Readers' Letters
by: Tribune File Photo, The water feature at Kenton Park in North Portland is one of the few to meet state health standards: Letter writers react to the news that the city is closing wading pools due to health concerns.

Oh, for heaven's sake. So the water has to be treated and filtered now (Parents make waves as city wading pools go dry, Aug. 20)? How hard would it be to add a filter to the spigot and dump some chlorine in the water? Why do some overbearing new regulations have to kill the simple joys of life?

Those wading pools are a simple, yet loved tradition. Why do we need to overcomplicate everything?

Anastasia Markoff

Southeast Portland

Forget pools, what about dog parks?

I found it ironic that the city is shutting down wading pools due to concerns about disease (Parents make waves as city wading pools go dry, Aug. 20).

I live near Couch Park, which is home to a shared-use, off-leash dog area. Shared use means that dogs use this area part of the day, and then people use this area another part of the day. While dog owners are supposed to pick up after their dog, this doesn't always happen. As a result, people are supposed to play in a field which likely has dog poop in it.

Is the city concerned about the spread of disease by having children (and adults) play in a field that has dog poop in it?

That being said, I don't know how often dog poop spreads disease to people. Mostly, I think that playing in a field that likely has dog poop in it is gross.

Kara Colley

Northwest Portland

Fountain shouldn't cost that much

Three-hundred thousand dollars to convert a wading pool to a spray feature (Parents make waves as city wading pools go dry, Aug. 20)? Who's kidding who? I'd bet lots of pool companies and landscape outfits could do those for a whole lot less.

Alonso Enriquez

Brush Prairie, Wash.

Spend money on kids, not studies

It amazes me that the Portland City Council has millions of dollars to spend on worthless projects, yet will not fix these pools that will benefit more people than a soccer (stadium) that nobody will go to or $800,000 for a study they already know the answer to (Parents make waves as city wading pools go dry, Aug. 20).

As long as they are going to bankrupt the city, they should at least do something to help the kids.

Larry Cooper


Public works projects should go local, too

Why stop with only a law covering the food industry (New law puts locally produced foods on menu, Aug. 13)?

When municipalities are forced to accept the low bid for public works projects like roads, sidewalks, sewers, park improvements etc., they often use out-of-town or out-of-state contractors.

Meanwhile, it's the local businesses that are tapped for financial assistance in producing local events. That doesn't fit my idea of supporting neighbors and local businesses. Try local first!

Ken Quinby


Solar heyday for Oregon

In 1971, Oregon was the first state to enact a 'bottle bill' law requiring a deposit and refund for returnable drink containers.

Regarding 'Heyday for solar?' (Aug. 13), Oregon again can lead the way by enacting a statewide building code revision that requires architectural design inclusion of dedicated efficient space for photovoltaic system installations according to industry-established minimum space requirements for all new construction of residential, commercial and governmental structures enclosing at least 1,000 square feet of heated space.

All existing structures are exempt as long as no remodeling involves any structural changes to existing roofs, excluding any structural changes that solely relate to replacing or installing gutters, low profile skylights, vents, satellite dishes, and/or roofing. Any structural additions to existing structures that add or alter rooflines to accommodate additional square footage are not exempt from the code requirements.

Required will be a minimum of 100 square feet of clear roof surface to accommodate solar modules or panels faced due south at an angle that matches the location's latitude with an allowable 15- to 20-degree variation east or west from due south. The solar panels cannot be located where they will be shaded by trees or intruded upon by vents, chimneys, or other roof structure penetrations. An efficient accessible routing path from the roof array to a centralized inverter and then to the structure's load center for the PV system's generated energy will be required.

If we want to control our energy destiny as a state and as a nation, my proposal is a start.

Steven Sylwester


Solar law ought to apply to old systems

This certainly should inspire some people to install new solar systems and then to sell their power to the utilities (Heyday for solar?, Aug. 13). But does the bill also allow PGE and Pacific Power to purchase older solar systems or buy their power?

Gary Calaba

Northeast Portland

Use carbon offset to balance dilemma

The 'Green Dilemmas' series has proved an excellent way to learn how best to do a project or use technology, keeping in mind our environment. Mr. Bartels could have evened out the fly-or-drive question, however, by using a carbon offset (Summer vacation: Flying vs. driving, Aug. 13). When one must pollute - by traveling in this case - sponsoring the generation of clean energy with an outfit such as TerraPass or CarbonFund, both of which I use, 'offsets' the damage.

Web sites for each explain the great renewable techniques put into action by carbon offset buyers. Each group gets external auditing, to reassure one of their effectiveness. Costs seem minimal to me: For example, driving my compact up to 10,000 miles annually, I pay about $48 for an offset. Flight offsets come cheaper.

Ted Kozlowski

Southwest Portland

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