Letters: Writer shouldn't pass judgment on others
For a man who portends to having a spiritual view of the world and how our creator might judge us humans, the Rev. Chuck Currie certainly has an odd way of expressing it (My View, March 27).
While praising Martin Luther King Jr. for his works and then touching on God's understanding of human weakness and frailty, Currie goes on a judgmental rant that has few equals. "Today, we are not, as a people, on the right road. The presidency of Donald Trump is built on appeals to racism, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. Reports of hate crimes are at their highest levels in years. Politicians work with intention to suppress the voting rights of people of color and the young." (Note, it's not exclusively Trump now, but "politicians" in general.)
Is the Rev. Currie positioned to make such a judgment? In uttering those words, he puts all Americans who voted for Trump into the same group. Are we vicariously all those things Currie suggests if we voted for Trump?
While preaching tolerance and nonjudgmental behavior, Currie's statement condemns millions of Americans to a deplorable condition for expressing their support of the president.
Is it possible Trump's support comes from an economic surge without precedent? Is there a possibility all Americans can benefit from the quantum leap in business activity with consumer and business confidence levels the highest in history? Is a 35 percent reduction in black youth unemployment a racist act? Are businesses returning to America and handing out bonuses a sexist plot? Is the largest tax reduction/change in history something the reverend regrets?
I could go on, but those pesky numbers would never be acknowledged by the Currie or alter his thinking.
Trump is far from perfect. He wasn't elected for his personality or his temperament. He wasn't elected for "racism, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism or homophobia."
President Trump was elected to bring back a failing economy and to revive the spirit of the American worker. Currie seems to have overlooked the tangible benefits Americans are experiencing, while placing those same Americans in a collective box of ugly characterizations that he thinks the president and his followers exhibit.
It appears Currie is using his position as a spiritual leader to divide and categorize people who he disagrees with by assigning names and vicious titles to their actions.
I guess he believes his title as reverend gives his dominion over us lesser mortals. What percentage of his "flock" voted for Trump? Will he require they stand and be humiliated at his altar?
While judgment is supposed to be reserved for our creator, does Currie believe he also is in such a position? To Currie, I'd say this: Watch which "road" you're on before you go public and condemn our president and half the nation.
A bill to prepay PERS
The League of Oregon Cities would like to publicly thank Sen. Kathleen Taylor, D-Portland, for her efforts to help pass legislation that will assist cities in meeting their PERS requirements.
Senate Bill 1566 builds the framework of a matching system that will assist local government employers by adding 25 cents for every dollar they contribute into accounts that allow them to "pre-pay" their PERS contributions.
There is still more work to do, but we now have the legal structure that will allow the state to assist cities in meeting this state mandate.
Many motorcycles violate noise levels
Spring is here, out come the flowers, the birds … and the motorcycles.
Although I no longer ride, I'll offer this caution to motorists to watch carefully for motorcyclists. They can be overlooked, with sometimes tragic results.
But speaking of motorcycles: Why are they seemingly exempted from noise abatement regulation enforcement? Oregon Administrative Rule 340, Division 35 "Noise Control Regulations," Table 1 shows the maximum noise level for street bikes is 80dBA, measured at 50 feet from the vehicle.
I'm sure that is being violated by many of the big Harley-like bikes now on the road, especially those fitted with aftermarket pipes. I appreciate the low rumble of a powerful bike, but some of them are too loud, painfully so.
I have heard the argument about the noise being a sort of attention-getter that helps protect the rider, but that is clearly hogwash (the noise is directed behind the rider, not to the front). It is really just a vanity thing, and I think its time to tone it down.
Cutting critical city services unjustified
Why is Mayor Ted Wheeler's budget office proposing so many cuts to critical services when the local economy is doing well?
In a March 20 response to this question, Portland officials say that "labor costs and the Public Employees Retirement System" are to blame. In other words, the city officials are faulting their own workers for the problem.
I don't think real estate developers and corporate executives for shoe companies, microchip companies, and pharmaceutical companies work harder than other Portlanders, including our city employees and retirees who are now being blamed for the cuts.
I'm glad to see City Council candidate Julia DeGraw proposing progressive taxation that helps working people and the poor in our community ("Council candidate proposes tax on high incomes, expensive purchases," April 18). We shouldn't have to make choices over funding child care versus parks versus housing — all while the rich stay rich.
The Portland City Council must take steps to share the prosperity of the few to help all of our neighbors in Portland.