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Keep to coverage on local, state politics

To the Editor:

Is it really appropriate for a 'local news' newspaper to feature partisan commentary on national politics on its front page and in the Letters to the Editor column? Isn't there plenty of political newsworthy material on the local and state level?

But to comment on Mr. McNish's remarks about George Bush, I have heard from reliable sources that Bush's grade point at Yale was higher than Al Gore's and that his SAT was higher than John Kerry's. Surely, too, it must take some brains to earn an MBA from Harvard as Bush did. And surely, Bush's jet fighter pilot training was far more dangerous than Al Gore's behind-the-lines duty in Vietnam as a 'reporter.' If a very high IQ was the sole requirement for leadership, Alexander Hamilton would probably have been 'Father of Our Country' rather than George Washington.

Joe Stern

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: When should a local newspaper go beyond its local focus? We have to make this decision on a regular basis and can offer the following insight: 1) When a local resident who is the focus of a news story chooses to comment on state, national or international items, we would typically run that. 2) When a letter to the editor from a local resident is about a state, national or international issue, we would typically run that. 3) On rare occasions, we will run an editorial about a state, national or international topic. Obviously, our driving force is on the local area. However, we can't live in a vacuum and there are certainly times when the local and the non-local spill over into each other.

Palisades Market deserves thanks

To the Editor:

I would like to make you aware of the generosity exhibited by Mr. Nick Goldsmith of Lamb's Palisades Market.

For the fourth year in a row, he has voluntarily committed to support the Lakeridge High School boys and girls golf teams by helping to sponsor the annual fundraising golf tournament organized by the Lakeridge parent golf association. This event helps to cover the costs associated with preparing our student athletes to successfully compete in the Three Rivers League. The costs for uniforms and practice times far exceeds the school's budget, and the golf tournament makes this team sport affordable for all of our students. Mr. Goldsmith has willingly provided a delicious full-course dinner featuring prime rib and Copper River salmon for all participants, including anyone from the community who chooses to participate in the tournament. This dinner not only makes this tournament more enjoyable, but also contributes significantly to its financial success. Nick Goldsmith and Lamb's Palisades Thriftway are to be commended for this act of generosity and public service to our school community.

Thank you for your support!

On behalf of the Lakeridge High School Golf Association, I hope you are able to publicly acknowledge his service.

Thanks for your consideration.

Roger M. Saulson

Lake Oswego

Check out Streets Roots at the market

To the Editor:

Folks who are used to buying Street Roots from vendor Franklin Smith at the Lake Oswego Farmer's Market may have missed him last weekend. He has relocated to a different spot, in cooperation with the city staff. Look for him directly across the plaza from his previous location, on the lake side of Ravenna Gardens.

For those who aren't familiar with it, Street Roots is a newspaper published by homeless people in Portland. There are similar publications in other cities, and they deal with issues facing the homeless. Articles and poetry are written by and about homeless people, often giving eye-opening views of life among our more vulnerable populations. I find it an extremely interesting and valuable publication; it gives me insight into the services provided by the organizations I support, from the perspective of those who receive the services.

Stop by Frankie's new location and check it out, and be sure to stop to greet his black Lab service dog, Chumuckly, who must be the mellowest 8-month-old-Lab on the planet! Frankie is not an official market vendor, but has been warmly received by those who are, and granted space in the 'Free speech' area by the city. In return, he is providing a valuable publication to our community. Please join me in making him feel welcomed and supported.

Jan Castle

Lake Oswego

Thanks for story on Jochim's garden

To the Editor:

We would like to thank the West Linn Tidings/Lake Oswego Review for the story on Bonnie Jochim's garden on River Street (July 27). The photos showed off the six very individual and creative garden areas within the Jochim's backyard. We appreciated the article about our garden tour, our chief fund-raising effort this year for restoration of the rooms at the McLean House.

The McLean House volunteers would also like to thank the home gardeners from all six houses who worked so hard to prepare their beautiful yards for the many visitors.

Each one was a creative work of art and visitors had access to river views that most of us don't ordinarily see.

We also thank the sponsors who hosted the six houses, plus Michael Agee who brought stained glass and has volunteered to repair all cracked windows in the house, Zephyr, a Celtic harp group who donated their time to perform in the new park gazebo, the whimsical garden art provided by West Linn Arts Council, Champoeg Nursery, which sold hardy plants, Farmer's Tea selling homemade pastries and Bale's Marketplace who provided box lunches.

Thanks to the many people who came to enjoy a day in the park and had a chance to discover a different neighborhood.

We hope to do this again next year. Maybe we'll see you in another part of West Linn!

Judy Nelson and

McLean House Committee

West Linn

What will the public find most important?

To the Editor:

It strikes me as very peculiar that the In-Lake Sewer Interceptor replacement - an eventual necessity for most Lake Oswego citizens - warrants only a small article on the back page of Hello L.O. ('Interceptor Planning Advances,' August, 2006). Meanwhile, an entire separate publication has been devoted to the proposed community center on the Safeco site. Each project is very likely to cost 60 to 65 million in tax dollars.

Which do you think is more important to the public?

The Lake Oswego City Council is obviously taking the approach of placing the community center constantly in the public eye, where it is treated as a foregone conclusion. This includes the significant public funds that are being spent on its planning and design. When the time comes to vote, we would all do well to mentally reserve some dollars for the truly pressing issues, such as the In-Lake Sewer Interceptor, among a number of others.

Yvonne R. Campbell

Lake Oswego