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City needs to be less homogenous

To the Editor:

There isn't anything wrong with a community being affluent. But when that affluence drives out diversity, there is a problem.

The low-income housing in Lake Oswego is being replaced with million-dollar houses making Lake Oswego affordable to only the rich. But without economic diversity, Lake Oswego becomes a 'bubble' for those who live in it. Children growing up here don't get a sense of what the real world is like.

As of right now 89.7 percent of residents in Lake Oswego are white, non-Hispanic, according to www.city-data.com. It is unhealthy and damaging to our youth and community at large to have a city that is so overwhelmingly homogenous.

This is a nation of diversity and we separate ourselves from the rest of the country by lacking diversity within Lake Oswego. Lake Oswego should not pride itself on its wealth, it should pride itself with its ability to successfully assimilate a low income community within the city.

Jan Budden

Lake Oswego

We need a new library in Lake Oswego

To the Editor:

I am a First Addition Neighborhood resident and agree with Martin Jacobs ('Safeco Would Solve Library Woes' in last week's Lake Oswego Review) that Lake Oswego needs a new library, and the present library should be sold.

Traffic and parking created by the library are significant problems in this residential area and are incompatible with the FAN Neighborhood Plan.

The library property should be sold and the land returned to its original R6 zoning. Developers are paying top dollar for vacant lots and 'tear downs' in FAN, so the city should have no trouble generating revenue that can be directed toward the new library.

Cynthia Blanchard

Lake Oswego

Purchasing the Safeco building was a bad idea

To the Editor:

I'd like to respond to Mr. Martin Jacobs' comments that the Safeco property would solve the city's library woes. Like Mr. Martin, I think there should be a new library. I have not yet decided, like the council, whether it should be a single large library replacing the current one or a new sister library somewhere on the west side. Unlike council I do not think it was a good idea to purchase the Safeco property for a library, for an adult community center, for an athletic or aquatic center, for gathering places to have meetings, for office space for the Parks and Rec staff, or for any other city purpose.

The Safeco property is the most expensive office real estate in the state. Does it make sense to situate any city services on that property? Can you imagine the cost to taxpayers of such a facility being constructed on the property? That is why the Community Steering Committees Preliminary Recommendation at the Community Workshop on Oct. 4 has an estimated cost of $100 million by BOORA Architects. And yes, that estimate included the total demolition of the current Safeco Building, despite the fact that the building is in excellent condition.

Obviously, there are less expensive design alternatives the Steering Committee must consider, but it still dealing with the original cost of the Safeco property.

Hopefully, the council with its new members will have the good sense to realize the taxpayers will not approve such an expensive project, to sell the Safeco property, to seek new, less-expensive property (or use its condemnation power) for the construction of a new library, and to abandon this ill-conceived project. We have lots of better ways to spend our money.

Gordon Umaki

Lake Oswego

Questions raised about vandalism coverage

To the Editor:

As described in the Lake Oswego Review article (Dec. 21), 'Pair of Local Teens Charged in Vandalism of 20 Boats,' we are deeply concerned about the Review's inappropriate release of the name of a minor and the obvious inaccuracies throughout the story.

It is disturbing to us that a minor who has not been arrested or charged with any crime is named on the front page of the paper as 'charged with a felony.' The minor to which we refer was also incorrectly listed as being incarcerated in a juvenile resource center. Again, this young man has not been arrested or accused of any crime.

As educators and parents, it is alarming that the Review is so blatantly slanderous to the youth of the community. We call upon the Review to publicly correct these gross inaccuracies.

Rob and Katie Larson

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: Unfortunately, the young man in question was indeed arrested on felony theft and criminal mischief charges by the Lake Oswego Police. He was not lodged at the Clackamas County Juvenile Resource Center as was noted in last week's Lake Oswego Review, but Lake Oswego Police Capt. Michael Hammons assures us that he was arrested on the above charges. His appearance in juvenile court in Clackamas County is pending. The newspaper's policy is to print the names of juveniles who have been charged with felonies. We do not accept the suggestion that the Review has been 'blatantly slanderous to the youth of the community.'

Good manners come from eating together as family

To the Editor:

Congratulations to Barb Randall for her important column about families eating together (the Lake Oswego Review Jan. 4). This is a wonderful part of family life that has been discarded by many parents - partly because of mothers working and sports practices scheduled during the dinner hour.

I have very fond memories of my family sitting down to dinner together, having a blessing and discussing the day's activities. We learned good manners - both eating and communication manners. Our discussions were never stressful, and we learned to never interrupt someone else when he or she was talking. We learned to not talk when our mouths were full and to take smaller bites and chew our food well.

None of us was overweight and we grew into adulthood with good manners and communication skills. These are two things that many younger people lack today, and our society would be improved if the dinner hour were honored by everyone as an important family time! Turn off the TV, play nice soft music, don't answer the telephone, set the table with a centerpiece and cloth napkins, and carry on a positive conversation, and, of course, a delicious, nutritious dinner!

Try it - you'll like it!

Margaret Anderson

Lake Oswego

Lakeridge High School needs its own football stadium

To the Editor:

For many years the Lake Oswego Lakers and the Lakeridge Pacers have shared the much-debated Lake Oswego District Stadium on Friday nights. For many years people have debated the issue and it is time for Lakeridge to be able to play its own home games at its own school and have its own usable stadium.

The school and the neighbors have worked together cooperatively, but struggled to come to a solution involving the stadium, for a number of years, but now the neighbors need to come to realize that they live next to a school and that Lakeridge deserves its own stadium for football games.

Residents need to realize they bought a house next to a school and a football stadium. What did they expect when they bought a house next to a football stadium? For it to be quiet?

The Lakeridge Pacers need to get their own stadium; they are taking away school pride from both schools. Lakers are having Pacer Logos posted on their home turf and Lakeridge Pacers have to travel farther to games, making people not want to go. Lakeridge needs to play at its very own, community-supported stadium at its own school. This would make both schools happier and have better crowds and a stronger, healthier school spirit.

Joe Ginn

Lake Oswego

Key school classes should be added for engineering aspirees

To the Editor:

I'm a sixth grader at Oak Creek Elementary School and I plan on studying engineering when I attend college. While I was thinking about my future classes that I will be taking at the junior high and high school, it came to my attention that Lake Oswego doesn't offer some of what are viewed as essential classes for entering engineering.

The classes I'm talking about are mechanical drafting, computer science and basic programming. This is important because students, who want to enter a technical field, will have to go to other schools such as PCC or PSU to take these types of classes. I've learned that the world is in need of engineers and technologists, and I think the Lake Oswego schools should help prepare students for entering these career paths.

Lake Oswego is supposed to be one of the best college prep schools in the state and I would like to see them adding more of these technology classes to their course offerings.

Jason Kelley

Oak Creek Elementary

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: Nancy Duin, communications coordinator for the Lake Oswego School District, replies: 'Classes in these areas were eliminated in recent years as a consequence of downsizing due to funding shortages. In order to meet the needs of students interested in these program areas, coursework at PCC has been viewed as a viable alternative. This year, for the first time in five years, the district has been able to add back some secondary elective offerings thanks to the efforts of the (Lake Oswego School District) Foundation. It is hoped that this trend will continue so that we will be able to add back more of these desirable educational opportunities.'