Letters: Portland has many child care deserts
The most important things in my life are my kids. Like so many, I want my kids to live in a different world than right now, cooped up staying safe.
So many in our community are desperate for simple necessities like food, shelter, and financial stability.
Another necessity is child care. I was forced out of the workforce in 2018 because I couldn't afford childcare, plus the waiting lists were over a year-long for anything. We live in a severe child care desert in Portland, as anyone who has ever looked for care here will tell you. I started working on self-employment, building a business, and as a full-time mom.
The pandemic has left me unemployed as I care for my children full time. I feel stuck, fatigued, depressed, and anxious to figure it out. It's an uphill battle for parents and caregivers, and we need help. Many great centers have closed and those around have had to raise rates, take personal loans, and are going without an income. The community has reached its capacity & needs help.
A broken system is exceptionally worse during a pandemic. We need to rebuild our child care supply to support Oregon's economic recovery because, without it, parents can't work. Oregon's lawmakers need to make this a priority.
Nicola Van Hoff
Give the homeless what they need to stay healthy
In your June 2 opinion piece in the Tribune you say: "The cities recent decision on camp removal is a positive sign."
I disagree with that statement. If you move them from one spot they go to another and so on. This is just harassment of people that are already down.
I understand that building affordable housing takes time but these people need help now not harassment. What about this idea.
From my understanding the city has land. Let us say the city takes 10 or 15 pieces of land. Take that land and give each homeless person a small plot and at that site have toilets, showers, trash collection and laundry — the things people need to stay healthy mentally or physically and survive.
This will make it easier for people with drug addiction to kick it, people with mental illness to get better or for people to plan get a job. This can be done a lot quicker than building housing.
Mayor isn't the only problem at City Hall
The misguided recall effort against Mayor Wheeler is not focusing on the real problem with Portland: The current form of city government.
If these so-called progressive activists want to succeed in their meaningful goals they should spend their time, energy and money replacing Portland's unsuccessful form of government, not the mayor.
This recall effort is just an extension of mean-spirited civic demonization that seems to have been fueled another City Council member who needs no introduction.
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