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Our readers express themselves on other issues, too, including Portland being the whitest city in the country and breast cancer awareness

For those considering passing the proposed beverage tax, let me say this: As a food truck owner, it is obvious that this tax was crafted without regard for several populations within Multnomah County. One of the populations no one bothered to give thought to in the scope of this tax were all of the small business owners like myself in this community.

There are so many logistics that go into owning and operating a food truck that are so rarely considered by others. For instance, if this tax passes and begins to place heavy regulations on beverages offered to our customers, I likely will be forced into laying off staff in order to account for the loss in sales just to keep the business afloat. For those employees who keep their jobs, they run the risk of taking home less money, for the same reason.

Making sure this business runs smoothly is hard work. My staff are good people who deserve to keep their jobs, and their current wages. Before you begin taxing the residents of Multnomah County, stop to realize all of the local, personal, unintended consequences your actions will have.

Stephanie Hudson

Northeast Portland

Portland not whitest city in the nation

The top 20 whitest cities in the United States in 2017 did not include Portland, Oregon ("PSU culture shift," 10/19 Tribune). Your reporting of Portland as the whitest city in the U.S. is incorrect and borders on "yellow journalism."

Kerrigan Gray

Northwest Portland

Breast cancer walk helps us all

For the second year in Oregon and Southwest Washington, 13 prominent area men have taken a stand against breast cancer by supporting the recent American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk through the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. These local leaders include TV personality Steve Dunn; Alpha Media radio hosts Mitch Elliott and Danny Dwyer; doctors, Realtors and businessmen who are raising funds to boost awareness for breast cancer and wearing as much pink as possible throughout October.

Breast cancer doesn't just affect women. Thousands of men are diagnosed with the disease in the United States every year, along with more than 252,000 of their daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and friends.

In an effort to create a unique platform to support this important cause, the American Cancer Society has engaged and empowered male community leaders in the fight to end breast cancer through the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Each candidate is charged with a fundraising challenge, competing to be the top fundraiser among the other candidates by the end of the campaign.

Dollars raised by the campaign help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support. For more information about Real Men Wear Pink of Oregon and SW Washington, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/RealMenPDX or call 503-795-3958.

Curtis Thomas

Southeast Portland

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