In Defense of Eugene and our mayor

Posted: June 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

So, I am looking through the blogs of others and i come across this….

“Heroin Hill’s 4 miles East of campus and 6 miles from downtown; the cops do nothing about it; homeless people, some addicts, also live along the river, in town — an “unseen city” hidden, within a city!   I’ve never heard of the residents bothering rafters, boaters and fishermen though.

The insufferable, arrogant, politically correct, extreme leftist, moral superiority here, makes it just that ….. extremely insufferable!   Yet, … if you visit Eugene, be sure to visit “HEROIN HILL” — a stone’s throw from I-5, overlooking the Willamette River.   It’s a homeless area of approximately 200 residents living in tents, old trailers, and “lean-to’s” which dot the hills; it’s marked “No Trespassing” but the well-worn trails make it obvious no on pays attention to the signs. 

Even the local Eugene police force won’t go there …… not unless it’s en mass, with State and County police, and K-9 backup and there has to be a serious reason to go up there!   From the city fathers on down, the attitude, is “look the other way …..”   In case they change their minds, it’s east of I-5 and west of Glenwood Blvd., from where it enters the freeway and on north ….. behind an industrial area.

Now that we’re (The Ducks) competing at the highest level, of sports …. in Football (and soon to be basketball) and always has been for TRACK, ….. the U of O may rank higher on the desired school your children want to attend — please; for their sakes, think again; take the time to read this and help us change …… our town; PLEASE.

Even after years of protestations, drugs are still sold openly on the Lane County court house steps as well as throughout the city; people just look the other way, ….. especially the city “fathers” and yes ….. even the police.

As an example:  The Nation magazine, America’s self-described “flagship of the left,” has named Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy as the country’s most valuable local official.

In naming Piercy, The Nation cited her sustainable business initiative, (in spite the truth) her leadership in climate protection actions, and support for human rights and child welfare measures.

What a joke!  To find the truth, just ask any local businessman if Eugene is ”business friendly.”

Also, our city carries social programs to excesses even though they don’t have the money to do so – another one of America’s cities headed for bankruptcy!

The weekly newsmagazine also included U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., whose home is in Springfield, in its 2010 Progressive Honor Roll.  Defazio was recently “outted” as a Socialist by the Socialist Caucus in the House of Representatives.   This is exactly the kind of man Eugene elects!   Look up his record and his distortion of the truth.   Springfield, a bit more conservative than Eugene wouldn’t elect him except for his work for octogenarians – if only they knew …..

Crime in Eugene?   You can look in the paper or see: Bait Car Dummies

I have no idea who this individual is, but i would like to say a few things concerning this post as a homeless man in the city of Eugene.

“Heroin Hill’s 4 miles East of campus and 6 miles from downtown; the cops do nothing about it; homeless people, some addicts, also live along the river, in town — an “unseen city” hidden, within a city!   I’ve never heard of the residents bothering rafters, boaters and fishermen though.

The insufferable, arrogant, politically correct, extreme leftist, moral superiority here, makes it just that ….. extremely insufferable!   Yet, … if you visit Eugene, be sure to visit “HEROIN HILL” — a stone’s throw from I-5, overlooking the Willamette River.   It’s a homeless area of approximately 200 residents living in tents, old trailers, and “lean-to’s” which dot the hills; it’s marked “No Trespassing” but the well-worn trails make it obvious no on pays attention to the signs.

Even the local Eugene police force won’t go there …… not unless it’s en mass, with State and County police, and K-9 backup and there has to be a serious reason to go up there!   From the city fathers on down, the attitude, is “look the other way …..”   In case they change their minds, it’s east of I-5 and west of Glenwood Blvd., from where it enters the freeway and on north ….. behind an industrial area.  “

as one of the 1.8% of the city of Eugene who is homeless, who must always be on the look out for a lace to lay my head at night, I have never heard of this place. I have neither been there nor heard mention of it from the other homeless in this city. This is not even possible in the city of Eugene, where the police chase the homeless from any and every place they try to sleep when they are caught.  There is nowhere the police in this city are afraid to go, especially if it means they get the opportunity to amuse themselves with harassment the homeless.

