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The insufferable, arrogant, politically correct, extreme leftist, moral superiority here in Eugene, makes it just that ….. extreme and insufferable!
Eugene: A typical city of rebelliousness – firmly entrenched in the 60’s, filled with Anarchists, Communists, the home of Eco-Terrorists, and leftists of every ilk.
If you want your children educated in a city where the ‘city fathers’ have ‘looked-the-other-way’ for numerous decades — where drug use is concerned, Eugene’s the place for you!
If you like the fascist nature of Political correctness, you’ll love Eugene!
Eugene’s a protest, waiting for a cause … any cause!
This next description seemed to fit Eugene almost as well as mine — not a city I’d wish anyone into! Another friend subsequently described Eugene’s demeanor as “A riot, waiting for a spark, … a “powder-keg”!”
Is this where you want your children schooled? Few youth escape the leftist mindset inherent in this city … which, like it or not, is also promoted at the University of Oregon. There are very few professors without a radical, leftist bent.
Leftist philosopjy is the bedrock this university’s foundation is built upon! Few know of Oregon’s long-standing racist nature as well, but it’s there …. it’s just well-hidden now that the Ducks sports programs compete at the higher levels. Being a Duck fan, it’s hard to expose this … I’m not accusing the university itself of racism — but a fact is a fact.
Every issue, …. any political issue, global or local will turn out numerous protestors onto the streets of Eugene! That’s a given; another accurate picture of Eugene!
Eugene’s economy is volatile, to say the least. Based on the lumber industry for decades, when the high interest rates for new home building hit in the early ’80’s and slowed the harvesting of lumber, Eugene families found themselves hard pressed to stay together; as families found themselves under financial difficulties and experienced divorce, loss of homes, businesses and toys, and others were forced to leave loved ones behind seeking employment in Colorado, Alaska, etc., it all began to come apart at the seams.
Federal money from the lumber industry all but dried up, making things even worse but the city fathers found a way to keep spending – – they just raised taxes …
Send them to the U of O!
I attended the U of O and I heard Van Jones speak … I expected mostly youth but the number of “old guard” – – – aged Communists there, was astounding!
Follow the links or view the photos, but before you send your children here, do visit Eugene; especially Sat. Market and ask questions where drugs have been sold openly for decades, among the crowd @ Saturday Market. Vendors know but look the other way; so do most local business owners . . . .
The insufferable, arrogant, politically correct, extreme leftist, moral superiority here, makes it just that ….. extreme and insufferable!
Even ESPN’s blog talks of the DRUG SITUATION @ the UofO! Though the coaches have taken their responsibilities seriously … as they promise their recruit’s parents, to do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters “clean” … the drug culture is firmly entrenched here and too alluring for all but a few strong young students.
The U of O would do well to hire a former NBA or NFL star to personally mentor their young student athletes … one who can spot the signs of drug use because he’s already been down that road, but one who saved his pro career – one that can walk up to a young star and tell them “you’re about to lose it all! I almost did! I know me, when I see me, … and you’re just like me … like I was; we need to talk; otherwise, you’re headed for dumpster diving!”
Please note the new article on Eugene’s hospital – River Bend; notice that …. because they built it sitting upon an active fault line, it would have been illegal to build it where they did, …. had it been in California ….. but it is state-of-the-art, and the staff are excellent and caring.
Also, please note that (during this week when the Olympic Track and Field Trials are being held here [ dated ] ), … Cable TV assists in the promotion of the U of O by regularly playing shows about Steve Pre-Fontaine, … who made Eugene famous for Track City – USA!
… and also, another aspect you should know of … as the city coffers contribute to the promotion of the city (with tax money), violent criminals (even a murderer) are being released from our jail, yet the money for promoting the city continues unabated ……
The comments (below) on this article, specifically reveal resident’s anger; please read them all by scrolling to the end of this article. If you do, you’ll also find two groups: one, the residents of Eugene who agree with me and those who hate this expose’.
Now that we’re (The Ducks) are competing at the highest collegiate level, …. in Football (and soon to be in basketball, baseball and volleyball) – – – always have been for TRACK, ….. the U of O may rank higher on the desired school list, and your children want to attend — please; for their sakes, think again; take the time to read this; save your children from this MESS, and help us to put pressure on them … help change our town; PLEASE.
Even after years of protests, drugs are still sold openly on the steps of the Lane County court house every Saturday — one just has to watch a little closer now as well as throughout the city; as I mentioned people, just wink and look the other way, ….. especially the city “fathers” and yes ….. and that includes even a significant number of the police.
As an example: The Nation magazine, America’s self-described “flagship of the left,” has named Eugene’s (probably ‘former’) Mayor Kitty Piercy as the nation’s most valuable local official.
