- Lake Oswego Review - Opinion
Jordan's actions impress local voter
To the Editor:
For over the past two years I have had the opportunity to observe Lake Oswego City Council Candidate Donna Jordan as she fulfills her role as a citizen advisory member of the Transportation Advisory Board and the Lake Grove Village Center Implementation Committee.
Additionally, Donna has been in attendance at meetings focused on what are often considered 'neighborhood' issues - whether that be monthly LONAC meetings or forums convened to discuss 'infill' related matters.
In all instances I have been impressed by her dedication to serve, her willingness to listen (to sometimes quite divergent points of view) and her desire to seek creative solutions which preserve and enhance the quality of life we enjoy.
From such observations, a sense of hope and optimism regarding the future of our community is evident. I urge my fellow Lake Oswegans to vote for Donna Jordan; working together for an even better Lake Oswego is possible.
Peterson would be good commissioner
To the Editor:
I am writing this letter in support of Lynn Peterson for Clackamas County Commissioner. This is a position that I held for eight years. It has been sorely neglected by the current incumbent, and Lynn has the background and the competence to provide the leadership that this position requires.
Lynn is a civil engineer by education. She is a remarkable problem solver, strategic thinker and knows how to work with people to accomplish goals.
She has served on the Lake Oswego City Council with me for the past four years and has done a remarkable job.
I urge a vote for Lynn Peterson. She can take her style of leadership and communication to Clackamas County for the benefit of us all.
Mayor of City of Lake Oswego
'When is enough enough?'
To the Editor:
When did it become the duty of the mayor of Lake Oswego to keep me 'calm' while driving on Country Club Road? Why does she assume I am agitated?
Country Club Road is bound by Oswego Lake Golf Course on the south side with beautiful spring blooming trees and lovely residences on the north, which makes it an unusually 'calming' road.
If I felt the need of more 'calming' as our mayor suggests I can turn on my car radio to OPB FM and listen to classical music free. Now our tax dollars are going to fund another of Mayor Hammerstad's expensive projects.
When is enough enough?
Issues need more explanation
To the Editor:
Open letter to the Lake Oswego City Council:
I read with interest the recent Citizen's View by Bob Harding (Sept. 21) on upcoming spending plans by the city of Lake Oswego and Josh Thomas' reply.
Mr. Thomas' reply addresses the fact that the city has decided not to decommission the sewage plant but fails to address the other issues raised in the view column.
These issues are very important to the direction that our city will be taking, and perhaps it is time for the mayor and the city council to outline in one place for the review of the citizens what lies on the horizon rather than to reply through the public information office.
I would ask that they respond to my letter by listing below each major capital project, its estimated cost, the proposed source of the funding, the estimated cost to each Lake Oswego household per year (in 2006 dollars) and the proposed time schedule for each project.
I realize that many of these projects are still in the planning stage, but the council should have some idea as to the cost of each to know if it is affordable to our city and worth pursuing at this time.
Much is said about sewer, community center, Lake Grove, streetcar and Foothills with widely varying costs and details. The numbers suggested in Mr. Harding's view are very intimidating. To put the rumor mill to rest our elected officials need to be more open and tell us what they have in store for us. Put the rumors to rest with facts!
I would also ask the Lake Oswego Review, as a service to the voters in the upcoming election, to interview each of the five candidates for councilor and ask their positions on each of the projects and costs as outlined by the mayor and the council so that we, the voters, can see where each of them stands on these important issues to our community.
Why is a junior high showing films?
To The Editor:
Nightmares, crying and a sleepless night opened my eyes to a foolish practice at the Lake Oswego Junior High School. Movies are being shown at lunch as an activity/reward, but the movies being shown make me question the sanity of education in the Lake Oswego Schools.
The 'Sixth Sense' gave my niece nightmares, but what is being taught to our students by showing them 'Dodge Ball' or 'White Chick?'
These films are all rated PG-13. The 'Sixth Sense' is frightening and intense, but the other two movies have crude sexual humor, drug and alcohol references, and lots of crude language. As bad as the choice of films is that students younger than 13 attend the school and they are not requiring parental permission forms to attend these videos, opening the district up to expensive lawsuits.
Most school districts have a fair use policy in place that specifies how commercial movies may be used in an educational setting. Are these guidelines being followed, or is the district open to more lawsuits?
There are so many better films that could be shown to help students in their lives, and partnership with parents could create a wonderful learning opportunity, even with PG-13 films.
But 'Dodge Ball' !?!?!? the atrocious misogynist crude comedy ... what an opportunity lost, if they only showed the 2001 version 'Dodgeball,' then an educational moment could have developed.
I am appalled.
Editor's note: Principal Ann Gerson responds: 'We do have a teacher who opens his classroom to students at lunchtime. He started this a few years ago because he noticed that some students at this age have trouble in the large arena of the cafeteria, and liked the more comfortable classroom feeling. He does this on his own time. Students began to bring movies, and in response he did send home a letter to parents of those students informing them of the movies that might be shown throughout the year. Movies are selected on the basis of their appeal to students at this age. By district policy, we do not show 'R' rated movies to middle school students, and we show 'PG 13' movies with parental notification and the offer of an alternative. In this case, since it is not during academic time, the alternative is to not spend lunch in the teacher's room.
