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Paul

You hit the nail on the head with this one. Leaders must lead and step up and get things done when appropriate. If everything were left to voters, nothing would ever happen. I also love to hear from people that the MAX and Streetcar are failures. People really do live with blinders on.

ws

What do Jason Williams and Paul Romain really want, besides money? It would surprise me if that vaguely anarchy sounding 'refer it to the vote of the people' phrase those guys toss around was anything more than a load. It's those guys that want to take power they've mustered from the special interest coalition mounted to defeat the Safe Streets funding plan and use it to place themselves in the position of deciding matters for the public. They're looking more like megalomaniacs everyday.

Besides asking for a cut on rates for their clients and coalition members, when have Romain or Williams ever offered constructive ideas or suggestions to help improve, repair and maintain the city's infrastructure? And yet they are allowed to show that they can effectively exploit the city's decision making process to stymie sincere efforts to get just such a plan in place. These guys are not functioning in a constructive role to the process of responsibly and competently governing this city.

Red

I'm all with you here.. This is a ridiculous attempt by the petroleum industry to interfere with necessary city operations. You can be sure that they will drop a stunning amount of cash to persuade Portland residents to vote No on the referral. In fact, they'll probably spend more than they would've been taxed through the proposal. Clearly, this isn't about money. This is about imposing their extreme right-wing philosophical views on a progressive city. They want to pollute and destroy our city without repercussion.. It's by choice that I don't own a car and this is yet another reason why.

Tyler "Taylor" Graf

Um, first thing's first: I didn't write a "story" as you seem to imply; it was a blog post, curiously similar to the thing I'm currently staring at.

Second: The controversy isn't surprising because there will always be a sizable number of people who believe that until we start living in Libertopia -- where the oceans are privately owned, the prisons are run by corporations and the media is blogger-controlled – we’ll never be truly free.

This is not surprising. It's not even really that bad because it keeps the order of things in check. And, from my perspective, it's not really my role to express outrage that a group of people had the temerity to disagree with Sam Adams and his street tax. I’d be more shocked if there was no controversy, frankly.

Brian Libby

Tyler,

I REALLY apologize sincerely for getting your name wrong.

In rereading my original post, I very well may have seemed antagonistic, but that was directed at the idea, not you personally. I meant it as more along the lines of, 'I begger to differ.'

Which is not to say that I've changed my feeling about the road issue. That's what I'd like us to keep be the main issue. If individual remarks of mine get in the way of that, I apologize while clinging to the general point that I'd have been happy to see the road improvements get done without putting it to a vote.

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