In naming Piercy, The Nation cited her sustainable business initiative, (in spite of 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 and while you’re at it, ask if Eugene is “business friendly.” If a business can make it in Eugene … it can make it anywhere!
Also, our city carries social programs to excesses, even though (having lost the timber revenue) they don’t have the money to do so (support these programs) – Eugene is another one of America’s cities headed for bankruptcy at the speed of light!
The weekly news magazine 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, …… that’s if they only knew, but they’re proceeding with their heads in the sand.
Van Jones, a self-avowed Communist, formerly one of Obama’s “Czars” … until the public voiced outrage, ….
is coming (now) came to lecture at the U of O on Jan 24th, 2012. Communists and Socialists out-populate any other political spectrum here ….. and about 1200 turned out to hear him – irregardless the violent nature of these international political parties. He is an entertaining and commanding speaker and was well received.
Eugene residents say they resent my exposing Eugene for what it is, but think you’d like to live here?
Or, would it be a good idea to send your children to school here?
Think again! Before bringing your family here! Ask yourself: “What’s it really like?”, and check it out! Do your homework; I didn’t, but wish I had!
If I had known, I’d have moved my wife and children somewhere else! If you understand what it takes to raise a family in an unhealthy, drug infested, Socialist, highly taxed environment like Eugene, you too will look somewhere other than Eugene!
Even if you move here and your children go through school here, after graduation, it’s likely they’ll have to move away. There are zero to few family wage jobs to speak of.
Before sending your children to the university of Oregon, (where the film “Animal House” was appropriately filmed …) ask the university if (and how) they live up to the concept – “in loco parentis.” Trust me; they don’t!
(Ask particularly about their tolerance for drugs and alcohol.) AND DON’T ACCEPT THEIR WORD FOR IT! Research it for yourself; parents won’t like what they find!
A close friend’s son died in a frat house here, he died of drug use, while the university stone-walled changing the university’s out-of-control substance abuse.
His father, a world-renowned doctor, stated that the son had never tried drugs before and just like Len Bias, first time he did, he dropped onto the floor, dead from cocaine.
Drug use at the U of O is treated with a “wink and a nod.” Alcohol use, abuse, and binging on alcohol, is no different!
Last Friday night (Sept.24th, 2010) there was a riot in Eugene; that’s what one of the links above, is about.
UPDATE: I’ve moved “Heroin Hill“, to it’s own blog article.
UPDATE: Today, June 23rd, 2011, as often happens, Eugene is the highest ranked city for polen count. Check it here.
In Eugene, there are more “Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade”, more ANARCHISTS than any city I can name and I’m familiar with the left wing cities of America, like Boulder, Madison, and Taos!
On 13th Street, at the entrance to the University, (called “Candy Street” by the prison guards in Salem and ex-cons) one can find radicals passing out Communist and Socialist newspapers to the students. Salem’s prison guards talk (in front of the cons) and mention ‘glowingly’ Eugene about where all the pretty girls hang out on “Candy Street” ….. The guards families have to live in Salem ….
Eugene was chosen for the filming of “Animal House.” That was NO COINCIDENCE! The movie depicted a university’s, out-of-control partying, the drug and alcohol scene, exceptionally well.
Though the area is beautiful, the recreational possibilities are unlimited, and some disciplines at the University show it’s a relatively good school, there are things you should know before you seriously consider either sending your children into or moving to, this out-of-control, National-Center-of-Anarchy!
For a while, after I owned a home in Springfield (sister city) I moved into Eugene; I now rent, in an exclusive, very wealthy neighborhood, still in the metro area. Note the Swastika, the SS sign, the sign for “Anarchy” …. and the “stoner” references.
Before I begin to get specific, I’ll be out front with you. I do have an axe to grind, … an agenda.
For a quarter century, my friends and I have worked against the out-of-control drug use here in the Eugene metro area.
Eugene is one of, if not the worst (other than large urban areas) city in the nation regarding drug use!
Is that what you want for your children? Is it where you’d feel comfortable bringing a family to live? Drugs are so accepted here, …. the peer pressure is so heavy, it’s a rare child that doesn’t get caught up in it!
Let’s say that it began, (not the drugs, but rather the “progressive” and permissive lifestyle) with the hippies …. that definitely contributed, but it didn’t start there; it goes back much farther than that, but let’s assume it did …. (I plan an article on the historical reasons for the current political atmosphere – still trying to find a former customer’s Ph.D. thesis on it which I read a couple decades ago.) He’d written his thesis on the Communist influence in Eugene …..
