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Show respect at local concerts

To the Editor:

I just wanted to write and tell you that last week I attended the summer concert in the park that featured Stephanie Schneiderman.

I was enjoying it for awhile until more people came and started talking throughout the concert. One group even had their backs to the performers and talked quite loudly. On the other side of us was a family with many children who cried and whined throughout the concert. I was even stepped on by a child running through the crowd.

The concert series is terrific, but maybe next year there could be a talking and non-talking section. Or maybe a section for families only so the rest of us can actually hear the performer we went to see and enjoy.

Kevin Hansa

Wilsonville

Thanks to Schmitz for his work here

To the Editor:

Although I have met Doug Schmitz only once, every day when my family and I walk in town, we enjoy the fruits of his labor.

His stewardship has turned Lake Oswego from just another ordinary American city to a city worthy of recognition, including tributes from Sunset magazine.

His guidance has given us a charming village, beautiful parks and paths and a vital community. I hope the city council will search for a city planner who will continue Schmitz's legacy, enabling Lake Oswego to foster a vibrant lifestyle, amidst picturesque design and architecture.

Leslie Pirrotta

Lake Oswego

'A sensible solution to gross abuses'

To the Editor:

Mike Litt's Op-ed 'Measure 49 will fix some of the problems of Measure 37' is right on.

As an economist, I understand the argument for individual property rights. But Measure 37 has gone too far; it will undo 30 years of smart growth and destroy Oregon's unique open spaces. Measure 37 also allows for industrial waste sites to be plopped down in the middle of our world-renowned wine country.

But Measure 49 fixes all the major problems of Measure 37 while still protecting property rights. It attempts to strike a balance between Oregon's successful land-use planning laws and the concerns of individuals where none exists under Measure 37.

Measure 49 is a sensible solution to the gross abuses of Measure 37.

Jeff Harvey

NE Portland

'Welcome to your democracy'

To the Editor:

Is it any surprise to anyone over 18 years old that the 'Kurfew Kids' are not happy with the Lake Oswego City Council's decision to enact a compromise curfew ordinance that is modeled after two constitutional ordinances in other parts of the country?

It's so harsh that the 'Kids' didn't get what they want. Don't they expect to always get what they want? All I can say is, 'Welcome to your democracy.'

By the way, after being lambasted for using the term 'My Dears' in my last letter, I would like to share with these fledgling constitutionalists that the term 'My Dear' was, and still is, a term of enDEARment where many of us elderly folks were reared.

Guess they didn't cover that in any of your high school classes, yet I'm sure the writer of the letter that took me to task about it is old enough to know. She missed a real teaching moment for you students. Maybe she can add it as the 41st LOABC Asset.

Thomas N. Holder

Lake Oswego

Vet homecoming parade stirring

Were you on the scene of Something Beautiful?

They are gathering in the parking lot of Albertson's on Durham Road. They are the men and women of the Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Brigade, preparing to march for their 'Welcome Home, Again' parade.

The air is filled with excitement and apprehension: 'Will anyone come and line the streets to welcome us home?'

No problem!

Boy Scouts are handing out small American flags for everyone - young and old. We will wave our flags. We feel filled to the brim to be an American!

There are Scottish pipers, Sheriff's posse on horseback, proud bikers, beautiful women representing their county in Oregon. Best of all, there are veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, with huge smiles and waving their flags. We shook the hand of every veteran close to us and told them 'thank you' for protecting us. The smiles on their faces said it all.

We followed the parade to Tigard High School, walking every step to the beat of a drum. Our hearts are bursting with pride and filled with joy to be 'On the Scene of Something Beautiful.'

Were you there?

Lila Chapman Scott

Lake Oswego

Log on to donate life via Web site

To the Editor:

Even though more than 90 percent of people support organ and tissue donation, the number of people who need transplants has been growing about five times faster than the rate of donations. Indeed, more than 2,000 individuals in the Pacific Northwest are awaiting an organ transplant, while thousands more are waiting for a tissue transplant. Yet, according to the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank, there were only 103 deceased donors in Oregon and Washington in 2006.

Yes, 1.5 million Oregonians have a 'D' on their driver's license. But that designation only provides intent to become an organ donor. Under these circumstances, the deceased's family members ultimately make the final decision.

What's even more problematic is that only 15,000 organ donors a year nationally die in circumstances - such as brain deaths resulting from head trauma - that even make them suitable for transplants. And only half of those deaths actually result in organ donations due to consent issues.

So what's the solution? The bigger the pool of consented organ donors becomes, the better chance someone on the waiting list receives an organ.

To make consent easy - and to increase the donor pool - Donate Life Northwest recently launched an online donor registry. Those who wish to become organ and tissue donors and take the burden off their families can simply log onto a secure and confidential website to document their decision. Further, the registry serves as a central database for donation information, allowing organ, eye and tissue recovery agencies to quickly identify donors.

As a potential organ recipient, I believe the online registry is an important step in helping people like me receive a life-saving transplant. And although the driver's license 'D' designation is commendable, it is only considered intent to donate. Signing up on the registry is considered informed consent to donate. Please visit www.donatelifenw.org to donate life.

Susan Hassett

Lake Oswego (she is a heart patient in likely need of a future transplant. Here brother died in a hospital while waiting for a heart transplant).