Above and beyond
It was recently brought to my attention that William Vanderheide of the Lake Oswego School District passed away in December. This brings great pain to my heart.
I attended Forest Hills Elementary School in the 1990s for kindergarten through part of fourth grade, before I was transferred to another school due to behavioral concerns. Mr. Vanderheide was my fourth-grade teacher, and his compassion for teaching was one of my last memories of Forest Hills.
I'd struggled with behavioral issues throughout elementary school (ADHD), and in my final moments at Forest Hills, all I can think of is how above and beyond Mr. Vanderheide went to try to make a difference in his students' lives. He supplied me with "Ranger Rick" magazines on a regular basis to spark an interest in the outdoors in my heart. He gave me "happy faces" on a daily scorecard as required by the IEP I had in place at the time. To go above and beyond, if I had enough "happy faces" on my scorecards for the week collectively, he would take me to what at the time was All-American Ice Cream on State Street and buy me an ice cream cone to reward my positive changes in behavior.
Out of his own pocket. On a teachers salary!
I was simply one of thousands, but I know as a matter of fact that each of his students would have a similar story to tell as to the extent of the impact he made on the lives of everyone he ever encountered.
Ludlow has to go
John Ludlow is quoted in Peter Wong's article (Three challengers for county chair all target Ludlow, April 7) on the so-called harmony being enjoyed by Clackamas County commissioners. Nothing is further from the truth.
"Do you want a piece of me?" Ludlow once asked a fellow commissioner in a public board meeting. That's right; he challenged a fellow commissioner to a fistfight. Right there in front of everybody.
That sort of intimidation and bullying may have worked when Ludlow was a heavyweight wrestler for Wilsonville High School many years ago. But as a "grownup?
Harmony on the county commission? Sorry. Working well with others? No way. Ludlow has to go.
Vote for Humberston
Ken Humberston is my choice for Clackamas County commissioner because he is completely honest and clear. He is focused on bringing more family wage jobs to every part of Clackamas County to use the abundant and well-trained work force here now, especially young people, veterans and under-employed professionals. He cares deeply about those in need. He will strive to adequately fund roads, libraries, STEM education partnerships and public safety for ALL parts of Clackamas County.
Look around you. Do you see deteriorating roads and excess commuter traffic but no plan to fund and fix? Do you see a dysfunctional commission with an overriding regional bias and agenda? Ken will bring clear balanced direction we can count on.
Invest in LOs kids
Recently, I came across a map of where recent graduates of Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools attend college. Wow!
Some academic standouts are going to Dartmouth, Stanford, MIT and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In fact, the majority of these talented students attend very competitive colleges and universities: Reed College, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Whitman College, Occidental College, The Claremont Colleges, the University of Southern Californa, Emory University, Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Georgetown University, Bucknell University, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the University of Washington, to name only a few.
Lake Oswego has long prided itself on the education it provides to our children. Many families move here specifically because we not only have the highest-quality educational district in the state, but LOSD is also ranked No. 1 in the country!
LOSD is still wrestling with a funding crisis. True, this year the district did not hand out any pink slips. But that is because of the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. Once again, the Foundation and its volunteers stepped up on behalf of our community, with a goal of raising $2 million to place and keep more teachers in classrooms.
LOSD still needs support from the community to maintain this level of excellence! Isnt the future of your child no matter how many you have worth one dollar a day? If you no longer have children in school, think of the education they received.
If you have donated to the Foundation already, thank you! If you have not, please consider investing in our children!
Several weeks ago, City Councilor Jon Gustafson took up a significant part of The Review making his case as to why the City should not support WaterAfrica (Gustafson asks City Council to end WaterAfrica support, March 17). He maintained that since the funds raised went to World Vision, which has all the contacts to drill the wells but does not abide by Lake Oswego's employment practices regarding gay people, the City should not endorse the project.
But if you follow his logic, the City would have to make sure that no gas in its vehicles came from Saudi Arabia (where homosexuality is punishable by death) and that no parts of its vehicles were made by a company or in a city that did not conform to Lake Oswego's policies. Computers, office equipment and the like would all have to be researched to make sure that every item was made in a country and city or by a manufacturer that shared Lake Oswegos views. It is obviously absurd for this to be done.
Why does Mr. Gustafson not see that the ultimate good of a program far exceeds any sexual considerations? I'm sure that when Africans line up for a drink of water, World Vision drillers do not prevent gay people from drinking.
What in the world have we come to when a small percentage of the population believes, and often succeeds, in getting us to do their bidding regarding social and moral values?