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Save the swim park for local children - keep it open

To the Editor:

The lakeside residents will be able to enjoy every summer on Oswego Lake during the sewer project so the Lake Oswego children should also enjoy every summer on the lake.

If the school district staunchly preserves the recreational use of the Lake Grove Swim Park like it was entrusted to do, the children will use the lake every summer.

Let's all get behind the school district as it stands up for our children, making sure our children have full lake access with the affordable swim lessons and recreation they enjoy there now.

Save the Swim Park! Our kids need it!

Beverly Cramer

Lake Oswego

Council, DRC have ignored local input on housing project

To the Editor:

In response to the citizen's view of July 10, (well-written by Gail Stuart-Bowles), reporting concerns of the Waluga Neighborhood Association in its dealings with the DRC and the Lake Oswego City Council pertaining to the planning process for the building of the Oakridge Park Senior Housing Development (whew!), I would like to point out that these two groups (the DRC and the city council) are the same entities that have:

Ignored public input pertaining to the Avamere-run retirement home (The Stafford) from:

n A local neighborhood association;

n Student and commuter fears of the impending traffic congestion with Lakeridge High School right across the street;

n Neighborhood fears as to the immense size of the proposed building (the only item recognized at all and then in a very limited fashion);

n Letters from citizenry at large;

n Illegally used tax monies as a down payment to purchase property without a vote of the people after which they refused all input against its high-handed methods until a grassroots movement was formed (Ask LO) which gathered enough signatures to force the issue to the voters;

n Are costing the taxpayers nearly $100,000/month in interest alone;

n Ignored public input from the Lake Grove area citizenry that the 'beautification' being imposed on them was unwanted and unnecessary.

I am put in mind of the maxim in Europe as the reigning 'warlords' sent, one after another, groups of citizens to their deaths while those not 'involved' ignored what was happening until, finally, as the last group was taken, there was 'no one left to speak' for them. Whose turn is next? Ignore this at your peril.

Donna Mihnos

Lake Oswego

Let us not be short sighted; keep WEB

To the Editor:

Acquiring the Safeco Building was the most brilliant and visionary action by our city council in the last several decades. Previous councils built a libary and city hall that were too small, with inadequate parking, the day they were opened. Likewise, Lakeridge High School was inadequate and poorly built by our predecessors. The Safeco property, now the West End Building, has space in and around it that would be the envy of any municipality.

Unfortunately, the $100 million sewer under the lake, shall we say, 'muddies the water.' Concern over the cost of this unseen, but vital utility, could derail a very visable and very utilitarian public facility. Lake Oswego is nearly out of land. Generations to come will either rejoice, if we fully acquire this property, or point to another short- sighted decision by our citizenry.

Forming a non-profit corporation to fund, own and manage the Safeco property is an alternative way to pay for and use this property. The non-profit corporation would bring together a blue ribbon committee of citizens to formulate a capital campaign to raise $20 million necessary to purchase the property.

Lake Oswego has more wealth per capita than any other community in Oregon, yet our capital gifts go to projects in Portland and elswhere. By conducting a capital campaign we will give to residents of all income and asset levels a chance to participate as they see fit. Individuals will have the opportunity to make major gifts and name parts of the facility. A gift of 50 percent, and there are those who could give this, would offer naming rights of the entire complex to the donor. Other contributors could name rooms, facilities, hallways, outside areas.

I am a person of modest means and a fixed income. And yet, I would rather give to a capital campaign than be assessed for 20 years. The interest saved would be significant.

The citizen board of this facility would be able to create a long range plan, rent parts of the building in the meantime and provide Lake Oswego with an outstanding recreational and public space building and grounds.

Let us not be short-sighted and give up this prize property. By acquiring it we will earn the undying gratitude of Lake Oswego citizens for decades to come.

Clifford D. Mansley, Sr.

Lake Oswego

Swim park plans generate angst

To the Editor:

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words. For lack of any better access to the lake, the city has opted to remove at least (five) huge centuries-old shady fir and big leaf maple trees at the Lake Grove Swim Park.

The park will then be closed for two years while the project is completed, to be used as a storage facility for the pipes and equipment. This park, open to LOSD families, has served generations of Lake Oswegans as a beautiful, shady park along the lake. It provides the best view of the annual Fourth of July fireworks show.

The swimming hole, rolling grass and picnic benches make this park reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell portrait. What a shame that this project will cheat generations from a shady place to escape summer's heat. My children, aged 9 and 12, are at an age where they like to meet friends at the park and spend an afternoon swimming or hanging out without the distractions of video games or television.

