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Focus on gun violence

In light of the recent gun violence in Orlando, which killed 49 people and wounded 53, it is an amazing coincidence that a screening of “Trigger” is scheduled for Sunday night, June 26, from 7-9 p.m. at West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Drive, West Linn.

This documentary explores the mental, physical and emotional impacts of gun violence in our communities. Following the screening, Officer Mike Stradley of the West Linn Police Department will facilitate a discussion about the issues and how to prevent gun violence in our communities. Stradley’s career as a police officer has included working for the Oregon City and Portland police departments. In Portland, he was on the SWAT team for almost 19 years and the Gang Enforcement Team for six years. He has been a firearms and defensive tactics instructor for 20 years.

The film is the final film of a second year of documentaries shown by the West Linn Lutheran Church and Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of West Linn. Our intention is not just to watch the films, but also to educate ourselves about the topics and learn of opportunities to take action and advocacy concerning the themes presented.

These documentary films will continue in September to explore issues relevant to our communities. Screenings are open and free to the public. We invite you to join us.

Gretchen Janssen, D.Min., LMFT

co-sponsor of “Films on 43”

Remember to remember

On May 30, my husband and I drove through Lake Oswego and West Linn to I-205 and then to Willamette National Cemetery, where young Boy Scouts had planted flags on all the gravesites in respectful remembrance of the fallen. It was a most beautiful, though solemn, sight.  Even late on that third day of the long weekend, a stream of cars drove through the cemetery.

On the drive through Lake Oswego, though, I only counted three flags displayed between Boones Ferry Road and State Street, plus two permanent ones at the Firestone tire store.  On South State Street, there were only two permanently displayed flags on the doorstep of an apartment. West Linn displayed one, plus a permanent one on the fire station.

This is the exact same deplorable count as last year — a repeated count to be even more ashamed of. As Gale Gipson observed in her letter to the editor (“Unwanted service,” June 9), even our City Hall “forgot” to honor the fallen and be grateful and respectful.

Does Lake Oswego not have any resident veterans, veteran’s families or affiliated groups? Are we this disconnected from the general populace?  Are these special Memorial Days now just “paid holidays” for fun and excess? Is everyone so caught up in enjoying the freedoms of our hard-fought democracy that they can’t take time to show the respect due to those who won this for us?

This is no way to honor those who have made lifelong sacrifices, or those who have  given their lives that we may live this  peaceful life.

I suggest we all, each one of us as individuals, make a conscious, visible and immediate effort to remedy this crass oversight going forward. The Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day are not just annual “holidays.” Don’t assume someone else will be grateful for you. Buy a flag!  Wave one! Hang one! Hang it high! Wear red, white and blue! Be respectful! Be grateful!  Endorse patriotism! VOTE!

The only kind of American to be is one who is proud to be an American. Please mark your calendars, and remember to remember.

Margaret Harkson

Lake Oswego

Rising to the occasion

On Saturday night, our veterinary hospital was spray painted with graffiti. The taggers sprayed doors, brick planters, windows and multiple sides of the building with obscenities, etc.

Out of this crime, the Lake Oswego community has risen to the occasion! We received a call from another veterinary clinic to offer help painting. Another call came from an individual offering to pay for the graffiti removal.

Lake Grove Veterinary Clinic was established in 1962. We purchased it in 1976. In 2004, there was a major fire. While Lake Oswego firefighters were putting out the fire, drivers passing by stopped to help hold leashed animals among fire trucks and hoses.

So, for the second time, we want to thank the residents of Lake Oswego for offering their help and support. Thank you!

Jerry Hoffman, DVM

Catherine Hoffman

Lake Oswego

Protect our heritage

Historic preservation may not readily tug at one’s heartstrings in the way that worthy causes championing children, puppies and kittens do, but reflect for a moment about why one visits foreign countries? Is it to visit these vulnerable populations?

