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Future LHS seniors should take note

To the Editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to formally apologize.

For those who do not know, we erroneously thought it would be a good idea to pull a senior prank. Our plan was to create a cement block and engrave ''08' in it in the grass outside of our senior commons (at Lakeridge High School).

We were aware of the risks involved, but regretfully opted to attempt it anyway.

However, our prank was thwarted, and we had to abandon our plan.

We feel as though we have several apologies to make. First of all, to Lakeridge High School for the hole we dug to lay down the concrete. To the Lake Oswego Police Department for pulling (officers) away from their busy schedules to investigate the shenanigans of us teenagers. Finally, to the citizens of Lake Oswego and anyone else who may have been affected by our actions.

We saw the error of our ways, and turned ourselves in of our own accord. Each of us has now served 10 hours of community service.

From this situation, we have realized that the ritual of senior pranks is simply outdated and not worth the risk, and would counsel future seniors not to make the same mistake we did.

Dean Clark

Kenny Dew

Scott Kibler

Josh Little

Matt Murray

Lake Oswego

Swartz: A 'treasure' in neighborhood

To the Editor:

The article about Ed Swartz, story of an honest man, (Lake Oswego Review's Homes section, June 5), only skims the surface of this remarkable individual.

While the return of $12,000 is formidable, it's the small things, the mundane little acts of kindness that Ed Swartz does daily that make him a treasure in our neighborhood.

From the kitchen remodel, to the busted furnace, to the frozen pipes, to the broken sewer pipe in the backyard, Ed was there everytime, on time, just like he said he would be. And if he didn't fix it or dig the ditch and repair the sewer line himself, he found someone equally reliable who could.

His construction company, ESCM, is a family affair. His son Alex, and brother-inlaw Charlie Rushford are part of a great team we've come to depend on.

I've known Ed Swartz for 10 years. In that time, he never once let me down. That, in my book, is the mark of this man.

Chuck Shaw-Ryan

Lake Oswego

Don't disrupt bluff on Furnace Street

To the Editor:

We are blessed to be in one of the most beautiful and biodiverse areas in the world. We are in a true greenbelt and nowhere in our area is that more apparent than the Furnace Street bluff.

Now, a number of us at the 397 Group are quite concerned that this greenway is in jeopardy. Diversity exists on this bluff such that you have the cottonwoods with the filberts, the lindens with the spruces, the redwoods with the dogwoods, all in a region that we feel should be more closely protected.

Protected in a complete and utter sense as this resource is irreplaceable. We feel that intelligent stewardship of our greenway is basic commonsense, especially with current environmental concerns. Enforcing the guidelines of Oregon's State Law OAR 660-01500005 'to protect, conserve, enhance and maintain the natural, scenic and historical qualities of flora along the Williamette River' is a good foundation for this.

Many of us feel that allowing only single-family dwellings along the Furnace Street bluff is one of the best and only ways to protect our community from any possible infringement of these and other covenants. We are in a small area where the paths are eroding and any further development can and will negatively affect our entire community.

Now is the time to connect the building codes with the Oregon Statewide Planning Goals and Guidelines so any plans for possible development explicitly enhance our local greenway, the Furnace Street bluff region and the Williamette River shorelines.

As such, any high-density development will tear down such possibilities. For reasons stated above, we cannot tolerate that situation to occur.

Bo Rinaldi

Lake Oswego

www.protectfurnacestreet.com

Thanks for bringing football to LHS

To the Editor:

I am a sixth grader at River Grove Elementary School and have played Pacer Youth Football for three years.

I wanted to write a letter to thank the people who made the decision to allow me and my friends to play our high school football games at Lakeridge instead of having to go over to Lake Oswego (High School).

Go Pacers!

James Andrew

Lake Oswego

Now's the time to give streetcar input

To the Editor:

In regards to your coverage about the community survey, I must take exception to the characterization that Lake Oswegans support extending the streetcar to Lake Oswego. Most people I have spoken with know very little about the project and its costs and impacts. While 81 percent of the 400 people surveyed may have liked or somewhat liked the idea, the one and only question that was asked was worded to clearly elicit support for the project. Asked only to respond to 'I support the idea of extending the Portland streetcar to Lake Oswego as an additional transportation alternative to Highway 43', it's clear many would think it at least worth pursuing until you take a closer look at the facts.

For one thing, the scale of the cars that would circulate every 12 minutes would dwarf their surroundings. This constant circulation would significantly change the quiet, community feeling of the downtown area. Congestion, already a problem, will only worsen with the construction of a 400-car park and ride downtown. The anticipated 6,000 daily commuters ((a questionable number in itself) will primarily drive into downtown Lake Oswego from West Linn and elsewhere to ride the streetcar into Portland. Costs are still going to be borne by residents as a local funding match will be required. And, I must say I find it unlikely that the 9 percent of the residents who do work in downtown Portland (according to the survey) will abandon their cars for the streetcar any more than they do now for buses.

