Lake Oswego letters

To the Editor:

I appreciate your comments, Mr. Barman (Citizen's view, Nov. 20 in the Lake Oswego Review). I think we agree on more things than we differ.

1) We are both generally pleased with the results of the Lake Oswego election. I publicly supported two of the three successful councilors. I believe the new mayor and council are eminently qualified and will do a fine job.

2) We both agree that Mayor Hammerstad and the current council have for the most part done a fine job for the city.

3) We both love the city of Lake Oswego and its livability.

4) We both believe we need to continue worthwhile investments in our schools, parks, business community, and infrastructure. In the 35 years I have lived in Lake Oswego, I have voted for every school, park and library measure on the ballot.

Here's where we disagree:

1) I don't believe that blind trust in our elected officials is a virtue. We have only to look at our nation's current domestic and international predicaments to make the point.

2) I don't believe the purchase of the Safeco property or the cost of its long-term development, whatever that may be, is a wise investment of taxpayer dollars, especially when the taxpayer comprehends the full extent of the tax increase over 20 years, and the many worthwhile alternatives for taxpayer dollars.

3) I don't believe that 'this town has always been and will always be affordable, Mr. Umaki' unless we first realize that affordability is relative to the individual and second, we not only speak out against city financial decisions which we think are wrong, but also vote against them. I spoke and I voted.

When the Safeco property and development finally comes to a decision with a vote from the citizens, our differences will be few.

Gordon Umaki

Lake Oswego

Civil discourse should be a priority

To the Editor:

Business, religious and civic associations mobilize volunteers to support beautification projects and provide social services. An army of volunteers and sponsors support the annual flower basket campaign, the Festival for the Arts and our Fourth of July celebrations.

Parents donate thousands of hours of support to our local schools. Our youth commit countless hours of training and practice to excel in sports, music and other interscholastic activities. Their parents donate significant time and money to ensure that Lake Oswego is well represented in competitions throughout the state and region.

We live in a beautiful city, made all the more livable by a caring community of volunteers. Give thanks to their efforts, and consider ways to add to their ranks in the coming year. Then, go back to the festivities, and remember to support the Lakers at PGE Park on Friday.

Dan Vizzini

Lake Oswego

Figure how your bill will be affected

To the Editor:

I would like to remind my fellow citizens that on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, there will be a public hearing regarding approval of Tiered Rate Structure for Water Use.

It will occur at the Lake Oswego City Council meeting in council chambers at city hall at 6 p.m.

Please be advised that we are facing five consecutive annual increases of 10 percent for sewer infrastructure as well as 8 consecutive annual increases of 15 percent for water infrastructure.

The proposed rate structure includes a Tier 3 rate that is triple the Tier 1 rate, with a positively shocking percentage increase year over year (i.e., 28 percent from 2010 to 2011, 25 percent from 2011 to 2012, 24 percent from 2012 to 2013 and 22 percent from 2013 to 2014).

Unless you have been paying very close attention recently, you may not realize this, and this public haring may be your only chance to comment. Also, you may wish to compute how your personal water bill will be affected.

Yvonne Campbell

Lake Oswego

'No direct personal attacks' made

To the Editor:

Over the past few weeks I have received several e-mails in regard to my recent letters to the editor.

I appreciate the feedback, but one thing has been made painfully clear: Some people need help with their reading-comprehension skills.

Anyone can see that while I was critical of people in the community in the broad sense, I made no direct personal attacks. Several people have accused me of doing so, which is why I feel compelled to point this out. While I encourage debate and will always welcome people to question and challenge my stances; please refrain from knee-jerk reactions. Refrain from using brash blanket statements, without fully understanding the proper definition, just because they may seem to bolster your flawed arguments.

And last of all, do not tell a minority what is and is not racist when you clearly lack the inherent ability to fully understand what racism is. You run the risk of crossing that proverbial line into being racist yourself.

Devin Holz

Lake Oswego

Turkey Drive needs our support

To the Editor:

Wouldn't it be nice to know that you are giving a less fortunate family a comforting holiday meal?

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 2 and 3, you will have that opportunity, when students at Forest Hills Elementary, Lake Oswego Junior High and Lake Oswego High School will be collecting frozen turkeys and donations for the Oregon Food Bank.

This year, being the 10th annual Turkey Drive, it is especially important to offer your donations due to the financial crisis our economy is in with so many parents struggling to provide food for their children.

Please consider donating to this very essential fundraiser. It will provide comfort and warmth during the holidays to families that are under pressure to make ends meet.

Kelsey Fuson

Class of 2012

Lake Oswego High School

Lake Oswego

Make sure you don't get ripped off

To the Editor:

I read Barbara Davis' letter in the Nov. 20 Lake Oswego Review and was glad to see her comment on what has bothered me for some time. It has irritated me that the supermarkets have used the two-for-one and buy-one-get-one-free in their advertising when it is not true.

Do they think we are idiots to not know that it is a scam? The savings they quote are inflated -not the true price of the product. For example, you have to read the item and know what the price and quantity have been before you buy. Some hot chocolate boxes might look the same, but now only have six packets in the same-size box where they used to contain 10 packets. As she said, most ice cream is not in half-gallons any longer, you get less for the same or higher price.

If you don't read the packaging, you are getting ripped off, cereal, toilet paper, etc. I do not buy these advertised items and hope others are aware that usually they are not bargains.

Kay Kerr

Lake Oswego

Thanks for supporting schools

To the Editor:

This Thanksgiving we have so much to be thankful for. We are so fortunate to live in Lake Oswego. An excellent school district, beautiful parks, many community events and small town security are only a few of the numerous blessings we are able to enjoy.

As a student in the Lake Oswego School District, I am especially thankful for the fact that Ballot Measure 3-305 was passed. Thank you so much to the citizens of our town for continuing to support our outstanding public schools.

For my parents, the decision to vote yes on this measure was easy - they have three students currently enrolled in our public school system. Thank you to all parents for continuing to support your children's school district.

This said, I want to give a special thanks to those who do not have students currently enrolled in the Lake Oswego School District that voted yes on 3-305. In these difficult and uncertain economic times, I can imagine that many of you had to consider your decision carefully. Why should you vote yes on the renewal of a tax that may not appear to directly benefit you and your family? You must know that making more AP classes and additional elective classes available to students can only benefit the youth of our community.

You must know that smaller class sizes results in a better education for each student in our community. You must know that an excellent school district increases property value across our entire town. And you must know that this school district is the backbone of our community. For this, our incredible community that continues to support our schools, I give my sincere thanks.

Katie Arndorfer

Eighth Grade Student

Waluga Junior High School

Lake Oswego

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