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Thanks for supporting local non-profit dog program

To the Editor:

As executive cirector (and manager) of FIDO, the non-profit organization that supports the Clackamas County Dog Shelter, I want to thank Sunni Liston and everyone else who donated time, energy and money to give our dogs the best Christmas ever. And a special debt of gratitude goes to Weiden + Kennedy, for donating $1,000.

I had the enviable task on Dec. 24 of greeting people bringing carload after carload of food, blankets, toys and other needed supplies to the Clackamas County Dog Shelter. It all began when Sunni met two FIDO volunteers at a discount store, shopping for blankets for the dog shelter. She learned about the shelter's needs, and then generously dedicated her energy, time and creativity to spread the word and provide many winter necessities for the dogs cared for at the county dog shelter.

Thank you, Sunni, and all our wonderful supporters, for making such a positive difference in the lives of the dogs at the Clackamas County Dog Shelter. For others who would like to help, please contact FIDO at 971-678-6928 or Clackamas County Dog Services at 503-655-8628.

Joni Taylor

Executive Director

Diana Hallmark

Manager

FIDO, Clackamas County Dog Services

Is this a tale of icebergs and city hall heaven?

To the Editor:

Last week The Oregonian reported ('As oil prices rise, road maintenance projects come up short') that escalating oil prices have caused a doubling of asphalt costs since 2001. The article quotes Lake Oswego engineer, Crystal Shum, 'Lake Oswego typically devotes about $1.2 million annually to road maintenance.' Because of the rising costs, she continues, 'officials aren't sure how much they'll be able to fix next year.'

It's remarkable to me that the same city officials who spend more than $1 million annually to pay Safeco loan interest and support costs are wondering how we fund our road maintenance costs next year! This situation with road maintenance funding is just the tip of the latest iceberg.

Last week The Oregonian also reported that Moody's and Bank of America forecast a 15 percent decline in real estate prices considering the effects of the subprime mortgage crisis and possible recession. If that happens, property tax revenues to the city will also decline, causing budget cutbacks and even more city official wondering.

The mayor's crystal ball last December said we can always sell Safeco for a profit, even considering the interest and other costs to date. A 15 percent decline in real estate values would make that very difficult, wouldn't you say?

I ask our city, is a new expansive, expensive, splendiferous city hall or city center more important than maintaining our streets and roads? Than acquiring and maintaining city parks? Than funding school bond levies? Than replacing the lake sewer interceptor? Than funding a water conservation program? All of these are funded from our pocketbooks.

While the mayor and council lack the courage to make a formal proposal for what they want to do with the property and endlessly delay a vote on any bond measure to finally pay for the property and unknown development costs, the interest and support costs continue to mount and our councilors are left wondering how to fund worthy projects.

As more icebergs appear and silently and ominously creep by, the city council's unsinkable, gleaming Safeco investment sails on council's charted course to city hall heaven. But someday, we have to pay for it with a bond issue. It just may sink of its own weight and excesses.

Gordon Umaki

Lake Oswego

How about uniform height for downtown trees?

To the Editor:

Jen Peluso's letter questioning the town's tree decorating, that she aptly referred to as 'upside down egg beaters,' struck a cord.

Well before the town trees were decorated, I sent in a suggestion to decorate the A Avenue and State Street trees to a much lower height with more random lighting strung around each branch rather than looped over the very top of the tall trees.

The town did decorate Millennium Plaza Park quite well but those trees are less than half the height of the trees on State Street and A Avenue. Hopefully next year the town will decorate more like the trees in front of Lake View Village and in Millennium Plaza Park.

Perhaps the chamber of commerce could suggest a standard height so that all trees in the downtown area would be uniform.

Philip Pirrotta

Lake Oswego

Local angle was left out of last week's editorial

To the Editor:

I read with interest and agreement, the main editorial feature in last week's Review about the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The editorial was very educational and effective but I have to register my distress in the missed opportunity to note and list the fine arts and cultural organizations that exist in our own community that contribute so much to the region and its citizens.

John Bradshaw

Lake Oswego