Lake Oswego Review readers sound off

To the Editor:

An open letter to the Lakeridge High School Varsity football team: Thank you, Pacer Varsity football players.

I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you did this season. This community is so proud to be able to witness your amazing effort this year. There were some who said you could never do it - that you would fall apart and not finish the season. But you proved them wrong.

Through your perseverance, fortitude and positive attitude, you showed us what outstanding young men you are. You never gave up. You got stronger every game and came together as a team and proved that it could be done.

Don't let the numbers disappoint you. The life lessons you learned this season will make you stronger men in the future.

You guys have made us proud. You are all winners in our hearts. Don't ever forget that.

Go Pacers!

Jill Erwin

Lake Oswego

Appreciation given to many during campaign effort

To the Editor:

Though this is written before election results are known, the campaigning is over.

Now it is time to wait and reflect on the past three intense, exhilarating months. Yes, we were busy, even harried at times. But it was all worth it.

The unexpected gifts of running for city council were many: Meeting scores of new and interesting people. Learning things you didn't know about your own city. Long, delightful conversations on doorsteps with strangers. Finding out that you have inspired a new voter. Honing your public speaking skills!? Getting to know, and becoming friends with, your fellow candidates. I will miss the camaraderie of the campaign trail!

Even though the citizens of Lake Oswego, as well as the candidates, differ on some issues, I am confident that we will work constructively to come to a resolution of those issues. I am optimistic about our city's future because, for the most part, we are motivated by our love of Lake Oswego and a desire to make a positive contribution.

Many, many thanks to everyone who helped and supported me in so many ways during this campaign. Special thanks and much love to my husband and sons who were exceedingly patient, helpful and understanding.

Mary Olson

City council candidate

Lake Oswego

Thanks offered at closure of city council campaign

To the Editor:

As I sit at my desk on the Sunday night before the Nov. 4 election, I want to write and acknowedge some of the people who have been a part of the election process for the Lake Oswego City Council.

A thank you to my fellow candidates for the city council. While the issues are serious the process has been enjoyable. It has been a pleasure to get to know each of you.

A thank you to those of you who voted for me. I will work to honor your confidence in me.

To those of you who did not vote for me, I pledge my wilingness to listen.

To those of you who took time to talk to me at football games, soccer games, the grocery store, your home, on the street and at the many campaign forums, I thank you for your thoughtfulness and interest.

A thank you to the two mayoral candidates for the conversations we have had these last few months. Regardless of who wins, I wish each of you good fortune and health.

To those of you who asked for a sign or wrote a letter of support, I thank you.

To Luke Marshall, a student, who asked for 40 signs and placed them all, a very big thank you.

To the council members, past and present, and to the the members of the city staff, who took time to talk to me on several of the issues facing the city, I thank you.

Good luck to the next council.

Jeff Gudman

City council candidate

Lake Oswego

'Hello L.O.' police photo generates concerns

To the Editor:

I was disgusted with the recent edition of 'Hello L.O.'

The front page featured a photo-op conveniently set up to show a Lake Oswego police officer with a young Asian child; how very convenient since their main critic, myself, is Asian American.

I have been critical in recent months (during my recent campaign for city council) of the police department for its lack of ethnic minorities. In fact, of the 43 sworn officers none of them are ethnic minorities.

What sickens me is that this photo-op that exploits a child for their purposes of propaganda is in direct reference to my criticism of their department. This stinks of blatant racism.

I hope the LOPD is proud of its pathetic attempt at trying to look diverse. I say this to the people of Lake Oswego, as well as to the … LOPD, I will not take this lightly. I will not sit back and allow anyone to disrespect the intelligence of myself, minorities and the people of Lake Oswego in general.

What the LOPD has succeeded in doing is pour fuel on a few simmering embers. I was disappointed before, but now I am angry.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I hope that I'm not the only Lake Oswego resident that finds this troubling. How can a police department pat itself on the back, as they did in the 'Hello L.O,' yet still not employ one minority on their staff?

Oh, but I guess it should be OK, because they had a photo-op with a young Asian girl. Look how diverse our LOPD is. We should all be proud.

Devin Holz

City council candidate

Lake Oswego

Paper provides community a 'good bulletin board'

To the Editor:

Thank You Review!

One of the great things about Lake Oswego is our local newspaper.

Local news is important to me. I like to know who's doing what, with what effect and where we're headed next. The Oregonian will never really cover the Lake Oswego community, we're simply not big or important enough.

This election season, I've appreciated the Review so much more than ever.

Published opinions written by over a dozen local candidates have been vital to my decision making and the hundreds of letters, costing page after page to the Review, have been insightful and thought provoking. Telling me when and where candidates could be met and issues discussed was essential information hard to otherwise come by.

I deeply appreciate that staff members worked throughout weekends to help ensure political ads written by amateurs looked appealing and professional, were spell-checked for errors, and presented clear messages at rates reasonable to local campaign budgets.

My hat is off to the Lake Oswego Review for providing our community with a good bulletin board. Oh, I can find fault now and then, but most often I find timely information I want. Our good newspaper is an essential part of what keeps Lake Oswego great.

Linda Brown

Lake Oswego

Where's oversight on oil prices?

To the Editor:

With all the economic turmoil in the world today, one might lose sight of the fact that merely a few weeks ago oil was trading on the international market at over $147 per barrel. Today, it is trading below $63 per barrel, a huge decline.

And, although motorists are pleased by the reduction of gas prices at the pump, the unresolved issue is how can oil trade so dramatically in such a short period of time? The theory of supply and demand has been thrown away.

The obvious answer heard above the protests of the regulators (CFTC) is that there was indeed market manipulation occurring. No other explanation is plausible. However, instead of identifying the individuals or groups responsible for bringing financial pain to the world's energy users, i.e., you and me, the press has moved on to new and more exciting topics.

If we never hold individuals personally responsible for unfair, unethical, or unlawful business practices, the system is doomed to repeat the same problem. Again, where are the regulators? Where is the Congressional oversight? Where is the Justice Department?

Moving from financial crisis to financial crisis in the age of greed and hubris is no way to run a democracy. Perhaps this explains why America appears to be on the edge of turning hard left towards Socialism. Yuck!

Noel R. Wolfe

Lake Oswego

Ever wonder why we vote on Tuesdays?

To the Editor:

Hopefully by the time this edition of the Review is being read, the results of this historical election will be known and any problems will have been minor. Watching news coverage of record amounts of people voting early, standing in line for hours makes me and perhaps you wonder how we came to pick Tuesday as a voting day.

According to a recent news story in the New York Times, back in 1845 we were mostly an agrarian society. Saturday was a farming day. Sunday was the Lord's day and Monday was a travel day to the county seat where the polling places were located. Tuesday you voted and returned home on Wednesday to resume farming. Oh, and let's not forget it was men who owned land who voted in these elections. It took another 75 years before the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote.

While we in Oregon seem to have a higher percentage of voters who actually vote due to our vote by mail system, our nation does lag behind countries like New Zealand, Sweden and Iceland according to the New York Times. Maybe the time is near when Congress will consider a two-day voting process?

Rosie Stephens

Lake Oswego

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