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There should be no question of support for library

To the Editor:

In the Review, last week, there was a citizen comment from David White regarding a recent council vote to provide funds for the Lake Oswego School District.

Unfortunately, David White chose to use his support for the library as an attack on fiscal conservatives and on the vote that councilor Jeff Gudman and I made to recommend transferring some idle reserve funds to the assistance of the school district. I'd like to clear up a few of the inaccuracies in that comment piece.

First, Councilor Gudman and I both recognize the incredible value that our library provides to the community and we are both huge supporters of it. In fact, at a recent city meeting, we both voted to support moving to the next step in the process of potentially building a new, larger library. There should be no question that we believe the library is strongly deserving of city support.

Mr. White appears to not understand that the funds transferred from the idle reserve account were really city general funds that had been simply held back in reserve when the recent county library tax began to provide alternative funding for our library. This was a strongly debated allocation of city funds by prior council. The debate revolved around the issue of whether these funds should be set aside from our general fund at all.

Mike Kehoe

Lake Oswego City Council

Audrey Monroe listens and solves problems

To the Editor:

I highly recommend Audrey Monroe for Lake Oswego School Board position No. 5. I have known Audrey for many years and she is one of the most responsible, diligent, hardworking people I have ever known.

She is a wonderful listener and problem solver. She is able to take in all the information given to her, evaluate it and make responsible decisions based on the good of the whole.

Audrey has been a part of the Palisades community for eight years. She has been PTO president and has served in numerous committee leadership roles, including the SAC committee. Most recently she has been involved in the difficult work being done at the district level to address the budget shortfall. Her service in these various roles over the years give her an in-depth knowledge and understanding about the many issues the district is facing.

Audrey also offers an important perspective as a business owner. Her understanding of bottom line issues will be especially valuable given current conditions.

I encourage you to vote for Audrey Monroe for School Board. It's the best decision we can make for our kids.

Cindy Stelk

Lake Oswego

DiVergilio is right choice for school board

To the Editor:

Tamara DiVergilio is an independent thinker who values transparency and a healthy community discussion on the issues. She brings a data-driven analytical approach to the challenges that are facing our school district.

I believe Tamara will represent the community well on a breadth of issues, but I've been particularly impressed with the depth of analysis she has applied to our district's current funding gap. Tamara opposes Scenario B because the data and analysis show that closing three schools doesn't leave enough space to maintain existing class sizes or programs. Nor does it allow for the potential mandate of full-day kindergarten already approved by the Oregon Senate. With this in mind, she is advocating for a single school closure that provides over $1.3 million of savings with significantly less risk and disruption than Scenario B.

Tamara has elementary-aged children and will bring much needed representation for elementary school families to the school board as there are no current board members with children in elementary school.

I am voting for Tamara because she brings rigorous analysis and research that will lead to solid long-term decision making for our children's education. Please support Tamara DiVergilio for the Lake Oswego School District School Board.

Erika Tansey

Lake Oswego

Barman's passion is needed on the school board

To the Editor:

Lake Oswego is fortunate to have qualified candidates running for the school board position No. 5 this year, but given the unprecedented challenges the district is facing, I cannot think of a better candidate for Lake Oswego School Board than Bob Barman.

I met Bob and his wife Katy through their school district foundation efforts and simply put, Bob gets things done. This is evidenced by his tireless work on the Lakeridge auction for two years, the Lakeridge home game committee as well as foundation fundraising.

He has a passion for education, people and the business experience to add a strong voice to the school board and work in the best interests of all the children in the district.

Again, there are qualified candidates, but one name rises to the top. Bob Barman. I urge you to vote for him on May 17th.

Tom Krueger

Lake Oswego

'Marijuana prohibition has failed miserably' in the United States

To the Editor:

Regarding your April 7 editorial, if health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco.

Marijuana can be harmful if abused, but jail cells are inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.

The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican immigration during the early 1900s, despite opposition from the American Medical Association. Dire warnings that marijuana inspires homicidal rages have been counterproductive at best. White Americans did not even begin to smoke pot until a soon-to-be entrenched federal bureaucracy began funding reefer madness propaganda.

Marijuana prohibition has failed miserably as a deterrent. The U.S. has higher rates of marijuana use than the Netherlands, where marijuana is legally available to adults. The only clear winners in the war on marijuana are drug cartels and shameless tough-on-drugs politicians who've built careers confusing the drug war's collateral damage with a relatively harmless plant.

Robert Sharpe

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C.