“Heroin Hill”? This would seem to be the fear mongering paranoia of a life time conservative who is disgruntled about the city who always has and always will be Democrat. This seems to be along the lines of the spin doctoring of the truth that national Republicans have tried to do concerning the Obama administration. A blatant attempt at twisting the truth to fit the mental disorder that allows people to view the world as conservative Republicans. However, since i freely admit that i do not know everything, i will ask around about it and get back to the blog about it.

“Now that we’re (The Ducks) competing at the highest level, of sports …. in Football (and soon to be basketball) and always has been for TRACK, ….. the U of O may rank higher on the desired school your children want to attend — please; for their sakes, think again; take the time to read this and help us change …… our town; PLEASE.

the U of O ranks 11th out of the 100’s of colleges and Universities across the nation for drug abuse ( http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2427/1/ ). This person later in his rant derides Eugene and Mayor Kitty Piercy for turning a blind eye to people using and selling drugs in public places yet he seems to “turn a blind eye” to this little fact. The U of O has many issues that this person later complains about, yet he is a supporter of the University while feeling the need to bash the “liberal” establishment here in Eugene.

Even after years of protestations, drugs are still sold openly on the Lane County court house steps as well as throughout the city; people just look the other way, ….. especially the city “fathers” and yes ….. even the police.

Unfortunately this is an area where i agree with the author of this blog. the sheer hypocrisy of the city police and “fathers” as the author calls them, on this issue is staggering.  I have pointed out in previous posts concerning the issue of thee 14-20 year olds who hang out at the downtown park and drink, do drugs, sell drugs, harass women and vandalize this otherwise very wonderful place in our city. all of this behavior is very much acceptable to the authorities here until it comes to the same behavior when committed by the homeless. Then and only then do the police move in and crack down on the behavior. In all honesty, it takes a lot less than this to get thee police to go after thee homeless. Refer back to “Eugene at it’s Finest”, remember the homeless girl who was banned from this very same park and fined $150 for napping during the day there? I do not support the use of drugs and do not even smoke marijuana, however, i also do not think people should be going to jail or prison for making a choice of what to do with their own bodies. However, when this is done in public, it is no longer an issue of what you choose to do with your body and it becomes what you are subjecting others to.

As an example:  The Nation magazine, America’s self-described “flagship of the left,” has named Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy as the country’s most valuable local official.

In naming Piercy, The Nation cited her sustainable business initiative, (in spite the truth) her leadership in climate protection actions, and support for human rights and child welfare measures.”

Only a true Republican would condemn someone and insult them for caring about others. The total indifference to those outside of their upper middle class to rich social class is a long lasting trademark for the GOP.  Though I have been critical of some of Mayor Piercy’s actions, i will never take points away from her for caring. Mrs. Piercy has been a strong proponent of sustainability and had honestly made efforts to help those in need. My critiques of her efforts with homelessness is not that she has not tried, its that the efforts she has made are not very well thought out and only apply to a small number of those who need the services, but she does try.

as for the economic issues, the author of the quoted blog seems to forget that Lane county and Eugene in particular has NEVER been strong for job growth. Whether it has been Kitty Piercy or Jim Torry, who at the time of his mayorship was Republican. Blaming Piercy for the job issue is a stretch as many of the policies that effect jobs in Oregon are decided in Salem. Our Mayor has only limited movement to effect these things at the local level, and unlike the issue with city police behavior, is working uphill with efforts to get some support from the capitol for incentives for business’ to locate in the Eugene area. However, she also has power over the things such as the ridiculous local tax scheme that punishes business for doing business within the district covered by the city bus’. The transit district tax……………….

Also, our city carries social programs to excesses even though they don’t have the money to do so – another one of America’s cities headed for bankruptcy!

Another screwy assumption by the republican author of this blog. as a member of the homeless in Eugene i know that many of these social programs are carried out and funded by INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATIONS! Yes Mrs. Piercy does work with these organizations to best find ways to try to help those effected by them, but the funding for many of them come from thee generosity and humanity of private donations to charitable causes. Groups like Food for Lane county, St. Mary’s (corner of 13th ans Pearl, not the downtown location), the Eugene Rescue Mission. All of them are privately funded take nothing from the city, county or state to run. This accusation is simply another example of the Republican parties misanthropic, socio-phobic mindset towards helping their fellow human beings.

