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Tierney shows courage, integrity

To the Editor:

My husband and I attended the city council meeting last Tuesday and congratulate councilor Bill Tierney for standing on his own principles in regards to the temporary utility fee that will provide $775,000 for our schools.

It was clear that he had felt pressure from two other councilors to change his vote, and after being assured that there were other places to get the needed funds from the city's budget, he announced his intention to move for a repeal of the utility fee at this meeting.

However, the sources they could come up with fell far short of what was needed without taking almost half the amount out of the reserve fund. It is a basic principle of Councilor Tierney's that reserve funds should be spent only for tangible improvements to things like streets and parks or to grow the city's tax base. Unable to find any other acceptable sources for the funding, he announced at the meeting that he would not move to repeal the utility fee.

We appreciate his acting on his own principles, not someone else's. That takes courage and integrity, two very valuable traits in a public servant.

Jan Castle

Lake Oswego

Thanks for supporting schools

To the Editor:

Governing is not easy. So kudos to Mayor Jack Hoffman and Councilors Donna Jordan, Bill Tierney, and Sally Moncrieff for making their recent decision that will result in $2 million in support for our schools next year.

This will provide crucial resources that are desperately needed to one of the major benefits of our community. While there are those who may disagree with the council's majority decision, I would like to express my gratitude for them.

Public education is a cornerstone of our community, a necessity for a thriving community and a major reason why people want to move to our community. Every resident in Lake Oswego has a vested interest and ownership in the success and stability of our schools, and our property values are better because of it. In these challenging times, I am proud of our city leaders for their foresight and their determination to protect the quality of one of our most valuable assets. It is easy to say no. It takes courage to say yes.

Chris Schetky

Lake Oswego

Councilors listen, stay true to commitment

To the Editor:

This spring, as usual for Lake Oswego, strong community school support was voiced when the Lake Oswego City Council was urged to give the schools financial support. A majority of the city council - Jack Hoffman, Donna Jordan, Sally Moncrieff and Bill Tierney - voted for resources to help the school district next year. The most difficult decision made in this effort was the establishment of a temporary utility fee increase.

There is no question that this entire community supports its outstanding schools, and that this entire community benefits from them. No one likes to see fees or taxes increase, but the majority of the city council showed true leadership and should be commended for doing so.

I would like to thank Mayor Jack Hoffman and city councilors Donna Jordan, Sally Moncrieff and Bill Tierney for listening to the community's voice and for their courage in staying true to their commitment to helping our schools during these difficult times.

Deborah Lopardo

Lake Oswego

Congrats to Bates for golf tournament win

To the Editor:

Prominent local architect Lang Bates from BBL Architects on State Street recently won the 26th annual Central Oregon Classic Golf Tournament.

The tournament is held annually on four different golf courses. This year the tournament was played at Eagle Ridge, Broken Top, Brasada Ranch and the Big Meadows course at Black Butte.

Bates had a net score of one over par for four rounds to best the other participants.

Jim Hauck

Lake Oswego

Who are the 'privately funded, professionally organized contingent?'

To the Editor:

City Councilor Donna Jordan made a rather astonishing statement in her Citizen's View last week (June 23). She claims that her fellow councilwoman, Mary Olson, who opposes the streetcar, only represents 'a contingent of people, privately funded and professionally organized, who do not want a streetcar.'

What? I am certainly not 'privately funded nor professionally organized.' Nor are any of my many friends and neighbors who also oppose construction of a Lake Oswego-to-Portland streetcar. Because the truth is, whether it costs $250 million or $478 million, a streetcar would not solve Lake Oswego's transportation problems. It would hardly make a dent in Highway 43 traffic. And we would still need comprehensive bus service to reach the majority of transit riders between here and West Linn.

I'm not sure who these 'privately funded, professionally organized' people are, but they don't live in my neighborhood.

Barbara Eden

Lake Oswego