Letters to the editor for Dec. 29


Contact fire marshal for guidance on generators

I applaud Mr. Whale's life safety efforts as regards to carbon monoxide poisoning and the use of generators but need to point out some very important safety issues regarding his application and the fact that Gresham Fire and Emergency Services in no way endorses this system as a handyman's application.

Anyone contemplating installing a system such as this must first contact their local building department to determine if an electrical permit with appropriate inspections is required.

The ampacity of an installed system including extension cord size and length must consider the generator output and also the appliance ampere draw.

Extreme caution must be exercised in the use of generators in any setting and anyone contemplating this use is urged to contact the Fire Marshal's Office for guidance.


Life Safety Chief, Fire Marshal

Gresham Fire and Emergency Services

Fee for bridge not used seems ridiculous

I am glad that Ted Wheeler thinks that a registration fee is 'a ridiculous way to try to fund critical infrastructure.' I couldn't agree more. I wonder why he is pressing ahead. Wheeler wants me to pay $27 per year per vehicle until the end of time for a bridge I have not used once in the past five years? This is even more amazing when I find out that 70 percent of the people who use this bridge live in Clackamas County and won't pay anything.

The answer is not to address this on a local level but a state level. I would be more inclined to support a $27 per vehicle fee per year until the end of time if the money went to a fund to address bridge problems throughout the state.

This means every Oregonian who owns a car is accessed the fee, just not select residents because they live in a certain county.

Doing this on a local level is just a bad idea, this really needs to be done at the state level.



Christmas angels deliver cookie jar of good cheer

Sometimes our society surprises me. I work at two jobs with few benefits. My wife is a terminal cancer patient. Times are a bit difficult.

Sunday evening, I heard a knock at the door. When I answered, I saw a car drive off and heard, 'We love you guys!' I looked down to see a Santa cookie jar. When I opened the jar, it was full of money ... over $300.

I'd like to share my family's appreciation and testify that such service yields great rewards.

Some rewards are received after this life. It is written of Christ, 'That which you have done unto the least of my brethren, you have done unto me.'

Angels come in many forms ... sometimes they knock on doors and leave cookie jars.



New Year good time to explore veggie options

This has indeed been the year of eating dangerously.

Consumer Reports got things rolling by reporting that 83 percent of all raw chickens harbor campylobacter or salmonella, leading causes of food borne disease.

Spring and summer brought 20 recalls of 30 million pounds of ground beef contaminated with lethal E. coli.

All through the year, two dozen scientific reports, including a mammoth one by the World Cancer Research Fund, linked meat and dairy consumption with elevated risk of colon, stomach, pancreatic, prostate, breast, uterine and ovarian cancers.

A dozen more reports linked meat and dairy with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. A survey of 30,000 children by the National Center for Health Statistics indicated an alarming rise in high blood pressure, a precursor to heart attack and stroke.

Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The 11th Hour' reminded us that, according to the U.N., animal agriculture accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions - more than automobiles.

The national uproar over Michael Vick's brutal dog fighting operation made us wonder why we tolerate the brutal treatment and slaughter of billions of cows, pigs and other innocent, sentient animals for our dinner table.

The dawn of the New Year is a great time to explore the rich variety of veggie burgers, dogs, deli slices, heat-and-eat dinners and soy-based milk, cheese and ice cream in our local supermarket, as well as the traditional vegetables, nuts, grains and fruits.

It's the one New Year's resolution that's easy and fun to keep.