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At the time I wrote my previous blog posting on this subject, I also wrote a letter to Mr. Bob Hermann who is the Washington County Oregon District Attorney. Please refer to my Previous Blog Entry for the links to the Willamette Week and OregonBlue articles.

Let me quote three items from Mr. Hermann’s response to my letter to him:

“Unfortunately the information reported by Ms. Axtman and the Willamette Week is inaccurate in some critical areas.” “Additionally the charges the grand jury issued were not reported fully or at all.” And: Ms. Aguilar-Gutierrez was arrested for reckless driving and causing injury to a child, subsequently charged by the grand jury for those same reasons. That part of the ‘facts’ were not reported.”

I should have held my tongue until I had my response from Mr. Hermann. I should have realized that the grand jury would not have agreed on the charges without a strong case from the DA’s office.

Because this incident involves a minor and because the case is open pending trial, Mr. Hermann could not comment fully on all the circumstances. But after reading his letter, I can see that the DA’s office is proceeding properly and within the law.

In my working years (I am now retired) I worked in the insurance industry for 15 years with about 5 of those years actively handling or reviewing accident claims. In all those years I can recall no criminal charges arising out of an automobile accident claim processed by me or that I handled unless there were extenuating circumstances such as drunk driving. The public’s attitude on these matters seems to be changing. Beyond simple negligence, if you are overly reckless in your driving habits and cause injury to another person, particularly a minor, you may be charged with a criminal offence.

I have learned a lesson here. Make sure I have all the facts before I lash out.

Who is this Adam Sanchez? Is his group serious about making Portland a sanctuary for law breakers? Any person with a couple ounces of common sense can see that the proposal to make a sanctuary for deserters is illegal and would not stand the test of any legal review in any court.

Here is the link to the article.

If these people who don’t want to serve in the military past their regular enlistment want some action, there are plenty of under-worked attorneys out there who would take the case. Take your gripe to the federal courts, Mr. Sanchez. That’s the proper place for your protest, not the Portland City Counsel.

The issues surrounding our military and what they are doing are so complex that one crack-pot protester organization wasting the time of the Portland City Counsel can serve no useful purpose. And then The Oregonian invites the likes of Mr. Sanchez to write in its OregonLive so-called blog.

Maybe the Oregonian felt that it needed to have some union shop steward litter its electronic pages with drivel to appease someone in their union rank-and-file. Is The Oregonian trying to increase its readership by pandering to the basest of its potential readership?

Printed newspapers are under a great deal of competition from on-line news sources. So The Oregonian (a print newspaper) is part of the “Advanced Internet” which owns OregonLive, a company that creates commercial blogs with feeds from local newspapers. What is produced here is not news.

So there, Adam Sanchez and The Oregonian! I have taken shots at both of you. Does that make me better than either of you? Mr. Sanchez’s comments are a waste of space in any newspaper, printed or electronic; and The Oregonian could surely find better guest editorial sources.

I posted a comment on a friend’s blog where she had quoted a newspaper reporter’s romantic praising of newspapers. He made some comments about the physical properties of newsprint itself that I took exception to. So what follows is just a bit of reality for newspaper readers. I like newspapers myself, but let’s not kid ourselves that they are eco-friendly because the paper is recyclable.

The paper called newsprint that newspapers are printed on is made from trees. True, a lot of newsprint is recycled, but fresh fibers from newly cut and processed trees are always added to the recycled stuff to make the end product. Have you ever driven past a paper mill and smelled the air? You can smell some of the escaping chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

Take any newspaper and dampen the paper. Let it set a few minutes and then cover your nose with it and take a good smell. The odor is just like that paper plant you drive by. Newsprint is some of the dirtiest paper made. It retains a lot of the acid used in the manufacturing process.

And how does the paper get to the printers? Take any large newspaper and count the truckloads of rolls of paper that are delivered to their printing plant any given week. Take a certain business news journal edition that is printed in the San Francisco Bay area. They get 4-5 truckloads a day, 5 days a week. That’s nearly 1,000,000 pounds of paper a week. And that paper comes from Oregon and Washington states. Each truck uses about 80-90 gallons of diesel fuel each to deliver its load of rolls of paper. With 20-25 trucks a week, that’s 1500-2000 gallons of fuel just to get the raw paper to the printers. Then the finished papers need to be delivered, on trucks using more fuel.

Today’s inks used in print newspapers are soya based. It certainly is more eco-friendly than petroleum based inks of the past, but the soy has to be grown on a farm, hauled to an ink manufacturer and then hauled to the print plant. I could go on, but I think my point has been made.