There's plenty about cars that seems scary

To the Editor:

Overall, I feel rather safe walking and biking in Lake Oswego. There are those things however, that do make me wonder if drivers are actually paying attention.

While I've been biking and walking, I've seen it all, from drivers who are rocking out to the blasting stereo, to others who talk on cell phones nonstop. These practices worry me and I wish that people were more attentive while driving a few thousand-pound piece of metal next to my 20-pound bike.

But this is not the only thing that scares me. When I am at a crosswalk and begin crossing the street, cars have come barreling out of nowhere passing only feet in front of me.

And good job police for cracking down on this problem, maybe it will make a difference. But what really gets me are the people who think they were set up.

For instance, the driver who feels framed by the police (Thursday, March 6, in the Lake Oswego Review) is not looking at the broader picture. The police's actions were meant to make Lake Oswego safer and not to broadcast to the world that someone broke a driving law. And the comment about not feeling safe driving in LO is ridiculous.

If you don't feel safe anymore then be more aware and focused while driving. Better yet, one could always walk around town and stop contributing that much to global warming.

So finally, follow the laws and please focus on driving while behind the wheel, it would make many drivers, bikers and pedestrians feel safer.

Oliver Giramma

Lake Oswego

Garrett would be a strong legislator for District 38

To the Editor:

Oregon is on the cusp of something special in politics, the potential to change from a dreary and disheartening period of dysfunctional legislative assemblies to one where issues are seriously and dispassionately discussed, analyzed and solutions agreed upon. People are tired of business as usual in Salem, and that's why I am supporting Chris Garrett for State Representative for House District 38.

I have known Chris well for 15 years, originally as a college student when I was still an active faculty member. He has since gone on to a career in law with one of the Northwest's premier firms where he has proven his mettle, and has also engaged himself in public affairs, including in the office of State Senator Peter Courtney.

In 40 years in higher education, Chris is one of the ablest students I knew, truly outstanding. His intelligence, diligence, discipline, organization and especially his ability to listen carefully and think systematically are just what we need to lead Oregon in the critical years ahead. As important as these traits are in our next representative, he is also compassionate and sensitive and he knows that the right solution is both one based on facts and hard analysis, but also on fairness and justice and the 'good of the order.'

It's time to break the straight jacket of unyielding ideology and rancor in Salem. It's time for people like Chris Garrett.

Stefan Kapsch

Lake Oswego

It's not over until the

land of Oz comes to life

To the Editor:

Don't count Hillary out until the house drops, the red shoes disappear and her flying monkeys take her away.

Wendy A. Morean

Lake Oswego

Quiet zones possible for train horns

To the Editor:

The Federal Railroad Administration has enacted a rule which became effective on June 24, 2005 that allowed communities to silence locomotive horns by establishing quiet zones where there is low risk of collision, or where the hazards are greater, to install and implement at the rail crossings certain safety measures and devices designed to reduce the risk.

I don't know whether any of the Lake Oswego rail crossings are high or low risk, but some of these safety measures and devices have been in place for many years. I informed the city administration of this in 2005, (they were already aware of the new rules), but Lake Oswego is still burdened with the sounds of train horns.

For more information about this, refer to the link below, which is the rule updated to April 20, 2007 as promulgated in the Federal Register:

CRSreports/07May/RL33286.pdf .

Fred Granata

Lake Oswego

'The roads belong to everyone'

To the Editor:

I would like to thank Lt. Doug Treat and the Lake Oswego Police Department for their recent crackdown on drivers failing to yield for pedestrians and A Avenue and Fifth Street.

I can't tell you how many times I have stopped at this crosswalk for pedestrians only to have other drivers speed past, ignoring the pedestrians attempting to cross. I have also worried about being hit from behind by drivers on cell phones, too distracted to notice I've stopped for a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

As a pedestrian and bicyclist I have experienced firsthand the intimidation and outright harassment we sometimes are subjected to by drivers in Lake Oswego.

The roads belong to everyone, not just drivers, and I am glad to see that traffic laws are being enforced to protect all users.

Salena Sanford

Lake Oswego

Police department is thanked for actions

To the Editor:

Thank you (Lake Oswego Police) Lt. Douglas Treat, and it's about time!

I was simply astonished at the sheer gall of Leona Van-Haslingen to allow her name and comments to be published (in the March 6 Lake Oswego Review) after receiving a citation for violating the pedestrian crosswalk rule.

I was stunned she complained vociferously when she should have been shrinking from shame.

I've lived in Lake Oswego since 1970 and would like to let her know what really 'ruins the enjoyment of being in the city' are the oblivious, thoughtless, careless and dangerous drivers with attitudes like hers - and there are hundreds of them in Lake Oswego.

Country Club, A Avenue and State Street should have a permanent 'sting' operation in place giving citations not just to those drivers violating the yielding to pedestrians and crosswalk rules, but also those 'running' the four-way and six-way stops along Country Club Road, the speeders (both in and out of school zones), the non-signaling lane-switchers, the California stoppers - all of them.

I've raised two children in Lake Oswego and between myself, my husband, my children and their friends', there have been hundreds of incidents, on bikes and on foot, where someone was nearly run down by thoughtless, honking drivers who feel some sort of Lake Oswego 'road entitlement.'

