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Halloween

As part of a national custom,

I wheeled a pumpkin out to my car.

It rumbled around in the trunk

Through curves on the way home.

Now it sits on the porch railing,

A jack-o-lantern face alive

With the slow candle of mortality.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego

What we deserve?

Why do media enthusiasts and politicians believe Donald Trump is not playing by political norms? I for one think he would not make a good president, but to say he is breaking political norms is just nonsense.

What norms? Are they not just conveniences?

What about the actions Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and George W. Bush took to justify invading Iraq? How truthful is Rush Limbaugh in his presentations? I wonder — has not even Hillary Clinton hid any factoid that could compromise her?

While Mr. Trump is unconventional and crude, he is an entrepreneur and has found a market he can exploit. He reminds me of the fictitious U.S. President Berzelius Windrip and his League of Forgotten Men. A Sinclair Lewis novel worth reading.

People are scared, angry and quite willing to elect people who will at least try to go beyond the “business as usual” political system that for the past 20-40 years has systematically ignored the average middle- and lower-middle-class workers and their families.

As the old saying goes, people get the politicians they deserve. Perhaps we deserve Mr. Trump.

James Radda

Lake Oswego

Safety concerns

How do the residents of my street take back our neighborhood?

I live on the upper part of Kingsgate Road in Mt. Park. From Jefferson Parkway, traffic speeds through my neighborhood. In fact, it is unsafe to back onto Kingsgate most of the day due to the heavy usage by commuters using it as a thoroughfare.

In the past six months, we have had a car speeding down the street that flipped over and at least two neighbors’ cars have been hit while parked on the side of the road.

A few years ago, all the neighbors signed a petition asking the City to add speed bumps to this section of Kingsgate to match the lower half, which is by Oak Creek Elementary School. However, they did not do so.

Lake Oswego prides itself on neighborhoods. Shouldn’t we enjoy this same privilege?

Nona Hoffinger

Lake Oswego

No on broadband

Have you seen those trucks installing fiber-optic lines? Yes, all those bucket lift trucks and others are installing fiber-optic lines for CenturyLink. They are being installed throughout the city and will be available soon.

That will undoubtedly bring competition, with both Xfinity and CenturyLink on the hunt. We could see a price war for internet service.

It is no time for the City to be making a $71 million commitment for more than 30 years to add a new City service. Sure, the commitment will be offset by what residents pay in. But with constantly changing technology, who knows how long fiber will last. With PERS and all other costs increasing, how can the City afford to take on a new commitment? Not a good idea. Let the private sector take the risk, not the government of our city.

The City service would not be faster than CenturyLink and likely would not be cheaper, either, as CenturyLink will need to be competitive with Xfinity. That is good for all of us. Xfinity will likely upgrade its system to be more competitive speedwise.

Unlike other City “utilities,” fiber-optic broadband would not be financed by a bond; it will have to be paid out of pocket each year. Why should the City take on the financial risk of a new utility? Let the private sector take the risk. We need money for our streets, parks and library, not risky financial schemes.

Vote NO on the fiber-optic proposal!

Gerry Good

Lake Oswego

Elect Gustafson

Jon Gustafson believes in a future rich in educational, recreational and cultural opportunities. He believes in supporting our schools in ways that exceed their reputation as Oregon’s best and continue to attract many young families to Lake Oswego.

Jon believes in a future with a diverse and well-maintained transportation network, where children are more able to walk or bicycle safely to school and where we have transportation options that make us less dependent on the automobile.

Jon is also a pragmatist. We have observed his leadership on City Council with balance of vision and budgeting. Please vote for Jon Gustafson for mayor of Lake Oswego.

Paul and Helen Lyons

Lake Oswego

A questionable idea

If a fiber-optic broadband system for Lake Oswego is such a good idea, why doesn’t Symmetrical Networks just go ahead and build it and then sign up customers? They won’t do it because it is a big risk, and they want the City to take on that risk.

Are we willing to sign up with Symmetrical, a start-up company that has never done this installation before?  How badly do we want a City-owned fiber-optic system that will only provide (at a cost) faster internet service?  Do we want to commit to a 30-year payoff period for a technology that may be obsolete in just a few years?

Do we want another City-owned utility?  Are you happy with your water bill?

Bill Ward

Lake Oswego

Google’s not the answer

Over the course of the municipal fiber debate in Lake Oswego, opponents have argued that the City should not launch a service that may be provided by Google’s fiber project in the future. Opponents to the project have additionally argued that wireless technology is a suitable alternative.

Last August, Google announced that it was suspending all plans to roll out fiber internet in the Portland area.

On Monday of this week, Google completed its acquisition of Webpass, a wireless internet service provider. Webpass provides Google with the wireless technology we’ve been talking about, but there’s a catch: It’s a point-to-point system that is only economically feasible in high-density apartments, condos and office buildings. This is the state of high-speed wireless in the foreseeable future: It is not suitable for communities made up of single-family homes, like Lake Oswego.

Fiber is the gold standard of internet connections. It has been around for decades and will be with us for decades to come. High-speed wireless is a dead end for Lake Oswego, and Comcast and CenturyLink cannot beat the price or service of a municipal plan.

Municipal fiber internet is the surest way to keep Lake Oswego relevant to high tech-business and growing wired households.

Blake Arnold

Lake Oswego

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