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Kids have right response to game

The photo accompanying your Jan. 24 story on the LumberJax speaks volumes about the appropriateness of indoor lacrosse for young children (LumberJax debut makes for spectacle).

The two young boys witnessing a fight are not impressed, and why should they be? Glorification of violence may be a part of American culture, but in a community whose Judeo-Christian values are based on peace, the Tribune should not condone the display of violence-as-sport to young children.

The scared and uncomfortable look on their faces is worth more than a thousand words; it is a frightening testament to the sad state of an industry that sells violence to children and conditions them to believe it's entertainment.

Jonathan Brandt

Southeast Portland

Wheeling, dealing violated public trust

A real Wheeler-gate conspiracy theory: The Ted Wheeler campaign obtains the Multnomah County chairwoman's e-mail list and spams the list of 11,000 people with his own political propaganda (And you thought junk mail was annoying, Jan. 24).

It's been reported elsewhere that the recipients demand that he stop; he says he can't and doesn't have to. Then his database hard drive is stolen. Sounds like an inside job to me.

It is completely inappropriate of Wheeler. While it is legal for him to access that information via a public records request, he violated the trust and privacy of the very people he is asking to vote him into office.

This is a man who claims he is running for office to bring credibility and trust to Multnomah County, and yet he has demonstrated that he is willing to exploit personal information for his own personal advantage. It's dirty.

Bryan Boyd

Southwest Portland

Thrill of discovery didn't make the news

What a sad lesson for Winterhaven School staff, students and parents when the Portland Tribune decided to create news from a classroom of students touring the Oregon Historical Society's exhibition on Lewis and Clark (Lewis, Clark and the bore of discovery, Jan. 20). The reporter wrote a story that contended fourth-graders across the state are bored with their study of the exploration of Oregon.

Apparently the reporter did not have an opportunity to talk to the many fourth- and fifth-graders at Winterhaven who thoroughly enjoy their social studies focus. On the same day this story appeared, I watched as the same fourth- and fifth-graders heard the announcement on which part they would be playing for the upcoming Lewis and Clark musical at Winterhaven. There were cheers and applause as students congratulated one another and prepared for the work ahead of them.

In these days when so many studies indicate a weakness in our educational system in the United States of 'an inch deep and a mile wide,' Winterhaven endeavors to dig deep into topics on a daily basis. We enrich our social studies work with multiple field trips where students see actual artifacts and walk in the steps of the brave men and women who founded our great territory.

Students read the article with dismay and asked why the reporter had repeatedly asked students, 'What do you like?' and 'What do you not like?' and yet only reported on what they didn't like. Of course, we have used this teachable moment to talk to students about the press, slant, motive, balance and a student's right not to respond to the press. How sad for this group of 10- and 11-year-olds.

Tanya Ghattas

Principal, Winterhaven School

Southeast Portland

City voters can help council get a grip

In your Jan. 20 editorial 'Sten wrong in PBA challenge,' you stated: 'The good of the city is not well-served when elected officials jump on an issue, whether the issue is real or not, grab attention through headlines, and then drop the matter and move to another matter. We expect Ñ and voters should expect Ñ diligent and consistent leadership that serves to improve, not simply pose.'

You were writing in reference to Commissioner Erik Sten's harassment of the Portland Business Alliance, but could just as easily have been writing about the recent harassment of Portland General Electric by its former suitor.

When will the headline grabbing over nonissues end? How about Portland voters make it end next Election Day!

Stan Sittser

Boring

Derogatory language has no place in paper

I was very puzzled to read the letter by Anitra Cameron regarding the Portland Tribune publishing Robert Larry's mug shot (Readers' Letters, Jan. 10). I would think the Tribune would have responded by confirming or denying her allegations. Do you publish mug shots of people under indictment regardless of race?

Most troubling was that fact that this person was given a forum to vent racial bigotry. My experience has been that the term 'white boy' is in fact a racial invective, particularly when delivered with as much hostility as Cameron shows. In the future I would hope that the Portland Tribune would refrain from providing a forum for angry race baiters.

Mark Garretson

Sherwood

Thief's long jail sentences are overboard

Regarding the story 'Thief's parents question jail time,' I, too, feel Sung Koo Kim's jail sentence is unjustified (Jan. 20). Nine years, plus four years from Multnomah County, and yet more from Benton County, is ridiculous. I don't want to use my taxes to pay to incarcerate someone who is not a threat to the community.

I have been a Portland resident since April 2001. Within two months upon moving into my Southeast Portland home, my neighbor, Jerry Dusenberry, was arrested and subsequently convicted of molesting boys. Mr. Dusenberry was an Olympic boxing coach and garnered praise from the community for coaching troubled youths. In other words, he was a trusted, respected pillar of the community. In reality, he was convicted of molesting the troubled youths, and long-term neighbors suspect that he was a child molester for more than 30 years.

Dusenberry's total sentence for this heinous crime was 10 to 11 years. He went to prison in 2002. In six years he will be back in my neighborhood, free to do as he pleases. How many more crimes against humanity will he commit by the time Kim finishes his sentence?

Kim needs serious counseling. There are other more serious offenders I would gladly pay to occupy his jail bed.

Jerry Manuell

Southeast Portland

Long theft sentence was right thing to do

I must say unequivocally that the arrest of Sung Koo Kim represents a rare victory for any police department (Thief's parents question jail time, Jan. 20).

It was a textbook success. The detectives involved will probably always proudly remember this case, because it did not involve a dead young woman to bag, autopsy and then bury, surrounded by bewildered, grief-stricken relatives.

Any human being can sympathize with the elderly immigrant parents of this disturbed man. The reality, however, is that Kim is where he should be. He is a threat to society, and it is a veritable miracle that during the many times he was illegally entering the dorms and homes of young women, there was not a death as a result of the unexpected return of one of those women. In cases like this, that is often what happens. Breaking into homes and stealing undergarments should not in any way be trivialized. Breaking and entering is a serious offense simply because deaths often are the result.

His personal computer contained extremely violent pornography; a large portion involved the grisly simulated torture and murder of women. He also collected violent kiddie porn. Need I say more?

Of course he is mentally ill, but he is also a criminal.

The longer this man is locked up, the safer our daughters will be. We should be thanking law enforcement, not entertaining notions that this sexual deviant got shafted.

As a criminal justice major, I know that this man was a killer in the making, but luckily police got to him first. I'm happy!

Therresa Kennedy

Southwest Portland

Locally grown food still requires hygiene

I found the front-page article and photo on the growth of local food purveying in the Portland area to be quite alarming (Politics sets the table, Jan. 20).

I wonder if the 'godfather' of this cultural movement, Brian Rohter, is aware that at least one employee does not wear latex gloves to prevent the spread of germs.

All he needs to do is see the accompanying photo I saw, and any interest in buying homegrown beef will quickly disappear from his palate.

Labeling where all this food comes from is great, but I think I'm more interested in good hygiene. Maybe Rohter would like to respond.

Tom Schmidt

Northeast Portland