Locals weigh merits of new state slogan


Portlanders respond to this question:

'What do you think of the new state slogan, 'Oregon. We Love Dreamers'? Do you have an alternative slogan to offer?'

• Christopher Frankonis, a writer who lives in Southeast Portland: 'All slogans suffer from oversimplifying the campaign for which they act as the referent tag. This campaign will tell 'Oregon stories,' in some cases brashly and audaciously. Judge the campaign, not just the slogan.'

• Ralph Shaw, a venture capitalist who lives in Southwest Portland: ' 'We Love Daydreamers.' '

• Michelle Detwiler, an energy industry specialist who lives in Northeast Portland: 'I think the new slogan makes Oregonians sound flaky, and we don't need to encourage a national reputation we've already got. How about, 'Oregon: We Love Dreamers, but We Prefer Productive, Taxpaying Citizens Who Vote.' '

• Richard Ellmyer, an urban Democrat who lives in North Portland: ' 'Come to Oregon, Where the Democrats Love Dreamers and the Republicans Love Delusionists, Where Rurals Want Equal Education Paid for by Urbans, Where Our Enlightened Progressive Legislature Represents One Big Happy Family É Willing to Share With One Another for the Common Good. Y'all Come.' '

• Breanna Probasco-Canda, a senior at Grant High School who lives in Northeast Portland: 'I believe an alternate slogan would be, 'Oregon: A Place to Grow.' 'We Love Dreamers' suggests that we love people to think, but 'A Place to Grow' states that you have the opportunity to make progress.'

• Suzi Helmlinger, a downtown business owner who lives in Southeast Portland: 'I think whoever was responsible for creating this slogan was dreaming of the money he/she was going to earn. Let's get real. What Oregon needs is business and not dreams. How about 'Life Is Greener in Oregon?' '

• Chuck Jones, a certified financial planner who lives in Southwest Portland: 'It is only part of an entire campaign that must be looked at in the whole. Yes, we have things that aren't right, but if we advertise those we will never get our economy kick-started.'

• Rachel Gerber, a legal secretary who lives in Beaverton: 'I much prefer something like West Virginia's slogan: 'Wild and Wonderful.' We've got that and much more in Oregon. 'Dreamers' doesn't begin to capture the whole. That noun can range from entrepreneurs to dysfunctional adults, bored children and, worst of all, god-awful dreams/dreamers called nightmares.'

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