Letters to the editor for Nov. 2


Child appreciated Halloween experience

Last night was Halloween. My daughter Natalie, 8, was Dorothy complete with Toto in a basket, while my son, William, 12, was dressed as Guy Fawkes ('V for Vendetta').

It was a great evening that started on Main Street with cousins, collecting candy from shop owners and gold badges from police officers. The main event was trick or treating in familiar neighborhoods where my kids know who hands out king-size candy bars, orange plastic pumpkins, religious literature (horrifying for the kids), and of course, the house with the big black cat in the front yard.

After the candy was sorted and counted, 195 pieces, my son told me reflecting on the evening, 'it wasn't the king-size candy bars he liked best, it was the moments when the old people that gave him candy, they were so nice to me.' Then he said, 'I feeling so emotional,' he began to cry.

His thoughts touched my heart and if it is possible to let everyone know 12 year olds really do appreciate the efforts of so many to create a fun time on Halloween …

Laurel Herrada


Volunteers helped many at veterans event

East County has experienced its first Stand Down for homeless veterans and veterans in need. By any measure it was successful. Pastor David Brown of The Chapel in Troutdale led the event.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, chips, fruit and cookies were donated to the 120 attendees by Gresham Ford, and Reiser's provided the pasta and potato salad. Because of their food donation $1,200 in gift cards were given out to the vets. Bob Lamb of Thriftway offered use of part of his building at no charge. Three kind and generous ladies donated their entire day and provided 42 haircuts.

Nurses were on hand to provide flu shots and do blood pressure checks. The dental school from Mt. Hood Community College handed out free vouchers for dental cleaning.

Work Source Oregon showed up with 10 laptop computers to help vets search for jobs. Overall, there were 68 volunteers and 40 vendors who provided a variety of services.

There were those joyful reunions of two sisters who hadn't seen one another for more than 35 years. We don't know how it happened, but those who were there testified it was wonderful to see.

The volunteers and vendors had such an uplifting experience that they want to do it again next year.

It started with a county veterans officer who asked the right question at the right time. Would you like Troutdale to have the first Stand Down in East County ?

Yes we would!

Jim Kight


Noise pollution a real problem for government

(To: Oregon Environmental Protection Agency.)

Everyone in Oregon is affected by all types of pollution. One of the most obvious has very little regulation, even less enforcement, and that is noise pollution (other than industrial).

Go to any high school band room and you will find noise levels far in excess of that found in any industrial operation. This can affect the students and teachers' hearing for the rest of their lives. Not to mention their audiences.

An even more common noise pollution problem is vehicle noise (you can hear cars and motorcycles several blocks away, as well as their amplified electronic noise two blocks away.)

When I was beginning to drive, glass packs and muffler bi-pass valves could result in a stiff fine for excessive noise. Because there is zero enforcement by local jurisdictions, today we have drivers unaware of excessive noise laws.

We have numerous emission test facilities throughout the state, but they don't test for noise emissions.

It would be relatively easy and inexpensive to install an array of microphones certified decibel (DB) meters, and create a DB standard by established DB's, distance and enigma RPM. It would automatically reduce noise pollution as well as being a source of revenue for retesting for excessive noise. Also, we should re-evaluate the need for sound suppression walls, berms and shrubbery.

Quiet motors are less apt to be over revved, which will result in less gas consumption and the resultant air pollution.

Local police could care less. It's time for the state to eliminate the subjectivity and step up with an enforceable uniform noise emission DB code with the goal of having at least one DB gun in each jurisdiction.

JR Bartline