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Try a Hire a Local Kid/Adult campaign for Walmart?

To the Editor:

Whether we like the corporation or not, Walmart is coming and it means jobs for many people. I hope that Walmart in Lake Oswego and West Linn will hire locally as their commercials indicate.

This should also be a challenge and a campaign for all Lake Oswego businesses. How many of our local fast food or other businesses hire locally?

Not too long ago, our present accountants, lawyers, doctors and business owners who grew up here, worked at the local establishments as fast food servers, store counter help, car washers, gas attendants, baby sitters, construction yard cleaners, farm help (summer, high school and college kids picked berries), bank tellers, janitorial workers, cafe servers and so on.

The local businesses, most of whose owners lived here, hired these local high school kids, college kids, moms with kids in school, grandparents and others to save for college, school clothes, a first car, prom, retirement, and income and experience. Patrons enjoyed seeing neighbors and it brought the community together. Hiring those from our local community, (it is proven people prefer to shop locally with people they know and would spend more to do so) would make Walmart a welcome addition. Lets start a Hire a Local Kid/Adult Campaign.

Victoria Gardner

Lake Oswego

Owner of the Insurance Store Inc. Lake Oswego

Question raised about city's payment for Lacey's property

To the Editor:

Why did the city of Lake Oswego agree to an option to buy the Lacey's property for $2.35 million when the Clackamas County Assessor's office places its true market value at $835,816?

Ruth Hamilton

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: Christine Kirk, the public affairs manager for the city of Lake Oswego, responds:

'The Clackamas County Assessor's Real Market Values are derived from a complex sales analysis calculation and rarely match actual sale prices. For example, 500 First St. sold for $2.1 million in 2006, when the Assessor's Real Market Value was $760,470. The Lake Oswego Redevel-opment Agency Board approved the two-year option price for 500 First St. considering a number of factors: 1) the corner property is a pivotal parcel for assembly of a First Street North Anchor site for a mixed-use library project; 2) the current owner paid $2.1 million for the property in 2006, and was unwilling to sell it for a loss; 3) the owner agreed to forego a pending private long-term lease.

'For more information, such as the Feasibility Studies and North Anchor Acquisition Plan, please go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/redevlop/future.htm. Also, see Clackamas County Assessment and Taxation Frequently Asked Questions at www.clackamas.us/at/faqs.htm#12.'

Comments on Walmart shoppers create problems for residents

To the Editor:

Well Ms. King and Mr. Neff, I will give you this, both of you have a lot of courage to expose your idiocy to so many people. Your recent comments regarding Walmart and the people it would attract to both West Linn and Lake Oswego are some of the most ignorant statements I have ever seen made by two human beings.

The two of you keep bringing up the people that will come in from Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville that will pollute your cities. All four of those cities have become fairly affluent in their own right. Are both of you so far out of touch that these cities seem like crime-ridden ghettos to you?

Mr. Neff, when you said 'I had not considered the hordes of people, maybe not all of them white, swarming in from Tigard and Tualatin ...' Are you kidding me? Maybe not all of them white? Is this the South in 1935 or is this present-day West Linn?

Ms. King, it is people like you who have made me come to the point where when people ask me where I was raised, I don't tell them Lake Oswego. I tell them I was raised in Rivergrove in hopes that they don't put me in the same category as people such as yourself.

I live less than a mile from the proposed Walmart in West Linn and grew up a mile from the proposed site in Lake Oswego and welcome them both. I commend Walmart for creating jobs for people in this country's worst ecomomic time since the Great Depression. Judging by Mr. Neff's comments, he was alive during the depression.

Nick Hurdstrom

West Linn