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Local bees dying from garden pesticide use

Editor,

Local bees resting in peace.Lying on the ground are a few hundred dead bees. This is what happens when people use pesticides on plants or crops. Our bees collected particles which had pesticides on them and brought them back to the hive. Now we're in danger of losing the whole hive.

Unfortunately this was an acute poisoning. The bees died suddenly, and with severe neurological symptoms. Most likely someone in our neighborhood sprayed pesticides on flowering plants in their yard, and our foragers were exposed.

Please stop using pesticides.

Crossing our fingers that the queen and the hive will survive.

De Lai

Sellwood

Still cheering them on

Editor, Back at the beginning of the pandemic, Mayor Wheeler urged Portlanders to go out each evening and bang pots as a way of saying "thank you" for the work of the first responders and essential workers. It may not have caught on all over the city, but it certainly has in one Brooklyn neighborhood.

Each night since March on S.E. 9th Avenue, a cacophony of pots, pans, drums, bells of all sizes, a conch shell, and the occasional accordion say "thank you" again and again to the people who are holding us together during this time.

Craig Heverly Brooklyn

Initiative in Brooklyn

Editor, The Brooklyn Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Committee – a newly formed subcommittee of the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association – seeks to advocate for the diverse community of Brooklyn through education, collaboration, inclusivity, and activism. The committee is dedicated to supporting anti-racist and social justice practices in our neighborhood and city. We listen to, organize around, advocate for, and make recommendations about issues at the intersections of racism and all other forms of injustice impacting our community. Folks in Brooklyn and other neighborhoods: We invite you to get involved in this work of fostering more equitable neighborhood associations. You're welcome to attend our meetings, which are currently biweekly and open to the public! As we recognize that neighborhood associations have historically been exclusionary at times, we encourage you to speak to your own neighborhood association about creating a subcommittee to address these inequities. Our hope is to collaborate with other neighborhood associations to ensure change within our organizations and from our city government that intentionally emphasizes the needs of our BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and renting neighbors. To join meetings, volunteer, or connect with us, please e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or follow/message us on Instagram, @brooklynneighborhoodpdx. Krystal Toderick via e-mail

Gun violence reaction

Editor, Please stop recommending the return of the Gun Violence Reduction Task Force to Portland. I don't think any reasonable Portlander would disagree that gun violence is on the rise (likely due to rising unemployment and poverty resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic), however, advocating for the return of a task force disbanded due to racism is not appropriate. You are essentially saying "a little racism is fine, as long as I feel safe." Be bold; suggest a new solution that doesn't involve the return of a group disbanded due to racism.

Julia Troutt

Creston Kenilworth EDITOR'S NOTE: By coincidence, this letter arrived in our e-mail at the same time as this story: "Three people, including a 6-year-old girl, were nearly struck by bullets as a suspect fired into their car. On Sunday, October 18, 2020, at 12:14a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting near Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Haig Street. They found a victim vehicle with damage consistent with gunfire. The driver reported that he was driving on Southeast 162nd Avenue with his girlfriend and his girlfriend's young daughter when someone began shooting at their car." The fact is, gun violence exploded on virtually the very day that the City Council disbanded the GVRT – and it hasn't slowed yet. Gun outlaws saw this as formal notice that their activities would no longer be restricted! As we have been reporting, the many diverse racial minorities in outer Southeast Portland have been prominent among those calling on the city to reinstate the GVRT – for their own safety.

Response to previous letter

Editor, I am writing in response to Mr. DuBois' letter to the editor [October BEE] concerning the "historic designation" with regard to Eastmoreland. He stated, "The homes are not rare, just big and owned by wealthy people." Not all who live in Eastmoreland are "wealthy", and I find the idea that we are, very aggravating. My neighbors are of various ages and incomes, some having lived here for years, as I have. For many, our homes are paid for and our neighbors are our support systems.

I'm not sure why Mr. DuBois, and others, are so angry at Eastmoreland residents, when so many of them volunteer all over Portland, and have for years, thus contributing to the good of all. He can believe what he wants about historic districts, but it's time to stop judging people by the optics of their lives. We are all unique, and have a right to our own opinions and lifestyles, as does Mr. DuBois – but without being "labeled", which stops discussions and compromise on all sides.

R. Hyde

Eastmoreland

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