Keep your dogs safe this Fourth of July

Independence Day can be a fun celebration for us humans, but it can be very traumatic for our dogs. Here are some tips from Bark Busters Home Dog Training to protect your dogs and keep them safe:

1. Don’t leave your dogs outside; bring them inside to protect them. If this is not possible, cover the crate or kennel with a blanket to offer some protection from the bright flashes and loud bangs.

2. Keep your dog confined and don’t let (it) answer the front door. Your dog may be under significant stress, which may result in unnecessary injury to innocent parties or cause your dog to dart out though the front door and get lost.

3. Create a special “den” where your dog feels safe. A properly introduced crate or kennel can be a great den for your dog.

4. Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noises and bright flashes.

5. Turn on the TV, radio or a fan to distract your dog from the loud noises outside and to help him relax.

6. It may be hard, but try to stay with your pet during the majority of the fireworks (display). A dog can often react differently to a bang when you are not there.

7. Always have ID securely on your dog in case your dog gets out. Talk to your vet about micro-chipping your dog. Make sure that your vet hospital and/or animal shelter have recent information in their databases about you and your pet.Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their dogs have a safe and happy experience this July Fourth.

Al Holzer

Bark Busters Home Dog Training

West Linn

LOT letter was condescending

Open letter to John Cook, mayor city of Tigard, and Kent Studebaker, mayor city of Lake Oswego:

I read with interest your letter (advertisement, page A2) of June 20 on behalf of the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership, offering your “sincere gratitude” to our community as you begin reconstruction of water facilities in West Linn.

If it were I, however, I could not in good conscience make such a condescending statement particularly in the face of overwhelming opposition to an industrial use in a residential neighborhood in the face of overwhelming opposition from neighbors, citizens, business and, of course, opposition from the West Linn Planning Commission.

Your citizens are opposed to this development and it is a travesty for you, as mayors as well as the mayor and city council of West Linn, to suggest that you know “construction of our plant and pipeline will cause inconveniences” when as a matter of fact it will devastate a neighborhood for years, and your constituency know it, but they are constantly and consistently underwhelmed by your failure to recognize your errors in judgment.

Those of us who live in this neighborhood in West Linn, however, offer our sincere gratitude to join together to protect our lives and our future from actions such as yours.

Charles K. Landskroner

West Linn

Church welcomes new time, new pastor

The time — it is a changing. The times — they are a changing.

Starting July 7, the worship service at Willamette United Methodist Church will begin at 9 a.m.

Pastor Jonathan Enz was appointed to WUMC starting July 1. He and his wife, Dorine, live in Oregon City and have two adult sons.

Some of you may remember Jonathan’s father, Rev. Clark Enz, as he served as pastor at WUMC from 1984 to 1988. The people of WUMC are very excited to welcome them into our family and look forward to working with them to rebuild our congregation.

WUMC plays a vital role in our community, housing the West Linn Food Pantry, several AA meetings, Girl Scouts and other outreach programs. Our pies at the Old Time Fair and annual turkey dinner are memorable.

We invite you to help us welcome Jonathan and Dorine into our midst. In an ever-changing world it is comforting to know some things never change and that is the love of family and friends coming together.

The church is located at 1683 Willamette Falls Drive in West Linn.

Mary Lou Ball

Member, Willamette United Methodist Church

Commissioners should pay for breach

Commissioners John Ludlow and Tootie Smith and others appear to be engaged in a concerted effort to breach Clackamas County’s contract with TriMet for the construction of the Orange light-rail line to Oak Grove.

TriMet has filed a lawsuit to enforce the contract and seeks damages of more than $1 million. Oregon law requires taxpayers pay for damages that result from a lawsuit against Clackamas County. But the law (ORS 30.285) also says that taxpayers are not required to pay when a governing body engaged in “malfeasance in office or willful or wanton neglect of duty,” which this breach appears to be.If the court rules in TriMet’s favor as expected, the taxpayers of Clackamas County should not have to pay for the damages, costs and attorney fees resulting from TriMet’s lawsuit. They should demand that commissioners Ludlow and Smith, and any other commissioner that supported this breach, personally pay instead.

David L. Jorling

Lake Oswego

Contract Publishing

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