Here are some ways to not pollute the oceans
To the Editor:
At Uplands School, in Miss Susan Ford's third and fourth grade class, we studied endangered ocean animals, then we gathered a few facts to help save these species. It is time to take action. Due to mankind causing ocean pollution, it is getting worse every day, so act now. Try these examples.
1. Only buy tuna that says 'dolphin safe.'
2. Don't litter on boats because ocean animals can eat it and choke.
3. Don't buy leafy sea dragon skin or shark jaws for decoration.
4. Cut up six-pack beverage holders before throwing them away because they can get stuck on animals' necks.
5. Don't touch coral while snorkeling. It might break off and hurt the coral, the fish and you.
6. Stay on the trails going to the beach so you don't disturb the eggs.
7. Don't flush used kitty litter down the toilet. It puts diseases in the water and sea otters can get sick.
8. Go slowly in your motorboat to not hit manatees.
9. Use fluorescent light bulbs to reduced global warming and save the polar bears.
10. Just use special nets to fish so you don't you catch unwanted animals. TED nets save sea turtles, for example.
Twenty-seven kids can't save the ocean, but we can with your help.
'Save Our Seas.'
Susan Ford's third/fourth grade class at Uplands Elementary School
Local residents know what they want
To the Editor:
Over the last week or so I have spent many hours outside of the Lake Oswego Library asking people as they passed by if they would like to sign the AskLakeOswegans petition. What I thought might be an intimidating experience turned out actually to be a delightful experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many people and having so many interesting conversations; our city is rich in its variety of residents who all have opinions and histories well worth listening to. I thank each and every one I talked with for taking the time to listen to me and sharing their thoughts with me.
Here are my observations:
1. Most of the residents I talked with signed the petition or had already signed the petition. Only a very small percentage declined to sign.
2. Most residents in the city do not want a community center; they are very concerned about the costs involved with the water and sewer issues. They don't see the city prioritizing expenses and see a community center as an unecessary expense. Some are quite angry.
3.. Most residents do not want the library moved. They are adamant about the library remaining where it is.
4. Surprisingly, the library is utilized by an extraordinary number of non-residents. They come from Beaverton, all parts of Portland, Oregon City, Tualatin and other cities in the Metro area. They love our library as much as we do. Most of them reserve books online and only come to pick up and drop off books, CD's etc.
I would estimate a good 35 percent of the people coming and going aren't residents.
I wish I had counted from the beginning, but how would have I known?
5. Perhaps the solution for our library is as simple as having a satellite library space rented in Mercantile Plaza next to the booktique where anyone could go in and pick up reserved items and drop off items to be returned. That sure would be less expensive than another building. What do you think?
Thanks for providing input about the center
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Community Center Steering Committee, we thank the more than 120 residents who took the time to attend two public forums held on May 30th and 31st. We appreciated hearing citizens' views about our draft recommendation for community center programs and spaces.
Clearly there are strong opinions regarding whether the city should continue to develop plans for a community center. Residents supporting the vision see a community center as a key to building community and promoting wellness among multiple generations of Lake Oswegans. Some proponents advocated for a larger (50-meter) lap pool, a new main library and additional senior services at the center. Residents opposing the center question its potential costs, the need for such a public facility and/or the property purchase process.
Public input provided last week and at two previous public forums will be shared with city council when we present our final recommendations at a study session scheduled June 11. City council has the responsibility to determine the next steps in the community center development process. To actualize the center concept, council will need to create a funding plan that would be acceptable to a majority of Lake Oswego voters in a November 2008 or later election. Until that funding plan is developed, voters cannot make fully informed decisions about the costs and benefits of investment in the proposed center.
Again, thank you for your enthusiastic participation.
Dennis Elliott, Chair
Sandy Leyboldv Vice-Chair
Community Center Steering Committee
Congratulations to the Class of 2007
To the Editor:
As Oregon's Superintendent of Public Instruction, spring is an exciting time for me. Across the state, students from Oregon's 197 school districts are walking down the aisle with family and friends watching, receiving their diploma and setting out on a new stage of their lives.
When I took office in 2003, the class of 2007 was just about to enter high school, and over the next four years surmounted the varied challenges that faced them. I want to celebrate those students and the educators who helped them graduate. With the education they have received they are prepared to go on to the next set of challenges - whether college or the workforce.
I am so proud of every one of this year's graduates.
Congratulations, Class of 2007, and good luck!
Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction
Thanks to Principal Mike Lehman
To the Editor:
Many are the times I have composed a letter to the editor in my head, but I have never followed through. It gives me great pleasure as the mother of a senior at Lakeridge High School to make this my first!
A resounding 'Many thanks!' to Mr. Mike Lehman for the absolutely fantastic job he has done as principal, first at Waluga Junior High and now at Lakeridge. He does know the students, and with his hands-on approach, he really shows he cares for them. His garbage sweeping while chatting up the kids is brilliant and always made me smile.
Mr. Lehman, you are a tremendous asset!
