Letters to the Editor for March 7


Newspapers should tell the real story to children

We have seen three newspapers available in Gresham. Not one of them meets the criteria set up by the 5th and 6th graders (in the Feb. 28 Kid Scoop feature on Page 2B). Five of nine students said they read the paper to find out what is currently happening.

Not one of these newspapers gives both sides of the 'what is happening' story in their community and the world. Obviously the papers' agenda is to promote the liberal agenda espoused by the Democratic Party.

The Republican Party and the smaller ones deserve to be heard if for no other reason than the students in our community need to know what they are thinking and saying. We should remove the newspaper censorship and provide some of all the news.

Phillip Foraker


Mold problem shouldn't surprise anyone

My first and utmost concern about fire station 7 on Dodge Park Boulevard is not the mold problem but the two trailers that are parked in front of the station the firemen are using to sleep in at a cost of $900 a week.

Has anyone bothered to drive by the station and see them?

We are talking $2,000 something a month for two small, most assuredly used trailers.

Hello out there, does anyone see the picture here? My first question is, who owns them and are they related to anyone working for the city or the firemen?

My next concern is the mold situation. That station has been there for the last 50 years or so, give or take a year or two. There has been a problem ever since it was built. Number one, the roof is flat, and we all knows how it rains here in Oregon. Number two, most houses that are built with cinder blocks usually contain a certain amount of mold.

Why does it come as a surprise that when they finally decided to move the furniture they find mold? If I was having trouble breathing, etc., I think I would have gotten off my behind and started to look for the problem sooner. Oh, and pardon me, a leak that produced 10 gallons of water a day? So seriously, people, that is, you who work in that station, what do you do all day when you're not on call?

But alas, not to worry, Mayor Bemis is right on the problem, and I quote him: 'City Council is concerned about the station's condition.' Now mind you, probably not enough to do anything about it, but you have to admit, concerned is something.



Mt. Hood performance worth the ticket

Don't miss it. You have three possibilities to see the 1940s Radio Hour at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Mt. Hood Community College theater.

This comedy production is outstanding and offers some fantastic singing and instrumental songs from the big band era. The students have worked hard in rehearsals and did a terrific job this weekend.

What fun to pretend you are in an audience in December 1942 watching a live radio performance with its backstage chaos. You can both see and hear the sound effects, and be prepared for some great nostalgia as you are treated to some familiar commercials, such as those for Cashmere Bouquet soap, Pepsi, and Nash cars.

This is so much better than sitting at home watching a DVD or a TV show.

Director Rick Zimmer, Conductor Susie Jones, and the entire MHCC cast deserve so much credit for a job well done - please come out and support them and treat yourself to a very enjoyable two hours!

Beverly Russell


Controversy enhanced by council's inconsistencies

Last year there was a plan before the Troutdale City Council that would place higher density housing in an area zoned for low density housing adjacent to the Sweetbriar and Briarwood East neighborhoods.

When the time came time for public comment on the plan, City Hall was packed with dozens of neighborhood residents speaking in opposition to the plan, often citing livability concerns. I personally addressed the council asking them to please consider other options. Only one resident spoke out in favor; the landowner who stood to make a lot of money on the deal. In the end we were all told that there were no options. The plan was adopted with only the mayor voting against it.

Meanwhile, residents from the Sedona Park neighborhood voice opposition to a plan that would place high-density housing adjacent to their neighborhood.

However, this time there IS an option. Citing livability concerns, the council adopted a plan that would pay $300,000 in taxpayer money to the developer in exchange for lower density housing. Interesting how options exist for some neighborhoods but not for others. I guess I'm supposed to feel good knowing that my taxpayer dollars are making somebody else's neighborhood more livable.

Rob Hawks