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February 04, 2016

Just Another Point of View: I may have a future as a butler, or even as a lady's maid

by Miles Vance
I know I watch way too much TV. But in my defense, I do tend to watch pretty high-quality television. For example, we watch “Downton Abbey” every Sunday night (which, compared to staring at junk like “Wheel of Fortune” or…
February 04, 2016

Citizen's View: Are we as citizens respected by our elected leaders?

by Dave Berg
“To add value to others, one must first value others.” — John Maxwell Over the past year, I have talked about leadership and the challenges we face in Lake Oswego. My articles discussed the primary challenges we face,…
CASTLE
February 04, 2016

2016 Lake Oswego Story Project: 'Honoring a grandfather's legacy'

by Duke Castle
Editor’s Note: If you could peer into the future and read a description of your life history and your role in the community over the next 35 years, what would you hope to find? That intriguing question is the core premise of…
February 04, 2016

Readers' Letters

by (none)
SPRING AHEAD Until the groundhog’s had its say, We don’t know what kind of day We can expect to come our way. We always hope this paragon Of a marmot can be counted on To pop up from beneath the lawn With the kind of…
January 28, 2016

Our Opinion: Governor must seek a compromise on proposed gross receipts tax

by Editorial board
When it comes to the proposed gross receipts tax in Oregon, this state’s residents — and particularly their elected leaders — have a choice. They can quickly agree on a reasonable plan to raise much-needed money for schools,…
GUDMAN
January 28, 2016

Citizen's View: Focus on infrastructure will help create a first-rate quality of life

by Jeff Gudman
We cannot have a first-rate quality of life if we have a third-rate infrastructure. If we try to do that, eventually we will end up with an infrastructure that will not support the quality of life that we all want and…
January 28, 2016

Correction

by (none)
Kandice Louis is a specialist for YVLifeSet, a community-based program of Youth Villages Oregon. Her name was misspelled and the name of the program was reported incorrectly in a story in the Jan. 28 issue of The Review.…
January 28, 2016

Readers' Letters

by (none)
‘What a journey’ I have worked with Carol Winston for 17 years, and what a journey it has been! Working with Carol has been a pleasure — watching her business grow over the years, seeing the relationships blossom with…
January 21, 2016

Our Opinion: Brown's minimum wage plan needs work

by Editorial Board
When a public policy initiative gets trashed from opposite ends of the political spectrum, it often means the author has found a sensible middle ground. Other times, it means he or she needs to go back to the keyboard. In…
January 21, 2016

Citizen's View: Creating city-owned fiber network simply is not worth financial risks

by Gerry Good
Our city is considering building a fiber optic cable network. This is not a good idea and should not proceed. Here is why. First, the city could be at risk for millions of dollars in payments to the company that builds the…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jim Fisher, one of the coordinators of the Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods, stands with an English ivy stalk he removed from the natural area.
January 21, 2016

Citizen's View: Group celebrates restoring natural areas

by Jim and Barbara Fisher
Thank you to everyone who has worked in Hallinan Woods and Freepons Park Woods this past year. Together, we have made an important contribution in our effort to restore these wonderful natural areas in our neighborhood.…
January 21, 2016

Citizen's View: School choice matters for Oregon families

by Andrew R. Campanella
When it comes to K-12 education, America’s parents want more choices. In fact, almost two thirds of parents — 64 percent — say they wish they had more options for their children’s education. In a society where Americans…
January 21, 2016

Readers' Letters

by (none)
Project deserves support Thank you for the feature story on Ashley Holmer and her dedication to the Red Sweater Project in rural northern Tanzania "I can have an impact," Dec. 24). Over the past several years, a team from…
TALNEY
January 14, 2016

My World: Hearing King - Reflections on a transformative call to our common humanity

by Ronald Talney
It was the early 1960s. I was working days and attending law school at the old Northwestern College of Law at night. Martin Luther King Jr. was already a national figure and a highly sought-after speaker. I do not recall who…
January 14, 2016

Readers' Letters

by (none)
Cutting down trees I will probably be run out of town on a rail for this letter. However, I feel compelled to respond to the letters to the editor I just read in the Jan. 7 issue of The Review concerning the removal of trees…
GUSTAFSON
January 14, 2016

Jon Gustafson: 'I'm resolved to do more, say more and to stand up for equal rights'

by Jon Gustafson
Late last year, I attended an international leadership conference for LGBT elected and appointed officials, and it was an inspiring and sobering experience. At the meeting organized by the Victory Institute, I had the…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO - White geese land on Maleur Lake in the national wildlife refuge.
January 14, 2016

Citizen's View: Malheur should be a tranquil place - a refuge, not an armed fortress

by Debby de Carlo
I’ve seen the pictures of armed men moving into buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. These are buildings I know well, having visited the refuge many times, both as a camper and, most recently, for six weeks as…
January 07, 2016

Just Another Point of View: Key to making good resolutions? Just don't reach too far

by Miles Vance
Because we have begun a new year, I will now resort to that old newspaper cliché: making resolutions. I know, I know. I hate ‘em, too. But you have to keep trying, right? And like the poor devil crawling across the desert…
January 07, 2016

