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Wheres the community now?

Readers' Letters
by: L.E. BASKOW, Annette Steele, affectionately known as Granny Steele, feels the spirit during a Sunday morning service at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in North Portland. Steele faces eviction from her home of more than 20 years, and some letter writers believe her family and the community should do more to help Granny Steele.

The story of Granny Steele should not be about mortgage trouble (A rock of the community may lose her home, April 22). Where are those seven children (now adults), 33 grandchildren (some must be adults) and a church community, when all that is needed is a new roof?

Sounds to me like the village that Granny Steele supported has abandoned her.

Martin McLendon

Beaverton

Gentrification has two sides

Thank you so much for exposing the other side of gentrification (A rock of the community may lose her home, April 22). So often it is spoken of by starry-eyed individuals that are just delighted to have another great coffee shop in their neighborhood or to have found an 'affordable' neighborhood closer in so that their commute time is reduced.

Your article reminds us that behind all of that convenience, there is a human cost being paid by some in our community who are least able to defend themselves - the same individuals who have been systematically discriminated against for generations.

There is no difference between what these real estate opportunists (i.e.. predatory lenders, real estate investors) are doing and what giant corporations like Monsanto are doing on a global level. Unfortunately, when it is presented on a smaller scale, it is easier for us to turn a blind eye. I hope that this article shakes us out of our complacency.

Helen Butler

Aloha

Don't the tenants pay any rent?

Why are the other five adults in the home not pitching in and ensuring that the mortgage is paid (A rock of the community may lose her home, April 22)?

Seems to me that if there are seven children and all those grandchildren - not to mention all the child care she is providing - that the mortgage could have been paid.

Katrina Whittle

Southeast Portland

Activist city focuses on issues that matter

Regarding the recall's failure, the editorial 'Adams survives, but can he improve?' (April 29) cites 'apathy among citizens - perhaps in contrast to Portland's activist reputation.'

I'm glad we have a city that is activist and not apathetic about things that actually matter, such as the environment, wages, schools, civil liberties and peace. And unlike the backwards social conservatives on the Tribune editorial board, I realize that this is an entirely different matter than 'caring' so much about a politician's consensual sex life, or whether he wants to be honest about something that's just not our business.

Portland is a city that not only cares about what is real, but stands on the right side of history regarding it. It's amazing you think this is a problem because we aren't obsessing over the mayor's sex life. Maybe the mayor's term is more hampered by the backwards value systems of the media that cover him, such as the Tribune, than because of his own sex life.

Tom Soppe

Southeast Portland

Adams should have resigned

The West Linn mayor stepped down after lying on her background qualifications. Too bad our Portland mayor won't do the same for his admitted lying, and even worse that the Portland City Council refused to demand he step down (A recall that went nowhere, April 29).

Apparently the character of the city of Portland is not up to the higher standards of the city of West Linn.

Ann Friday

Southwest Portland

Adams challenges a stacked deck

This is rich. In the editorial 'Adams survives, but can he improve?' (April 29), the Tribune's editorial board criticizes Mayor Sam Adams as continuing to display 'intractability and an unwillingness to consider all viewpoints.' What do they use as an example? The Columbia River mega-bridge, of all things!

Adams is showing courage in beginning to ask important questions. If you want to talk about 'intractability and an unwillingness to consider' other solutions, the whole Columbia River design process has been nothing but an 'emperor's new clothes' fiasco from the governors on down. Any alternative that did not include a big freeway bridge was summarily dismissed, even though the problems can be more cheaply and sustainably solved by a combination of fixes to the adjacent railroad bridge, new high speed and commuter rail service, local road connections to Hayden Island, seismic upgrades and congestion pricing.

Adams and Metro President David Bragdon should be praised for finally challenging the stacked deck. But maybe not from a paper that has deep connections with the sand and gravel industry that benefits from large, unsustainable freeway projects.

Fred Nussbaum

Southwest Portland

Portlanders do not want a recall

It should seem clear that after two recall attempts failed, that the majority of Portlanders do not want one (Adams survives, but can he improve?, April 29).

Ms. Gordley and Mr. Wurster can make all the excuses that they like. It seems that it is they who are out of touch with the rest of us.

Ron Worthington

Southwest Portland