Industrial accidents pose another danger

I am writing to comment on your recent front-page story about eight industrial sites around Portland where a terrorist attack could do the most harm (Formula for disaster, Oct. 3).

First, I hope your article results in improvements in security at all eight sites listed. Second, let's not forget the hazards of industrial accidents. Some years ago, a terrible accident Ñ not a terrorist attack Ñ at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, caused the most devastation ever in terms of both death and injury.

I hope these eight industrial locations that are near Portland's human populations, as well as all the smaller ones, will do the utmost to ensure the safety of their neighbors through both improved security and excellent on-site maintenance and management.

Caroline Skinner

Northwest Portland

Blazers get attention Ñ for wrong reasons

In August I left Portland for a job in Idaho, and the news I have received from family and local newspapers has not been promising.

Instead of the 'new and improved' Blazers, we see the same old team. Stoudamire, Wells and Wallace are starting, but in their first game the Blazers proved they have the same, seasons-old ability to build a lead and throw it away in the fourth quarter (A candid look at your new Blazers, Dwight Jaynes, Oct. 24).

My students at Idaho State University can tell me about Stoudamire and Wells and Wallace and their marijuana and their Hummers. They can't tell me what the Blazers have accomplished. Most were born after the Bill Walton era. Most were too young to remember the early 1990s with Drexler and Robinson against Jordan and the Bulls. In Idaho the 18- to 21-year-old college students talk about Kobe and Shaq and King James, not Damon or Bonzi or Rasheed. I suspect it is the same at other universities.

And I, a transplanted Oregonian Ñ missing the rain, missing the daily fuss about the latest Blazer transgressions Ñ find myself wondering why I am missing anything.

Elijah Coleman

Pocatello, Idaho

Affordable housing is New Columbia goal

We want to reaffirm our commitment to create affordable housing at New Columbia that will be a long-term resource for our community (Outcry greets change at New Columbia, Oct. 31).

While a limited partnership that is an agreement between public and private entities will own the rental housing (the Housing Authority of Portland will continue to own the land), there are provisions in the regulations that govern these types of partnerships that ensure the housing will be operated as affordable housing for a minimum of 40 years.

In addition, as is typical in tax credit partnerships, ownership can revert to the general partner, the Housing Authority of Portland, after 15 years.

We also want to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that tenants in the project-based Section 8 housing at New Columbia have the same rights and protections as the tenants of the public housing units.

Both commitments are in keeping with our mission to serve those who encounter barriers to housing because of income, disability or special needs.

Steve Rudman

Executive director

Housing Authority of Portland

Southwest Portland

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