On Sunday morning, September 28, a crowd of 40 angry Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighbors gathered to protest at the future site of Balfour House, a treatment center for mentally disabled criminals planned for the residential area ["House Arrest," News, Sept 25]. Neighbors who are worried about their safety and the size of the center waved posters reading, "It's not a home, it's a prison," and planted "house for sale" signs in their front yards.

"At no time do we discriminate against the mentally ill," shouted resident Kim Hutchinson during a fiery, impromptu speech. "Mentally challenged, fine. Criminals, NO!" While federal disability laws protect Balfour House's development, neighbors hope continued protests will force Balfour House to redesign and create a smaller facility, or change locations. SM 


Join the Portland Mercury and the Oregon Bus Project for a double dose of the remaining presidential and vice-presidential debates. On Thursday, October 2, check out Democratic Senator Joe Biden as he faces off against that lipsticked pitbull, Republican Governor Sarah Palin.

On Tuesday, October 7, presidential candidates Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain tackle questions from the audience in a town-hall format. And on Wednesday, October 15, Obama and McCain go head to head on domestic and economic policy.

Catch all three debates at either Roots Organic Brewing (1520 SE 7th) or the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton). The debates start at 6 pm sharp, but get there early to grab a beer and claim a seat! AJR