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‘Penalized for being environmentally concerned?’

Today our legislators are pondering another stream of revenue to feed their ever expanding needs. Now I don’t own a hybrid car but for years I have been inundated with commercials extolling the virtues of advance mileage ownership. And now that these owners, for whatever reason are a part of the landscape and they are being challenged for not paying their “fair share” of the road tax to meet expected revenue. Penalized for being environmentally concerned. What’s next? A tax on bus riders who have been directed for years to give up the car in favor of mass transit? A pox on these people who by their actions either financially or altruistically have denied the State their “fair share.”

Before we allow the legislative powers to impose another new “sin tax” perhaps we should look at the hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, that have been and will be spent on bike trails, routes and services. I have heard the well warned cry that to tax bike riders would impose a financial hardship. Well, if you have been to a bike shop recently or just observed the quality of the average bike rider’s equipment, not to mention the trendy garb, povery is a hard argument to hang their hat on! And where is the revenue from this ever increasing segment of the mixed traffice pattern of today? Well there isn’t (any). And until there is a correction in this glaring void in the equality of revenue production I will continue to lobby Salem as well as local municipalities to have the bikes join the pay as you go mentality that seem to be the current norm.

I don’t believe that I am alone and would encourage all like minded to pen a letter to your representatives.

Jim Price

Lake Oswego

We ‘lost a good one’ in death of David Reinhart

I was terribly saddened by the news in (the Jan. 3) Review of David Reinhart’s tragic climbing accident in South America. David was a gifted person, amazingly well rounded in his abilities and interests. His soft-spoken nature belied a formidable intellect.

David and I served together from 2005 to 2007 on a Metro transit committee: always polite, but equally persistent, he had command of both the issues and the process. He was effective in conveying the views of many of our citizens.

Lake Oswego, we’ve lost a good one, and we lost him far, far, too early. My condolences to David’s family, friends and co-workers.

Brian Lantow

Lake Oswego

‘We need congresspeople who think from their hearts’

In an interview on KGW-TV this past Saturday (Jan. 12), Congressman Kurt Schrader stated that “guns don’t kill people, it’s the people behind the guns that do,” that our emphasis should be on mental health services, and that “we have plenty of laws about guns.”

I wonder if the congressman would offer the same platitudes in a face-to-face meeting with his constituents who have lost loved ones in the shooting at Clackamas Town Center. I would hope that his basic humanity would take over and that he would be able to make a connection to the pain of these people’s loss, and in that connection find a different truth. People with guns kill people, people without guns generally do not.

Mass shootings do not exist without the easy availability of automatic weapons, which no civilian has a legitimate need for and which are not regulated by laws.

We need mental health service reform, we need gun control reform, and we need congresspeople who think from their hearts, rather than hide behind platitudes, which offer a false sense of safety.

Jan Castle

Lake Oswego

Loss of altruism deplored

I have given much thought to a recent article in the Review concerning six Lakeridge students who are selling their services as tutors to less able students. When my children attended Lakeridge, tutoring was provided free of charge by the Honor Society as a service project. Service was expected of these outstanding students.

While their entrepreneurial spirit is admirable, I deplore the loss of altruism.

I see no mention of oversight by credentialed educators. Does the school district stand behind these freelancers? Who will take responsibility if the $215 monthly fee fails to provide the desired result?

Deborah Marble

Lake Oswego

(Editor’s note: Jennifer Schiele, principal at Lakeridge High School, reponds:

“Please be assured that altruism is alive and well at Lakeridge High School. Members of the National Honor Society continue to serve by providing free peer tutoring just about every day after school in the library at LHS. The tutoring business referenced above is a separate student entrepreneurial initiative that is in addition to the volunteer service provided at school, and that is independent of school involvement and oversight. The school district maintains a lengthy list of paid tutors as a resource for parents; a caveat that accompanies the list advises parents that the district does not endorse, recommend or evaluate tutor services.)

How about that other ‘large body of water?’

I don’t know what the big deal is about Lake Oswego needing more water, supplied through a pipeline running through a park and residential neighborhoods in West Linn. The last time I looked, there was a large body of water smack in the middle of that city.

Ted Ehernberger

West Linn

Ode to school

School is my second home

School is a place some people don’t like

School can be boring and hard

But school is the place where I get away

To holding books in the hall

To calling out to your friends

To sitting in long classes, yawning

To finding a seat in the cafeteria

To waiting for the bell to ring one last time

To saying hello in September and saying goodbye in June

To where friendships start and some friendships end

School is my second home

Taylor Reid

Lakeridge Junior High School

Questions about the city’s trolley plans

(According to a Lake Oswego Review article on Jan. 10:) “The city council also approved a project that will replace and fix portions of the tunnel to ensure the trolley can safely pass through it by the spring.”

