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Donate blood for those who can’t

This week, thousands of units of blood will be donated to the Lane Memorial Blood Bank by University students as part of the Civil War Blood Drive. Unfortunately, the federal government has banned me from being able to give my blood to people who need it. What great crime have …

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Police, citizens should relate

Along with thousands of costumed students, I had a blast on Halloween night wandering the streets near campus. My grinning mug in the photo with your Nov. 4 article says it all. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the festivities, wearing my bright white parka labeled “COMMUNITY Watch (cops included).” …

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Powershift: Make climate history

According to the top climate scientists at the United Nations, by the year 2015, the human race must stabilize emissions of greenhouse gases and begin to rapidly reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The switch to clean, renewable sources of energy is absolutely necessary to achieve that …

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A $27 donation for a 27-point victory: Will you match it?

Who would have guessed it’d be by 27 points Saturday night — in OUR favor. I gave us 10 at the most. This is worth celebrating in a way to give thanks to the team and the U of O as a whole. We won by 27 points. I am …

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Taser case a reminder of racial intolerance

We appreciate your active reporting on the tasering of a Chinese international student living in Eugene. While we wait for more facts to emerge regarding police and landlord behavior, it is important to state the context in which Oregon’s Asians and Pacific Islanders live, regardless of residency, naturalization or citizenship …

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Ticket frustration merits answers

The ASUO has received your e-mails and phone calls. We’ve heard from the students who talk to us in class or come visit our office in the EMU. We have seen that there are more than 1,000 students on Facebook who have joined a group opposed to the current system. …

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Students deserve accurate news

There’s a lot of debate surrounding Oregon’s upcoming special election. However, it’s well-established that voters need accurate information if they’re going to make informed decisions. On Oct. 20, an article titled “Tax increase may hurt University funding” ran in the Oregon Daily Emerald that contained some significant factual inaccuracies about …

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Referendum story obscures reality

As a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology who studies the politics of ballot initiatives in Oregon, I am very familiar with how spokespeople for and against various measures use slick talking points and evocative media imagery to make their cases to a larger public. But while it is true that initiative …

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University needs civil ethics course

The University offers a plethora of courses geared to meeting students’ educational needs and stimulating their interests in diverse subjects. But one important course is missing and should be required of all students — civic ethics. The course should include sections on government systems, laws, politics, cultures, customs, religions, and …

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UO should hold Russell to ethical business standards

As a student of the University of Oregon, I believe that we should all be able to take pride in our school. Over the past year, I’ve felt my own pride ebb knowing that we retain a contract with Russell Athletic, whose business practices are not only unethical, but have …

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Union welcomes Portland State Recycling Program

Members of the Service Employees International Union would like to welcome the students of the Portland State University Recycling Program to our ranks. The 14 part-time workers in the recycling program found it advantageous to seek union representation to gain basic job rights and protections from arbitrary and adversarial workplace …

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Questions left unanswered for new indoor track

 A $30-40 million indoor track is being planned for the University athletic department by Nike’s primary architect. The drawings surfaced as part of the Eugene ’08 Olympic Track and Field Trials masterplanning “vision.” How will the track be funded? Where will the architect decide to locate it? Is the legacy …

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Rehabilitating health care

It’s a no-brainer for the rest of the world, but in America politics can make issues very complicated and drag them forever. No changes have been made to our health care system for more than 40 years despite a few attempts by Democrats, the last of which was by the Clinton administration, being shut down by Republicans and health insurance companies. This issue can get so complicated, it’s important to remember the fundamentals.

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Apologies for late criteria; vows to stay realistic

It has come to my attention that there are students unhappy with the letter I sent out last week addressing the criteria for my administration. I appreciate the criticism and will revise the details of my criteria by the end of next week. The Constitution of the ASUO states, “The …

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Senators’ exits make apathy evident

In the wake of a second ASUO senator resigning prior to starting the academic year, I felt compelled to share my reflections as a former ASUO senator. I served as Seat 17-Grad/Law for the 2008-09 school year as well as the Senate academic chairwoman (for full disclosure, this is an …

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Oregon land bill good, not good enough

Last month, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) introduced the “Oregon Treasures” legislation in Congress that would protect many areas in Oregon. Despite the addition of more than 200,000 acres from the well-publicized Wilderness Omnibus bill earlier this year, Oregon still only has 3.7 percent of its land as wilderness. While this …

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Society should encourage religious thought

I am visiting your university from out of state. I enjoyed the thought-provoking guest commentary, “Beware of Godless Liberals” (ODE, 6/22/09). I have a few questions. In a country without crime or any other problems, how long should we expect people to live? Let’s say about 80 years.

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America’s treatment of Jackson unfair

At 5 years old, Michael Jackson was immediately the leader and star of the Jackson 5. His father was very severe with his kids, especially with his most talented one. He forced Michael to practice every day for a dozen hours, beat him up when he was tired or made mistakes, and banned him from playing with other kids.

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House should pass wilderness protection bill

Last week, Rep. Peter DeFazio introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would protect one of the most rugged and wild areas left in the Oregon Coast Range. This bill would create a wilderness area for the Devil’s Staircase, an area of 30,000 acres near Reedsport.

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Beware of Godless liberals

I’m deeply concerned about the direction this country is going in. Extreme far-left-wing nuts are trying to transform our great Christian nation into a European-style secular socialist welfare state filled with godless vegans, cyclists and gardeners. I picked up former Duck and current Pitzer College sociology professor Phil Zuckerman’s book “Society without God,” thinking it was about his time spent in Eugene.

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Cheney guilty of war crimes

Dick Cheney is a war criminal. The lie nurtured by corporate media that torture “kept us safe” won’t mask Cheney’s criminality no matter how many Sunday news shows he parades around on. Besides, he failed us on 9/11. Torture is a war crime. It is explicitly stated in the U.

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Jemmali lacks balanced, unbiased argument; concern for all civilians in conflict necessary

Mohamed S. Jemmali’s letter to the Daily Emerald on Jan. 12 (“Approach freedom of speech with care”) is a classic case of Orwellian logic. In “Animal Farm,” all animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others. According to Jemmali, freedom of speech is guaranteed to everybody, but only if he approves of what those people are saying.

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