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It was a request more than a complaint

To the Editor:

Thank you, (Bruce) Carswell (president of the Portland and Western Railroad), for taking the time from what must be a very busy schedule to respond (March 6) to my open letter (Feb. 7) in the Lake Oswego Review regarding the early morning sounding of locomotive horns.

Your points relative to regulation, safety and other responsibility are quite valid and well-taken; however, they skirt the central issue of my open letter, which - if read carefully - was more a request than a complaint.

As I pointed out at least twice, I know that there are rules that require the sounding of a locomotive's horn in certain instances. (Before writing the letter I labored through the revisions to 49 CFR 222 and 229 -all 55 pages.)

I simply requested that there be no discretion; that the horn blower 'take mercy' on the community during early morning hours. Aside from that, you know, of course, that there are provisions in the regulation for the establishment of quiet zones.

Finally, again as I pointed out in my open letter, we think trains are great. I loved where I grew up with trains running through my back yard. Where we have lived now for 35 years, trains are among the least of our worries. And despite the fact that as a native Oregonian I have been around for only 75 of the past 100 train years, I have a keen awareness of the importance of rail transportation and its unique contributions to the public good and the economy.

We hope that railroads are around and prosper for a long time, locomotive horns notwithstanding.

Thank you for your attention.

Rick Newton

Lake Grove

Teen center has plenty of positives to enjoy

To the Editor:

I write this letter from the perspective of a member of the Lake Oswego Youth Action Council, a high school student who hangs out at the teen center and a staff for the city's teen program.

I have found the teen center to be a great addition to the community and an excellent pas- time for Lake Oswego's youth. As a staff I have seen the improvements in many kids' lives that come from having a stable safe environment where they are free to express themselves and interact with others. As a 17-year-old teenager I have found the teen center a great place to meet up with friends, hold a study party or just hang out and 'shoot the breeze'

I am disappointed in (the 'An Answer for Everything') column that (ran in the Lake Oswego Review) two weeks ago that spoke negatively about the teen center and would like to clear up some of the things that were said about the program.

First of all the kids that participated in the article visited the teen center on a Friday evening during a field trip. This naturally made the center look empty because all the kids were out having a blast paintballing or go-carting. On any given night there are many junior high kids who come through looking for a place to hang out or do their homework with friends. Also there was a comment about the aesthetics of the teen center. All I would ask is what seventh grader minds if there are pipes on the high ceiling?

Hopefully next time the Review's (Youth Board) writes an article about the teen center they will talk to the kids who actually go there.

On a final note, I would like to say that this is only the first year that the teen center has been open, and although I am extremely pleased with how it has gone so far it still needs more publicity in the public eye to reach its full potential.

Nick Stroud

Lake Oswego

'Thanks ladies, you were great' in time of need

To the Editor:

My car quit just as I drove out of West Waluga Park , after I was walking my dog.

I restarted it three times and it quit as soon as I shifted into drive.

I was stopped in the street, and a young, blond woman stopped to see what she could do. Since I had a cell phone to call the American Automobile Association, she made sure I was OK.

Then another young woman stopped and the two conferred, said 'put the car in neutral and we'll push you off the road.' Just then a policewoman pulled in behind me and called AAA again and assured me that Fox Towing would be along soon.

In the meantime she stayed parked behind me. This all happened while dozens of males drove right on by.

Thanks ladies, you were great.

Ann M. Atwood

Lake Oswego

Thanks Mike Mott for all you do for kids, coaches

To the Editor:

I was gratified to see that Mike Mott was named one of the Responsible Coach winners of 2007. He certainly deserves it.

However, your article neglected to mention how much he has helped the other dad-coaches over the years. He has not only has served as an example to us, but he has always been willing to teach a 'clueless' coach (that would include me) on how to coach kids' sports. So, he not only has helped the kids he directly coached, but those that I and others have coached.

Mike is a pretty modest guy, but he should be proud of what he has contributed to the community and the positive influence he has had on the kids he has coached, their parents and (the) other coaches.

So, congradulations Mike. Thanks for everything you have done for us.

Gene Welborn

Lake Oswego

Turn your lights off on March 29 at 8 p.m.

To the Editor:

One Hour. Big Change.

On March 29, cities around the world will join together to literally turn off the lights for one hour to offer leadership and symbolize their commitment to finding climate change solutions. Individuals, local businesses and corporations will also be asked to turn off their lights. Will you join in?

It is my sincere hope that this information will be placed (front page) in both the Tidings and the Review. I received this in the mail last week (I support the World Wildlife Fund) and feel it is very important to announce this to our communities. This is to be a worldwide event! The newspapers sure could play a part in this!

Thanks.

Angela R. Dreher

West Linn

Disconnect downspouts in the city

To the Editor:

Runoff rainwater travels down our city streets and picks up oils, pesticides and debris that are harmful to our environment. This contaminated water flows through our creeks, into our lake and eventually into the Willamette River. The oils and pesticides disrupt our city's ecosystems and damage our environment. This is why the city of Lake Oswego needs to initiate a downspout disconnection program for citizens of Lake Oswego.

This program could give people money back on their water bill for disconnecting their downspouts and preventing this runoff effect. How could the city of Lake Oswego possibly pay for this incentive plan? A similar program works in Portland. It's not as if the city spent $20 million investing in real estate ignoring the city's own independent survey and citizen input.

A rainwater harvesting system to improve sustainability for irrigation has been discussed in several community meetings in the recent months. Lake Oswego is one of the top consumers of water in the state. French drains and disconnecting your downspout can be a source of water for residential landscaping rather than use of public water systems.

Certain members of the Lake Oswego Natural Resources Advisory board do not feel this idea is worth the labor and economic investment. Is becoming more sustainable not to the interest of the public? Also, disconnected downspouts and French drains are in the best economic interest of citizens because disconnected downspouts may decrease residential water bills. Encouraging citizens of Lake Oswego to become more sustainable should be a top priority of the city.

Eric Stroble

Lake Oswego