I am simply appalled by all the people who are opposed to the new proposed Wal-Mart store on 182nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard. Why? They have great buys, and they are very good to their employees.

How come nobody whines and complains about all the increased traffic on Division, the new Best Buy store and those other outlet stores have brought?

How about the Home Depot store on Stark Street? How about Fred Meyer, WinCo and Olive Garden, plus those other restaurants on Burnside?

They bring more or just as much darn traffic as Wal-Mart does, yet nobody says a darn thing about that or complains. I just don't get it, what the heck is the big deal? The only time they say anything is when it's Wal-Mart, and yet if one of these big-box expensive places like Target, Costco, Home Depot, Best Buy, Mervyns or Fred Meyer wanted to build a store you don't hear any complaints about the increased and sometimes nightmare traffic these places bring. It's all about competition and big unions folks!

There is nothing wrong with a place like Wal-Mart wanting to sell goods for a lower price.

The population is growing and that means increased traffic - that's life, so please just get over it. There is going to be traffic with or without a Wal-Mart store there.

People, stop blaming Wal-Mart for all of society's ills. Your anti Wal-Mart arrogant attitude is why Oregon still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

Last time I looked, last month, our unemployment rate is still one full percentage point above the national average.

If these big-box stores would lower their prices then they would draw more business and people wouldn't have to go Wal-Mart as much, and it wouldn't be so popular. Instead of whining and complaining so much, how about lowering prices as Wal-Mart has and follow the leader instead of acting like spoiled little girls who want their way.

Grow up!

Matthew Vantress


Dog attack could have been prevented by leashes

I am writing about an irresponsible pet owner and what happened when she did not keep her dogs on a leash, as state law requires.

Tuesday, July 11, at approximately 6:45 pm, a woman and her two dogs, not on leashes, were at Sweetbriar Elementary School in Troutdale. The dogs ran into our front yard and attacked our cat. As the dogs were running into our yard she said 'don't worry, we have cats at home.' A fight ensued between the two dogs and our cat. As they were dragging our cat across the lawn, I reached down, grabbed the cat and held him up in the air away from the dogs. My hand was bitten, blood running down my arm, the woman did nothing. I was yelling that I was bitten. The woman continues to only call her dogs.

Because my hand was so painful, I could no longer hold onto the cat and I put him down. The dogs started to leave the yard. Seeing that I placed our cat down, the two dogs again charged, this time one on each end of him. Rescuing our cat, I yelled at the woman to get her dogs off. I grabbed the cat with my left hand, sustaining bites on the hand and arm. In a matter of seconds, the woman, average height and weight with above-shoulder length dark hair and her two dogs, one black, perhaps a lab mix, wearing a blue/purple collar, the other dog white with multi-brown coloring and red collar, were gone. She has never inquired about the cat or myself. She had to have known we were hurt!

I was driven to the emergency room that night. I had seven puncture wounds, which were cleaned and bandaged. I was given an antibiotic, pain medication and told to contact my doctor.

The next morning after the attack our cat was taken to the vet. X-rays were taken, one leg was badly crushed and had a puncture wound. He spent two days at the vet and now has a bi-weekly visits for continued care.

I then followed up with my doctor, who immediately hospitalized me for three days due to a severe infection in my hand. I lost four days of work and missed my daughter's eighth birthday.

All of this, the horrible experience for my children, our cat and me because one dog owner did not think it was necessary to have her dogs on a leash.

Lara Ceglie


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