Letters to the Editor for June 4
Kight can't be allowed to get away with house
As a past president of a large homeowners association here in Troutdale, I'm appalled and offended by Jim Kight's extra house that he is being allowed to construct on his property.
And then for him to think the good people of Troutdale are so naive they can't see through his fraud by wanting us to believe its an accessory building. Really …
That is a kitchen and a 110-volt outlet is enough to power a convection oven and a stove top. And that is a closet, just because it doesn't have a $2 pole in it or a door on it doesn't mean it can't be added later. And almost 2,000 square feet, give me a break. Look at it … it's a house.
Unless his property is zoned as a multiple dwelling site, it needs to be removed and meet the city's guidelines as an accessory building. Everyone else in Troutdale is expected to follow these codes - why not Mayor Kight?
Kight, this is a house! Not an accessory building, and I don't know who you think you are fooling by calling it anything but a house. It's obvious he used his position to get this through, which is a clear violation. He may be unpaid as mayor, but the income return on this extra house in rent or when he sells will make up for it.
Is this an agenda or what?
In the past, neighbors who wanted to build an accessory building or anything else on their single family dwelling lot in our homeowners association had to meet the city's codes to the letter! And some who violated these codes were told to take them down or make the changes to meet the city codes. Kight should not be allowed to get away with this! If he is, you are opening up the city to lawsuits if someone with a similar request is denied. All Troutdale residents should be held to the same standard - mayor or not.
Let's revisit the tea party approach
In 1773, we Americans dumped the monarchy's shipment of tea into the Boston Harbor. Which harbor are we going to dump the same monarchy's bundle of bad loans in today?
Since the 1999 rescinding of the Glass-Steagall law, these British bankers and their Wall Street accomplices have suckered the American people and our brilliant politicians into the biggest financial bubble in history, figuring that the gullible American taxpayers would bail them out and protect their credit. I say to hell with the Brits one more time. Reinstate Glass Steagall, and let the British Monarchy eat those bad loans.
(Editor's note: According to Wikipedia, enacted June 16, 1933, The Glass-Steagall law that established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the United States and introduced banking reforms, some of which were designed to control speculation. It is most commonly known as the Glass-Steagall Act, after its legislative sponsors, Carter Glass and Henry B. Steagall.
Provisions that prohibit a bank holding company from owning other financial companies were repealed on Nov. 12, 1999, by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.)
Equality is for everyone in society
Oh, the irony. After being lambasted by myself and others for his anti-gay marriage views, now Louis H. Bowerman writes to The Outlook to express his outrage about the gay individuals attacked on the East Bank Esplanade. He stated that 'we all have the right to our own choices in life and are solely responsible for those choices.' He also asserts that he 'absolutely abhors anyone being attacked because of their choices in life.'
It appears that the weeks-long debate in The Outlook regarding equality for everyone in society has finally struck a chord with Mr. Bowerman. There is hope for us all.
Kight keeps repeating same mistakes
It's not about the house.
The night of the censure, I heard Troutdale Mayor Jim Kight give his rebuttal, stating that the mayor race (2012) had already started. He pointed out that three others on the City Council probably will run against him. He said the council's points were libelous and their actions were politically motivated.
Out of the 22 points of complaint in the censure, Kight chose to focus on the house. He then proceeded to take jabs at the character of Councilor Norm Thomas. He questioned Councilor Dave Ripma's integrity, blamed a $11,000 mediation cost to the city mainly on a past councilman, said he … got along with city staff and called upon the council to stop interfering with them.
Then he called upon the council to harness its collective energy for the good of Troutdale. He ended by saying 'IF' … he has offended city staff that he apologizes, and then he proceeded to censure himself!
I woke up the next morning upset and confused. Kight seems to have mastered the art of passive-aggressive speech. I took the censuring of himself as a hopeful opportunity for him to honestly catch a clue, apologize, grow and move forward. But what about the slam on the council? Does he really think he can work with men who he thinks are out to get him? Did he accept responsibility for any of the censure points? No, he did not!
On the day after the censure, Kight went on KPAM's Victoria Taft radio show, where he stated that he censured himself to put this behind him and the city. Kight says that all the censure charges are hearsay. He goes on to say that he has done nothing wrong (as it pertains to the house) and has no reason to resign. He told Victoria that part of the problem is that three people on council or their spouses have run against him and lost, and therefore there is some animosity.
But he ended by saying he wants to focus on what's good for the city.
I wanted to believe after Jim Kight was censured that Troutdale would be a better place. But Council President Doug Daoust's words ring true: 'Jim keeps doing the same thing time and time again.' He assumes no responsibility, creates a diversion and harms the city by blaming others and by misrepresenting truth and erodes council team trust.
Kight, as you censure yourself and move forward for the city's sake, please stop blaming others. We're really tired of it.
Senate Bill needs support
As an educator in Gresham, I see the challenges students face to continue their education.
Balancing family, academics and teenage life is hard enough - students don't need other obstacles. That's why I support Senate Bill 742, fair access to affordable tuition.
Senate Bill 742 ensures that high achieving Oregon students who meet certain requirements pay in-state tuition at Oregon's public universities, regardless of documentation. It capitalizes on the investment we make in students K through 12, and according to the Oregon University System, will increase incoming revenue.
I hope our representatives support SB 742. This bill deserves a vote.