Leave the one-way streets alone
I feel strongly that it would be a mistake to go back to two-way streets in downtown Hillsboro.
I was born in Hillsboro in 1951 and have been around when the streets were two-way. It is much better now than it was then.
We will have heavy congestion and more accidents, especially those making left-hand turns in front of oncoming traffic, if this change is made.
I know it is up to the Hillsboro City Council to decide this issue. I strongly believe, however, a change of such magnitude should be put on the ballot, such as school measures are.
It would only be fair to let the people be heard.
Trees are blocking view from Bald Peak State Park
I am forwarding a picture taken from the parking lot at Bald Peak State Park, a park that the citizens of Hillsboro, Beaverton and Tigard have enjoyed for many years.
As you can see from the picture, taken to the east, instead of spectacular views of Mount Hood and the valley below, all you can see are fir trees.
These trees were planted by an uncaring property owner and the trees have now gotten to such a height that the once great views of the mountains and valley have been ruined.
There may be a new property owner. Ive contacted Ryan Sparks, manager of the Champoeg Management Unit of Oregon State Parks, who oversees Bald Peak State Park. He is going to try to find out if there is a new owner, and if so, see if the trees can be removed or topped clearly a decision up to the property owner.
I think there is a story here that readers of your newspaper would find outrageous that this parks view has been so compromised.
It really is a sad thing that has happened. My hope is that public awareness of the situation might help to get something done to restore the parks view.