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Letters to the Editor - March 8

Centennial counselor is a hero for speaking out

Mr. Siegel's guest column (Outlook, Feb. 27) is nothing less than true honor, he is right to stand up for the children in his charge. That is his job! To question his school's policy is what a good citizen does. Too often we find the policy is wrong or executed improperly to begin with.

These public school 'Politico Politburo' do not always act out of compassion and concern for their students as Mr. Siegel has. Seems to me the principal of Centennial is more concerned about protecting his own derrière than his students' safety.

Through history, great civilizations have always protected their children. Now it seems, it is all the fashion to sell them to the highest bidder.

Caring parents want to know? Why has the Bush administration's 'no child left behind' law been allowed to station military recruiters in our high schools to target and deceive our children into joining a most obscene and immoral slaughter circus? Over a million, three thousand served and still counting.

Military recruiters deceived me in 1968 as they do youngsters today. One need only Google 'military recruiters disciplined' to find page after page of lies and deception promulgated by these merchants of death.

As for their honor, the GAO reports more than 1,000 cases of rape and sexual misconduct of young teenage women and presumably young men as well, this while trying to enlist to serve their country at the hands of their recruiters.

Don't believe me? Look it up!

I am not saying all recruiters are rapists or sexual predators, but evidently, a significant number are.

What exactly is the vetting process for these recruiters? Do you want people with this record handling your children?

Perhaps we should remember Jared Gunther, the young autistic teen recruited into the army in 2006.

Another thing that bothers me is the small percentage of recruiters who have ever seen combat firsthand. Shouldn't they have the benefit of the experience before they tout battle stories to prospective recruits?

My recommendation to those who think military recruiters are cool with kids and look like Sonny Jim on the label of a jam jar, is to talk to the mothers and fathers of the Gold Star Families, talk to Ms. Sheehan about the loss of her son, Casey, who was told he wouldn't have to kill. Talk to the Iraq vets against the war. Talk to the vets involved in Abu Ghraib. Then get back to me about how great it is to sell our children to these charlatan Shanghai experts.

WILLIAM E. DODDS

Gresham

Anti-meat zealots organized campaign

The recent beef recall has sent self-righteous animal rights activists into a feeding frenzy, and some of them have been using phony letter-writing campaigns to voice their outrage. The same exact letter submitted by Pete Flutie ('Government doesn't do enough to inspect beef' in the Feb. 23 edition of The Outlook) also appeared, word-for-word, in more than four dozen other U.S. newspapers this month. In each case, a different 'author' signed it.

This is not a coincidence. It's an organized campaign.

While Americans are understandably outraged at the behavior of a few meatpacking employees, anti-meat zealots are trying to parlay that into a national hatred for the entire animal-agriculture food chain. That's understandable, since they believe we should be limited to crunching carrots and slurping soymilk. But it's not honest.

If the save-the-cows crowd has to resort to form letters to make a point, they don't deserve to be taken seriously. Especially since the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made it clear that this whole episode didn't pose a food-safety risk to anyone's health. Despite the indefensible actions of two or three people, Americans won't likely lose their taste for meat. Especially when they understand how deceptive some vegetarians can be.

David Martosko

research director,

Center for Consumer Freedom

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Washington, D.C.

For God's blessings, we must do our part

In response to a letter from Joanna Klick (Feb. 27 edition of The Outlook), I have a few thoughts. The way I understand things, God does not typically 'punish' mankind for sin by 'raining down disaster.' He is a loving Father who does sometimes have to withhold the blessings that would come from obedience to His commandments. Any fair and loving parent disciplines his child for disobedience by withholding privileges or rewards.

I think this most often happens on an individual basis. A person makes choices and reaps the consequences, good or bad. But on a larger scale, when a population which has always had God's commandments begins to tip the scale in favor of disobedience, that population can't expect the blessings to continue as before. And, yes, this pertains largely to the United States.

We have had the commandments here from the beginning, and historically they were respected in our culture. Our nation has been tremendously blessed with freedom and prosperity. But as more and more of us forget where those blessings come from and disregard the commandments, we will, indeed, see more and more troubles.

Many of the troubles named by Ms. Klick - shootings, abuse, prejudice, greed, misuse of power - are instances of disobedience themselves. Others come as consequences of our disobedient choices. Still others come about by natural means. God does sometimes intervene on behalf of those who are faithful, but we can't expect His protection if we don't obey His laws. He wants to bless us, but we've got to do our part.

Mary Anne Shamrell

Gresham

County should properly protect Corbett

As a longtime Corbett resident, I'm appalled and outraged with Multnomah County for not providing us with adequate police services.

It's pretty ridiculous. People out here spend their hard-earned dollars to buy a place and pay plenty in property taxes just so the county can regulate you to the point where you get fined if you move too much dirt when you chop blackberries. It's funny too, that there is ALWAYS money in the budget to monitor what we law-abiding, tax-paying citizens are doing out here with our property. but they can't come up with enough money to monitor criminals. Maybe if the county quit funding the dirt police and started paying for the real police like they're supposed to, we wouldn't have to worry about protecting our families and property on our own.

In light of the taxes we pay and all the regulations we put up with, it's downright insulting that we have to tolerate our homes being robbed in broad daylight or that visitors to our community have to worry about their cars being broken into. Adequate police protection is a basic service, and it's time for our county commissioners to quit blowing smoke and do what it takes to provide it.

Lynette Kerslake

Corbett

Commissioners out of touch, we need better

The most casual observer can come to the conclusion that a number of the Multnomah County commissioners are out of touch with a large share of East Multnomah County residents. I base this opinion on the reaction of three of the commissioners to the Gresham City Council's rejection of the Intergovernmental Agreement (the agreement would put to a vote a vehicle registration fee to pay for the Sellwood Bridge repair).

Instead of acknowledging that the bridge repairs are a regional transportation issue, one of the commissioners responded to the Gresham vote by threatening to withhold county funding to East County jurisdictions, money that was generated by East County businesses. Responses such as this needlessly reinforce the mindset that the county commission is dominated by Portland-based interests who desire that East County simply 'fall in line and go along' with those who hold to the interests of downtown. They have forgotten that this is America, where we have the right to disagree and make our opinions known through our governmental representatives.

In light of this, it is clear that the successor to Lonnie Roberts will need to be a strong voice for the people of East County. The commission's response to Gresham's rejection of the bridge funding proposal is sufficient enough evidence to show that East County needs a principled person on the county commission who has the backbone to represent our interests. East County cannot afford to elect a 'let's all get along' type of commissioner who will get run over by the downtown crowd.

Having worked as a city councilor alongside candidate Ken Quinby, I have learned that he is a man of integrity. Ken is not afraid to ask tough questions, is willing to stand on his principles, and he will represent East County's interests well. I recommend voters consider him as their candidate for the County Commission.

Robert Maricle

Fairview City Councilor