Fanatical fans of the Grateful Dead band ….. their Concerts, helped bring this University to be known as “Party School-USA”. It was (former) U of O President Dave Frohnmeyer (previously Oregon’s Attorney General / and candidate for governor) that had the wisdom to stop the on-campus-camping, for Grateful Dead concerts. (The next and last concert was @ Portland Meadows …. Jerry died after that one …. snorting heroin …..)
The entire city (especially parents) owes Dave Frohnmeyer a huge thank you!
The G/D concerts were held at Autzen Stadium – for decades, it was the only consistent On-Site-Camping-Venue in the entire nation, for their concerts and therefore it became the venue where drug dealers across the nation came to and traded / sold large quantities of drugs.
That, of course, impacted the drug scene locally as every variety in the nation ended up circulating here. As stated, Eugene is an old hippie town – an isolated enclave of liberal permissiveness! City administrators didn’t seem to care …… still don’t!
The chemical fingerprint of one particular LSD that appeared first here, was tracked all over the world ….. at the same time the G/Dead would show up in a major city on their tour, so would the drugs – this was true as they toured all over the world. Obviously, someone who was connected with the band or fans that toured along with the band, would sell their drugs to connections they met in their travels.
OUR NEW AGENDA: (plan) is applying pressure, to help lower the drug use / to change the acceptance of it / to end Eugene’s normal wink and a nod, looking-the-other-way . . . . This will not be (has not been) accepted well by locals! You can help.
Eugene is that far out of control and the reason for this blog, is just that simple. We’ve accomplished some vital changes and yet there’s much more to do. Today, as I re-write this, is Eugene Celebration. A few years back, during E/C there was a near-riot when I cut down a marijuana plant one of the vendors had on display in front of the Lane County Court House – that’s where the dealers sold their illicit drugs, lined up against the court house wall. For a while, our pressure put an end to it, as least, for a time, we drove it underground ….. The Drug dealing is back, and again, the authorities continue to look the other way (it’s just hidden slightly better) and the city “fathers” seem to accept it – that’s evidently good enough for them!
Re: the idea that druggies are not violent, over the quarter century I worked against drugs, …. every time I’d make a high-profile appearance – tv or radio, my family would be threatened (the most common threat was ‘to burn our house down with my wife and children inside’) – that same threat came dozens of times, and druggies have been caught hiding in the foliage of our back yard ….. Over the years, I’ve been assaulted several times – nothing serious, but we’ve also had our home and vehicles vandalized numerous times.
So much for the concept of druggies (potheads – my major focus) being ‘laid back’ and peaceful – their actions belie the concept and for me, proves the connection pot has, to violence and anger ….
This expose’ of “Politically Correct” Eugene and the U of O, is a new tactic. If you want to verify what I say about the city, a good resource is either of the 2 papers ….. 1 especially is the “alternative paper“; the other, though much more subtle in it’s extreme progressive nature, is called the Register Guard (not so fondly, yet appropriately, called “The Red Guard”). As I noted, today is Eugene Celebration – the city celebrates such diversity ….. including everything sick and wrong with America! Take a look at these two newspapers for coverage. If you come to visit, ask people where to stay; you could end up in a red light district, where the prostitutes walk the streets and vehicles are a common target.
If you agree with me about the drug problem, and want to contribute to the change, and you have a child who may be going to the U. of O. . . . . here is something you can do.
Please write a letter to the University of Oregon and tell them you’ve read this website and subsequently researched the facts – – – and that you now, are alarmed at what the University and the city is like and how they make little effort to stop the drug use, but rather consistently look the other way and that you would like to withdraw your child’s application for the U of O.
Or that you’re considering a different University – that you’ve decided to not submit an application.
One can also write or call the city fathers . . . . Over time, I believe they’ll see the light.
Over the last few decades, city fathers and the university have gone to great lengths (spending a lot of taxpayer money) to promote Eugene, (their jobs and salaries depend upon it) but what they’ve done is definitely created a one-sided picture!
You’ll not find this information, regarding drug use, at the Chamber of Commerce nor at the Visitor’s Bureau, . . . . yet there’s a multiplicity of crucial problems one should know about before making a decision about moving your children to this environment.
Eugene is considered a test-market for new products. If a business / product / service can make it here, it can make it anywhere in the nation; ask any business owner; the city is extremely anti-business! A lack of jobs here is the reason most university students leave. Some love the area so, they hang on here and work for much less; they’re usually the die-hard progressives.
I’ve seen the dark side of the city (because of my pre-retirement employment – I followed up on a lot of crime). Eugene seems to be mellow and kicked-back; it’s not; that’s the facade, the city fathers want you to see, when visiting!
Eugene’s more akin to a powder keg with an oft rebellious student population! I’d estimate conservatively that close to a dozen riots have taken place over my 30 years here.
