The Salmonberry trail
I read your article on the Salmonberry Trail with great interest, having hiked a small portion of it several years ago ["Wilder: The Salmonberry Trail Doesn't Exist Yet. We Hiked It Anyway," WW, June 8, 2016].
My interest turned to pure dismay when it became clear the bicycle lobby is back in action, determined to ruin for everyone what could potentially be an incredible backpacking experience for those not inclined (or able) to suffer the pedestrian-choked corridors of the Pacific Crest Trail.
It isn't as though cyclists don't have their own resources—they have managed to commandeer, at the cost of their own safety, a large percentage of Portland's streets and Oregon's roads. God alone knows how much of our tax dollars have gone into green and white paint in this state, in an effort to further the illusion that this somehow increases everyone's safety. It does not, as evidenced by the number of "ghost bicycles" adorning Portland's utility poles.
My disappointment extends to those politically involved in the planning of this project, stalled over what is going to amount to an insurmountable cost if the Salmonberry Trail is given over to the needs of cyclists. The costs could be less than 25 percent of what has been forecast if it is left in its largely natural state, with only necessary repairs made and the addressing of safety concerns.
Bicycles and their riders have enough ways to travel within the Portland metro area without the Salmonberry Trail. Let's do what we can to keep Oregon green and let the cyclists ride what already exists.
We're thrilled to see that WW has caught the same sense of possibility that inspires us on the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency, which is responsible for trail planning and development.
This is a project with great potential and growing interest that we believe will one day provide a great public recreation opportunity. However, the tunnels, trestles and rails are hazardous, have not been maintained since the 2007 flood event, and pose a real and present danger for anyone venturing onto the line.
The Salmonberry Railroad, site of the proposed future Salmonberry Trail, is currently owned by the Port of Tillamook Bay and is closed to public use.
—Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency
sheriff's family leave
When you're on leave, you're not working ["Milking the Baby," WW, June 8, 2016]. When you're working, you're not on leave. You can't be on leave and work at the same time. That's not a complicated concept.
Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury adopted the parental leave policy and handed it down to all departments. The policy is hers…so shouldn't she be the one in the hot seat?
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