Comments from the Lake Oswego Reviews Web site
- Lake Oswego Review - Opinion
Occasionally, we like to include in the Lake Oswego Review an offering of some of the comments being generated on stories off of our Web site (www.lakeoswegoreview.com) . Here is a sampling of some of the site's recent posts with the story's original headline in the bolder font (note: These are only snippets from the original postings, not the full text or the author):
Farm contract extended
n Background: Luscher Farm, Lake Oswego's CSA working farm right in the city limits, is still in business.
Score one for the farm people ... smart on the city's part to not bulldoze the farm for the sake of the soccer crowd which would have seen all of the Luscher area become nice, clean, generic soccer and baseball fields...
Yippee for gardens! We've grown our own food at Luscher Farm for years and cannot imagine the loss if we didn't have the CSA next to us. Not everyone has the time and or energy to grow their own food.
Lake Oswego gets 'clean bill of health' for finances
n Background: The city of Lake Oswego received its annual independent auditor's report in early November, giving it a clean bill of health for its financial reporting.
Great job to all our stewards at the city. keep up the good work.
'I love our city'
Ummm, yeah, it is good that nobody is embezzling from our city. I guess we can say 'great job,' though it seems to me that it's a rather low bar to get over if no stealing = great job.
The 'clean bill of health' has zero to do with how wisely our city money is being managed and spent. Much less how well future expenditures are being planned for. Most businesses that go under have a 'clean bill of health' for their finances even after laying everyone off and turning out the lights. Here's hoping that enough of us 'love our city' to look beyond the Review's rah-rah-say-nothing-substantive headlines to ensure that we're not heading off a financial cliff. I hope, but I don't count on it.
But this isn't what Me First told me! They said Lake Oswego's government was out of control and would never get a clean bill of health! It must be more lies from the liberal media! Help me, Rush! Help me, Fox News!
Passing an audit is not the same thing as saying your 'business' is using its money wisely. In this case it says that nobody is stealing from the city and transactions are properly accounted for.
One bid remains in city project
n Background: In less than a year, the city of Lake Oswego will begin the $100 million sewer interceptor project - the most expensive capital improvement project in city history.
This news is shocking. Has Barnard, from Bozeman, Montana ever built a 'floating, in-lake' sewer line anywhere? What happended to the Hawaiian company that we had in the bag to build this thing? There needs to be more public meetings on this. Kiewit is a very reputable company and they pulled out. This whole thing is becoming worse than smelly. Once again, the council is to blame by not paying attention to a high-priority community problem and wasted time and money on Safeco instead.
The real question is why did Kiewit and J.F. White pull out? Was it just because of other obligations, or did they foresee difficulties with the project? It's never good to have a sole bidder who knows he's the sole bidder. He has us at a disadvantage. But I understand we're on a schedule mandated by the DEQ so there may not be time for another RFP.
Kernals of wisdom in Ellis' King Corn
n Background: Lake Oswego native Curt Ellis knows what it takes to make a compelling film. There must be some element that causes the audience to laugh, cry, reconsider a belief, or, in the case of 'King Corn,' lose their appetite.
Somehow this film should be televised either on PBS or commercial TV stations so that all Americans can view it along with the 'Super Size Me' film from a few years back.
Taking the tasty approach
n Background: Eric and Stephanie Cha have discovered the perfect way to help their children develop an appreciation of sustainability: Cookies.
It's rather interesting to see such a mainstream paper like the … Review even mention the term 'Peak Oil.'
Even the Oregonian is too chicken to go there.
And on Sunday we posted the following story on our Web site:
Two West Linn teens killed in Highway 97 collision
n Background: Two West Linn-area teenagers died Saturday afternoon when their sport utility vehicle crashed head-on with a commercial truck on Highway 97 about 15 miles north of Klamath Falls.
Those were really good friends of mine. Anyone reading this story, both families need all the prayers they can get.
Daniel, and Tom were two amazing guys. We will never forget them.
Tom was in one of my classes at school and I know he will be greatly missed by everyone in the community as well as Dan. It is so weird to think that I just said goodbye to him on Friday and now he is gone. Our thoughts are with both of their families
Tom was my brother and is dearly missed already! The house is empty - no extra joy will be in my life of his smart … remarks and amazing stories . I was told today I have to get an Iphone because he was making fun of me for not having one! I love my brother and so do many others. I appreciate everyone showing up at the house! It truly means a lot to me and my family but most of all, the handsome angel that is over us watching down and smiling cause of all the good he has done in our lives.
To the Earharts, Al and all the friends and family: I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine what you are going through as a mother … I have shed many a tear for you. Please know this community will rally around you and pray for you. I am so sorry.
My sincere condolences to the family. My student has been telling me stories of Tom all day. Both Tom and Dan sound like they were wonderful young men.
Second of all, why are so many West Linn seniors wrecking their cars this year? My student can name a almost never-ending list of friends who have wrecked. Could it be that West Linn Drivers Education isn't teaching what it should?
My deepest condolences to both the Sawyer and Earhart families. I can not begin to imagine the pain you must all be feeling at this time. Know that my family, and countless others in your community hold you and your precious sons in our prayers.
Tom and Daniel were two of my brother's best friends. I have known them for as long as I can remember. They were funny, smart, and lived their lives to the fullest. All I can think about are the times that my family and I have spent with those boys and how good they were.
To the Sawyer and Earhart families: The hearts of the West Linn community breaks for your loss. We will all keep you and your families in our thoughts and prayers as you try to understand this tragic event. I feel like I know Daniel from my daughter who is a roommate of Daniel's big sister, Vanessa. What a promising future that both boys had ahead of them. May the families feel their spirits surrounding them and know that they have an incredible guardian angel with them forever. May God bless you and bring you peace.
My heart goes out to the Earharts and Sawyers. They were both great people and they will be missed. Whenever someone was having a bad day at work he would be there to cheer you up. He could make anybody smile and laugh just like that. They were two really amazing guys.
The Earhart family is a staple in the community and we are so very sad for them. Everybody loves Sourdough Willy's and we all have fond memories of the kids, growing up with our kids.
We love you Earharts and our prayers go out to you.
I awoke Sunday morning to a text message from my sister telling me the news and was heartbroken. I have known Tom and his sister Gracie since I moved here 10 years ago, and met Dan not long after he started high school. To think that two kids so happy and full of life will never grace the halls of the high school again is devastating.
Tom and Dan were really really nice people when I found out I was in tears there has been so many accidents and I will pray for both families.