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Wizer plan problems may not be fixed by tax dollars

As a resident of Lake Oswego for more than 30 years, I have seen many positive changes to the city. In my opinion the high-density development of Wizer Block 137 is detrimental to the city. I agree the property needs developed but not to the extent of the current plan.

Enroute to Portland during morning hours, I avoid the A Avenue/Highway 43 left turn signal using Third to B Avenue, then left on Highway 43. Coming home in the evening, D or E avenues through First Addition, then south on one of the numbered streets higher than sixth street routing to A Avenue. As traffic increases this might be the route many others use to avoid the A Avenue/Highway 43 area. I do apologize to the residents of First Addition but I drive safely, respect the neighborhood and stop at all the stop signs, looking both ways at intersections.

Parking? Ask any Portland homeowner along the Southeast or Northwest core streets about high-density developments. Parking in front of or near your residence is challenging. Many employees are encouraged to use off-street residential parking for eight-hour shifts, leaving premium parking for the customer.

In conclusion, problems are part of any metro growth but through smart long-range planning problems are addressed at early intervention. In my opinion, tax dollars generated from the current Wizer block development plan will not be sufficient to correct the problems created by high-density development. In some cases, visionaries build empires leaving long-term problems to the less qualified.

Steve Hill

Lake Oswego

Donate to Oregon’s WWII Memorial Foundation

For more than 12 years, the United States has been engaged in the longest sustained war effort in our nation’s history.

Memories of this war are alive and well, particularly as Oregon prepares for a major deployment to Afghanistan in 2014. However, in just a few short years, the memories of another war fought by this country’s Greatest Generation will permanently disappear. There are roughly a million keepers of that war left, but the United States Veterans’ Affairs Administration estimates that 600 soldiers from World War II, now in their 80s and 90s, die every day.

Oregon is one of only a handful of states in the nation with no World War II memorial. Advocates from the Oregon World War II Memorial Foundation are working diligently to fully fund a $1.2 million dollar remembrance to be housed on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol. Last year, as the project broke ground, the Legislature debated about how to get this funded. Legislators proposed a tax credit to incentivize citizens to donate. The bill didn’t pass, but that hasn’t stopped Oregonians from around the state from giving generously. As of this week, the Memorial Foundation has just $78,000 left to fund — close enough to the finish line, yet far enough away that our World War II veterans might not live long enough to see the completion of the project.

The holidays are upon us, and in just a few short days shoppers will be combing the mall and clicking links online, searching for perfect gifts. This year, consider making a lasting gift on behalf of a soldier or veteran in your life to Oregon’s World War II Memorial Foundation. Let’s get this project finished and never forget the sacrifice of those who’ve come before us.

Rep. Julie Parrish

Oregon House District 37

West Linn/Stafford/Tualatin

Write the entire story about electric cars

Jim Redden’s article (“Including fuel, EVs cost less,” Sustainable Life, Nov. 14) is half the truth.

Yes, we all would love to skip the gas station and put those dirty, evil oil companies out of business. The article reads like a rosy-colored-glasses thing. Please, let’s stop drinking the Kool-Aid for a moment and look at the truth.

It was never mentioned that most car buyers will buy a battery replacement program of $100 per month, above and beyond the car purchase price and warranty. OK, so the owner in the article is a lessor and may not be part of that program, but a buyer, which most people are, will pay for battery insurance instead of buying gas.

The Nissan Leaf has a 60,000-mile lifespan and the batteries need to be replaced. The price tag? $15,000. My car with 189,000 miles has a total cost of around $10,000 for maintenance. So the Leaf owner has a choice in order to drive 189,000 miles: Replace the battery two times at a cost of $30,000 plus the price of the car, or, at 60,000 miles, replace the car two times.

With all that aside, the real problem with the Leaf and all battery cars is the environmental damage used to manufacture the car. It’s the dirty little problem the PC green movement just won’t report on and would like to keep a secret, because if people ever found out the heavy metals needed to make batteries and the toxic nature of mining, refining and storing the toxic metals, and the environmental impact to our earth, people would revolt.

Please, can someone write the entire story and not sound like a commercial for Nissan and the rosy green movement?

Andrew Weisenberger