Letters to the Editor for Oct. 12
Homework convinces me: 'yes' to Bull Mtn.
I've been thinking of who stands to gain if we do or don't form a new city on Bull Mountain, and I've done a little homework.
The proponent's Web site (nicely organized and full of accurate information) is registered to people who live right here within our proposed boundary area. One of the main opposition Web sites (full of distortions and personal attacks) is registered to someone in Emeryville, Calif. And the guy who is most vocal in leading the opposition doesn't even live within the boundaries of the proposed city.
It makes me wonder why out-of-towners care so much about whether or not we incorporate as our own city of Bull Mountain and makes me question their motives.
I've also taken the time to meet many of the people who are leading the effort to form our own city, and found them to be very nice people from within our own community who seem to really care about Bull Mountain.
Based on my homework, I find the proponents and their information to be much more credible, and I will vote 'yes' for the new city.
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Parsons will hold line on taxes
I'm quickly becoming fed up with the large tax burden placed on Oregonians.
Efficiency and accountability are two words that seem to be missing from our current politician's vocabulary when dealing with taxes. Instead of asking for more of my hard earned money, why can't the government use our tax dollars more wisely?
Shirley Parsons knows the value of a dollar, and she is running for state representative this November. I believe she will fight to spend our tax dollars prudently and on programs that will help Tigard.
Shirley is not a tax and spend politician - she is a taxpayer. I trust she will help our economy grow by holding the line on taxes.
Intoxication no reason to kill Glenn
According to the article, 'High alcohol level in youth killed by police,' (The Oregonian, Oct. 4) 'Lucas Glenn's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when he was shot and killed by two Washington County sheriff's deputies Sept. 16 ... Oregon's legal limit is 0.08 percent.'
The legal limit of alcohol for an 18-year-old is 0.0 percent. The 0.08 percent amount is the legal limit for driving a motor vehicle. The legal limit for public intoxication for an adult non-driver is determined by case-by-case judgment based on behavior.
In any case, intoxication is no reason for police to kill someone. Neither is being armed with a 3-inch pocketknife and threatening suicide.
Glenn was shot eight times and several other bullets went through the family residence, endangering the people inside - the protection of whom was the cops' supposed reason for killing the teenager.
Meas. 41, 48 would cut schools funds
Question - do you remember Ballot Measure 5? Do you remember the promises and assurances made by its proponents when this measure was being debated in our communities and in the legislature? Have you paid attention to the effect this measure has had, and is still having, on our public schools' budgets and student programs?
If you've forgotten or lost track, here's a recounting - the funding squeeze created by Measure 5 has resulted in Oregon having the nation's second shortest school year and the nation's second largest class sizes.
Now, flash-forward to today and give some thought to Ballot Measures 41 and 48. Both of these measures, if approved, will only worsen the situation that Measure 5 created for our public schools, even during flush economic and financial years here in Oregon. What that means in real numbers is that we could very well see a $7 million funding cut per year in the Tigard-Tualatin School District alone (not to mention to public services and public safety). Do you know how many teachers that would eliminate?
And if that's not enough, sooner or later, we will be in an economic downturn and, whether we want it or not, another recession. And when that happens, and if these two ballot measures were to pass, you can kiss our public education system, with all of the diverse, enriching school offerings and programs we are now desperately holding on to, good-bye. So once again, our children, our state's most precious resource, take it right in the shorts.
I mean, just the fact that these measures are being proposed and supported by Don McIntire, Loren Parks, Russ Walker, Grover Norquist and Bill Sizemore should be enough to scare the bejeebers out of anyone who cares about public education and our kids. The fact of the matter is that these gentlemen either need to get a much bigger manure-spreader or shift the one their driving down into low gear.
The citizens of Colorado were lulled into voting for a measure very much like our Measure 48 back in 1992 (supported and funded by some of these same guys). But after years of struggle and decimation of Colorado public schools, those voters repealed that measure in 2005. Unfortunately, Colorado is still trying to climb out of the hole their 'Measure 48' created.
Don't allow Oregon to make the same mistake - vote 'no' on measures 41 and 48.
Radley running for two positions
I'm puzzled as to why Charles Radley's name is on the November ballot for two different races.
First I see he is running to be one of the city councilors for the new city of Bull Mountain. Then he's listed as a Libertarian candidate for State Representative, House District 26 that covers Bull Mountain, Sherwood, Wilsonville and Gaston.
In addition, Mr. Radley already serves on the Tigard Water Board.
Usually the state elections folks would disqualify Radley from running for both positions if they pay a salary. But since the new city doesn't exist yet, and we don't know for sure how much pay the council will get, Radley slipped through a loophole.
The paperwork submitted for the new Bull Mountain City Council clearly says it's a paid position.
Although I doubt he will be elected to both seats, the possibility exists. He'll not have time to be an effective leader for either one. How can he promise to give the 8,000 people on Bull Mountain his full attention and make the same promise to the 60,000 residents in that legislative district?
