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Why bother to improve Old Town with Walmart coming?

To the Editor:

That sucking sound? That will be the sound of Sherwood’s economic vitality siphoned off to Walmart’s Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters — once we allow its corporate feeding tube to insert itself into our neighborhood. That dribbling sound afterwards? The trickle-down of bottom tier, benefit-free wages to new Walmart workers deprived of decent local jobs. Why are we bothering to improve Sherwood’s Old Town when the mom and pop stores there will not survive long with a Walmart nearby? And how is it our city “leaders” last year let this deal slip through without community approval?

Bruce Toien

Sherwood

Should a Walmart be built in Sherwood? Heck yes!

My family and I have lived in Sherwood for many years, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome Walmart to our town.

Not only does Walmart offer us a diverse array of products not seen since GI Joe's closed down, the beautiful, family-friendly Sherwood Town Center will give Sherwood families like ours more access to shops and much needed additional restaurants that enhance our quality of life.

Imagine not having to drive to Newberg, Wilsonville or Tualatin for everything? And whether you plan to shop at Walmart or not, we all benefit from new streets and improvements that will ease traffic in the area. No one can complain about that!

When Walmart and the other Town Center businesses open, you can count on our family to be there for sure.

Shaun Jillions

Sherwood

A Walmart in Sherwood? Bring it on!

To the Editor: Having seen what Walmart has done to the towns of McMinnville and Cornelius, there should be no doubt that Walmart will do nothing more than add to the shopping alternatives in Sherwood, provide jobs for 200-300 people and contribute to the schools, non-profits in both Sherwood and the surrounding communities.

McMinnville has a very busy Safeway, a busy Roth’s, a Winco and a Albertsons! On top of that, there is a JC Penneys and a Wilco True Value Hardware store... so if people think that Walmart will drive away business - they need to research their facts.

Cornelius has a very busy Safeway and a Fred Meyer - who after they did a remodel after Walmart opened, continues to grow! Plus their is a Winco just down the road in Hillsboro.

Walmart has just opened a new store in Redmond, Oregon and the community there is excited and looking forward to the “Good Things” such a partnership brings!

I remember when the Albertsons shopping center was built, there was no public outcry then? Yet, I was one of the ones who lost their job as a result of the Food Pavilion grocery store closing down because of the new Albertsons taking away the customer base! The Albertsons center was built, then the Safeway center and the citizens of Sherwood have the choice to shop where they want to. So it should be with Walmart!

The “concerned citizens” of Sherwood sound more like dictators, that want to “save” their town from the American way!

When has it been a crime to sell personal property to whomever is willing to pay the price?

To not allow this, would be taking away the rights we are promised in our constitution.

Sounds to me like the recall on Matt Langer is a witch hunt. The concerned citizens are looking for a lamb to sacrifice.

The permits and the PUD were already in existence for the land under question when Langer took office.

So just because, Fred Meyer and Winco didn’t put up the money for the opportunity to build in Sherwood and Walmart did, Matt Langer is the one to blame! Sounds ridiculous to me!

I am a very proud citizen and am looking forward to Walmart expanding into Sherwood! I will shop there, just like most all of the residents of Sherwood, even those who are concerned today!

History has a way of repeating itself, many years ago, when the Sherwood Plaza was being built, the same protests were heard. The Langers were dividing up Sherwood! Where would Sherwood be now, without that development and those that have happened since?

Again, I am looking forward to the arrival of Walmart and I want it to be known that I am concerned about the “concerned citizens” and their agenda to put a halt to the American way!

Terry Brooks

Sherwood

Langer family has done lots to benefit Sherwood

To the Editor:

We are residents of Tualatin who follow the Sherwood happenings as well as attend St Francis Church. Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed on numerous social websites, in the newspaper and in local community businesses the disagreements that are taking place regarding the purchase of Langer Farms property by Walmart. Unfortunately, these disagreements have become highly personalized towards Matt Langer and his family. These personal attacks should not be the point of the community’s involvement. We understand the magnitude of the differences in the situation; however, any talk about it should be kept to the topic at hand and dealt with in a respectful and professional manner.

This family has done a tremendous amount of work, for years, within the community and our church and has remained humble and gracious about it. Matt and his family have always kept Sherwood and its reputation at the forefront as evidenced in all of his decisions made in the past. His vision has been that Sherwood remains a city that supports local business and that the community thrives through its local business growth.

