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letters - Batch 1, Aug. 4-2011

We need to honor former Chief Duncan

To the Editor:

I wonder if anyone has thought about having a place of honor for former Lake Oswego Chief of Police Dan Duncan who passed away on May 20, 2010, the day before his retirement party at city hall, leaving everyone who knew him devastated and shocked.

Dan was a neat person and a terrific leader who was respected and admired by all who met him.

As I understand it, there is a memorial to him in one of the glass cases on the main floor of the Lake Oswego City Hall. However, this is not something the general public sees unless they have to go to city hall. Something more availably visible to the general public would be ideal.

Dan's name was added to both the fallen police memorials in Salem and nationally in Washington, D.C. Although there is recognition in the state and in Washington, DC, I think it would be nice if a monument, plaque or a tree could be placed in a chosen area, perhaps in front of city hall or the West End Building if and when it becomes the new facility for a 9-1-1/police center. Naming a park after him would remind all Lake Oswego citizens of Dan Duncan.

I would also suggest that whatever tribute is paid to him that it be completed with a ceremony for all citizens to attend. Having his Honor Guard there for the ceremony would truly be a gift for all and a great tribute to Chief Duncan.

Madaline Allen

West Linn

Gross domestic product negotiations are a concern

To the Editor:

With Harry Potter now over, there's not much my generation has to look forward to. We have terrorism, climate change and the national debt. But last week there was hope when President Obama and John Boehner discussed a 'grand bargain.' The executed plan would have been a historic first step towards cooling down our overheated borrowing trajectory before it rockets past 90 percent of the GDP (gross domestic product), a foreboding economic threshold.

But negotiations flamed out, as both knew there could be no grand bargain because some members of the House of Representatives will shun even the smallest of compromises.

The worst part is hearing those members express concern for the young who will inherit this mess.

They are too stuck in their narrow ideology to move NOW on a balanced approach with decreased spending and increased taxes, meaning that one day my generation will have to stomach much larger helpings of both.

Oh well, at least we have the next Batman movie, which might have some good lines like the last one:

'Some men … can't be … negotiated or reasoned with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.'

Max Heninger

Lakeridge High School Class of 2010

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: This letter was written last week, prior to the settlement reached over the weekend on the debt ceiling limits.

No changes are needed for Luscher Farm

To the Editor:

Luscher Farm is slated for irreparable changes in the proposed Luscher Area Master Plan.

First of all, the 'area' is Luscher 'Farm.' Part of the organic farming is being relocated to a steep, wet area. This soil will not support the year-round farming that has taken years to accomplish. Furthermore, a significant area of the nutrient-rich soil currently farmed is going to be a playing field and parking lot?

This is a farm that is being 'developed'... not some tract of wasteland begging to be beautified. Once changes are made to the land of the farm ... the 'farm' is changed forever.

The 'rearrangement' of the community gardens would be another travesty. These people have spent time, money and hard work farming their plots. Again, it takes years to prepare soil for producing food.

Do we really need more playing fields? Where is the study to support this need? If the need is there, let's look at other places ... not Luscher Farm. Is there a parking lot that can be made into a field? Abandoned schools? Let's study alternative sites before we permanently alter a precious resource.

At Luscher, our youth can learn a lot about organic gardening and agriculture, sustainability and wildlife. They can discover the benefits of taking time out to experience peace, quiet, and fresh air, while enjoying a break from their over-structured lives.

Questions:

Where is the sustainability plan?

What does the Historical Society think?

Where is the money coming from to implement these ideas?

The public that I know enjoys the farm just like it is … no changes need.

Barbara Tennant

West Linn neighbor of Luscher Farm

Letter sent the wrong message about Lake Oswego

To the Editor:

With a huge sigh of relief, I am so thankful for the comments against Elena King's July 21 letter opposing Walmart in Lake Oswego/West Linn.

I was appalled by her letter, and sickened that her snobby comments ended up sending yet another horrible stereotype of our community out into the world. My husband and I moved here 5 years ago and have loved every minute of it, exploring the beautiful parks, shopping and meeting other hard- working and genuine people in not only Lake Oswego, but in our neighboring cities as well.

We feel this is the best place to raise our family because of the people and businesses that make it so special.

Yes, Walmart is not local or sadly in Ms. King's case not 'high end,' but if it creates some jobs and keeps business humming in our town I think that's great! I am thankful to have a job and live a comfortable life in Lake Oswego, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy saving money on groceries or going to Tigard or Wilsonville to find a better deal on clothes. My question to Ms. King is what would you do if your high end stores closed down? God forbid you would have to visit Tualatin, Tigard or Wilsonville and subject those poor citizens to your downright repulsive attitude.

Kristin Krahmer

Lake Oswego