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City should review

its spending habits

To the Editor:

Last July the city of Lake Oswego bought the Safeco Complex near Lake Grove for $20 million. The city wants to make it into a second community center although there is already an adult community center in Lake Oswego.

There needs to be a community center in Lake Oswego just for kids where they can hang out, stay out of trouble and have a good time. Some of the things at this new community center that would serve the needs of its youngest citizens include an outdoor and indoor aquatic facility including an outdoor pool with diving boards and slides. This would include locker rooms and a workout facility.

The 14-acre site could also be home to a new city library and even a new stadium and field that could house the Lakeridge football games. The field would also eliminate the needs for a field at Luscher farms, keeping that area free of development.

Maybe it's about time the city starts spending money on uses for the public, instead of street dividers and round-abouts with flowers that just make the roads more complicated to drive.

Eric Stroble

Lake Oswego

'Disconnect' between powers and public?

To the Editor:

I agree with Yvonne R. Campbell's assertion (in Southwest Weekly-Oregonian supplement) that there is a definite 'disconnect' between the powers that be in Lake Oswego and the common person on the street.

This is not only regarding what they think is our 'need' for a community center.

We do have real community needs to take care of, such as the sewer lines that stretch across the lake bottom, to say nothing of the results of tons of copper sulfate along with them.

It has also been determined for us that we must not mention Christmas. Nowhere in any city publication is that dreaded word mentioned. It seems that this is the same group that dictated the politically correct 'Holiday Tree,' thus forbidding the words Christmas Trees.

Let it be known: it is not illegal to say the words Merry Christmas or to purchase a 'Christmas' Tree. This season stands for something to a great percentage of our society and is no more 'offensive' than Kwanza or Hannukah.

If anyone need 'defense' to speak and enjoy the word Christmas, they can contact the American Center For Law and Justice. Those folks have gone before the Supreme Court and gained legal 'permission.'

Merry Christmas!

Char Kolzow

Lake Oswego

Quantity and quality in Oregon waterways

To the Editor:

Our friends who are interested in Oregon's waterways, and who have cable TV, will, I am sure, want to watch some current programs we - Citizens for Safe Water - are presenting on the cable program, the 'Water Spot.'

Our December reruns of the Water Spot feature guests from WaterWatch of Oregon, the organization that works to protect streamflows in Oregon's rivers. The staff of WaterWatch consists mainly of environmental attorneys who work to enforce legal requirements relating to water quantity. If you watch cable 11 or cable 23, you can hear them explain the current conflict between municipalities wanting more water rights (on the Willamette, for instance) and the need to protect fish runs and habitat. Our guests from WaterWatch, John Devoe, executive director, and Lisa Brown, staff attorney, also explain HB 3038, a result of WaterWatch's Coos Bay lawsuit.

In January we have guests appearing from Oregon Wild and presenting the 'roadless' issue - in other words, the environmental problems caused by logging roads in many Oregon forests and mountains - even in the Bull Run, the source of much of the Metro area's prized drinking water. Regna Merritt, executive director, and Matt Fisher, campaign coordinator for roadless areas, will be discussing the roadless issue. ('Oregon Wild' was formerly known as the Oregon Natural Resources Coalition).

The live program in January will be shown on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. on cable 11, throughout the tri-county area. Viewers may phone in with questions or comments about 8:30 to 8:45.

Reruns for both programs can be seen on cable on the following schedule: Sundays at noon on channel 23; Tuesdays at 11 a.m., channel 23; Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; channel 11 (throughout the tri-county area), and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. on channel 23.

I encourage you to watch these programs for better understanding of water quantity and quality in Oregon.

Tom Long

President, Citizens for Safe Water

Portland

'Global warming' expert challenged

To the Editor:

I have worked in the renewable energy field for over 20 years, and am please with the progress made by geothermal, wind, biomass, hydro and solar energy. These technologies offer increasing practical ways to reduce the need to combust fossil fuel. This progress is significantly slowed by people like Eban Goodstein, a self-declared expert on 'global warming.'

