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Letters: Photo winner; tanning beds; park rules; Antique Fair move; Sunrise project; Jeff Molinari

Just saw your piece on the winner of the Historic Preservation Photo Contest (Aug. 21).

There is an interesting back story regarding that barber-shop sign: My brother Raymond (non-family members called him Ray) owned that shop for nearly 50 years.

He got the sign from Ray Wilson when Wilson retired from Ray’s Barber Shop in Garden Home. My brother used the original name on the sign, “Ray’s,” as the name of his Oregon City shop when he mounted it on the side of the building.

But another Oregon City barber up on the hill complained that his shop already was named Ray’s. So, my brother had “Depot” painted over “Ray’s.” And so it was!

Rick Newton

Lake Oswego

by: PHOTO COURTESY: CITY OF OC - In the 'See! Save! Celebrate!' Preservation Month Photo Contest, a $50 prize went to Oregon City High School student Erika Zitzelberger for her photo titled 'Barber Shop.'

Tanning beds harmful

Thanks to Ellen Spitaleri’s article (“OC student raises psoriasis awareness” Aug. 28) for shedding light on the seriousness of psoriasis, the nation’s most common autoimmune disease.

I’d like to address comments on tanning as a treatment for psoriasis. National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) Medical Board does not support the use of tanning as a substitution for phototherapy (light therapy) treatment performed with a prescription under a physician’s supervision.

Phototherapy is one of the safest and most cost-effective treatments for psoriasis, which affects roughly 89,000 Oregonians. The beneficial effect of phototherapy, which is administered in a doctor’s office or at home with a phototherapy unit monitored by a health professional, comes from ultraviolet light B (UVB). UVB, present in natural sunlight, is an effective psoriasis treatment that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Tanning beds emit mostly harmful UVA light, which can damage the skin, cause premature aging and skin cancer, and are not regulated the same way as phototherapy units.

NPF advocates for access to affordable and accessible phototherapy treatment so that psoriasis patients don’t feel compelled to use tanning beds. Learn more about phototherapy at psoriasis.org.

View the Foundation’s official statement on tanning for psoriasis at psoriasis.org/tanning.

Leah Howard, J.D.

Beaverton

County takes an almost totalitarian action

Your editorial (“No one has ‘right’ to drink in public parks,” Aug. 21) states that although the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners exaggerated reports of mass riots and drownings on the Clackamas River in order “to pass new rules... it was the correct decision.”

I strongly disagree. There was no basis to declare an emergency; their action was unfounded and heavy handed. The commissioners should have instead called for a round of several public-input meetings, gathered the real facts and made an informed decision.

Instead they overreached their authority and took what I consider to be an almost totalitarian action.

Frank Heaton

Unincorporated Oregon City

Sunrise project moving forward

I am pleased to report that the Lawnfield Industrial Owners dispute with ODOT has finally been resolved.

The resolution consisted of a settlement agreement signed in July, dismissal of our circuit lawsuit which occurred on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and (the following day) issuance of a final order from ODOT Rail requiring Clackamas County to build the Tolbert Overpass (as mitigation for loss of the Lawnfield Rail crossing) per a contract amendment by which ODOT has provided the county up to $20 million in funding.

But for the efforts of the Lawnfield Industrial Owners Association, the Tolbert Overpass would have been an unfunded portion of the master plan and may never have materialized. I believe the community owes many thanks to the association members.

John DiLorenzo

Portland

Disappointed with Antique Fair move

Everything was quiet in downtown Oregon City on Sunday, Aug. 25, like every other Sunday morning here, except for the last 18 years when the last Sunday in August found the streets full of antique dealers and people looking for something special.

This Sunday would have probably been the best Antique Fair, as we have a new downtown. As a small business owner, this proved to be a very successful day for my business in the past.

I was given many reasons why this event was moved:

1. Some Main Street businesses did not want their doors blocked. Well, I don’t know of any retail business that are opened on Sunday in that area. I would assume the restaurants would welcome the people. I never remember seeing any food vendors at the antique fair.

2. I was also told they would have to close the street at 2 a.m., and they did not have volunteers. I wonder why so early, and who did they use for the First City Celebration?

3. I was also told that there were too many vendors. They could have set a limit to keep it downtown.

The people that did come into my shop felt that it was a “political” move. This makes a little more sense. I was also told by someone close to the situation (who asked not to be named) that it had something to do with Clackamas Heritage Partners. I was told that they need visitors to the wagon trains so they can get funding to reopen. I was also told that they want to develop the train-station area.

I am not sure why the Antique Fair was moved, but it sure makes me wonder what event is going to move to the wagon trains next, and what the excuses will be. I will never understand why downtown Oregon City got a face lift and then was ignored. It was a painful face lift for us small business owners, so it would be nice to show off the benefits.

Sandra Gillman

Oregon City

Warning: Entering the ‘Molinari Zone’

I just couldn’t let Jeff Molinari’s “Light rail is the problem” (Aug. 28 on the Columbia River Crossing) fact-free zone continue to expand. His Community Soapbox titled “It’s now time to stop attacking John and Tootie” on Aug. 7 was similar. He claims:

n “Oregon’s elected officials are not listening to [a majority] of taxpayers.” Actually, only about 24 percent (51,267 yes votes/217,518 registered voters) approved measure 3-401 (the expensive and pointless measure requiring voter approval to contribute county money for light rail). That was a majority of voters but it is hardly a majority of “taxpayers.” But to the point, Mr. Molinari doesn’t seem to realize that being elected to public office is not a winner-take-all triumph of power. Being elected elevates politicians to positions of responsibility and service to every citizen, not just to those who elected them. Clackamas commissioners Smith and Ludlow would do well to remember that.

n “Wisconsin built a bridge for $3.6 million.” True. The city of Madison built a bridge for that much . . . a bike/pedestrian overpass. I even helped build a bridge for “free” once; it spanned a 10-foot ditch, and we used logs and planks.

There is insufficient space to adequately respond to the claims about mass transit and traffic. There is, however, this new, great thing called Google.

Gary Duell,

Happy Valley

Seriously Flawed, Chapter 2

Jeff Molinari, to the contrary, my letter of Aug. 14 said nothing about the elections of John Ludlow, Tootie Smith or the passage of Measure 3-401, voting down CRC and the Sellwood Bridge toll. What I wrote was a Political Science 101 truism — majorities are not made up of single-block, same-thinking voters. Majorities are made up of a variety of diverse individuals who alone and/or as groups come to believe that a particular candidate comes closest to representing their views. In the act of voting, those beliefs create a majority. These same individuals and small groups also create majorities over issues. It takes many individuals and minorities to create a majority.

Elections are volatile times because majorities are fragile and can fall apart as easily as they come together. My previous letter and this letter serve only to establish that majorities are made up of individuals and groups, and as quickly as they come together, they can dissolve.

Finally, from Mr. Molinari on Aug. 21: “It is pretty obvious who Mr. Lloyd represents. And it is not the majority of Clackamas County voters/taxpayers.” From Debate 101, a truism — if you can’t rationally attack the debate topic, attack the debater. There is absolute not a clue in my letter of Aug. 14 which suggests where I am on the subject of our elected officials or the issues they face!

D. Kent Lloyd

Gladstone



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