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Our readers also think Portland is not a cesspool, Wheeler could make great strides in new term, and CCC should end catalog mailings

So, if Oregon is going to make single-use plastic bags illegal in the state because people don't follow through with their responsibility of taking the bags to the recycling bin at the store and are lazy, then there needs to be more creativity in making the reusable bags that are sold.

People are not going to pay for paper bags. Besides, paper bags aren't the best for some people to carry. They are awkward and easily tear. They make good garbage bags, and break down in the garbage dump.

Most of the reusable bags are big bags, filled to the brim by the person at the store's cash register and making them too heavy to carry, and they have wide, long handles. There are people who can't carry that much weight. The plastic bags are perfect. If too heavy, they break.

There are people who can't use the wide, long handles because of problems with their hands, e.g. arthritis, fibromyalgia, small hands, and many other sorts of health issues that affect our hands/wrists/arms/shoulders. The plastic bags are perfect.

There are many uses for the single-use plastic bags, such as wastebasket liners, using it to put things in to tote somewhere, etc. They can be used over and over.

I know they don't break down in the garbage dump forever, but neither do the plastic bags you buy in the box at the store to line your garbage or wastebaskets or put your lunch or food in, so what difference does it make?

Sue Conachan

Oak Grove

Rose City is hardly 'cesspool' to visitors

In regard to the May 14 letter to the editor by Kerrigan and Kyrian Gray: I am a resident of Portland for 25 years. I and my girlfriend go downtown quite often and, as far as I remember, have never been verbally assaulted or threatened.

Also, I don't appreciate you calling the place I live a "cesspool." I feel for the poor people living on the streets and wish more could be done to help.

Maybe if you had a bit more humanity you could feel for those with so little. I am glad you are not coming back to Portland.

Martin Anderson

Northeast Portland

Wheeler could make great strides in new term

Regarding your article in the May 14 Tribune stating that Mayor Ted Wheeler has announced his intention to run again, via an interview you had with him, I admit I was on the fence about him.

I agree he has to hit his stride in a second term to accomplish his mission statements as to why we elected him.

Homelessness is certainly at the forefront, as it leads to a number of crimes in the Portland area.

As mayor, he has to absorb the arrows of criticism, but accent the positive to convince voters he can improve Portland. Having been a homeless U.S. Navy veteran, as well as a native Portlander, I have seen a number of Portland mayors, dating back to the infamous mayors of the 1970s.

Certainly we lived in a time prior to high technology and unbridled growth. But now, a mayor has to row the rough seas of constant public bantering over his every move.

Perhaps if we simply backed off and chose to work together as a unified force, we, as a city, could reach the shore of decent solutions.

His willingness to roll up his sleeves and continue on, gives me faith that he is trying. Maybe one day he will stand proudly next to Vera Katz as a statue of Portland pride.

Mark L. Brown

Southeast Portland

CCC should end wasteful catalog mailings

Once again, post offices are flooded with hundreds of discarded Clackamas Community College catalogs from post office boxes. Thousands more are discarded from residences.

Mailing postcards to indicate who might want one of these would save much waste and possibly slow the regular requests for additional funds.

I remember when this school was first proposed. We were told it would become self-sufficient. Still waiting.

Kenn Lantz

Clackamas

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