Letters for May 29
Even though this property dispute is not biblical ("Portland jeweler accuses Milwaukie park advocate of stalking, but judge disagrees," May 8), I will weigh in on the subject.
Buying a House 101: "Do not, I repeat do not, do not buy a house next to or anywhere near a park." Doing so will get you nothing but trouble, period! And this newspaper story is a prime example.
If I were in the Arnells' position, I would sell my house as fast as possible and buy another house with a nice view and neighbors on each side. Then, and only then, will they have peace of mind.
Never buy a house next to any county, city or government property. Nothing good will come of it. Heartache, pain and anguish is not how you want to live the remainder of your life. It is not worth it, especially for one's health!
So in the future, I suggest you take heed of my advice, and you will live longer and happier. Advice for Charles and Judith Arnell from your friendly neighborhood Bible guy: Sell now, don't wait!
What a waste
Once again, post offices are flooded with hundreds of discarded Clackamas Community College catalogs from P.O. boxes, and logically thousands more discarded from residences.
Mailing postcards to indicate who might want one of these would save much waste and possibly slow CCC's frequently asking for additional funds.
I remember when this school was first proposed, we were told it would become self-sufficient. I'm still waiting.
It's time to design better bags
If Oregon is going to make single-use plastic checkout bags illegal in the state, then we need to be more creative in making reusable bags.
We're not going to pay for paper bags as they are currently made, which aren't the best for some people to carry. They are awkward and easily tear. They make good garbage bags, and break down in the garbage dump.
Most reusable bags are big bags, filled to the brim by the register person at the store, making them too heavy to carry.
There are people who can't use the wide/long handles of paper bags, because of problems with their hands, e.g. arthritis, fibromyalgia, small hands and many other sorts of health issues that affect our hands/wrists/arms/shoulders.
Plastic bags are perfect. If too heavy, they break.
There are many uses of the single-use plastic bags, e.g. wastebasket liners, using them to put things in to tote somewhere, etc. They can be used over and over. I know they don't break down in the garbage dump, but neither do the plastic bags you buy in the box at the store to line your garbage or wastebaskets, or to put your food in. So what difference does a ban on plastic checkout bags make if they are going to continue to sell plastic bags in boxes?
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