Well miss Mikel
I always look forward to reading Mikel Kellys Just Another Point of View column. Mikel has the gift of the written word. He can convey humor about everyday events time and time again. What a treat it has been all these years to laugh out loud when reading his clever column.
You will be missed, Mikel! Enjoy your retirement years and beat that darn prostate cancer.
Not good stewardship
As a member of the Citizens Budget Committee, I disagree with last weeks Citizens View that said we are good stewards of our limited dollars (An update on rebuilding LOs Operations and Maintenance Center, Aug. 27).
To be good stewards, we would be seriously analyzing what belongs in our Operations Center and what should be done outside. We do oil changes inside at a cost of approximately $100 each; they could certainly be done more cheaply outside. No Requests for Proposals have ever been sought to accurately compare the costs of in-house and outside services for the Operations Center, and that certainly is not good stewardship.
There are many city functions that should be seriously evaluated for cost reduction. We are NOT good stewards of our limited dollars if we do not seek the lowest possible cost for taxpayers. When someone tells you we are good stewards of our limited dollars, ask them what has been evaluated through an RFP process recently to make sure we have the lowest possible cost. An honest answer is NOTHING.
And there was no mention of the balloon payment we will owe PERS soon and what our likely PERS assessment will be, given the poor stock market performance this year. Where will we get the money for that?
Good stewards do solid analysis, think forward and plan, not just push pet projects.
Hundreds of miles downwind,
We wake to a yellow light.
Like other conflagrations
Arriving on the morning air,
It has shifted the odds
For being in harms way.
Restore class listings
It appears that our city has decided that exercise and other classes geared toward our senior citizens should now be placed under the umbrella of the Parks & Recreation Department, rather than being listed in the Adult Community Center bulletin and on the LOACC website.
This is very confusing to our senior citizens, who are used to looking to the LOACC for classes and other interests that are particularly of interest to them. We pay specific fees to the LOACC to support such activities, which is why we look to the LOACC to advise us of such activities.
We suggest that classes that are appropriate for our senior citizens be listed in the LOACC Bulletin and on its website, as well as or in lieu of the Parks & Recreation Department bulletin and website.
The current situation is a disservice to our senior citizens, and the above suggestion should remedy the situation.
Frank and Judith Gray
Editors Note: The Review asked LOACC Manager Ann Adrian to address the Grays concerns. Heres what she had to say:
I regret the inconvenience that the changes in the newsletter, Living 50+, has caused some of our users. Overall, the response to the format that debuted in spring of 2014 has been overwhelmingly positive. However, I can understand that not having all the LOACC activities in one publication could be frustrating.
Some additional information could be helpful. First, I am not sure if this is a misunderstanding or not, but the LOACC has been under the umbrella of the Parks & Recreation Department since its creation in 1970. Most Parks & Recreation Departments in Oregon are set up to include their adult center, and this is the case for the local center.
Second, the classes for the LOACC are listed on the city website and can be accessed either by visiting the LOACC page at loacc.info, or the Parks & Recreation page. To do so from the LOACC page, users would click on Activities, then Classes, then Activities Page. For people who prefer not to register online, we always have onsite and telephone registration available.
Third, there are not specific fees for the LOACC. The source of the confusion may be that we have a new donor program called VIP (Very Important Partners) that allows users to show their support of a community center by donating to us. This is strictly optional and doesnt affect anyones ability to participate in any of our classes, human services or other programs.
Thanks, LOHS athletes!
A big applause for the 70 Lake Oswego High School students who recently spent time in Springbrook Park.
As members of the cross country team, they did training and split their time hauling gravel to repair trails, along with pulling invasive ivy along stream corridors. The results are better trails with filled holes. The ivy pulling is part of a longer-term effort for watershed improvement of the two streams that start in the park.
Also, a special thanks to coaches Eric Lider and Liz Howells for managing the energy and work. Thank you all!
Paul J. Lyons
Praise for Lininger
This letter is to express the League of Oregon Cities gratitude to Rep. Ann Lininger (D-Lake Oswego) for addressing the concerns of Oregons cities while crafting medical and recreational marijuana legislation in the 2015 legislative session.
As a result of her efforts to bring numerous viewpoints into the legislative process, Oregon has a marijuana program that ends prohibition but allows cities and local voters to determine if commercial marijuana is right for them.
Legislation crafted with Liningers leadership will shrink the illicit trade of marijuana, protect medical patients and respect the home rule authority of Oregons city governments.
For these efforts, the League of Oregon Cities and its members thank Rep. Ann Lininger.
Heres what community members are talking about online. Join the conversation at http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com:
(Changing the culture of LOSD athletics, Aug. 27): The process was painful but valuable. I believe our kids understand why it had to happen. Hopefully, parent booster clubs have examined their roles and will become important links in the chain of success. The new blood seems professional , hardworking and enlightened. Perfect traits for our proud community. The future looks bright for LOSD athletics.
(Cleaning out the files after 41 years reveals a few treasures, Aug. 27): Mikel: So you are saying that the military is the only way you can serve our country? Dick Cheney served four Republican presidents and spent six terms in the House. The former vice president specialized in defense, energy and the Middle East. His knowledge in these areas has been extremely important for our country and in the opinion of many of us, Cheney has served our country well. ... l can agree the book Unbroken was much better than the movie. I can agree that back pain, to those who have it, is excruciating and can be debilitating. I do not agree that the military is the only way to serve our country. There are many ways to serve and many have given their lives for our country who have never worn a uniform. We should also be appreciative of them as well.
(When it comes to replacing Bowerman, compromise is not a one-way street, Aug. 27): Karen (Bowermans) popularity among the electorate does not stop or even start with this label fiscal conservative. Karen distilled the dysfunctional workings of LO government into punchy phrases that educated voters, and then she respected their feedback and observations. She did not allow the insular politics of LOs elite to dictate her views (or confidence).
The real question is what kind of councillor has the skills to work best with a diverse community and the rest of the council. Joe Buck received the most votes of the candidates in the last election. His reflections in the value of finding common ground through compromise is refreshing.