Who is maintaining the rail line?

I cannot recall seeing a project proposal or estimate.

Are lights for the tunnel part of the proposal?

Can the rail be walked if the train does not operate?

Michael Roberts


LOT’s ‘sleazy tactic’ reminiscent of movie

The Lake Oswego-Tigard (LOT) Water Partnership is offering a $5 million “right of way” bribe to West Linn’s City Council to override the West Linn Planning Commission’s permit denial and allow their water plant and pipeline expansion to go forward.

However, the neighbors being impacted by this monstrosity have been offered next to nothing, and are being sued by Lake Oswego for wanting to maintain the residential character of their neighborhood. The impacts of this project are quite serious, including three years of lost property values, heavy construction noise, traffic and dirt, closed/clogged roads, inability to sell our homes, and an industrial plant in our residential neighborhood.

This sleazy tactic reminds us of the 1993 movie (“Indecent Proposal” starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore), but in this case, the rich interloper is offering West Linn $5 million for the privilege of screwing our neighborhood. West Linn gets the money for which they’ve done and given up nothing, while the neighbors take the financial, emotional and environmental hit.

Let’s hope the West Linn City Council finds the collective backbone to stand up for its taxpaying citizens and stop this project from going forward.

Michael Ragan

West Linn

‘Can’t wait to hear the city attorney’s spin’

So, let me make sure I have this right: West Linn residents are not allowed access to their city council to voice opposition to the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Treatment Plant expansion as it might prejudice the council’s opinion on a quasi-judicial matter. But the same city council can enter into negotiations to accept a $5 million lump-sum payment from the LOT partnership.

How can it be that the big bucks dangled in front of the city will not prejudice the council? Does it get any more audacious? Can’t wait to hear the city attorney’s spin on this.

Yvonne Davis

West Linn

West Linn shouldn’t allow LOT project

I am appalled that anyone connected with the West Linn local government would ever think that this (Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership) project was a good idea. The negatives are traffic congestion and construction; loss of revenue from the local businesses impacted along the proposed construction route and decreased property values for the impacted homeowners.

We, as West Linn residents, already have our own water issues and why would we take on Lake Oswego problems?

I have a suggestion for Lake Oswego — do the proposed construction along the Willamette bank and when you hit the city limits of Lake Oswego, then you can go through your own local neighborhood and disrupt your lives.

Take a lesson from the impact of the construction of the Oregon City-West Linn Arch Bridge had on local residents. It’s still fresh in my mind.

Paula Novak

West Linn

Keep MOMS Club going locally

In the summer of 2000 we formed the MOMS Club of West Linn, working with the Lake Oswego chapter (of which we were members) and MOMS Club International to bring the West Linn community a group of women dedicated to supporting each other while serving our city.

We applaud those currently running the organization in their endeavor to continue to include working moms, even if that means severing ties with (the) international (body).

We found that the value of this group has gone far beyond which working choices a family makes. Twelve years later, we continue to appreciate the connections made at the MOMS Club. Our dearest friends are those we made back then even when our kids scattered to various primary schools.

We continue to bump into our MOMS Club friends as the years pass, and we can’t say enough about the need to keep this organization around, international ties or not, because parenting is challenging, but so much the better when you have a “village.”

Bonnie Rowan

Diane Brown

West Linn

Help map the future of CCC

Clackamas Community College is approaching its 50th year of service in 2016 and is turning to the community to ask for their help to envision the future of education and training at the college. The college has embarked on a community engagement initiative called “Imagine Clackamas” and welcomes community input through an online survey.

As a member of the CCC Board of Education representing Zone 5, which serves West Linn, Wilsonville and the Stafford and Barlow areas, I share CCC’s vision to create a brighter future for students and district members. The college is your best option for quality, affordable education and training, whether you are training for career, returning to work or gaining new skills.

Community members are invited to participate in the “Imagine Clackamas” online survey and help shape the future of Clackamas Community College. The survey takes just 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed online at clackamas.edu through Feb. 15.

The feedback collected from the “Imagine Clackamas” survey will help guide the college’s decision-making processes, priorities and activities, and will help us prepare for our 50th anniversary in 2016 and beyond. It will shine a light on areas where we should improve and adapt the college’s educational and training services to better meet the needs of the communities we serve today and in the future.

Ron Adams

Clackamas Community College Board of Education