The totally unsubstantiated rants of people like Goodstein (he knows we only have exactly one and a half years to act, etc.), when proven by time to be false, turn average people away from practical action that can be taken. 'True believers,' of course, will forget these doomsday prophecies as the deadlines come and go: Remember the prediction last spring of the devastating hurricane season we were going to have?

Goodstein's declaration that 'the only people who don't get how serious global warming is work inside the Beltway of Washington, D.C.' hint that he has never visited places like India, China or Eastern Europe.

Actually, the validity of people like Goodstein and this 'Focus the Nation' can be determined in a short paragraph near the end of the article. Paul J von Hartman, apparently one of Goodstein's true believers, is noted to be 'educating various countries on how cannabis (marijuana) production can inhibit global warming.' Hey, Dude, like the sky is falling …

Dave Luck

Lake Oswego

How could the senator be misled?

To the Editor:

Sen. (Gordon) Smith's speech on the floor of the Senate reversing his support for the war in Iraq rings hollow. The rhetoric, half truths, and outright lies in the buildup to the invasion of Iraq were painfully obvious from the beginning. How could the senator, with much greater resources than the average citizen, be so easily misled?

Having deceived Congress and the American people to get us into this mess in the first place, how can we trust the current leadership to move forward effectively? They have botched everything except for toppling Saddam and creating obscene profits for a few American companies.

If Sen. Smith is truly sincere, he must work tirelessly every day, not only in speech but by his actions, to correct this massive criminal enterprise and bring those responsible for deceiving Congress to justice- anything less is a disservice to Sen. Smith's constituents. I recommend that he resign immediately.

Barry Dragoon

Lake Oswego

'Tombstone sign'

policy needs look

To the Editor:

Rob Baur's letter about the Round table Pizza sign, and other similar signs that have been changed and replaced to conform to the newest business sign guidelines, is absolutely correct.

I have struggled to see around many signs that he describes as 'tombstone style' signs in Lake Oswego, and it is a matter of good luck that somebody hasn't been killed or seriously injured so far. This is a design policy that needs serious reconsideration.

A sign on a pole may not conform to our idea of what a European village looks like, but it has the distinct advantage of not hiding any cars or pedestrians behind it. Additionally, I can think of one sign that sits on a base and conforms to the aesthetic requirements, yet whose unattractiveness can only be compared to the old signs on a Portland fast food hamburger chain that featured neon olives-for-eyes attached on long toothpick stalks to the neon outlined hamburger.

There is a need for some rethinking of whether the sign policy is doing what it was designed to do. At the least, modification for safety's sake is really in order.

Emma Lee Weibel

Lake Oswego

Who do you call about dead animals?

To the Editor:

A few days ago, when looking out my front window, I saw what appeared to be a dead animal on my front lawn. It turned out to be a racoon.

I called my daughter who said I should call the city to see what agency would take care of it. So I called 503-635-0238 and asked whom I should contact for help.

The lady answering told me that the city does not have anyone or department that takes care of removing dead racoons from a resident's property. She told me to get a male neighbor or friend to put it in my trash can, to be picked up on my pick-up day. I was very disappointed with this advice, but I did find someone to do it.

Afterwards I commented to friends about this, and everyone was very surprised that Lake Oswego didn't have a department that would take care of a problem like this. What if it had been bigger or perhaps only half dead? Are there any regulations about dead, wild animals in the city? I sure would like to know what to do if it happens again. Thanks for any advice.

Elva J. Escola

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: Capt. Don Forman of the Lake Oswego Police Department, responds: 'As a general rule, it is a homeowner's responsibility to ensure (his or her) private property is maintained and kept free of any unwanted material, debris, or dead animals. The police department oversees the Animal Control function for the city with Community Service Officers routinely removing dead animals from public streets, sidewalks, parks and other public areas. In the case of injured or orphaned wild animals, the Audubon Society will respond to pick up and render aid. In the case of injured raccoons specifically, the Audubon Society offers only euthanasia.'