Our readers are also concerned about whether politics trumps science, big corporations buying healthy food brands, punishing student protesters, the importance of children, and preserving public lands.

Raising the height limit in the south downtown riverfront area is a terrible idea.

Why would you disrespect six years of planning by the city and citizens (Central City 2035) and allow a developer to, pardon the expression, trump that work?

The answer is money. More square feet means more money in developer's pockets. Example: The Yard building on the east end of the Burnside Bridge was sold to venture capitalists from Thailand for a tidy 40 percent profit before it was occupied. The Central City 2035 "step-down to the river" concept is intended to keep the Willamette River from becoming hidden in a canyon of overly tall buildings. Developers should play by the rules or go home. And if they do sell to venture capitalists and walk away, what happens to any promises they make now?

Michael Starosciak

Southwest Portland

Siding with science or party affiliation?

I am concerned for my children's future and I worry about the impacts we're making on our planet with 97 percent of climate scientists acknowledging climate change is happening and humans are the primary cause.

Clackamas County has joined other local and state governments in supporting a resolution to follow the 2015 Paris global accord.

For such a critical issue of our time, it is disappointing to learn that Commissioner Paul Savas left before a vote. It's become a partisan issue, and I question whether or not the commissioner sides with science or his party affiliation, especially given his attempt to include carbon dioxide as a "beneficial" gas in this resolution.

In a Portland Tribune article, Savas stated, "I think it's important to do what we can and do what is feasible and practical in a pragmatic and cost-effective way and help people's health in Oregon, as opposed to do things that do not have a tangible benefit."

Mr. Savas do you believe humans are responsible for climate change? Are you willing to acknowledge that the war in Syria is a result of a severe drought and that preventing future conflicts is a tangible benefit?

Peter Winter

Oak Grove

Greenwashing and corporate buyouts

The natural product landscape barely resembles the health food movement I grew up with as a child. It seems every time I turn around another "natural" brand is bought up by a multinational conglomerate.

Nestle owns Garden of Life and S. Pellegrino. Clorox bought Rainbow Light, Natural Calm and Burt's Bees. New Chapter was purchased by Procter & Gamble, who shares leadership with Monsanto. Unilever owns Seventh Generation, and Odwalla profits go to Coca-Cola.

Yes, I get it. When natural/organic goes mainstream, mass markets are exposed to virtues like human rights and sustainability.

However, cash becomes king. Formulas are changed, making them easy to cheaply mass produce. They have no qualms presenting as healthy and sustainable while destroying the environment, using GMOs and treating workers unfairly.

I feel tricked. I've unknowingly contributed to the profits of, and supported the policies and practices of, companies with which I have profound disagreements.

Greenwashing and the unceasing onslaught of mega-conglomerate buyouts is a discussion that needs to continue to happen. In the natural products industry, this is the elephant in the room.

Jacob Dials

Southeast Portland

Students should be praised, not punished

I watched the Portland TV news this evening. I was distressed that the students who walked out of the Scappoose school to honor fallen classmates will be punished instead of lauded.

The principal needs to return to his history books. Our country was built on civil disobedience. They should not be chastised. What a terrible lesson you've taught them. So much for the First Amendment.

Iva Mace

Baker City

Children are more important than stuff

I'm so proud of the children standing up for their lives. No one has been listening for many years and losing any child in a murderous way is unacceptable.

Here is my input: For security, buzz in at the school entrance. Check IDs, then allow entrance. Have an officer ready at all times if something goes south. It won't cost much, and officers can rotate. No one can just come in with a weapon. Simple and effective, I think, and the children can breathe a little easier, but be vigilant as always. Think everyone — if Bi-Mart, Social Security offices, airports and other places have check-ins with ID before entering, with armed security guards at many places, why would we not love our children enough to put in this implement to save their lives? Aren't our children more valuable than stuff?

Cindy Gagnon


Preserve our public lands

I am one of many Oregonians watching the Trump administration's review of our treasured national monuments with an uneasy eye, and not simply because I treasure my recreational time on public lands and wish to see them preserved for future generations.

This attempt at defying the will of the American people also is representative of the measures that industry-friendly politicians will take to appease special interests and preserve the flow of funding to their own campaigns.

Legal precedent is clear that the president himself does not have the authority to shrink or eliminate a monument, yet that is not where our fight for the Cascade-Siskiyou and other monuments must stop.

Perhaps more threatening is the so-called Resilient Federal Forests Act (HR 2936), which passed in the House of Representatives last year and is now being considered in the Senate. This bill will remove protections for many of our protected places, including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, effectively opening these public lands to clear-cutting, mining and drilling.

Oregon's own Rep. Greg Walden is a co-sponsor of this bill. It's no coincidence that he has accepted more campaign contributions from timber interests than any other member of the House of Representatives.

As this bill goes through the process in the Senate, we must rely on Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to remain vigilant and attentive to the subversive ways in which concessions could be offered in tertiary bills that accomplish the same goal of HR 2936: eroding the public ownership of our shared public lands.

Our precious remaining forests, waterways and wildlife depend on us!

Lisa Billings


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