Here are some ideas for making schools safer

Onsite citizen campus responders is the easiest and cheapest solution to implement school safety and directly addresses the problem.

The parents, grandparents and close relatives of the school children would be good candidates as well as retired people, etc. They could roam the school buildings and property and provide advance notification of any problem. Radios could be used by the responders and the school staff so that the police could be immediately notified.

A free school lunch could be given to the citizen responders as compensation and the responders could lunch with the children and give them some adult companionship, which some children lack. They could even read books to the children or tutor them ... during the school day.

If compensated by tax credits, employers of citizen responders could grant one to two days per month whereby an employee could participate without losing any personal vacation or personal time off days.

I would like to see a least one police officer on site at each school. Cut some budget expense so that a reserve police officer could be on site that would coordinate the responders and provide oversight in order to prevent any premature actions by citizen volunteers and to make sure that responding police have one reliable and immediately identifiable source for communication.

Shatterproof/bulletproof glass for classroom doors and entrance way doors ... is another good idea in order to provide safe areas. And classroom doors should always be locked to outside access during school hours with key code access only by authorized personnel.

Kenneth Sutton

Mountain Park

‘Enough of the God question’ ... let’s work together

Once again we pose the question, “Why did a loving God let this happen?” 

It is foolish to waste our time in mental gymnastics debating why God would allow horrific things to transpire.

Our most recent tragedies are the result of mental illness and human choices that have led to an acceptance, and even adulation, of revenge and violence as solutions to our collective angst.

The world unfortunately is a random place and, as uncomfortable as that reality is, it requires us to look within ourselves to our own humanity to overcome the obstacles that confront us. We could start with sensible weapon control laws, increased funding for mental health and classes to teach our children critical thinking and problem solving. 

So, enough of this God question, let’s get down to taking responsible, corrective, manmade measures to ameliorate our lives.

Linda Graybeal

Lake Oswego

‘We must be dedicated to their memory’

As I sit here glowing in the beauty of my children’s laughter, I am moved to write this for the parents of the children lost (Dec. 14) to a senseless act!

How do we respond? That is the question. We have to respond! Why has this become the norm?

We are blessed beyond means to have our children with us, safe and secure. We exhaust ourselves in making sure they are “safe” from hunger, the cold, negativity, fear, embarrassment, but are we really keeping them safe? I have no words worthy of understanding for the parents, but I will say this: Let the memories of your perfect gift outlast those created by this moment. We must be dedicated to their memory, for fear that someday it could be ours.

Briian Boyer

Lake Oswego

WLCC should listen to planning commission

The West Linn Planning Commission’s seven experienced members got it right when they unanimously denied the applications submitted by the LOT Water Partnership for a water treatment plant expansion and pipeline construction along Highway 43. The commission rightly decided that these projects are not in West Linn’s best interest and are not in conformity with our community development code.

Please read the final decision on the city’s website below.

Additionally, seven West Linn neighborhood associations, specifically Sunset, Parker Crest, Robinwood, Bolton, Hidden Springs, Savanna Oaks and Barrington Heights, all oppose this project along with the West Linn Riverfront Association.

The environmental group Waterwatch Oregon is litigating against Lake Oswego, and local members of Coastal Conservation Association and the Trout Unlimited have also expressed opposition due to the negative environmental impact to the Clackamas River.

Businesses along Highway 43 and many West Linn residents are strongly against these projects due to the financial and personal harm that it will cause. Hundreds have spoken out.

These projects will severely impinge on West Linn’s residents and businesses with no real benefits being provided to the community, in addition to not being in conformity with our community development code.

The city planning commission clearly understood and wisely and unanimously denied these applications.

We urge the city council to listen to their experts on the planning commission and also the voices of our neighborhood associations, other groups and our citizens by unanimously rejecting this proposal.

William More

West Linn

A water system has to be reliable

If anyone in West Linn wonders why we must solve our water problems by voting “yes” to replace our rusty pipes and expanding Lake Oswego’s water plant - just think about the October fire at West Linn High.The $2.5 million fire was put out by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue using water drawn from our water system. It’s not enough to have water. Firefighters need water pressure to put out fires. Without it, our firefighters would have had put out the call for a volunteer bucket brigade.The high school fire drew water from the 100-year-old Bolton Reservoir through our leaky and rusty pipes. We depended on Lake Oswego’s water plant to provide us with backup supply and pressure if our own system proved inadequate. We need its update just as much as we need new pipes.There are those trying to convince us we can just limp along with the status quo. Taking their advice puts property at risk, likely raises insurance rates and costs all of us more money when we do tomorrow what we should do today.

Warren Okuns

West Linn

WL Council needs to deny LOT permits

The West Linn City Council will soon be voting on permits for a Lake Oswego-Tigard (LOT) water plant to be built in the Robinwood neighborhood. An unseen consequence of approval of this very complicated project would be allowing LOT to provide water for development in Stafford.

References to needing water for Stafford can be found on 13 pages of the Carollo report, the foundational engineering study which justifies the need for increasing Lake Oswego’s take from the Clackamas from 16 million gallons a day to 38 million gallons a day. More recently, LOT’s application to the Oregon Water Resources Board also mentions water for Stafford. Finally, they admitted in testimony before the West Linn Planning Commission that two million gallons a day of water from their new plant would go to development in Stafford. This was one reason the planning commission voted 7-0 to deny the project application.

In West Linn’s comprehensive plan, council goal nine clearly states opposition to urbanization of the Stafford triangle and promotes policies retaining that area as a rural buffer between West Linn and its neighbors.

The choice is obvious: West Linn’s City Council must vote to deny the LOT water plant project.

Tom Sieben

West Linn

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