'After discussing the list with the teacher, we did remove 'White Chicks' from the list. In conversations with parents on this issue in the past, it has been difficult to find a line that agrees with all families' values, hence the request that parents and students exclude themselves from this optional activity.'
'Confused, disillusioned' after meeting on the farm
To the Editor:
The city council meeting and vote on Tuesday, Oct. 3, on Luscher Farm Master Plan left me confused and disillusioned. The staffers appeared to be meeting frequently and have clear lines of communication with organized sports advocates.
Yet almost no input was garnered from the neighboring Palisades Neighborhood Association members or the community at large.
Only the Palisades Board was contacted for comments on a rush basis, despite the city's own Goal 3 of the comprehensive plan that calls for the involvement of the adjacent neighborhood.
'Recreation,' which was the use approved by the voters for that land, can take many forms, not just artificial turf fields. Despite the mayor's assurances that there is more time for public input, I think we know that opportunity was lost by the citizens.
I commend city staff and leaders for all the fine work they do for us. Thank you!
But I hope this process was not representative of the city's future land-use planning efforts.
Support Peterson for commissioner
To the Editor:
It is important that Lake Oswego residents vote for Lynn Peterson for Clackamas County Commissioner this November.
Lynn has been willing to share her tremendous talent, energetic drive and professional knowledge with Lake Oswegans through serving on City Council the last four years. She will help give Clackamas County residents a real voice in how we want our county to develop.
Many of us have been reluctant to embrace growth because of its potential to negatively impact what we cherish: Clean water, open spaces where wildlife flourishes and elbow-room on our roads.
We need a strategy to deal with changes in Clackamas County that affect Lake Oswego's public safety, libraries, sewers and transportation. Lynn's background in civil engineering makes her particularly well qualified as the County Commissioner who will tackle these issues.
Lynn Peterson has proven her leadership on city council She demonstrates her grasp of complex problems and her strong commitment to finding solutions through public process. She will give us the voice we seek and the talent we need to balance desirable jobs and growth in Clackamas County with what we love most and want to protect.
Please join me, give Lynn Peterson your vote.
Hennagin would be a good fit for council
To the Editor:
I am writing this letter to express my support for the candidacy of Roger Hennagin, who is running for City Council.
I have known Roger for many years and have worked with him on several committees. I have always been impressed with his clear thinking and his insights into the issues.
He is a good listener and respects other people's ideas and inputs. We would be very well served by having Roger on our city council. Please support him. Thank you.
Tenneson, Jordan and Hennagin are supported
To the Editor:
This community is very fortunate to have five candidates seeking to fill the three upcoming vacancies on city council. Jack Hoffman and I are term-limited and Lynn Peterson is running for Clackamas County Commissioner.
It is with confidence that we heartily support and urge Lake Oswego voters to select J.T. Tenneson, Donna Jordan and Roger Hennagin.
These three candidates are qualified to serve our community due to their involvement with and knowledge of issues vitally important to us all. Some of these compelling issues are: fiscal responsibility and accountability, growth and how this is managed, changes, particularly in Lake Grove and Foothills, transportation options such as rail service to Portland, water issues including quality of our watershed and the Lake Interceptor, and affordable housing allowing our children and our 'graying community' the ability to continue calling Lake Oswego home.
Equally important is the manner in which Tenneson, Jordan and Hennagin approach these issues, and the constituents they will be serving. We have found them to be very approachable, direct and honest, thoughtful and inclusive and always with grace and good humor.
We must give acknowledgement to Kristen Johnson, a bright, articulate, and committed young woman. She is someone to closely watch as she is on the cusp of important leadership.
Being a city councilor is not a job for those faint of heart. J.T. Tenneson, Donna Jordan and Roger Hennagin have the caring hearts, the hard work ethic, the knowledge and experience, and the commitment to superbly serve Lake Oswego.
Saxton is the wrong person to lead state
To the Editor:
About 25 years ago Ronald Regan transformed the philosophy of the Republican Party with his famous dictum, 'Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.' At the national level we have seen what is produced by executives who hold this philosophy: Massive budget deficits, $9 billion gone missing in Iraq, a war already longer than World War II with no end in sight and the bureaucratic nightmare in the aftermath of Katrina, to name but a few.
Ron Saxton is the latest Republican to ask for our vote to become the chief executive of our state. Will he stand up and clearly say, 'Ronald Regan was wrong. The governmental post I seek can be part of the solution to our problems and is not the cause of them?' Until candidate Saxton makes clear that the office he seeks is not 'the problem' but can be part of the solution to our problems, until he clearly states, 'Ronald Regan was wrong,' I believe it would be unwise to put him in charge of the executive branch of our state government.
The last person we need as our governor is one who believes that the very institution he leads is 'the problem.'
Jordan is worthy of your support
To the Editor:
After serving as an alternate member of the Lake Grove Village Center Advisory Committee and observing Donna Jordan's contributions to that three-year endeavor, I write this letter on behalf of her candidacy for city councilor.
