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Food, service great despite isolated incident

To the Editor:

I love the Lake Oswego Review!

Between the Police Blotter and the letters to the editor, it is the best entertainment this side of You Tube.

I was amused by the letter from Mark Henry of Lake Oswego. Mr. Henry described the awful day he had at the local Village Inn near Bridgeport. He found a 4-inch piece of plastic wrap in his mashed potatoes. If it were not for his quick thinking, he or his mother may have choked to death.

Then to top off the tragedy, the manager /owner only offered him a measly two bucks. Wow, a mistake of this magnitude is surely deserving of millions. Remember the poor woman at McDonald's who received $3 million for spilling her coffee.

Possibly Mr. Henry should speak with an attorney or take out a full page add in the Review, warning the public of this injustice.

As for my family, I think we will continue eating at Village Inn. The food and service are great. I will however be on the lookout for a stray piece of plastic wrap.

I am signing off with my initial G just in case Mr. Henry also wants to sue me ... the G may stand for George or Gertrude both are relatives of mine.

G. Mimnaugh

Lake Oswego

'It's time to send a

message to Salem'

To The Editor:

(In an article April 3 in the Lake Oswego Review about the Lake Oswego School District Foundation) staff reporter Rebecca Mayer says the Lake Oswego School District may need support, but it's too early to tell definitively.

School funding has not matched cost increases. We have seen programs cut, positions eliminated, class sizes grow and maintenance cutbacks.

We have seen an entire cycle of students go through our lauded school system from kindergarten to graduation while being subjected to district budget cuts every single year of their educational journey. What a statement that is about how much the adults in their lives value education!

Public education is not just about passing standardized tests, SAT scores, or state-championship teams. It is about building the future of our community and our nation. Education starts at home. For the child, it's opening a door to the magic of learning. For young adults, it's a springboard into the community, and the guardrail of learned standards. For adults in the wider world, it's the bedrocks of knowledge and character, built over many years of tutelage under wise and caring teachers. It's vital to everyone in the community.

After 18 years of cutting, and 18 years of going door to door (or phone to phone) begging for charity, it's time our legislators sent a message to Salem that public education is more important to us than legislative lip service. That we expect our governing body to do the necessary work in order that our community, and our state, can provide the best education possible. Every district deserves stable funding for public education adequate to meet, or exceed, state standards. They deserve the right to put a referendum before voters to add local school taxes.

We know that times may get tougher before they get easier. But in a state where safe, good-tasting drinking water flows free from the tap, we have figured out a way to convince folks to pay $10 a gallon for drinking water. Surely there is a way to convince folks that they want to pay taxes for high-quality public education. So that all may benefit.

Marty Bankhead

Lake Oswego

Walk the walk, make the park path a priority

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to the Lake Oswego City Council:

Hello. Having recently returned from a walk using the suggested alternative route due to the closure of the George Rogers Park path, we would like to add our strong support to city officials who are responsible for re-opening the path.

To understand the full extent of our frustration with the continued closure, we encourage city officials to walk that alternate route between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. (a preferred time for many who use the park path to get to Old River Road).

Highway 43 is extremely noisy and the heavy traffic is much too close for comfort. Glenmorrie is narrow, has no shoulder, and has many blind curves, making it dangerous to pedestrians.

We ask the city to make opening the pathway a priority, to complete the slope reinforcement as soon as possible, and allow citizens of Lake Oswego and surrounding communities to again have safe access to the walkway along Old River Road.

Kate and Jon Kaake

Lori DeKruyf

Mike and Leigh Beard

Betty Barber

Pam McDonald

Karole Allen

Winnie Miller

Lake Oswego

Marie Ryan

Portland

Enrollment at PCC is up during the last year

To the Editor:

The following is a quick correction regarding the opinion piece by Denny Hageman, which ran in the Review on April 3.

Mr. Hageman incorrectly stated that enrollment at Portland Community College is dropping. It is not. Since the 2007 Legislature began reinvesting in community colleges, enrollment has risen at all PCC campuses. Enrollment has increased every term. It's up 5.6 percent collegewide and an amazing 26.1 percent for credit programs at the Southeast Center facility (spring 2007 vs. spring 2008 figures).

Mr. Hageman also asks about the cost of the bond measure that PCC is taking to voters in November. The measure would cost property owners in the PCC district no more than 35.5 cents per $1,000 assessed value. That's about $8 per month for the owner of an average-priced home in our district.

The amount is so low because the district is so large; 1,500 square miles, covering all or portions of five counties and 13 K-12 school districts.

If successful, the bond measure would pay for new classrooms and labs, improved technology, childcare facilities and general improvements at all four major campuses. These improvements will help raise the abilities of all members of the district, including youth entering the workforce and mid-career workers who are forced to change professions.

Jill McNerney

Lake Oswego

New Hazelia Field is

simply wonderful

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department:

Excellent work, nice job, bravo, and thank you, are just some of the phrases that come to mind when I drive past the new Hazelia Field at Luscher Farm. While we know this project took longer than you would have liked, your continued efforts and perseverance have paid off handsomely. Thanks to you, we now have an incredible complex with a multi-sport field and park setting that serves the youth sports, adult sports and dog owner communities alike. (I am a member of all three.)

The oversized field design is outstanding, and allows us to schedule four full-sized soccer teams to practice at the same time. As a result, we have been able to keep most of our teams off the natural grass fields in town, allowing them to more fully recover from the winter and spring rains. The parking is ample with enough space for even our dense practice scheduling. The layout is efficient, allowing people to easily enter and exit at the same time. And the restroom facilities are great, creating a comfortable and clean environment for all visitors, whether participants or observers.

On behalf of the Lake Oswego Soccer Club, representing about 2,400 Lake Oswego youth soccer players, we'd like you to know that you have exceeded our expectations.

In spite of the multiple roadblocks you encountered along the way, you have shown us that you can overcome and deliver, with excellent results. For anyone who has not yet experienced the new facility, we suggest a visit as soon as possible. What you will find is a top-notch multi-use recreational facility that offers benefits to many Lake Oswego families.

But don't be surprised to see as many as 100 players, coaches, volunteers and parents on or around the field at any given time.

Awesome, superb, terrific, fantastic, and thanks again. (Did I miss any?)

Mark Olen

Lake Oswego Resident

Lake Oswego Soccer Club President

Westside residents are Lake Oswego residents

To the Editor:

I am somewhat bemused by the objections to moving the library to the West End Building. I lived on Ash Street in Lake Oswego from 1977 to 1988, and I remember when the old library was demolished and the current building was constructed. At that time, some residents expressed strong disapproval to expanding the library in a neighborhood area (First Addition) because it would lower their property values. As a relative newcomer then, I was stunned that anyone would think that a library in their midst would be a negative factor. Obviously, there has been a considerable change of attitude over the years.

Since 2002, I have lived on the west end of Lake Oswego and, after 30 years of patronizing our excellent library, I would, of course, be thrilled to have it situated closer to where I live.

I agree with the April 3 letter ('Public input is a key part of process'). By all means, ensure that the decision-making process regarding the library and the West End Building encompasses the full range of viewpoints held by all Lake Oswego residents. But I would like to note that those of us living at 'the other end of town,' who would welcome an expanded library facility in a new setting, are also committed residents of Lake Oswego and care about its future development even though not necessarily sharing the letter writer's opinion.

Ann Shankland

Lake Oswego