Saturday, April 08, 2006

Make a difference in your own little way

Sometimes when watching state and national events unfold it feels daunting to me. Big things are happening in our country and in our state. It can make me feel small and powerless, especially when injustices and unethical behavior are unfolding in front of my eyes. Its easy to think that as one person, I can really do little to fix these things.

But that old wise man Confucious...he knew what he was talking about:

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

All politics is, of course, local. Local papers and local advocates are how foundations at the national level are often shaken. In that spirit I'd like our readers to consider a proposal from Kevin at Preemptive Karma.

Kevin quotes the outstanding Digby of Hullabaloo blog:

If the president was willing to authorize leaking of national security information to reporters for political purposes, why should we believe he won't authorize warrantless wiretaps on Americans for political purposes?

In an effort to keep the leak story from falling down the memory hole, buried by the new Natalee Holloway or Robert Blake, Kevin wants folks to write letters to the editors of their local papers, paraphrasing Digby in their own words.

This has the potential to create a powerful statement and continue to force the media to pay attention to this story.

Here are the email addresses for editors of various local papers around Oregon. Take a minute and write to them about this story:

Albany Democrat-Herald
Ashland Daily
Daily Astorian:
Baker City Herald:
Bend Bulletin:
(Brookings)Curry Coastal
Burns Times-Herald:
Canby Herald
Cannon Beach Gazette:
Central Point Sun:
Clatskanie Chief:
Coos Bay World:
Corvallis Gazette Times
Cottage Grove
Grants Pass Daily
Hermiston Herald:
John Day/Blue Mountain
Hood River News
Keizer Times
Klamath Falls Herald and
Lakeview: Lake County
Lebanon Express:
Lincoln City News
Madras Pioneer
McMinnville News
Medford Mail
Ontario Argus Observer
Portland Tribune
Polk County Itemizer
Pendleton/East Oregonian:
Prineville/Central Oregonian
Rogue River
Salem Statesman
Sisters Nugget
Wilsonville Spokesman
Wallowa County Chieftan
Woodburn Independent