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Good service means good tips

by: Tribune File Photo, Exotic dancer Beth Hansen counts up some of her tips for the day at downtown Portland’s Mary’s Club. Dancers are finding it hard to make a living on tips. Readers responded to the Tribune’s story on tips becoming harder to get in a bad economy.

I love the service that a generous tip provides, especially when you have established yourself as a regular customer (Workers reach a tipping point, Dec. 31). I am not rich by any stretch; I have a solid job in a depressed economy and giving that little extra compounds the experience tenfold.

Dennis Hildebrand

Oregon City

Exceptional service is lacking, as are tips

When I worked in the service industry, the tip was what you tried to earn during the entire time you spent serving the customer. A 15 percent tip on a bill was considered very good.

Now it seems that the industry has changed the tip to part of the bill (Workers reach a tipping point, Dec. 31). This is one of the reasons I have stopped eating out as much. The service has gone down as the tips have, and the servers seem less inclined to give exceptional service.

Everybody wants a tip nowadays. You hand me a cup of coffee over the counter and want 20 percent. You carry the plates from the kitchen to my table and want 20 percent.

The real question is: What is a tip? When the service industry reconsiders this question, maybe I will start tipping again.

James T. Leist

Milwaukie

Hefty room price should include tip

I travel far more than the average person and I never leave a tip in a hotel room (Workers reach a tipping point, Dec. 31).

Why? I am paying an average of $150 per night to stay there, so what is that supposed to cover, if not cleaning the room?

Chris Hawes

Damascus

Kudos to Jennifer Lane

Jennifer Lane seems really cool; I mean, it's like she just stepped out of Pulp Fiction or something (In Character with Jennifer Lane, Dec. 31). Thank God for this breath of fresh air. Keep up the good work, Jennifer.

Mike Severin

Brightwood

Post Office keeps business in the core

It's not fair to longtime downtown residents and businesses that this extremely convenient location of the post office is going away (City closing in on deal for post office site, Dec. 25).

Any future development must include a retail site that accommodates businesses and residents that would otherwise have to drive long distances in order to access post office boxes and retail services.

Let's put it this way: the post office had just completed an expansion of post office boxes (presumably) as a result of greater demand. If all those boxes are relocated, the city will be encouraging users to drive long distances away from the core. Without a nearby location, we're one step forward, two steps back in trying to make this a livable, walkable city.

Gregg Mizuno

Northwest Portland

We like the city the way it is

This project has T-R-A-M written all over it (City closing in on deal for post office site, Dec. 25). Don't forget that the developers/new owners will likely get a 10-year tax abatement on the new project. The government has no business using hard-earned tax dollars to 'morph' the city into some visionary dream of the future. Just fix the potholes, arrest the bad guys and keep the grass mowed in the parks - nothing more, nothing less.

Gabe Schomus

Southwest Portland

The city is not to blame here

'They have totally destroyed my career and my life,' Art O'Bryant says, adding that he has been diagnosed with depression and is undergoing counseling (Building inspectors in a street fight, Dec. 18).

No, Mr. O'Bryant - you totally destroyed your career and life by not playing by the rules the rest of us have to obey.

Quinn Annas

Southeast Portland

Homelessness rise not unique to Portland

Anyone who actually believes that homeless people are migrating to Portland simply because of the services is oversimplifying the issue (Report shows rise in homelessness, Dec. 18).

Poor folks have been migrating to urban cores since urban cores have existed - thousands of years ago. It's not rocket science. Still, there's not an urban environment in America that doesn't deal with thousands of people sleeping on the streets. Anyone with a brain and a little research would see that communities like Eugene, Medford, Bend and Vancouver, Wash., are all seeing rises in homelessness. Portland is not unique.

Israel Bayer

Northeast Portland

Who can you call?

Kristen Miles, who oversees the Portland school district's charter school program, says her office has received no complaints by Arthur Academy parents (Academy slogs through turmoil, Dec. 18). I wonder how many parents have ever heard of Kristen Miles or know that they have the right to complain to her.

Mary Kusaka

Northeast Portland

Credit game is over, spend responsibly

I keep hearing how bad it is, but I still see all of these strip joints, porno shops and lottery facilities alive and well in Southeast 'poor town.' Until I see 'For Sale' signs in the windows of these types of businesses, then it must not be as bad as everyone says (Anxiety creeps onto the menu, Dec. 31). People still have money to spend on that stuff.

The food banks are drying up because people are scared and not donating. The media play up every crisis as if the world is going to come to an end any second now. But America is just going to have to realize that the credit game is done and we're now going to have to live within our means and not waste money like it is water.

Troy Holub

Southeast Portland