Though Walmart does not represent local business, the decision to bring in an enterprise of its size should not disrupt the local feel of the community but serve as an anchor point to attract additional local businesses and business owners to the area. The point of our letter is not to express our opinion as to whether or not Walmart should be in your community, our intent is to express our concern with how this situation has been publicly handled.

With that, Sherwood remains a friendly, open community welcoming all. However, over the past few weeks, the despicable and intentionally hurtful comments made about Matt and his family, have made your city and its citizens look narrow minded and hypocritical. Our family requests that this situation be handled in a professional and dignified manner at the city council level. We would like to see council take ownership for reaching out to its citizens to be understanding and patient and use the forums they have available to them to keep the topic at hand and not drag it down to a personal level.

Our family and our friends are deeply disturbed by what has been said about the Langers and in the future we will look to other communities for resources and ways to spend our money.

Eric and Jennifer Pitt

Tualatin

Employees taking home public vehicles... come on

To the Editor:

I am very interested in what the new mayor is discovering in reading the recent Archer. There was one paragraph that flabbergasted me to say the least. I refer to the 3rd paragraph and memberships to the YMCA?

My first thought was, he has to be joking. I did e-mail the Mayor and was surprised to get a response from the recording secretary which was nice. Then I sent an e-mail from Mr. Gall the city manager as I suspect the mayor forwarded what I said.

I have no issue with that at all for one reason. For years when I had issues, I wrote letters to the then city managers and Mayor Keith Mays including e-mails. I never once got a reply of any kind from any of them. I figured, business as usual this time around. Then in hearing back via e-mail it does give me hopes for the ‘transparency’ the mayor speaks of. If this third paragraph is a taste of it I say bring it on!

In my e-mail back to Mr. Gall and I will repeat it here saying, I have no issue with the city manager and the mayor taking a city-owned vehicle home and to work. I do have a huge issue with the employees getting that use. Talk about a “perk.” I suggested if they don’t want to waste their gas getting to and from work, then take the bus or drive to work and make use of the shared park and ride. That is what, a two- block walk to city hall? Give me a break.

I will end this by saying if others who care about this “perk” or any other issue that takes advantage if the taxes we pay then let your voices be heard via e-mail, letter or phone call(s). Just don’t sit there and say nothing. Give this transparancy a chance to work.

Jean Almond

Sherwood

Traffic in Old Town is getting worst

To the Editor:

We are writing in response to Chelsea and Ben Gallagher’s letter to the Editor in regards to increased traffic and speeding in Old Town. We have lived on the corner of 3rd & Washington for over 50 years. Within this 1 mile radius we are in the proximity of two Pre-Schools, a Grade School, a Middle School and the High School. Because of the recent construction on Railroad Street and the growth of the population, we have seen the traffic flow increase from 500 cars/day to 5,000 cars/day. School times and evening rush hours are particularly troublesome.

We have raised concern with Sherwood authorities over excessive speed in our neighborhood but our complaints seem to fall upon deaf ears. We are suggesting that our new Mayor make pedestrian safety a number one priority. Options to consider should include:

n Reduce the speed limit throughout the entire Old Town area

n  Expand boundaries of the school zone to include the entire Old Town area

n Install speed bumps

n  Electronic signs that indicate vehicle speed

n Higher level of Sherwood Police presence

Drivers that go racing through our community should be more respectful of our neighborhood. How would they feel if we sped through their neighborhood?

It’s not too late to take precautionary measures. We don’t want to regret not making necessary changes — senseless fatality would weigh heavy on everyone’s mind.

Mike and Cheryl Versteegh

Sherwood

Officer-to-population ratio should be lower because of red-light cameras

To the Editor:

Throughout America, organizations are doing more with fewer people. Worker productivity has been rising steadily for decades now. Our offices buzz with computers and networks. Our factories are full of machines and robots. Yes, with machines and robots doing the mundane tasks, skilled workers can direct their efforts for greatest value... and factory owners can realize considerable savings.

Recently, Sherwood added some robots to our law enforcement staff, those photo red-light cameras. They really are robots. Yes, with robots now doing some of the mundane law enforcement tasks, our skilled officers are free to focus their efforts on more-demanding needs... and we residents should realize a considerable savings.

With robots now doing some of the routine traffic enforcement, it shouldn’t surprise us that Sherwood’s officer-to-population ratio is lower than in other communities. Indeed, if we are going to have these robots in our community, we should expect to see — even demand — this obvious benefit.

The only question remaining should be how shall we apply our savings? Parks? Street maintenance? The arts? Just as robots make factories more efficient, they should make law enforcement more efficient too.

Chuck Gollnick

Sherwood




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