LETTERS to the Editor
Tiny house seeks S.E. home; will rent
My name is Sarah Heath and I've lived in Sellwood for over a decade now. I love this neighborhood and know it as my home. I am one of the coordinators of the street painting at S.E. 9th and Sherrett, also known as Share-It-Square, and I love to be involved in neighborhood activities as I am able.
Recently, I was lucky enough to purchase a sweet 20'x8' tiny house. Currently, it's located in Northeast Portland, but I would like nothing more than to move it back to this neighborhood where my community remains. I am hoping to find a place to park my home! The ideal location would be on someone's property – a big-enough spot to accommodate my home, a small porch, and some gardening space. I would pay rent for my new spot, and do hope to stay for a long time.
I am quiet, responsible, considerate, and an all-around good neighbor/tenant. I have no pets. I do have a partner who stays with me a couple of days a week. He is also a great neighbor. I have many references from neighbors for those who might be interested in discussing this idea!
Sarah Louise Heath
How to get lots of free local TV channelsEditor,Up until five years ago I relied solely on rabbit ears [for local TV reception], which was OK but required constant adjusting. But then I started having trouble getting any signal at all from KOIN-6, so I emailed the engineer at KOIN-6, and he gave me some excellent advice that has turned out to work perfectly.
First, he explained that since I live just five miles from the transmitters [at Sylvan], buying an "amplified" antenna would actually make things worse. He suggested buying a "Winegard Freevision" HD antenna, which is the type that he uses at home. I looked in up online and currently, as of 2021, it's available at Home Depot, Walmart, and Amazon, etc., for $40.
It can be used indoors or outdoors, measures approximately 13" X 20", and is very simple to assemble and install.
The KOIN-6 engineer told me to point the antenna directly toward downtown Portland. So, I mounted it on the side of my garage, about eight feet above ground level. I had to make a couple of minor directional adjustments initially, but in the five years since then it has continued to work perfectly, despite the wind and weather.
Finally, I figured out one additional trick. The previous owner of my house had subscribed to cable TV, and the junction box was still attached to the side of my house – the cables to the living room, dining room and bedrooms were all still in place. So, I simply attached the cable from my antenna to the junction box, and that has given me perfect reception throughout the house.
One other thing that the KOIN-6 engineer explained is that the signal quality using an antenna is technically better than the signal quality from cable or satellite systems, because cable and satellite signals have to be [further] compressed during transmission.
Peter Apanelvia e-mail
More arson reported in Woodstock
Dear readers,A reader, known to THE BEE but requesting no identification here, reported on February 20 that three large plastic recycling bins had been set fire overnight, and burned (melted) to the ground. The Portland Police Bureau has been actively investigating the several arson fires we reported on the front page of the February BEE, and this latest case has now also been added to the official investigation. The location of the latest fire was near the intersection of S.E. 44th and Raymond Street; the others had been centered along Woodstock Boulevard. We will continue to follow this story.Eric Norberg
Editor, THE BEE
Woodstock solicits plant donations for benefit saleEditor,We need everyone's help for the 2021 Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale, which benefits the Woodstock Community Center. This year's sale will be by appointment only, beginning April 23 and continuing into early MayOur sale depends on donations from generous gardeners in the community. We are looking for perennials, as well as vegetable starts, herbs, ground covers, native plants, succulents, ornamental grasses, houseplants, and shrubs. We encourage you to contribute plants from your garden, potting them by March or the first week of April in preparation for the sale.
Proceeds from this sale support volunteer efforts to provide routine maintenance, including custodial service and supplies, for the community center, as part of an agreement with Portland Parks that has helped keep the Center open since 2004.
Thanks again this year, to knitters
Editor,A huge thank you to the knitters and crocheters in the community for the hats and scarves you created and donated for those in need in 2020. Due to your generosity, we were able to provide hats and scarves to all who attended our [Woodstoc] pre-Thanksgiving Hot Meals Dinner on Saturday, November 21. Because of COVID-19, we served hot "to go" meals this year – and there were a higher number of hats and scarves than guests, so the remainder were donated to the Portland Rescue Mission, and to a group of homeless individuals that we have been helping out for a long time.
The Psalm 139 Prayer Shawl Ministry at All Saints Episcopal Church is looking forward to making hats and scarves available to those in need again in late 2021. The greatest need is for masculine colors. If you enjoyed being part of our project, please continue to knit or crochet matching hats and scarves. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the staff is not keeping regular hours. You are welcome to call the church (503/777-3829), and arrangements can be made for someone pick up your lovely creations. If you would like some yarn to make the items, we can arrange a delivery to you. And lastly, if you have yarn that you no longer care to use, we'd be grateful for that as well.
All Saints Episcopal Church
Questions arise in East Portland shootings
Editor,In the February edition, the article entitled "Mayor Wheeler mum about shootings surge; Chief feels the pain" prompts critique. For one: It presents as remarkable – that is, in bold italics – that "almost half of these shootings have been east of the Willamette River" – but the article isn't clear about exactly why that's remarkable, so please pass this along: Since the portion of the city east of the river accounts for about 75 percent of the city's population, its contribution of only half of reported shootings is a testament to the east's relative peace and tranquility. . . For another: The article offers a PPB claim of 852 shooting incidents in 2020, but doesn't explain how PPB defines that number. PPB says it's a "shooting incident when a firearm was discharged and reported to the Portland Police Bureau." Under that extremely loose definition, well-meaning but mistaken citizen reports will have been recorded as "shooting incidents" when they were merely fireworks, backfires, industrial noise, etc. – perhaps especially now that so many of us spend so much more time at home during the pandemic and thus may hear so many more noises to report. . . Filtering for only those incidents known to be actual shootings – because they caused injuries (presumably including deaths) – reduce the number to less than a quarter of the ostensible "shooting incidents" for that year.Fox News and KGW-8 both parroted, without examination or explanation, PPB's claim of 852 in 2020. But neither cited the Chief of Police, as THE BEE did. Since THE BEE appears to have ready access that other outlets lack, you have an opportunity to render superior service to your readers: Could you please pin down the Chief on how many of these reported incidents PPB was able to confirm – for instance, through eyewitness testimony or found casings? That is, to what extent is this number a meaningful signal rather than empty or even misleading noise?
EDITOR'S NOTE: Actually, we attempted to make that distinction in that article. We have also carefully noted that some shooting reports are by nervous citizens reporting sharp noises that are not shootings – and made the point that the reason they are so nervous about it in East Portland is the rise of shootings to a level resembling a war zone at times. We at THE BEE have been covering shootings with in-person reporting all along, as perhaps Mr. Walters has observed. We can attest that the shootings in East Portland really have risen sharply since last summer to a level that has THE BEE itself shell-shocked. Shell casings litter the streets in incident after incident in a way they never did before (you may remember the "mile long crime scene" we reported, in the form of a moving car-to-car shooting incident). We sympathize with the police officers who are expected to deal with this situation despite having lost many of their resources to do so –while being threatened by some in City Hall with the removal of more of them.
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