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letters - March 22, 2012

Women are bearing the brunt of this particular hammer

To the Editor:

So let me understand this, America: We disparage the Taliban of the Middle East but we condone allowing the Christian version of the Taliban to flourish here?

Extremist religious policies are misogynistic, homophobic and racist, not to mention, abhorrent and demeaning to any civilized nation.

Such religious doctrine is the antithesis of the higher-self concepts of Buddhist, Christian and Islamic teachings. It follows that the latest absurd attacks on the rights of women in our country just cannot go unanswered.

Every civilized person, man or woman, should decry these vocal, physical and legislative attacks on women. Such assaults threaten the privacy and person of all people.

At the moment, however, women, historically chattels, are bearing the brunt of this tyrannical hammer.

It is unbelievable to me that, in this day and age in America, women should have to fight to maintain their personhood.

Nonetheless, I am here to tell you, if that is what it takes, trust me, we are up for the fight And we will be joined by our sane fathers, husbands and sons who are also alarmed by the path our country is taking.

Lastly, let me add, religion, extremist or not, must absolutely be kept out of the government arena. Period.

Wake up America - lead the world forward not back(…)ward.

Linda Graybeal

Lake Oswego

Why not stay inside our Lake Oswego ZIP code?

To the Editor:

Thank you for your coverage of local news. I embrace your delivery every Thursday.

(Last) Thursday, I experienced the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce having a meeting/cocktail/hors d'oeuvres at Club Sport in Tualatin.

Granted, it is the best health club in Oregon, in my opinion. But why is the chamber of commerce of Lake Oswego supporting a Tualatin ZIP code?

On the chamber of commerce website it touts itself as a 'community cheerleader' and 'if you are in business, join us' - or here's a good one - 'one stop shop' for all business and families.

Why not support a Lake Oswego ZIP code business with our tax money? I know of several locally owned businesses that would welcome our tax money for your wine and hors d'oeuvres.

I know, look in your directory to find one …

Thank you for spending our tax money wisely.

Kevin Baker

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce President Chuck O'Leary responds: 'The 45 LO Chamber members present greatly enjoyed the event at Club Sport held last Thursday night. The event featured wonderful complimentary beverages and appetizers provided by Club Sport.

This 'Happy Hour' was the prize our chamber won during a friendly competition with our counterparts at the Tualatin and Tigard chambers not long ago. No chamber funds were spent to underwrite this event, nor were any tax dollars. The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce hosts events at many different member businesses each month. Club Sport has been a valued member of the LO Chamber since 1999. We are proud to have members of our chamber who are outside the Lake Oswego city limits, but nonetheless see the value of supporting of our own community in ways such as this.'

'Flawed data' creates a 'false straw man'

To the Editor:

Last year, the Lake Oswego School District began moving forward with Scenario B for a projected $2.3 million savings. The administration now acknowledges use of flawed data to drive that decision.

The $2.3 million savings is not attainable given that too many classrooms will be mothballed. Looking ahead, we must not compound one uninformed decision with another. After studying the situation, the South Side Elementary Boundary Committee has come up with two recommendations.

The first recommendation offers both short- and long-term solutions to the classroom deficit and delivers a potential annual savings of $1.52 million. This involves un-shuttering Palisades Elementary School and provides flexibility for new revenue generating opportunities.

In the second recommendation, Palisades remains shuttered, Bryant and Uplands close as planned, but every remaining elementary school classroom is filled; the savings could approach the administration's prior target of $2.3 million. However, in order to work, the administration must decouple the north/south boundary from the elementary schools. All classrooms would be utilized regardless of their north/south coordinates. This option is feasible in the short term with 100 percent utilization, but provides no flexibility for future enrollment growth.

Most importantly, both of the recommendations work with the resources at hand (fiscally responsible), and neither cause the real (and perceived) problems associated with portable classrooms.

The flawed enrollment data presented to the board has created an unrealistic 'savings' target. The continued use of this target against which all other solutions are 'costs' is a false straw man that must be removed if we are to work together to educate our kids to the standards we seek to achieve. The SSEBC will present its recommendations to the school board on April 9 and a public hearing is tentatively scheduled for the week of April 23-27. Please plan on attending to learn details and voice your opinion.

Mark Bachman

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: Nancy Duin, director of communications for the Lake Oswego School District, responds: 'Strategies for addressing the economic challenges facing the school district continue to evolve through the process of study, deliberation, patron participation and school board determination. The district welcomes competing points of view but is committed to prioritizing the core value of keeping teachers in the classroom over the costs of maintaining infrastructure, including administrative and support staff. The overriding rationale for Scenario B has not changed; the school board and district administration believe adjustments are still within reach that will accomplish the district's primary purpose of providing the best possible educational opportunities for our children.'

