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SPRING AHEAD

Until the groundhog’s had its say,

We don’t know what kind of day

We can expect to come our way.

We always hope this paragon

Of a marmot can be counted on

To pop up from beneath the lawn

With the kind of prophesy that will

Shorten the winter days until

We can see a daffodil.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego

Raise minimum wage

I am an attorney who lives in Lake Oswego and works downtown. I am writing to urge legislators to raise the minimum wage this year.

It is not fair that we have many workers in our state who work full time but who are unable to pay their bills. Oregonians who work full time should receive a living wage.

The failure to raise the minimum wage over the past several legislative sessions has operated as a defacto subsidy to employers who only pay the current minimum wage, because workers who do not receive a fair, living wage end up subsisting on government programs such as welfare and food stamps. These employers should instead pay a fair wage and not rely on government entities to subsidize the cost of their work force.

David VanSpeybroeck

Lake Oswego

A 'grand design'

Another “grand design” for Boones Ferry Road through Lake Grove, according to the city’s official newsletter. I thought planners did that years ago, when scores of trees were chopped down to widen the Boones Ferry Gap.

No mention of how much the new improvements will cost taxpayers. Meanwhile, streets such as West Sunset Drive, Bonaire Avenue, Firwood Road and Madrona Street individually become ignored huge potholes.

Go figure!

F.L. Newton

Lake Oswego

Wait for wireless

Fiber-to-the-home networks certainly sound enticing: amazingly fast speeds at a reasonable price point. But they are quickly becoming obsolete, and I'd hate to see the City of Lake Oswego invest any money in one.

New wireless 5G networks coming within a couple of years will provide speeds comparable to Google Fiber, and wireless networks don't have to invest in all that expensive fiber cabling from the central office, laboriously strung across thousands of telephone poles where they're susceptible to fiber cuts and weather issues, ending in complex home demark equipment. Prices will likely be comparable, given the typically small household usage.

In the meantime, current 20-50 Mbps offerings over the existing coax cable network (Comcast, etc.) will tide us over nicely.

Jim Battan

West Linn

Hot topics

Here's what community members are talking about online. Join the conversation at facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview or lakeoswegoreview.com.

("Council votes to proceed with plans for city-owned fiber network," Jan. 28): I congratulate the City Council for its leadership in proceeding with the municipally-owned broadband plan. A city-owned fiber network will open opportunities for future use of interconnectivity that is not just a matter of expanding entertainment options. We will see it used in health, business and personal safety beyond mere home security. Many of the applications do not yet exist, but Lake Oswego will be ready for them when they come.

As the person who launched OPB's "Campaign for the Future" to fund the transition to digital television before it existed, I know something of the difficulty of getting the public to "see" things that are over the horizon and not yet in view. That is what a majority of the council members have done in authorizing work on this network.

As for entertainment, a fiber network outside the control of any one content provider will facilitate citizens' ability to "unbundle," choosing only the entertainment options they wish to receive.

On the practical side, a municipal fiber network will save residents and businesses money while increasing the value of their property. Even doubters will someday thank City Manager Lazenby and the City Council for this visionary move.

— Jim Lewis

Sign me up! CenturyLink speeds are ridiculously slow and their customer service rivals Comcast. Google hasn't decided whether they're coming ... so let's move this forward with a company that's excited to partner with the city to get 'er done.

— Chris Grubb

Why hasn't the council brought in Comcast and talked with them about their plans for gig service? Comcast has committed to bring gig service to its entire network by 2018. Is it the Council's role to do things (when) customers are not satisfied with the pricing and customer service? If so, will they be building cars soon?

— Gerry Good

("County considers creating $25 vehicle registration fee," Jan. 28): Unlike Portland residents, I hope folks in Clackamas County will face the reality that it's on each of our backs to find ways to finance much-needed infrastructure repairs. The longer we wait, the more expensive the inevitable becomes.

— Rick Parfrey

("Walmart customers sad to see Lake Oswego store close," Jen. 28): I am going to miss this store! Not everyone wants to shop at a huge warehouse the size of two football fields, and wait in a line six deep just to buy groceries at a reasonable price.

— Joanna Bucchi

The Review welcomes three categories of opinion from our readers: letters to the editor (300 words or less), political letters to the editor (200 words or less) and Citizen’s Views (550 words or less). All submissions must include the writer’s name, local address and telephone number — the latter two for verification purposes only — and should be sent via email to email@lakeoswegoreview.com. The deadline is 3 p.m. on the Monday before publication.

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