Wondering what will happen to neighborhood in wake of fire

Letters to the Editor, April 23

To the Editor:

I live near River Road in a neighborhood with lots of large trees and natural vegetation. The view from my front porch has always been special, but it changed suddenly last week. At 2:45 in the morning the fire trucks from Clackamas County District #1 began arriving at my neighbor's home. The retired owner was gone that night, so the fire was roaring by the time the trucks arrived. Not knowing if he was trapped inside, the firemen risked their lives by entering the smoky darkness looking for him. The house was cluttered with several decades of his living there, and they were quickly driven back by the flames.

The chainsaw began wailing into the night as the men climbed ladders to cut holes in the roof to gain access. The chain saws awakened several other neighbors, including one who woke up thinking someone was sawing firewood at 3:30 in the morning.

About an hour later, after the fire was under control, I went home and laid down next to my wife in our warm safe bed. A few minutes later, as if on cue, the sound of the news helicopters began directly overhead. I got out of bed and found my son watching the live coverage on 'Good Day Oregon.' Soon the sun rose behind the collapsed roof of the smoldering home. The view from my porch was no longer the same.

Yesterday I began to wonder what will happen when the time comes to rebuild. Will mandated density requirements from Metro be a bigger threat to the trees than the fire was? Will two homes be built on the spacious property in the future, or will the trees be sacrificed in order to make room for three?

For now I am consoled that the trees are still standing, however my neighbor is now gone, and so is his home.

Les Poole


Sugar free bakery provides an impressive experience

To the Editor:

I am writing to you in regard to the article and #147;Sweet Satisfaction and #148; that appeared in your Wednesday, April 9, 2008 edition. I believe that Donna Nelson and Nanette Goin are doing a great service to the public by making available a product that benefits health issues. The two ladies started their business specifically targeting the diabetic population and discovered that they could contribute to the fight on obesity as well.

I was very impressed that besides the experience they had dealing with diabetes, Nelson and Goin researched and sought out training to develop the best possible product. and #147;Just Delicious Diabetic Delights and #148; is a bakery that promotes health by providing a healthier option when it comes to bakery goodies. It is exciting to see people take what skills and knowledge they have and share it with their community. I feel Nelson and Goin should be applauded for their efforts.

I am hoping that readers will learn from your article that there are alternative foods and better choices that can be made to help fight these diseases. Diabetes and obesity are diseases that require food intake discipline besides exercise to keep the most optimum health. The store is also known as the and #147;Sugar Free Bakery and #148;, and it is an exciting discovery for not only those who already have a disease, but for those who want to make a lifestyle choice toward prevention.

Cindy Eades


Clackamas County DA supports Kroger for attorney general

To the Editor:

Last year, along with many of my fellow district attorneys, I endorsed John Kroger for Attorney General of Oregon. I am supporting John Kroger because I believe he is the only candidate in the race for Attorney General who truly understands and will support public safety in our state.

Kroger's record of public service is impressive. Not only has he served as a working courtroom prosecutor putting away the bad guys, he also has served as a professor of criminal law and legal philosophy at Lewis and Clark Law School here in Oregon.

As a teacher he has the opportunity to teach law students the values and principles that are the underpinnings of a criminal justice system: honesty, hard work and the highest quality of legal representation. Before joining the faculty at Lewis and Clark Law School, Kroger spent his entire career in public service, both as a U.S. Marine and a federal prosecutor. As a courtroom prosecutor, Kroger represented the United States in court more than 1,000 times and convicted high level drug traffickers and mafia killers. Kroger also served on the U.S. Justice Department's Enron Task Force helping investigate and prosecute Enron executives who defrauded thousands of investors.

The Attorney General of Oregon is the most important law enforcement leader in our state. The Attorney General is the highest spokesperson on public safety and is in a position to lead statewide efforts to protect the public and reduce crime. As a former prosecutor, Kroger has a clear understanding of the importance of public safety to our citizens. Kroger knows that violent crime in Oregon has dropped almost 50 percent in the past 12 years and that has made our citizens much safer. And Kroger has a plan to more effectively deal with our methamphetamine crisis which includes treatment for addicts before they commit crime and increased punishments for repeat property criminals.

Kroger has proposed a two-part plan to address the methamphetamine crisis. First, he wants to toughen up enforcement. Several years ago, Oregon put pseudoephedrine behind the counter in pharmacies. That law has sharply dropped the amount of home cooking of meth in Oregon. Unfortunately, large, out-of-state drug cartels have filled the demand. The Attorney General's Office supervises an organized crime division. Kroger wants to use that division to work with the district attorneys to investigate and prosecute the cartels bringing drugs into our state.

Second, Kroger understands that another way to reduce the crime rate is to decrease the demand for drugs. Unfortunately, Oregon consistently ranks in the bottom third of states for access to drug treatment. That is why Kroger has proposed a new plan for drug treatment in Oregon. One of the ways to cut back on the demand for drugs is to make every effort to keep kids off drugs and effectively treat addicts. Combined with adequate punishments, Kroger believes we can really make a difference in the level of drug usage and property crime in our state.

Kroger's experience as a prosecutor and his smart, aggressive ideas for tackling crime in the state have won him the endorsement of the overwhelming majority of the elected district attorneys in Oregon. I truly believe that this race for Attorney General will have a long-lasting impact on the quality of public safety in Oregon. I encourage you to consider John Kroger for Attorney General.

John Foote

Clackamas County District Attorney