Letters to the editor
Tigard did well in OK'ing unity measure
I'm writing to say THANK YOU to the Tigard City Council for adopting the City of Tigard Unity Resolution (Tigard City Council declares city to be welcoming," TigardTimes.com). By being willing to go on record with a vote, our City Council has made it very clear that they want everyone in our great city to feel welcome and included. Their leadership is even more crucial at a time when a significant segment of our community is experiencing fear and uncertainty about whether they truly are welcome in Tigard.
This resolution does not fix our nation's broken immigration system or protect undocumented people from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But it sends a very strong message from our city's elected leaders that all people who are simply going about their lives in our city — regardless of their immigration status — are welcome as valued members of our community.
More details needed in weekly police log
Previously I looked forward to the Police Blotter feature every week (See Page A8). Then some months back it was changed to omit all the interesting information. The name of the person arrested (public info), the name of the business impacted (public info) and now each item says, in effect "A person did a bad thing." Not worth reading.
I understand the rationale had something to do with the accused not being convicted, yet the paper is full of the names of people arrested but not convicted. In (the Nov. 30) edition I note that immediately below the Police Blotter is an article on a human-trafficking sting operation. The piece includes the names, ages and home towns of 22 men arrested in this operation.
Please return our beloved Police Blotter to its interesting and useful form so that we can read it every week to see if our friends and relatives have made the news!
Stop logging plans in wildfire areas
(The following is an open letter to Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley)
I am a concerned Oregonian and a biology student at Portland Community College who has been an avid outdoorsman, hiker and lover of Oregon's natural lands. I believe that this new bill (HR2936) has many flaws and backdoor agendas based on data and information about "catastrophic wildfires" and salvage logging to be flawed and misconstrued.
It appears that this bill is merely a way for the "Big Timber Industry" to resume logging against the Northwest Forest Plan and to log without being sued in court. There is so much proven data about forest ecosystems needing hot, intense fires to occur to spread seeds and rejuvenate the local landscape. Also, as in the Biscuit fire, salvage logging areas after fires (we are trying to log after the Eagle Creek fire 2017) are catastrophic to the soil and destroy the ecosystems for future rejuvenation.
I know, as my research has proven through school, that this proven data from the U.S. Forest Service and other private organizations shows that we need to not log these areas after fire, find a way to build homes with materials that are more prone to resist fire and stop harvesting public lands of lumber. Weyerhaeuser has enough land to harvest their crops of trees. We need to stop building homes out of the wood we cut down in the forest and start putting taxpayers' money towards homes that are made of fire resistant materials.
This bill does nothing for Oregonians but allow more logging to be done on public lands in the name of big timber companies. This bill is just a wolf in sheep's clothing.
I hope this bill does not move any further. What a shame if it does, for all Oregonians.