Letters to the editor: April 1

Letters to the editor: April 1

PERS is unsustainable

Regarding the minuscule third page article, “Former OHSU prez has big PERS payout” on March 24.

This article should have been front page news for your readers. It is about us, the taxpayers of Oregon and our money.

The Oregon Public Employees Retirement System shows that a former president of a Portland university receives more that $76,000 a month, more than $913,000 annually.

Or the retired university neurosurgeon who receives nearly $685,000 in annual benefits. Or the $559,000 in annual benefits received by a former university football coach.

How about the 2,000 beneficiaries who earn more than $100,000 each year, and the average benefits for recent retirees of about $32,000 a year?

How can this be a sustainable responsibility for the tax-paying citizens of Oregon?

Rodger Whipple


Trump lies constantly

According to Aesop’s fable, a lad tending his sheep in the fields thought it humorous to run home and cry “Wolf! Wolf!” The villagers rushed to the field to save their sheep. But, there was no wolf. The boy laughed because he has tricked his neighbors. A week later he thought it would again be fun to run home crying “Wolf!” Again, concerned neighbors rushed to the fields but, again, no wolf.

Later, the youngster saw a real wolf prowling about the flock so he rushed to the village for the third time. “Wolf! Wolf!” he cried loudly and repeatedly. But this time nobody paid attention to him. Nobody believed him. His lying had led to disaster.

Why repeat an ancient story about telling the truth? We all know the tale. It is because the president of the United States, the most powerful person in the world, lies constantly ... constantly, without remorse or punishment.

Actually the shepherd boy did not care for his flock. The sheep bore the terrible price for his lies. Lying Trump cares not for his nation. Are we deafened to lies? You and I are already in jeopardy. The governance of this country now borders on the insane. The consequences are ours to bear.

Leif Hatlestad

Rogue River

Forest fees uncalled for

In my opinion, recent suggested forest service access fees have no merit. To think that minor improvements at access points to the national forest justify these fees is not only unethical, but borders on double taxation. Certainly the Forest Service submits a budget proposal to Congress which has allowances for periodic upkeep at sites of proposed fees. If the Congress approves that budget, it is clearly up to the Forest Service to stay within it or change their operations to fit the budget.

If this fee proposal is allowed to continue, I see no reason why other government agencies can’t follow suit to increase their budgets in the same manner. And, I think the Forest Service is just getting started. How would you like a fee on every single waterfall, canyon, scenic byway in our state? How about fees for processing your tax return and other such services? Think about it. This proposal needs to be stopped!

Please write your representatives to object to this practice. We can keep the Northwest people friendly, or we can lose the right to enjoy the outdoors without fees,restrictions, etc..

Burdette Barnes


Wisdom of youth

March 24 was a powerful day. Too see the masses of people, led by brave students, was inspiring. Lots of tears shed listening to their passion. These young people will facilitate change I just know it. An up-and-coming tidal wave of change.

And following behind these brave souls is a younger generation, still in elementary school. I know this because I read a marvelous guest opinion in the Tribune today (March 25) by a third-grade student from Abraham Lincoln Elementary. Thank you, Savannah Matthews. Wise beyond your years.

Mary Lewis


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