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West Hayden should be saved

by: Courtesy of Port of Portland, An aerial shot of west Hayden Island, west of Jantzen Beach, shows land that the Port of Portland wants the city to annex so it might be available for future marine terminals. Letter writers weigh in on the idea.

I'd like to thank reporter Steve Law for the story regarding west Hayden Island (West Hayden Island - Habitat, or industry?, May 21). This enormously important issue is not getting the coverage it deserves, and I am grateful you are recognizing its importance.

West Hayden Island is absolutely irreplaceable. If the people and government of the city of Portland do not recognize that or are blinded by the port's false economic scare tactics and allow this priceless wildlife habitat to be destroyed, we will all lose out. Port terminals, cranes, silos, towers and seawalls can and will always be built. West Hayden Island and its osprey, eagles, songbirds, deer, coyote, rabbits, salamanders and salmon can never be recovered once they are gone.

Hayden Island is the front door to Oregon. West Hayden Island is the emerald jewel in that front door to be treasured, cherished and shown off to the world. To allow the port to destroy it would be terribly short-sighted. I urge everyone to check out west Hayden Island by boat, canoe, kayak or walk the shore at low tide. See for yourself why these 825 acres must be saved.

Cheryl K. Lund

Hayden Island

Existing ports are under-utilized

We've already got acres of port lots filled with cars that aren't going anywhere (West Hayden Island - Habitat, or industry? May 21). Parts of the existing ports are underutilized or idle. Why do we need more? This is as bad as the unwanted convention hotel project that - zombie-like - refuses to die and go away.

Michael Taylor

Northwest Portland

Use land for its greatest potential

During an era of mass extinction, the conservation of habitat is imperative, but the preservation of west Hayden Island is an exceptionally expensive way to do it (West Hayden Island - Habitat, or industry? May 21). Metro and the Audubon Society could buy far larger wilderness areas on Portland's fringes, thus saving more biodiversity. Putting industry in less convenient places will only make its impact on the environment more severe. The Earth is precious. That is why every square inch needs to be used for its greatest potential.

Paul Mandel

Northeast Portland

Need lawmakers who understand industry

I rarely agree with environmentalists completely, but in regards to the future of west Hayden Island, I do for a different reason. Portland had a thriving marine industry years ago but decided to shut down the businesses along the riverbank and allow condos to be built in their place.

Portland, meaning inland port - the gateway to the world. The Port of Portland is correct in that Portland can benefit from marine industries (West Hayden Island - Habitat, or industry?, May 21), but it makes no sense until the lawmakers of Clark County, Multnomah County and the city of Portland are replaced with decision-makers who understand industry. Otherwise, the new port will sit empty or underused like the Port of Vancouver and eventually become future condo sites. Leave the wildlife alone.

Rick Durbin

Fairview

Ports should unite

This is insanity. Why do we have competing port authorities on the same river (West Hayden Island - Habitat, or industry?, May 21)? The solution to this problem lies across the Columbia. It makes environmental and business sense - think of the scale economies that are being lost by our provincialism.

Grant Morehead

Northeast Portland

Where can the dying go in their last days?

Great article, Peter Korn. You did a service for anyone who expects to live longer than generational family members. What is supposed to happen for people who don't die the right way, or get too well to stay in hospice (Searching, in Oregon, for a place to die, May 21)?

My father-in-law got similar treatment as the woman who died two days after entering a nursing home, except I broke him out. His doctor gave him two days to live, and we decided to bring him home where I would do the caregiving.

I brought my father-in-law home and worked with him. He got better. Years later, he was well enough to go to a nursing home while we took a family vacation. When we got back, he was in horrible shape - too frail to leave the facility, according to them. I explained to the doctor that my father-in-law wasn't well enough for nursing home care, but he could either release the old man to me or call the police and have me arrested for kidnapping. It was pretty wild. I stood up to the care management system and it felt really good.

Two things happened: First, I showed my father-in-law that he still mattered, that someone would go to jail for him. The second was my mother-in-law got to spend time with her husband on their terms. When a family acts together, nothing is impossible.

David Gillaspie

Tigard

Transit mall confusing, dangerous

Regarding 'TriMet: Mall can be safe, orderly' (May 21), I'm thinking of starting a 'death pool.' Everyone throws in a buck and gets bonus points if they're talking on a cell phone. I'm guessing early June on both.

TriMet can attempt to 'train' people all they want, but a lot of people don't come downtown regularly, and I feel truly sorry for out-of-towners having to confront this transit mall confusion. We drive on the right side of the street everywhere else in this country except Fifth and Sixth avenues in downtown Portland.

Keep those ambulances on alert. I'm wondering on which day the first bicycle rider or pedestrian will be killed on the mall.

Ray Taylor

Southeast Portland

Good luck Nina!

In your brief time (running the flower cart at Pioneer Courthouse Square), you've been a positive presence in the lives of many (In Character with Nina Celeste, May 21). All the best in your next efforts!

Kelly Smith

Southeast Portland

Don't deny rights to free assembly

In regards to the comments from Lewis and Clark College history professor Elliott Young, which appeared in Sources Say (Adams battle ready for start, May 21), Professor Young is well within his rights to call for a boycott of Nick's.

Once a business decides to enter the realm of politics, it must also deal with the results of that decision. Whether the results are a boycott by some or increased patronage by others, it is the price any business has to pay for entering the realm of politics. It is the cost of living in a free society.

But woe to you, Professor Young. By condemning those who recently met at Nick's, you also deny their constitutionally protected right to free assembly. Last time I checked, people in this country can meet whenever they want to discuss whatever they want. This right is enshrined in our Constitution and has been upheld by countless court decisions. We even fought a revolution over it.

Professor Young claims to be a professor of history. For his sake and the sake of his students at Lewis and Clark, I hope it isn't American history.

Mark Curnell

Southeast Portland

Mural provides inspiration for all

I'm glad to see that North America's largest hand-painted mural on the Portland Memorial Mausoleum is garnering attention and providing inspiration, and that Art FX is getting well-deserved praise for their fantastic job (Larger than life, May 14). As a Sellwood resident, I get great pleasure every time I pass the mural; and as an Urban Greenspaces Institute board member, I commend the Institute for raising the funds and coordinating the partners who created this beautiful piece of art in the Sellwood Neighborhood and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

If you haven't seen the mural, there are great views from the Springwater Trail and Southeast Sellwood Boulevard.

Bob Wilson

Southeast Portland