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City cant shrug off PGE Park

Yet another disingenuous quotation of interest to Portland taxpayers and voters emanated from City Hall recently. Speaking of the financial meltdown of Portland Family Entertainment, operator of PGE Park, Mayor Vera Katz was quoted in the press as saying, 'This is a problem that was created by, and has to be solved by, the private sector.'

Excuse me? Didn't the City Council willingly, with eyes wide open, sign the agreement with PFE in July 2000, even after PFE substantially increased its debt load with full knowledge of the council? Like it or not, the city is a full partner, with accompanying liability, in this latest financial mess. It should not try to shift total responsibility to 'the private sector.'

For believability, this 'private sector' quote ranks right up there with the recent one from the mayor's office that 'the city is not going to run PGE' in case the city is successful in its effort to take over the electric company.

Glenn Gillespie

Southwest Portland

Officers who shot Mejia

shouldn't be commended

The Portland police awarded medals to the wrong officers (Angry Latino activists ask Kroeker to step down, Nov. 29). The illogic and idiocy of honoring the two police officers who shot an innocent man to death in a hospital can be illustrated by comparing it to another officer-involved shooting last year.

In the other case, a young man who suffered from a mental illness had a pellet gun in his possession during a delusional episode in front of his grandfather's home. He attracted police attention, and while some officers were attempting to resolve the situation without injuring anyone, another officer arrived, pulled out his gun and fired five shots at the man.

Fortunately, the officer missed and the incident was resolved without injury. The near-victim is alive and receiving the treatment he needed.

Why wasn't that officer awarded a medal, too? Shouldn't this officer have received an even bigger medal since he didn't actually kill anyone? Are points detracted in the medal competition if your marksmanship is bad? Wouldn't it make sense to give these two officers medals if they hadn't actually killed anyone, but had found a way to protect him instead?

I am even more outraged by the televised images of the two officers smiling as they received the award, the innocent victim clearly forgotten. If these men had any integrity, they would return the medals.

There is nothing to celebrate in this story.

Sean Cruz

Northeast Portland

Desire for peace

is always relevant

'Although pacifist sentiments may reflect the views of some in the Northwest's religious and spiritual communities, they have little relevance for political dialogue' (Peace activists must expand their horizons, Insight, Nov. 29). Really, Professor Horowitz? Perhaps you think warmongering sentiments are more relevant?

Since demonstrations are not the best place to have 'mutually respective' dialogues, who are you, Professor Horowitz, to write off Portland's entire antiwar movement as being content with 'feel-good anti-militarism' based only on what is seen at the peace parades? For dialogue you have the editorial pages.

War's corrosive effects on society Ñ physical, fiscal, moral and spiritual, to name a few Ñ require us to consider all alternatives. This is true of war for even the best causes. How much worse it is for causes based on selfish greed and naked imperialism!

If by standing up and bearing witness to what war produces, it means one assumes a 'cloak of moral superiority,' isn't that preferable to apathetic amorality or militaristic immorality?

Pacifist sentiments are relevant to political dialogue, Professor Horowitz. Perhaps you didn't notice that most of Oregon's congressional delegation voted against giving President Bush carte blanche approval to wage war.

Gerhardt E. Goeken

North Portland