City did indeed respond quickly to local accident

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to the Lake Oswego Review article of Sept. 6, 'Shop owner tries to pick up the pieces.' The article states that Ms. Asbury has been 'disappointed with … what she feels is the city's lack of interest and support in getting her business back up on its feet.'

For reference, a representative of the city's insurance company, CIS (City County Insurance Services) was on the scene within a half hour of the accident. The representative personally coordinated the contractors necessary to clean up the storefront and to secure the enclosure so that the shop could open for business the next day. The business owner's insurance agent later thanked the city's insurance company for doing this, because they would not have been able to respond as quickly. The city's agent worked with the property owner as well as the business owner all afternoon to catalog and clean up the damage.

It is always unfortunate when an accident occurs, and the city certainly wishes that this one had not. However, the injured officer is back on his feet and the city has responded in every way it can to make sure that the business is also back on its feet in a timely manner.

Jane Heisler

Director of Public Affairs

City of Lake Oswego

Friends of the Library say thanks for years of help

To the Editor:

On Aug. 27 Friends of the Lake Oswego Library held a celebration for the volunteers of The Booktique, the local used bookstore, whose proceeds benefit the library. Their dedication and hard work made it possible for The Booktique to reach $1 million in sales.

In addition to thanking the Booktique volunteers for their years of dedication to our bookstore, I would like to thank the following local merchants who donated to our celebration:

Gubanc's Pub, Stanford's Restaurant, Amerigo's Restaurant, Blue Moon Coffee Shop, My Place Restaurant, Starbuck's on State Street and Yours Truly Gifts and Engraving.

Their gifts helped us show our appreciation to the volunteers for all the hours of work over the past 16 years.

On behalf of the Friends of Lake Oswego Library I would also like to thank all of the people who donate their used books to The Booktique and to the customers who purchase these books. They have enabled us to reach this $1 million milestone in our support of the Lake Oswego Library.

Terry Huber

Assistant Manager

The Booktique

Friends of Lake Oswego Library

Vote no on Ballot Measure 3-269

To the Editor:

The two city Ballot Measures on the upcoming November ballot will give the citizens of Lake Oswego the opportunity to reaffirm past decisions made by prior city councils, and at the same time, set the framework for a better Lake Oswego for our children and grandchildren.

Our past city leaders had the flexibility to efficiently purchase land in the Stafford Basin, Millennium Park Plaza and Foothills Park. The benefit of these prior decisions to all the citizens of Lake Oswego is clear.

Today, we enjoy Luscher Farm, the Dog Park, the Farmer's Market, and concerts at Foothills Park. Clearly, we have all benefited from the ability of past city councils to have the flexibility to make wise and timely decisions with respect to land purchases. Let us give our children and others who come after us that same benefit. If similar opportunities come along in the future, under the proposed charter amendment these proposed purchases would have to be first approved by the voters!

Unfortunately, the purchases would not occur because land owners who wish to sell to the city do not want uncertainty. Owners will not wait for the next election date to sell their property to the city. Thus, an opportunity to improve our livability will have been lost. The proposed Charter Amendment, 3-269, would unreasonably limit the flexibility of our future local elected councilors by limiting their ability to quickly take advantage of potential land purchases that would enhance our livability, i.e., parks, open spaces and redevelopment.

I am voting no on Ballot Measure 3-269.

Jack D. Hoffman

Former City Councilor

Lake Oswego

Reader raises some concerns about story on local teenager

To the Editor:

Throughout history many men have claimed to talk for or with the supernatural. Due to the lack of evidence to substantiate such claims, some people think they should be challenged. Harry Houdini for instance, the master of magic and illusion spent 13 years fighting to expose and put out of business spiritualists who provided 'comfort' to bereaved people by putting them 'in touch' with deceased loved ones.

Now we have the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings providing a lot of coverage (Sept. 6) to a young man whose business card says 'I'll tell you things that only God knows.' For $150 an hour you can ask him questions and he promises that his answers are 'God talking through him.'

These claims of course are nonsense, but the article ends with the reporter stating that if people find 'comfort in the form of a 16 year old who claims to communicate with God, why not?'

The why not is the reason Houdini put spiritualists out of business: Customers victimized by a business based upon illusion and mendacity.

John Kovash

West Linn