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'Only' thousands irked

by: L.E. BASKOW, The recent Champ Car event at Portland International Raceway signals that it’s back-to-summer business at the racetrack in North Portland. At the same time, it raises the hackles of thousands of nearby residents concerned about noise.

The Portland Tribune should be a little more careful in the language it uses to describe noise in North Portland (City checks out decibel dilemma, June 27).

The 'only 27 percent' of residents who consider noise a concern represents more than 16,000 people. Furthermore, the 'only 18 percent' who are bothered by Portland International Raceway represents more than 11,000 people. According to this data, a full two-thirds of residents who have noise concerns are concerned with noise generated by a single entity that is not vital to the economy.

If the study was restricted to the approximately 12,000 residents who live within one mile of the racetrack, I imagine the percentages would be higher yet; this survey considered most of North Portland and parts of Northeast Portland, which includes many residents who live more than three miles from the track.

These percentages are not a minority vote in some election - they are thousands of people affected by noise every day in an often neglected region of the city.

Matt Hoffman

North Portland

Put survey data in proper perspective

In your article on noise issues in North Portland, you use the phrase 'only 27 percent' (City checks out decibel dilemma, June 27). That is a huge percentage.

Think of how many people live in all of North Portland. Also, you present the data as though 18 percent is low for complaints about Portland International Raceway, when not all of North Portland is close to PIR. For that many people to be unhappy in a such a large surveyed area, that seems like a much bigger deal.

Amanda Barry

North Portland

Historical society's staff cut is bad sign

How sad to read that Richard Engeman would be leaving the Oregon Historical Society (Stumptown Stumper, June 23).

Isn't it typical … you let a series of inept directors and a board that is unwieldy and totally out of touch run down an organization until it can barely keep its doors open, and what is your first step: You take one of the few employees who hasn't already bailed and eliminate his position!

What good is a historical society without one of its best historians? Engeman will be missed by those of us who really used the historical society.

Shannon Moon Leonetti

Southwest Portland

More bus rides mean less oil consumption

I think that we all need to take better advantage of TriMet.

I have recently returned to Portland from Ecuador, where I saw some of the devastating effects of oil extraction. People are losing their land and way of life to the oil companies. They are forced to drink contaminated water and suffer horrible diseases, including cancer. In addition, one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet is rapidly disappearing.

We can all be part of the solution by consuming less oil in our transportation.

See you on the bus.

Christa von Behren

Southwest Portland

Population rate isn't sustainable

I appreciated your new Sustainable Life section, published June 13. The human population of this planet is continuing to grow by 75 million people a year. That's like adding 4.5 cities the size of Los Angeles every year.

This increase is fueling every environmental problem we are trying to solve - such as species loss, global warming, traffic congestion, air and water pollution, the loss of topsoil, etc.

Articles about the small efforts that make a difference in Portland are wonderful, and I'd like to see the Tribune take on issues that are at the core of 'Sustainable Life.' We can recycle all we want, but if we continue to increase as a species at the rate we are, we still will end up with a very crowded future and struggles over natural resources that already are starting.

Please take the difficult step at looking at population growth; it's one issue that, if we got a handle on it, would make the future a lot brighter.

Albert Kaufman

Northeast Portland

Reduce, reuse and reuse some more

I love the new Sustainable Life section of the newspaper.

I'd like to comment on the grocery bag article (The grocery store dilemma gets solved: Paper or plastic?, June 13). Somehow I felt a little let down and wanted more … perhaps some ideas about how to reuse each of them?

As a busy mom, I feel lucky enough just to get to the grocery store, much less to remember to bring my own bags (cloth or otherwise).

I have tried to get my children to help my ailing memory: They get 25 cents just for remembering to bring them with us, then they get a nickel for every bag used.

I reuse both bags in other ways, too: I use the paper bags as mulch in my garden and for storing all those newspapers to be carted down to the recycle pickup. I use plastic bags as packing material, especially at holidays.

Monica McMaster

Forest Grove

Keep tips coming for living lightly

After seeing the documentary on global warming, 'An Inconvenient Truth,' I picked up a recent Portland Tribune and was so glad to see Sustainable Life.

So timely - I learned several new things. Keep up the good work.

Jane A. Kennedy

Northwest Portland

Local businesses show a 'green' bent

I really enjoyed the section called Sustainable Life. I appreciate learning about local businesses that are oriented toward sustainability.

I learned a lot of things I

didn't know I wanted to know.

Stevyn Travillian

Northeast Portland

Reader gives 'very cool' high praise

I hate to sound like a teenager, but how very cool of the Portland Tribune to have a Sustainable Life section.

I read the whole thing, thrilled with the variety of topics.

Cameron Waner

Milwaukie

The next montly Sustainable Life section will publish Tuesday, July 11.