Letters to the Editor for Jan. 24


Thanks for raising brain tumor awareness

The American Brain Tumor Association would like to thank Jennifer Clampet for the very nice article she wrote - 'What you don't know could kill you' (The Times, Jan. 17).

We appreciate all the help in getting out information about brain tumors and helping to raise the awareness about this dreadful condition.

If you are ever in need of more information, we are always available with many resources.

Again, thank you for all your help.

PEGGY KASPRZAK, director of media relations

American Brain Tumor Association

Des Plaines, IL

Operation Tigard Blessing thanks donors

Those of us at Operation Tigard Blessing would like to say 'thank you' one more time to all of you who helped make this year's effort a great success. Thanks to your contributions and help, we were able to bless more than 20 people/families. And this is just the beginning, the first year of many to come.

Many of those to whom we delivered boxes were shocked when they received your gifts, and some simply broke down in tears. For many of them, these boxes provided much needed money (gift cards) for groceries and gas.

For others, an opportunity to go to a nice restaurant and for others, clothes for their children. Each box was packed to the brim with gifts to bless each recipient, and it was because of you that we were able to do it.

Many different types of businesses contributed, but all of your gifts were great and much appreciated.

Our hope and prayer is that Operation Tigard Blessing will bless many more families for Christmas 2008. We plan on recruiting more churches and businesses to participate and hope to get things rolling in August.

The following is a list of businesses that helped make Operation Tigard Blessing a great success this year: Nike, A Taste of Heaven, Great Clips, Westside Dance Academy, Regal Cinemas, Newport Seafood Grill, Baskin Robins, Home Town Buffet, Dream Nails, Perfect Look, Burgerville, All About Yarn and Banning's Restaurant.

Thank you again, and we look forward to working with you in 2008.

ROBBIE YORK, CHRIS YOCUM and everyone at Operation Tigard Blessing

Tigard resident irked over Portland ZIP

About 18 years ago we moved to Tigard. We found a nice home here and were glad to be here. Tigard was a nice size, had several good businesses, and Washington Square was nearby. The city had its own large post office that seemed to be well-staffed and had a large fleet of mail trucks. It always seemed to be busy.

We recently made a 'downsize' move within the city, and it was necessary to let correspondents know of our address change. I took care of this with many of them, and the post office took it upon itself to notify a number of others. That is the good news.

The bad news is that they gave our new address as being Portland 97224.

I realize that our ZIP code, as designated by the post office, covers a part of Portland and Tigard. However, I do not understand why our Tigard post office has to list Portland on their return address notifications as the city where I live. Couldn't they show 'Tigard 97224' just as easily? Is there an internal rule that they have to do this? If so, why?

I don't want my correspondents to think that I live in Portland. I recently received three money solicitations, and all contained a number of return address labels for my use. They all have been trashed.

Am I alone in this matter? Do others feel the same? Can some more voices be heard?



Spruce up Tigard's Main Street now

As a Tigard resident since 1979, I view with great interest the city's grand plans to create an urban park area, which will take a few years to complete.

What bothers me is that the dozens of businesses that have struggled to keep Main Street alive over the years seem to have been ignored. Couldn't the city do something to beautify Main Street and create a pretty shopping area with greenery, flower baskets or whatever right now?

When people enter Tigard, either from the south on Highway 99 or from Highway 217 coming from Beaverton, the first impression is always trash, weeds, thorny blackberry bushes or otherwise ugly scenery.

Would it not be possible to beautify the overview of Main Street with more frequent trash pick-up and plantings, or something else creative and not terribly expensive?

I am sure all of us Tigard residents, as well as the local businesses, would appreciate those efforts.



Being aware can help prevent thefts

When are people going to learn to keep their treasures out of sight in their cars? Are they just trying to make it easier for thieves?

Women need to close their purses and secure them in the child seats of shopping carts with the strap going thru the handles. Time and again, I see women putting their purses in the child seats wide open, with everything visible and their backs to the cart.

When putting your groceries in your car, put your purse in the driver's side first, close the door, then load your groceries.

If I had a mind to, I could clean house every time I go to the store. Pay attention, people.



Criticism of Bruun's plan misleading

The criticism of Rep. Scott Bruun's plan to revamp Oregon's tax system by John Kovash (The Times, Jan. 10) conveniently leaves out a few important statistics.

Although Kovash states that 'the richest 1 percent now take(s) 21 percent of the total income of the country…' he fails to acknowledge that the top 1 percent also pays 39 percent of income taxes.

Kovash then continues, complaining that '…the bottom half gets a measly 13 percent of total income,' again failing to acknowledge that the bottom half only pays 3 percent of total income taxes.

I'm not certain that any rational person could argue that this disparity is fair.

Even though I disagree with Bruun's plan because I won't support any type of sales tax without the elimination of either the property or income tax, I think that arguing against needed tax reform based on fallacious 'class-envy' arguments is disingenuous and misleading.