Gun club article reports one side


The article, 'Gun club shooting takes the low ground,' (The Times, May 25) may have well been co-authored by George Pitts with Washington County's blessing. The opening sentence states, 'the Tri-County Gun Club insists it will remain where it is.'

Those of us that have been residents of the Sherwood and Tualatin area for any length of time have read previous statements by Pitts that, 'the projects in the works are supposed to ensure that the future be noise- and complaint-free for nearby residents,' as the article states in the very next sentence.

We read back in 2002 that Washington County would step in if, in 2003, the gravel quarry had not completed the removal of marketable gravel, and that the county would purchase the excess so that the gun club could complete the transition of the small arms practice ranges to the 'pit' that year.

The story 'reports' one side of the issue. When Pitts states that 'the club has not had a real complaint from neighbors in four years' did the reporter look into the facts? If they had they would learn that it is useless to call the Tri-County Gun Club because you just get a recorded message and they don't take messages. If you call Washington County good luck getting to the right department, and, when you do, you hear, 'they have a permit.'

As to Pitts statement, 'all the noisy stuff will be in the hole,' that is contrary to what Pitts told me in 2002 when I complained that the really noisy guns, including the shot guns used in trap shooting at the highest point of the 230-acre site will not be re-located.

The bottom line is the article left out any contradictory opinions and therefore does not serve the community when it comes to 'reporting' the facts about the Tri-County Gun Club.

Our complaints fall on deaf ears at Washington County and are impossible to lodge with the gun club - perhaps Pitts will offer his home phone number for the residents of Sherwood and Tualatin.

The gun club is here to stay no matter who complains since the gun club has collaborated with the Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas County 3,500 law enforcement officers training programs.

And for you new residents to the area, if you think it's bad now, wait until next fall around hunting season. We can expect yet another onslaught of constant gunfire coming from the gun club, even on Sunday mornings as early as 8 a.m. on through till 10 p.m.

Any possibility that the hours and days may be better suited for the neighborhood? Fat chance.

Mark Phifer


Commissioners have not learned lesson

Commissioners Andy Duyck and Tom Brian say they learned their lesson after Opus Northwest, through contractual shenanigans, paid far less for county land than its value ('County settles for less money on Bridgeport project,' Valley Times, May 25).

The commissioners claim that they will only do straight cash for land deals from now on. But now we see an even more convoluted deal of land exchanges developing at the county fairgrounds and Opus is once again in the driver's seat - refusing to allow the public to view their plans until the fairgrounds has been rezoned for commercial retail use.

Our commissioners have learned nothing, but we're the ones who will pay.


Washington County residents

Thanks for the uplifting article

I just want to take this opportunity to express my thanks for the front-page news article in the June 8 issue of The Times, on Isaac Wilcott.

There are many people who struggle with adverse circumstances of life and work at overcoming them. I think that this article would help others to be encouraged.

The front-page articles of many newspapers are filled with the negative and destructive activities of people.

I appreciate this article and others which are giving the positive, uplifting and helpful activities of people.



Increase search for domestic natural gas

There's been a lot of discussion about $3 gasoline, but not much on another energy source that's also tripled in price in four years: natural gas.

Restaurant owners, nurseries, and manufacturers know full-well about the dramatic increase in natural gas prices and what it's done to their bottom line, but residential customers have so far failed to take notice. Expect that to change.

Increasing demand in other parts of the country is siphoning off gas reserves in the West and leaving us with less supply and higher prices. Unless Congress allows additional exploration - such as in the Gulf of Mexico - demand will continue to outstrip supply and we'll all be at the mercy of Mother Nature.

The only thing holding back prices right now is mild weather. If we get a cold winter later this year and gas use spikes, you'll hear more politicians screaming about price controls or gouging. It'll be nobody's fault but theirs, however, if they don't get our domestic production increased.