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Thanks for help

On Feb. 13, about 20 neighbors planted 250 natives trees and ferns in Springbrook Park. Folks from all around Lake Oswego showed up, along with two PSU students working on their environmental studies program.

We had a great time, with wonderful weather and conversations. We were done in less than two hours. Thank you to all who helped.

Paul J. Lyons

Lake Oswego

Put fiber to a vote

I am very concerned about the apparent headlong rush to take the City of Lake Oswego into the fiber optic broadband business. I agree with all the points made by Councilor Gudman in his recent article in The Review (“Fiber Follies, Part 1: Too many risks,” Feb. 18).

Among the many reasons not to pursue this venture is the fact that no one has mentioned the ability of Comcast and others in the industry to lower prices in order to keep their client base from defecting to a City network. Since the existing providers already have the fixed costs in place in the form of the network, their variable costs consist mainly of bits and bytes over the network, making it very easy to reduce their subscription prices.

The apparent 34.7 percent of the population that says it favors this venture also is likely not aware that they will lose the bundled discounts they are currently receiving for TV content, cable phone service or security systems.

This proposal has the potential for putting the taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars, and I believe most of the city population is not aware of the risks involved. As a taxpayer, I am requesting that this issue, with all of its facts, costs and risks, be submitted to a citywide vote.

Roger Rollins

Lake Oswego

‘Stop the madness’

I read Kevin Padrick’s Citizen’s View regarding the City’s fiber optic fiasco (“Future should be in the hands of citizens,” Feb. 18) with great bemusement. What he is essentially arguing is that the “natural monopoly” cable companies enjoy should be replaced by another kind of monopoly — of the citizen’s tax dollars. Why on Earth would the mayor and City Council want to:

-- Risk tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue to satisfy a need already being serviced?

-- Displace an existing tax-paying enterprise?

-- Invest tens of millions in technology that will likely be replaced by a future technology?

-- And have a group that has never done this before take the lead? What’s next: City-run yoga studios? (You have a right to be fit!) Grocery stores? (You need to eat!) Coffee shops? (Abolish Starbucks’ dominance!) This is big government lunacy of the highest order.

Lake Oswego isn’t “mired in the past,” as Padrick asserts. Rather, it has a significant number of concerned citizens who want to make sure that future generations of Lake Oswegans aren’t saddled by bloated pubic works projects the City has no business engaging in. Please stop the madness.

Rick Petry

Lake Oswego

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