Commissioners, not residents, should pay

(Clackamas County) Commissioners John Ludlow and Tootie Smith and others appear to be engaged in a concerted effort to breach Clackamas County’s contract with TriMet for the construction of the Orange light-rail line to Oak Grove. TriMet has filed a lawsuit to enforce the contract and seeks damages of more than $1 million.

Oregon law requires taxpayers pay for damages that result from a lawsuit against Clackamas County. But the law (ORS 30.285) also says that taxpayers are not required to pay when a governing body engaged in “malfeasance in office or willful or wanton neglect of duty,” which this breach appears to be.

If the court rules in TriMet’s favor as expected, the taxpayers of Clackamas County should not have to pay for the damages, costs and attorney fees resulting from TriMet’s lawsuit. They should demand that commissioners Ludlow and Smith, and any other commissioner that supported this breach, personally pay instead.

David L. Jorling

Lake Oswego

A name is a name is a name?

LO Review, please don’t confuse me. On the front page of the June 27 issue, you twice use the name “The Lake Oswego Corporation.” I always thought the entity in question is named “the Lake Corporation,” a term you use later, and in fact the name of that body of contested water is “Oswego Lake” not “Lake Oswego.”

The town and name of “Lake Oswego” is a fairly recent creation formed by merging the towns of “Lake Grove” and “Oswego.” Things are complicated enough as it is. So, unless you mean to imply that the LO City Council is in the hip pocket of the Lake Corporation, “The Lake Oswego Corporation” does not exist ... or does it?

Neal Cox

Lake Oswego

(Editor’s note: The official name of the group in question is the Lake Oswego Corporation. Over the years, local policy has been to shorten the name to the Lake Corporation or Lake Corp. All three refer to the same organization.)

‘Short-term view ... long-term negative consequences’

Coal exports are about making money for energy companies and getting our government out of the way for conservative agendas.

For years we accepted our need for energy independence for our nation’s future. Well, in the past couple of years we gained that independence. The United States is now the world’s largest exporter of energy. Not since Harry Truman was president in the late 1940s have we had such surpluses.

But the long-term price of all the burning of coal — the largest polluter to our environment — will cause harm that we will have to pay for more than today. China’s coal plants are massive and expanding. There have been hints of China improving on emissions but the volume of coal burning is so extensive. And all those emissions travel across the oceans to the United States and the rest of the world.

Exporting coal, building pipelines or drilling offshore is not about our energy independence. Jeff Kropf’s recent opinion is a short-term view with long-term negative consequences to our health and our economy.

Oregon’s long-term health is important so we have to make the best decisions now. No coal exports.

Paul J. Lyons   

Lake Oswego  


‘Oregon should be focused on the health of its environment’

As a native of Tennessee, I moved to Oregon for its devotion to environmental issues.

Although it is further ahead than the southeastern United States in addressing such issues, I am severely disappointed that the plastic bag ban, as a bill, failed to go to vote due to aversion by state and local officials — plastic and chemical companies continue to sway Oregon politicians with their overwhelming monetary influence.

Due to millions of tons of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean, these companies create and implement misinformation schemes, keeping the public blind to the deaths of thousands of sea-faring animals and the dangerous effect that has, not only on our oceans, but on our very livelihoods.

These ploys are underhanded and devious and I will not accept them within our local government. Therefore, it is the duty of Oregon city councils to hear the voices of their constituents. Oregon should be focused on the health of its environment instead of passively accepting the plots of insidiously greedy companies and the death of our fellow creatures.

Rowan Jones


Fund housing assistance

As the Legislature winds down, there’s one piece of important business that should not be forgotten.

It’s not the budget for education, PERS reform, corrections or tax changes, but little known programs that help to serve some of the neediest in our communities — the Emergency Housing Account and the State Homeless Assistance Program. These two programs have been cut or flat funded every session since 2009, while homelessness in our communities has mushroomed.

These funds help to provide eviction prevention programs and fund emergency shelters. In Clackamas County, where most of the people experiencing homelessness are in families with children, this means the difference between camping in the forest, sleeping in a car or having a safe roof over the heads for hundreds of children each year.

We need our legislators to dig deep to find adequate funding for these critical programs.

Martha McLennan

Executive director of Milwaukie-based Northwest Housing Alternatives

Doggie tips offered

Independence Day can be a fun celebration for us humans, but it can be very traumatic for our dogs.

Here are some tips from Bark Busters Home Dog Training to protect your dogs and keep them safe:

1. Don’t leave your dogs outside; bring them inside to protect them. If this is not possible, cover the crate or kennel with a blanket to offer some protection from the bright flashes and loud bangs.

2. Keep your dog confined and don’t let him answer the front door. Your dog may be under significant stress which many result in unnecessary injury to innocent parties or cause your dog to dart out though the front door and get lost.

3. Create a special “den” where your dog feels safe. A properly introduced crate or kennel can be a great den for your dog.

4. Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noises and bright flashes.

5. Turn on the TV, radio or a fan to distract your dog from the loud noises outside and to help him relax.

6. It may be hard, but try to stay with your pet during the majority of the fireworks duration. A dog can often react differently to a bang when you are not there.

7. Always have ID securely on your dog in case your dog gets out. Talk to your vet about micro-chipping your dog. Make sure that your vet hospital and/or animal shelter have recent information in their databases about you and your pet.

Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their dogs have a safe and happy experience this July 4.

Al Holzer

West Linn


The “Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration” lady

Backs her truck to the front door

Of the flooded Blue Moon coffee shop.

Another woman makes up the crew.

They take mops and pails inside

And snake in a vacuum hose.

On the side of the truck it says,

“Like it never happened.”

James Fleming

Lake Oswego

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