Citizen's View: Snow brings a great, empty silence to the city, and it's a wonderous thing

by Kent Nerburn
I have been two years in a city now after 25 in the deep, lightless country, and I have gotten used to it. There is much to be said for urban life, but much is lost as well. This odd and infrequent snow and the subsequent…
January 07, 2016

Readers' Letters

by (none)
NUMBERED DAYS My insurance company Has calculated the odds Of my lasting another year To be good enough to risk Sending me a new calendar. As always, they’ve hedged their bet. Ms. January advises exercise. Other health tips…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Medical Teams International CEO Jeff Pinneo plays with refugee children during a recent trip to camps in Lebanon and Greece.
December 31, 2015

Citizen's View: We must do all we can to help refugees fleeing war-torn Syria

by Jeff Pinneo
The typical route Syrian refugees take across the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Chios is four nautical miles. To put that into terms we can all relate to, it’s about the length of the Astoria…
December 31, 2015

Citizen's View: Smarter Balanced tests do nothing to help students, inform teachers

by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
The Dec. 11 issue of the Lake Oswego School District’s newsletter included “background information on the Smarter Balanced state assessments, which students took last spring for the first time.” But rather than the…
December 31, 2015

Citizen's View: Proposed tax won't chase companies away

by N. Robert Stoll
The article by Jeff Gudman in the Lake Oswego Review (“Proposed 2.5-percent gross receipts tax would negatively impact all Oregonians,” Dec. 24) condemns the proposed corporate minimum tax in Ballot Measure 28, but offers no…
Virginia OHanlon was 8 years old when she wrote her now-famous letter to the New York Sun.
December 24, 2015

Our Opinion: It's as true today as it was in 1897: Yes, there is a Santa Claus

by The Times
More than 100 years ago, a little girl wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun newspaper. The letter written by the little girl — her name was Virginia O’Hanlon — and the newspaper’s response have become almost as…
December 24, 2015

Citizen's View: Proposed 2.5-percent gross receipts tax would negatively impact all Oregonians

by Jeff Gudman
A proposed ballot measure for the largest tax hike in modern state history — a gross receipts/sales tax that would sharply increase taxes on business revenues that exceed $25 million in Oregon — does not pass the test to…

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Dec 24, 2015

Readers' Letters

by Pamplin Media Group
Remembering Gene Wizer We just read your tribute to Gene Wizer (“LO mourns death of Gene Wizer,” Dec. 17) and wanted to say, “Thank you and well done.” Like many Wizer’s customers and friends,…
Dec 17, 2015

Citizen's View: We must continue to live our lives without undue…

by Joan Freed
"So how was your weekend?" I asked. It is a question we often ask each other Monday morning at exercise class. "Well, I went to a choral concert at a Portland church, attended by hundreds of…
SORENSON
Dec 17, 2015

My days in court: Covering the Oregon judicial system

by Saundra Sorenson
Editor's note: For almost two years, reporter Saundra Sorenson covered the city beat for The Lake Oswego Review and, before that, for our sister paper in Tualatin. She spent a lot of that time…
Dec 17, 2015

Just Another Point of View: Is my life being erased, or do we…

by Mikel Kelly
The first clue I had that my life was maybe being erased was many years ago, when I decided to show my girlfriend the house where I used to live in Albany. It was 1966, and I was going to point…
Dec 17, 2015

Readers' Letters

by (none)
Broadband survey flawed? The City of Lake Oswego is seeking input on a survey about city provision of Internet services. I have several concerns about the nature of that survey. First of all,…
Dec 10, 2015

Our Opinion: What can we do in the wake of San Bernardino?

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Across Oregon, people looked for ways to cope with the newest mass shooting. To quell their bewilderment and pain, they baked cinnamon rolls, watched reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show” and…
Dec 10, 2015

My World: The Gift: cherished memories of family's wartime…

by Ronald Talney
It was 1942. I was 6 years old. World War II had stripped our little town of all its draft-age young men. But it was Christmas, and the streets were clogged with snow, a heavier accumulation…
Dec 10, 2015

Citizen's View: LO Planning Commission should reject proposal…

by Gerry Good
On Dec. 14, the Planning Commission will consider a new stormwater code. The Planning Commission should reject the proposal. Here is why. There is no clear definition of the problem. We know…
Dec 10, 2015

Citizen's View: Draft Stormwater Management Manual vs.…

by David C. Poulson
When rain falls on urbanized land, at least three things happen that are different from when it falls on natural land: less water soaks into the ground, more water flows over the surface and off…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Aidan Kelly, a member of Boy Scouit Troop 71, built this kiosk at a trailhead leading into Springbrook Park for his Eagle Scout project.
Dec 10, 2015

Readers' Letters

by (none)
Job well done Special thanks and congratulations to Aidan Kelly, who just completed his Eagle Scout project. Aidan is a senior at Lake Oswego High School and an active member of Boy Scout Troop…
Dec 10, 2015

Corrections

by Jillian Daley
• An item in the Police Log for Dec. 3 incorrectly reported that Thomas J. Muller, 45, had been arrested on suspicion of DUII following a traffic accident that occurred on Nov. 26 at 7:45 p.m.…



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