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The Mid-county Memo is your newspaper. We want to hear from you. Discuss an important issue or address a concern you want to call to the community's attention. We prefer e-mailed letters to the editor sent to Darlene Vinson at Please put “Letter to the editor” in the subject line. You may also mail your letter to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230 or fax it to 503-249-7672. Deadline for the November issue is Friday, Oct. 15.

Coyotes on the prowl

To the editor:

In the fifty years that I have lived in Parkrose I have never seen as much purple poop in our neighborhoods as this year. Purple poop comes from coyotes that have eaten blackberries in our back lots. Coyotes used to live along the slough, a natural wildlife corridor until we spent thousands of dollars to remove the blackberries because they are not native plants.

Now, dusk through past dawn the hungry coyotes prowl along Fremont, Shaver and Failing; any street which offers them food. Besides blackberries and corn from our gardens they love cats, small dogs and rabbits.

This summer the coyotes killed my beloved Muppea (Miss Muppet) in my garden while I was outside. If you think your cat could get away from a coyote, you are wrong. Coyotes travel in packs. There is always the lead, the one you see (the distracter), and the two that surround, trap and gut the prey.

On Sept. 14 I saw the remains of two cats (back legs and tail) in front yards while I was walking to Argay Park. I was not surprised. The night of Sept. 13 had been alive with the sounds of killing. Before the coyotes kill they let out shrill screams. My neighbor said the screams sound like “a young woman being raped at midnight.”

We do not need wild animals killing our pets in a civilized community. Please lock all pets in the house, and remove all outside food sources. And, advocate for planting food plants along the Columbia River Slough to keep the critters there.

Paulette Rossi

You call that art? Part II

To the editor:

Judy White's letter in the September issue of the Mid-county Memo is spot on in regards to the Northeast Weidler Street and 102nd Avenue “art” effort. Examples of reactions of numerous visiting friends: “What happened there?” “What's that going to be when it's finished?” and “Why are those sticks there? - are they going to be removed?”

Ms. White's observations regarding the city's various designed weed patches are reflective of the lack of maintenance of planted green street curb extensions. Projects that can't be properly maintained give our city an air of disrepair. That's the last thing this area of the city needs.

Valerie Curry
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