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The Sides of March

As we hope for an easy birth,

We want an easy spring,

Like the one we’re having now.

It’s a new prospect for those

Still wrapped in the layered clothing

They wore through a hapless winter,

Where even the bare trees

Had turned indifferent.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego

‘A better place to live’

It’s an exciting time to be an Oregonian. In the last year, we’ve implemented legalized marijuana, passed paid sick leave and now raised our minimum wage. All things we accomplished thanks to the Oregon Legislature and State Rep. Ann Lininger.

Politicians get a lot of flak every time we do something to shake up the status quo. In this case, our Legislature took steps to address income inequality and poverty in our state by voting to give Oregon workers a little more in each paycheck.

I think this is a great thing, and it will be good for the state. When the status quo is that thousands of families are struggling to make ends meet because their family breadwinner earns minimum wage — or even close to it — something needs to change.

At the end of the day, it’s legislators’ job to take action to make Oregon a better place to live. That’s why we elected them. I believe raising wages and giving families more income to put toward groceries, school supplies and other basic needs will stimulate local economies and make our communities better places to live.

Raina Janke

Portland

Consider the impact

The City of Lake Oswego is currently reviewing a permit requesting the removal of the two beautiful Western Red Cedars on the corner of Third Street and D Avenue in Lake Oswego. I was horrified to see these permit requests for removal, as the trees still seem so healthy and are clearly so well established and beautiful.

So many trees have already been cut down in this neighborhood. Dozens of lovely trees were just ripped out of a property less than two blocks away (on First Street between C and D avenues) to accommodate a massive building project. When will it stop? These old-growth trees not only provide beauty, shade and a habitat for so many kinds of wildlife, but also give so much character to this historic neighborhood.

I urge the City of Lake Oswego to please carefully consider the long-term impact on our community, rather than just the short-term gain of higher tax revenue.

Laura Edelen

Lake Oswego

A memorable evening

Wow! My husband and I attended the Lake Oswego Reads Salmon Bake this weekend, and what a spectacular evening it was.

Upon arriving at the Parks & Recreation Department’s new space, we saw row upon row of whole salmon being cooked vertically next to an open fire pit. Inside we admired the extraordinary demonstration of Ravenstail weaving by John Beard and lined up for the delicious dinner provided by The Stafford and Expressions Catering. The crowning glory of the meal was the fantastic salmon expertly prepared and served by the Fred Broadwater family.

It was clear that every aspect of the evening was carefully planned and flawlessly executed. We understand it was a true group effort, and so we wish to thank the Lake Oswego Library, Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department, Lake Oswego Review, Lake Oswego Women’s Club and the Friends of the Library for making such a special evening for all of us attending.

After the wonderful dinner, we were treated to Native American dance and music by the Painted Sky/Northstar Dance Company. It was a truly memorable evening.

Joan Freed

Lake Oswego

‘Have the Conversation’

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is “Problem Gambling: Have the Conversation.”

It is estimated that 81,000 Oregonians meet the criteria for gambling addiction, and many more are affected by an individual’s gambling problem. Signs of problem gambling include being preoccupied with gambling, lying or being secretive about gambling habits, unsuccessful attempts to cut back or stop gambling, gambling to escape problems and/or developing financial problems due to gambling.

Gambling disorders are associated with a wide range of problems, including depression, domestic violence, bankruptcy, substance abuse and suicide.

The goal of Problem Gambling Awareness Month is to educate the public and health care professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and promote the availability of help and hope both locally and nationally. This year’s “Have the Conversation” theme can be utilized in many different settings.

Family members can “Have the Conversation” with loved ones who show signs of gambling disorders. Individuals who find that gambling causes negative consequences in their life can “Have the Conversation” with loved ones or their health care providers, which is the first step toward change.

Gambling revenue and participation across the nation is at an all-time high. Gambling disorders are too devastating to individuals and society to continue to allow going unnoticed and unattended. We all need to “Have the Conversation.”

If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, there are many ways to get help! You may call the Oregon Hotline at 1-800-MY-LIMIT or get help online at 1800mylimit.org. In Oregon, help and treatment for gambling addicts and their family members is free, confidential and it works!

Clair Raujol

Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist

Volunteers of America Oregon

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(“Fighting back against bullying,” Feb. 25): There are many myths surrounding bullying and this article reinforces one of them: “Bullying is the repeated abuse of power to cause harm, the strong preying on the weak to gain power.” Rather than describing those who are bullied as “weak,” we should instead recognize these kids as “sensitive, respectful, honest, creative, have a high emotional intelligence, a strong sense of fair play and high integrity with a low propensity for violence.” I would never call a child who is being bullied weak. To endure being bullied takes an incredible amount of strength.

— Angela Aponte-Reid

What a strong young woman. I worry about bullying, because I think my head is in the sand on a lot of things and I have such a hard time getting any info out of my daughter — she just keeps to herself. I would have zero clue if she was being bullied or if she was a bully. I tell my mom friends to please be open and tell me. I hope your strength will inspire change.

— Megan Devney O’Toole

Bullying is terrible. Our family has felt it, too. Grace and Tammy, thank you for standing up and saying STOP.

— Heather Macdonald

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