Work together for Lakeridge solution

To the Editor:

Our neighbors in the Palisades Neighborhood are currently hard at work, talking about how we can come together to bring home football games to Lakeridge High School while ensuring that nearby residents don't lose access to their driveways or lose emergency vehicle access due to clogged streets.

We believe that by putting our heads together, listening to each other's concerns and thinking creatively, we will come up with terms of field usage to propose to the school district that will satisfy both the school and the neighbors.

We all have one thing in common: Lakeridge High School. Every neighbor on both sides of this conversation either has children who went to Lakeridge, are currently attending Lakeridge or will be going to Lakeridge.

We live side by side, see each other on the street or at the store and know that even if we disagree on the details, we do agree that we all want Lakeridge to be the best high school it can be and we all want the Lakeridge neighborhood to be a great place to live.

Let's take the discussion off of the newsprint and put it back in the conference rooms and living rooms where it belongs. We are making progress, through respectful, thoughtful dialogue, towards a solution that will serve everyone's best interests.

Sally Moncrieff

Chair, Palisades Neighborhood Association

Jaliene Hollabaugh

Cloverleaf Block Captain, Palisades Neighborhood Association

Lake Oswego

Kids don't need Scholars' Alliance

To the Editor:

Would I stand in line again for a spot in Scholars' Alliance? No. Would I stand in line for my child to take the Meyers Briggs personality assessment and meet with a private educational counselor? Most definitely.

These were the two most helpful things I gained from three years attending Scholars' Alliance with our second son who graduated from LOHS in 2005. Both can be met outside of Scholars' Alliance.

Our first son had no interest in attending the Saturday morning sessions. He did just fine without Scholars' Alliance as he is on his way to interviews at five medical schools.

The personal information our second son and I gained by taking the Meyers Briggs assessment was extremely helpful in understanding him and selecting a good fit for college. Meeting with Educational Counselor Patti Moir targeted specifics needed for acceptance at his top choice universities. He is now a junior at his No. 1 school. Neither university our sons attended accepted letters of recommendation, so the letter from Dr. Korach was not viewed by the admissions committees.

I am writing this to let parents know of our experience with and without Scholars' Alliance in hopes they will not be discouraged if they are or aren't selected to be in Scholars' Alliance.

Gail Suda

Lake Oswego

Plenty of reasons to join boy scouts

To the Editor:

The following is an open letter to Forest Hills-area parents:

Is your son getting the start in life you want him to have? If he is 6 years old now, he may be on his own in another 12 years. If he is already 9, he is halfway to adulthood. We all hope that our children will be the kind of people we can be proud of and that their lives will be happy and productive. Will your son have had the confidence and character-building experiences he will need to meet life's challenges by the time he is on his own?

n Scouting involves young people in confidence and character-building activities with the kind of friends you would like them to have, working with adults who will be positive role models to them.

n Scouting gives boys a chance to try new things and learn about themselves and their world in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

n Scouting teaches respect and concern for other people, respect for oneself, and respect for God and country - all vital to our nation's future.

n Scouting delivers all of this with an emphasis on fun.

Accompany your son to our Join Night/Pack Meeting. It is on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Forest Hills Elementary School covered basketball courts in front of the gym. You will hear about our plans for the year while your son participates in the Raingutter Regatta. Then make a decision: Is scouting worth your family's time? We hope you will make the same decision that we made, and enroll your son in America's finest youth program.

For additional information, please contact Shelley Lorenzen at 503-697-5545 or David Chandler at 503-697-4838. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

The Leaders of Cub Scout Pack 128

David Chandler, Cub Master

Shelley Lorenzen, Committee Chair

Jim Wrenn, Fifth Grade Webelos Den Leader

Fran Chandler and Pam Montoya, Fourth Grade Webelos Den Leaders

Eric Albertson and Frank Seibel, Bear Den Leaders

Burr Boutwell and David Schoeberl, Wolf Den Leaders

Jeff Tarbell and John Dyrnes, Tiger Den Leaders

Cub Scout Pack 128 is chartered by Forest Hills PTO

Don't raise taxes on energy producers

To the Editor:

In a meeting hosted by Congressman Blumenauer in Portland this week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, put forward the position of her party that the road to energy independence is achieved through imposing higher taxes on U.S. energy production. I don't quite see how making it more expensive for U.S. companies to produce energy makes us more energy independent. Higher taxes on our companies will only make imports from other countries cheaper, thereby increasing our dependence on foreign sources of energy, and destroying the energy production business in the U.S.

I have first-hand knowledge of this business. My family learned the difficult business of energy production in the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now BP) at the turn of the last century. It is a risky, hazardous and time-consuming endeavor. Taxing it more is only going to destroy our domestic industry, and put many hard working individuals out of work.