Below, I’ll expound on this list of problems, a bit; to be fair, Eugene has a number of positives as well; those seem obvious; yet this blog is meant to be informational, to apprise you of our problems so you don’t unknowingly bring your children into this mess:
bigotry // cost of living / housing // economy and taxes // employment // family friendly? // green? // Health Issues // Politics – including radical issues // Recreation and Quality of Life // Safety, Police, Fire // single Scene // Social issues
All of Oregon, but especially Eugene, has been known for its’ K.K.K. type history – even local streets are said to still be named for famous KKK leaders (story from Reg. Guard; although I accept it as accurate, I admit, I’ve not verified this; look it up). Recently, spring of 2003, the city opted to make a deceptive change.
The University of Oregon, having set its’ sights on competing at the top levels of the NCAA sports programs, decided to do something to change the perception of Eugene, . . . . something that would facilitate attracting inner-city black athletes.
What they did was change the name of the street the U of O Sports Complex sits off of – it was Centennial Boulevard; they changed it to Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Eugene is immersed in eastern religion and witchcraft. Christians are by-in-large hated.
The Willamette Valley is the grass-seed capital of the world, therefore, we have probably has more allergies than any area of the U.S.
Yearly, some solutions have been, grasses and other crops planted are new hybrids; that supposedly helps avoid the problems with mold, spores and pollens. Field burning, causing respiratory problems has slowed dramatically. Similar to the L.A. basin, this valley was also called the valley of sickness and death, by indigenous indian tribes – Calapooias and others.
We have a long rainy season – basically rains most days from November through May and well into June. There are 14 dams which sit above the valley and have helped the flood control in years of heavy rain and have transformed the Willamette valley but mold and funguses are still a huge problem.
The giant earthquake due on the west coast is not now thought to be in the Los Angeles area; rather, it’s in the Pacific Northwest. We are now 10 years into the window – every 300 – 500 years; we await, verified by geologic records, an 8 to a 9.5 earthquake on the Richter Scale. An 8, does massive damage!
This will not be a Southern California type earthquake – a thrust-fault. Rather, this is a subduction zone – a place where the tectonic plates (albeit slowly, crust of the earth) push against each other and finally, every 3 – 500 years, they break loose. That, according to a geology professor, will cause a violent jolt, followed by 3 to 6 MINUTES of violent rolling.
Then, as the cooling plate pushes under the one upon which we sit, and projects down into the hot magma, a convection system will begin, eventually causing new volcanic activity. In May of 1980, Mt. St. Helens, part of the Cascade mountain range blew. There are a number of dormant volcanoes that dot the Cascade Range, especially just east of Eugene.
According to a Corps of Engineers geologist I spoke with, most of the dams above us, have been built to withstand an earthquake up to a 5.6 magnitude (Richter Scale). We’re awaiting an 8 – 9.5!
Red Cross Disaster team members explained to my friends and I that in the event of a catastrophic dam failure, . . . . for instance, at Hills Creek Dam in Oakridge, withing 35 minutes there would be 25 feet of water on Willamette Street, downtown Eugene, . . . and that’s after the wall of water coming out of the canyons had washed through and spread out!
FYI: A 6.1 magnitude has 10 times the power of a 6.0, so you can imagine the damage possible in an 8 . . . or a 9.5! Well, maybe you can …… Not many places in the world have experienced that size quake in the last 200+ years. The only other area of the world similar is Chile; their subduction zone is not locked up like ours; theirs breaks lose much more frequently.
ECONOMY AND TAXES:
For over a century, Oregon’s main industry and tax provider has been the lumber harvested here. We are not diversified and now that the lumber has been harvested a number of times, with the drop in revenues, we are facing trying to live within our limits after years of plenty. Eugene’s liberal leaders have been well known for providing great social services, but now are not known to be fiscally adept, thinking they’ll pull the rabbit out of the hat, … somehow. Thus, property taxes are extremely high; do your research before moving here expecting to buy a home.
One has to admit, Eugene is rarely boring and known:
- as Berkeley North; only Madison, Boston, Boulder and Taos come close to being as radical left; we had a card-carrying Communist Party city council member for years.
- as the home of – environmental terrorists, Earth First!
- for the origin of Critical Mass – bicyclists who periodically take over the streets slowing traffic
- for PETA – animal rights activists
- for radical vegetarians …
- for hosting an Anarchist gathering (Seattle’s WTO riots were said to have the most participants from Eugene).
there’s plenty more – want an example? Follow Eugene’s alternative paper online
QUALITY OF LIFE:
Eugene is the lesbian capital of the nation (some claim, …. of the world).
Both drug use and binge-drinking are out of control at the university … and those that hang on here.
. . . . . there’s plenty more; continue later ….