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Either all of us can swim or none of us should swim

To the Editor:

Either all of us swim or none of us swim!

Since we're filling the lake up for the summer of 2009, all of us in Lake Oswego are going to pay more for the new sewer interceptor.

But only the 10 percent of us who live on the lake will get to use the lake unless the city settles on a different staging area than the Lake Grove Swim Park.

If we're all paying more we should all have access. Otherwise, let's cut the cost and all go without for a summer.

The city needs permanent access for LOIS maintenance and upkeep. Let's buy it now and use it forever instead of destroying the public swim park!

Beverly Cramer

Lake Oswego

Take it easy while driving on our

residential streets

To the Editor:

Interstate-5? Drive like your hair is on fire.

Kruse Way? Pedal to the metal.

But residential streets are different. These roads are for taking your baby on a walk in the stroller, for walking across to borrow a few eggs, to take the dog for a walk, to throw a few football passes to your son.

The residential streets are really more like parking lots than thoroughfares. Yet, at least on my blind corner residential street, cars scream by. There is a certain entitlement to asphalt.

If you asphalted your living room, cars would come through and honk at you for being in the way.

I like the way the boating world handles it. They very smartly have a 'no wake zone.'

When in the marina, boats go very slowly as to not make a wake. We should have the same set up for autos. Go fast if you need to, but when entering the neighborhoods, slow down and allow people to enjoy their homes.

Scott Levison

Lake Oswego

The Lions Club thanks residents for great Fourth

To the Editor:

The Lake Oswego Lions Club would like to thank the Lake Oswego community for making this year's Fourth of July pancake breakfast one of the best ever.

Again this year it was a huge success, with everyone enjoying a hearty breakfast while visiting with neighbors and making new friends. The weather was perfect, the music entertaining and the crowd patient while waiting in line.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

Special thanks go out to Wizer's Foods, Starbucks Coffee, Alpenrose Dairy, Glenmore Farms and Lakeridge Summer Baseball. The pancake breakfast remains our single largest fund-raiser and without their support, this year's event would not have been possible.

The money raised on the Fourth will help local charities such as Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, Camp Taloali for the Deaf, Clackamas Downs Syndrome Walk, Flags for First Graders, Gales Creek Camp for Diabetic Children, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Lake Oswego Heritage House, Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, Canine Companions for Independence, Los Amigos Eyecare at Pacific University, Northwest Medical Teams, Oregon School for the Blind, Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind, Oregon Donor Program, Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, Sheppard's Door, Oregon VisionWalk and the Senior Welcome Break Meals Program at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. At the national and international levels, our support has gone to the R.P. Foundation (Research for Eye Disease), Heifer Project International, and Lions Clubs International Foundation's SightFirst II program, a project which deals with curing preventable blindness in the U.S. as well as many third-world countries.

For those interested in learning more about the Lake Oswego Lions, we meet at the Oswego Heritage House on Wednesday at noon.

If you would like to help serve at the next pancake breakfast, please call Nancy Headlee at 503-635-6575. Our motto is 'We Serve,' and we are delighted to be part of such a caring community.

Eric Weberg,

president Lake Oswego Lions Club

Lake Oswego

Thank you to the good samaritan who found my dog

To the Editor:

On July 13, I returned from a long weekend getaway to discover that my dog had not been home for three days.

Usually when he escapes from his electric fence, he frolics about the neighborhood knocking over garbage cans, eating other dogs' and cats' food and creating a Tasmanian-devil size mess in the yards of my friends and neighbors. Then he comes home fat, happy and smelling really badly. (May I take a moment here to apologize to everyone who had to pick up garbage last week? I am so sorry.)

When he had not been home for three days, I feared something very bad had happened. But thanks to the thoughtfulness of my community, my dog is now safely at home - fat, happy and smelling really badly.

I learned through the Lake Oswego Police Department that a good samaritan, Marcy Watts, found him on the streets. She posted his picture on Craigslist.org and then took him to the Lake Grove Veterinary Clinic.

When I went to pick him up at the Clinic, he had been fed, watered and was staying in princely accommodations. I offered to pay for his Holiday Inn experience but the clinic said that part of their service was taking in lost dogs. (The good people at this clinic now have my business for life.)

I am so grateful to everyone who helped get my delinquent, but very lovable, dog off the streets.

