Some police calls waste both time and money

To the Editor:

We have been subscribers to the Lake Oswego Review for many years and have always read the police blotter. We often listen to the Bob Miller Show on AM 860, on Friday morning, to get his take on the blotter of that week's edition of the Review. Bob Miller makes good natured fun of the blotter and I think with good reason.

Week after week my wife and I marvel at some of the many rather inane things that residents of Lake Oswego report to the police. Even more amazing, to us, is the fact that our police officers respond to these calls. It seems to us that many of these calls could have been dealt with if the caller had used a little common sense and personal initiative.

It seems to me that the police dispatcher should be a little more discriminating in regards to the calls to which he/she will dispatch a patrol officer. My wife and I believe that answering many of the calls reported in the blotter is a waste of police time and taxpayer money.

John W. Thompson

Lake Oswego

How about financial donors for various school grades?

To the Editor:

I am a concerned citizen of Lake Oswego and our school system. The Lake Oswego school system is under budget constraints and teacher cuts jeopardizing our students and their progress toward higher learning. Each school season continues the legacy of teachers spending their own monies for classroom supplies, and is this what we want to continue?

I would like to see individuals, corporations or others who want to make a donation and/or be responsible for the cost toward an elementary grade step up and commit to an entire school year.

For example, I see an individual picking Grade 4 at Forest Hills Elementary School, coordinating recourse with the principal and classroom teacher on a supply list. This list would also include a window air conditioner for days/weeks of extreme hot weather; how many adults would work without air conditioning?

The important thing to remember here is not the longevity of the item used but the benefit. During the winter months the air conditioner would be removed by the custodian into storage for the next year and the same grade. There, the school would benefit in affecting an annual donor for each grade.

I see this plan working over and above what the classroom already receives monetarily.

Linda Flynn

Lake Oswego

A win-win solution: West End Building and the library

To the Editor:

For five years, the city of Lake Oswego has been fretting about what to do with the West End Building (WEB). Now the time has come when we have to either fish or cut bait - the bank is no longer willing to renew the $20 million interest-only loan so the city must start paying both principle and interest.

Meantime, the city has been looking for a new home for our very overcrowded library on Fourth and D. So why not solve both problems with one simple, cost-effective answer: Instead of building a new $52 million library on First and B, as the city has proposed, let's buy the WEB for $20 million and move the library to that truly central location off Boones Ferry Road.

The current library has just 27,000 square feet with very limited parking. The WEB has more than 87,000 square feet and comes complete with parking for nearly 300 cars. The property also offers ample acreage to build a new police and safety building.

We were stuck with a lemon when former city officials bought the building at the height of the real estate boom in 2006. Now let's make lemonade.

Barbara Eden

Lake Oswego

Dr. Darm is not a plastic surgeon

To the Editor:

Your article on Sept. 8 regarding Dr. Jerry Darm misinformed your readers.

In the article, Dr. Darm is described as a Lake Oswego plastic surgeon. In fact, he has no training in plastic surgery. He was trained as an emergency physician. The fact that he is performing aesthetic procedures does not qualify him as a plastic surgeon.

A plastic surgeon goes through a rigorous training, which uniquely prepares the surgeon for the specialty. This type of careless reporting provides a disservice to your reader and to the general public. I recommend that you print a correction to the Sept. 8 article.

John S. Lee, MD


'We believe it serves the common good'

To the Editor:

Public art

Lake Oswego

The Denver sculptor has come and gone.

A structure rests upon the lawn.

We pass it on our daily walk,

Feel it dominate and shock.

If you ask us why we give it space,

We speak of artistry and grace.

Whether it's damned or understood,

We believe it serves the common good.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego

Kachel, Kunkel thanked for work on the courts

To the Editor:

We are so fortunate to live in a community that cares and that has citizens who contribute to its enhancement.

I have been playing in a summer tennis league in Portland. The tennis courts are not maintained and have weeds growing in them (there are 'weed rules' for when the ball hits them). The nets are torn and sagging.

I am so appreciative of our Lake Oswego tennis facilities. I would like to thank Paul Kachel who has worked for hours to clean the Lakeridge High School tennis courts. He has organized two work parties (24 participants) and the courts look terrific!

I know his wife, Mary Ann Kunkel, a non-tennis player, also has spearheaded many fundraising events and has also helped in the power washing and scrubbing.

Thank you for your terrific volunteering. You are appreciated.

Cyndi Murray

Lake Oswego

Is the city getting 'value for our money' with Lacey property?

To the Editor:

In responding to my wife (Ruth Hamilton's) Aug. 25th letter to the Review about Lake Oswego's high cost lease/option for the Lacey's property, the city wrote that the owner paid '... $2.1 million in 2006, when the assessor's real market value was $760,470.'

Interesting, but the owner's sunk cost is not our problem in a presumably arm's-length transaction. That purchase occurred just before we closed on Safeco, at the bubble's height. Nobody's compensating us for our losses.

The city misleadingly claimed that '... the corner property is a pivotal parcel for ... a mixed-use library project ...' Of the four current options, three are mixed-use and only two involve Lacey's. We appear to have been sucked into an overpriced transaction without knowing if we'll need the property or what we'll do with it. How many times do we have to see this picture?

The city reported that '... the owner agreed to forego a pending private long-term lease.' Normally, this 'If-you-don't-see-me-today-I-can't-save-you-any-money' pitch would be ignored, but we're allegedly trying to get new businesses in Lake Oswego. If the lessee would provide jobs and an attractive business, might that be better than a parking structure?

The city didn't mention an appraisal. We didn't really sign a deal for almost three times the official estimated market value without one, did we?

I hope to work with many of you for a new Lake Oswego library. It would help a lot if we all could believe that the city was making at least some effort to get value for our money.

R A Fontes

Lake Oswego

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