If only the Happy Rangers had responded to the frivolous complaint against Billy Monroe at Lair Hill Park, instead of the brutal, fucking, pigs, the City could have saved $2.3M plus legal fees and other expenses, not to mention the hog sized payroll for pigs.
Eliminate the Pig Department, and let the Happy Rangers have the gig for awhile.
"self righteous water bill payer attitude" wtf??
"we" think you should re-evaluate the thrust of the article.
Mercury in our water seems like a bad idea. The Mercury should stay in the sewer where it belongs.
Jeff Lee, if there are so many problems in the city parks that require it's own squad are they really doing their jobs?
Imagine how much money the citizens of Portland save on having Rangers deal with the park issues rather than the high paid Police Officer. There is a lot of things that the Park Rangers do that the majority of Citizens realize and they do it with a soft approach compared to the heavier hands of Police interactions. Police do not have time for the smaller crimes and issues in the parks and they would just be ignored. Rangers are needed in this City.
We laud the Mercury truffling out corruption and mismanagement. And we don't intrude into how the Mercury spends the money gained from our eyeballs on its office parties. But perhaps the sin, if any, is that the story of Dexter Gordon was not shared with city staff. The easy version is see the film Round Midnight. It is the story of an African American leaving America for Europe to live without the heavy weight of American racism, and to be respected and honored there for their music. Some say the film was modeled after the life of other musicians. But Gordon playing the lead in the film is all in, himself having fled racism for Europe, struggled with substance problems, finally returning to the US for a few years of grateful performances, finally appreciated, before passing away at age 67. So yes our hipster lifestyles or self righteous water bill payer attitude may seem remote from the life of Gordon. But that doesn't mean we, or city employees, can't learn from it.
Let's face it the whole park ranger thing should be cut unless its to keep Forest Park somewhat safe and checked in. The rest of the parks should be handled by regular law enforcement and Forest Park is out there on its own and needs ancillary coverage.
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