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Letters, Nov. 14

Picking on pickleball

I attended a meeting of the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Committee Tuesday evening at the Jacksonville City Hall. The main agenda item involved complaints from neighbors of Pheasant Meadow Park concerning the perceived overuse of the pickleball courts and automobile parking.

The meeting began with the chairman making a motion to cut the hours of pickleball play from the current 8 a.m. to dusk daily to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The motion was seconded and passed. Then the committee opened the meeting to public comment. Talk about putting the cart before the horse!

Since some of the complaints involve the number of parked cars, reducing the hours will mean even more parked cars during the reduced hours. Also, since at least 90% of players are seniors 65 and older, having the hottest hours of the summer as the only available hours is both dangerous and short-sighted.

Hopefully, the Jacksonville City Council will be more deliberative and insightful before approving the Parks and Recreation Committee’s recommendation.

John Frank


Writers don’t always lose

Unfortunately, The Thursday L.A. Times article about the candidate for governor, Nicholas Kristof, by Nicholas Goldberg, incorrectly observed that writers seeking public office usually do not win. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

Tom McCall, who was the two-time governor of Oregon, was a writer and broadcast journalist for KGW TV in Portland. McCall received no support from his own political party, in fact at times they worked against him, as evidenced during McCall’s attempt to return to government service. He was defeated in the primary election by his own party, who ran two candidates against him.

McCall received national attention when he helped pass Senate Bill 100, Oregon’s unique land-use planning legislation. He also helped clean up our neighborhoods with his bottle bill, and later the beach bill. Kristof and McCall are pages out of the same book.

Goldberg observed that, “in recent years, data show, voters have grown more willing to take chances on candidates who lack previous political experience.” Oregon voters took a chance on a little known political writer for The Oregonian newspaper who gave us a much cleaner and healthier state. Now is the time to take another chance on a writer, Nicholas Kristof. Let’s do it!

Stewart McCollom