Letters: Political correctness does not change history
While I commend the Tribune's even hand in granting their readers opposing views on the subject, the article "Mural Mural Off The Wall" (Dec. 2), nonetheless makes me sad.
I'm tired of being angry at the nearly universal and shockingly precipitous adoption of woke political correctness; it's even funny sometimes.
But mostly I'm sad. Sad that, in a city with an arts tax and innumerable gorgeous (and provocative) murals, a major local paper strikes a laudatory tone when covering the censorship of a mural at a local high school.
The claim of "historical incorrectness" in terms of the mural's Native American subject matter is a cop-out, and while it's a half-truth to only depict colonists and indigenous peoples coexisting in harmony, it's also just as false to claim that they never got along.
The front-page headline floats to the right of two smiling teens. This juxtaposition of iconoclasm and glee is disheartening at best, and frightening at worst.
Acknowledging our checkered history is important, but a constant reminder of victimization does nothing to strengthen our future.
Tenants need help right now to stave off disaster
The eviction moratorium has saved lives and it is about to expire too soon. The overwhelming majority of Oregon renters have been paying all or part of their rent. Even in the face of astonishing job losses we've done a good job in Oregon preventing a new wave of homeless children, families, and individuals. We cannot let that protection expire.
The Community Alliance of Tenants has been working with tenants to address their concerns since the pandemic began and the stories we are hearing are more than concerning. Tenants are facing pressure, threats, harassment and even unsafe living conditions as some landlords neglect safety concerns from tenants who have used legal means to notify them they will be unable to pay rent. Come January, tenants outside Multnomah County could owe up to four month's rent immediately and will face imminent eviction.
Legislators need to act now to extend the eviction moratorium, provide protections for renters, and rent assistance to help pay back rent. This action protects renters, protects public health, prevents homelessness, and helps landlords continue their necessary service. Visit https://bit.ly/CAT-ActNow and urge your legislators to take action.
Community Alliance of Tenants
It's beginning to look a lot like COVID
T'was the night before Christmas and all through our house
Not a creature was sleeping, not even my spouse.
The stockings were piled with the clothes on the couch,
And seeing them there just makes my husband a grouch.
It may be strange but a maid we've been thinking
Could clean up this house and keep it from stinking.
She could fold all those clothes in neat little piles
And give us some peace, at least for a while.
But a maid would not come, even if I could do it,
Because this year is COVID and I must just get through it.
The packages are stuffed in the closet with care,
I might just tag them and pass bags when we share.
The tree is tall and filled with twinkle light,
But the ornaments are in storage and quite far out of sight.
This isn't the Christmas I envisioned at all,
Although it is keeping me out of the mall.
I miss family and friends and the outings we shared,
But staying away shows how much we care.
The word of the year is 'Pandammit' you see,
It is the COVID Christmas and home is where I'll be.
I enjoy the Christmas music and it didn't take me long,
To see a new meaning to this little song.
"Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light,
From now on,
Your troubles will be out of sight.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the yuletide gay,
From now on our troubles will be miles away.
Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.
Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now."
Dee Ann Wheaton
Newspaper failed to cover violence from left
Four months after 100 days of acquiesced rioting, the opinion page is finally realizing Antifa's cries of "insurance will pay for it" weren't exactly true. Portland and its media remained silent, thinking businesses would return with an improved treatment of Blacks, yet now you have neither. Life is now harder for those who used to work and frequent those stores.
The next time Pamplin Media's readership decides to riot and/or excuse it, hopefully the newspaper won't be afraid to call them out. Too little, too late! You reap what you sow.
Rubinstein's great life was more than just genes
I am responding to the Dec. 2 letter written by Andrew Ruff regarding Eleanore Rubinstein.
I lived next door to this remarkable woman for 28 years, and spent many, many hours visiting, dining, golfing (until she was 105), and sharing a cocktail or two.
To say this article was a disservice to the readers is preposterous.
She always believed it was a combination of luck, lifestyle — and of course genes played a part. But the article was about Eleanore — and her life — not her genes.
To caution readers not to assume, "gleefully" they can do the same and live to 107 or more is ridiculous and an insult to the readers. It was a beautiful tribute to an amazing, wonderful woman.
President N.Y. threatens over vaccine are reprehensible
I am from New York originally and my parents and most of my family still lives there. As a Portlander/New Yorker, I have grown used to the president targeting my two homes for his own political ends but he still proves capable of shock.
A press conference about rare good news, a vaccine from Pfizer that may be more than 90% effective, will be remembered for the president's threat that he may deny the people of New York access to a vaccine. Why? New York's governor has said the state intends to conduct its own review of a COVID vaccine's approval by the federal government.
Oregon has followed suit, as have other states that, in the face of the president's naked politicization of the vaccine process in the lead up to the election, want to ensue citizens have confidence in the vaccine.
It is unconscionable for any federal leader, let alone the president, to suggest that Americans in an individual state should be denied access to a vaccine simply because state leaders want to affirm its efficacy and boost confidence. There are real lives — like those of my parents — at play. And while we can hope a Biden administration will work with the vaccine developers and states to make sure a vaccine is available to all Americans, this administration, in the time it has left, should not use a vaccine as a cudgel against "blue" states. New York was first to receive that threat, would you be surprised if Oregon were next?
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