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Audobon is a good source of coyote information

To the Editor:

I recall vividly the first time I saw a coyote in my neighborhood (about five years ago). I was walking -- alone - in Cook's Butte Park. We eyed one another - keeping our distances - and then went on our individual ways. As a professional wildlife biologist, I knew there was little to fear, and I enjoyed watching the behavior of this interesting animal. At the same time, I couldn't help but feel a bit of caution. Since then, I - like others in Lake Oswego and elsewhere - have seen or heard coyotes.

Therefore, I read with interest, the article by Cliff Newell ('Well-fed coyotes on the prowl') in the Nov. 22 issue of the Review. It did not include, however, reference to one of the best sources of information about coyotes in urban areas. The Audubon Society of Portland has an excellent Web site and brochure about living with urban coyotes. It includes information about the natural history of coyotes; laws regarding capturing, relocating, and killing coyotes; and information about living in harmony with them. The Audubon Web site is: www.audubonportland.org. Look under 'Living With Wildlife' and then 'Urban Coyotes.'

You can download a printable brochure, or request one by calling 503-292-0304.

Claire A. Puchy

Lake Oswego

Change can be hard but necessary

To the Editor:

Kudos to seventh grade Waluga student Natalie Calhoon for her outstanding article and research regarding the start times for junior high and high schools.

As Ms. Calhoon noted, adequate and abundant research is available to support later start times for Lake Oswego Junior High and High schools. While other local school districts have managed to switch to later start times, I have heard numerous reasons for the Lake Oswego School District schedule.

These include accommodating the current school bus schedules for all schools and the numerous after school activities (especially sports). Change can be hard, but it is also necessary to remain progressive. We have excellent schools, but we should be open to new ideas to further improve our education system.

Trina Soder

Lake Oswego

U.S. should 're-legalize our now-illegal drugs'

To the Editor:

Thanks for publishing Allan Erickson's thoughtful letter, 'Legalization seems to be the way to go in drug war' (Dec. 6).

Imagine if we had no 'drug-related crime.' Imagine if our overall crime rate was a small fraction of our current crime rate.

We once had such a situation here in the United States. Prior to the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, the term 'drug-related crime' didn't exist.

And drug lords, drug cartels or even drug dealers as we know them today, didn't exist either.

Back then, all types of recreational drugs were legally sold to anybody with no questions asked, for pennies per dose in grocery stores and pharmacies.

Did we have a lot more drug addicts then compared to now? No.

We had about the same percentage of our population addicted to drugs according to U. S. federal judge John L. Kane of Colorado.

For the sake of our children, can we re-legalize our now-illegal drugs and sell them from licensed business establishments? This would put the drug dealers and drug lords out of business overnight.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.

'What a way to say thanks for your service'

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to everyone in Lake Oswego and the community about giving a little bit for our servicemen leaving and coming home from the wars.

The Armory on South Shore is located near the Starbucks Coffee and also the Coffee Nook. Both of these shops keep an open card to treat the service people coming in for coffee. If you have ever been there they are so appreciative. Several neighbors started the cards some time ago, but some have forgotten and just a few of us have tried to keep it going.

So if you want a lovely feel good about yourself upper, please stop and add to the cards of one or the other shop. Just add a second cup to the one you are having or five or ten dollars or a hundred. What a way to say thanks for your service.

Pat and Bob Hoberg

Lake Oswego

Oakridge Park would be good for community

To the Editor:

Jeff Novak's citizen's view in the Dec. 6 Lake Oswego Review, headlined 'Housing plans creating concerns' (referring to Oakridge Park, the affordable senior living development co-sponsored by Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and Northwest Housing Alternatives) deserves an 'A' for creative journalism. Mr. Novak's repeated reference to Wal-Mart was an ingenious effort to create confusion and fear - although Wal-Mart is no more connected to Oakridge Park than the Hollywood writers' strike, the current credit crisis, the high price of oil, or the war in Iraq.

Much of the opposition to Oakridge Park was initially focused on suggesting that it would be undesirable, and perhaps threatening, to have an affordable senior living facility located in Lake Grove on the edge of the Waluga neighborhood. However, when it became clear that all of the folks who will live at Oakridge Park will be upstanding citizens, (many, if not most, will be retired friends and neighbors who live in Lake Oswego but can no longer afford the high cost of housing) the opposition decided to retool its mantra and craft something that seems less selfish and insensitive. Thus the nobler sounding 'concerns' about parking and the 'long, wet walks' that Jeff Novak says Oakridge Park residents will suffer. To the contrary, based on industry standards for similar senior housing, Oakridge Park will have adequate parking. Because of their age and economic status, only a minority of the Oakridge Park residents will own and drive an automobile. If additional parking is needed, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church will provide auxiliary parking and shuttle service.

Mr. Novak also failed to mention that Oakridge Park (one tax lot removed from the Lake Grove post office, diagonally down the street from the Chevron station and directly across from the Lake Grove Garden Center) will be developed on a site that is zoned for commercial development - not the single-family homes that he alluded to. It is a site that is zoned to permit a building that is bigger than Oakridge Park. A development that could remove more trees, require more parking and generate far more traffic than the 45 residents who will live at Oakridge Park.

Oakridge Park will be a quality addition to our community, something that we can applaud and take pride in. I encourage the Lake Oswego City Council to affirm the Design Review Commission's decision to approve Oakridge Park.

Mark Rockwell

Lake Oswego