Regarding 'Law's not a lifeline when drivers err' (May 29), I felt the need to let the people of Oregon know that I consider them to be some of the most courteous drivers I have encountered in the western United States.

My wife and I have traveled to the southern and northern Oregon coast twice a year for the past eight years and have encountered maybe only three or four schmuck drivers. That's a great percentage, considering all the drivers on your highways and freeways.

Drive through the great state of Utah. People run red lights, don't stop at stop signs, and they love to cut you off and then flip you off because you were there to cut off. Keep up the great job.

Tom Tabish

West Jordan, Utah

Writer's vision clear on paddling story

I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent story titled 'Eye of the Dragon' (May 29).

Vision challenged and hearing impaired myself, I have had the privilege of joining Blind Ambition just a month ago, and it has been a true blessing for me in so many ways to be a part of the team.

Chris Lydgate's writing reflects the true essence of what it means to be a dragon boat paddler. The opportunity for the physically challenged to participate is beneficial for healthy self-esteem, physical fitness, socialization, friendship and networking.

Our sighted volunteers, including the tillers and captains, make it possible for Blind Ambition, in particular, to compete on a level playing field with dragon boat teams across the Western U.S. and Canada. Thank you again.

Lori Hansen


Shoddy work addsto condo conundrum

Phil Stanford is right on target with 'Who's paying for the condo craze?' (June 3).

The misguided city policy of subsidizing land developers who contribute mightily to council members' campaigns - and who knows what else - is made even more complicated by the shoddy construction that afflicts many of these buildings.

Of course, the city issues building permits to developers allowing them to use cheap and defective wall systems, so we have the Northwest draped in plastic and scaffolding. That is another part of the scandal.

Gerald Robinson

Northwest Portland

Paper made commute more enjoyable

Count me among the readers who are unhappy to have lost one dependable opportunity for engaging material to read during the weekday MAX commute.

I especially looked forward to my Tuesday ride home, like my Friday ride, because of the Portland Tribune. My eyes now see both your editorial and your advertisers' commercial content 50 percent as much as before. This will not change because I will not spend more hours online than I already do each week.

Nevertheless, I wish you good luck with your strategy. I imagine it was not an easy decision.

Steve Young

Northwest Portland

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