Tree huggers and developers and Metro ... oh, my

If you have been in the land of “Oz” and have not yet realized that a “mapping” of the Stafford Hamlet has been underway since January 2013, it’s time to get out of the storm cellar, talk to Auntie Em and see what our vision is beginning to look like.

“Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore!”

The time to act is now.

The Hamlet Planning Committee, along with the 10 Hamlet neighborhoods, have been working to represent what we would like to see in the future.

The “wizard’s” hot air balloon is getting ready to sail.

Opportunities to give your input are down to a few dates:

n Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Stafford Primary School

n Monday, Oct. 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Stafford Primary School

A panel of area experts will be there to answer questions and take feedback.

From our “hearts,” find your “courage” and use your “brain” and follow the yellow brick road to a meeting, visit your neighbors. Don’t let the Munchkins do all the work!

The “flying monkeys” are waiting to take your ideas away.

“Somewhere over the Hamlet,

Dreams really can come true!”

For further information, contact Mike Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Molly Ellis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

RJ Cook


Pool will be a money pit

Here we go again, more money. 

This swimming complex is an expensive luxury I and many others cannot afford. I am on a fixed income with little expectation for it to increase ... with the U.S. government planning to change the CPI to another way that will be less for us in the future.

West Linn continues to increase fees with no end in sight. Now some want a money pit built for a few and want to charge for membership to use it on top of it. This includes an estimated annual cost to the taxpayers of around $75,000 plus and increase in property taxes to pay off the bonds.

May I make a suggestion? Form a corporation, lease the land from the city and let those who want this complex pay for it. Then they can charge whatever they want to for those who want to use it.

Let’s not continue to hit those who can least afford these increases. The fact that our house is clear is the only reason we can continue to live here. My wife and I have been a resident of West Linn for 43 years and hope for many more. 

Get real! I urge all to vote no with us. 

Robert Stowell

West Linn

Health care is a national priority for good reason

The cost of our nation’s health care currently represents more than 17 percent of our national debt, and that number continues to grow exponentially.

The status quo of our current health care “system” is no longer sustainable. The system as we know it is broken, and “reform” (action in policy, infrastructure investment, innovation and personal accountability) is required on a variety of levels to improve our country’s (and state’s) quality of life from a health, economic and workforce perspective.

This ballot is not just about a facility, even though the value it adds to our property and community should be readily apparent to any citizen who’s struggled to find a local and cost-effective pool and resource center solution for their family. It’s about our community making a financial and social commitment to its citizens. This commitment would provide access to the preventative and restorative health care resources needed for individuals and families to improve health care outcomes, improve population health and reduce costs. Make a proactive move in West Linn history by investing in the health and sustainability of our community’s future.

Kim Lamb

West Linn

Pool would benefit all citizens

For decades, citizens of West Linn have asked the city council to place a measure on the ballot that will allow us to decide if we want a year-round pool and recreation center. In the past, the council has had a reason not to let us speak at the ballot. Now, this council has stated that the citizens of West Linn should get their chance to vote and so we will.

Positive points to vote for our pool and recreation center: Baby boomers, senior citizens — Water aerobics is great exercise with very little stress on knees, ankles and other joints.

A really fun way to exercise and meet new friends. Children, preschool through high school — A great place to learn to swim, practice swimming, have great fun in a safe atmosphere, learn lifelong skills to protect you when around water. Parents — A great place for you to meet new friends while children learn skills that will last a lifetime. A place to have birthday parties, neighborly meetings, celebrations. West Linn citizens — We can have a “West Linn family room,” a safe and clean place for all of us to enjoy celebrations, meetings, exercise, aquatic activities and it will be ours.

Swim teams — With our own aquatic center, our swim teams can practice at home. Currently our West Linn swimmers must travel as far as Molalla, Beaverton, Portland to practice. A lot less time driving and the fees will stay at home when we have our own aquatic center. Please join me in supporting 3-432, West Linn’s pool and recreation center.

Don Kingsborough

West Linn

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