systems costing lots of money because his bus driver failed to announce his next stop (Visually impaired take TriMet to task, Feb. 10).

Because he is legally blind, the Americans With Disabilities Act makes him more 'independent' by being dependent on a law that puts him and others with disabilities in a special class.

Penny Roth

Southwest Portland

Voters are justified

in defying Salem

Democracy too far? Ballot measures are the preservation of democracy in Oregon (We take democracy too far, Insight, Feb. 3). Perhaps writer Brian Wagner forgot that Measure 30 was brought to the ballot because the Legislature categorically dismissed the will of the people as clearly demonstrated by Measure 28. House Bill 2152 passed because state Rep. Max Williams and other legislators betrayed their commitment to 'represent' their constituents and because the governor broke his promise to Oregonians after Measure 28 failed.

Despite the rhetoric, Oregonians still witness 'use it or lose it' line-item zeroing in every branch of state government on a regular basis. We have yet to see any legislative changes to enable an accurate inflation adjustment replacement for the current service level scam or to enable performance management of state employees.

We are still not afforded the same level of accounting practice protection from Oregon Superintendent of Public Schools Susan Castillo, Oregon Transportation Department Director Bruce Warner and other agency directors that stockholders are provided by private industry executives.

In my estimation, Measure 30 was about a just exercise of democracy in response to the consistent tenacity of our elected representatives' usurping the clearly demonstrated will of Oregonians.

Ted Calouri

Northwest Portland