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Is purple your favorite color? It's the obvious choice for the light rail line that may someday cut through SW Portland

This is supposed to be my introductory column.  I tell you who I am, what I've done, where I've been and what my plans are for the SW Community Connection.

That will have to wait.

You see, I've got some real news to share.  Some might quibble with whether this qualifies as "news".  I would tell them "news" is what people ARE talking about or what they WILL BE talking about.

The SW Community Connection has learned that the proposed SW light rail line will be known as the Purple Line.  Tri Met currently runs the Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange and Green lines.  The soonest the Purple Line could be humming along Barbur Boulevard and points south is 2027.

A  source tells the Connection that choosing the color purple for the still-in-the-planning-stages light rail line follows a trend in public transit and there really weren't many colors left that would lend themselves to the line.

The Maryland Transit Authority is building a 16-mile line in the suburbs.  It will be called the Purple Line.  Purple Lines are currently operating in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Okay.  That's the "news".

Bill GallagherNow about this introductory information.  Here's my "elevator speech":

Have lived here and near here since 1983.  Raised three tremendous sons. Have worked in the radio news business as a reporter (KSFO), News Director (62 KGW, KPAM), Program Director (62 KGW), radio talk show host (KXL, KNWS 620, KPAM) and as the busy guy on the Assignment Desk behind the scenes (KATU).

Though my "career" began at a daily newspaper near Sacramento, California, it's been all broadcast news ever since.   So this is a challenge.

In the great American movie "Citizen Kane", the character Charles Foster Kane writes to the man keeping an eye on  how he spends his inheritance, "I think it would be fun to run a newspaper."  When Walter Parks Thatcher confronts Kane with his muckraking tabloid and shouts, "Is this any way to run a paper?", Kane patiently answers "I don't know how to run  a newspaper Mr. Thatcher, I just try everything I think of."

So please keep that in mind as you check out this latest issue of The Connection.  I'm going to try everything I think of.

For example, I'd like to launch a campaign  to save something that's very important to our legacy here in SW Portland.  Change is all around us.  Some things we control , other things we don't.  Here's something you can do to hold on to our heritage:   Insist on calling our commercial oasis  MULTNOMAH VILLAGE and not just THE VILLAGE.  In other words, Don't Call It The Village.  Okay?.

As for the type of stories we'll be covering here at The Connection, a lot of that is up to you.  There are many ways to let us know what you're interested in reading about each month.  And a robust Events column is one of the keys to increasing readership.  Don't be bashful about reaching out.  Here's my e mail:  HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are supporting the US Postal Service you can send a  letter to: SW Connection 400 Second Street  Lake Oswego OR  97034.  Letters sent by "snail mail" go to the top of the pile.

Or you can reach me through the SW Community Connection  Facebook page.

Finally, I live here in Multnomah and spend a good amount of time in Multnomah Village.  I walk and run these streets almost every day - even taking my chances on  Capitol Highway from World Foods to Handy Andys.  So if you see me around, wave or say hello.

I'm  really looking forward to this opportunity to give you a newspaper you'll enjoy reading.

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