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Our readers are also against opening schools too soon, keeping community centers closed, and more.

So it seems now that "journalists" are assaulted it seem more important for the looting, burning, assaults on business owners or just plain regular citizens to be addressed?

It was all OK as night after night the rioters, looters, arsonists roamed the streets terrorizing and tearing down the city, as the press called "peaceful protests."

But now a so-called journalist is assaulted it's a crime? The press are the ones fanning the flames and giving legitimacy to these thugs.

And now it's all wrong. Can you spell hypocrite?

Steven C. Ball

Northeast Portland

Don't let school districts endanger lives

Teachers of Oregon: Why is our health, and the health of our students, worth so little in the eyes of our "leaders"? Now is the time for all of us to band together and refuse to take part in a march to our possible deaths.

Cases of COVID-19 are rapidly rising with the partial re-opening of businesses, and they will likely skyrocket if students and staff return to the classroom this fall. Unless classes are held entirely outdoors, and children are somehow straightjacketed from touching their peers or removing their masks, there is simply no way to avoid furthering the spread of the virus in our schools. We must not stand for this irrationality.

In a profession which is already underpaid, understaffed and grossly undervalued, we teachers must ask ourselves this question: If all of us refuse to endanger our lives by returning to work, who will the school districts be able to find and recruit to replace us? I think we all know the answer.

Joe Meyer

Happy Valley

Closing community centers hurts everyone

I am outraged by Mayor Ted Wheeler's and Portland Parks Director Adena Long's decision to close all Portland Parks Community Centers and swimming pools for a minimum of a year, not because of health reasons, but because no fees have been collected since mid-March.

Their email to Portland parks participants also contains a threat that these facilities will remain closed indefinitely unless voters pass a levy in November. Portland parks community centers and swimming pools provide essential services for children, seniors, immigrants, disabled persons and people with low to moderate incomes.

These facilities are unlike for-profit gyms. They exist to serve people of all ages and physical abilities, and are a welcoming place for everyone. Portland parks facilities provide a place for children to learn to swim, and to play and socialize with others. They provide camps, after school programs and special programs for home-schooled children. Their Teen Force program enables adolescents to have fun together in a healthy way and gives them adult mentors.

For seniors, Portland parks helps them stay healthy with programs geared towards them, and alleviates the social isolation which can be devastating to older adults.

For everyone, Portland's community centers provide art, music, cultural activities and internet access, in addition to athletic pursuits.

Portland parks community centers and swimming pools are the last places that should be shut down, especially for such an extended amount of time and in such an abrupt manner, with no opportunity for input by the people of Portland.

Sarah Linden

Northeast Portland

Good dining alternatives to meat this summer

COVID-19 heralds some good news for this summer. We won't be facing heavy traffic. And, the scarcity of meat will keep our outdoor grills safe.

Folks who grill hamburgers and hot dogs face a nasty choice. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises grilling at high temperature to avoid food poisoning by E. coli and salmonella bacteria. But the National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats generates cancer-causing compounds.

Fortunately, we no longer need to choose between food poisoning and cancer!

A bunch of enterprising U.S. food processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a rich variety of convenient, healthful, delicious plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs and soy nuggets. These products don't harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They are missing the cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, hormones and pesticides of their animal-based alternatives. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our favorite supermarket, along with nut-based ice creams and other dairy-free desserts.

Let's declare our independence from the meat industry, which exposes its workers to COVID-19 infection. And let's stay away from both the COVID and the barbecue bugs!

Charlie Richter

Southeast Portland

'War on immigration' hurts efforts to fight virus

Donald Trump has used COVD-19 as a justification to continue his war on legal immigration, implementing a number of bans and restrictions for purported public safety reasons. What he and his enablers in Congress will not acknowledge is that one of his most recent actions is actually hindering efforts to fight COVID-19.

Last month, Trump issued an executive order suspending several categories of work visa's through the end of 2020. This does not exempt medical engineers, scientists and others with expertise in testing and manufacturing, which in turn has made it difficult for needed medical workers to travel to the United States.

I have spent my career in public health and hospitals and this order baffles me. We need these researchers to find a cure or create a vaccine while ramping up manufacturing and distribution capabilities. The last thing we should be doing is limiting the ability of that industry to safely bring together leading experts on U.S. soil.

Congress needs to ensure that Trump's ill-advised war on immigration does not include workers who are essential to pandemic response.

John Cochran

Southwest Portland

TriMet policy dangerous in times of pandemic

As cases and deaths increase in Oregon and Multnomah County, TriMet has decided to increase the number of riders on public transit. Already there are many riders that ignore wearing of masks and practicing social distancing, and with no one enforcing the rules, those of us that are dependent on public transit are becoming even more vulnerable!

John Smith

Northeast Portland


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