Oak Creek event was most enjoyable

To the Editor:

When was the last time that you went to a multi-generational, multi-cultural event?

For me it was Friday May 18th at the Oak Creek Elementary School. The PTA sponsored the 'Around the World in 80 Minutes' multi-cultural fair. Students received individual passports and traveled to 15 countries via tabletop displays where they learned interesting facts about and sampled food from each country.

Oak Creek students and their families represented each of the 15 countries and taught all of us how to get along and have fun together. This was one of the most enjoyable events I have attended in a long time and I thank the Oak Creek PTA, especially the organizers: Deepthi Sid, Charu Nair, and Lily Pacioni for allowing me to participate.

Who would have guessed that Lake Oswego was such a diverse community? Which brings me to my point, if we are striving to teach our children to put aside our differences and get along with each other, why can't we do it as adults? While there are individual issues that may divide our city, there are far more values that we have in common. As we contemplate our city's future, let us start from our commonly held beliefs and values and proceed on the path that provides the most good to the most citizens.

Frank Groznik

Lake Oswego City Councilor

'Proud parent of Max and happy to be living in Lake Oswego.'

Curfews are there to

protect children

To the Editor:

I have been reading with interest the letters to the Review by some of the children of our city. It seems that the curfew is really a problem for them to live with and they are demanding it be lifted for their benefit.

Curfews have been around for many years and their purpose is to protect children from malcontents that may be out after hours. Prior to reaching 18 years of age, I had to live with a curfew as did many, if not all, of these children's parents.

The biggest issue I see in the letters is a general malaise by the parents to support the laws of our city as they have been written to protect our children. Digging deeper, there is a general lack of respect for citizenship being taught by some parents to children of our city that I have witnessed on many occasions while riding a bike, walking across a street, displays of public rudeness, and other negative behaviors - such as throwing glass bottles to the ground out of a moving auto.

I'm not stating that all children in Lake Oswego are bad, as a matter of fact I think a majority are great kids and have bright futures ahead of them in whatever they decide to pursue. All I'm asking is that parents teach their children the rules that make us all better citizens and that I have personally benefitted from over the years:

1) respect your elders,

2) be kind to strangers, and

3) respect the rule of law.

Marcus Glass

Lake Oswego

Position seems a bit disingenuous

To the Editor:

In her rebuttal to John Kuran's letter last week ('Is the mayor misleading Lake Oswego citizens?' May 24), Mayor Hammerstad suggests that having to publish its bid price as part of the voter approval process would prevent the city from negotiating a fair price for real estate purchases. She asks: 'If the prices that the city is willing to pay (and therefore, the taxpayers) for property are published in the plan, will properties be obtained for fair market value?'

This seems like a disingenuous position to take, in view of the fact that last year, in the absence of any requirement to do so, Mayor Hammerstad did the very thing she is now arguing against when she let the city's Safeco bid be known to the press.

On Feb. 22, 2006, just one week into the negotiations with Safeco and with an offer of $17.5 million on the table, The Oregonian reported: 'Hammerstad said there's 'room for negotiation' between $17.5 million and $20 million, but the city doesn't intend to go higher than $20 million.'

Is the mayor's position on the tactical disadvantage of publishing bids a de facto admission that that her disclosure to the press last year caused taxpayers to overpay for the Safeco property?

City hall assures us that we paid fair market value for Safeco. If this is true, then where was the harm in publishing the bid price?

Surely there is nothing to fear from a voter approval process which would require no more disclosure than the mayor has already voluntarily given at a time when no requirement compelled her to do so.

Jacqueline Heydenrych

Lake Oswego

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