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Groznik will not seek

re-election to city post

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to the ctizens of Lake Oswego:

I have been blessed with a great family, a wonderful job, a non-profit organization that I support, and an outstanding quality of life here in Lake Oswego.

Because of these opportunities, I find myself at a point in my life, and the lives of my family, where I must prioritize my commitments. I have considered my options carefully and have made the decision to not seek re-election.

I would like to thank all my supporters as well as my detractors. My time on council has truly been a valuable learning experience for me and I hope it has been for all of you.

I love the interactions with citizens, and the knowledge that I am contributing to making Lake Oswego a more livable, walkable and sustainable place.

Sometime in the future I would like to remain in service to the citizens of Lake Oswego if possible, however at a reduced time commitment.

Frank Groznik

Lake Oswego City Councilor

Costs don't justify opening

up the view of the lake

To the Editor:

In the June 19th issue of the Review, Philip Pirrotta criticized John Surrett for objecting to the 'plan to open up views of Lake Oswego for all residents.' While I agree that the esthetics of views of the lake will be more pleasing than looking at the US Bank building, I would have to ask whether the view of the lake is really worth the $2 million cost of purchasing the building and the costs entailed in the demolition of the building and the construction of another park. It seems to me that the fact that the city council also is the Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency allows for no 'checks and balances,' which are so important in our way of government.

There are other examples of the esthetic 'enhancement' of the city that, to me, are not justified by the cost. I would point to the berms in the center of Country Club Road, the transformation of 10th Street from an adequate thoroughfare into a fancy 'rockery' and the purchase of the statues that are in place on 'A' Avenue as such examples.

Although it will be nice to look at the lake as one drives along State Street, I really don't believe that the cost of providing this view is justified.

I am hopeful that there will be enough candidates for the mayor's position and the other three council positions that will be open, that will be more fiscally responsible and more concerned about the tax load that must be borne by the residents of Lake Oswego to pay for the 'esthetics' and the purchase of the Safeco building than the present council has been.

I agree with Mr. Surett's point of view.

John W. Thompson

Lake Oswego

Tell politicians what you think about energy woes

To the Editor:

Wake up America!

The four horsemen of the energy apocalypse caused this oil mess and the $4.00 and rising gas prices:

1. Bill Clinton, who vetoed Anwar, in 1995;

2.The Sierra Club because it influenced Congress with its pro environment/anti business philosophy;

3. The Liberal/Democrats in Congress, who won't let the oil companies drill and refine more in this country;

and 4. Al Gore with his globull warming theory. Wake up America and tell the politicians in Congress what you really think and sign the petition Drill Here/Drill Now, at americansolu

tions.com .

Wendy A. Morean

Lake Oswego