Linda Hundhammer

Lake Oswego

Destruction noted on river islands

To the Editor:

As the director of a local non-profit organization that works to improve water quality and habitat on the Willamette River, Willamette Riverkeeper, I was recently appalled by the impact of people on a couple of islands in the Willamette when I visited there recently by canoe. The islands in question are public, owned by Clackamas County or the Department of State Lands near Lake Oswego.

The recent destruction was the worst I've seen there - for several years individuals have traveled to the island, camped there, defecated there, left bags of trash and debris everywhere and cut down native plants. They even went so far as to leave their personal belongings there.

While many public sites along the entire river can be impacted by the foolish actions of the few, I urge local folks who live along the Willamette to take note of people who utilize the river in a way that degrades it for all of us.

Willamette Riverkeeper has worked with Clackamas County in recent years in restoring habitat on what is sometimes called Hogg Island at the border of West Linn and Lake Oswego, as well as other local islands.

Here there is an excellent opportunity to engage local citizens in the restoration of native habitat, and to keep an eye out for the slobs who sometimes seek out the river for recreation, only to simultaneously degrade it.

In the coming weeks Willamette Riverkeeper will have additional patrols of the area. For more information about our work, go to www.willametteriverkeeper.org.

Travis Williams,

Willamette Riverkeeper and Executive Director

Portland

Swim park should remain open

To the Editor:

I attended the public hearing (July 15) regarding closing the Lake Grove Swim Park and using it as access and staging for the construction of the sewer interceptor in Oswego Lake. The plan is to begin using the park for construction on Sept. 15 and keeping it closed throughout the summer of 2009, although there was talk of keeping a portion of it open so people can enjoy eating the dust of trucks and viewing sewer pipes while they picnic.

The Lake Oswego School District operates the swim park, and although the superintendent has been discussing this plan for a year with the city and the Lake Corporation, the district forgot to tell any of the park users about the plan. A crew inadvertently let the cat out of the bag when it recently tagged five maple trees for cutting.

I simply cannot believe that on a lake whose shoreline is 99 percent private, the only suitable access for this project is the tiny Lake Grove Swim Park. Although two easements apparently exist and will be used somewhat in the project, they are not considered suitable for the major work, presumably because the neighbors would object. However, those easements exist for the purpose of access to the lake for purposes such as this but instead the city wants to take the swim park away from the children and families for a year. It should either use those easements or find other easements or purchase a suitable easement.

The Lake Grove Swim Park is a gem with old-growth Douglas fir trees and this project would degrade it. Using it as a construction zone is simply unacceptable and, by my reading of the deed, illegal.

Tom Berridge

Lake Oswego

Let's make the best of a bad situation

To the Editor:

Once again the citizens of Lake Oswego have been blindsided by lack of communication.

According to The Oregonian (July 16) the Lake Oswego School District and the city cut a deal behind closed doors with no input from the residents. Huge assumptions were made and now the residents of this city are furious to say the least.

That said, I do have some constructive suggestions on how to create a more palatable solution than just allowing a partial use of the swim park.

1. The vision of having children near a noisy construction zone with 60-foot pipes flying through the air while being placed by cranes is frightening. There could be accidents and there could be lawsuits. Children being children will be fascinated by the machines and children move faster than adults. Plus who can even fathom relaxing by the lake with all that noise?

Let's just close the park so that the much-needed work can be done with the least amount of danger to our children. Perhaps there is a better way.

2. We have lots of other parks in our city and we should explore all the venues we have. The summer of 2009 could be a summer of exploration and discovery. With some forethought and organization a Passport Program could be developed to enable children and their families to 'Tour Lake Oswego.' Each park could be a destination. Each neighborhood could be a destination. We could all learn by exploring our city and making discoveries.The library could be involved with a children's reading program relating to different aspects of our city. We have art located throughout the city and brochures that show where they are. Luscher Farm has a Children's Garden program that could be utilized.

The sewer project has been on hold far too long and it is imperative that it be completed safely and in an organized and timely fashion. The construction might be an inconvenience and an annoyance, but not having the sewer project completed would be far worse. All avenues should be explored to come up with the best solution.

Kathe Worsley

Lake Oswego

Council, DRC have ignored local input

To the Editor:

(Editor's note: A version of this letter ran in the Lake Oswego Review on July 17. However, portions of the letter did not print so it is reprinted here in its entirety).

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:

1) 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;

2) 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;

3) 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