Thanks for your service to our city

As 2012 draws to a close, I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Mayor Jack Hoffman and councilors Sally Moncreiff, Mary Olson and Bill Tierney for their tireless service to our community. 

Combined, they sacrificed tens of thousands of hours of their personal lives on our behalf.  

During their tenure, Lake Oswego weathered a deep recession and began to address long-neglected investments in critical infrastructure. 

They oversaw the timely and efficient completion of the LOIS sewer project and laid the foundation for water security for generations to come. 

They launched a productive partnership with local businesses to strengthen our local economy, while laying the groundwork for the revitalization of Lake Grove.

They increased the beauty and grace of this special place by investing in park improvements, public art and watershed restoration.

For five brief months in 2010, I had the privilege of joining their company on the city council. I witnessed, firsthand, their dedication to advancing the quality of life in Lake Oswego. 

While I occasionally found myself at odds with each of them — for their policy positions or political tactics — I never had any doubt about their dedication to our community.  

And so, as their terms of office draw to a close, I say thank you for your service to our community and the sacrifices you made on our behalf. Good luck in your new endeavors. Best wishes for the years to come.

Dan Vizzini

Lake Oswego

‘Good guys with guns are not the answer’

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA stated recently that, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Good guys with guns are not the answer.

Good guys make health care accessible to all; fund mental health treatment and reform adequately; institute reasonable weapon and ammunition control laws; teach critical thinking and conflict resolution in the schools; and, act responsibly when producing movies and video games for public consumption.

Good guys have solutions that are worthy of those for whom they weep.

Linda Graybeal

Lake Oswego

‘You can’t pretend to be there’

I am aghast and deeply saddened at the carnage in Connecticut, as I am sure, is everyone. I realize that the reasons for this devastation are very complicated. The murder rate in this country is roughly 15 times that of other wealthy nations. I won’t go into a gun control discussion here, however, I did appreciawte Alan Mela’s intelligently written letter last week.

As a retired Lake Oswego teacher (River Grove Elementary), practicing psychotherapist, parent and grandparent, what disturbs me most is the increasing practice of parents allowing their children at even young ages to play violent video games. I realize that parenting is the hardest job on the planet, nevertheless, there is a proliferation of games and activities for young children today, and this can no longer be one of the choices. As Charles Krauthammer said, “We find ourselves stunned by what a desensitized youth finds routine, often amusing. Young men sit for hours pulling video-game triggers, mowing down human beings en masse without pain or consequence.”

It is no coincidence the way these shooters have been dressed and the cover boxes of some of these games.

I implore all parents to investigate other ways and games for your children to spend their time. The future of our kids is at stake. “You can pretend to know, you can pretend to care, but you can’t pretend to be there.”

Allene Gould

Retired Lake Oswego school teacher

Licensed professional counselor

Be visionaries, see potential for buildings

Let’s be visionaries and see buildings for their potential and not just for the value of the land on which they sit.

Many buildings, particularly houses, have been part of the lives of generations. You don’t have to live in a house for it to become a part of you. It’s the small mid-century modern you notice every time you walk to town. It’s the cottage where your best grade-school friend lived. These houses make it our “hometown.” These are not big and grand structures. They are often affordable houses for young families and for seniors, only we’re not seeing it that way.

Let’s not let landfills be cemeteries for these habitable houses. There has been one residential demolition permit issued every 10 days in Lake Oswego over the last decade. These permits do not require a photograph so, for many homes, even this simple snapshot recording their existence doesn’t exist.

Houses are unique assets that set Lake Oswego apart from other places. Let’s have the vision to see what these older homes have to offer our community if they are given the chance.

Marylou Colver

President, Lake Oswego Preservation Society

Lake Oswego

Winter solstice

The ship gave no outward sign

It had crossed a charted line,

But passengers who had kept

Untroubled as they slept,

Awoke at night to feel

A surge beneath the keel.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego

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