Bad karma doesnt pay

by: L.E. BASKOW, As a state board evaluates whether Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto should keep his law enforcement certification, many details from his past have come to the fore.

In response to the plight of Bernie Giusto (Details emerge in Giusto case, Nov. 23), it's all about the karma, Bernie, all about the karma.

This man, elected by the people to keep the people feeling safe and protected, still finds exposing his ignorance to an assumed pedophile while under his employ justified.

The same man who can direct staff in his office to breach confidentiality or inform someone's employer of an incident that was resolved long ago pleads the Fifth and acts like he lives a golden-rule life.

Shame on you, Bernie. Your brazen act of defiance only gives me more reason to shudder and look over my shoulder should I ever come back into your jurisdiction.

The least you can do is publicly admit your faults. You blame everyone around you for your mishandling of budget dollars - when will you step up and be the man we elected to be a representative of laws instead of the reason we need them in the first place?

Tim Daugherty

Blanchester, Ohio

Teenage rape victim's far from predator

I almost lost my lunch when I read the quote from Margie Goldschmidt (Details emerge in Giusto case, Nov. 23) portraying the 14-year-old child her ex-husband repeatedly raped as a predator!

I have to wonder if she realized how ridiculous this sounds.

A 14-year-old is not a predator, regardless of whether she has been abused. Goldschmidt's ex-husband was the predator, pure and simple - not simply an 'idiot' as she claims.

How can she conscionably place the blame on this child? Would it be different had it been her own daughter? Then who would the predator be?

It is terrifying and tremendously sad that a grown woman, mother and teacher has twisted this around to make this victimized, traumatized child the predator, and her rapist and abuser simply an 'idiot.'

Susan M. Maselli

Southeast Portland

Global warming's still up for debate

Your article on Multnomah County's emissions (County's emissions almost at '90 levels, Nov. 20) fails to mention that the exact role of so-called 'greenhouse gases' in global climate change is unclear and the subject of a heated debate among scientists.

While reducing fuel consumption, landfill and other waste, and pollution are all commendable goals, the public has the right to demand that spending its money should be based on solid facts and proven science, and not on political hysteria represented by the likes of the Kyoto Protocol.

Scientific material debunking global warming myths is easy to find for all who desire to find it.

Moreover, there was no mention of the margin of error of the improvement metrics used by the officials. As of now, it seems the few percent goals that were set could very well be buried beneath the error margins.

Edmund Pierzchala

Southeast Portland

Old street names are part of city's culture

In the editorial 'Oh, what a mess they have made' (Nov. 23), as well as in several news articles, the Portland Tribune states that people along North Interstate Avenue were upset about the name change.

It makes it sound like only people along Interstate were against a name change.

But a huge number of people are against renaming our older streets. I do not know anyone who is in favor of name changes. It is not about minorities, it is because we have lived with these names for 40, 50 or more years.

I think this point was missed entirely. I know many people who still will not use the name Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. They still say Union Avenue.

If they want to honor someone, give them a statue, name a new park after them, or a new building. Or a even new street.

But not one of our oldest streets.

Robin Lashbaugh

Southeast Portland

Letters on light rail offer comic relief

In these times of tedious debate, it was a tension-breaker to read two ideological opposites, Jim Howell and Randal O'Toole, in assessments (Letters, Nov. 27) of Eric Bartels' article (Bus vs. light rail, Nov. 13).

O'Toole's letter was so riddled with factual error, it was comic relief. Stick a fork in him. He's done.

On the other hand, while Howell rightly values bus and light rail equally as essential parts of a transit system providing different functions, he finished by strengthening O'Toole's only factually accurate point: that light rail is expensive.

Asserting that light rail is too slow on the transit mall to be efficient implies that an objectionably expensive subway downtown is the only way light rail can function as regional rapid transit. Not necessarily so.

I believe the breakthrough vision about light rail has more to do with how it specifically helps direct regional development and serves travel needs according to guidelines embodied in Metro's 2040 Regional Plan.

The more economically dynamic a metropolitan area's suburban communities are, the less their residents must commute and otherwise travel across the county. One day, MAX light rail may serve mostly as wildly popular recreational travel. Imagine that!

Art Lewellan

Northwest Portland

I love Oregon, but he really loves Oregon

Many thanks to Jennifer Anderson and the Portland Tribune for publishing such an encouraging portrait of what I am trying to accomplish with my campaign (TV son pitches a video anthem, Nov. 27).

However, through no fault of Anderson's, I inadvertently left the impression that I was the primary creative force behind the phenomenal Measure 49 'Love Oregon' campaign.

Love Oregon was the brainchild of Dave Adams of West Linn, whose time, commitment and genius gave our state an unprecedented campaign it will not soon forget.

While being interviewed, I failed to communicate clearly that while Adams and I had successfully run two campaigns in West Linn using many of the same creative elements, it was Adams alone who had the vision and passion to reinvent them so brilliantly for the cause of Measure 49. All kudos belongs to him.

And Dave, by the way, thanks for a phenomenal job!

Adam Klugman

Creative director, Progressive Media Agency

Northeast Portland