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letters - Nov. 24, 2011

Call it a Christmas tree instead of a holiday tree

To the Editor:

For years I have wondered: Why?

When the White House has a Christmas tree, when New York City has a Christmas tree, when Oregon has a Christmas tree, when Portland has a Christmas tree - why does Lake Oswego have a Holiday tree?

Recent discussions with Lake Oswego city management determined that they do not know, and that if we want it to be a Christmas tree, it can be a Christmas tree.

Maybe it's too late for 2011, but we can plan for 2012.

Syd Dorn

Lake Oswego

 Auto broker and board member of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce

Listen to residents about the streetcar extension

To the Editor:

I read the recent front page article regarding the Lake Oswego streetcar extension with a mix of frustration and complete disbelief.

I have been engaged in this issue for the past several years, attending numerous public meetings and open houses. I have listened to both sides of the argument and participated in the public process, each time walking away with the feeling my position was not being acknowledged or heard.

The recent decision by city council to ignore the survey and 'educate' the public, only to spend more money and push for a 'city wide informational vote' in May 2012 is quite frankly insulting. At what point are the mayor and city councilors Jordan, Moncrieff and Tierney - who are proponents of the streetcar line extension and Foothills development - going to listen to the citizens of Lake Oswego and their constituents?

We have patiently gone through the public process, participated and spoken, we do not support the streetcar extension. Accept it and let's move on to improvements our community can all support, education, existing infrastructure and maintaining the quality of life that attracted us to the area in the first place.

Lisa Fisher

Dunthorpe

Witnesses to Halloween accident sought

To the Editor:

As lifelong Oregonians, once we had children we knew we wanted to raise them in a community that shared the same values that we did. We have now been area residents for five years now, with our family having roots in town that are generations deep. With that, we need the help of those citizens now:

On Oct. 31 (Halloween) at around 2:15 p.m. my husband was traveling southbound on State Street in his beloved green 1971 BMW 2002. While stopped on State Street at the Middlecrest intersection (near the Lakewood Theatre), he was rear ended by a 2006 black GMC Yukon. We are now looking for anyone that may have seen this accident occur.

We know it is a stretch, but we have to ask - if you have any information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

C. Reents

West Linn

Pioneer Cemetery thanks both boy and girl scouts

To the Editor:

On a very rainy Oct. 2nd, the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery hosted boy and girl scouts from the Lake Oswego area for a seasonal clean-up day.

A huge thank you from the OPC goes to the 20 scouts and parents who spent the afternoon removing overgrowth from the pioneer family plots, trimming plants, hauling debris and enthusiastically working to maintain this historic community area.

Since many of the large plots at the cemetery are century-old 'orphans' with no one to care for them, this type of community service is invaluable to OPC.

An additional thank you goes to Mark Hoyt, scoutmaster of Troop 127 (established 1927) and membership chairperson for the Pioneer District, for working closely with OPC to plan the event and for sending out the call to local troops.

We look forward to holding more of these partnership events in the future. For more information on the OPC, a Lake Oswego historic landmark, visit www.oswegoheritage.org/history/cemetery.html .

Kate Stidd

Lake Oswego

Community Liaison

Oswego Pioneer Cemetery

Who stands to gain and who doesn't with streetcar?

To the Editor:

In the streetcar survey just out, a majority of the citizens turned thumbs down. Yet the mayor says that they need to be educated, not he.

Our patronizing mayor says that he has a vision, but perhaps the education the citizenry needs is about whose vision is dancing with dollar signs. The mayor says he has no financial conflict of interest to disclose. That may currently be true, but we still need to know who stands to gain in the future - and who doesn't.

Arthur and Charlene Emlen

Lake Oswego

Vote was a sad statement for our leaders

To the Editor:

It is sad to see a key council vote go 4-3 on a project as important as the Lake Oswego to Portland streetcar.