Headline choice on lake called into question

To the Editor:

In a move either sly or just plain dumb, editors of the Review prominently called our entire community by the derogatory 'ego Lake' in last week's lead headline.

Look again if it wasn't obvious enough on the first go 'round. Regardless of anyone's position on the private/public question regarding Oswego Lake, this headline editorializing is a great disservice, harming every good citizen of Lake Oswego. To label the city and citizens as egotistical may satisfy some populist urge, but it is divisive, deeply offensive and simply wrong. And it has no place in straight journalism.

Mike Hall

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: The headline in question reads: 'Will Oswego Lake be occupied?' The story is about the possibility that Oswego Lake could be a target for the Occupy Portland group. Employing a headline technique that is widely used by newspapers, the headline is inserted over a photograph. The portion of the headline over the photograph is written in white type to draw it out from the photo; the remainder is left in black type. No effort was made to editorialize with the headline.

'We are all in this together' regarding immunizations

To the Editor:

Thank you for the excellent editorial concerning immunizations published March 8.

When I started as a pediatrician 40 years ago, I would hospitalize one child every seven to 10 days with meningitis. Some would die and some would lose their hearing.

After a new immunization was introduced in the 1980s, I would see a child with meningitis only once every six to 12 months. Due to immunizations, I no longer would see measles, German measles, mumps, chickenpox and all their terrible complications. The change has been staggering.

By immunizing yourself and your children, you are helping not only your family, but your neighbors as well.

We are all in this together.

Jeff Liebo MD

West Linn

Here's a 'better plan' for the city to consider implementing

To the Editor:

Taxpayers love you, Jeff Gudman, for slowing the city's reckless spending, but $43 million for LORA's 'North Anchor Library' and $34 million for the city hall/communications center are too much.

LORA chose the North Anchor location to be near the Foothhills development, so, it is more distant from the majority of the library users. An $8 million high-rise parking garage is part of LORA's $27 million funding gap. Worse, LORA shows the library available in 2016, whereas the West End Building is available immediately.

Selling the WEB, and its land in a depressed market for a $9 million unrecoverable loss increases the $43 million North Anchor cost to $52 million over using the WEB for our library. Extra millions get us a smaller library, unoccupiable before 2016, and further from most Lake Oswegans.

It is untimely to sell the WEB with 500,000 square feet of Class A office space vacant on Kruse Way. Kruse Oaks III has been vacant since it was built in 2009.

Here's a better plan:

n Move our prized library into the modern, spacious WEB. The first floor is a concrete slab, I found out, to support heavy bookshelves.

Bookshelves could be spaced wider on the upper floor without any strengthening.

n Move excess city employees to the large, vacated library building on Fourth Street to avoid the need for a new building.

n Build the communications center on land at the WEB.

n Build a library annex at First and B.

n Use savings for our schools and to reduce the sewer debt, making our water bills reasonable.

William Barbat

Lake Oswego

Want to use the lake? Then you should buy a house on it

To the Editor:

On March 8 you printed a citizen's view column written by Brad Watkins concerning use of the lake by the public. Mr. Watkins, who has lived in L.O. for nine years, made some comments that has prompted me to respond.

I have lived in Lake Oswego for 49 years and I can't agree with one thought expressed by Mr. Watkins.

First of all I do not live on the lake so I do not have an ax to grind. The lake is manmade and I have always considered it as the backyard of the residents living there. As far as I know, the lake residents pay extremely high taxes, which are based on their homes' assessed value. In addition they pay the Lake Corp. for their services.

To think that the lake should be open to the public is totally naive. We own acreage in the L.O. area and certainly do not want people walking around our property just because it is open space.

In all the years I have lived here I have found the city officials or government as described to be of the highest integrity.

I feel L.O. is a truly wonderful place to live and have no desire to use the lake. However, if Mr. Watkins is so intent I suggest he buy a house on the lake and pay the taxes and service fees like the lake residents.

Lawrence Black

Lake Oswego

Can you see your business doing this on May 19 on Boones Ferry?

To the Editor:

My name is Cheryl Rethaford with R and M Marine Inc./Boat Sales.

We are running a small event for a charity (group to be determined) again this year. In the past we hosted this event only for our own industry information, this time I would like to see information on other local businesses.

This is to be a fun, hands-on experience, with games, information and great food. Sharing good times creates super community spirit. This is also a opportunity to stand out with your business and make people want to come see you again, plus provide some much-needed fun. If you are fun and outgoing, customers will tell others about you and promote your business through word of mouth, which is better than any other form of marketing.

If you are a hobby shop, then a booth with some coupons, RC boats for sale, a pool and a demo boat would be amazing. Or if you are a furniture maker, then a booth with some furniture for sale, tickets to win or coupons, pieces of wood/popsicle sticks for the kids to make something, would be super. Pet shops with some coupons, booth, maybe a pool with some goldfish for the kids to win - awesome. These are all examples of fun things to do, get it? I would love someone to show up with a dunk tank so I can dunk my boss, but you know one can only dream.

