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Letters to the Editor for March 27

No left turn hurts downtown Tigard

What are they doing to Main Street? With no fanfare or advance notice, we can no longer turn left from Commercial Street to Main Street or turn left from Main Street back on to Commercial.

Both of these turns are important to us. We can no longer make a quick trip to the post office, Rite Aid (which we do frequently), Value Village, etc. Nor can we drop down to Main Street from busy, clogged Pacific Highway from our necessary trips to Sherwod for a quicker way back home on Commercial, which we do at least once a day, six days a week.

Now our only choice - and for many, many others as well - is to go via the already congested Greenburg Road to Main Street, or stay on traffic clogged Pacific Highway to Greenburg Road. And all this accomplishes is to throw even more cars on to these two stretches of road.

We know for a fact other people are equally upset with this inconvenience, and we will probably be looking for alternative businesses other than Main Street. We realize the reason that has been given for this no-left-turn thing but negating these two left turns seems like over kill.

We thought Tigard was in the process of revitalizing its Main Street, but that will be hard to do if people can't easily get to the businesses to support them. We're sure at this time it's a moot point, but we are very upset that we had no input into this decision as a community.

The revitalization of downtown Main Street just suffered a major shot in the foot.

LARRY and LENNIE DAW

Tigard

Lions appreciate help with Easter egg hunt

The Tualatin Lions would like to thank a number of organizations that helped make our annual Easter egg hunt a big success. To the parks department, we appreciate having an employee to assist us in setting up and help us with the electricity and water.

We had two sponsors this year that helped us defray expenses. Fluid Connector Products, the Parker Hyraulics distributor and Mashita Teriyaki's generous donations helped offset candy and prize expenses. Please support these organizations, and thank them if you do business with them.

KPTV filmed the event which raised awareness of our impact on the community. The Tualatin Police Department loaned us a bullhorn so we could make our announcements to the crowd.

Our very own Troop 530 (celebrating 55 years in Tualatin) provided us with a half dozen Boy Scouts who picked up litter before and after the event, staked out the boundary tape between each area, and placed the eggs in the field.

They also assisted by depositing eggs near any distraught egg seeker whose basket appeared empty.

It is indeed a near miracle that on the earliest Easter in 95 years that weather cooperated by making it a rain-free day.

Also, a big thanks to our Lions Club volunteers who gave of their time to help make Tualatin the award winning community that it is.

LOU THALER

President, Tualatin Lions

Hillary may be last chance for awhile

The reason Hillary Clinton has such negative image problems is that when she was the first lady in Little Rock she helped pass legislation to improve the ailing state school system and extend education for 4-year-olds. This hit the big boys in Arkansas right where it hurt them most, in their pocket books. Their hatred of her became vitriolic. They formed a Republican committee to taint and discredit her image.

While our homeless veterans and mentally ill are eating out of garbage cans to survive, right-wing Christian radio has spent millions of dollars duping hard working Americans to vote time and again with the wealthy who are laughing all the way to their banks.

Two hundred years ago it was a rarity for a woman to be able read and write. One hundred and eight years ago a woman could not own her own home. Eighty-eight years ago a woman could not vote. This was my grandmothers' generation - one was half Native American Sioux and the other an Irish immigrant. They could only dream of having this opportunity to vote for the first woman president. I have a 4-month-old granddaughter and can only imagine what it would mean for her to grow up watching a compassionate woman leading this country.

Half the people on earth are women - we have been the largest minority in history. Let us show the mothers of the world that we care enough about their children to elect this expert on health care, education and women and children's law who has already visited many of these nations.

What woman is behind Hillary who has her strength and fortitude to run for president? Condoleezza Rice and Nancy Pelosi say they're not interested. There is a very good possibility that we won't have a woman president in my lifetime if she can't do this.

Won't that make those big boys proud as punch? They will continue spewing hatred and negativity into your minds. Is it any wonder that depression is an epidemic in this country?

Won't Barack Obama still be a young man in eight years after he gets more much needed experience?

MARGARET PARYPA

Portland