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Jackson, Jackson Hole are different

To the Editor:

A response to Teresa Barnard's article.

Teresa wrote an article that was in the Lake Oswego Review March 13, 2008.

Teresa referred to downtown Jackson Hole. I know of Jackson Hole as a valley in Wyoming.

There are a number of towns in Jackson Hole, one of them being Jackson where our daughter and son-in-law live. They were visiting when the paper with Teresa's column arrived.

Darrel Burt

Lake Oswego

Letter ticked off local reader

To the Editor:

This is a reply to Ann M. Atwood's 3-20-08 'Thanks Ladies' letter:

You can be thankful someone helped you when your car broke down, but leave out your snide comment about dozens of males driving by.

First of all, you could have not possibly known if personal circumstances prevented them from stopping. Second, how many dozen females drove by, and why didn't they stop?

I consider myself a pretty helpful person, but if I believed the situation was under 'control' I probably would not have stopped, particularly if I saw a police car already there.

However, even if no one else was around, if I knew about the chip on your shoulder, I probably would have left you, your car, and your attitude by the side of the road.

Bob Stewert

Lake Oswego

Important to know crosswalk laws

To the Editor:

This is a response to a letter in the March 20 edition of the Lake Oswego Review, 'Get Rid of the Crosswalk.'

It would be helpful to Sid Kanitz and others to understand the crosswalk laws in the state of Oregon.

In the Oregon Drivers Manual page 73, Section 5, Sharing the Road, it states the following:

'Drivers must recognize the special needs of pedestrians. Drivers should be especially alert for young, elderly, pedestrians who are disabled and intoxicated pedestrians. They are the most frequent victims in auto-pedestrian collisions.'

'Generally, pedestrians have the right of way at all intersections. There is a CROSSWALK AT EVERY INTERSECTION, even if it is not marked by painted lines.'

'To determine where an unmarked crosswalk is, imagine that the sidewalk or shoulder at the corner extends across the road and meets the sidewalk or shoulder on the other side. By law, the area included in the unmarked crosswalk is not less than six feet wide and exists even if there is no sidewalk.'

Also thank you Lt. Treat for clearing up the confusion (in the March 20 Review) regarding the 200-foot safety zone used during the 'Enforcement Action.' On page 74 of the ODM, 'Stopped Vehicles' it states that 'on multi-lane roads you should stop back at least 30 feet prior to the crosswalk.' This will, hopefully, allow other drivers to see the pedestrian and stop as well.

If the education that Lt. Treat is doing prevents just one driver from facing the fact they hit a pedestrian, then it is worth it. Keep up the good work!

Greg Norman

Lake Oswego

Thanks for gifts of time, music, dance

To the Editor:

Saturday, March 15, the members of Lake Oswego-based Flamenco Puro, a flamenco dance troupe under the direction of Rafaela de Cadiz, gave a benefit performance for the Lake Oswego School District Foundation at Lakeridge High School. Two of Lakeridge's own teachers, Julie Pacheco-Toye and Jeff Putterman, performed.

On behalf of the Lakeridge community and the LOSD Foundation Board, I would like to thank them for the gift of their time and their music and dance. Once again Lake Oswegans have come forward to support education and help us all to invest in teachers.

The foundation will begin the annual Phonathon on April 8 - we encourage the community to follow the lead of these generous supporters and join in when a foundation volunteer calls you. Thank you.

Anne K. Woodbury

Lakeridge parent

Secretary of the LOSD Foundation Board

Lake Oswego

'Hoax' involved with ethanol

To the Editor:

Ethanol is perpetuating a costly hoax. It is less efficient, uses more energy to produce it than it provides, contains water that distillation can't remove, can cause major damage to engines not specifically designed to burn it, and generally costs more to ship because of its corrosive effects on pipelines.

Yet, our brilliant politicians mandate that 10 percent of gasoline in Oregon be ethanol. Have you been to a grocery store lately? Why would they do this, other than stupidity?

The leader in the ethanol hoax is Archer Daniels Midland, the largest producer of ethanol. Ethanol producers and the farm lobbies fund millions of dollars to 'green politicians' who want to remain incumbents. The millions of gasoline consumers are relatively uninformed and have very little clout. After all, who do you think Kulongoski, Hooley or Weiden et al listen to - you or Archer Daniels Midland?

Futher, ethanol is so costly that it can't survive the free market. That's why Congress enacted major ethanol subsidies, up to $1.38 per gallon, which is no less than a tax on consumers. It takes 450 pounds of corn to produce the ethanol to fill your gas tank. That's enough corn to feed a person for a year. Plus, it take a gallon of fossil fuel and 1,700 gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol. On top of this, if we put our entire corn output to ethanol production, it would reduce our gasoline consumption by 10 to 12 percent. Kind of an inconvenient truth.

So the next time your boat or airplane seizes up or doesn't run right, because aircraft and marine applications were not excluded in Kulongoski's ethanol mandate, continue to vote for these (people) and believe in the Easter bunny. Enjoy the price of your canned corn and pizza.

David J. Peterson

Lake Oswego

Lake Grove Plan will mean changes for the area

To the Editor:

These flowering trees along Boones Ferry Road in Lake Grove will be removed to make room for the 10-foot median strip, two five-foot bicycle lanes and two nine-foot sidewalks when the approved Lake Grove Plan takes effect.

In addition, several business buildings will be demolished and more than 60 parking spaces will be eliminated.

William Barbat

Lake Oswego