Letters: Don't repeat Clinton uranium falsehood
The Tribune ought not allow falsehoods to be published, even in opinion pieces. We can have our opinions about things, but not our own, made-up facts. Diane Gruber's April 13 MyView ("Dems create false narrative about Trump, Russia") repeated the oft-repeated falsehood about Clinton and uranium. That has been refuted time and time again. Look it up on Snopes or Politifact. It is a lie.
Hannah has fans in this family
In response to the negative article published on April 6 regarding Hannah the Pet Society, I would like to counter with our positive experience.
Our two cats are like our children. We want only the best for them. When enrolling them as "Hannah Pets" several years ago, our biggest concern was how end-of-life decisions be made. I wanted control of that process.
Last summer, our precious furry son, Chai, fell ill, resulting in numerous trips to Hannah, often after-hours. No problem! They were there. Staff were supportive of us, never hesitating to provide whatever Chai needed. As a nurse, I have a pretty good sense of what that should be.
Between October 2016 and January 2017, Chai had multiple overnight stays. The doctors never hesitated to prescribe any necessary medications and even transferred Chai for a specialist consult. Their doctors are experts in their field; these are high-quality vets.
No one ever suggested or pressured us into euthanasia until it was very clear that it was time. It was 100 percent my decision. In the final moments, Hannah staff were wonderful, providing a comforting environment. The vet cried with us as we rocked our boy to sleep.
All this intensive care would not have been affordable without Hannah; it probably cost thousands of dollars. I paid $49 a month. The flat-fee care from Hannah bought us some precious time and quality of life for Chai. Not having to decide to end his life early because of rampant cost — priceless. I will be forever grateful to Hannah for this.
All businesses are for profit. Your doctor is too. Many people can't afford to give their pets the basic care they need. Like human care, it's expensive. Hannah, although not perfect, is a wonderful start.
Troubled by militaristic approach
(The following letter regarding Quanice Hayes was emailed to Mayor Ted Wheeler.)
The release of the grand jury proceedings did nothing to reduce my disgust and anger toward our local police performance.
The Portland Tribune article of March 30 ("Grand jury releases transcripts in police shootings") states that officer Andrew Hearst gave a warning, "If you reach for your waistband, I will shoot you." Disobeying an officer is a prosecutable offense, but not a capital offense and should not provide justification for execution.
Officer Hearst further states that police training says that you don't have to ascertain if the suspect is actually reaching for a gun. If a police officer has a suspicion that a gun is there, shooting an unarmed person is the prudent course of action. This confirms my suspicion that police brutality is the result of police training and not the lack of training.
In reading the transcripts, a series of criminal events occurred. What also is apparent is that none of the crime victims were shot. The officer wants us to believe that a robbery suspect who has just committed crimes without shooting would now engage in a shootout with an officer whose finger is already at the trigger. Self defense is always allowed, but not against acts that might happen. As an example, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, was shot because the officer thought that Brown could go around a corner and commit crime.
Hearst's simple warning that he was going to shoot "unless" sounds militaristic.
Hearst and his cohorts are not the kind of people that citizens want on the police force.
Did Gruber root for Obama too?
Diane Gruber, in her op-ed "Dems create false narrative about Trump, Russia," writes: "Every American currently rides in an airplane piloted by Donald J. Trump. Why would any of us want this plane to crash? We should all be rooting for the pilot."
I can't help wondering whether she spent the eight years of the Obama administration rooting for that pilot-president.
Methanol plant is Portland's business
In response to Kelso City Councilman Jim Hill's letter ("Portland, solve your own problems first," April 6), yeah Portland has problems, but we don't need a massive problem with pollution from a methanol plant nearby.
You are wrong to say it is not our business.
When the largest methanol plant in the world is being threatened to be built within 35 miles of our large population center and will severely compromise our air quality, it is certainly our business.
Health should always take precedence over jobs. Try a transformation to green energy to bring in more jobs.
What other company can match this?
As a member of the Hannah Pet Society, I would like to add my views on the issue. To say that we are "renting" our pet is absurd. I am not interested in the legal-eagle side of this claim. The plan makes owning a pet affordable.
Example: My dog was ill for unknown reasons. We took her to Hannah for treatment. They took us in the same day. She was ill and after X-rays, ultrasound, IVs and observation for three days and special-diet food to take home, she was returned to us in great health. And with all of this we did not have to cancel our trip back east. And the cost to us for all of this: Zero. Show me one other company that can match this!
Article gives insight on who Trump is
Upon reading your two articles under "Two Views" (April 13) I feel compelled to suggest that you send information to each writer (Diane Gruber and Angela Uherbelau) to please read Vanity Fair's magazine article about Trump in the April issue, page 96. I believe it will give you and them some much needed insight as to who Trump is. Thank you.
ADUs a costly solution to homelessness
I built an ADU on my home in 2016. I live in Oregon City, and although it is a different county, my understanding was that Oregon City based its codes and procedures after Portland.
