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Kabobs fundraiser in Eastmoreland

Ms. Stromvig submitted this photo of the fundraiser in action, at this years Eastmoreland Garage Sale in June. Editor,

At the Eastmoreland Garage Sale, members of Moreland Presbyterian Church sold kebobs to raise money for the two Afghan families whom they are co-sponsoring with Lutheran Community Services. Both families made their way here through refugee camps and army bases, leaving family and possessions behind. Thanks to the generous donations and support from the church and the neighboring community, as well as the Rotary Club of Southeast Portland, both families were able to find housing and jobs. Both families live in the Sellwood and Westmoreland area, and are adjusting to the challenges of a new culture and language. Members and friends of Moreland Presbyterian Church continue to provide assistance with English learning, transportation to appointments, cultural and financial competency support (i.e., how to use a bank, pay bills), childcare, and driving lessons. Moreland Presbytrian has set up the "Afghan Family Support Fund" to assist the families where possible with rent, and with other needs that arise. For information about volunteering or donating to the Afghan Support Fund, please contact the church through the email address -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kathy Stromvig

via email

"BEE not fearmongering"


In regards to the Letter to the Editor in the July 2022 issue ["BEE is fearmongering"]: She states that a "surge" in gun crimes and a "very annoying" surge in car thefts is "no excuse for more cops". And then she goes on to recite "the crimes that cops overlook", like tax fraud, corporate theft, and environmental pollution. I ask this: What do these crimes have to do with the current situation in Portland? Do the facts that THE BEE reports actual crimes upset her? I guess so.

Corporate and political crimes have nothing to do with our recent rise in murders, robberies, carjackings, and theft in this once "weird" city.

As for our "racist" justice system: Our justice system prosecutes criminals, and has no business adjudicating cases based on a perpetrator's race. Justice was meant to be blind, not stupid.

In closing: No one is born a criminal. That is a choice a person decides to make. And when they get caught they should face the consequences.

Do not vilify THE BEE. They report facts. That's called journalism. As such, they could teach some of the larger newspapers a lesson. Cheers to THE BEE.

William Wolfe


Street widths do vary, in Southeast

Editor, As a resident of a neighborhood street in Inner Southeast Portland where one travels down the middle with cars parked on each side, there is always the risk of getting into a head-on situation. This is especially dangerous at the main street intersections.

It took me 25 years to realize that some in my neighborhood had streets were wide enough to let cars pass with cars parked on both sides. I have since changed my travel routes to use those wider streets where possible.

So that led me to the question of how wide are the streets in my neighborhood.

Taking the area bordered by Milwaukie Blvd continuing south on 17 on the east, the railroad tracks on the south, the river on the west and S.E. Bybee Blvd. on the north , I found the following.

Main streets Milwaukie, Bybee, Tacoma and 13th are all 35-36 feet wide. Where Milwaukie becomes 17th going south is a little narrower — 31 feet. You can feel the difference!

Rex, the street I was transiting every day is 27 feet 10 inches wide. But are all the non-main streets that narrower width? No! In surveying other streets in the defined area, I found other streets that are about 35 feet wide. Of the streets running N-S, this includes 15th south of Malden, and 11th. Wider streets running E-W includes the block on Rural and Ogden west of Milwaukie, Bidwell west of 15th, Miller, Spokane west of 13th, Umatilla, Harney, and Linn west of 13th.

Sellwood Blvd. and 7th are in the 27' width category, but do not present passing challenges [because] there is no parking permitted on the park side of 7th and there is usually no parking on the north side of Sellwood Blvd.

If you want a narrower street, travel on 15th Place south of Linn at 20'wide or on 16th south of Bybee at 22' wide.

So why the different street widths on neighborhood streets? I will leave that for Dana Beck to determine.

Chuck Martin

S.E. Sellwood Blvd.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Dana may well address this in a future historical article, but we suspect that the main cause is that this part of the city was assembled as a patchwork of small developments, and each developer determined the widths and placement of the streets within his or her development in those days. That's why so many streets start and stop, and jog this way and that at intersections, as you travel through Inner Southeast. We salute Mr. Martin for being the first resident we know of to systematically measure the widths of our streets!]

Getting back into action

Editor, If you happen to be walking along Woodstock Boulevard, you may notice me and my wife standing near a colorful cart, sharing a positive message and free Bible-based literature. Thousands of carts like this are rolling down streets worldwide as Jehovah's Witnesses officially recommence our global public preaching work after putting it on pause for two years. I've seen that many in our community are experiencing anxiety and negativity caused by the pandemic, civil unrest and economic instability. I enjoy showing my neighbors the resources I use to navigate through these challenges. While Jehovah's Witnesses are not yet back to knocking on doors, we've had the chance to meet many at our carts who appreciate our work and have been positively affected by our message. So if you see us at a cart in your neighborhood, please don't be afraid to approach and initiate a conversation — even if it's just to say a friendly hello. Ismael Franco Woodstock

Error made in date


There was an error in the April BEE article "Homeless campfire singes powerlines at the south end of Sellwood". The date of the incident is listed as Sunday, March 5th; March 5th was a Saturday. The fire was actually on the morning of Sunday, March 6th, 2022. I know this because multiple fiber-optic cables on the [nearby] utility poles were impacted — which had impacts beyond the power issues.

Andy Payne, Lead,

Data Center Network Architecture & Engineering

Oregon Health & Science University

EDITOR'S NOTE: We regret the error, and appreciate the correction.

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