Political Endorsements

Another year of endorsements showing that the WW staff is all from out of state, all live in Portland, and still can't tap into Oregon ["The Good Fight," WW, May 4, 2016].

Endorsement after endorsement for incumbents. You used to show us who the brave new voices were; now it's just a who's who of good old boys. You guys are all sold out and bunk.

—Jamie Allen

I agree with most of your picks, but Bernie Sanders is not presidential material. He is a one-trick pony who pouts when he doesn't get his way.

There has never been, nor will there ever be, any compromise in his makeup. A president needs to lead through compromise, not by pouting if he doesn't get his way.

—Joel M. Waltz Sr.

I voted for Steve Novick in the last election. Now, no way. WW is right on the failures of Novick and wrong on the endorsement. After three and a half years of on-the-job training, he can't do the job.

He hides behind a wall of staffers. His public calendar is weeks out of date. He never misses a photo op, but does not carry out his basic responsibilities. My experience is, he is all slogan and no production.

—"Born in Portland"

After hearing about how secretary of state candidate Val Hoyle is accepting huge amounts of money from out of state, but telling voters "we need to get money out of politics," well, I don't see how any reasonable person could vote for her with a straight face.

—"Barney"

Is including a candidate's favorite restaurant or food cart supposed to be cute? Because it strikes me as just stupid.

Come to think of it, that makes perfect Portland sense.

—Bart Stilt

City Reaps Money From Providence park

This deal is a winner? There's a lot of gravy here on the backs of taxpayers ["Goooooooooal!" WW, May 4, 2016].

We had a perfectly good stadium before Merritt Paulson and his money rolled into town. We had the Timbers. We had minor league baseball. Tickets were just $10. When the Timbers joined Major League Soccer, they lost their non-professional fans. All of this happened at the height of the recession. What if all the money had gone to housing?

—"Wilbur 1903"

The problem with Providence Park being a financial success is that it gives the city commissioners the idea that they are, indeed, geniuses, and will thus try it again.

If only they had the discipline to refrain from crony capitalism.

—"Gary"

Correction

Last week's endorsement issue incorrectly said former state Rep. Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville) resigned his House District 26 seat in 2012 following the revelation of an affair with an aide. In fact, he served out his term and chose not to run for re-election. WW regrets the error.

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