Crime in Eugene?   You can look in the paper or see: Bait Car Dummies

Yes, we have crime in Eugene. Portland has crime, Junction City has crime, reno NV has crime as does every other city in the world. we are worse than some and better than others. The University he seems so proud of houses several of those responsible for this crime. He is right, look in the paper, but do this. Go on-line and Google http://www.american-school-search.com/safety/university-of-oregon  . The University of Oregon is considered a dangerous place to study.  read the papers concerning U of O students and the robberies, assaults and rapes committed by them, then decide who is responsible for the Universities not ranking higher among the nation in this category. That being said, the U of O is a great school. Ranking among the best in the nation for such things as Business. The few students that have created the safety issues at this college are not indicative of the general population of the University. I have found the students here to be friendly, intelligent and truly concerned for their neighbors well-being and for the good of their society. Things the author of the quoted blog apparently has forgotten or never learned.

The casual environment in Eugene is a boon to the city and the quoted blogs author should simply move if it offends him. Eugene is not perfect, but nowhere is. At least our politicians are willing to try to work on it and to make improvements to the areas where they are flawed. We live in an environment where there are a large number of people who honestly care for their fellow-man and who want to help as much as possible. This is due to the cities long history of Democratic leaders. Under Republican rule we would be living in an uncaring fascist environment where it would not only be ok to ignore our neighbors needs, but expected.  One look at my Facebook profile will tell you I am neither Rep or Dem, but between the two I will take the Dem 90% of the time.

Eugene Wanderer

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Comments
  1. josiahe says:

    To begin with, you’ve called names which reduces your credibility ….. I’m not a Republican. I care for people and donate on my own, however you’ll have to admit Eugene spends money as if there’s no tomorrow, very unwisely, and as if there’s no repercussions! Look at how much they spend just to promote themselves …..

    An Understatement:
    “Eugene has never been strong ….” As a former business owner, Eugene is just downright ANTI-BUSINESS! Extremely so; just ask any business owner!

    Re: Heroin Hill
    It could be that the bus driver that used that specific (name) for that hill, was using it ’cause that what the homeless guy called it — could be it’s not called that by the locals, but the campers are there ….. It’s alongside the I-5, actually, it’s probably called Glenwood, … it’s in that no-man’s-land, in between. I stopped on the I-5 to look and from the litter, the broken-down bike-carts, the junk alongside the road, and the well-worn trails, it’s there ….. albeit, maybe known by another name.

    Re: Republican / Democrat
    I’ve been the full spectrum, but I’m neither! However, I tend more toward the libertarian side of the Tea Party – that is, except for their childish, simplistic drug permissiveness. You need to wise up; this is a Democratic – city, state, and nation …. and we are moving rapidly toward a FASCIST system. Have you ever thought about what the Nazi government was called? Sound it out and it may help you to understand: Nationalsozialist[

    I didn’t call the mayor those names; your own leftist organizations did!

    I was NOT commenting on the Eugene PD, but I’d have to somewhat agree with what I’ve read here, generally poor!

  2. josiahe says:

    Just to reiterate, I’m not a republican; I once was, but for a very short time.

    I spent much more time as a Democrat, and in parts of other leftist causes …. I’ve been from Yuppie, to Yippie, and then, from a druggie to a business owner, when I found out how the world works ….. Oh; and I once began a college chapter of SDS, but make no mistake about it, ….. I’ve never not cared about people. I’ve been homeless when I was disabled (still am); I’ve lived on the road and out of tents for over a year and a half.

    You jump to a lot of conclusions. It’s just that I’ve also never been afraid to work hard for a living. There’s nothing wrong with giving a full day’s labor for a days pay; I’ve never been accused of being a slacker; you ought to try working. It gives one, a full measure of self respect!

