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Editorials from EDN and invited guests. Opinions expressed in Viewpoints are the work of the writer and do not represent the views of Eugene Daily News, it’s owners, or it’s employees.

VIEWPOINT: Closing The Clean Water Act Loopholes

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On the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a new report from Environment Oregon, “Waterways Restored,” highlights the success the law has brought to the Willamette River, taking it from a river overwhelmed by sewage, to one that Oregonians can once again enjoy for swimming.

To Think is a Dangerous Thing

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As I sit here drinking my morning coffee looking out at seven beautiful snow covered mountains my mind is developing some ideas on development. Sometimes to think is a dangerous thing.

Voters Pamphlet: Now That Should Come in Useful?

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A long time ago, in a far away land, I was a registered Democrat. I’m not exactly sure why I registered that way but in college I thought Democrat was the way to go. The older I got and the more I began to understand, the more I realized I wasn’t a D so after moving to Eugene I re-registered as a Republican. Living in this community I realized I wasn’t a far left and the only other direction I could go at the time was the far right.

Don’t Sit on Your Butt, Speak Up

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Some big changes are headed to Eugene and I think its time the voiceless speak up. A few months back I heard Whole Foods is again looking to located in Downtown Eugene. Those close to the deal asked me to be quiet about the deal because, in case you didn’t notice, there’s a group of people in Eugene who tend to kill new development before it has a chance to grow.

Enough Talk, Lets Find A Solution

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It’s time to get involved and stop allowing the conversation to be controlled by a single group. It’s time to do more than talk, even out of true compassion, it’s time to elevate the discourse and focus on solutions, not who can yell the loudest.

I Want to Recycle I Just Want to be Pro-Choice About it

First it was save the trees, go plastic.  Now the Eugene City Council has joined Portland and Corvallis with their vote to ban the use of plastic grocery bags.

Shopping at Winco in Springfield tonight I finally figured out what it is about this Eugene Plastic Bag Ban that bugs me: I’M PRO-RECYCLING AND PRO-CHOICE.

Autism: Disorder to some, Normal to Me.

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Oregon has the second highest diagnosed rate in the nation and Lane County is one of the highest county’s with Autism rates in Oregon if not the highest.

Christopher Dorner and the Monsters in Our Heads

Christopher Dorner is not the new Batman, neither is he the new Joker. He's a human being who made the wrong decision based on being wronged.

Trying to understand what happens to people like Christopher Dorner seems more effective in preventing future acts of violence than just saying, “Another crazy monster!” and moving on to the next action-packed news phenomenon. Dorner was not the new Batman, neither was he the new Joker. He was a human being who made the wrong decision based on being wronged.

Citizen Confrontation at City Council Meeting

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The heat is turning up on Lane County. Attempts to prevent local activist Alley Valkyrie from attending County Commission meetings backfired on the 29th when Alley not only showed up, she spoke to their conduct directly and without restraint.

Banning GMO’s: The New Civil Rights Movement

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As the fight over genetically modified canola and other GM crops escalates in the Willamette Valley, a group of farmers and neighbors in Benton County have spent the past year talking about how to stop GMO’s. They’ve asked the question that people across the country ask when faced with corporate threats – such as GMO’s, fracking, or water privatization – how do we say no?

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