I urge residents to inform themselves about this project and weigh in with Metro (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) during this final public input phase regarding the impacts. Once the comment phase closes in mid-July, citizens will lose the opportunity to have their voices heard.

Marilyn Brett

Lake Oswego

Transportation is difficult locally

To the Editor:

While reading the June 5 edition of the Lake Oswego Review comment page, I came across something appalling.

A certain someone left a comment saying the streetcar through Lake Oswego would be apalling because of the 'threat' of transients and dirty problems of Portland. I respect their opinion but it makes me wonder how naive and close minded this city's residents can be.

We need the streetcar. I am a 21- year-old middle-class working college student who thinks that the streetcar would really help with public transportation so kind, eco- friendly people like me can get to school and work without wasting energy and gas. Please realize this.

Portland is not entirely gang infested and dirty. I simply can't afford gas. Please open your minds to how difficult public transportation is in the Lake Oswego. Its necessary to have this street car.

Thank you for your time.

Simone Heuer

Lake Oswego

District wrong to fire swim coach

To the Editor:

The Lake Oswego School District has wrongfully dismissed Swim Coach Don King from employment, accusing him of sexual harassment. Coach King had been on paid administrative leave pending the results of trials in (Linn) and Clackamas counties. Charges brought by (Linn) County resulted in an acquittal on all counts after a two-week jury trial. All other charges were dropped. Yet (June 3) Coach King was fired, and new information from the 'closed' school board meeting regarding the case was released to the press to justify its decision.

After conducting its own 'independent' investigation into allegations of 'repeated' sexual misconduct by the coach, the district justified this decision by citing reports filed by Albany detectives, Lake Oswego police and the new, unnamed witnesses. Had district officials bothered to review the transcripts of the trial in Albany, they would have seen testimony that refuted the prosecution's own evidence.

Further they might have considered the reduced/dropped charges in Lake Oswego and Clackamas County. Instead they fired an innocent man, who has not sexually harassed anyone.

The district superintendent has cited the need 'to hold district employees to higher standards of conduct' than even state or federal law. But when a popular high school social studies teacher was cited for DUI, was he held to this 'higher standard'? No! What message did that send to our often-intoxicated students? Is that a better decision than reinstating a coach who has been completely exonerated? I think not. The district speaks volumes through its own actions.

It's unfortunate that the district and its supervisors didn't review all of the facts, and follow the lead of the courts. I ask, what exactly is driving this injustice?

Who really wants an innocent Coach King gone?

Thomas N. Holder

Lake Oswego

Reminder 'of how far I have come'

To the Editor:

I wanted to let you know that I have been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I have received since the article on my apartment makeover was published on May 29.

Complete strangers have come up to me on the street, on campus and at Chuck's (Cookies and Coffee) to congratulate me on the article.

I wanted to extend a warm thank you to Monica Ensign for the wonderful apartment makeover and the Lake Oswego Review for getting the word out. I am incredibly grateful to have my life back on track and your kind gift is a wonderful daily reminder of how far I have come in the journey of my recovery.

Keegan Rice

Lake Oswego

LHS football is exciting reality

To the Editor:

As an incoming senior football player at Lakeridge High School, I would like to express my appreciation to everyone involved with changing the Conditional Use Permit for our school, especially Principal Mike Lehman and Superintendent Bill Korach.

It is a great privilege to be able to play football on our home field during my last year of high school. I am excited about the upcoming season and hope it works out well for everyone.

Elliott Olson

Lake Oswego

Don't let the iron

furnace 'crumble'

To the Editor:

Re: Historic Furnace Task Force Report at the June 3 Lake Oswego City Council meeting:

The historic iron furnace located in George Rogers Park is emblematic of Lake Oswego's 158-year history and is the only surviving structure of its kind west of the Rocky Mountains. It is one of 16 extant properties in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but unfortunately this designation alone does not provide any protection.

In October 2004, the Lake Oswego City Council convened the Historic Furnace Restoration Task Force. After years of research, the (group's) preservation plan was published and presented. At the June 3 (council) meeting councilors accepted the report, but did not adopt it and omitted any plan for fund raising. A decision such as this is tantamount to not supporting the restoration at all. The furnace is deteriorating as we debate its fate.

Time is not on our side. We cannot rebuild history and it would be shameful to let this landmark structure crumble.

Marylou Colver

Lake Oswego