Council: ‘Reconsider the tennis center’

The following is an open letter to the Lake Oswego City Council:

With all due respect, I find it hard to understand your objection to the Lake Oswego tennis center being built on the Rassekh property across from Luscher Farm.

If the Rassekh family had decided to build a home on their property years ago, it would already be developed at this time. Homes, soccer fields, a retirement facility, a church and other developments have been constructed in that area. Why are we suddenly against building a building that has been well planned to be attractive and fit into the neighborhood?

Tennis is not a disruptive sport, and tennis players are not disruptive people. I can only assume that you have a prejudice against tennis players, and you don’t want us to have a more adequate facility than the current center. Either that or the new council does not want to support a project the last council proposed.

Please read and understand the work and study that have gone into this proposal. Have you looked at the plans that have been drawn? There has been a lot of effort into making it fit into the surrounding area. The traffic study shows that it will not create traffic problems around the Rosemont roundabout.

I plead with you to reconsider the tennis center as a good use of the Rassekh property with no cost to the Lake Oswego taxpayers.

Margaret Anderson

Lake Oswego

Elise Kerr: Your brother is seeking you

I know this is the wrong venue but I have tried every website there is to obtain my sister’s phone number.

They all say “free” but nary a one is. My sister lives (in Lake Oswego) and I haven’t seen or talked to her in almost 30 years. Her name is Elise Kerr and I am her only brother. Please print this letter in hopes she sees it and contacts me on Facebook (or through the editor of the Lake Oswego Review).

My name is Collin and I live in Rio Rancho, N.M. I am hoping, through her, to contact my three other sisters whom I haven’t talked to in as long.

Collin Priller

Rio Rancho, N.M.

Locally owned vets offer the best care

The article about Banfield Pet Hospital (June 6, Lake Oswego Review’s business section) was not a local news story but rather an advertisement for a large national chain that is competing with local veterinary hospitals.  

There are multiple large national corporations that are competing with local veterinarians. My vet clinic is now the only locally owned veterinary clinic in West Linn. As a veterinarian, I can tell you that the care pets receive at big box veterinary clinics is not considered the “best” in our profession as your article states. 

Many veterinarians feel that the vaccine protocols at national chain vet clinics include too many vaccines for pets who are indoor or do not have a social lifestyle. Vets at many big box clinics perform dentistry but do not have dental X-ray machines to use. This is below the standard of care for veterinary medicine. 

Pet owners need to be aware that the care that they will receive at any national chain vet hospital will be a standardized approach to maximize profit, period. I have spoken with many vets who have worked for national chains and heard about the pressure they are under to sell additional services at every appointment.  

The article mentions Banfield’s emphasis on preventative care, but that is not unique to Banfield. Many local vets offer wellness plans.

Regarding state-of-the-art equipment, many local vets have better equipment than national chain clinics. For example my local vet hospital has an in-house ultrasound machine. That machine is not profitable, but can help me save a life in an emergency. 

I care more about the patient than I do profit. I encourage pet owners to do their research and speak with their local veterinarian if they have questions about the differences between local vet hospitals and large national chains.  

Dr. Christine Ortner

Diplomate ABVP, specialist in canine/feline medicine

West Linn

Paper should support small businesses

I have been a resident of West Linn for 16 years and have always been proud to see a community so supportive of small and local businesses and the accomplishments of its citizens. I am disappointed to see the large article (June 6, Lake Oswego Review’s business section) promoting the new Banfield Veterinary Hospital owned by Mars Corporation.

I thought Pamplin Media Group supported locally owned businesses, not large national corporations such as Mars. Next to Dr. Bob Pamplin’s picture at the (bottom) of this publication it says “Owner and Neighbor.” Banfield’s owner is not a neighbor at all. It is a huge corporation that has the potential to hurt our neighbors who are local veterinarians.

Banfields are opening all over Portland in the backyards of local vets and directly competing with them. There are many reasons we should support our local businesses over large chains.

Local businesses nurture the community. Local business owners are more accessible than executives of large corporations. Do you think Mars executives love your pet as much as your local vet?

When my dog had cancer my vet was on speed dial 24/7 including the weekend day we had to say our goodbyes. I doubt a Mars executive would do the same.

My local vet cares about their reputation in the local community and I believe is much more willing to address any of my concerns than a national chain store manager. Local business owners spend their money supporting other local businesses within the community. Large corporations change the unique character of the local business community. I am certain the executives of Banfield who reap the profits from their numerous Banfields do not reinvest in the community when they themselves are not residents.

Heidi Benaman

West Linn

(Editor’s note: As a service to our readers and the local business community, the Lake Oswego Review and the West Linn Tidings strive to write stories about businesses located in our specific communities as way to encourage people to shop locally. Whether a business is locally owned or not is not a factor in our decision to write the story.)

WL mayor should promote LOT agenda on his own dollar

I was very disappointed recently when I opened my utility bill from (West Linn) to find a full-color print of (Mayor) John Kovash’s recent opinion piece that ran in the West Linn Tidings (June 6) proclaiming the benefits of the Lake Oswego-Tigard water project.

To begin with, there are multiple errors in the mayor’s reasoning, but these have been discussed before and were brought out by Jenne Henderson’s letter (June 13) in response.

I will reiterate what I have said before which is that, given the likelihood of the seismic disaster the mayor refers to, it is nothing short of irresponsible to advocate putting that water plant in a seismic red zone in a residential neighborhood.

Now, besides having to put up with the mayor’s illogical rhetoric in an opinion piece, we are subjected to taxpayer resources being used to create propaganda for the LOT project. I am sure that it was not cheap to create the piece that was included in this month’s billing and how convenient that it could be included in a mailing to every citizen of West Linn. Maybe Mr. Kovash could arrange for me to have a similar counter commentary in next month’s bill. 

If the mayor wants to promote LOT’s agenda, he should do so on his own or their dollar, not ours. The fact that almost immediately after coming to an “unbiased” opinion in favor of the LOT project, he began promoting it was insult enough. This latest move only adds fuel to the fire of his sellout of the citizens of West Linn.  

Scott Gerber

West Linn

Legislators should support Clean Fuels Program

Our carbon footprint is substantially growing and if we don’t do something to slow it down now, we risk serious health problems for ourselves and our children.

One of these health problems is an increase in autism rates, and one 2012 study suggests that this is caused by air pollution from burning oil. The rate for children diagnosed with autism is 1 in 50 children, and they are three times more likely to be diagnosed if they live next to high traffic areas.

The Oregon Legislature can make a real difference on this problem today by supporting the SB-488 Clean Fuels Program and reduce our reliance on oil that pollutes our air. They must act now as our children and future generations deserve a better chance for a healthy life and environment.

Sarah Shuster

Oregon City

‘A happy planet and happier Oregonian consumer’

Gas prices are on the rise and they have been for a very long time.

It is a constant problem, and as a daily commuter, I deal with it every day. Today it’s a $4 a gallon and tomorrow, who knows, it could be $10.

How high do the prices have to be before we change to a renewable and more reasonably priced energy source?

By adopting the SB-488 Clean Fuels Program we can switch to biodiesel, electricity, ethanol and propane, which are all more viable alternatives that can replace our use of oil. These options have less impact on the planet and the wallet. Not only are they cheaper and better for the environment, they also create jobs in Oregon. The Clean Fuels Program should be adopted by Oregon’s legislators to maintain a happy planet and happier Oregonian consumer.

Meghan Payne

Oregon City

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