Tickets won't solve McLoughlin problems

Phil Stanford recently intimated that McLoughlin Boulevard south of the Hawthorne Bridge has been set up as a convenient speed trap to maximize revenue (On the Town, March 26). There is a little more to this story.

The Brooklyn neighborhood has expressed its outrage at the safety, noise and livability problems caused by all of the speeding traffic in this stretch of roadway.

You might notice that there are front and back yards adjacent to streets where speeds of 60 mph and above are commonplace. You might also wonder if it is appropriate to have these kinds of speeds in the middle of a dense, residential neighborhood. The Brooklyn neighborhood doesn't think so.

We have pleaded with the city to change the character of this section of road so that motorists naturally hold close to a 35 mph speed limit. However, the city has dismissed our concerns and has defaulted on any long-term solution.

Apparently, the city thinks it can kill two birds with one stone, appeasing the residents of Brooklyn while also picking up a few dollars in speeding tickets.

Please note that the 35-mph speed limit on the viaduct was reduced from 45 mph recently to facilitate trucks merging onto McLoughlin. Apparently, the convenience of trucks is given a higher priority than the safety considerations of Brooklyn residents.

Gary L. Dye

Brooklyn Action Corps

Southeast Portland

Three views askew on medical marijuana

All three authors (Three views on medical marijuana, Insight, March 22) Ñ the so-called medical marijuana activist, John Sajo; the career bureaucrat, Dr. Grant Higginson; and the well-intended yet misguided healer, Dr. Phillip Leveque Ñ have delivered enough apologies to completely obscure the fundamental evil that is at work here.

God gave us hemp (the proper English name). Its prohibition, eradication and demonization are blasphemy.

Not only has government set itself against the people, it has also set itself against God. No good can come of it.

On the political level, 'medical marijuana' is a dead end. It was helpful in 1998 when this state's voters approved the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. But now it only serves to justify the government's prohibition policies, treating cannabis as if it were actually a dangerous drug.

It's not.

Mr. Sajo's legislative gambit to broaden the Oregon law is a dangerous one, not worthy of serious consideration because any laws of this kind invite unjustifiable prohibition that imposes on responsible adults' privacy.

Dr. Higginson takes his orders from Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is hostile toward the medical marijuana law.

Dr. Leveque is probably the only sincere one of the three but has fallen in with some bad company that exploits his physician status.

Be that as it may, it seems totally absurd that I need to be sick or get a majority of voters' permission to grow, use or enjoy what God has given. I shall resist to my last puff.

Floyd Ferris Landrath

Director, American

Anti-Prohibition League

Southeast Portland

Money for nuclear plants could buy renewable energy

The article 'Nuclear thaw?' (March 29) should have been titled 'Nuclear brain freeze'!

Apparently the Enron-Arthur Anderson accounting game lives on. The article states, 'Although it has never produced electricity, WNP-1 has 25 employees and an annual budget of $2.8 million.'

Can we talk about how much wind power $2.8 million a year buys, or how those 25 people could be investigating other safe, clean energy choices instead of whatever it is they are currently doing?

We need to pull our power back from the big boys, or we'll all be sitting in the dark.

Denise Martin

Southeast Portland

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