Local schools help children understand, navigate, prosper

To the Editor:

I am a parent of two children who have attended Lake Oswego schools since kindergarten. Their experiences have been both emotionally and socially nurturing and intellectually challenging.

When my kids reached high school, they were ready and able to handle challenging material that introduced them to realities beyond our Lake Oswego bubble. The safest environment for doing this is in this supportive school community where my husband and I, as parents, can help them explore new ideas, even repugnant ones, and place them in meaningful historical, social and aesthetic contexts.

I applaud the Lake Oswego School District for introducing my freshman son to the works he read this year from 'Romeo and Juliet' to Elie Wiesel's 'Night.'

Every day he and his classmates are stepping out more into the adult world. Thanks to their schooling in Lake Oswego, my kids better understand the complexities and nuances of that world and are better prepared to navigate and prosper in it.

Cay Borduin

Lake Oswego

'Legacy' is 'wrong filter' to analyze decisions

To the Editor:

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction and as the saying goes, 'we are not making this up.'

Front page of the Review June 2: 'With some LORA projects running 30 to 40 percent over budget, city leaders are keeping close tabs on upcoming urban renewal projects downtown.' Mayor (Jack) Hoffman said the agency board, made up of the city council, needs to be more involved 'especially with big projects looming on the horizon.' Sundeleaf Plaza Park needed just a little (40 percent) more tax money to top off the involvement.

Councilor (Bill) Tierney ('Bottom Line: WEB is for Sale') tells us what we already knew that the WEB was purchased without community consensus about whether to keep it (how about whether to buy it?), how to use it or how to pay for it. Now we are told that our goals are to get permanent financing and maximize a value that 'is elusive.' The building was bought in 2006.

Could one of those looming projects to which the mayor refers just be a streetcar? Or development of Foothills? Excepting councilors (Jeff) Gudman, (Mike) Kehoe and (Mary) Olson, with the city's leadership making the decisions, the truth is frightening! Doesn't it sound prudent to keep financial tabs on projects before, during and after the decision process? Is it a new idea to make decisions involving our taxes with rational forethought and not based on a guess as to whether the project is needed or whether we can afford it?

I am sure there are projects which are real priorities for our citizens, that will maintain our infrastructure and improve the livability of our community and not merely tweak the attempted legacy of an elected official. The latter is the wrong filter through which to analyze sound financial decisions.

Jon Harnish

Lake Oswego

'Unfortunately, life does not operate that way'

To the Editor:

I comment briefly on Gary Gipson's citizen's view opinion column. I think the sad thing is that we are deteriorating into a society that cares little about the common humanity of us all.

I realize these are difficult economic times, but Mr. Gipson says his vote was 'never about the money.' Not that $5 a year would pinch too many in Clackamas County.

I assume that Mr. Gipson and his fellow naysayers do not believe that they or loved ones will be the ones that are injured due to a failed Sellwood Bridge. Unfortunately, life does not operate that way.

Odd to me that Mr Gipson chose an 'analogy' using a 'neighbor.' We all are aware of the Golden Rule ... and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.

'A man is called selfish, not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's,' - Richard Whately.

'We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow man.' - Herman Melville.

William T. Powers

Lake Oswego

LOJH teachers and staff are thanked for their efforts

To the Editor:

Thank you teachers and staff at Lake Oswego Junior High School.

As my son is getting ready to move across the street and become a high school student, it has caused us to reflect on the time he's spent at Lake Oswego Junior High. I'd love to say these were smooth sailing. The reality was these were two challenging years of change and growth … physical, emotional and mental.

The difference between success and just getting by for my son was the teachers and staff at LOJH who invested in him. These educators knew exactly when to push him, when to support him, and when to tell me to, 'back away, Mom.'

Every single person at LOJH made a difference in turning my little boy into a young man, from the office staff to the teachers and administrators, both during school and in his extracurricular activities.

Thank you LOJH staff for the challenging and meaningful work you do and all the kids lives you touch every day! I truly don't know where we'd be without you.

Jennifer Curran

Lake Oswego