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‘We must reset our priorities’

Chris Kyle was a patriot and a true American hero killed by a Marine with PTSD in Texas on Saturday. Now his memory is embedded in our community since Chris was married to Kent and Kim Studebaker’s daughter Taya. Our prayers are with Chris’ family.

We must reset our priorities. Our soldiers and veterans, our national treasure, are paying the price for protecting us. They have been subjected to mental pressure and physical fatigue beyond our imagination, and consequently many are suffering the effects with mental disabilities such as PTSD. It has become obvious that our government, which has shipped hundreds of thousands of our citizens into harm’s way, has not put its shoulder to the task of rehabilitating our soldiers.

These men and women deserve the best of care after putting their lives on the line for us. We can no longer sweep the mental disorders of our troops under the rug with the hope that the problem will go away. Our government must reset its priorities. Divert the money earmarked for multibillion dollar pork barrel projects to a reorganized Department of Veterans Affairs that is committed to improve the level of care for our soldiers.

I urge you to get in touch with our representatives and senators to insist that they take action. To continually turn our back to this issue is no longer acceptable.

Dave Sengenberger

Lake Oswego

‘A larger tennis center is needed’

Frank Gray wants the city to “abandon (the) idea of a new tennis center.” Of course, the residents of Rainbow Terrace do not want the current tennis center to be sold for development. That would bring many trucks and other equipment to remove the building and to build new houses, and I am not surprised they would rather it become a park. Who wouldn’t?

However, a park would not bring more property taxes to the city, and, eventually, houses might even bring some nice neighbors. The Rainbow Terrace people did not like it when the current tennis center was built, because it brought too much traffic on their streets, so one would think they might be delighted to get that traffic off their streets.

A larger tennis center is needed, and it cannot happen by adding onto the current building. The Rassekh property is clearly the logical place for it, and selling the current building to a developer is important to keeping the costs from the pockets of the taxpayers. Much time and money has already been spent — time and money generated by the Lake Oswego tennis community — and this should not be wasted. This will be an attractive facility with park-like surroundings and should be supported by the community as a whole. It is planned to help Lake Oswego be the appealing city that we all appreciate.

Please do not abandon the idea of a new tennis center.

Margaret Anderson

Lake Oswego

Park system is not a ‘discretionary’ item

I have lived in Lake Oswego since 1978 — I moved here because (of) what the city offered, not because it was the least expensive place to live. I am concerned that the current city council’s approach to budget cutting of programs and services is going to destroy what makes Lake Oswego what it is. While I do not advocate wildly spending taxpayer money, I do think that the council needs to appreciate how strongly Lake Oswego’s citizens value its park system — this is not a “discretionary” item.

The (Lake Oswego) Adult Community Center, Farmers’ Market, concerts and movies in the parks, Lake Run, Luscher Farm, youth camps, after-school programs, soccer, football, baseball/softball, lacrosse, fitness programs, skate park, swim park, water sports center, tennis, dog parks, golf — (this is) just a partial list of Parks and Rec programs that touch a large percentage of citizens.

I encourage all Lake Oswego citizens to let the city council know how important the Parks and Rec facilities and activities are to us. A very slim election victory was not a mandate to severely cut programs, change existing policies and remove staff. Send an email to the city council: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . And attend the town hall meeting on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and make your voice heard.

Marianne Conroy

Lake Oswego

Why was appointment made after the meeting?

I noticed a short announcement in the Lake Oswego Review’s Jan. 31 issue, in the City Notes section, stating that “after the meeting” where Mayor Studebaker announced appointments of council members to various government bodies and city committees he announced another appointment. He named Councilor Jeff Gudman as the liaison to the comprehensive plan citizen advisory council where he will most likely serve as chairman.

I am trying to understand why this announcement could not have been made during the meeting with all the others when the public was present. This is an important committee and therefore an important appointment.

Gosh, is this another example of that “open and transparent” government that our new mayor promised us while campaigning for the position? How’s that working for us so far?

Kevin House

Lake Oswego

L.O. is perfect

Lots of places to eat and play

New friends everyday.

Ava Seyle

Lake Oswego

Questions persist about high-speed rail

(There) is an interesting report concerning the proposed high-speed rail project in Oregon — passenger-carrying motorcoaches by private operators still remain the most cost effective, efficient and sustainable transportation mode available: “New taxpayer-funded train just 28 min. faster” (CNN, 1/25/13).

A recent report on “Anderson Cooper 360” questioned federal spending on high-speed rail, most of which came as an $8 billion allotment in the 2009 stimulus package. “It is now three years later and we can’t find any high-speed rail that’s actually been built,” Cooper said. In an exchange between a CNN correspondent and a Vermont transportation official whose project received some of the rail money: “We had 28 reservations coming into the Essex station tomorrow night.” “28?” “Correct.” “All those people could fit on one bus, right?” (ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/25/new-taxpayer-funded-train-just-28-min-faster).

Roxanne Gillis

Portland

Macbeth on Groundhog Day

Oracles come to light from unlikely places,

This one from underground

Where seedlings germinate and stir.

The groundhog dreams through days

That creep in their petty pace

Till his hour upon the stage

Foretells a coming spring.

If he casts a walking shadow,

It augers the sound and fury

Of six more weeks of winter,

Or maybe signifies nothing.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego



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