Letters to the Editor, April 2


Mayor helped fix leak on Division Street

I'm slow in getting this off to you (Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis) and I apologize. But, you did the 'trick.' There is no longer a leak on the south side of Division Street at the water main connection. The ground, I am happy to say, is completely dry. Of course, TriMet moved the bus stop, but I walked down the other day and the leak is gone. Hoo-ray!

While this letter isn't important to anyone but you and me it does have import.

It shows you are the respected leader of the apparatus that runs Gresham.

… that you listen to the citizens of Gresham.

If any Gresham department does not accomplish what is required, you step in and see that they do.

And if anybody should say Shane Bemis is in the mayor's seat for his own gain or grandiosity, I will happily set them straight.

Thank you.

Elouise Bailey


Lottery highlights problems with state

We Don't Care: We Don't Have To …

That's right, we are the folks who sponsor and promote the lottery and video poker. Two harmless pastimes that do unimaginable damage to families and individuals who can afford it least. But, of course, we advertise on local billboards that you should stop or get help. That makes it all better.

And we are the folks who quietly changed laws so that you can work over eight hours in a day without overtime. And now, in keeping with that spirit of arrogance and detachment, Gov. Ted Kulongoski would like you to know that as a superdelegate he will support Hillary Clinton no matter what the voters of this state say. What a surprise.

Mike Carter


Don't make merchants pay for vandals

I have finally cooled down after reading the March 29 editorial about vandals and their graffiti.

Please don't let me believe that by putting all forms of spray paints behind locked doors we will solve the problem. Once again we are trying to legislate against a serious crime that costs the merchant ill-afforded dollars. That will not work.

How about letting the culprit spend a day behind bars? Yes that's right, I said let them see what it is like to do a crime and pay for it. If they are too young for jail, then let their parents or guardians pay to have the mess cleaned up. Enough is enough. We need to get tough with these repeat criminals.

I want to live in a community that has respect for all its citizens and property.

Robert Forrest


Renters' rules not for other people's benefit

I just made out my $50 check to the city of Gresham so that it can use my time and money in order to decide if my beautiful rental home is appropriate for my renter.

Granted, we are not at a loss for 'Slum Lords' in this area, however, it seems rather absurd to me that they are so concerned with how my renter lives, but could care less that my family lives in a home in their jurisdiction that is caving into the ground on decaying fill and hasn't had heat through the last three winters. They simply tell us that we are 'past the statute of limitations.' Never mind that we purchased this house way after their 'statute of limitations,' and they allowed this house to be built on this unbuildable land that took years to show what it was made of.

As a result, we are uninsurable, unsellable (even the any-house, any-condition companies have turned us down), are out many thousands of irreplaceable dollars, have lost five years of watching our kids grow while we fight this daily battle. We are basically trapped here making mortgage payments in a place we can't even turn on the heat because there isn't any.

Shockingly, our city was not even willing to let us park our fifth-wheel trailer in front of our home in our cul-de-sac, out of anybody's way so that myself and two young homeschooled children could have heat.

What is wrong with this picture? Our renter can move. We can't. Don't let them fool you into believing they are truly concerned for the citizens or it would go both ways. It's just another way to take our money.

Nichole Burns


Ide would have enjoyed news obituary

We want to thank Sharon Nesbit for the wonderful article she wrote about my husband, Erv Ide (in the March 19 issue of The Outlook).

We were so touched by the details mentioned and the front-page spot. Erv would have loved this article and our first thought was that we wished we could share it with him.

How blessed we have been to live all of our lives in this great community. We all have roots in Gresham, and it feels so good.

Thank you for honoring him in such a special way.

Doris Ide and family


Community helps make Goodwill event a success

Every year, Goodwill can count on the Gresham community for Goodwill's Good Turn Day. This year was no exception. Area Boy Scouts collected 9,412 pounds of clothes and housewares. The sale of these items will help provide jobs and training for people with barriers to employment in the community.

Material donations create a win-win situation. The donor wins because they get to recycle items they no longer need, make extra room in a closest or garage, lower disposal costs, take a tax deduction, and provide jobs and training for people with barriers to employment. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette wins because we get the opportunity to turn those donations into revenue for our services and programs.

Goodwill employees and program participants win because they become more self-sufficient. And the community wins because our programs take people off the tax rolls and turn them into productive, taxpaying citizens.

Hundreds of volunteers played an important role in this year's event by collecting and transporting the donations. We could not have accomplished this feat without the help of local Scouts, the East Portland Rotary Club and volunteer trucking companies. Thank you.

Michael M. Miller


Goodwill Industries

Take the high road, please

Quality of life has to do with respect for nature and what was here before us. Greed and lust for money can overrun us.

Keep our gorge pristine now and for our future. Please take the high road and make an intelligent decision.

No gorge casino.

Save your money and vacation in Las Vegas.

Cathleen Matias

The Dalles