Oblique – Eugene Weekly
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• The image of a toddler throwing ketchup-smeared plates against the walls of the White House is now etched into our brains. The June 28 testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to President Donald J. Trump’s last chief of staff, about what happened on January 6, 2021, was heartbreaking. Attempting to take the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle from a Secret Service agent is also the act of a toddler throwing a tantrum, but toddlers do not have the power of the presidency, which Trump has abused in his efforts to prevent the peaceful transfer of power in the US And young children cannot order security to be lifted while an armed crowd marches toward the Capitol. We absolutely cannot allow someone like that to be in power again.
• Longtime Eugene activist and Eugene weekly Letter writer Ruth Duemler will be 90 on July 7th, and if you see her, say happy birthday to her and thank her for years of fighting for health care as a human right. Duemler recently called the office to ask us to let readers know that roses have peaked at the recently expanded Owen Rose Garden on the Willamette River near the Washington Jefferson Street Bridge. Have fun!
• Watching the US women’s national soccer team is fun. You win! Watch as they take on Haiti on July 4th, Jamaica on July 7th and Mexico on July 11th as they prepare for another World Cup. Extra points for US Soccer, who makes a statement condemning the overthrow of the US Supreme Court Roe v. calf before the team defeated Colombia 3-0 on June 25.
• what we read: Dexter Filkins’ definitive article on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is essential reading in the June 27 issue New Yorker Magazine – partly because DeSantis clearly sees himself as the next President of the United States. That’s a depressing thought. Some say he‘s worse than Donald Trump. If you want to get even more depressed, read Maureen Dowd’s brilliant play, The Radical Reign of Clarence Thomas, in the June 26 issue New York Times. And now that you’re feeling sad, it’s time for a lift, so read the newly released version Face the burning world fearlesslyd, a posthumous collection by Barry Lopez urging readers “not to give in to the temptation of despair.” We are proud that this great writer lived and wrote from his home in Finn Rock on the McKenzie River.