Parking near courthouse is very inadequate

An open letter to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners:

You should be ashamed of yourselves. The parking around the Clackamas County Courthouse is totally inadequate.

In addition you harass people with a maximum two-hour time limit and the threat of another citation if you don’t move your car. Two hours (in most court cases) cannot possibly allow court business to be completed.

People who are required to come to the courthouse (for whatever reason), are already stressed. Having to worry about parking tickets just adds to that stress level.

Shame on you. You are taking advantage of people. And that’s a crime. Maybe you should be taken to court.

Gil Koerger

Lake Oswego

‘Tigard gets the water, Lake Oswego gets the risk’

The city of Lake Oswego has held two meetings that presented its citizens with two separate lectures on emergency preparedness for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. A third meeting was held at Marylhurst University. They all were well attended with seating scheduled in advance.

The state of Oregon has completed the Oregon Resiliency Plan and thanks to The Oregonian, it is available on the Internet. Heads of households should check it out.

I recently attended a meeting on the current water plan for the city of Lake Oswego. Only one person indicated he had seen the Oregon Resiliency Plan. A sentence from the plan, “Sudden ground motion can cause liquids in a tank or reservoir to slush and impose forces on a tank well beyond its design capacity.”

I am a resident of the area. A new 3.5 million gallon tank is planned for this area. A 4 million gallon tank is presently in the same area. No one seems to have any interest in the city-documented volcano crater approximately 100 meters from these tanks.

Tigard gets the water, Lake Oswego gets the risk.

Gerald Mock

Lake Oswego

Gays and the Boy Scout movement

As a veteran Scouter, former Scoutmaster, father and grandfather of Eagle Scouts, I was greatly saddened to see the Review take a position, through its cartoon, in support of openly homosexual boys becoming members of the Boy Scout movement.

Scouting, with boys 7 to 17, is no place where the advocates of homosexuality should exploit youth with their advocacy of the gay lifestyle. This is a time in the life of a youngster, boy or girl, where emotions run high and sexual identity is on the proverbial see-saw. Boy Scouting is not an appropriate laboratory for experimenting with sexual behavior.

Advocates of homosexuality call it a fairness issue. Really? Is it fair to admit somewhere between 10 and 20 (BSA estimates) thousand homosexual youths while closing the Scouting door to hundreds of thousands of heterosexual boys (BSA estimates), their parents and churches that, in good conscience, believe that the open practice of homosexuality is wrong.

Scout leaders will be in the uncomfortable position  of deciding which boys in the troop can sleep in the same tent with a gay boy. If a gay Scout gets out of hand, sexually or otherwise and is dismissed from the troop, the ACLU and their cadre of likeminded lawyers will descend on that poor leader and make his life miserable.

And, how will the Scout council handle a gay 16-year-old Eagle Scout, Vigil honor member, camp staff member when he turns 18 and cannot serve on the camp staff or be an adult volunteer? More lawsuits in our litigious society. 

We should learn a lesson from our neighbors to the north, Canada, whose Scout membership dropped precipitously from 260,000 to 100,000 when openly gay boys were accorded membership. Scouting is not about social/sexual experimentation but building sound character traits in as many boys and young men as possible.

Admitting openly gay Scouts will have the opposite effect.

Clifford D. Mansley Sr.

Lake Oswego

‘We’re told you never hear from us’

The following is an open letter to Lake Oswego Associate Planner Andrew Gulizia:

Dear Mr. Gulizia:

The Lake Oswego Review featured Amy Holbrook’s tree preservation comments in the June 6 letters to the editor.

My letter on this same matter was published this spring. Yet we’re told you never hear from us, just the developers. Since your argument has no validity, we must assume as a community that the only voices with any credence in the city of Lake Oswego are dollars?

If that’s the case, let’s take it to the top. Wealthy neighborhoods remain set apart by their lush landscapes with century-plus trees. Those who tear down such beauties are poor folk who don’t know any better. You want rich.

Better start enforcing it.

Ann Lackey

Lake Oswego

Why must this ‘local treasure’ be forfeited?

My wife and I read (last) week’s (letter to the editor) about the threatened oak tree, which left us both disturbed and sad. Lake Oswego prides itself as being “Tree City,” which makes the reasoning behind the code discrepancy between a simple home remodel and a complete tear-down very difficult to understand indeed.

