Letters: Imagine light-rail alternatives; Metro survey
Undecided where you stand on light-rail expansion?
I submit for your kind consideration: At around 8 a.m. on a weekday walk out onto the 82nd/Interstate 205 overpass. Southbound you will be witness to three lanes of traffic traveling at 3 to 5 mph, slowly grinding their way up and over the top of the hill in West Linn.
Now a mental exercise: Take that same amount of traffic and visualize it on 82nd, where it would be if we'd not built I-205. Now let us return to those yesteryears where there were those who argued that I-205 shouldn't be built as "we don't need it!" In reaching an important decision, along with the emotions of feeling that we are correct, it is also important to consider the consequence of being wrong.
D. Kent Lloyd
Opt out of next survey
This article, "Metro survey: Put money in transit, roads," May 1, belonged in the opinion section and not on the front page!
I am one of the Opt In respondents for this survey, and I could not answer most of the questions because they were worded in such a skewed way. I will politely decline them the next time they call. That is the only redeeming thing I learned from reading this article. I encourage all Clackamas county residents to do the same if they are called by DHM.
Buried at the end of your extensive article is a passing disclaimer about how the DHM survey, paid for by Metro, is NOT a scientific survey at all. It is heavily weighted with Multnomah County Democrats.
Money can buy nearly anything, and I find it self-serving and a huge waste of taxpayer money for Metro to be buying bogus statistics to mislead the populous that we agree with their power grabbing, misguided and expensive plans and mistakes.
Direct democracy: Waste of money
Two important principles are getting lost in the current dispute over the Orange Line project.
The first is the expectation of truthfulness and collaboration in the language and actions of our elected leaders. A circuit court judge recently had to order changes to the misleadingly worded May ballot Measure 3-424, that was bulldozed through the county board by Commissioners Ludlow and Smith. It appears conservatives are quite willing to waste taxpayer money on pointless votes, and play fast and loose with the truth to further their regressive agenda. Rather than exhibiting a concensus, bipartisan approach to issues, these folks seem determined to extend the most dysfunctional behaviors of the Tea Party extremists in Congress to our local governing entities.
The other principle being lost is that the United States is a republic, not a direct democracy. A republic functions under the law through its elected representatives, not through frequent populist votes which, as with slavery and women's rights, may not be lawful or in the best interests of all the people. Our Founding Fathers understood this, but it seems to be lost on our latest crop of incumbents and their supporters. The unfortunate passage of Measure 3-401, along with its offspring "advisory" Measure 3-424, is helping turn Clackamas County governance into a joke, and has the potential to cause division in our community and hurt the economy.
It is time, surely, to return to representative government, and expect our leaders to do the job they were elected to do.