This is a modified letter I’m sending to all of Oregon’s congressional leaders and State leaders. I would urge you to do something similar if any of you are glass artists or have a glass producer in your home state. It’s too late for WA, but not for the others. I won’t give up. I’m doing everything I can and so are others to save an industry. I hope you’ll join me.
I am the owner of Mind and Soul Art. I am not an official business. I create art for the sole purpose of raising funds for nonprofits. You see, I live with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety Disorder. Glass art is a way for me to manage my ongoing symptoms of my illnesses. Sometimes it is the only way as modern medicine has not always worked for me. Suicide rates continue to rise across the nation and I refuse to become another one of those statistics. I am down to three medicines left that might work for me. The only thing that has consistently worked is my glass art.
This is why I travel over 4 hours from Port Angeles, WA to Portland, OR for the classes that Bullseye provides. I soak up their knowledge like a sponge. While in Portland, I stay in a local hotel for several nights. I eat in local restaurants. I purchase from local shops. I spend money in your state as do other people who come from out of State for Bullseye’s educational art classes. Bullseye is not an island unto itself. It is a vital part of Oregon. It is also a vital part of my life. Without their glass, their classes, their very kind and understanding employees, I wouldn’t be able to create. If I can’t create, I wouldn’t have an outlet for the constant battles of a Bipolar mind.
Spectrum Glass will be closing its doors after 40 years because they simply can’t bear the unknown costs of what’s to come with the new EPA regulations. Kokomo Glass is in trouble, as well, but they have the support of their local government. Bullseye wants to do the right thing. and has done so voluntarily. Yet, unlike the government of Indiana, the government of Oregon seems to be making it very difficult for Bullseye to comply with the DEQ, by ordering Cease & Desist orders not once but twice. This is not an accusatory statement against Oregon; this is a factual statement.
All I ask is for your help. Please help Bullseye have a fair chance to do their part to comply with the standards that have been set forth. Allow them to have a fair amount of time to fix the problem areas that need to be fixed. I urge you to step in and do something to correct this situation because it is not only good for Bullseye as a local, small business, but it’s good for the Oregon economy as well.
It is not only Bullseye that stands to lose their business, but the thousands of others that rely on their products for their own small businesses. I believe, not long ago, the auto industry and the banking industry needed the government’s help and it was given to them. Please consider helping Bullseye by giving them a fair and equal chance.
Thank you for your time. I know I can count on your support.