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Please support tree initiative

To the Editor:

Hot on the heels of the recent victory of Oregon's Measure 49 comes another positive step that has been proposed for Clackamas County. I'm speaking of the protection of trees by County Ordinance - an idea whose time has come.

Recently in West Linn we have experienced what can happen without an effective county tree ordinance. A large parcel of land which was, at the time, in the county, was cleared of a forest of approximately 40 trees. It was then made into a vineyard and an application was made to be annexed into the city.

This was approved and shortly thereafter a new application came in for a housing development. The forest is gone, the vineyard will be soon, and what we'll be left with is just another residential development. If the annexation were to have taken place before the trees were cut, most of them would have been protected under West Linn's tree ordinance. Remember that, with global warming continuing, 40 trees could help process the annual carbon emissions of approximately 160 people.

An effective county tree ordinance would prevent this from happening. You can read the full text of the proposed ordinance at www.CCUrban

Green.org. You can help get this ordinance passed in Clackamas County. Here are three things you can do:

1) Go to www.CCUrban

Green.org, and scroll down to the support link. Click and fill in your name as a supporter.

2) Show up at 10 a.m. today at the County Administration Building at Kaen and Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, and help fill the fourth floor room when the ordinance is presented. Bring your friends and family.

I believe that this ordinance is critical to preserving trees that would otherwise be removed for development. It is a reasonable response to the situation that has been occurring in Clackamas County. Please do what you can to support getting it passed.

Roberta Schwarz

West Linn

Phone surveys not subjective

To the Editor:

Not every phone survey is unbiased.

In this information age we believe that when we are asked to answer a survey that the questioner truly values our opinion. Not so. I recently received a phone call from someone who identified his job as collecting opinions from citizens and business owners in West Linn about the city council's need to raise fees to repair roads, sidewalks, and bike lanes, etc.

The first question asked was if I supported this, and I answered in the affirmative.

He then proceeded to insult my intelligence by asking if I knew what this meant fiscally. Again, I answered in the affirmative. He then went on to ask me if I understood the budget that the council has with regards to road repair. At this point in the 'survey,' based on his language, I questioned the bias of his methodology. Needless to say, he hung up on me. Point being, and I neglected to ask this, whether the poll is local or national, always ask the name of the organization and their affiliation before answering a survey.

It will probably save you a lot of aggravation. On the other hand, it might just spur you to action. Vote with your brain, not that of a pollster.

MJ Steele

West Linn

Thanks to home tour supporters

To the Editor:

Back in December, Nicole DeCosta wrote an article for the West Linn High School Tour of Homes. It was a fabulous article, and we had a great turn out.

The West Linn High School Grad Party Committee would like to thank the West Linn community for their support of the first fund-raiser of the year, Tour of Homes. The committee will host a number of fund-raisers through out the year to raise money for the graduation party for the class of 2008.

The fund-raiser made $3,000 this year.

We would like to thank the families who graciously opened up their homes for the tour. They include: Shelley and Brian Connolly; Carol and Tom Tucker; Sandy and Terry Griffith; Alex and Kevin Bailey-Gilliam; Debbie and Dave Benson and Liana and Per Ramfjord.

We would like to thank the businesses and musicians that helped support Tour of Homes: Bales, Curves, Dragonfly, Casa Bella, Edible Arrangements, Dinners Done Right, Salute, Morrows Flowers, John Steele, who played the piano for us at one of the homes, all the students who performed at the homes, and all of our volunteers who either baked for us or who helped in the homes and graciously gave of their time.

This was a true community event and we thank all who helped in supporting West Linn High School's graduating class of 2008. Thanks. We are well on our way to providing a safe and substance free party for our graduating seniors.

Claire Lisin, Cathy Nusbaum, Shelley Sharp, and Carol Tucker

Co-chairs for Tour of Homes