RE: "Hillary's Foreign Policy Speech Was an Ad for President Trump" [Blogtown, June 3], in which Matt Baume argued that former secretary of state and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's recent speech targeting Donald Trump reinforced support for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Anyone willing to vote for Trump needs to really look at themselves in the mirror. Hillary voters need to get to their self-help meetings, get to their Tony Robbins seminars, and take their pills.


Methinks you don't really understand politics. Yes, this is red meat for Trump supporters, who are morons. There are still semi-conservative folks out there (like most of our parents) who are independents and take one look at the Trump shitshow and walk right into the voting booth and fill out a ballot for Hillary.



RE: Elinor Jones' "The Definitive Ranking of Ice Cream Flavors" [Feature, June 1], which took Butter Pecan ice cream to task for everyone under age 85.

Butter Pecan is fucking disgusting. I fully endorse this.



RE: Oh who the fuck knows.


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RE: "Happy 16th Birthday, Portland Mercury! A Letter from Editor in Chief Wm. Steven Humphrey" [New Column!, June 1], in which Editor in Chief Wm. Steven Humphrey marked the occasion of our newspaper's 16th birthday by wondering, "DO YOU KNOW WHO THE FUCK I AM?" because despite our newspaper's fine reputation and ubiquity, IT SEEMS NOT ENOUGH OF YOU UNGRATEFUL READERS DO. With one exception.

I gave you a hug at Wilhelm's Portland Funeral Home open house on Memorial Day. Don't even try to deny it. You were wandering the mausoleum with a wistful look in your eye. I know who you are old friend, I know who you are.



RE: "Why Vikings?" [Everything as Fuck, May 25], in which columnist Ian Karmel wondered why Portland State University's mascot is a Viking, and not something more regionally appropriate.

It was originally in Vanport, known for the shipyards located there before the horrible flooding on May 30, 1948, that displaced a whole city, killing 15. Flooding that also caused the university to move. Coincidentally the Vikings were also known for building ships, displacing whole cities and killing people. Just a theory. I vote for the Fighting Sea Lions! Those bastards are smart!


This started at Vanport College before it became Portland State. I attended Vanport 1949 to 1951. Maybe the yearbook was called the Viking because the school was on a new voyage. This is a guess.

Barbara Green, Portland

Barbara Green of Portland, you are a champion among women. Thank you for helping us solve this historic mystery—and for enclosing a printed, scanned photo of a framed image of what we're guessing is the mascot from your yearbook? What a fun reminder of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. And also the inimitable passage of time, which will one day find us all. Perhaps you can ruminate on these things with two tickets to the Laurelhurst Theater, a historic Portland institution that's full of its own special mystery.