Everyone takes stand against cancer; bad drivers in Milwaukie are a liability

For the second year in Oregon and Southwest Washington, 13 prominent area men have taken a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk through the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. These local leaders include TV personality, Steve Dunn; Alpha Media radio hosts, Mitch Elliott and Danny Dwyer; doctors, realtors and businessmen who are fundraising to raise awareness for breast cancer and wearing as much pink as possible throughout October.

Breast cancer doesn't just affect women. Thousands of men are diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. every year, along with more than 252,000 of their daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and friends. In an effort to create a unique platform to support this important cause, the American Cancer Society has engaged and empowered male community leaders in the fight to end breast cancer through the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Each candidate is charged with a fundraising challenge, competing to be the top fundraiser among the other candidates by the end of the campaign.

Dollars raised by the campaign help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support. For more information about Real Men Wear Pink of Oregon and Southwest Washington, visit or call 503-795-3958.

Gretchen Groves


Bad drivers

We all know that drinking and driving is bad. We also know texting while driving is equally dangerous. I have always been a hang-up-and-drive kind of person.

Having recently witnessed my neighbor's laurel hedges having a car literally lodged in them, plus another neighbor's car getting totaled, I feel compelled to speak out. I think if a person decides to consume medible pot, he or she should also not be driving. Get your caregiver to do it.

Driving while high can cause injury or death to another person or a person's pet. I am aware of the medical benefits of marajuana. I just don't think a person should be driving on it. The friend whose car got totaled said the other driver thought Linwood Avenue has a stop sign. The stop sign is at Monroe Street. This is not complicated or unclear. We go through red and sit at green lights. This is backwards.

We are all paying higher car insurance premiums because of foolish moves and careless choices. I don't want to pay the ultimate price (death) due to another person's inability to make wise decisions. Do you? Hope not.

Carole Pletka


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