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Story about insiders says a lot about local politics

Thank you for your article reporting on the reservoir (Insiders helped get reservoir reprieve, Dec. 12). 'Insiders help' caught my eye immediately, yet not until I read the rest of the headline did I know what this was regarding. I do have a concern for the reservoirs and the existing beauty that will be forever altered if the City Council members, with their usual disregard of public opinion, take matters without public process into their own hands.

What I notice often of those in public office (any office, for that matter) is what Kevin Kohnstamm, one of the insiders himself, stated: 'That in City Hall, it matters who you are, not what you're saying.'

It is a moment-by-moment challenge to remain balanced without allowing personal agendas to fog the glasses of public servants.

Kathy Maltby

Northeast Portland

Beware 'all-weather surface' Ñ it's trashy

Why is it that we must keep constant vigilance to prevent our local government from yet another ill-conceived idea?

After conducting a major campaign to prevent Portland Parks & Recreation from replacing 2 acres of grass in Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, many of us thought this bad idea had gone away.

Yet there in the Portland Tribune recently was parks department planner David Yamashita's breezy article blissfully acknowledging his plan to do just that (Waterfront park is close to city's heart, Insight, Nov. 28).

Many of us who always vote for funds for parks continue to be dismayed by this prospect. Like freedom, once grass is gone, it is very hard to get back.

Further, many of us who always support funds for parks might not think the Rose Festival's Waterfront Village continues to be a good idea. Yet the purpose of replacing 2 acres of grass is to accommodate more things like the Waterfront Village.

The City Council has the power to stop this idea. I suggest that it use it. Otherwise, Commissioner Jim Francesconi, who oversees this department, will be forever known to us as the guy who paved part of Waterfront Park.

Frank DiMarco

Southeast Portland

Smoking pot is just one of Blazers' problems

I have to disagree with letter writer Cameron N. Rafish on the subject of Blazers smoking dope (Let Blazers smoke as they please, Insight, Dec. 16). Whether the city likes it or not, the Blazers are representatives of Oregon. I personally don't think that we should be proud paying our ambassadors in basketball millions of dollars to smoke pot, get pulled over, not have a license (but drive anyway), make racist comments, be drunk or cuss out coaches or fans.

Let's get rid of the Blazers (except Wesley Person, he hasn't screwed up), so that Portland can say that we have a team built on honesty, responsibility and safety. If this means losing some basketball games, then so be it.

Stephen Vandervort

Tigard

Laws make a harmless act a crime

If marijuana were the Blazers' biggest problem, they wouldn't be successful professional athletes (Marijuana: The Blazers' toughest foe, Dec. 5). More likely, their biggest problem is stupid drug laws.

Alan Hartley

Northeast Portland