What is required:

n Family fun and smiles.

n Your own booth and tarps (set up).

n Chairs for you and if you would like to get people to stay longer, would suggest extras.

n Must have a game, hands-on activity or a give away (item).

n Some type of barbecue item (pop, chicken, chips, cups, plates etc.).

n Should have marketing items and coupons, for customers to return and use your service

Event information:

When: May 19

Time:10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What: Charity car wash and barbecue

Where: 17280 Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego

Contact: www.rmmarine.com or 503-502-9388

The Boat Lady

Cheryl Rethaford

Sales Manager with R and M Marine Inc. /Boat Sales

Keep up good work in journalism, Moore sisters

To the Editor:

I was delighted to see the article (Lake Oswego Review, March 8) honoring Justine and Olivia Moore for their high school journalistic honors. Thank you for the wonderful story about the twin sisters. It was a much-deserved coverage to honor these two young ladies and their remarkable talent.

A personal recognition for Olivia - that she did interviews of long-term residents of Lake Oswego for the Oswego Reads last month. I appreciated her doing my interview-video here at Mary's Woods shortly after my move from my Lake Oswego home.

I was born in Oswego 80 years ago in a house on Oak and Erickson (Edna Larson's home). She was a midwife and the doctor came from Oregon City. A number of babies were born in this same house. We all attended the grade school, which is now the Lakewood Center. Some of us were fortunate enough to have Mildred Young Inkster and Jane Inkster Thompson as teachers. Many of us have shared our stories, 'In Their Own Words,' started by Theresa Truchot.

Now I applaud Olivia for her part in preserving our Lake Oswego history.

Loeta Moore Huntting McElwee

Lake Oswego

Important school meetings are on tap; residents should attend

To the Editor:

Concerned citizens, friends, parents of school-age children and Lake Oswego home owners - your Lake Oswego School administration, superintendent and board will be making some decisions in the next month that will have an impact on your property values, where children go to school, whether the schools grow or stagnate and (about) classroom crowding in the schools.

If you want to have input into these decisions, have a voice in how your tax dollars are spent and help preserve your home values, please attend some of the following meetings: On April 9 the Lake Oswego School Board is scheduled to hear the South Side Elementary Boundary Committee recommendations. On April 23, the LOSB has scheduled a public hearing on the recommendations. Lastly, the LOSB is scheduled to vote on the recommendations during the following week.

The school board's actions will impact all of us; get active, get involved.

Mark Pihl

Lake Oswego

Analysis must include construction costs

To the Editor:

I was pleased to see Mr. Paul Hooper's citizen's view in last week's Review. His financial theory is absolutely correct.

But his application of the facts was misleading and downright erroneous. As (Lake Oswego city) Councilor Jeff Gudman points out, Mr. Hooper's analysis horrendously omits the costs of construction of both the new library and the city hall at the West End Building. These are major costs.

Remember that in order to develop WEB for the proposed community center, which included a new library, athletic center and meeting rooms, the estimated costs by Boora Architects at the time were $80 million, not including the original purchase cost of WEB. I don't believe a new city hall and library at WEB would be much less.

Add $80 million to the $12 million that Mr. Hooper used in his analysis and you arrive at $92 million for using WEB versus $63 million for keeping city hall and the library downtown. It's a no-brainer.

Gordon Umaki

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: Paul Hooper responds: 'I think we will all agree that our community is well served by a vigorous dialog among citizens about the best expenditures of taxpayer funds for future capital projects. Therefore, I am disappointed with Mr. Umaki's response to my citizen's view of March 8, in which he uses terms such as 'misleading,' 'downright erroneous' and 'horrendously omits' in reference to my analysis.

'This is particularly concerning since Mr. Umaki has not seen the analysis itself but only the few summary and net numbers presented in the (necessarily brief) column. I am surprised that Mr. Umaki's first reaction was not to simply ask for a copy of the analysis underlying my conclusions and the individual numbers it contains before making self-serving assumptions about things he could not possibly know and throwing around incendiary characterizations. But, alas, that did not happen.

'As a result, virtually every assertion Mr. Umaki makes in his letter is wrong. None of the items he heatedly asserts were omitted, were in fact omitted, and all are included in the analysis. As such, I will be glad to provide a complete copy of the analysis underlying the citizen's view to anyone who may be interested. Finally, I believe Mr. Umaki has mischaracterized the meaning and spirit of Mr. Gudman's response to my article and I believe Mr. Gudman would agree that this is so.

'I hope we can continue to have a respectful and informed dialog on this topic but Mr. Umaki's letter does not contribute to this.'



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