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;I, =, r. - August I, 2012 COhlNUNITV OPINION Page 5 LtTTtRS TO TIlE EDITOR Thanks fo r your museum support Editor: We would like to thank the community for support given to the annual East Linn Museum yard sale, held during Sportsman's Hol- iday. The generosity of those who contributed items for the sale en- abled the museum to realize an encouraging income, which will be applied to our monthly expenses. We especially appreciated the care which was shown by those who sent donations in good condition and carefully packed. The availability of low-cost clothing and household items ben- efited several families, who were able to take advantage of this sale. SHEM and Goodwill also benefit- ed as recipients of many useable, "left-over" items. Our thanks, also, to Sweet Home Sanitation for providing a Dumpster so that clean-up efforts on Saturday could be quickly ac- complished. Sweet Home's support con- tinues to make possible the care of Sweet Home's history. Judy Keeney, Secretary East Linn Museum Board of Directors Petroleum is not finite Editor: I know little or nothing of geology, petroleum or chemis- try. That being said, I believe that while we will never see the quanti- ties of petroleum that we have had in the past, if the world goes on in its' merry way as it has for eons, there will always be oil and gas. And I believe with proper ac- tions we can both benefit the ecol- ogy and increase the future supply of these products. There may also be other added benefits. Ever since the sixth grade, when I pointed out the similarities of the East Coast of the Americas and the West Coast of Europe and Africa (heresy in those days) and asked, "Does anyone really believe that they weren't joined?" I have had a healthy disrespect for the ex- perts who expound conventional wisdom from lofty platforms. The then (and now!) current wisdom was that the oil deposits came from the carcasses of rotting dinosaurs, which were killed by effects from a meteor (crater still visible) which impacted on the Yu- catan Peninsula. The concept just does not ring true and has continued to bother me. If the crater is still visible, where are the piles of bones and puddles of oil that should be still lying around on top of the ground? I have the feeling that the "ex- perts" have no good explanation and have just settled for this one. When I was a kid, dirt roads were routinely covered with used oil and I cannot remember where it ever sank in more than an inch or so. How did the oil from the rot- ting dinosaurs sink thousands of feet underground through impen- etrable layers _of rock and clay? There are a few places where layers are fractured, like the La Brea Tar Pits and a couple of places on Weyerhaeuser east of Coos Bay where I have seen oil bubble out of the ground. But I know of no place where there is any evidence that petroleum has "soaked" in to such depths. All of the above made me doubt the current explanation but I had no acceptable alternative until a couple of years ago when I got a NatGeo World Map showing, among other things, the oceans without water. It was rather a large map, so I posted it on the bathroom wall where I would study it at least once a day. I concentrated on the Atlan- tic Ocean area, since it best dem- onstrates the condition which drew my interest. Similar conditions ex- ist in all oceans and seas. The Earth (as most know) is like an orange with a mantle (rind) covering a layer of molten lava on which various "plates" float and move. Nowhere is this more ap- parent than in the Atlantic Ocean, where there is a mid-ocean ridge of volcanos stretching from the Arctic to the Antarctic and beyond. This splits the ocean floor into two plates which, forced by the volcanic action, move to the East and West and 'subduct' (slide un- der) under the Americas and Euro- pean plates. The best that I can figure is that the floor of the Atlantic Ocean has always been covered by water, thus ensuring that no large prehis- toric land animals were ever pres- ent to leave their carcasses and provide substance for future oil deposits. There were, however, innu- merable aquatic plants and animals to provide organic material that could be manufacture by natures forces into future petroleum de- posits which are still present. I un- derstand that it reaches a couple of hundred feet in depth. As the ocean plates moved east and west to the Americans and Europe/Africa all the organic ma- terial which had 'silted' down on the ocean floors was carried down into the subduction zones (roughly following coastlines). As the ocean floor was pushed under the land into the molten lava area it melted and was assimilated into the lava. The organic material carried by the plate was heated to an extreme temperature and mixed with superheated steam forming a "slurry." There is no fire since there is no oxygen. The mantle on both sides of the "rift" is fractured and cracked, allowing the slurry to percolate up through the rift until it comes to an impervious layer where it remains today ripe for exploitation. Interesting theory, you might say, but where is the proof? It is right off the coast of Oregon in the Cascade subduction zone, where scientists have found nutrient-rich springs spouting up along the sub- duction rift. This would only occur if the conditions described above existed. We already recycle organic material in landfills by covering it with