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Misperceptions by police might have deadly results

Based on my experience, some personal and still unresolved for the last five months, Portland Police Association President Robert King may feel he has to support his members Ñ the officers Ñ but he is way off base in the Kendra James case (Pastors call for cop's firing, May 23).

I wouldn't question for a moment that at times more force than necessary is used. Likewise, there clearly are going to be times when officers believe they did something a certain way, when actually it didn't happen that way at all.

In this case, it resulted in death. What a shame it is!

Ken Hennrich

Southeast Portland

Thanks for a dose

of Peg Bracken's wit

Twice a week, the accountant at our senior citizen apartment house picks up a stack of Portland Tribunes and places them on the counter in our mailroom. The stack is gone in a few hours.

The stories are fresh and well-written. All the columnists offer quality productions. I particularly enjoy Pete Schulberg Ñ bright, sharp and sassy Ñ and Dwight Jaynes. Though I'm no great sports enthusiast, Jaynes gives us informative and entertaining pieces in an excellent narrative.

But for me, your recent issue carrying the interview of Peg Bracken was the pice de rŽsistance Ñ a sheer joy to read (Bracken's banter is still cooking, Portland Life, May 13). Kudos to Jill Spitznass for doing that.

Bracken was a favorite of mine during the 1960s. We are contemporaries. Getting old is the pits, but if you manage to do it with a grin on your face and an irreverent quip on your lips, like our Peg, you're a winner all the way!

June Acosta

Southwest Portland

Dyslexia's consequences

need to be understood

Thank you for bringing attention to the desperate struggles adults often are faced with when they come out of the educational system with poor basic skills in reading, writing and/or spelling. Christopher Fromherz's essay, 'Oregon must heed its citizens' need to read' (Insight, May 23), gave a graphic description of the economic devastation suffered by many dyslexic adults.

Dyslexia is a generic term used to identify a variety of learning difficulties that many bright and sometimes well-educated individuals have. It can be a major handicap in our literate society, and there are few places one can go to for the specialized help he or she needs.

As a retired classroom instructor for adults who wished to upgrade basic skills in reading, writing and/or spelling, I am well aware of the impact that adults can suffer when they can't find help to improve these skills. One woman who inquired about the class said she was 80 years old and wanted to read at least one book before she died. She never made it to class.

One student who attended class sessions during a three-year period was honored recently as a volunteer reading tutor. His comment to me was that he just needed to give something back after he became better able to handle his reading difficulties.

I am an adult dyslexic learner. I have a bachelor of science degree in education, and the dictionary is still my best friend if I am to be sure of proper spelling.

This is a hidden problem, and I think it should be brought into the public forum so it is better understood. A well-informed public can demand that every father will 'be able to read to his son' and every mother can 'go to a job interview with the confidence É that comes with literacy.'

Barbara McAllister

Southwest Portland

Story about Marine

took wrong approach

I am the mother of Lance Cpl. Seth Garrett Jones, USMC. My son was killed during a training mission three years ago, and I know well what the family of Lance Cpl. Cedric Bruns is going through right now (Marine casualty had lost license, May 16).

I would like to know why you felt it so important to publish such an article about this young man regarding his driving record, when the really important story is that he gave his life for his country. Were you there when he was killed?

In other articles written about this situation, it says he was hit. Nothing is mentioned anywhere about his causing the accident.

What matters is that this young man answered the call to duty and died while serving his country.

Why do people like you have to sensationalize the sad story of a young man's death by bringing up something that has nothing to do with his death? Never forget that we live in the land of the free because of the brave. Most of those serving our country are kids who are still learning the ropes when it comes to being an adult.

I hope that all those who knew him and love him will know that most of us out here do not give a rat's behind about his driving record. When it counted the most, this young man was there.

They have been torn from our arms but never from our hearts.

Semper fidelis.

Michele Fentriss

Southwest Portland