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Letters - Oct. 20, 2011

WEB could be the solution for the future

To the Editor:

I wish to thank Pam and Paul Hooper for their comments in their citizen's view on Sept. 29 in the Lake Oswego Review.

As a result, I do not understand why there is not more conversation and action plans to bring many of the city's services to the centrally located West End Building. This plan appears to be so clearly rational and cost effective. Their points were excellent, and made the current plans for the new library and other expensive solutions to city services without merit.

I have visited the WEB several times and believe that it could be an outstanding solution to many of the city's future plans. The central location makes services so much more assessable to all our citizens.

It would be interesting to understand why there is opposition to such a clear, practical, realistic and obvious solution.

Gary Smith

Lake Oswego

Placing library at WEB makes more sense

To the Editor:

The big spenders of our tax money just don't give up. They would spend tens of millions of dollars more than necessary to crowd a lesser library at the east edge of town and build a high-rise garage to be shared with developers of condos.

The misnamed 'West End' Building is actually situated much closer to the majority of Lake Oswego residents and would make a larger, better, library. The false argument that 'libraries must be built to handle three times more weight than office buildings' only applies when you cram as many books as possible into as small a space as possible.

That describes our present library, which stacks books from six feet high all the way to a couple inches off the floor. Senior citizens like myself cannot read the titles of books and DVDs on the bottom two shelves of our present library because we cannot stoop down that far. And the shelves are placed so close together that people are overcrowded in busy areas. Smaller shelves can be spaced wider and made more convenient at the WEB at minimal cost. Also moving walls, installing cabling, and seismic upgrading are cheaper than buying one and a half city blocks, relocating businesses, tearing down buildings and building new buildings.

Being able to 'walk between the bank, a coffee shop, stationery store and the library' is another false argument. The WEB has a built-in coffee shop and is only a block from a major bank. There are four more banks on the nearby Boones Ferry shopping strip as well as a post office, grocery stores, drug stores, salons, great restaurants, garden shop, lamp shop, paint shop, gas stations, shipping services, printing services, used book store, medical plaza, real estate offices and professional offices. This is more than the east edge library site has to offer.

We taxpayers have already purchased the WEB. We already own it. It's ours to utilize. To dump it at today's depressed price and spend many tens of millions dollars more for a smaller library that would force most residents to drive further than necessary is based on folly, or maybe on the greed of the businesses in downtown Lake Oswego.

Why not give the taxpayers who use the library a chance to vote on it? Is it because certain interests are afraid of the will of the people?

William Barbat

Lake Oswego

Let Foothills owners pay for their own redevelopment

To the Editor:

If the redevelopment of the Foothills District is such an incredible economic opportunity, why aren't the current land owners and developers jumping at the chance to develop it instead of asking Lake Oswego taxpayers to come up with the money?

Also, who is paying for the Foothills promotional material which has been sent to Lake Oswego residents through the mail and in the Lake Oswego Review? I hope the city isn't using my tax dollar to promote its Foothills scheme.

Barbara Eden

Lake Oswego

Losing rights to privacy is not a good option

To the Editor:

What's the future, if any, of access to Todd Prager's living room?

I have lived almost 10 years in Lake Oswego, and I have never been on Oswego Lake, nor have I ever been in Todd Prager's home. I have an equal right to both.

Mr. Prager has the same right to Oswego Lake as I do, and the day the owners of Oswego Lake loose their rights to privacy is the same day Mr Prager should loose his rights to privacy in his home.

Wilton C. Jackson

Lake Oswego

'Vote yes on the peoples' measure, 3-386'

To the Editor:

A group of unpaid citizens gathered signatures to put initiative 3-386 on the Nov. 5 ballot. It states that in unincorporated areas of Clackamas County where an urban renewal district is proposed, it must be voted upon by ALL the citizens of the county.

In response, the county commissioners, fearing loss of control where 3 of 5 can approve urban renewal, proposed an alternative amendment, 3-388. It states ONLY people in the unincorporated URD will be allowed to vote, even though it affects everyone in the county.

In the end the measure with the most yes votes will become the law. Neither applies to cities as their ordinances take precedence.

Unincorporated areas follow the ordinances of the county as they do not have their own. All county citizens vote to pay for services such as sheriff to protect these unincorporated areas. If an area wants to spend money that affects the total county, all county citizens must be allowed to vote. To bypass the restrictions of either measure an area simply needs to be incorporated.

Vote yes on the peoples' measure, 3-386. Vote no on 3-388, the government's attempt to hijack our rights.

Dave Barra

Lake Oswego

Thanks for bringing art alive

To the Editor:

On Oct. 7, students at Oak Creek Elementary toured Lake Oswego's Gallery Without Walls as part of their art literacy curriculum.

On behalf of Oak Creek's Art Literacy Program, I would like to thank the LO Arts Council's Executive Director Cheryl Brock, board member Sara Lea and eight docents who organized and led the tour.

More than 300 students viewed sculptures throughout downtown LO. Discussions ranged from artistic interpretation and choice of medium to the engineering required to build and install the pieces.

Bringing our students into direct contact with these sculptures enriches the art literacy curriculum and helps students understand and appreciate how and why artists create. We are so fortunate to have these works in our city and to have the Arts Council bring them alive for our students.

Courtney A. Clements

Oak Creek Art Literacy Coordinator

Lake Oswego

Glad Darm/blogger suit is settled

To the Editor:

I was happy to see that the lawsuit was able to be settled between Dr. Jerry Darm and Portland blogger Tiffany Craig.

I am a big supporter of Dr. Darm. I have found him to be compassionate and professional at all times. He goes out of his way to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Many of my friends and family think the world of him and I have never known anyone to say a disparaging word about his techniques.

It's a shame that someone who has never even met him can cause such damage to his character and business, based on information available on the Internet that doesn't tell the entire story.

I hope that this is the end of it and wish him and his family the best in their healing/recovery process.

Mary Prince

Lake Oswego