Make population growth the main topic

To the Editor:

I am pleased to see that the recent Climate Teach-Ins drew so much attention.

One question: Who is talking about population growth as a driver of climate change? My guess is that it's still too volatile a topic for anyone - politicians, newspapers, even students, to talk about.

Until we focus our attention to that which is driving population growth we can meet all we want. The main change that needs to happen on this planet is for our human numbers to be reduced to a sustainable number. That number is a lot less than the 6.7 billion people on the planet today.

Let's get real and make population growth the main topic of discussion, to do otherwise is to continue to fool ourselves and we don't really have the time for that.

For a better world.

Albert Kaufman


Human Services Web site seems to be confusing

To the Editor:

The (state) Department of Human Services Web site is highly confusing and nonsensical.

As a (Lake Oswego) High School student attempting to completely understand Oregon's foster care system, I am continually bewildered by the perplexing language and terms of the Web site.

The information seems to be present, but is extremely difficult to interpret or understand without further in-depth explaination. I can't help but feel concerned for the adults that would like to become foster parents, but don't understand the process they have to undergo, or any other person trying to become aquainted with the system.

The Web site needs to include much more information in a dialect that is easy for every Oregonian to understand.

Cherith MacRitchie

Lake Oswego

Story about institute

creates a concern

To the Editor:

Shame on the Review for its treatment of the Central Asia Institute in last week's edition. In the end, the article gave CAI fair time to defend itself. However, at first glance or to a casual reader, the bold front page headline and spurious quotes splattered throughout the text were very damning to a charity which I can find little fault with.

CharityNavigator scored CAI, with its' $1.6 million budget, at 59.39. In comparison, local charity darlings International Medical Teams rated an 64.69 with a $116.8 million dollar budget. Your article yielded nothing controversial or incriminating about CAI or its staff. And, reading beyond the Review, I am nothing but more impressed with CAI: 64 schools and 25,000 students! The military is reading 'Three Cups of Tea' to better its approach to people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Here are my conclusions in the wake of your article:

n No one is above scrutiny, especially when plying for other people's money. But a reputation is invaluable and too easily spoiled. A newspaper should not undeservedly risk harm to anyone's credibility.

n I financially supported IMT this year, but considering the comments you solicited from Bas Vanderzalm for your article, I feel that portion of my charity money is better suited for CAI next year.

n I have no idea who Carolyn Heymann is. But, if she is going to reappear as an authority in the paper, perhaps you could dummy up some sort of credential for her aside from taking up space in this city.

I realize this isn't the New York Times, but you posess the ability and the responsibility to give subjects fair treatment. I feel strongly that this was not the case in this article.

Brad Watkins

Lake Oswego

Thanks for the 'Go Back to High School for a Day' event at LOHS

To the Editor:

It was, once again, apparent to me that our schools are exemplary and we, as a community, are extraordinarily fortunate.

I had the pleasure of attending the 'Go Back to High School for a Day' on Saturday. There were four Lake Oswego High School teachers representing Math, English, Science and History who took time in preparation and time on a Saturday to teach any and all who showed up for one hour per topic. We went to their classrooms, sat behind student desks, and listened - and learned - and were amazed.

Indeed, the high caliber of these professionals is stunning. Their enthusiasm for their topics was contagious; the hour flew by and many of the attendees lingered on afterwards to glean a bit more from these professors, er, teachers.

Gratitude and kudos goes to Bruce Plato, our LO High School Principal, and certainly a hearty thank you to these four teachers. I hope that the school provides us the opportunity to do this again and again. If they do, don't miss it - it's a great day!

Michelle Dorman

Lake Oswego