Lake Oswego is one of the most dangerous places to walk, bike and drive. When I taught my children to drive, the first and most important rule they learned was 'pedestrians always have the right of way' - no excuses.

The streets here are crowded with cars, we have short blocks, no side street sidewalks and many narrow streets filled with cars, bicycles, dogs and pedestrians.

I salute the Lake Oswego Police Department and I thank them. Hopefully, they will continue their quest to make Lake Oswego streets safer for people, animals and cars.

On the bright side - when you travel to Rome, Italy, and begin walking in the central core of that city - you're fully prepared to dodge those honking Rome drivers who seemingly aim for you and speed up at crosswalks - just like in Lake Oswego. Hopefully Lt. Treat and his efforts will mitigate much of that.

Nancy McCarl

Lake Oswego

Consider using a 'duster' to wash cars

To the Editor:

Every time I read articles (such as one included in the recent issue of the city's 'L.O. Hello') or hear features on news programs recommending ways to save water, I am surprised by those concerning washing cars and other vehicles.

No one ever seems to include the one that would save by far the most water since it requires none!

For over 15 years now I have frequently used a 'duster' to clean my car.

These brush-on-a-handle products are quite inexpensive, and they provide a quick and simple way to remove dirt from a vehicle.

They can be used any time the car is not wet. (Even during rainy periods, cars in garages often have time to dry off between outings.) My car always look immaculate after being brushed.

During this time, I have taken my car through a car wash that recycles its water only three or four times a year.

Lyle M. Tucker

Lake Oswego

Lakeridge robotics team needs more support

To the Editor:

I am an eighth grade student at Waluga Junior High. I am responding to the article 'HazMat' in the Feb. 28 edition of the Review.

I think it is great that Lakeridge was able to form a robotics team. I believe that Lakeridge should offer engineering courses. There is currently only one computer class offered at Lakeridge.

Hopefully in the future the Lakeridge robotics team will be sponsored by a company and have support in the curriculum. Some of the robotics teams are sponsored with as much as $30,000.

As Lakeridge graduates, we will be competing for college admissions and scholarships with kids from these other schools. Don't we want our students to have just as impressive resumes?

Riley Shearer

Lake Oswego

Teen center really is a cool place to hang out

To the Editor:

I read about what the other kids said about the teen center, also known as (A.S.A.P.). And I most definitely disagree.

I think that A.S.A.P. is an exciting place with lots of fun activities, like a pool table, an air hockey table and a ping-pong table. People also get homework help.

They also have a ball room next door where people play scatter ball. Also my friend and I go in and do gymnastics. I've made lots of new friends.

We also have really awesome crafts. Overall, I think it's a fun, safe and a great place to hang out and make new friends, and I wish that people would just come and see that it's actually a great place.

Miranda Munn

Waluga Jr. High, 8th grade

There's plenty of cool things at the teen center

To the Editor:

ASAP at the teen center is fun and exciting you get to play games with a friend or watch some TV.

You could play pool or play monopoly with a couple of friends. When you go to ASAP you have a great time hanging out with friends. People who don't like ASAP are the people that don't realize that they have hardly any money to get cool things.

The ceiling is covered in pipes. I like it - it looks awesome. I don't get how people don't like the look of it.

Cameron Rahe

Waluga Jr. High, 8th grade

ASAP at the teen center a good place for after school

To the Editor:

Hi my name is Itamar Reuven. I was just reading the section of the newspaper called 'an answer for everything,' and this time it was about high school teenagers going to ASAP (the best teen lounge ever) and writing how bad it is.

But I couldn't read more. All this isn't true. This is actually the only teen lounge we have in Lake Oswego and some of our parents can't pick us up right after school. And if you're from Waluga Junior High, which I am from, we have a bus that takes us to ASAP right after school.

And when we come to the teen center there is a place where we put our stuff. After that we sign in, and every month they pick our name and draw it for a monthly prize.

After we sign in we have a choice of games, TV and other fun stuff. Then we can eat snacks and drink juice. Also, every other Friday there is a field trip which is very fun. So the teen center is the best place for teens, and we are getting new stuff like new games and a Wii. So I am someone that goes to ASAP and it is the best and coolest to go and hang out.

Itamar Reuven

Waluga Jr. High, 7th grade

City should focus on maintaining rather than gradiose

To the Editor:

The Lake Oswego City Council has made an initial approval of the Lake Grove Village Center Plan subject to a final approval later in the year.

At this time neither the scope of the work or the estimated cost is known. As I travel the area four or five times a week, I find it hard to see how 9-foot sidewalks, bike lanes, a planted meridian and two lanes of traffic each way can be squeezed in and/or carved out of the present landscape.

Unfortunately, Boones Ferry Road carries a ton of commercial and commuter traffic. It needs to be made more 'vehicular friendly,' not pedestrian friendly. If the nearby residents want a place to congregate and stroll, I suggest the city provide shuttle busses to take them to downtown LO with its numerous shops and dinner houses and a lovely view of the lake.

I don't understand why the city undertakes the grandiose - i.e. Safeco, Lake Grove - but won't direct adequate resources to something as basic as properly maintaining our streets; to name just two, Carman Drive from Quarry to Waluga and the upper portion of Del Prado.

Joe Stern

Lake Oswego

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