I support public transit solutions, hybrid vehicles, and other forms of energy-conserving transportation. Not because they are mandated by government, but because their use is logical and economical. But, as part of the House energy bill passed earlier this summer, the Speaker pushed $16 billion worth of new taxes on U.S. energy producers.

Speaker Pelosi indicated that she'll be working this fall to try to finalize an energy bill to send to President Bush. I hope that Sens. Smith and Wyden will reject the tax increase being proposed by their counterparts in the House. Our economy is teetering on the verge of a recession and the last thing we need is for our elected officials to permanently raise the cost of production on energy. Businesses and consumers rely on a steady and affordable supply of energy to distribute goods and the delivery of services. Raising taxes on the production of that energy will simply raise prices throughout the economy, including here in Oregon.

Omid A. Moghadam

Lake Oswego

Vote no on the upcoming charter amendment

To the Editor:

Though I may empathize with why some citizens are upset with the Safeco purchase site as a future community center given other pressing concerns, I urge Lake Oswego voters to study and fully understand the issues before voting on the charter amendment to see if it actually is a realistic solution for prudent fiscal management.

When we take a look at the past, I think most of us see land acquisitions made by our council representatives for urban renewal, parks and open space benefiting the common good and receiving wide popular acclaim with the sole exception of Safeco. When we look to the future, most of us recognize the need for on-going improvement and development in all of our city's commercial sectors and newly annexed properties.

Acquisitions do not automatically raise a person's taxes; they have either been purchased with already collected and approved monies or need the vote of a subsequent bond measure. This is our check and balance on the role of our elected representatives.

I feel that if the charter amendment were approved, it would impede and deter necessary transactions that would promote the growth and improvement of our Lake Oswego tax base. As written, the charter amendment precludes urban renewal planning and does not foresee the complexity of public-private partnership in the continued redevelopment of downtown and the prospective urbanization of Lake Grove and Foothills. This measure constitutes a simplistic fix, but in reality it will shut down economic development in our entire city.

The way real estate transactions are properly handled will be irrevocably changed by this amendment to the city charter. For example, if a seller has a property that the city wants to buy for more than $2 million, the city cannot buy the property until the Lake Oswego voters approve the purchase. This exposes the total amount the seller is willing to accept, thereby eliminating his/her ability to negotiate with a subsequent buyer should the voters vote against the purchase.

Take the time to do all you can prior to ballot mailing in October to be educated and knowledgeable about the effects this measure will have for the future of our City. My study indicates a 'no' vote.

Michael Buck

Lake Oswego

Feature wasn't intended as investigative story

To the Editor:

'If you could ask God one question' ( in the Review Sept. 6) is not investigative journalism. It wasn't even journalism.

If it had been, among other questions, the writer would have asked for proof about this person's alleged 167 IQ. By publishing that as fact, with no support, it gives unnecessary credence to the concept that this person is intelligent, and therefore must have de facto credibility. 167 is beyond the average IQ of a Nobel Prize winner. I think it might have been a good idea to question that statement by the mother, especially when someone is purporting to have the powers of talking to God that this boy claims he has, and that the writer apparently bought into, hook, line and sinker. What they do is entertainment at best, under the umbrella of God.

The 'article' was free advertising. The mother and the son used the writer and the Lake Oswego Review to further their profit motives, making sure the article was going to be favorable to them before they agreed to be interviewed. The Lake Oswego Review crossed the line between editorial and advertising by publishing contact information, along with a price list, which was exacerbated by the writer's failing to back up her own admitted skepticism with challenging questions. Just as the lottery requires a disclaimer in their advertising, so should these type of services.

If the Review is going to publish this article, why not go a step further and hire Brian Scibetta to publish the Word of God column every week in the newspaper? See what that does to circulation.

Chris Angelus

Lake Oswego

Editor's note: The assignment for the story in question was for a feature, not an investigative piece. Furthermore, the story did not provide free advertising; instead, it made a point of letting the reader know that there was a charge for this service and what this charge was. This is something virutally all newspapers, including the Lake Oswego Review, try to provide. Despite the writer's suggestion to the contrary, no line between the editorial and advertising sides was crossed. To suggest the story 'wasn't even journalism' is simply mean spirited. The Review runs hard news stories, features, press releases and, on occasion, investigative pieces along with columns, opinion pieces by readers and a variety of other items. The fact that this letter writer is upset with the story does not mean there was a lack of challenging questions asked by the writer.

Don't destroy the peace in the neighborhood

To the Editor:

There's been a lot of flack surrounding athletic events at Lakeridge High School. Prominent mention has been given to one street: Cloverleaf.

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