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Neighbors concerned about conditions at Milwaukie Bottledrop; Help keep everyone safe, healthy; Road harassment shouldn't be tolerated

We have a problem in my neighborhood. The neighbors who live near the Milwaukie Bottledrop are very upset about the current conditions there. Residents don't feel safe to go there to purchase bags or recycle.  

Because they aren't allowing people to go inside, except in small numbers, there's a huge population with tons of bags of cans and bottles lining the parking lot area for a long distance. There are used syringes in the parking lot and people sleeping in the planting beds. Washington license plates fill the lot. It appears that many people outside the area are using this BottleDrop.

I have heard that people are retrieving bags from the outside door where others leave them for recycling, only to be returned again inside. While at the traffic light, my neighbor saw someone pooping in a planting bed near the sidewalk at the business across the street.

This all started after the governor's order for social distancing. Take a look for yourself and read the comments on the NextdoorApp. Rebecca Bergio


Help keep everyone safe, healthy

With all the COVID-19 going on, I think our citizens have forgot self-discipline. I work as a truck driver and have seen so much more speeding on the highways and local streets. Also, our citizens need to check their own vehicles to make sure their vehicles are road worthy. Check your headlights, taillights and brake lights to make sure they are working. Have someone help you with this light check. With our weather in the Pacific Northwest, you need to help keep yourself stay safe and keep other people safe at night and during our bad weather. I have been fortunate to have been working through the COVID-19 crisis, helping to bring groceries and supplies to our citizens of the community. Being 68 years old, I should have retired, but I just need to work, not only to keep myself healthy, but help our citizens get supplies they need. We are all in this together, so let's keep each other safe and healthy!

Walter Westgarth

Oak Grove

Road harassment shouldn't be tolerated

About 2 p.m. on Friday, May 15, my girlfriend and her 13-year-old son arrived with this disturbing report: A thin-faced, gray-haired and mustached, middle-aged Caucasian man, driving an immaculate, champagne-colored pickup with matching canopy top, tinted windows and OSU Beaver DAD decal, pulled up beside her on Highway 224 heading west in Milwaukie, "flipped her the bird" and drove off. Needless to say, she was upset and bewildered. Asking herself why, she wondered if he was angered by her "RESIST," "Bernie" and "Obama in 2012" bumper stickers. At the next stoplight, the man flashed hand gestures for masturbation and sexual intercourse, leaving her feeling harassed and threatened. 

In response to these incidents, a report has been filed with the Oregon State Police, who are concerned about harassment on state roads. If given license plate information, they will follow up with the vehicle's owner. Hopefully local police would respond similarly. Consider contacting them with any incidents of concern.  

Behaviors like these are cowardly and mean-spirited. Let us instead encourage and practice civic decency, honoring our nation's patriotic anthem and pledge, to be a land of the free, a home of the brave, with liberty and justice for all. 

Michael Hall 


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