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letters - June 2, 2011

Oswego Historic home tour supporters thanked

To the Editor:

The Oswego Heritage Council wishes to thank all of our fantastic Home Tour Committee, home owners and sponsors for their support and the donations made to Oswego Heritage Council Historic Home Tour.

Tudor Level Sponsor - Mary's Woods and Windermere CCRG;

Craftsman Level Sponsor - Trista Nelson, Neil Kelly, Jennings Insurance, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Lake Oswego Review, city of Lake Oswego, Mid-Century Modern Level Sponsor, John and Nancy Tongue, MCM Construction, English Cottage

Level Sponsor - Patrick Lumber, Organizers Northwest and Missy Gerber, Pacific West Roofing, Holly Rodway, Buckley Law, Susan Gibson Stier, Ed and Phyllis Miska, Roger and JoAnn Rollins

Pioneer Level Sponsor - Shelly McFarland, Alison and Ty Oliver, Nick Goldsmith of Palisades Market, Mignon Ervin, Daniel Scott, Windemere, Sandra Sheets, Emogene Waggoner, Alice Willmarth and Dr. and Mrs. Jim Davitt.

We see the Historic Home Tour as a featured activity in Lake Oswego, and plans have already begun for 2012 and 2013 Historic Home Tours.

We feel very fortunate to have good friends like you, and we count on your continued support to make history a part of our everyday lives.

Thank you for your support.

Jude Graham

Executive Director

Oswego Heritage Council

Home tour was a big success thanks to many people

To the Editor:

Thank you for supporting Oswego Heritage Council's fourth Historic Home Tour.

'It takes a village to put on a successful home tour,' and we would like to thank our village: The gracious homeowners, generous sponsors, the docents whose friendly smiles greet and educate, and all of you who went on the tour. We were especially fortunate to have three historic buildings on the Marylhurst campus featured this year. Working with our energetic, dedicated planning committee was a joy.

It is through your interest and commitment that the rich legacy of Lake Oswego is being preserved for present and future generations. Bring your families to the Heritage House and visit our changing museum exhibits and learn about all we do.

We look forward to seeing you at next year's historic home tour in May!

Nancy Tongue

President, Oswego Heritage Council

Lake Oswego

'Don't ask the voters for more funds'

To the Editor:

I support last week's editorial that stated 'we believe all local governments must adopt new ways of engaging voters … .'

I think Lake Oswego's city council is not only engaging, but also enraging voters with their re-allocation of library funds and their new utility tax for schools.

When the city of Lake Oswego and Clackamas County approved a tax levy for libraries (2008), adding $1 million a year to Lake Oswego, what happened to library funding?

Well, according to state reports of actual expenditures, Lake Oswego's library funding dropped significantly, FY 2010 equals minus $284,272 and FY 2011 equals minus $50,824, a total two-year loss of funding of $335,096, in spite of an additional $1 million a year of county funds from the approved levy.

Lake Oswego's city council, after raiding library funds, is now charging all residents water, sewer and garbage fees for schools. I guess our city council has now adopted new ways of engaging voters. Don't ask the voters for more funds, just find ways to re-allocate previous levy-approved library funds and charge utility fees for schools to every resident, even those with the lowest income.

Richard L. Slaven

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: See the editor's note below as both this letter and the citizen's view below address the same subject matter.