I was told an ADU was expressly an extension of my home and could never be used as a rental in the future unless I applied to the city and had it permitted as a rental. This would mean paying another $15,000 in development fees and permit fees. I could not wire it for an oven because this implies a full kitchen and therefore a separate dwelling and not an extension of my home.
I can see that the use of an ADU for a single/couple would make sense, but not for families. It will not solve the affordable housing issue overall. It does help out individual chronically homeless persons if they can live in close proximity to others and get along. It seems like an expensive way to solve a long-term problem that involves creating more infrastructure, decentralized services, and affordable housing for those who have limited resources by age, abilities or choice.
It took me almost four full years from conception to completion of this ADU for my mother. It cost almost double what I initially budgeted and five times what I thought it would cost in city fees and consultation fees. It is a blessing to have my mom close and in something we can afford in her elderly years. I am being tongue in cheek now, but maybe we should empty out the retirement homes and nursing homes and give the elderly ADUs with their families and have inexpensive single occupancy rooms for the homeless. It makes as much sense.
From someone who's been homeless
I have written to this paper's editorial section twice before on homelessness and have more thoughts to share, as I have been homeless myself on several occasions. Not fun. Wet and cold. Hard to maintain focus.
I see in recent news that the homeless have set up camps alongside I-205, between Southeast Division and Southeast Flavel streets. There have been complaints.
Where are they supposed to go? Your neighborhood? Council Crest, maybe. Nice view. Wapato Jail is out. In fact, they don't want them in jail, unless they break the law. Some are thieves, druggies ... hiding among the innocents, who happen to find themselves homeless.
I noticed two large lots on the west side of Southeast 82nd Avenue. Please, no more large retail stores. I know the lots have been empty for years. Why not a temporary, if not permanent, spot to set up tiny houses or decent tents and a quick plumbing system for waste? They're on several bus lines, as well as a MAX line. Thrift, grocery and health services businesses abound within walking distance.
Let's get the Oregon Food Bank to drop off food boxes once a week. Yes, there are sources for this, but some people are handicapped. Bring it to them. Don't make them go find it. I volunteered at the food bank. It is huge. Food gets tossed. People leave half their food from $20 lunches.
Meanwhile, shopping carts are everywhere. Put a bounty on them. Say, $2 each, to be returned to the stores, somewhat clean.
We all know it is not just transients and bums out there. Once-contributing members of society are out there.
With the immigration law changes, field workers are desperately needed. Seems like an opportunity to me. From homeless to hopeful.
Mark L. Brown
We can redeem ourselves from racism
I like living in Portland. I like it enough to call it out on its racism. Redemption is possible.
Portland, I have heard, is the place where young people go to retire. Unless they are black. The black young people end up being targeted and profiled by police. It is no surprise but a horrible, preventable tragedy that 17-year-old Quanice Hayes was killed by Portland police Officer Andrew Hearst.
I spoke to Quanice's mother. I read the grand jury transcript. I am not satisfied. Regardless of the justifications offered by the police, the outcome is clear: A kneeling, unarmed 17-year-old was killed by a bullet to the head and two to the chest.
Whatever this child might have done with his fake gun, and however scared the officer might have been, there is no justification for this. Portland is not safer for this. The police have not done this city a service. While the police may have thought Hayes was a threat, it is more likely that racism got the better of the officer and he panicked.
That is no surprise. Portland and the entire state of Oregon has a long, violent history of racism. If this city is going to change its outcomes and rid itself of the cancer of racism, some concrete actions need to be taken.
First, there needs to be a federal investigation into this case. Second, we need a special prosecutor, not a grand jury, when police use fatal force. Third, we need more transparency regarding police accountability and the end of profiling. Fourth, we need body cameras for police.
Portland can become a better city. We are in this together.
John Shuck, minister
Southminster Presbyterian Church
Hannah a refuge for pets, people
We have been happy members of Hannah the Pet Society, with five dogs on their program. If not for Hannah, we could not have afforded the care needed. Especially when two older rescue dogs came to our home. Our rescue Yorkie had been abused and had to have extreme dental work done. Hannah covered it in our monthly payment.
Our other older dog got broken toes when the Amish fireplace fell over. Three broken toes, three months of care with X-rays, casts, and antibiotics. If not for Hannah, I would have had to make the decision to put her to sleep, as I would not have been able to pay the bill. Several years later, we knew it was time to let her go. The Hannah staff was there for us.
In past years, I had to put down two dogs the same day, because medical costs would have been over the top. So I know the value of the Hannah program and how they take care of my four dogs.
We are a family with Hannah. All the staff know us by name. We get training, lots of hugs, awesome medical coverage. No fears about how to cover expenses.
I feel that the medical coverage is more than one sided. With any new company, there are things that need to be worked out. With Fred Wich as CEO, many positive changes have occurred. Hannah and Fred have Hannah members involved in decision making to see how we can improve our needs for our forever pets.
Hannah is a place of refuge for our family and our beloved pets. Every chance I get, I recommend Hannah, and have had many friends and new become happy Hannah members.