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Open for business

Twenty-six years ago, I chose to locate my business in Lake Oswego, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I recently relocated my business, but I never considered anywhere other than Lake Oswego, partly due to the progressive attitude of the city’s government.

I give a great deal of credit for my enthusiasm for doing business in Lake Oswego to Mayor Kent Studebaker’s leadership and the correction of issues that may have previously discouraged businesses from considering Lake Oswego as a location.

The mayor is committed to establishing a first-class infrastructure for Lake Oswego. This is essential for small businesses. We need to get our goods transported in a timely manner and our customers need to travel throughout the area with ease. Spending on essential services, transportation planning and revising and streamlining the Development Code so small businesses can navigate the system more easily sends the message that “Lake Oswego is open for business.”

Elected officials often get a bad rap, but Mayor Studebaker deserves our praise. His priorities include encouraging economic

development, which attracts quality businesses and their employees. That in turn helps fund the schools we are so proud of and our terrific parks and recreational services.

I’m proud of my history as a Lake Oswego business owner and of Mayor Studebaker, who is part of the heart and soul of this magnificentcity.

Dr. Sue Wendling

Lake Oswego

Support Dave Berg

Lake Oswego needs fresh, experienced leadership to preserve all that we love about our community. Dave Berg and I are board members of Citizens for Local Accountability in Lake Oswego (COLA-LO) and have worked together for the previous four city elections.

COLA-LO supported Kent Studebaker in the 2012 election and was instrumental in his success. But I have been disappointed with Kent’s lack of continuity during his term and the narrow list of individuals that he listens to in making his decisions. Public testimony has been curtailed during council meetings. We are not proceeding adequately toward the goals envisioned four years ago.

Dave can get us to a more inclusive government, one where residents’ views are respected. You have seen how Dave manages the budget committee, openly seeks public input and listens to everyone.

We know that Dave will not waste our taxpayer dollars and firmly believes Lake Oswego should be a “village” for all of our residents. A longtime resident of Lake Oswego, Dave wantsto improve our community in all the right areas while making sure we can afford to live here.

Citizens who want to help Dave can donate to “Friends of Dave Berg” or through his website, www.davebergformayor.com.

Gary Gipson

Lake Oswego

Seniors want Measure 97

We love Oregon and want to fund our schools so that we have all children reading by third grade and one of the highest, not the lowest, graduation rates in the nation.

Reading is a skill that predicts success like no other, and Oregon has traditionally had a high percentage of book lovers. But Oregon income tax is so high that it drives retirees out of the state. Oregon is the only state with an effective tax rate of more than 6 percent for median-income earners, according to Bloomberg.com (“Best and Worst States to Avoid Income Taxes,” April 13).

Seniors in Oregon want to see Measure 97 pass to fund schools with a small (2.5 percent on revenue in Oregon) corporation tax. Believe me, we will not complain about paying an additional amount to local businesses we love, like Powell’s bookstore, to avoid a more unfair tax burden on income. And Powell’s will appreciate more readers.

Craig Stephens

Lake Oswego

Collins cares

It’s not easy starting and running a nonprofit organization. The State of Oregon doesn’t register nonprofits until after their first year — most likely, because most won’t stay in business. Many people love the services nonprofits offer, but few try to find sources of funding or donate to make them possible.

Charles Collins is someone who cares enough to think about making services possible to people who are disadvantaged. At Happy Trails Riding Center, we serve people with disabilities and special needs by providing horseback riding and social opportunities. This year, we celebrate our 10th anniversary. It is possible because people like Charles Collins care about the community they live in.

Charles has attended our events and has helped find sources of funding to help us cover our costs. He has been an advocate for our services, and we are truly thankful for his support.

Thank you, Charles. We appreciate you! And we hope your campaign for Lake Oswego City Council is a success. The city is fortunate to have someone like you!

Nicole Budden

West Linn

Hot topics

Here’s what community members are talking about online. Join the conversation at www.lakeoswegoreview.com and www.facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview:

(“Speaking for the voiceless,” Aug. 4): Thank you so very much for covering this subject! My heart is full of gratitude, and I cannot fully express with words just how much this means to people around the world who are heartbroken by the horrific images of dogs and cats being tortured. Thankfully, because of the generosity of Americans, many are finding loving homes here in the states!

Many of the local humane societies in Washington and Oregon have taken in several dogs saved from dog meat farms. I will be sharing your article with people all around the world. I will be sending it to the mayor of Bucheon, South Korea, the only sister city (Bakersfields, Calif.) that has responded to activists’ pleas to end the dog meat trade in their city. He is an animal lover and wants his city to be dog meat free. We are sending him “thank you” notes, and I will be including your article! Thank you again for taking the time to cover this topic!

— Jung Kim

(“Pastor could face charges in transfer of AR-15 he won,” Aug. 4): What in the world was a riffle doing in a softball raffle? Who was in charge of collecting the items to raffle? That item should not have been accepted for the raffle. It’s totally inappropriate. Leave the pastor alone. Let’s find the person responsible for donating it and the person accepting the gun as a donation. Interview those people. Put them on the spot.

— Diane Etter

Clearly it is a violation of Oregon law. The gun was transferred without the requisite background check. Since the law was recently passed (2015), there can be no nuance to the intent of this law and that it should apply in this case. Any choice to not file charges will be political. Persons caught in this same dilemma in the future will do well to remember how LO and the State Police chose to act.

— Gary Walsworth

I’ve been in criminal justice for over 15 years as a prosecutor and defense attorney. Based on these facts, the pastor unquestionably broke the law and should face criminal prosecution, but he won’t. The Oregon State Police is a very political organization and those in command understand that anti-gun Democrats currently control the governor’s office, the Legislature and the Oregon attorney general’s office. They don’t want to push for the prosecution of an anti-gun pastor. Similarly, the NRA is not going to push for the prosecution of an anti-gun pastor because they don’t want to offend their religious political base. This criminal “investigation” will go nowhere.

— Michael Romano

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