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Hennagin's leadership

is noteworthy

To the Editor:

When assessing the various candidates for Lake Oswego City Council, Roger Hennagin tops the list.

I have known Roger for many years, served with him on various committees and watched him build a law practice here in Lake Oswego. He has always been willing to serve on, and if asked lead, task forces that addressed issues of concern for our community. His leadership at both the county and state level of the ARC organization is well documented and worthy of high praise. Roger has dedicated himself to understanding the issues that confront Lake Oswego and will provide a listening ear to the diverse opinions that surface. Once information is collected, Roger makes decisions based upon what benefits the greatest number of residents as well as the needs of the city in general. Having lived in both the east and west sides of the city, Roger has a clear picture of the differing needs that exist and will use his experience to provide sound advice to his fellow counselors. He is a skilled team player whose good judgment will be an asset to the council.

As you consider candidates for the open council positions, I strongly recommend Roger Hennagin. His dedication, knowledge, and experience make him best qualified as your first choice.

Pete Stidd

Lake Oswego

Donna Jordan has her

priorities right

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of Donna Jordan for city council. Donna is not a personal friend or a neighbor. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to write this letter of an experience I had with her in Lake Oswego City government.

I met Donna when she was chairing the Transportation Advisory Board. I went to TAB on behalf of the Lake Grove Neighborhood Association to advocate for a new system to build pathways based on pedestrian safety. TAB already had a system in place, one that it had been using for some time.

We found that Donna was willing to listen to the neighborhood's point of view, and she was open to looking at the data as well. As a result, the system emphasizing pedestrian safety was adopted, even though it cost TAB considerable time and effort to do so.

My personal experience is that Donna Jordan listens and has her priorities in the right place.

Trudy Corrigan

Lake Oswego

Look carefully at the two

candidates for governor

To the Editor:

Taxes is not a dirty word. We use our tax money to support schools, state police, health programs, prisons, roads, bridges and a lot more. But we are too cheap about it. We already are one of the lowest-taxed states. We rank 42nd in the nation, down there with Alabama and Mississippi.

The two main candidates for governor say a lot about taxes: One has facts to support his plans; the other has only myths repeated so often, even he believes them.

One candidate wants to raise taxes on cigarettes to pay for the health problems they create. Isn't that sensible?

The other candidate thinks estate taxes hurt small farmers and business folks. That is a myth! Name one example. Estate taxes only affect the super-rich.

One candidate wants to raise taxes on beer and wine. They haven't been raised in 30 years. Thanks to free trips to Hawaii, they are the lowest in the nation.

The other candidate wants to privatize state services. Isn't profit the real goal of privatization? Read the daily reports of misbehaviors and exorbitant paychecks to chief executive officers.

We have to live with the tax system we have since we don't have a sales tax like nearly every other state. Our taxes pay for our Quality of Life.

Listen closely at what the candidates say. Be very careful for whom you vote.

Norma Jean Germond

Lake Oswego

Johnson should be elected

to the city council

To the Editor:

Of the five candidates running for Lake Oswego City Council, one stands head and shoulders above the rest. Kristin Johnson is the clear choice. As her aunt and uncle, we have been privileged to watch her grow into the mature and competent woman she is today.

Kristin became interested in civil service at a young age. Her great uncle was a congressman and many other members of her family have been involved in government and serving the community.

We have always known her to be thoughtful and pragmatic. Her academic background is more than impressive and makes her well qualified to take a seat on the council. She has more civil service achievements than most of us acquire in a lifetime. Her focus is not only on the here and now but also the future of our community. She will not serve any one person's agenda. Kristin knows how to do her homework. She will make thoughtful decisions which will benefit us all now and for generations to come. She will bring a fresh voice and perspective to the council.

Please join us this election in making your vote count with a meaningful message. Vote for Kristin Johnson.

Mike and Jeanne Denton

Lake Oswego

Jordan will find right

solutions for LO

To the Editor:

I have confidence that Donna Jordan will be a wonderful city councilor. I have known Donna for three years and have always been impressed with the amount of time and energy she continually spends working as a volunteer on numerous boards and committees. This is a person who has no set agenda, just a willingness to listen, to act as a consensus builder, and one who will help preserve our city's character as Lake Oswego continues to evolve.

We need a proactive, fiscally responsible planner as part of city council, one who works effectively with city staff, the other members of council and the people of our city. Join me in supporting Donna Jordan as a person who will help determine intelligent solutions to the challenges facing the future of Lake Oswego.

Jan Hirsch

Lake Oswego

Vote yes only on Measure 44, none of the others

To the Editor:

With the exception of Measure 44, which expands eligibility for the prescription drug purchasing pool, I urge a no vote on all ballot measures. With that sole exception, I believe that all of the ballot measures are either clearly harmful to our community or are confusing and have unintended consequences. Many voters simply lack the time to give these measures the scrutiny they deserve.

So play it safe and vote for 44 and no more!

Mike Litt

Lake Oswego

Vote Democrat to

reinstate democracy

To the Editor:

Since President Bush is not shamed even by Supreme Court reprimands, we must use the Nov. 7 elections to return Congress to a balance of power. Only when we have that balance can there be a dialogue - bipartisan dialogue - to move us from confrontation to rational debate.