Is he just running to see his name on the ballot, or does he really care about who he represents? Read your ballot carefully, and think before casting your vote.
Police need better confrontation training
(This is a letter Jonathan Pelzner sent to his father, Alan Pelzner, of Tigard, shortly after receiving the news articles regarding the shooting of Lukus Glenn by Washington County deputies. Jonathan Pelzner, now attending the University of Montana, is a former classmate of Lukus Glenn.)
After reading the articles you sent me, I believe the officers reacted by the book. Now, by the book does not mean appropriate for the situation. How many variations of one situation can occur? And how many can be taught and practiced in a 16-week program?
The police force is not trained well enough to have the ability to think of and use correct tactics in many situations.
The assailant is within 25 feet with a deadly weapon. It is possible he might lunge at us, which could take less than two seconds. What do we do? Shoot.
High stress, hostile situations are not something the police face everyday. I am confident their actions were not to murder an innocent 18-year-old boy in front of his parents, but they reacted quickly and irrationally, resulting in his death.
The officers should not be put in jail for murder because ultimately it is the state's fault for not providing thorough training for situations of this caliber. This should be an awakening for the force. Because one 18-year-old kid is deranged and dangerous, doesn't mean every teenager is. You must be very cautious and aware of the surroundings without losing control.
What should have happened was an officer should have gone inside the house to protect/comfort the family while other officers attempted to disarm and calm Luke. Tasers, pepper spray and nightsticks are all examples of non-lethal objects, which were not used in attempting to minimize the threat.
They talk about the 'seven-step plan,' which includes disarming the assailant. Those police officers did attempt to disarm, but with only one tactic. I guarantee Luke would have been down with a hit from a taser gun but that was not used. Instead, multiple ammunition was fired.
Those men are not murderers. They are untrained authority with a rulebook. This should never happen again.
Former classmate of Lukus Glenn
Change things for better on Bull Mtn.
Having lived on Bull Mountain for many years, I've seen many changes here. Lots of nice people have moved to the area, and I've gotten to know many of them.
But I've also seen our area's quality of life deteriorate due to overdevelopment and lack of enforcement of our Bull Mountain Community Plan. I've seen the traffic worsen and whole hillsides scraped and shaved with no regard for the drainage, the trees or the wildlife.
I feel badly for the young families moving into our area without the benefit of public parks for their children. And I'm very concerned about Bull Mountain's projected growth, especially in the urban growth boundary expansion areas on the west side of the mountain.
I understand that if something isn't changed soon, the problems will only worsen.
I've carefully studied the information from both the proponents and the opponents of forming a new city. My conclusion is that the opponents offer no solutions to the problems, only criticism of those working to find solutions. That doesn't sit well with me.
I've decided that Bull Mountain is worth saving, and I'm willing to spend a few hundred dollars a year more to start over with a new city government made up of my friends and neighbors here on Bull Mountain.
Once the city is formed, I'm going to volunteer to help in any way that I can.
Let's all come together as a community and vote to change things for the better on Bull Mountain.
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Vote Parsons for affordable heath care
Access to health care has always been a big concern for me, but now it is gaining the state and national attention it deserves. A lot of people talk about increasing access to health care, but we also need more affordable health care. Rates are sky high, and it is difficult for families to pay for procedures during times of emergency.
One way to combat this type of health care problem is with the new proposal by senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden that would protect families from financially devastating costs during times of emergency medical needs.
I support this proposal and Shirley Parsons because she has committed to help implement it if elected. I encourage everyone to support Shirley Parsons and health care access and affordability.
Measure 34-126 deserves support
Our libraries are hurting. Funding is stuck at 2002 levels, but costs to run libraries keep increasing. One needs only to drive along Hall Boulevard to see that the new Tigard Library has a full parking lots at almost all times.
Our libraries are efficient. Residents are served through effective partnerships between cities, non-profit library associations and the Washington County Cooperative Library Services.
Recently, there were three outstanding services offered to the Tigard community: a screening of the film adaptation Broadway musical 'Hello Dolly,' an 'Art Speaks' series with slides and discussion from Portland Art Museum docents and computer classes, 'Internet for Beginners and Basic Word Processing.'
The library is truly providing access to materials in all formats to meet informational, cultural, educational and recreational needs.
Additional cuts in hours, book purchases and educational programs are likely without the passage of Measure 34-126.
Please continue to support your community, and vote 'yes' on Measure 34-126
Sherwood needs Lee Weislogel on council
I support Lee Weislogel for council. This is a time in Sherwood when we need experienced leaders, those who know what has happened in Sherwood and why. The last thing we need is for one small club of people scheming to control the council. All of Sherwood needs to be represented by people who have proven themselves by past work for and on behalf of us, the citizens.
Lee Weislogel is running and has all the credentials to do a great job. He knows Sherwood inside and out. He once worked for the city, he has served on past city councils, he has worked with nonprofits that benefit the city, and he can hit the ground running.
He will be an independent thinker, not one beholden to any group of persons - someone you can trust.