Reading your article "Graying the Rainbow" [May 18, 2011] gave me a measure of hope for my own future, and I want to thank you for it.

As a gay twentysomething who's grown up here in Portland, I find it disconcerting that most of my peers don't appear to give a thought to retirement and their futures beyond their active lives. Having a close family member in an assisted living facility now, I know well the struggle that many seniors face when no longer able to live independently. The realization that I probably won't have much in the way of close family (i.e. children) when I reach that age is an ever-present worry, and it's good to know that I'm not the only one out there with that struggle. The knowledge that there are places (at least one place) for me to go if and when I reach that point in my life helps me to rest easy now. Thanks.

Michael Bush


CORRECTIONS: A story last week about a bicyclist struck by a New Seasons truck ("Cyclist vs. New Seasons," WW, May 18, 2011) misstated the year Eileen Brady helped found the New Seasons grocery chain. It was 1999.


A cover story about unpaved streets in Portland ("Dirt Roads, Dead Ends," WW, May 11, 2011) incorrectly stated the amount of money the city is spending on an improved crossing at Northeast 12th Avenue over I-84, cycle tracks on North Williams and Vancouver avenues, and a buffered bike lane on Northeast Glisan Street. Those and several other projects altogether cost $1 million. 

WW regrets the errors.

"Don't want to rain on your parade, but kangaroos are definitely not a pest. Their numbers are in decline in many parts of the country and it appears that the kangaroo meat industry is unsustainable. Australia has the highest rate of extinction globally over the last 200 years. Thirteen years of drought and massive urban expansion combined with bush fires has drastically reduced the habitat of kangaroos. Do not support the consumption of our national emblem…. —Josh

"Kangaroos by themselves are not a pest. Kangaroos in massive quantities, however, are.…

As to the philosophy of eating kangaroo meat, it's worth mentioning that kangaroo is one of the most efficient meats to produce—kangaroos do not damage the topsoil nor produce copious amount of methane as cows, for instance, do. This is a position reinforced by the Ecological Society of Australia and the Australasian Wildlife Management Society." —Evan

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