Letters to the Editor for March 26


Don't limit campaign speech with bill

So, Rep. Greg Matthews wants campaign financing limited. I'm sure the founders would have thought that a grand idea. Leave it to a Democrat to have a problem with the First Amendment.

Let's face it, the spending of money in a campaign is tantamount to free speech. The problem isn't being 'overwhelmed with mind-numbing barrage of high-cost campaign commercials and mailers.' It's the dumbing down of the electorate, combined with a system of vote by mail, which instead of elevating the process to an important American duty, lowers it to a form of junk mail democracy.

With this in mind I believe his quote should read: Government is obligated to create a system where the voice of all the individuals can be heard, where the contributions of all donors will matter and where the work of all individual volunteers will make a difference. Also let's not forget Portland's great public finance campaign for mayor, that worked so well.

As a side note, the caption to the accompanying picture to his guest comment states that Rep. Matt Wand won, even though Nick Kahl's campaign had outside funding, kind of defeats his argument.

Frank Grande


Police dealt with man professionally

On the morning of March 10 around 2:20 a.m., I was awakened by a man trying to enter through my sliding glass doors.

I heard police officers running with a police dog unit yelling at the guy to stop. The officers tied the bad guy up on my little patio while I had a front-row seat in my bathrobe. They'd been chasing the bad guy for hours.

The entire scene was incredibly professional. There was never a 'Rodney King' moment. I was so impressed with the way the officers did not escalate the situation. After the fact, Sgt. Wendland helped me rearrange my planter boxes. I was so impressed with the Troutdale and Multnomah County team. Afterwards, I visited Troutdale Chief Scott Anderson to tell him how much I appreciated his teams' work. This team deserves all the respect they rightfully deserve.

Marty Todd


Gemelli's opinion is a stretch for writer

Tom Gemelli's comment in The Outlook on March 16, 'A Dog In the Fight,' induced me to offer my opinion. It appears that Gemelli is more concerned that his tax bill might be raised to ensure that all students, or children, may have a chance to excel in our society.

Stating that a student who is involved in community groups, trying to solve today's problems, had the goal to stand up for teacher wages and student class time and course cost is a member of the Democratic Party and thus working toward a toxic mix and questionable arrangement tainting honest objective opinion is quite a stretch. We all have the right to question what the upper administration states as truth. We all have the right to fight for better working conditions for teachers and better study conditions for our children.

If Gemelli can't stand the heat, he should leave the kitchen.

Stephen Strom


Police need to be more responsive

The leadership of our City Council, police and fire department is something this community should start thinking and talking about. They only think about themselves and not the general public. Any time a citizen gets hurt, assaulted or beaten within the streets of Gresham and can't get help from the police, something is wrong.

Having citizens wait for more than 48 hours for the police to get a statement shows the lack of good standards and judgment the police have toward the community. Telling them we are short of people is not the proper attitude when a citizen has been severely beaten and assaulted.

Why couldn't our police chief step in to help? Police chiefs outside Multnomah County do it all the time. The police chief and his boys in blue are a disgrace to this community. Would they let their own people get treated this way? No! So why treat the people of Gresham with such great disregard for their public health and safety?

Wayne O. Oberg


Student looks forward to becoming great citizen

I am an art history student at Mt. Hood Community College and I graduated from Gresham Union High School in 1988. I also graduated from Portland State University in 1998 with a major in speech communications.

I am looking forward to becoming a great citizen of Oregon.

I have written numerous letters to the federal government here in Oregon and I encourage others to do the same. Furthermore, Gov. John Kitzhaber and President Obama are trying to encourage jobs here in Oregon and throughout the country.

My dream is to become a business owner in the near future.

After graduation, I plan to own an art gallery and buy and sell art for the benefit of others.

I enjoyed reading your paper when I was in high school. I was senior class secretary and The Outlook published my accomplishments. Thank you for your time and effort. You deserve an A+.

Lisa Sumida


Corbett, what happened to our school?

This year, the Corbett School District, like other schools in the state of Oregon, has been facing some very severe budget cuts. Throughout the year, we have had a 3-percent roll back on teacher salaries, a reduction of 12 percent of all the staff (from mid-year layoffs), eliminations of paid coaching positions and other cuts.

Recently, the school board met and decided to cut six days. Also, it is quite likely that four more days will be cut and students will miss a total of 10 school days.

As an eighth-grader at Corbett Middle School, these cuts do affect me and my peers. We have year long service projects to complete, and are looking at most likely two and a half weeks less to finish our math books. This just means more work in less time. Also, the budget for next year looks even worse. We may be looking at larger class sizes, so that's less one-on-one time with my teacher. I want to play sports next year, and these budget cuts will mean charging my family more. Corbett, and a lot of other schools in Oregon, really needs our state to help us, and provide adequate funding so we can keep Corbett schools great.

Serena Vigg