July 27, 2013

Letters to the editor: Rally story parrots 'race-baiting phrases'

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Lado Lodoka of Portland observes a moment of peace for Trayvon Martin at a rally in Monument Square on Monday. Coverage of the event included a misleading description of George Zimmerman, a reader says.

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Although Portland's spokesperson, Nicole Clegg, seems like an intelligent and articulate person, I question why the police chief and fire chief, who possess the technical and investigative expertise in their fields, are no longer allowed to speak on behalf of their respective public safety departments. This not only is a departure from 200 years of tradition, but must also seem demeaning and insulting to both chiefs.

As a former police administrator and current criminal justice college instructor, I find this policy change both puzzling and unnecessary. Could it be an attempt to stifle police opinion on such matters as Occupy Lincoln Park or reining in the "panhandlers"?

I personally would have more faith in the opinions of the appointed department leaders than the sanitized "politically correct" version of events coming from the mayor's office.

Michael McDonough, M.S.

retired bureau director, Portland Police Department

Cumberland

Electronic devices take away chance to reach out to others

I second Steven Edmondson's letter to the editor (" 'Old schooler' doesn't need social media to enjoy friends," July 22) with regard to social media. I could not have said it any better.

What distresses me the most is the lack of human interaction. When I walk throughout the city of Portland, passing people along the way, I find most are listening to music or on their phone. This gives them the excuse to not even look my way.

I will continue to reach out, however, with a simple "Good morning," or just a "hi." I don't care if I get little or no response.

I'm an old schooler, and I feel human interaction is still the best way to communicate.

Fran Wilson

Portland

Panhandler ban serves only to conceal extent of poverty

What does it say about us as a society that the City Council is banning panhandlers on medians so that those who are fortunate enough not to have to panhandle don't have to see folks who find this necessary?

Let's find alternatives to panhandling that work for those who don't see any other options, as well as for those who prefer empty medians. Trying to make poverty less visible doesn't do anything to solve the problem.

Barbara Thomson

Portland

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