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Project can combine ethics and business

To the Editor:

I was pleased to see the article 'Turning green into LEED gold' (Lake Oswego Review, Jan. 25), describing Garrin Royer's and Daniel McGinley's development project that combines good environmental ethics and good business.

They demonstrate that caring for our planet does not mean leaving behind economic progress.

I am proud to work for the only hospital in the U.S.A. that has received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Providence Newberg Medical Center.

In a similar way, Providence Newberg has demonstrated that even a modern healthcare complex can be developed in a way that honors responsible stewardship of the earth.

Developments like the Redside Project and Providence Newberg Medical Center deserve these recognitions, providing positive examples for future construction.

Gregg Selander

Lake Oswego

We need to set a proper example

To the Editor:

I have read with interest the responses to eighth grader Greg Wall's letter regarding crude books at school.

I appreciate Greg's courage to raise this issue. There are plenty of wholesome books available to enlighten and instruct our children, without exposing them to excessive foul language and degrading images. The best way to prepare a child to deal with negative influences is to build up a reservoir of uplifting experiences.

I want our children to be offended when exposed to profanity and other negative behavior, rather than numbed into acceptance, or worse, participation.

I am not suggesting that we raise a generation of prudes, but I am suggesting that we set a proper example and require our schools to be more selective in the materials they recommend.

One need not be a Christian to appreciate the wisdom in the admonition of the apostle Paul when he said, in effect, if there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

R. Scott Stevenson

Lake Oswego

Good job on chamber directory cover

To the Editor:

Last year I wrote a letter (which was printed) criticizing the cover and a business ad in the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce Directory, which had just come out.

While I have no qualms about criticizing garbage, I also desire to give credit due when an exemplary job has been done. The new cover photo by J.J. Buley of the lake at sunrise is stunning.

Very beautiful photography.

(The sexist garbage ad by Alyce Esthetique is still there as it was last year but oh well.)

Thank you to J.J. and the chamber of commerce for a well presented and concise directory which reflects the beauty of this town.

Brian Toye

Lake Oswego

Infrastructure should take priority

To the Editor:

I was taken back this week when I heard that Lake Oswego City Council intends to keep the Safeco property/building in perpetuity. Should the citizens vote down a recreation/community center bond in 2008, the council will use the building in some capacity.

So that's a done deal.

My dismay, we citizens have not attached a ceiling (spending limit) for the city council in land/building acquisitions.

Further concern is the council's focus on commercial property purchases. Safeco and U.S. Bank are examples. The council has also expressed interest in purchasing the Lakeshore Inn. These are expensive acquisitions. There is no limit (until their money runs out) on council's real estate spending.

We won't support a recreation /community center. We will support a ballot measure that slows down council's real estate purchases and redirects its efforts to maintaining our infrastructure and support services.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Budahl

Lake Oswego