plastic and recovering the gas for use in generatingpower. I sug- gest that we bundle all organic ma- terial (including plastic), in plastic, and dump it into these subduction zones, removing pollution and gar- bage to an environment where it can be recycled by nature and not be a hazard. Furthermore, if we ever reach the point where we can predict ar- eas of the subduction zone which are most earthquake-prone, we could concentrate the bundled ma- terial into those zones - greasing the skids, so to speak, and perhaps reducing the severity of subsequent quakes. William C. Curtis Sweet Home Guns 'R' Us and we pay the price Editor: Since 2001, 4,977 (and still counting) Americans have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, while back here at home during roughly the same time span (2001- 09) - 23, 575 children have died from guns. In those same two years, the number of preschoolers killed by guns was almost double the num- ber of police officers killed in the line of duty - 173 preschool- ers versus 89 police officers. Between 1979 and 2009 (30 years) 116,385 children and teenagers were killed by guns here in the USA. That's twice as many as Amer- ican solders killed in the Vietnam war (1955- 1975) - 58,209. During those same years, if you look at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/ CDC's statistics on firearm deaths of children and teens, you'll notice that deaths by homicide skyrock- eted in the Reagan and Bush years to 3,625 per year. Then, when Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a federal law that included a 10-year ban on the manufacture, for civilian use, of certain semi-automatic firearms, the deaths plummeted over those 10 years to 1,771. Speaks volumes to me. What's more important to you - your children or your guns? Is this the price you're willing to pay? We grieve mightily over each and every soldier lost, but nothing about the vastly greater number of children killed by guns on our own soil, Where are you, all you combat vets? You know better thananyone the deadly realities of guns. Another CDC National Center for Health Statistics stat: Homicide is a leading cause of pregnancy- associated injury deaths. Firearms were the leading mechanism for these homicides (56.6 percent). Where are you, all you pro-lif- ers? It's time to take a stand, don't you think? But if you don't care about the children, here is another points to consider: Firearm Violence may cost our country as much as $100 billion a year. That should touch your conservative soul, if nothing else. Yeah, they might have their little gun safety classes, etc. But the overwhelming hysterical theme of the NRA is Guns for everyone! Guns 'R' Us. Guns everywhere and their means to that end is the lie that guns equal freedom. Guns take you captive, they threaten, they strangle and choke off freedoms. Guns equal death. My deepest instinctual feeling about guns has always been that only bad people have them. If you want to read about the 76 members of the NRA Board of Directors, go to www.MeetTheN- RA.org. A money-making political machine - that's all, folks. One last fact More settlers traveling the Oregon Trail died from accidental, self-inflicted gun- shots wounds than Indian attacks. Diane Daiute Sweet Home m m n m m m n m m m n m m n m m m n mm mm m m mm m mm m n m m l m m mm m mm m m mmm m n m m m m m m m mmm m n m I m Contact Your Local Government Representatives i m city of sweet Home I • Craig Martin, City Manager, (541) 367-8969 I - ’martin @ci.sweet-home.or.us I City Council • Craig Fentiman, Mayor, (541)367-6826 I e-mail: cfentiman@ci.sweet, home.or.us I • Jim Gourley, President Pro Tern, (541) 367-5517 I • Marybeth Angulo, Councilor (541) 367-7798 I • Michael Hall, Councilor, (541) 570-2044 • Greg Mahler, Councilor, (541) 401-0110 I • Scott McKee Jr., Councilor, (541) 405-6191 I • Ron Rodgers, Councilor, (541) 401-2590 I I School District. No. 55 I • Don Schrader, Superintendent, (541) 367-7126 Don_Schrader@Sweethome.k12.or.us School District No. 55 Board of Directors • Jason Redick, Chairman, (541)401-8601 • Dale Keene, Vice Chair, (541) 409-1034 • Michael E. Adams, Foster, (541) 367-1003 • Kevin Burger, Cascadia, (541) 367-3773 • Jenny Daniels, Liberty, (541) 367-4080 • Chanz Keeney, Holley, (541) 367-7999 I Mike Reynolds, Sweet Home, (541) 367-5601 • David VanDerlip, Crawfordsville, (541) 367-3856 • Billie Weber, Member at Large, (541) 367-2487 Linn County Commissioners • Roger Nyquist, rnyquist@co.linn.or.us • John K. Lindsey jlindsey@co.linn.or.us • Will Tucker wtucker@co.linn.or.us Federal Government • Sen. Ron Wyden (D) (202) 224-5244 e-mail: http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/ • Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) (202) 224-3753 e-mail: http://merkley.senate.gov/contact/contactYcfm • Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D) (800) 944-9603 e-mail: http://defazio, house.gov/emailme.shtml State Government • Sen. Fred Girod (R, Dist. 9) (503) 986-1709 e-mail: sen.fredgirod @state.ocus • Sen. William Morrisette (D, Dist. 6) (503) 986-1706 e-mail: sen.billmorrisette@state.or.us • Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R, Dist. 17) (503) 986-1417 e-mail: rep.sherriesprenger@state.or.us • Rep. Phil Bamhart {D,Dist.11) (503) 986-1411 e-maih rep.philbarnhart@state.or.us m m m m Nil m m m m m m m mm m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m mm m I I I I I I I I I I I