letters - June 16, 2011


Readers urged to take a stand on city's projects

To the Editor:

Wow! As I read the Lake Oswego Review I am, yet again, overwhelmed by the scope of projects on our city's 'to-do list.' And all of it at a time when we are closing three (3) schools. Not considering closing the schools, but closing schools!

Citizens, in my opinion, this is a backwards concept. If we don't educate our children, there will be no more money to fund anything because they will be unable to prosper in the real world. Lack of education is the root of all social problems.

I wish to urge everyone who is reading this to take a stand against the wanton spending going on by our city government. I understand that the city budget allows for particular projects, but we are in an unusually tight economic situation and allowances (on a limited basis) should be made for the things that are the most important.

Really, it is time to step off the sidelines. I don't know about you, but there are still only so many pennies in my dollar ...

Lynn Guzie

Lake Oswego

Self-service electric vehicle charging stations in LO

To the Editor:

Charging stations will be good for our city. Requiring electrical vehicles to be charged by a certified plug jockey will encourage EV owners to use an EV charging stations rather than bring the plug jockey to their home.

The revenue generated by these EV Charging Stations can be used for projects such as publicity for the electric street car, which is the current Local Political Alternative for mass transit. An EVCS placed at Sundeleaf Plaza could help offset the projected $700,000 project overrun. Any Clackamas County taxes could of course go to the Save Our Bridge fund and by using only domestically produced electricity, we can further decrease our dependence on foreign energy.

Clearly this is a win-win situation for LO.

Darryl Boom

Lake Oswego

Special Olympics: A chance to give, receive and learn

To the Editor:

At a time in my life when I was more than a little lost and looking for direction I had the good fortune to become involved with Special Olympics of Oregon. As I enter my second season as a volunteer softball coach with this wonderful organization I can only try to begin to put into words what these athletes have taught me: honesty, compassion, patience, acceptance and the gift of the ability to view even the smallest accomplishment with unbridled joy and enthusiasm.

A dear friend once told me 'Give and it will be given back to you over and above all you could ask for or think.'

As I tell my athletes, 'Whether you think you can or you think you can't you are absolutely right!'

Please take advantage of the opportunity to volunteer with Oregon Special Olympics.

Pat Paulson

West Linn

Filling the lake but no treasure found

To the Editor:

The water fingers out like tide

Into small bays and inlets.

Back when it was drained away,

There had been no sunken treasure,

No mermaids flopping in the shallows.

It's still the broad, leveling surface

That supports our passage.

The Freudian depths say nothing

Of common joys or superficial pleasures.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego