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Do not shut the current Lake Oswego Library down

To the Editor:

With all the excitement of planning a community center, I and many of my neighbors feel increasingly uneasy because it appears certain that a new library will be included. Our concern is that we'll lose the library we now have downtown.

Every city council and steering committee presentation and survey has questions about a library. However, they don't ask, 'Do you want a new library?'

What they ask is, 'What do you want your new library to look like?' It seems clear that a new library will be part of a community center - and with no commitment to keeping the current library open, we fear it will be shut down.

We live downtown because we can walk to the library, and I can't imagine downtown without it. We would support a branch library in the new community center, but only if we keep our downtown library. It is vital to a thriving downtown and to the citizens who love and depend on it.

You can reach me at 503-635-1670.

Diana Boom

Lake Oswego

Instead of democracy, how about kakistocracy?

To the Editor:

The following is an open letter to Dan Vizzini of the city of Lake Oswego:

Your recent article, 'Democracy Requires Participation' is correct. If you believe our city government is a functioning democracy you are a fool.

It is a kakistocracy.

Targeted tax incentives do not create true economic growth because they are financed at the expense of established business.

Alan E. Schlosser

Lake Oswego

How can concerned citizens make a difference?

To the Editor:

Let's ban the use of phosphorus fertilizers in Lake Oswego. Educate the local population about how they may be contributing to the high levels of phosphorus in Oswego Lake.

Let the people know how they can help with a workable solution or at least step toward a solution, such as refraining from using phosphorus fertilizers. Perhaps we can treat the problem, instead of using 'Band-aid' solutions, such as treating the lake water with aluminum sulfate.

Let's brainstorm how we can treat the water from the watersheds that drain into the lake. How about getting a clean water source? What about using light treatment on the water from the Tualatin?

Tell us as concerned citizens how we can make a difference.

Andrea Berl

Lake Oswego

Congress needs to ensure that college is affordable

To the Editor:

Congress has simply stood by and allowed student loan interest rates to rise dramatically, while making parent loans even more expensive, and ignoring the Miller-Durbin bill that would slash interest rates in half on new loans.

We need to reverse these skewed priorities of Congress. The failure of the current administration to make college affordable for all qualified students not only impacts the hundreds of thousands of individuals priced out of a college education annually, but it also weakens our economic competitiveness.

Average tuition and fees at four year public colleges have risen 40 percent since 2001 (when adjusted for inflation).

The typical student borrower takes on $17,500 in loan debt.

Todd Sargent

Portland

If you deny lake access, then limit tax to those using lake

To the Editor:

Who has access to the lake? If all Lake Oswego taxpayers are contributing to the clean up of the lake, shouldn't everyone have access to the lake?

By access, I mean to swim or boat. I would love to take my boat on the lake. If access to the lake is limited, I think the costs should be limited to those that have access.

Wayne Campbell

Lake Oswego

Halt new building permits until sewer issue is fixed

To the Editor:

It sounds to me like the city has known since '96 that the volume of sewage was too much for the system. So you have to ask the question, 'why are they still issuing building permits when the sewage lines can't handle the volume now.'

The people that are going to have to pay for this should be asking that question!

Gary Grim

Lake Oswego