Leave marijuana growers alone
- Portland Tribune - Opinion
Your article on the raid of caregiver Don DuPay (Feds strike medical pot growers, Aug. 3) made my blood boil.
The feds can spend billions of dollars 'rebuilding' Iraq, our infrastructure is crumbling, yet they see fit to bust medical marijuana growers who are legally allowed by state law to grow pot for patients, some of whom are seriously, or terminally, ill?
Marijuana's medicinal properties are well-known - from lowering pain in cancer patients to increasing appetites in those with AIDS. I know its painkilling properties firsthand from when I had degenerative disc disease.
Ask anyone who's suffered from this condition, and they will tell you the pain is excruciating. Medical marijuana gave me instant relief and allowed me to stop taking highly addictive prescription codeine.
Our founding fathers were distrustful of a centralized federal government.
They would be disgusted at the Drug Enforcement Administration's current actions.
With urban growth, the math matters
Jim Redden's July 31 article 'Move here, and live where?' warns of the impact of 125,000 additional city residents predicted by Metro to arrive by 2030.
Put the numbers in context, please:
• 125,000 people over the next 25 years is fewer new people each year than bicycle across the Hawthorne Bridge each day.
• If 125,000 people move (or are born) here, and if they are spread evenly across the city, that means that we will have to fit seven more people on my block sometime between now and 2030.
We're all concerned about bringing families back to Portland - then why are we supposed to be worried if these families locate in the city?
Metro estimates that 1 million more residents will come to the Portland region by 2030. If only 125,000 locate in Portland, that means 875,000 of these new folks could be living in Gresham; Vancouver, Wash.; and Clackamas and Washington counties.
Think it's getting harder to get to Mount Hood or the coast?Imagine what it would be like if 380,000 new rooftops are built on the farm fields between here and the Coast Range.
By nearly all accounts, a million people will be joining us by 2030. There's a right way to grow that much, and a disastrous way.
In Portland, we know more about how to do it right than anywhere else in America. Let's be vigilant, and demand the very best of developers who build our main streets, our town centers, our new downtown neighborhoods.
But let's also build those great new additions in Portland rather than sprawl across our countryside.
Executive director, 1000 Friends of Oregon
Population growth can be controlled
Regarding the July 31 article 'Move here, and live where?' I suggest we look at population growth as the driving force of our local challenges.
Predictions raised in the article about regional population growth may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We need to get our country's population growth rate down.
Oregon could achieve this by creating a population policy that supports smaller families and makes reproductive health care more easily accessible, along with sex education.
When we can lower our population growth as they have in Germany, Japan, Italy and other industrial countries, we'll reap similar benefits: lower home prices, less congestion, less pollution, etc.
It won't be easy, but we must look at population growth before really making a dent in climate change, destruction of national parks and pollution. Visit www.populationconnection.org for information.
Architecture doesn't dare to be different
It's no surprise that Portland's architects are praising one another and colleague Robert Thompson (Robert Thompson's street smarts, July 31) - any fraternity looks after its own.
You have it just right in pinpointing Thompson's 'glass towers.' But something crucial is missing, from both the writer's critique and Thompson's vision.
In nearly all the new developments around town, their very nature is a mass of sameness because of all the glass and framing trim. It all has the institutional quality of a new hospital wing rather than, say, a prime residence.
When the crude sign 'thejohnross.com' finally comes down from its windows, few driving on Interstate 5 will know which building is which, except for the Oregon Health and Science University sign.
If you have to rely on the character of any very new building, you can't be sure where you are. That's not true of the Equitable Building, KOIN Tower or even the Portland Building.
Looking at them, you know you're in Portland.
Fifty years from now, that won't be the case with any of the current crop of condominiums and office buildings, including those from Thompson's hand.
Edgar T. Numrich