Don't move city of Lake Oswego offices
To the Editor:
For months I have been eagerly anticipating today's story on the Safeco Building because it was so deliciously predictable that the powers that be would inevitably try to ooze the entire city government into this facility.
'Some remodeling would have to take place, but it is an office building,' said (director of community center development Brent) Williams. 'It certainly could house city hall.' Of course it could Brent; and so could the Rose Garden, but fortunately for us taxpayers that's off the market.
I know: Let's move all the fire equipment to Kruse Way. We could put little libraries in the abandoned stations to solve the pesky problem of what to do with all that extra space reserved for a library that nobody really seems to want there. Then we could invite the city of Tualatin to move in. There would be plenty of room and we could sure use the money. We could use the basement of the old city hall for lap pools and the upper floors for rock climbing.
It is said, 'Build it and they will come.' Our city council seems to think, 'Move it all there and the rubes will give up and pay for it.' As a longtime and heretofore proud Lake Oswegan I am very disillusioned and unhappy with my city government. I don't like being taken for a fool and suspect I am not alone in feeling that rookies are trying to spin me; a dubious art that's best left to the professionals in Washington, D.C. We're hemorrhaging thousands a day on this boondoggle and our leaders want to open the spigot even wider.
We enjoy excellent fire and police protection and other municipal services. What we need now is sure and clean water and a reliable sewer system. These essentials are not negotiable. Ironically they are juxtaposed with Kruse Way, a preposterously superfluous pipe dream that will surely become a nightmare. It is not the 'chance of a lifetime;' rather it is a well-meaning but colossally wrong-headed pipe dream by good people who seem nevertheless intent on shoving it down our throats.
James A Kronenberg
Lacrosse game was one to remember
To the Editor:
Four years ago I had a big grin on my face as I pulled into the beautiful campus of the Oregon Episcopal High School. The last time I was here it was to ride something that resembled a horse when it was the old Nichols Riding Academy. I had grown up in Raleigh Hills and I was here to watch my youngest son play something called lacrosse. All that came to mind were Mayan Indians in loin cloths with sticks. My oldest son had played football at Lakeridge and I thought this was going to be like attending band practice. How wrong I was. This was rugby with sticks and within in minutes I was hooked.
Last night (Saturday) I saw these same 14 year olds, four years later, show more class and grit then most of us will ever know. I was sitting next to Dr. Korach (superintendent of our schools and his lovely wife Ricky) and at games end we were three deflated balloons leaning against the retaining wall.
OES put some moves on us that I have never seen. When Michael Gale did a triple spin and slammed the ball in for a goal I knew we were in for a long night. How intense was this game? Our own Mighty Max (Schlesinger) who scored the winning goal in sudden death, had no idea it had gone into over time. That's intense! As the game went back and forth I wondered to myself if I could be one of the lucky ones to survive my first heart attack. It was obvious to all at game's end, that we had just witnessed one of the greatest competitions we were ever going to see.
It was sad that there had to be a winner. I would have loved it if there was no sudden death and we were co-state champions. OES deserves nothing less. This one could have gone either way.
I want to tell all those young men at OES that you are a class act, and to hold your heads up high. I saw what class and dignity you showed when walking that line with Lakeridge after the game. You are not losers ...You are warriors, and I, as well as thousands of others, was blessed to have witnessed it. Best to all of you on both sides of the fence.
Raleigh Hills (formerly
of Lake Oswego)
Public transit: It's not for everyone
To the Editor:
Tidal waves of debt are about to crash and soak the wallets of Lake Oswegans for the next several generations. The costs of projects to implement mandates and visions are staggering. The reticence of key players, deal makers, movers and shakers to question project costs and performance is scary.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes and fees are being contemplated for luxury projects including community center, Foothills plan and streetcar. Has the spending attitude of any Lake Oswego City Council member changed? As an example, ask about the spring trip of council members to Washington, D.C. and ground transportation to airports.
Now that it is summer I will bet any council member a Tillamook double scoop waffle ice cream cone that not one councilperson attempted to use public transit on the ground between Lake Oswego and PDX or Metro in the Washington, D.C. region. Council members could have chosen to fly into Ronald Reagan Airport adjacent to central Washington DC. But it would have required a transfer connection and exposed them to the availability and plebian nature of public transit.
There are about $232.6 million (streetcar + bike freeway) of reasons why this is important. When politicians extol the benefits of public transit then choose not to use it to PDX should not citizens question why? Especially when all Lake Oswegans will likely share in the costs of installation and ongoing operation of the streetcar.
A recent Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Coalition (LONAC) resolution sought to require government entities proposing projects to: 'Itemize, identify and label all sources, givens, requirements and assumptions.' Then further require the entity to demonstrate sample calculations for any value presented to the public for evaluation. Two Lake Oswego City Council members helped vote the resolution down.
What costs and lack of project performance are the movers and shakers in Lake Oswego attempting to conceal from the citizens? We had better find out!
Charles 'Skip' B. Ormsby