City is not a good tree steward

It is more than ironic that Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt is quoted in the Tidings (March 28) as saying “Arbor Week celebrates a West Linn core value. You can visit any corner of West Linn to see our longstanding commitment to tree planting and preservation.” This was said even as 200 mature and 100-year-old trees were being cut down by the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership in the Robinwood neighborhood.

This is happening even before the appeal to the state land use board has been considered as to whether the project can even be built. West Linn has not objected to the cutting, allowing the area to look like a war zone for over two weeks.

Are these really the actions of a city that is a good tree steward and a Tree City USA designation holder?

Eric Jones

West Linn

Lets solve our own problems, not others

“LOT” has been in the news for some time. There have been mixed reactions to the substance of the proposed water infrasturure program and how it will benefit not only Lake Oswego and Tigard but West Linn as well.

Mr. Barbat’s letter to the Tidings (April 4) brings up some very introspective questions as to the wisdom of such an undertaking as proposed. This proposal is extremely expensive and poses substantial loss of use and inconvenience to those who will benefit minimally.

The proposed upgraded water treatment plant will do everything but clean atomic waste: Remove tastes and odors, pathogens, pharmaceuticals, algal toxins, sediment, disinfection byproducts and would top the cake with the elimination of remaining particles and impurities.

The point is why water from the Willamette River can’t be treated to meet the standards proposed for by the upgraded West Linn facility. It seems to me that there is an industrial park on the river in Lake Oswego that might be able to facilitate a new treatment plant without disrupting neighborhoods.

The proximity to the beneficiaries of the project would be closer and hence the cost and efficiency would cost less to both the taxpayers of Lake Oswego and Tigard. West Linn would not suffer anticipated loss to businesses and quality of life for the duration of the project.

The downside is that West Linn would not get the $5 million for the perpetual nuisance of having to deal with other cities’ problems. West Linn does need to upgrade its water system in place. Chances are that West Linn can’t even get a water distribution engineering study done for $5 million let alone get shovels in the ground. We need to get real about solving our own challenges and let others take care of theirs.

Dave Eide

West Linn

Improve state support for those with dementia

I recently saw the report that noted that one in every three people over 65 will die with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025 more than 49 percent of Oregon’s population will be over the age of 50.

The good news is that the Oregon Legislature unanimously approved the state plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias in Oregon. While this plan will lead to improvements in quality of services and better supports for family caregivers, its goals could be moved forward by action on the state budget.

Instead of cutting the Department of Human Services budget, Oregon legislators should see the long-term benefit of increasing funding for Oregon Project Independence. OPI keeps people in their own homes and off Medicaid, by providing services at the fraction of the cost of Medicaid. It’s a win-win for the people using the service and the state budget (i.e., all taxpayers).

This is something simple that has a major impact for individuals and is cost-effective. I urge the Legislature to think wisely and long term when crafting the state budget.

Jennifer Cook

Owner of Living Right Senior Placement

West Linn

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