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The Times hears from readers on population growth in Beaverton and Tigard, the special council election, and more.

How Beaverton and Tigard have grown

I read your story about Beaverton's population, and must say that when I moved there in the mid-1960s, the population was 13,500 and Bernard's Airport was still in use on Cedar Hills Boulevard. Tigard was only 7,500 and there was only one restaurant on Main Street. It was a huge blessing when Fred Meyer opened.

I worked on Highway 217 until they built the new 217 highway. They decided to change the name of the street to Hunziker Park, but then someone got the bright idea to call it Hall Boulevard like it was in Beaverton.

People used to call and complain that they drove up and down 217 but could not find our office. When 217 was first built, there were traffic lights at the cross streets (Allen Boulevard, Denney Road, etc.) and then it was a big improvement when they put in the overpasses and ramps.

The main route from Tigard to Beaverton was Hall Boulevard, and it was always a traffic jam. Highway 217 took the heavy load off Hall Boulevard.

Read our Aug. 12, 2021, coverage of 2020 Census results in Washington County.

It is amazing to read the population numbers for Beaverton and Tigard.

Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen, Tigard

No accountability at OHSU

Taxpayers have a right to know how our money is being spent. Yet, our group has documented how Oregon Health & Science University's Oregon National Primate Research Center has repeatedly violated longstanding federal law by failing to disclose how much of the public's money it spends on cruel and wasteful primate experiments that are opposed by most Americans, including addicting monkeys to alcohol.

Fortunately, federal legislation — the COST Act — has been introduced to withhold funding from institutions like OHSU that fail to disclose how they spend taxpayers' money.

It's time that OHSU was held accountable for breaking the law with its wasteful and secretive spending.

Natalie Warhit

Campaign Assistant, White Coat Waste Project

A vote for Hartmeier-Prigg in special election

Beaverton's City Council runoff election Sept. 21 is significant, and I'm voting for Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg.

Our expanded council is operating with one seat unoccupied, presenting the possibility of deadlocks, as in July's 3-3 vote on a fireworks ban. Filling that tie-breaking seat with a person with the right priorities and experience is crucial.

Read a July 1, 2021, column co-authored by Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty asking residents not to light off fireworks.

For me, no priority is more worthwhile than affordable housing.

Beaverton School District has historically had more houseless students than any other district in the state. The issue intersects with public safety, because so many crimes of desperation are driven by poverty and housing instability. And it intersects with equity, because over 41% of Beaverton residents of color and nearly half of all renters are burdened with housing costs eating up more than 30% of their monthly income.

Ashley has a plan to address this crisis. She has made affordable housing a key priority, relying on relationships with regional and state officials to increase the number of affordable units to keep Beaverton residents in stable homes. As Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District board president, she has demonstrated skill at navigating such partnerships.

I will be voting for Ashley in September, and I urge your readers to do the same.

Brian Decker, Beaverton

Still not sold on 'critical race theory'

I am writing in response to the "My View" writer of the article "In defense of public education" in the Aug. 12 issue of the Beaverton Valley Times.

Read the column by Lowell Greathouse on public education and critical thinking skills.

I don't think anyone is trying to narrow the educational inquiry as the writer states. Critical race theory is Marxist-oriented and is meant to divide by race as opposed to class.

There has been much discrimination on the basis of race in the past, but for the most part we have gotten past that dark period in our history. To start again judging someone by the color or their skin is wrong. Two wrongs don't make a right.

There evidently is a lot of white guilt involved in the advancement of the critical race theory.

No one is opposed to instilling critical thinking in the minds of our children — but we don't want the extreme liberal indoctrination which is encountered in most schools today. The writer may favor this indoctrination, but it is not in the best interest of the student.

We should be more concerned with the lowered standards that Oregon has just introduced. We need more emphasis on math, reading and writing — not less.

Troy Smith, Beaverton

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