The committee arrived at a balanced consensus on the many details of this village plan with her commonsense, informed and objective assessments. She enters a process with no agenda but to understand the whole picture - and who will not act or vote until that comprehensive view is obtained.
Donna is astute, task-oriented and a respectful team player with the significant skills necessary to ascertain where the city needs to prioritize and how it should respond to its citizens. The next years here hold critical decision-making challenges, and with her public service and professional business experience, I would trust Donna Jordan in that capacity.
She has the heart, the mind, the energy and the thoughtful commitment to be a distinguished city councilor.
Buck is president of the Lake Grove Business Association and chair of the Village Basket Committee, but wrote his endorsement as a resident and community service person.
distorts her record
To the Editor:
Darlene Hooley, our representative in Congress, is being challenged by a person with no record of public service or accomplishments for the public good. About all he can do is conjure up a campaign of nasty distortions.
Despite the efforts of the ruling party of wealth and special interests, Darlene has made progress in combating meth abuse, securing equipment for our armed forces, stopping identify theft, funding for our schools and more.
Her opponent can only be expected to support his party in benefits for big corporations, tax breaks for the wealthy and erosion of our social programs. He seems to think he can buy a seat in Congress with his own money. Of course, he would be right at home with the others of his party that distort the truth for the benefit of their sponsors.
Now we read that, with money from a Texas millionaire, a group from California called Economic Freedom Fund is paying for more ads to distort Darlene's record. This is the same group that brought us the 'swift boat attacks' on John Kerry that were proved to be so wrong.
Darlene Hooley has represented our interests, the people's interests, honorably and honestly. We are fortunate that she is willing to continue to serve us. By any measure, Darlene Hooley is by far the best choice to represent us.
Don't move the Lake Oswego Library
To the Editor:
I do not want the Lake Oswego Public Library to be moved! No one is going to drive out that far to get some books. It would be an inconvenience not only to this household but to many more I am sure! It's bad for the environment too, because the other place is not by any houses, therefore wasting gasoline because no one can walk there!
Keep downtown Lake Oswego intact. It should be the citizen's decision.
Lake Oswego resident and third grade student at Oregon Episcopal School
shouldn't be moved
To the Editor:
I was very touched by Norma Heyser's description in last week's Review of how older people feel safer in a smaller, more secure world than they did when they were young. Because of this, she felt that moving the library or Lake Oswego Adult Community Center out of the First Addition and into a new Community Center would be unwise.
Having observed exactly the same phenomenon with my own relatives and friends as they've aged, I have to agree with her. Both the library and the ACC are warm and welcoming places, in an old, established neighborhood. The Safeco building, by contrast, is a sleek and imposing edifice, isolated from most neighborhoods by two four-lane thoroughfares.
It may make lots of sense to locate a branch library or adjunct services for adults there, but to completely remove either a library or gathering space for seniors from the First Addition would be a huge disservice to those who depend on them at that location. It also doesn't make sense to make the investments that we have in revitalizing our downtown, only to remove the two most popular institutions there!
I know it is more expensive to have duplicate locations, but sometimes it's worth it. Thirty-five years ago this community went through a similar conversation when the population outgrew one high school. The question was to build one large high school or two small ones. One large one would have been less expensive to operate, but the community ultimately chose two small schools, because they felt it would better serve their children. Similarly, it would better serve our citizens to keep the library and ACC in their current locations and add a branch library and additional services in Lake Grove.
When we get caught up in questions of cost and efficiency, it's easy to overlook the true quality of life issues such as this.
1776 tax rallying cry still resonsates today
To the Editor:
Demographic Identification Abuse. Use of population data obtained from United States census processes, without:
1) Informing all residents of such census areas and/or tracts of the intended data application.
2) Granting all residents of such census areas and/or tracts within a defined study zone equitable voting representation on any advisory committee at any public process level.
United States Constitution, 1787 Sep. 17 (population census)
Article I, Section 2, Paragraph 3:
'… The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of 10 years, in such manner as they shall by law direct. …
The Lake Oswego to Portland Transportation and Trails Alternative Analysis Study (LOPTTAAS) depends upon U.S. Census data to run transportation demand models. Which in turn produce results used by committees to formulate recommendations on transit alternatives.
Thus, in my opinion residents within census tracts in the 'primary travel shed' have a right to voting representation on any committee studying transportation alternatives in the Oregon Highway 43 corridor. No matter what processes or entities have defined corridor boundaries with respect to a purchased right-of-way. Such as the Willamette Shore Line Trolley.
Especially when the direct bus route for West Linn residents, Line 35 - Macadam is to be parsed into two segments if the streetcar is the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). This LPA will require two transfers to reach the central portion of the Portland Transit Mall (CPPTM) in downtown Portland.
In 1776 the rallying cry about egregious taxes was and still resonates to today:
'No taxation without representation.'
In 2006 the rallying cry about egregious exclusion by the Metro Council, in planning processes for affected communities and citizens is:
'No demographic application without representation.'
Stop this collection of defective processes in the Metro LOPTTAAS project. Perform a root cause investigation of demonstrated and continuing abusive systemic failures in the PIP - Public Involvement Program.
Charles 'Skip' Ormsby