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Our readers also weigh in on racial Mayor Ted Wheeler's plans to address racial inequities and more.

I call on Metro to protect wildlife and habitat in Orenco Woods Nature Park during the construction of a major water pipeline that will slash through the park, removing trees and plants, and diverting Rock Creek.

The construction in the nature park would degrade a vital part of the Rock Creek wetlands habitat. It also would endanger the wide variety of native fish and wildlife that use Rock Creek as a crossing within the park.

Voters in the past decade have twice overwhelming approved Metro tax measures for acquiring more natural areas to protect water quality and wildlife habitat amid rapid urbanization. Metro's management of 17,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas across the Portland region has never been more critical. Metro's top priority is buying sensitive habitat, such as Orenco Woods Nature Park.

Portland Audubon and Urban Greenspaces Institute join Hillsboro residents in urging Metro to protect the habitat, fish and wildlife in Orenco Woods Nature Park, and create a temporary wildlife safety corridor during the pipeline construction. Voters depend on Metro to do so by requiring compensatory mitigation during and after construction to minimize the harm to wildlife and habitat. Contact Metro officials Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Jon Blasher and urge them to protect these vital resources.

Sheila Christensen

Hillsboro

Wheeler right to resolve racial inequities

I was impressed with Mayor (Ted) Wheeler's recent press conference and his plans to move forward to resolve racial inequalities.

I could not agree more with his statement that it is going to take all of us working together, to overcome this diversity. His genuine concern for the racially explicit e-mails sent to City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty showed his compelling desire to resolve these tensions. I can only hope that Jo Ann Hardesty is equally committed to finding common ground.

Pete Brandt

Southwest Portland

Police union leader isn't being constructive

I've been reading the Portland Copwatch newsletter for long enough that I have minimal respect or trust in Portland police union head Daryl Turner.

I read with concern your July 15 piece ("Portland police union blasts city council"), with him declaring his lack of confidence in city government. He has been attacking the leadership of the city and civilian control of the police for a long time.

In the last Copwatch newsletter this spring, for example, he was quoted as harshly criticizing the mayor and (Commissioner) JoAnn Hardesty for holding community forums on policing. To boot, he called Portland "a cesspool."

As a nation, for too long police forces have been treated as sacred cows, with budgets intact and the police unions dictating policy, without true accountability. In this difficult time, I don't think Mr. Turner is playing a constructive role when he goes out of his way to criticize city leadership.

Nancy Hedrick

North Portland

Mayor is right: Will take us all to solve this

I was impressed with Mayor (Ted) Wheeler's recent press conference and his plans to move forward to resolve racial inequalities. I could not agree more with his statement that it is going to take all of us working together to overcome this diversity. His genuine concern for the racially explicit e-mails sent to Jo Ann Hardesty showed his compelling desire to resolve these tensions. I can only hope that Jo Ann is equally committed to finding common ground.

Pete Brandt

Southwest Portland

City is ignoring health aspects of homeless crisis

After spending $2 billion dollars to update our waste water systems, why is the city so nonchalant about people defecating in public?

Why does the city ignore used needles and syringes littering our parks?

Why have we abandoned our public spaces? The homeless need shelter with access to drinking water and toilets. And Portland needs to protect our public spaces for the health and well-being of the city.

William Herzberg

Southeast Portland


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