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This Buds for all of us

by: JIM CLARK, Many readers posted comments on our Web site, www.portlandtribune.com, in praise of former Portland Mayor Bud Clark.

I had the privilege of covering Bud Clark's last five years in the mayor's office as a reporter for radio station KEX (1190 AM). You may not have agreed with him on every issue, but you always knew where you stood with Bud. And I always knew when I showed up for 'The Mayor's Forum'- the cable television show that ran just before City Council meetings on Wednesday mornings - that I would get at least one juicy story!

Looking back, I agree with many Portlanders that the city is better because a neighborhood barkeep decided he could do a better job of running things (Still mayor to many, Aug. 21).

After Bob Chase and I joined the staff of KPAM radio, we took every opportunity we could to drop by the Goose Hollow Inn for a Reuben sandwich and for the chance to catch up with Bud.

My favorite piece of memorabilia from my years as a reporter is the autographed copy of Bud's famous (or infamous!) 'Expose yourself to art' poster. Bud, I hope you don't mind … it's still framed and hanging in my bathroom.

Bill Cooper

General manager, KBPS (1450 AM), Benson Polytechnic High School

Northeast Portland

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Lift a glass to the bartending mayor

Bud Clark was an excellent mayor and will always be my favorite (Still mayor to many, Aug. 21). I, too, prize my autographed 'Expose yourself to art' poster and hang it in the guest room for the benefit of out-of-towners.

I was in the budget office and saw how much Clark improved it during his tenure. He demanded a tighter hand on the general fund purse, but was then criticized by the media when the budget came in at a 2 percent increase for a change.

Lots of creative thought must have gone into turning that story from a big win to a failure. The people loved him, but his enemies grabbed ink and electrons by the train car.

Those who criticized Clark for his police chief choices don't appreciate the cards he was dealt. There were multiple battles, and Bud made sure that civilian rule prevailed. Maybe it wasn't pretty, but he got it done.

Every Portlander who prizes democracy, good government and citizen service (and lederhosen!) in government should raise a glass in Bud's honor.

Katie Bretsch

Southeast Portland

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Bud and his beard are like landmarks

I'm glad to see that Bud Clark is growing some facial hair back (Still mayor to many, Aug. 21). I just couldn't recognize Clark after he shaved it all off a few years back. Bud's beard was his trademark.

I resumed growing my own beard back right after I moved to Nampa, Idaho (Clark's birthplace), for a while in 2004. Here's to Bud!

Don Borkowski

Salem

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Report wronged local-buying grocer

I am an organic garlic and shallot grower in Southern Oregon and have found New Seasons a pleasure to work with.

My (our) problem is as stated by Chris Harris (Stores snub local farmers, Aug. 24) … essentially the demand for many produce items at their stores outstrips the local producers' output and distribution capacities, especially if you throw in the seasonal aspect of most items.

I believe New Seasons (which also uses Organically Grown Co. as a supplier) goes out of its way to find local sources. The story is inaccurate, and New Seasons certainly never 'snubs' anyone.

John Dey

Big John's Garden

Klamath Falls

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Cars make growth problem even worse

Moving freight is a critical issue in Portland, and the people who refuse to get out of their cars are only exacerbating the situation (Harbor growth stalls, Aug. 28).

We have one of the best transit systems in the world, but people choose to sit in traffic. This collective choice is hurting the highway system, which was designed to be a freight and military long-distance transportation system, not a commuter system.

The responsibility for the eventual economic downfall due to freight immobility in and through the region lies with every individual who chooses to clog the highways when there are viable alternatives available.

The government, while not doing 'everything' it can, could designate 'freight-only' lanes and on/off-ramps to major freight corridors on highways. But imagine how much resentment that would generate in car commuters.

Truth be told, there will never be enough highways for everybody. So we'd better take advantage of the alternatives, or eventually we won't have jobs to drive to every day.

Everybody else has to sacrifice their slice of the pie to accommodate highway commuters. That needs to change now.

Joseph Edge

Southwest Portland