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Plus, our readers also oppose the Jordan Cove terminal and think and bulletproof backpacks send the wrong message

My name is Spencer Schloth, I am 16 and a junior in high school. I would like to talk about our road conditions in Southeast Portland.

I noticed recently that there have been lots of potholes on the roads. There are a lot of roads that need to be repaved as well. I have known people in Portland that have destroyed their rims accidently hitting a pothole and having to pay a lot to get new wheels.

I also noticed they just repaved a bunch of roads in Gresham, but in Portland they seem to be ignored. In our neighborhood, the roads are so rough and weathered to the point it's hard to believe that nobody has noticed it.

Overall, I think Portland should put some money into our roads and fix the potholes. I would like to see our roads become smoother to drive on and it would look a lot better as well.

Spencer Schloth

Southeast Portland

Don't miss chance to stop Jordan Cove terminal

Oregon may lose its ability to determine its carbon future when it comes to the Jordan Cove fracked gas terminal and pipeline.

The Trump administration issued proposed rules it said were designed to streamline approval of gas pipelines and other energy projects by limiting states' certification authorities under the Clean Water Act. This will be to the detriment of our clean air, water, land and safety.

It is imperative that Oregon take action on the Jordan Cove fracked gas terminal and pipeline now. The terminal and pipeline are so lacking in meeting Oregon's water quality regulations that Oregon DEQ has denied the Jordan Cove water-quality permit, but left the application open to re-submission.

If this project is approved, it would become Oregon's largest carbon source, yet all of the gas would be shipped to Asia by a Canadian company. When the gas arrives at the proposed terminal, it will be cooled to minus-430 degrees Fahrenheit to make it less expensive to ship, while consuming vast amounts of electricity to enable the cooling process.

Fracked gas that goes through the pipeline is methane, a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more potent than burning coal. The pipeline will contain the flammable, explosive gas, at 1,900 PSI of pressure. In the event of a leak with a fire ignition source, incendiary consequences will occur.

Please call on DEQ Director Richard Whitman and Gov. Kate Brown to take a hard look at Jordan Cove, to recognize that this project cannot be completed safely or for the benefit of Oregonians, and to deny the necessary state permits while you still have the power to do so.

Jane Heisler

Southeast Portland

Bulletproof backpacks send wrong message

Sending kids to school with a bulletproof backpack is a sin and a shame.

We are all guilty of child abuse to allow a nation where kids fear going to school where they may be shot.

We need to ask ourselves what sort of country have we become. Why are Americans so afraid of one another? Why are Americans so isolated from one another?

No American is childless. Some just don't live with children, but all of us are responsible for what happens to our children.

To help eliminate the need for bulletproof backpacks, demand that the city of Portland and the state of Oregon tax bullets highly. Other cities, like Buffalo, New York, have such a tax and a reduction in shooting deaths.

Robert Greene

North Portland


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