This park will be missed.

Davina Doby

Lake Oswego

Experience at The Pearl was positive

To the Editor:

Your recent coverage of a single negative event at The Pearl at Kruse Way was the antithesis of what my family experienced. My father battled stage-4 lung cancer that metastasized into brain cancer for 4 ½ years. My mother took care of him at home for the first 3 ½ years but the last year it became too much and, after an exhaustive search, my family decided on The Pearl for his long-term care home.

I live only 15 minutes from The Pearl and was able to 'pop in' several times a week. My visits were never announced and the times/days were not in a predictable pattern. What I found each time I visited was wonderful care; caregivers sitting next to him scratching his constantly itchy back (a side effect from treatment), caregivers helping him write the names of his grandchildren while asking him about each child. The caregivers talked to him, and all the patients, like they were family members. During the last few months visits were difficult, as his decline was hard to watch and he could no longer communicate with us. The staff at The Pearl was very considerate and comforting during this time. When it became apparent that death was imminent the staff stepped it up another notch. They were a huge support to my mother and, along with Signature Hospice personnel, made every effort to ensure my father was as comfortable as possible.

My father passed away on July 1 and the funeral was a week later in Arch Cape. To our amazement, Julie Hubbard, his nurse from The Pearl, made the long trip to Arch Cape. She was crying just like the rest of us. We want to thank all of the caregivers who went above and beyond and who always treated my father with love and dignity. Our family appreciates the great work they do in a job that few of us could handle. If you could publish their names it would be a small step towards a proper thank you. I apologize if I missed anyone … Julie, Kate, Rose, Foday, Toni, Amy, Lorrayna, Amina, Askina, George, EG, Shannan, Rachael, Musa and Trisha.

Anne Ryan (father's name: William Feldmeier - patient at Pearl)

West Linn

City asked to make C and 8th safer

To the Editor:

The small children and pets in my neighborhood have been put at grave risk.

The traffic on Country Club Road (speed limit 40 mph) is able to take a short cut through our residential neighborhood (speed limit 25 mph) to State Street. There is no new speed limit posted at the juncture of Country Club, where they turn into our neighborhood at C Street. There are many small children and pets here. More than once, at the kitchen window, my heart has jumped to my throat, as I see a child in the pathway of an oncoming car, keeping up its highway momentum ... It would only take one moment of inattention to kill a small child or pet - their small size limiting their visibility. For a brief while, we enjoyed a (desperately needed) four-way stop at our intersection; but, in the process of re-doing its traffic control system, the city removed the stop sign on C (which seems to be turning into a thruway) and put it on the side street, which is much less of a problem. It would have been good to consult us before making this change - people living closest to the problems are the ones most aware of them.

Since this has already taken place and has created a huge problem here, we ask that the city either re-install the stop sign at 8th and C; and/or post the entrance to our neighborhood at the juncture of Country Club and C with a speed limit of 25 mph, then enforce it; and/or put in a speed bump; or maybe all three. That would convince us that our city cares about the children and pets. There are, no doubt, other places like this in First Addition - I think the city needs to ask for public input.

I strongly urge that these actions be taken right away - it is during the summer that this danger is at its peak. My neighbor, who has three small children, has called the city many times.

We made and bought signs ourselves, but the city has removed them. The two I made simply said 'Please, Slow. Watch for Children and Pets.'

Barbara Kelley

Lake Oswego

Obama concerns bother local man

To the Editor:

Why Obama?

To me, few things are as important as the electing our of next president.

Achievements, accomplishments, choices and past decisions that they have made in their pasts.

Their character and their plans are all important factors.

So far, when it comes to Sen. Obama's 'accomplishments,' I could find little of merit in his past record.

When it came to his 'choices,' Sen. Obama choosing to associate with William Ayers, Brenadette Dorrn bothers me. Add Rev. Wright, Khalid, Meeks, Rev. Phelgar and the now-convicted Tony Rezko and it is very disturbing.

Then Sen. Obama's 'character' comes into questions with his many 'untruths' or 'gaffes' and 'flip-flops' that in just a few short months include issues like FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), public finance, Cuba, Iran, nuclear energy, wearing a flag pin, the telecom industry, Iraq, capital gains and now he apparently he is willing to meet with Gen Petreaus. And his proposed taxes are inadequate.

His original stand on raising capital gains would hurt both pensioners and the self-employed trying to save for retirement, but would also discourage very much needed investing in America.

We live in a very, very dangerous world. And it is a world that needs an experienced leader with a proven consistent record.

Ken Gomes

Lake Oswego