Leadership is not always popular and I want to applaud the four who voted to keep the project on track. I wish that the three that voted against the project would either take their leadership responsibility seriously or step down and let someone with the necessary leadership skills take their places.

The streetcar project will never be broadly popular in a vote. Everyone would rather see the potholes in our roads fixed to make driving more enjoyable. Face it; driving is more convenient and fun than taking public transit.

Where leadership comes in is understanding that what is best for Lake Oswego, the Metro region and the nation is to get folks out of their cars and on public transportation. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is what is best for the environment and our nation's security. So I challenge the three to demonstrate their leadership skills and support the LO to Portland streetcar.

Frank Hall

Lake Oswego

Listen to the voice of the people

To the Editor:

What will it take to convince Mayor Hoffman and his cohorts on the city council that the majority of Lake Oswego residents don't want, don't need and can't afford the $380 to $458 million (estimated) for the streetcar?

Results of a communitywide (survey) were announced last week and to the surprise of no one, except perhaps the mayor, the majority of citizens oppose the project. But instead of accepting the results as the voice of the people, the mayor has now directed the city staff to launch a taxpayer-funded PR campaign to sell the streetcar to city residents.

Although the pro-streetcar group likes to use traffic congestion as the reason we need the streetcar, studies have shown repeatedly that the streetcar would do little to alleviate congestion on Highway 43. It turns out that the real purpose of the project is to enhance the development potential of the Foothills project. So the bottom line is that Lake Oswego taxpayers are supposed to support a multi-million dollar streetcar and a $50-million-plus redevelopment on B Avenue in order to jumpstart development of privately owned property in the Foothills area.

A far better plan would be to support an enhanced bus system for an estimated $51 million, which would serve all residents in the area, not just new residents in the proposed Foothills development. Then remodel the centrally located West End Building to house a vastly expanded library. That's a plan most Lake Oswego residents could support.

Barbara Eden

Lake Oswego

Takes a team to build rain garden

To the Editor:

Although the Green Team of Lake Oswego United Church of Christ (LOUCC) is grateful to the Lake Oswego Review for its Nov. 17 article about the new rain garden in our parking lot, we need to emphasize our team could not have completed the project without help from a number of organizations and individuals.

In partnership with Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, LOUCC received a Nature in the Neighborhood grant from Metro for $12,000. Required matching professional volunteer hours were contributed by Otak, Dana Thompson Tanks and Soil, Landscape Designer Carol Bellows and DEPAVE. In addition, church members and friends contributed many hours of sweat equity.

We acknowledge this amazing assistance and publicly express our appreciation.

Sally Weersing

LOUCC Green Chair

Lake Oswego

Walmart 'is win-win-win

situation' for Lake Oswego

To the Editor:

Walmart is planning to open a neighborhood mMarket on Jean Way. I support this project. Walmart's presence will provide jobs, which is the highest priority in this country and in this state today.

Additional benefits:

1. Walmart typically provides low or the lowest prices, benefiting all who visit the store, especially those currently unemployed or underemployed;

2. Local merchants will increase their business due to the increased traffic provided by the Walmart store;

3. The city will experience increased tax revenues; the state will increase revenue through new income taxes;

4. The current site has been vacant for years. Walmart will enhance the physical site, providing Lake Grove with a visually pleasing structure, renovated to modern standards; and

5. The renovation will also provide jobs.

This is a win-win-win situation. I urge the city to support this project, and to encourage more projects like this one.

Dave Dudek

Lake Oswego

Educating a few vs. thousands in Lake Oswego

To the Editor:

Democracy in reverse seems to be the form of representation currently being practiced by our elected city leaders.

The city council's statement to educate the public (thousands) to the ideas of a few council members, concerning the (streetcar) surely is not a representative form of government.

A more meaningful approach would be to have the thousands educate the few. The city council has to listen to and realize what the public, who they represent, wants concerning the (streetcar). That is, that development of a (streetcar) system is not appropriate at this time.

Joel K. Dean

Lake Oswego