Just say no to more corporate welfare

Lake Oswego letters

To the Editor:

As the joke goes, a hundred billion here and a hundred billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money. Congress is now considering further bailouts of corporate America. Congress is urging that more public funds be used to stabilize the U.S. auto industry, which produces a good product, but has not been profitable for over a decade. This amounts to little more than corporate welfare.

In a capitalistic system, these businesses should be allowed to fail. They could reorganize under current bankruptcy laws and emerge as viable companies. But, this is not going to happen.

Those in control of Congress today owe a great deal of political capital to the unions, which have supported them. And, let us not lose sight of the fact that the advertising bought by the auto companies go into the coffers of our national media. Thus, it is unlikely we will hear much opposition to Congress's plan to bail out Detroit.

The reality is that the average Union Auto Worker, with perks, makes in excess of $73 per hour. Whereas, just a couple states to the south, foreign auto manufacturers which produce vehicles in the U.S. enjoy a good living standard on similar benefits of approximately $48 per hour. Doing the simple math dictates that we simply cannot afford the UAW. If the UAW is unwilling to make major concessions to bring their pay package in line with their competitors, they don't deserve to stay in business. In a free market economy, competition wins. Just say no to more corporate welfare.

Noel R. Wolfe

Lake Oswego

City residents: 'Remember these words ... I told you so'

To the Editor:

I am disappointed in my city and the people who live in it. What Nov. 4th has shown is that Lake Oswego has said no. No to limited city government. No to individual rights. No to transparency. No to democratic debate.

I could sit here and put a happy face on my reaction to the local election, but I'm an honest person; I was honest in my campaign for city council but it is obvious that the vast majority of Lake Oswegans would rather have sunshine blown in their faces than accept the truth. If it's a fascist government Lake Oswego wants, it's a fascist one you will get. If anyone needs help with the definition of fascism, here you go ... 'a political philosophy that exalts nation above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation and forcible suppression of opposition.' This is exactly what Lake Oswego had in the old regime, and it's what Lake Oswego will have in the new one.

When the city tears into your personal property to build LOIS (if they can ever decide on a location), or condemn someone's property, think about how you voted. When the council uses your tax dollars to make questionable purchases without public democratic debate, think about who you voted for.

While I am disappointed in many, there are just under 2,000 Lake Oswegans that voted for less government, open debate, and individual rights. I thank each and every one of you. I will continue to challenge the council and mayor when they force their fascist liberal agenda upon the tax payers of Lake Oswego.

Remember these words ... I told you so.

Devin Holz

Former Candidate for Lake Oswego City Council

Thanks are in order for safety project for Leonard Street

To the Editor:

Thanks is owed to those working for and with the city of Lake Oswego who helped to reconstruct Leonard Street between State and Durham so that it is now an example of a safe, 'green' and attractive street. Prior to construction, the first view from the top of Leonard, at Durham, was a tangle of wires, heavily loaded electrical poles and boxes and a lot of asphalt and concrete with non-existent pedestrian lighting. The crosswalk at Leonard at State Street, used by many elderly shoppers was dark and dangerous in the winter. Poor visibility of pedestrians and the distraction of high traffic flow on State Street resulted in several near-miss vehicle-pedestrian accidents. A severe accident at this crossing was just a matter of time.

The vision and continued interaction on compatibility with neighbors and businesses was that of Marianne Zarkin (landscape architect) and initiated by Doug Schmitz (former city manager). Bob Galante (city program manager) drove the project to successful completion. Underground utilities and abundant pedestrian 'dark-sky' lighting and curb extensions now provide pedestrian safety and overall appearance. A 'green' drain concept, with permeable swale planting areas has proven to work in high-rain conditions.

In short, the project more than met Old Town neighbors' requests for traffic slowing, pedestrian safety and tree planting to soften streetscape appearance.

Also a long overdue thanks is owed to Jerry Knippel (city project manager) and the project team for the Neighborhood Enhancement Project to eliminate the 'waste' area at the end of the Church Street dead end and drastically improve its appearance. The project created a small planting and natural park area (informally named 'Separation of Church and State Park').

Thanks to all the dedicated and creative people who helped make these projects successful!

Craig Stephens

Lake Oswego

Voters thanked for supporting Moncrief's ability to serve

To the Editor:

Thank you to everyone who supported my candidacy and encouraged me throughout my run for Lake Oswego City Council. I have enjoyed meeting and hearing from so many Lake Oswegans and am grateful for the opportunity to serve you as a city councilor.

Campaigning provided a wonderful opportunity to get out into the community and learn about what is important to you, what your priorities are and what issues you would like to see our next city council work on. I will remember what you have told me.

We are so lucky here in Lake Oswego to have an abundance of knowledgeable, involved citizens who work to make our city a better place to live. I appreciate your confidence in my ability to serve you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sally Moncrieff

Lake Oswego City Councilor-elect

Lake Oswego

Concerns raised over perceived grocery store practices

To the Editor:

After visiting the Safeway store in Lake Grove, I feel compelled to write.

Several items listed in their ad as 'buy one, get one free' had the price doubled before the sale. This practice appears to be an attempt to fool the customers into thinking they are receiving a discount.

Not even mentioning that the $7 ice cream is no longer a half gallon but has shrunk. I understand that we are in a recession and that money is tight. Apparently, this is an example of, 'let the buyer beware.'

Barbara Davis


Thanks to Lake Oswego-area voters from Extension Service

To the Editor:

Earlier this month voters throughout Clackamas County said yes to a proposal forming an Extension and 4-H Service District.

On behalf of the hundreds of citizens involved in the effort to support Extension, we thank you. The formation of an Extension District is a great moment for Clackamas County and the future.

The Oregon State University Extension Service has been a part of the fabric of Clackamas County for nearly a century. Extension has worked side by side with farmers, homemakers, homeowners, gardeners, forest owners, agencies, businesses and kids to build a better community. Watch Extension grow and expand services to meet the needs for the next 100 years.

We look forward to serving citizens throughout the county. For more information about Clackamas County Extension check, out its Web site at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clackamas or stop by the Extension office in Oregon City at 200 Warner Milne Road.

Dan Green

Chair, A Special District for Extension! PAC

Patti Jarrett

Chair, Clackamas County Extension Citizen Advisory Council Mike Bondi

Extension Agent and Staff