Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



The Portland Tribune has suggested four reasons why mountain biking — and the bigger picture of biking, in general — is everyone’s business: public money, public process, public reputation and public statement of values by city leaders.  

When it comes to public money, property taxes and system development charges fund parks while fuel taxes and other motorist-paid fees fund streets, roads and yes, bicycle infrastructure. In our city parks, athletic activities such as golf, reserving ball fields and using public swimming pools all require some sort of fee.

Bicyclists have a huge “I want” list, but have yet to open up their wallets to help fund it. Any mountain biking in city parks must require a permit with a fee where a bicyclist signature will imply compliance with park rules. Funding for bicycle infrastructure, in general, needs to come from adult bicyclists paying license and user fees.

As for the public process, bicyclists have all but taken over PBOT.

Stakeholder motorists have little to no specific representation on citizen advisory committees and work groups. The public reputation is all about a superficial appearance and ego, and the public statement of values by city leaders lacks equity when it comes to who pays and who freeloads, and who has input and who does not. 

Terry Parker

Northeast Portland

Don’t neglect cycling safety

I read with great disappointment your very informative article about the real lack of traffic enforcement when bicycles are involved in a traffic accident in Portland (“Cyclist recalls crash that sparked movement,” April 21 Tribune).

While I applaud the great engineering investments Portland has made to make it a platinum bike city, the reality is that a bicycle-friendly city takes more than engineering — it also must be accompanied by law enforcement policies that complement that engineering, and it seems pretty clear from the very words of the Portland Police spokesman that this is not the case in Portland today.

I get that human resources are limited, but that is no excuse to allow a situation where a cyclist is nearly killed by a truck running a red light with two witnesses standing by ready to help the officer.

Portland Police needs to develop citation criteria that will ensure more equal enforcement actions and assure that they stay within their resource limits. When this set of criteria are met, a citation is implemented.

Portland, you’ve made significant investments in making Portland a platinum bicycling city. However, without making sure that all dimensions of city government are aligned with this goal, you jeopardize those investments and leave your cycling residents frustrated and angry at the hypocrisy.

Please don’t shun this incredibly committed part of your community who are making Portland a less polluted, less oil-dependent city, and isn’t that something we can all embrace? I hope city councilors and other city leaders will do the right thing and call for Portland Police to get in line with the transportation goals of a platinum bicycle city.

Dave Toler

Central Point

Gluten-free not a fad for everyone

In response to Joseph Gallivan’s article in the Business section of Tuesday’s Tribune, where John Tucker, CEO of Dave’s Killer Bread, is quoted as saying, “Bread is back,” and where it read “meaning, the gluten-free fad is over,” I need to state my opinion about this quote and the whole article.

While the company does a great service to the community by giving ex-cons a second chance to become productive citizens and that their products are organic, I have to disagree with Mr. Tucker’s statement (or was it Mr. Gallivan’s statement?) that “the gluten-free fad is over.” For me, it is not and never will be over. Many years before anybody ever heard of “gluten free,” I was diagnosed by a medical doctor as having a de-facto gluten allergy and, to this day, have had to avoid gluten and any food that has gluten ingredients in it.

Yes, I will acknowledge that for a lot of people, the gluten-free diet is a fad, but for many others, including myself, they have to avoid gluten for medical reasons. That said, I think the gluten-free market will continue to grow.

Joe Worth


Beaudoin for Multnomah ESD

As community leaders, we are proud to support Stephen Marc Beaudoin for Multnomah Education Service District Position 6, and urge Portland voters to give him their strong consideration.

As a nonprofit executive, an advocate for the arts and for people with disabilities, and a community leader, Stephen has proven himself time and again as a champion of the potential of all people, with a strong record of galvanizing communities around a vision. MESD serves our most vulnerable students, and these students deserve the best leadership, service and support possible. We believe Stephen is the right choice for Multnomah County voters.

MESD is at a critical time of transition, in need of fresh vision and leadership. Stephen Marc Beaudoin’s experience, vision and values are exactly what is needed at MESD to help the agency move forward into a new chapter of innovation and opportunity, so that every student can learn, grow and thrive.

We encourage Multnomah County voters to vote for Stephen Marc Beaudoin for MESD Position 6.

Cody Goldberg

Fred and Cheryl Grossman

Kathleen O’Brien

Bob Speltz

Simon Tam

Serena Cruz Walsh

Movement fights radical recruitment

Nearly 200 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association recently traveled to London in a historic trip to meet with the Khalifa of Islam. Unlike many news stories today depicting radicalized youth traveling abroad, the story of these young men was far different.

They met with the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mizra Masroor Ahmad. Ahmad has been a vocal leader in condemning ISIS and those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam. In his keynote address last year at The National Peace Symposium, he continually stressed the need for peace and justice in order to stop groups like ISIS from recruiting and radicalizing Muslim youth.

I joined these 200 to hear the Khalifa talk about how Muslim Youth, living in the United States, must promote peace and justice for people of all religions. In accordance with this, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, USA has been holding events in university campuses across the nation under its Stop the CrISIS campaign in an effort to directly tackle the issue of the radicalization of Muslim youth in western nations.

Waqas Hussain

Assistant director, media team

Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA


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