Until the groundhogs had its say,
We dont know what kind of day
We can expect to come our way.
We always hope this paragon
Of a marmot can be counted on
To pop up from beneath the lawn
With the kind of prophesy that will
Shorten the winter days until
We can see a daffodil.
Raise minimum wage
I am an attorney who lives in Lake Oswego and works downtown. I am writing to urge legislators to raise the minimum wage this year.
It is not fair that we have many workers in our state who work full time but who are unable to pay their bills. Oregonians who work full time should receive a living wage.
The failure to raise the minimum wage over the past several legislative sessions has operated as a defacto subsidy to employers who only pay the current minimum wage, because workers who do not receive a fair, living wage end up subsisting on government programs such as welfare and food stamps. These employers should instead pay a fair wage and not rely on government entities to subsidize the cost of their work force.
A 'grand design'
Another grand design for Boones Ferry Road through Lake Grove, according to the citys official newsletter. I thought planners did that years ago, when scores of trees were chopped down to widen the Boones Ferry Gap.
No mention of how much the new improvements will cost taxpayers. Meanwhile, streets such as West Sunset Drive, Bonaire Avenue, Firwood Road and Madrona Street individually become ignored huge potholes.
Wait for wireless
Fiber-to-the-home networks certainly sound enticing: amazingly fast speeds at a reasonable price point. But they are quickly becoming obsolete, and I'd hate to see the City of Lake Oswego invest any money in one.
New wireless 5G networks coming within a couple of years will provide speeds comparable to Google Fiber, and wireless networks don't have to invest in all that expensive fiber cabling from the central office, laboriously strung across thousands of telephone poles where they're susceptible to fiber cuts and weather issues, ending in complex home demark equipment. Prices will likely be comparable, given the typically small household usage.
In the meantime, current 20-50 Mbps offerings over the existing coax cable network (Comcast, etc.) will tide us over nicely.
Here's what community members are talking about online. Join the conversation at facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview or lakeoswegoreview.com.
("Council votes to proceed with plans for city-owned fiber network," Jan. 28): I congratulate the City Council for its leadership in proceeding with the municipally-owned broadband plan. A city-owned fiber network will open opportunities for future use of interconnectivity that is not just a matter of expanding entertainment options. We will see it used in health, business and personal safety beyond mere home security. Many of the applications do not yet exist, but Lake Oswego will be ready for them when they come.
As the person who launched OPB's "Campaign for the Future" to fund the transition to digital television before it existed, I know something of the difficulty of getting the public to "see" things that are over the horizon and not yet in view. That is what a majority of the council members have done in authorizing work on this network.
As for entertainment, a fiber network outside the control of any one content provider will facilitate citizens' ability to "unbundle," choosing only the entertainment options they wish to receive.
On the practical side, a municipal fiber network will save residents and businesses money while increasing the value of their property. Even doubters will someday thank City Manager Lazenby and the City Council for this visionary move.
Sign me up! CenturyLink speeds are ridiculously slow and their customer service rivals Comcast. Google hasn't decided whether they're coming ... so let's move this forward with a company that's excited to partner with the city to get 'er done.
Why hasn't the council brought in Comcast and talked with them about their plans for gig service? Comcast has committed to bring gig service to its entire network by 2018. Is it the Council's role to do things (when) customers are not satisfied with the pricing and customer service? If so, will they be building cars soon?
("County considers creating $25 vehicle registration fee," Jan. 28): Unlike Portland residents, I hope folks in Clackamas County will face the reality that it's on each of our backs to find ways to finance much-needed infrastructure repairs. The longer we wait, the more expensive the inevitable becomes.
("Walmart customers sad to see Lake Oswego store close," Jen. 28): I am going to miss this store! Not everyone wants to shop at a huge warehouse the size of two football fields, and wait in a line six deep just to buy groceries at a reasonable price.