Paints not contraband

by: KATIE HARTLEY, Portland police officer Matt Miller, the bureau’s graffiti investigator, looks at tags on the walls of a Portland warehouse. For some readers, new restrictions go too far, while for others, they don’t go far enough

I recently read the article 'Tag team' (Jan. 25) in your paper and felt compelled to write. I am bothered by the new ordinance and restrictions created to curb graffiti.

I don't like having to present my papers for buying paint. I am bothered even more that the stores are required to keep your personal information for nearly two years.

I do not want to be included in a list of suspects, so I can no longer buy spray paint.

Liberties are being eroded right in front of us, and I am scared.

Brandon Talbot

Northeast Portland

Graffiti is vandalism, plain and simple

The idea for free graffiti walls leaves me a bit perplexed (Tag team, Jan. 25). Will we have free drug areas, free bank-robbing areas?

Graffiti is an act of vandalism, so let's keep it where it is and what it is. I often have thought the business community should get together and offer rewards for convictions of vandals. Perhaps a few well-located cameras would help in areas known to attract the selfish cowards that strike in the night.

Perhaps Portland can do something positive to stop the idea that graffiti is art. Let's round up the vandals and print their names and faces in the newspaper - if they want to be famous, let's give it to them. Because, folks, if it's art, it shouldn't be causing pain to others.

Sharen Rees

Northeast Portland

No furry friends for dinner, thanks

In your Portland Life article regarding serving rabbit as a meal (In the winter, game's on for rabbit at local restaurants, Jan. 25), the author notes 'plenty of people are squeamish' when it comes to eating rabbit.

I am not squeamish, but I am disgusted and saddened that people still think it is fine to eat America's No. 3 pet, following cats and dogs. Rabbits are clever, fun, and sentient creatures.

Restaurants that serve rabbit and grocery stores that sell rabbit meat, as well as newspapers that promote such, alienate many of their potential customers.

Mary Thompson

Southwest Portland

Rodriguez's zest, skills help Blazers

I am distressed to read Blazer coach Nate McMillan's words about Sergio Rodriguez, but delighted that General Manager Kevin Pritchard sees what Rodriguez has to offer ('Chacho' bides his time on the bench, Jan. 29).

Every time Rodriguez gets on the court he adds zest to the game. If we trade him, we're going to regret it, because winning isn't everything - enjoying how the players play is important. Some play with flair, some are workhorses. Rodriguez brings a lot to the game that is entertaining as well as helping wins.

Maggi White

Southwest Portland

So cops, others have gotten off scot-free

How is it that cops and politicians are able to sexually abuse people and not get jail time or have to register as sex offenders (Bureau adds new scrutiny for cops, Jan. 29)?

Is Portland the 'other' Chicago, as far as corruption goes? What about all the offenders who are our kids, locked up for sex crimes, and all they get is a prison cell and group meetings for sex offenders.

And when they are released, they have turned into a worse evil than when first locked up. So many sleepy people hear that it is a breeding ground for the evil that will do nothing but grow - watch and see.

John D. Masuo

Southeast Portland

Without vote, Adams overlooks majority

Regarding 'Adams shows political savvy' (Editorial, Jan. 29), I suggest indifference to the majority would be a far better way to describe Sam Adams than savvy.

All taxes and fees should have to be approved by a vote of the people. I believe this does tell us how Adams will govern: He will champion the rights of the powerful few over the rights of the many.

I suggest we look elsewhere for a mayor who will represent the majority.

George W. Tate

Southeast Portland

Dog owners show little care for safety

As a responsible pet parent, I found 'Dogfight raises hackles, questions' (Feb. 1) somewhat appalling and very sad. Here are some other questions you failed to address in this article:

Why were these dogs, with a history of fighting each other (including at least one previous injury), allowed to roam freely between the neighboring properties with access to each other, without benefit of a safely secured dog pen or fenced-in area, regardless of how rural the area may be?

If these people truly care(d) for their dogs, why were they seemingly so lax in providing a safe environment for them.

Based on the information provided in the article, it appears to me that all parties are equally responsible for this tragedy and should be ashamed that this tragic affair has escalated to courtrooms and lawsuits.

I would think those who work with disabled children or raise foster kids would know better.

Karin Martin

Southeast Portland

Leave west end of Hayden Island wild

I have been following, with increasing alarm, the debate over the future development of the western end of Hayden Island, which I know to be owned by the Port of Portland.

It is my belief that the development of this area for industrial and or commercial use is inappropriate for the following reasons:

• Access: The two-lane east-west road system on the island is not capable of accepting any significant increase in vehicle volumes. Heavy vehicles already have played havoc with the road surface this winter, resulting in (unsatisfactory) temporary repairs having to be made to fill potholes.

• Pollution: Any development, as suggested, is bound to lead to a significant increase in noise, atmospheric and light pollution for those voters who make their homes on the island.

• Wildlife: The proposed development area provides a secure habitat for many species of flora and fauna, which inevitably would be destroyed by the proposed port facilities.

The banks of the Columbia River in the Portland-Vancouver area historically have been the location for many industrial activities, resulting in multiple brownfield site development opportunities currently populated with derelict buildings and facilities.

It is my belief that insufficient attention has been paid to these alternative opportunities because the green-field site is perceived to be the easy option.

I am aware of the political reality that there are no kudos for the city of Portland were the proposed port facilities to be developed on the Washington side of the river.

One would hope, perhaps naively, that the decision about the future of this unspoiled area would transcend the political.

Peter Catlow

Hayden Island