Further, it is even more difficult to understand why this local treasure must be forfeited when it in no way interferes with the construction of the new home, but simply doesn’t please the homeowners’ landscape plan. Their quote, “People before trees ... some things just gotta go,” is sadly shortsighted. The environmental value of trees cannot be underestimated in our era of climate change, not to forget for a moment their historic and aesthetic value.

We implore the officials of Lake Oswego to find some way to save this special, historic tree. Selfishness should not be allowed to trump the greater good that this heritage tree brings to the general citizenry of our city.

Howard and Linda Franklin

Lake Oswego

Thanks for helping to save lives in Zambia

“As you walk, be filled with joy, be filled with happiness, that you are using your time to save lives.”

This is what Dr. Emmanuel Opong told the walkers at the sixth annual Walk4Water. Dr. Opong, head of World Vision’s water program in southern Zambia, had lost his only sister to bad water 51 years ago.

In response, 460 people walked, including children in strollers and some folks with walkers. They carried empty buckets from Foothills Park up to the lake and walked back with full buckets. They walked to raise $60,000 to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene to people in rural Zambia. They walked so women and children do not have to make the same walk every day in Africa.

If those Zambian villagers were here, they would be dancing and shouting their thanks to all the walkers and donors who helped us reach our $60,000 goal. This means that 1,200 villagers will now have a lifetime of safe water, and will have sanitation facilities nearby, and will learn the lifesaving importance of hygiene.

For a report on the walk and information on WaterAfrica, go

WaterAfrica and the Walk4Water team thank all who attended and contributed to this fun family-oriented event.

Bill Savage

President, WaterAfrica

Lake Oswego

Lake Grove groups say thanks to Blackstone, Egner

On behalf of the citizens and business community in Lake Grove, the Lake Grove Business Association would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the efforts of the city’s departing Jane Blackstone of the department of economic development and Denny Egner of the long range planning division.

Their advocacy for a better Lake Grove has been visible and tangible, from the new holiday lighting on Boones Ferry Road through the strong partnership with the city. Facilitated by the participation of Jane and Denny and others from the city at our board meetings, we continue to implement the Lake Grove Village Plan.

Jane’s and Denny’s energy, encouragement and understanding of the challenges have been so appreciated.

John W. Lundeen

President, Lake Grove Business Association

Lake Oswego

In search of Lucille Barber

I write in the real hope one of your readers might help. I am trying to track down a Colonel and Mrs. Lucille Barber. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in the United Kingdom. The last known address we have is Star Route Trail, Oregon. We think he died in around 1973, Lucille lived on and we think they had two sons. It’s a lovely story of kindness and not one I can convey in 300 words.

Basically involving my English mum, then a little girl, and a wonderful offer he made to her parents. (My contact information is below).

John Wilkes


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3116 Stone Gap Court, Raleigh, NC 27612

Light rail will be an asset in Clackamas County

I am an alumni parent of the Portland Waldorf School and now serve on the board of trustees. Our school is directly adjacent to where the new Portland-Milwaukie light-rail line is being built. For the past seven years, I have been volunteering on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Citizens Advisory Committee to make this project as beneficial as possible to our community.

I live very near Park Avenue and am excited that I will be able to zip quickly into Portland regardless of traffic conditions. My daughter, who attends PSU, will be able to efficiently get there. We have a great deal to be excited about with this project.

In the short term, this project has created 6,000 jobs for Oregonians, including many in Clackamas County. Long term, the future Orange Line will give those of us living in this part of the county a choice we don’t currently have. Starting in 2015, Portland Waldorf students and employees will be able to take the new line to school or take it directly to Portland State University or Oregon Health & Science University.

The time for controversy has passed, the Orange Line is coming. Let’s begin focusing on the benefits of this transportation asset to the citizens of Clackamas County.

Barbara Andersen

Oak Grove

Savas commended for stand on pay raises

I would like to applaud Commissioner Paul Savas for being the only Clackamas County commissioner against giving himself a pay raise. It would seem only fair that while Oregon’s economy continues to suffer, our politicians should not consider themselves exempt from the reality we all face.

We should expect more from our leaders at home, as well as in Washington, D.C.

Shirley Soderberg

Oak Grove

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