Our readers also write in about the Greatest Generation and always blaming corporate America for bad personal decisions.

My late wife, Enola Gay Badrick, was being treated for cancer. She was enduring both radiation and then chemotherapy treatments at OHSU.

I noticed some signs of her feeling better when they gave her a break. She even made the short walk to our neighborhood store one evening. She didn't recall that I had reported to the city on at least two occasions about an uplifted sidewalk block.

Well, the block caught her foot and she fell very hard. There was never another sign of recovery.

The city does not have time or the finances to fix these problems. I say, "homeowners fix your sidewalks. It may save a life."

It's also the decent thing to do.

Bruce C Badrick


Contrasting views

I enjoyed the March 6 commentary by Don Bourgeois. It was timely, moving and accurate.

The people of the WWII generation soon will be gone, and with them a piece of America that will never be replaced. The suffering, dedication, valor and purpose of the Greatest Generation is something we need to understand and celebrate as an example of how Americans once approached life, liberty and responsibility. They were the "we" and "can do" generation, as the author says. He also concludes that the "can do" generation is now replaced by the "what have you done for me lately" generation.

Directly below the Bourgeois article there appears a letter from Ted Labbe. In profiling the growing homeless camps in Portland, Labbe chastises citizens and elected officials for not doing more to help the homeless "campers" in our community.

Nowhere in his lengthy article is there any mention of these people taking any responsibility for their own situation or helping themselves. Instead, Labbe laments the lack of aid and support for the expanding generation of homeless drug addicts.

In referencing the homeless situation as a "crisis" it undermines and denigrates those glorious people of the Greatest Generation who faced a real life or death "crisis" to themselves and our nation.

As the "can do" generation fades into history, the "hand out" or "what can you do for me" generation seeks to take their place. One group suffered a crushing depression and a global conflagration, while the next group waits for charities to facilitate their miserable existence. The contrast in what America has become couldn't be more obvious.

Jim Speirs

North Portland

Why is it corporate America's fault?

I'm constantly amazed at Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and the Portland City Council. I read that they want to sue pharmaceutical companies for the deaths of citizens due to opioid overdose, which is little different than car manufacturers being sued for drunken drivers.

What this is is another attempt by our "liberal and progressive" politicians to shift personal responsibility for the use of a substance onto the pharmaceutical manufacturers who have no control over who uses their products irresponsibly. No manufacturer can control the end use of any product, and to attempt to hold a company responsible seems ludicrous and absurd. But that seems to be in the "playbook" of our politicians here in Portland. Don't hold a citizen responsible for their behavior; always blame society or a company.

I hope somebody realizes that this has been tried before with vehicles and the Supreme Court has determined that a company is not responsible for the clear misuse of a product; the individual is responsible for their own behavior. I'm sure that any suit will be unsuccessful, and Wheeler and the City Council will have wasted millions of dollars for a frivolous suit, and once again the taxpayers will suffer for their lack of logical and rational thought.

Well, not my problem, you people that voted in those delusional politicians will be the ones paying the bill.

Eric Blatter


Contract Publishing

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