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(Editor’s note: A letter to the editor of the West Linn Tidings that ran Nov. 28 about observing seniors during the holidays and was attributed to Erin Christ of NW Senior Resources Inc., actually was written by Christ’s boss, Nancy Raske.)

Are we in Paris? Clean up after pets in West Linn

As an avid walker here in the West Linn Hidden Springs-Rosemont area, I have often wondered if I am walking along the streets of Paris with all the dog excrement I encounter during my walks.

I have recently noted a new trend where the droppings are bagged and then tossed along the side of the sidewalk or into the bushes. I am concerned by both the apparent laziness of these dog owners and their lack of concern for the impact their actions have upon our community. These behaviors are not only causing unsightly pollution, but they are also creating a potential health hazard for this community.

As a citizen of this community I expect that my fellow dog owners to do better in keeping their pets’ excrement picked up and disposed of properly as it keeps West Linn clean and healthy.

Thanks.

Kerry G. Broadhurst

West Linn

‘One thing that troubles us about West Linn’

Last year my husband Cary and I had a talk about what we might do after we both retire.

Our house seems pretty big now that the kids are gone. We heard there were many nice places for retirees to live out there. But after looking around for a while, we came to the same conclusion we were at 21 years ago. Of all the places we could go,West Linn still stands out as the most beautiful city with the most wonderful sense of community.

We can walk along the river, go fishing, hike in the parks and take our grandson to the best library anywhere.

Concerts and picnics in the parks, quiet neighborhoods, folks still interested in  knowing each other, these are just a few things we love about West Linn. But there is one thing that troubles us about West Linn. It is about the way decisions are made lately in West Linn government.It should never have to take so long or be so hard for citizens to get to the truth. Ethics violations, election law violations and remands from LUBA (land use board of appeals) point to a city council not willing to let the public in on what they are doing.The voice of the people has been falling on deaf ears to the advantage of outside interests.

Transparency, accountability and all the core principle of democracy are at stake here.

Cary and I both love West Linn too much to ignore problems like this. It encourages us to know that many other citizens feel the same way, and we are so grateful every time we see a fellow citizen step forward to help West Linn be the best place ever to live.

Teri Cummings

West Linn

Rosemont Trail opens up hamlet’s beauty

Have you walked the Rosemont Trail? Residents of the Stafford Hamlet, Lake Oswego and West Linn now have safe pedestrian access between the three areas along Rosemont Road.

It is easy to appreciate the scenic beauty of the hamlet on the trail. As one of four homeowners who gifted an easement across our property, I revel in the access my family and I now have to the greater community. I also love to see my neighbors leaving the city limits and enjoying the countryside I feel blessed to call home.

As a member of the Stafford Hamlet Trails Committee, we would like to explore creating a network of trails within the Stafford Hamlet. Now is the time to capture and document the opportunities and vision for connecting our neighborhood.

We invite all who wish to contribute their thoughts to join us.

Thane Eddington

West Linn

Write the entire story about electric cars

Jim Redden’s article (“Including Fuel, EVs cost less,” Sustainable Life, Nov. 14) is half the truth.

Yes, we all would love to skip the gas station and put those dirty, evil oil companies out of business. The article reads like a rosy-colored glasses thing. Please, let’s stop drinking the Kool-Aid for a moment and look at the truth.

It was never mentioned that most car buyers will buy a battery replacement program of $100 per month, above and beyond the car purchase price and warranty. OK, so the owner in the article is a lessor and may not be part of that program, but a buyer, which most people are, will pay for battery insurance instead of buying gas.

The Nissan Leaf has a 60,000-mile lifespan and the batteries need to be replaced. The price tag? $15,000. My car with 189,000 miles has a total cost of around $10,000 for maintenance. So the Leaf owner has a choice in order to drive 189,000 miles: Replace the battery two times at a cost of $30,000 plus the price of the car or, at 60,000 miles, replace the car two times.

With all that aside, the real problem with the Leaf and all battery cars is the environmental damage used to manufacture the car. It’s the dirty little problem the PC green movement just won’t report on and would like to keep a secret, because if people ever found out the heavy metals needed to make batteries and the toxic nature of mining, refining and storing the toxic metals, and the environmental impact to our earth, people would revolt.

Please, can someone write the entire story and not sound like a commercial for Nissan and the rosy green movement?

Andrew Weisenberger

Milwaukie

Things to observe during your holiday visit with loved ones this year

The holiday season is a special time of year. Families get together to create happy memories. Frequently, these hopes are disappointed and concerns are raised when families experience noticeable changes in their family members.

Especially challenging for the aging family member. Statistically it has been shown that the recognition of mild impairment by the family is often overlooked or disregarded for up to five years.

For that purpose we have noted a few guidelines that might be helpful for all family members.

Memory lapses — forgetting important names or events —loss of ability to follow and track in conversations. Repeating things said without remembering that the question or story has already been asked or told.

Spouses “covering for each other” — one spouse compensating for the diminished capacity of the other — finishing sentences, answering questions asked of the other.

Medications not being taken correctly and on time. The importance of taking medications as prescribed cannot be emphasized enough; 68 percent of hospital admissions for the elderly are the result of medication mismanagement.

Withdrawing from social interaction, in particular large family gatherings as these are felt to be overwhelming or overstimulating for the senior with some dementia.

If you observe such changes in elder relatives during your holiday family functions and are concerned for the well-being of your parents or senior loved ones do not discount these changes or wait until your relatives come to serious harm. We find that too often others don’t wish to interfere or raise concerns. It is a kindness to be involved.

It is our hope that these tips might be useful for you in the support and care of your loved one.

Nancy Raske

NW Senior Resources Inc.

Lake Oswego




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