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Both sides hurt in bookstore dispute

Readers’ Letters

Michael Powell says it's hard for him not to take personally criticism of how he's handling union negotiations (Powell's owner and his workers: between a book and a hard place, Dec. 5). As an eight-year Powell's employee, I find it hard not to take personally his contract proposals that would take away from my health care plan, even as the company continues to grow.

My co-workers find it hard not to take it personally when these proposals would put health care coverage for them and their families out of reach, even as they do more work with fewer people.

Mr. Powell is the sole owner of a successful, growing business that can well afford to keep the current health care plan in place. By his actions, he is telling his employees that they have no stake in the continued success of the business. They take it personally. So should he.

Cal Hudson

Northeast Portland

Weaver's talk reveals

deadly narcissism

I must say that I certainly do share letter writer Craig Plunkett's revulsion in having to view Ward Weaver's shaved mug on KPTV (12), yet again (In Weaver's case, silence is golden, Dec. 9). However, I must disagree with his assertion that the station has done victims a disservice by airing the interviews.

Just as the world will soon get the chance to view one of the most deadly psychopaths of all time when Saddam Hussein's trial begins, we have been afforded the same opportunity to observe our own scaled-down version. And let me assure you: They are the same in their respective personality disorders. When the cameras turn on, the narcissism of their disorders shines through.

I will say that it is unfortunate KPTV does not delve further into the narcissism that compels Weaver to seek cameras and ensure his guilt.

Fortunately most psychopaths do not resort to murder. However, they do much more unmeasurable damage. It is critical that we become familiar with these types and better able to recognize and deal with them, as we will continue to encounter them throughout all walks of life. It is human nature to avoid such distasteful subjects, but the consequences, as we have seen, can be deadly!

Chuck Fasst

Southeast Portland

Sports columnist

doesn't know soccer

Dwight Jaynes' recent rant against soccer was both ridiculous and offensive (Much Adu about nothing, Nov. 28).

To say that the game of soccer takes 'less skill than tetherball' is utterly naive. If you know how to read the game, you see give-and-gos, alley oops, back passing, one-touch direction changing, pick-and-rolls, bluffs, dodges, fakes, breakaways, etc., all the types of things you see in other sports.

The difference is you don't stop, so you can't set up a play.

If Mr. Jaynes can't read that, fine, but to insinuate that it's simply a free-for-all out there shows he is out of his depth. Most of us have enough common sense to not talk trash about something we don't understand.

Baseball bores me to tears, but I appreciate that other people find drama and beauty in it. I would never categorically dismiss an entire sport as easy and boring, and I would never dismiss all of the fans of that sport as either snobs or hooligans.

James Harrison

Northeast Portland

Blazers' behavior

matters a lot

I am writing in response to a letter about the Blazers. First of all, they do represent Portland as our basketball team, like it or not (Let Blazers smoke as they please, Dec. 16).

They, like most athletes, are role models for little kids. Hence the use of athletes in sportswear ads. When those 'stars' do things that would get most of us in real trouble and they receive a slap on the wrist, kids see it as OK behavior. Most of us can keep our personal lives separate from work. When work is broadcast on national television, that's nearly impossible.

Players on the Winter Hawks get benched for bad grades! If the Jail Blazers break the law, they should get benched and worse. Their private lives aren't private once they put on that uniform and go on TV. If you or I were caught driving without a license, we'd get our car towed and a big ticket. Rich folks aren't above the law.

Ashley Gold

Clackamas