The solution is to elect and re-elect Democrat legislators in both the state assembly and the U. S. Congress. Results of absolute power are all too evident to miss our democratic opportunity.

Ruth S. Hoover

Lake Oswego

Measure 43 would limit rights of women

To the Editor:

We oppose Measure 43 because it is poor public health policy, costly, and dangerous to teens. Many teens face unwanted pregnancies due to pseudoscientific, abstinence-only sex education curricula; impaired access to contraception and emergency contraception; and rape and incest. One peer-reviewed study found that mandated parental notification laws would likely increase risky sexual behavior, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. When the father is a relative or parent, requiring parental notification could put the teen at increased risk of violence.

Based on the projected number of additional pregnancies, births, abortions and advanced STDs, the estimated potential annual costs of parental consent and law enforcement reporting requirements in Texas are at least $43.6 million.

Backers of Measure 43 suggest that girls wishing to avoid parental notification could find an administrative law judge (to bypass notification) through 'pregnancy crisis centers.' Such 'clinics' employ scare tactics to convince teens that abortion causes infertility, breast cancer and severe psychological consequences, none of which is true. Instead, women denied abortions often experience resentment and distrust, and their children may face social and occupational deficiencies.

Fifty-eight percent of women with unintended pregnancies become pregnant while using birth control. By age 45, the average female will have had 1.4 unintended pregnancies, and 43 percent will have had an abortion. Measure 43's backers support limiting a woman's right to control her reproductive health, a right many cannot exercise already due to low provider availability, cost, lack of insurance coverage and threats of violence.

Martin Donohoe, MD

Lake Oswego

(Also signed by 33 other physicians from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at OHSU)

Peterson is a super

individual

To the Editor:

I've long held a (formerly) secret wish that Superman could actually exist. In these troubled times, the nation would certainly benefit from an awe-inspiring hero whose abilities, character, and unwavering dedication to the common good inspires and helps us.

My wish has come true ... for living among us is an individual whose boundless energy, community commitment and vision toward a better future are almost superhuman.

Lynn Peterson is an extraordinarily focused and compassionate public servant. If she possesses a 'super power,' it's the ability to see the big picture. Lynn is rarely blindsided by a single issue - she understands community connectivity and endeavors to lead in an informed, progressive fashion. It has been our good fortune to have her serve on the Lake Oswego City Council, and it will be our great fortune to have her embrace wider goals as Clackamas County Commissioner. Vote for Lynn Peterson.

Michael Eury

Lake Oswego

Reiter's skills are just what LO needs

To the Editor:

Doug Reiter is uniquely qualified to be a member of the Lake Oswego City Council. Doug has been a cutting-edge management consultant for large and small businesses for 30 years. He is a team builder and creative problem solver. He is recognized in publications like The Wall Street Journal, National Business Employment Weekly and Oregon Business Journal. Doug has served on the corporate and professional boards and volunteered with charitable organizations like the United Way. These skills and experiences are exactly what Lake Oswego needs as we face the many challenges ahead.

I can attest that Doug Reiter is a pleasure to work with. He is a team player who listens carefully and acts thoughtfully. He is a clear thinker who will scrutinize the issues facing Lake Oswego through the lens of fiscal responsibility.

I know from my involvement at city hall on the Parker development that it takes a very smart, savvy, hard working individual to serve effectively on our city council. Please join me in voting for Doug Reiter.

Shelley A. Lorenzen

Lake Oswego

Public process questioned at center meetings

To the Editor:

Regarding Mr. Benson's letter, 'Committed to the Public Process,' in the Oct. 19 Review, I would like to go on record that I was also present at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Community Center Steering Committee.

I was appalled to hear Mr. Benson's remarks and instructions to the committee concerning public input that would be received by the steering committee at the Oct. 3 workshop (which I also attended). It downgraded the public input process.

As an ex-newspaper reporter, I wanted to 'recheck' what I heard Mr. Benson say and saw that Mr. Surrett was copying down Mr. Benson's statements word for word. After the meeting I asked Mr. Surrett to read his notes to me to make sure that what I heard were the exact words Mr. Benson used and not, as alleged in Mr. Benson's letter, what he says Mr. Surrett 'thinks' he (Benson) said. The quotes in the Surrett Oct. 6 letter are correct.

I want the citizens and taxpayers of Lake Oswego to 'really' know what the public input process has been concerning the Community Center Steering Committee meetings. I have attended these meetings regularly as a member from the public. Public attendees can listen only but cannot speak!

Since this has been my personal experience, it is even more imperative that the public is heard and insists to be heard as to whether or not a $100 million community center should be built in the first place. Furthermore, it is particularly disturbing that the highly respected Lake Oswego Adult Community Center and centrally located library may be (moved).

Hopefully, the two remaining workshops will ask the straightforward question whether the public attendees want a community center and what it will cost them. Total project cost (including the Safeco purchase) was not mentioned by the consultants at the first workshop and also that the Safeco building would be demolished with their proposal. Also, how about Saturday workshop meetings so that more people could attend?