  3. Ok. first thing first. as far as me trying to work, i spent many many months seeking work and to no avail. I am not a lazy person and have experience in everything from manual labor to clerical work, but as we have agreed on, Eugene is not a good place for work, and this remains the same regardless of the mayor or governor or any other factor. I would love to have a job to go to every day, i want the burden pf paying bills and responsibilities, but we do not always get what we want. There is no legitimate reason why I can not find work. I am intelligent, capable and willing, but……….. I think you, as a lot of others do, assume that because i am homeless I am some slacker who wouldn’t take a job if it was offered to him and who spends their days getting high ( I do not use drugs) or drinking myself into an oblivious coma (i rarely drink). the sad truth of the matter is that it is just this kind of stereotyping that stops many of us from being able to get on our feet and making a good go of standing tall. the backhanded insult you threw my way concerning this is also very reminiscent of Republican attitudes. It was for this reason i referred to you as a Republican. I am educated, drug free, politically active and would challenge you to pick me out as a homeless person were you to meet me in person. since you are so concerned with my sense of personal fulfillment, you should offer me the job i can not seem to find on my own. lol
    As far as the things you have done to help your fellow man, i hope you have been active in that. Part of the issue in your society is that there are too many who are willing to treat those less fortunate than themselves as pariahs and rejects instead of trying to extend a helping hand or give them the means to get up and running again.
    as far as name calling diminishing your words or the strength and validity of your opinion, I believe you tagged some of those you were speaking about with some fairly heavy titles yourself, but i would rather disagree with someone based on the facts than how they present them.
    I think all politicians spend money irresponsibly. From the local level to the federal. However, i am afraid i can understand the reason for so much money being spent to promote Eugene. As a business man you must understand the purpose of marketing. the money spent to promote Eugene if it were to begin to bring in those wanting to see the place could generate income from tourism, but i do think we will need a lot more to draw them than a once a year pot head fest, um, sorry i mean hemp fest and cheap beer during Eugene Celebration. These things are not what people are going to come here for. Granted, Hemp fest draws a lot of people, but most are not individuals with disposable income, they are homeless and stoners who when the spend will be doing so in the invisible marketplace. instead we should be using this money to develop things others will want to see or visit. I will not pretend to understand what that may be, its not something i have experience dealing in.

    You mentioned you are ” However, I tend more toward the libertarian side of the Tea Party “, as i said, Republican 🙂 Sarah Palin is the worse thing to happen to American Politics since the Bush family. She is a joke and has made her entire movement a joke. were the Tea Partier ever to get into the white house you would experience the true meaning of fascism. the Republican party and ALL of its affiliates constantly complain about the loss of civil liberties under Democratic rule, but the truth is that our biggest loss of liberty has come under Republican rule. Homeland Security anyone?
    The point if this, even when i strongly disagree with an individual i will remain open to discuss the issue at hand with them, i do not need to hide behind the veil of, “oh, he called me something i do not like, he must be wrong” attitude. I will assume that since you took the time to reply to my quotes from your blog that you also feel this way. If you didn’t i see no reason why you would “waste your time” contacting me and/or replying to me.

    Just a bit to make sure you understand me as i am as a homeles person. I do not do drugs, not even nicotine, I drink rarely but not in public and not to excess. I have been to college, worked numerous jobs and have only recently taken a break from the job hunt routine. You will never see me panhandling for money. I will not ask strangers for money, nor will you ever see trash left behind where i have slept or spent time. I do not litter. I respect those around me whether i like them or not and i am tolerant of the differences of others. The assumption that i am a lazy waste simply because i am homeless was 100% incorrect and a discriminatory stereotype based from ignorance of the situation and issue. However, i am still willing to treat you as an equal human being (even if you are a dirty Republican hiding behind the libertarians, haha) because that is what is right. We are going to differ on things as we are human and share different experiences and outlooks, but this doesn’t mean either of us needs to discount the others value as a human being.
    Trust me, i have my own bone to pick with the mayor, but all in all i think she has done a decent job. that is why i created this blog was to brig to light the issues i have with her office. the things i feel she falls flat on are ones that are important to me and to many others in this city.

    thank you for your response and i do hope you find happiness where you live now.

    Respectfully,

    Eugene Wanderer

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