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Letters to the editor for Dec. 3

Networks should cover politics equally

You have probably heard the term 'fair and balanced.'

One of the networks uses it in regard to its news reporting. One would hope that the three networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, would subscribe to 'fair and balanced.' Unfortunately, that is not the case when it came to reporting about Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party movements.

According to Geoffrey Dickens of Media Research Center ('A Tale of Two Protests: Media Cheer Wall Street Occupiers But Jeered Tea Partiers'), the 'Occupy Wall Street protestors have received overwhelmingly positive coverage from the big three (ABC, CBS, NBC) news networks, as they used their airtime to publicize and promote the aggressively leftist movement. In just the first 11 days of October, ABC, CBS and NBC flooded their morning and evening newscasts with a whopping 33 full stories or interview segments on the protesters. This was a far cry from the greeting the Tea Party received from the big three, as that conservative protest movement was initially ignored (only 13 total stories in all of 2009) and then reviled.'

So much for fair and balanced reporting by the networks.

A footnote! In the 18 cities where the Occupy movement was active, their outrageous behavior cost American taxpayers $13 million for police overtime and other costs, and in Portland it cost taxpayers, according to estimates, $1.3 million for police overtime and a price tag hitting $100,000 to restore the parks.

And how much did the Occupy movement pay for their irresponsibility? They are still marching around like they accept no responsibility for these costs. This wouldn't have happened with the Tea Party. In fairness, I salute the dozen Occupy Gresham demonstrators, who marched around downtown Gresham on Nov. 25, urging local folks to support locally owned businesses without any civil disobedience or disgusting behavior. Portland Occupiers might take a lesson from them. You have a right to protest, but not destroy or violate laws which affects all of us.

Louis H. Bowerman

Portland

Stop complaining about Gorge act latecomer

Regarding Angelo Simione, who wrote that lives were being ruined by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Act (in the Wednesday, Nov. 30, issue of The Outlook), I believe if my information is right, the CRGNSA has been in place for 25 years.

And I am sorry, but I don't believe you owned that property where the tacky road signs pointed to (The Crown Point Inn) after you hammered the gorge into making your dream a part of everyone's reality. So in real-time reality, you put yourself into the situation you were in, even though you knew the rules. It's like moving into an airport district and then complaining about the noise. Duh, it was already there.

You didn't pay the local businesses you hired, you cheated brides out of money for their weddings on short notice, you let a beautiful home, listed on the National Historical Register, burn and get ruined because you didn't pay your insurance. Your prices were extraordinarily high. (I had your emails stopped because the prices were horribly expensive.) You were just too greedy.

Luckily, there were nice people who stepped up to take care of the sad brides.

Stop blaming everyone else for your failure. Take your lumps and just get over it. (Gee, when I first started reading your letter, I thought you were a family who lived in Parker and worked for Bridal Veil Lumber in the early days when the fire went through. Not a relatively new person in a business venture started just a few years ago).

MK Brown

Troutdale

School merger not taken lightly by leaders

In regard to Sharon Nesbit's column 'Just the Other Day' (in the Wednesday, Nov. 30, issue of The Outlook) the 1981 remembrance of the Reynolds District survey of the merging of the high schools being overwhelming to retain the two schools is correct.

However, the inference that the school board ultimately decided differently could be true, but that ultimate decision was eight years later.

It was not a decision that was taken lightly by those involved. There were many factors to consider.

The merger when it did take effect went smoothly thanks to the dedicated leadership of Dr. Hudson Lasher, superintendent, Dolores Vrooman, principal, and all the staff. Special accolades need to go to the students involved for their demeanor in how this was handled.

Barbara Mefford

Portland