Peg Paterson

Lake Oswego

Streetcar plan triggers

security concerns

To the Editor:

Streetcar advocates including Mayor Hammerstad and several candidates for the Lake Oswego City Council have neglected to disclose and or discuss security issues facing 'choice riders' of public transit.

Remember 'choice riders' are those who choose to ride transit over driving personal vehicles. Individual drivers in Portland at this date do not have to contend with stranger assaults upon themselves or family members.

However, individual transit riders must deal with this personal security threat, and reality. Note two such incidents occurred about Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. One at the Rose Quarter station platform: A man was stabbed repeatedly and is in the hospital. A second on the Springwater Corridor Trail recently linked with the Sellwood district: A transient was found murdered and floating in Johnson Creek.

I was a victim of a stranger-on-stranger assault near the Lake Quinault Lodge adjacent to the Olympic National Park 35 years ago. I am thus intimately familiar with this issue and aftermath of long-term effects.

Those effects include exclusion from seated juries at any court level. Contempt by others because you ran. (Two with a gun on one are not good self-defensive odds.) No victim assistance by courts. Metro-area politicians, planners, consultants, along with bicycle path advocates who ignore security issues/assaults in 'small group' discussions (recent Highway 43 corridor meeting with respect to a contemplated trail between Portland and Lake Oswego).

Consider the six- to eight-minute travel time for the streetcar between the Sellwood Bridge and Lake Oswego. Think with fear what one or a gang of Portland-area perverts could do to you, your spouse or your children. Duct tape and hand poles make fine tie-down points. Note a locked door safely encapsulates the single streetcar operator in a forward cab. Passengers in the open car behind are not monitored with cameras.

Will the courts (two districts) and police entities (five jurisdictions) provide a continuous, validated, working, and constantly improved system of law enforcement and deterrence?

Besides the assault on your security by streetcar and bike freeway advocates, what else is not being disclosed or publicly discussed as part of the deal for the streetcar between Portland and Lake Oswego?

Charles 'Skip' Ormsby

Birdshill Area

Reiter will bring fresh ideas to council

To the Editor:

Doug Reiter has our vote for Lake Oswego City Council.

He is an unusual candidate in that he is a successful businessman who is willing and able to devote the enormous time and energy that it takes to serve on city council.

As a political outsider, Doug will bring fresh ideas and a businesslike approach to the political arena. Let's not miss an opportunity to elect a topnotch business executive who is willing to serve in the public sector.

Lake Oswego will be a better place for it.

Jerry and Tracie Stubblefield

Lake Oswego

Retain Sowa as county commissioner

To the Editor:

I support Larry Sowa for reelection as Clackamas County Commissioner. Larry has proved his capabilities by his years of public service. Possibly no one in elective office knows Clackamas County better or cares more about its varied needs than Larry Sowa. We need to keep his knowledge and experience working for us.

I served with Larry for nearly 15 years on the Board of Clackamas Community College. He was always informed, prepared and a strong supporter of the college. As a member of the Oregon Legislature during that time, he was a dependable advocate for students, also.

Rare among politicians, Larry Sowa does not talk endlessly, but he listens. When he spoke we paid attention, because the information he gave was timely and helpful.

I value Larry's knowledge and experience. He has my highest respect. Please give your vote to keep Larry Sowa as Clackamas County Commissioner.

Mimi Chitty

West Linn

Wonder where the money came from?

To the Editor:

Property tax payers of Lake Oswego listen up! Want to know where the city council got the $20 million to buy the Safeco property? Well the answer is: Wells Fargo Bank. The council first took 'our money' from surplus funds in such important reserve accounts in our general fund as the sewer, public health and safety, and others in order to get fast cash to close escrow (July 7) on the property purchase. Three days later, on July 10, they signed papers (and, who was authorized to do that?) with the bank for a $25 million line of credit, for three years at six percent. Then, they restored the money in the surplus accounts with $20 million of the $25 million credit line loan. It's borrowed money anyway you slice and dice it.

What is the bank's security for the loan? Answer: The cash surpluses in those aforementioned, very important general fund reserve accounts. In these days of high real estate market volatility, cash is a far better security for a bank than 14 acres of property, of which only seven acres are useable, the rest are wetlands. If the Safeco property is sold, the bank's line of credit loan must be liquidated immediately. Remember, we taxpayers are paying interest to the tune of $1.2 million a year for the money. Plus we've already lost the annual property tax revenues from Safeco.

Were we asked to vote on the Safeco property purchase? Answer: No. Did we have a say in the incredible fast-paced process borrowing schemes? Answer: No. Were proper procedures followed to temporarily deplete general fund reserve account surpluses? I don't know - yet. I do know that it was done by council resolution and not through an ordinance procedure with required public input. I am concerned that this example of how the council makes its decisions concerning incurring incredible debt for us taxpayers could only be the 'tip of the iceberg.' More investigations into prior indebtedness schemes for non-voter approved purchases must be undertaken and strict spending/borrowing limits placed on the council.

John Surrett

Lake Oswego

Hennagin works hard in the community