Our readers also say Brown has proven she isn't a leader, two interstate bridge projects should be combined, and Hardesty is the choice for Portland.

Your Oct. 4 issue featured a front-page story about someone living adjacent to Portland International Airport who strenuously objects to the maneuvers of Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagles on landing as they practice avoiding enemy fire inherent in slow and gradual approaches.

To some degree I empathize because nearly 42 years ago I moved into a home next to a railroad track at a grade crossing. This meant I heard the engine and freight cars roaring and clanking by and the obligatory four warning toots on approaching the crossing 75 yards away.

It didn't matter much at first because it was only three or four trains a day. Over the years, a local company has leased the tracks and now serves much of Oregon west of Portland as well as down the valley as far as Roseburg.

Then Oregon's long-moribund economy began to improve. As it did, the number of daily trains increased to something on the order of 10 more at all hours of the day.

But I console myself that what sometime disturbs my sleep momentarily is the sound of money, jobs and prosperity.

In both our cases, we are up against billion-dollar enterprises that to no small degree drive our state's economy. I'm glad the fighter jets are here protecting a large swath of our country's airspace. As with my tooting trains, the gentleman disturbed by the roaring jets reserves the same right that I have: We can always move.

Jim Kronenberg

Lake Oswego

Brown has proven she isn't a leader

The My View piece by Molly Woon on Oct. 25 is such a partisan rant, it only serves to demonstrate the desperation of those who seek to find assets or desirable characteristics in the flawed governor, Kate Brown.

By expressing shock that the Tribune didn't endorse Brown, Woon goes on an emotional tirade (and by accident) that does little other than to further the reasons Brown has lost the backing of Oregon's two major papers, along with dozens of other publications and media outlets.

In a nearly impossible feat, Brown, a liberal, democratic, socially "progressive" woman has managed to lose the endorsement of both the Tribune and The Oregonian. For someone in her position, that's an unheard of accomplishment, but Brown has pulled it off.

What Woon forgets or probably avoids are the larger facts. Without going into the manufactured talking points such as Woon does, it's far easier to paint with a broad brush to see why Brown has lost support and seems without direction.

Gov. Brown inspires zero confidence. If she had any leadership qualities, they are carefully hidden. She is an empty suit, a person who demonstrates she's in over her head at every opportunity. Her rhetoric is so unconvincing it's only exceeded by her lack of action.

At nearly every public outing, Brown confirms her inept characteristics. If she were not in Salem, if she simply stayed home, nobody would notice or even care. She is not a leader.

Oregon wants change. We crave leadership. Whether Buehler can deliver on this remains to be seen, but voters are willing and able to try the option.

I could be wrong, Brown is pulling in large amounts of out-of-state money, and she's promising more gifts than Santa Claus.

However, none of that can make Brown a leader. She's proven that's an impossible task.

Jim Speirs


Why not combine the bridge projects?

Time and money have been wasted discussing this project. If a (new I-5) bridge is needed, then it must be built.

But why spend money designing it long before other decisions are made like where it will be and the most cost-saving and fair way to pay for it.

The railroad bridge probably should be replaced also. So why not combine the two and share the cost?

The railroad could then profit by providing express commutes between Vancouver and Portland during rush hour. I imagine people might pay extra for entertainment, exercise or other pleasant or productive ways to spend that time rather than drive.

Then the I-5 bridge could be left there until it can be taken apart and used wisely elsewhere, maybe between Kelley Point Park and Sauvie Island?

Of course, I'd use tolls to pay for the half of the new bridge that the railroad does not pay for. The amount of the toll and the years it will require to pay for it can be put on the ballot.

I believe both Oregon and Washington should have a state bank to finance public projects like this. Then the interest can be recycled to repair or replace other bridges or roads. If North Dakota can remain better off by having a state bank, then why can't we?

Sharon Joy


Hardesty is the choice for Portland

Thanks for endorsing Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Council. She is the people's candidate and will make a great councilor.

Hardesty will improve livability and reduce traffic, increase City Hall's transparency, create solutions for housing, and collaborate with the chief of police on community policing initiatives, sensible accountability and better training.

But Hardesty's opponent has access to big money and unlimited printing. Voters are getting slick postcards avoiding many issues that opponent Loretta Smith has been involved with.

Smith was fined by the state last fall for breaking election laws. As a Multnomah County commissioner, Smith has been accused of bullying and abusive behavior by, at the very least, two former staffers. At least eight of her chiefs of staff have resigned. Her bullying behavior has been investigated, but her targeted staffers feared retaliation from Smith.

Smith has been ordered by the county to repay improper expenditures on at least 10 different occasions.

I am one of hundreds of people who are volunteering for Hardesty's campaign. I only hope that her opponent — the candidate of the status quo establishment — will not succeed in buying the election.

I hope your readers will join me in voting for Jo Ann Hardesty, the honorable candidate for Portland City Council.

Marian Drake


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