Curbs make for good neighbors

I recall the story about Tom Sawyer painting his Aunt Polly's fence, and how he convinced the neighbor kids to do the work for him. I always wanted to pull off that stunt. Recently, I learned something new in that arena. Back in 1950 the city of Forest Grove changed the names of city streets. What was once the intersection of Second Street and Second Avenue became Birch Street and 18th Avenue. Those old names are still visible in the curbs in many locations.

When the city upgraded one sidewalk with handicapped ramps, the curbs with the old names were removed. Rather than lose the historic artifacts, the Forest Grove Department of Public Works, Friends of Historic Forest Grove and the property owner worked together to remove the concrete curbs and place them where pedestrians can still read them. In the process, a pedestrian named Ian and a driver named Jim stopped to volunteer their help with the project, which taught me about the people who helped Tom Sawyer paint Aunt Polly's fence.

He didn't fool them into helping. If anyone was fooled, it was Tom. The volunteers did what they did out of a big-hearted concern for their neighborhood. And I think that is what makes Forest Grove special.

David Morelli

Forest Grove

Dog owners should follow leash laws

As the weather slowly brings warmer temperatures, the minutes of daylight steadily increase, and there's an upswing in my fellow residents exercising their beloved family dogs on local walking paths such as the B Street Trail, I once again request my fellow dog owners to please, please, please be respectful of yourselves, your dogs and your fellow residents.

Besides the fact we have a leash law, it’s just common sense that dogs need to be properly leashed and restrained at all times. As I wrote in a letter to the editor last year, a dog owner may indeed own a dog that has been 100 percent friendly to every human it’s ever met, but when I’m out on my daily run, I don’t know this, putting both me and the dog in potential danger.

Years ago while on a run, I was approaching an unleashed dog and its owner who said, “Don’t worry, he wouldn’t hurt a flea.” 

Seconds later, the dog saw me, raced over and managed to nip my leg before I could ward it off. The owner was correct: the dog didn’t hurt a flea, but it did cause a lifetime scar on a human being. 

I didn’t hold the dog at fault. It was the owner, the individual who should’ve practiced common sense and respect, who was 100 percent at fault for not following leash laws and not properly restraining their dog. 

Additionally, a fellow dog owner's dog might love every other dog it meets, but that’s not 100 percent reciprocal. Some dogs are wary of other dogs, are dog-aggressive and will interpret any other dog running up to them as an act of aggression, regardless of the fact the dog only wants to play. And again, this is where the irresponsible dog owner is putting themselves, their beloved dog, their fellow dog-owners and dogs all at risk, even potential grave risk.

If an owner can’t restrain or manage their dog while it’s on leash or refuses to leash their dog, for whatever reason, please don’t take the dog out in public. It's really that simple.

Again, this all comes down to applying common sense, respecting others and also following our leash laws to help insure all dogs, dog owners and fellow residents can equally enjoy the outdoors in and around Forest Grove.


Allen Warren

Forest Grove

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