Our presumption is that one strong motivation is to experience their architecture — their manifest record of human thought and existence — as evidenced by the built structures which housed them and which have survived the ravages of time, greed, wars and other powerfully destructive forces.

Some of these buildings have been transformed into hotels, restaurants or other uses, but they continue to serve the place that created them even after the forces that shaped their original creation have changed or no longer exist. Creative reuse not only saves buildings, it’s a measure of success proven to be a win-win for communities on multiple levels.

The obvious question is: Why is Lake Oswego, not unlike other cities, so quick to voluntarily sacrifice our built heritage to the short-term avarice of those who will not even be remembered in our community, except perhaps for the notorious, wanton destruction of our local landmarks and our neighborhood character? Should we allow our local culture to be destroyed with an ISIS-like fervor, which celebrates bulldozing heritage?

Historic buildings are the precious gifts our city has the unique opportunity to give to the future. They are our legacy. We need to protect these fragile, threatened resources for Lake Oswego residents now and those who come after us and for those who come after them.

Please join the Lake Oswego Preservation Society’s efforts to save the best of our built heritage for the sake of our future. As John Steinbeck wrote, “How will we know it’s us without our past?”

Visit lakeoswegopreservationsociety.org for membership and additional information.

Marylou Colver

Lake Owego

Thanks for support

The Lake Oswego Academy of Dance, under the leadership of Beckie Ware and her incredible staff, collaborated on a highly successful fundraiser with Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels. On June 5, parents, kids, grandkids, loved ones and relatives came to the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center to see hourly recitals showcasing the skills of young, talented dancers performing tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop.

Admission to the recital was a suggested $4 donation to Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels, the nonprofit board that fundraises to support Meals on Wheels and congregate meals in our community. More than $7,100 was raised. This is due to the amazing generosity of the people who attended the event and who contributed enthusiastically to the cause.

Lake Oswego Academy of Dance deserves special recognition for its community service and superb coordination of the event organization that led up to the program. This is the third year that Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels was the chosen charity.

The Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels board is also grateful to have received an outpouring of donations from local businesses and individuals to support the event: Oswego Veterinary Hospital, George & Audrey Hudetz, Harnish Properties, Change Realty LLC, Lake Oswego Family Dentistry, Riccardo’s, Ava Roasteria, Chuck’s Place, Papa Murphy’s, Country Squire, Baird’s on B, Consigning Women, NoHo’s Hawaiian Café, Tucci’s, Beautycounter, Lynn Brokaw, Jefe, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Oswego Grill, Director’s Mortgage, Metis Wealth Advisory Group, Betsy’s Pet Sitting, Jag Golf, Starbucks (McVey & Lake Grove Locations), Nicoletta’s Table, Lake Oswego Ace Hardware, Springs At Carman Oaks, Malcolm and Linda Mathes/Lakewood Center for the Arts, Peet’s Coffee, Uber, Glance Glasses, Katie O’Neill/Kim Niles, Wishbone Home & Design, Kelly O’Neill, Chris O’Neill, Realty Trust Oregon, Linda O’Neill/John L. Scott, Skip O’Neill/O’Neill Builders, Darrell Mathes and Zupan’s.

Many thanks to goes out for this generosity. These many contributions serve as a poignant reminder that it pays to shop local in many, many ways.

Frank Bridwell, chairman

Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels

Trust and responsibility

The Citizen’s View by Dianna Cassidy on only seeing mistrust and control through our Tree Code (“Plenty of trees, but not enough trust,” June 16) is limited.

We live in a country, state and city that have laws and regulations. Use of land, building codes, traffic laws, taxes and personal responsibility exist to protect the population, the environment and future generations. Most folks are trustworthy and respect the laws. There are a few who do not and will violate because they do not care.

Tree codes exist in most jurisdictions way beyond Lake Oswego. We adopted ours in the 1970s because of blatant knocking down of trees for new developments in Lake Oswego. Trees are an asset to our property values, air health, soil and water stability. We live together, not in isolation.

Paul J. Lyons

Lake Oswego

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