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.
I'm sure throwing money at this problem will help.
Or at least employ someone so Fritz can feel better about it.
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.
Denis, the silent majority does "speak up." By giving money to the shelters, food bank, building affordable housing within our resources, and a $40 resource access center just a couple of years ago. Maybe what the silent majority wants is for the homeless advocate agencies to stop lecturing us and show some appreciation every once in awhile. Maybe we would like the downtown of the city we love to be civil and not menacing, and not look like crap.
Here is typical liberal Portland thinking:
1) Really really CARE a lot
3) No homelessness!
Caring isn't a plan. "Someone just needs to give us more money" isn't a plan. These agencies will always say they need more money. There is no "enough". They will always tell you that some sort of watershed is right around the corner if they just had X more money.
Portland is humane. I and many others give money directly to these agencies, and I'm sick of people like you telling me I'm "inhumane" because I get sick of aggressive criminals downtown, and I don't want my city to look like shit. Fuck you. What exactly have you done recently Denis, besides talk? "Care" a lot?
Denis, do you ever travel to other cities? My guess is that you don't. If you did you'd realize that even in much larger cities you don't see aggressive pan handlers on every other corner, people laying on sidewalks all day in commercial and retail districts, and shanty town tent camps in the middle of town. In the USA Portland is pretty unique in our accommodation of homeless and tolerance of anti-social behaviors. Why does Portland have these problems while NYC, DC, Minneapolis, Seattle, Dallas, and Phoenix do not? Why do other cities provide their homeless with one-way bus tickets to Portland?
I work up at the other end of the CEID by the Burnside Bridge and the parking situation is getting more fucked by the day. Used to be that if you parked on 3rd / Couch just north of the bridge, nobody gave a shit. Now there's two new fancypants "creative space" buildings opening up and it's about to unleash a shitstorm of Creative Classers trying to park their Audis everywhere. It was already so bad that the fruit packing company leased a lot for their employees last year. This whole area is going to be a parking clusterfuck as the city and their developer buddies push hard for the "Produce Row" rebrand and eventually make Pearl District II. Boo.
So, Beam Development defrauded tenants and has no plans to return the money. Typical Portland developer, zipping its pants up after being pleasured by PBOT. Great work if you can get it.
While cops shouldn't be using any racial slurs, be it nigger, honky, spic, wetback, cracker, etc etc -- somehow I doubt this would be an issue if the cop were black.
For what it is worth Denis, your op-ed printed here just landed on Nick Fish FB page with a "thank you, for challenging us to be bold."
If I hire a couple of these thugs as body guards, will they see to it that their union brothers stop harassing me?
Good thing the BTA clarified things!
I'm a diehard biker, but the BTA is terrible. That fact used to be disguised because they Sam and Tom on their side. Now, with those guys gone, the BTA's piss-poor political and communication skills are on full display.
I'd say overall the BTA made asses of themselves of late.
Novick and his chief engineer are WRONG, for one simple reason: studded tires.
Unique is a word, like special that can often mean retarded.
Embarfassing really. Now you have dirty old buzzards like francesconi attracted to the roadkill. Try to say just enough to sound interested jim and just litttle enough to keep your political fAvors intact.
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