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Learn from Denver and build bigger hotel

After all the bean counters go through the numbers, and they should, and the consultants go through the feasibility studies, and they will, the conclusion will be: build a bigger hotel at the Oregon Convention Center (Supporters of big hotel seek backup numbers, Nov. 19).

Ask Denver. Track history:ÊThat city needs to accommodate the extra business its rebuilt megagiant convention center brought in, and it's about to build another giant hotel right next door.

I predict that if you built an 800-room headquarters hotel over our present day convention center,Êwe might as well set aside another ka-jillionÊbucks for an addition in fourÊyears, because it will be needed to handle the greater number of visitors.

The other hoteliers in downtownÊwill fight it; that's what they do. The 800-roomÊhotel would bring more business for everybody,Êfiltering down like champagne from a tiered fountain. The central hotelÊgets bigger, the convention businessÊgets better. Go ask Denver.Ê

But, that's just my opinion; as Dennis Miller says, I could be wrong.

Roger Fulton

Northwest Portland

City ignores real

water dangers

In response to 'Reservoir plans churn with discord' (Insight, Jan. 3), Portland city Commissioner Dan Saltzman should be concerned that citizens really will find themselves 'without running tap water' when the next earthquake hits.

When this happens it will be as a result of his bureau's mismanagement of funds and its failure to address known infrastructure problems. City officials need to stop wasting our money and address real problems and known risks.

Floy Jones

Southeast Portland

Voters should save

vital services

Imagine Oregon's future with inadequate education, health services and compromised public safety. Measure 28 helps preserve the quality of life for all Oregonians. This is something we must afford. Consider that people in 45 of our 50 states pay higher taxes than Oregonians. In fact, since 1990, Oregon taxes have steadily decreased, partially due to the property tax limitation.

Join me in voting yes on Measure 28.

It's affordable.

And it will make a world of difference.

Sandra Bjorkman

Salem

State's inefficiencies

need fixing first

The article, 'Measure 28: Oregon's war of words heats up' (Jan. 7),Êseems toÊfall for the 'spend and tax' groups' classic rhetoric when it concludes that the upcoming vote 'illustrates a fundamental quandary in Oregon: Voters say they like government services such as roads and schools and police, except when they have to pay for them.'

That is not at all what this measure is about.ÊTheÊtax increase would simply allow the state to keep the Oregon Liquor Control Commission operating.ÊIt will let the state keep operating an inefficient motor pool instead of renting cars when they need them. It will allow the state to continue using Public Employees Retirement System mortality tables from the 1970s instead of modern ones.Ê

Legislators should look at these or a host of other inefficiencies that have resulted in double-digit spending increases every biennium. Lawmakers who threaten to cut vital education, public safety, youth and elder care programs and transportation spending are unfit to represent us.

Only 0.3 percent of Oregon taxpayers checked the box for their 'kicker' refund to go back to the government last time the state ran a surplus.ÊAre we just revoting to see what peopleÊwho don't pay taxes think?Ê

Nick Stearns

Northwest Portland

Yes on measure is a

vote for Oregonians

I work for United Cerebral Palsy helping people with developmental disabilities live a fuller, more independent life. My agency provides vital services that some people simply cannot live without, such as assistance with finances, medical issues, and finding and keeping employment. It is alarming to me that these services could disappear for the individuals I support as well as similar services for as many as 5,000 other Oregonians with disabilities.

This state has made many positive steps in regard to this vulnerable population in the past few years. If Oregon voters do not pass Measure 28 in the special election Jan. 28, I'm afraid it would be a terrible step backward and, even more importantly, a statement of how our state's vulnerable populations are valued. Even in a bad economy, we all need to be willing to pitch in a bit to keep our already low-funded programs afloat. Please prove that we as Oregonians value our fellow citizens by voting yes on Measure 28.

Erin Graff

United Cerebral Palsy Association

Southeast Portland

Negligence or worse

led to girls' deaths

I skipped through the long article on Ward Weaver (Mind games, Dec. 27) and felt my anger rise again at the mothers of the two murdered girls. These two women continually delivered their daughters into the hands of abusive pedophiles.

I read recently where they were filing suit against Clackamas County for malfeasance in the handling of their daughters' cases. Are they kidding?

They are the ones who should be prosecuted for being neglectful and abusive mothers. The sick legacy they handed their daughters ought to be examined under the light of full scrutiny.

Jeffrey Smith

North Portland

Circumstances cast

pall on Lam's claim

Rum Lam, 15 years of age, driving without a license, without insurance and with an open alcohol container in his vehicle, gave rise to a 'wild chase' on Interstate 84 at 5:30 a.m. (!) on New Year's Day, involving an accident very near where I frequently travel on the Banfield Freeway (Slam by cop fuels activists' mistrust, Jan. 7)

As leery as I am of police tactics here in the Portland area, an incident such as this won't rouse my sympathies for the allegedly abused Mr. Lam.

He, and far too many like him, are the reason that law-abiding drivers must pay a hefty premium to protect ourselves from the depredations of uninsured drivers and why so many of us feel compelled to say a fervent prayer when we get behind the wheel that we'll be delivered from the recklessness of his ilk.

With activists rallying to Lam's defense, no doubt Portland police officer Todd Davis will become embroiled in the kind of career-destroying imbroglio that may not really be deserved.Ê

J. F. Couture

Fairview