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Stopping the cycle of violence

by: L.E. BASKOW, Portland Police Sgt. Greg Stewart, of the bureau’s domestic violence reduction unit, gives a PowerPoint presentation on domestic violence offenders. Letter-writers laud a new domestic violence center planned for Portland.

Leaving a domestic abuser is a process, not an event (Finding a safe place, Feb. 5). It's easy to say these survivors stay because they like the abuse, but that is completely wrong. Until a person has experienced the actual reality of a domestic violence relationship, they cannot fully comprehend what I am talking about.

Children trapped in a home with domestic violence cannot leave either and, after observing the violence during their childhood, are much more likely to become abusers themselves.

The cycle of violence needs support like this center to stop its endless perpetration.

Ann Friday

Southwest Portland

Vocabulary change speaks volumes

Thank you for your article regarding the new domestic violence one-stop center (Finding a safe place, Feb. 5). Having worked in the domestic violence field for three years, I know how necessary resources like that are. There was only one thing that bothered me about the article. In the beginning, there was a story about a particular woman who lived to tell her story. She called herself a survivor for obvious and empowering reasons.

The rest of the article went on to refer to these folks as 'victims.' Just the term itself implies helplessness. In my experience with survivors and colleagues alike, 'victim' is not how to refer to this population. It's a simple vocabulary change that can speak volumes to the community.

Jennifer Rhodes

Southeast Portland

Pipe organs are alive and well

I read and enjoyed the article about historic pipe organs in Portland (Reviving yesterday's pipes, Feb. 5). I am founder and president of Bond Organ Builders Inc., located in Northeast Portland. We build new pipe organs, rebuild historic instruments and maintain pipe organs of all types and ages.

I would like to say for the record that pipe organs are not a historic curiosity - new instruments are being built today, right here in town. There are scores of them in churches, colleges and residences throughout the Pacific Northwest. Our company has built 34 new instruments since 1976 and done an equal number of restorations, including in the Old Church in 1996 and Temple Beth Israel in 2003. The instrument is alive and well, waiting to be discovered by even more young people.

Richard Bond

Northeast Portland

Remembering the great Wurlitzer

Thanks to the Tribune for writing this story (Reviving yesterday's pipes, Feb. 5).

Besides the Wurlitzer organ at Oaks Park and the Robert-Morton organ at McMenamin's Chapel Pub, Portland has several theater pipe organ installations including Cleveland High School and the Scottish Rite Temple, as well as several private residences.

Longtime residents of Portland may remember the great Wurlitzer organ installed in the Organ Grinder Pizza Parlor on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Raymond Street.

Unfortunately, this wonderful landmark closed in the mid-1990s.

I do wish the article had mentioned international and local organizations whose purpose it is to promote and preserve the theater pipe organ and its music, like www.atos.org or www.croconline.org. These organizations have concerts and conventions.

Steven Durham

Northwest Portland

Boilerplate smashes paradigms

As a historian who was trained to doubt and document, I was nearly fooled by Boilerplate, thinking that the robot was a historical anachronism in a pre-technological world (Victorian robot is a history emcee, Jan. 22). Shame on me.

Paul Guinan is not only an artist, he has a good handle on how historians think and write.

I knew him as a youngster and would suggest that Paul's immense talent is harbored in genes passed down from his father and mother, both of them artists. He was nurtured in an environment in which freethinking and creativity were keys to life. Paul is a uniquely creative artist among artists.

More power to Boilerplate as his clanking frame smashes our historical paradigms.

Mark Junge

Cheyenne, Wyo.

What is integrity?

In this era of change and turmoil we are merely asking our public officials to be accountable (It's official: No one likes Randy Leonard, Sources Say, Feb. 5). We are asking that they act with and indeed, exemplify, integrity - not to steal, not to lie, not to deceive to gain advantage in any decision or process. They don't have to be Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. We can't ask them to be saints, but they must act with integrity in all things related to their service to the community that elected them.

In 1956, the late management guru Peter Drucker wrote 'The Practice of Management.' On page 49, he discusses integrity. He says: 'A person of integrity does not ask who is right, but what is right.'

I recommend each member of the City Council read this book. Its themes will resonate with them for years to come.

Harley Leiber

Southeast Portland

Who are the real victims?

Erik Ayala opened fire at a teen nightclub in downtown Portland killing three people, including himself (Troubled shooter leaves tragedy in his wake, Jan. 29). Many wondered if Ayala had a motive or if this was a random act of violence.

As a native Oregonian, I have a different concern: violence here is escalating. People view Oregon, along with our beautiful city of Portland, as an escape from the fast-paced, turbulent and oft-times violent scenes that erupt in most major American cities. Is that changing?

While this and other violent crimes are disturbing, I hope that we as fellow Portland citizens will take responsibility for our city's future. How can we each take steps ranging from intervention to safety and security measures to improve Portland's livability and reduce crime? Who are the real victims here?

Jacqueline Lerner Aderman

Tigard

Together, we must stop the violence

'Two killed, seven injured' headlines newspapers in Miami, Wichita and Portland. On the weekend of Jan. 24, three cities reported a total dead of six and 21 others injured in three separate shootings. These events would have sparked national debates in most countries.

Why do we passively accept such levels of gun violence, sit back and watch quietly as gun violence prevention measures are struck down across the country? The National Rifle Association is a big part of the answer.

The NRA survives by selling fear. It profits from polarizing. Legislators that seek and accept the endorsement of the NRA are, in effect, condoning an organization that is fueled by stoking anxiety, bullying and threatening legislators who dare to go against it.

In this new 'era of responsibility,' we need legislators who want to be cooperative, not those who embrace organizations that incite battle and combat. We need to work together to find ways to stop the violence that is killing our nation.

Shawn Alford

Ceasefire Oregon

Southeast Portland