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A family — and a student — to be proud of

Bryce Anderson, student body president, captain of the Lakeridge basketball team.

There was an important upcoming event, the MORP winter formal. This is where the girl asks the guy. What does Bryce do? He asks someone who has never been to a dance, in a wheelchair and could not ask anyone because of her cerebral palsy.

Bryce wanted to give Stephanie the experience of a high school dance. He says, and I quote, “She deserves to have that experience like everyone else.”

A memory, dinner and photos at the Blizzard home with family and friends. This was in addition to Stephanie being dressed in a cobalt blue gown, ready for the formal. At the dance Bryce never left her side. Stephanie had Bryce’s full attention.

As a father of a miracle child with special needs, this article brought tears to my eyes. Bryce has already learned one of the greatest lessons in life; wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.

Bryce’s parents did a good job of raising such a wonderful son and an example for all.

Ken Scales

Lake Oswego

Fifth and A is dangerous intersection for pedestrians

As I was reading the letters to the editor today I wasn’t surprised to see a letter about cars not stopping for pedestrians.

The letter I read was about McVey and South State Street. I must say I am in total agreement. However, it is also a huge problem at Fifth and A at all times of the day even with flashing yellow lights. My son and I were walking home from a delicious dinner at Chuckie Pies and couldn’t believe the amount of traffic that didn’t or actually wouldn’t stop.

To be honest, it was a little scary. I can’t imagine if it had been raining. More needs to be done — it is a state law that requires motorists to stop.

I really don’t want to see the tragedy that happened (Jan. 19) where two women were killed in a crosswalk (in the Westfield Vancouver mall area) happen here in LO. I wish the police would hang out at 7-Eleven and watch how many folks don’t stop.

Thank you, Cary Gatewood for getting this conversation started. And please, drivers be aware.

Jamie Harwood

Lake Oswego

‘Marriage is not a right, it is a privilege ...’

I was deeply disappointed in the article (about) the pastor of the UCC Church in Lake Oswego advocating gay marriage.

Gays in Oregon have all of the advantages, and in fact many more, than married couples. Their only reason for seeking the title of marriage is to show that their bond is, in every respect, equal to that of heterosexuals.

No matter what the title, that bond can never be the same as that of a man and a woman in marriage. The argument for same sex marriage misses the whole point of the government sanctioning of marriage.

The number and quality of life of children born to heterosexual marriages is vital to the future welfare of our state and our nation. Governments have a very big stake in encouraging married couples to have children and in helping them nurture, educate and encourage strong, moral values in these children.

The title of marriage should be reserved for those, who as male and female, by design or by accident, give birth to the next generation. We should not only reserve the title of marriage to those couples, we should also give them special and generous benefits to help them raise these children as successful future citizens. This is something, that with rare exceptions such as artificial insemination, can only happen when male and female partner together, hopefully in a state-sanctioned marriage, to create the very future of our state and nation. Homosexual couples, by the very nature of their relationship, do not create that future generation.

Marriage is not a right, it is a privilege, and should be reserved by the government for male and female partnerships.

Cllifford D. Mansley Sr.

Lake Oswego

Commissioners questioned about ambulance RFP

In 2012, then-Chairwoman (Charlotte) Lehan and the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners approved the request for proposal bid from American Medical Response (ambulance service).

Now in 2014, Chairman (John) Ludlow and the new board decided to “tweak” the original RFP bid weighting the cost of the contract at 25 percent instead of 20 percent. Each service had six months to return the RFP bid. AMR was the only bid submitted on time, therefore Metro West was disqualified.

Yet Commissioners Ludlow and (Tootie) Smith are still running AMR around in circles and “need additional questions answered.” The AMR employees took a 2 percent decrease in their pay to make the bid competitive, win or lose the contract. Both Commissioners (Martha) Schrader and (Paul) Savas (who is up for election this year) voted to contract with AMR. It is obvious Chairman Ludlow, Smith and (Jim) Bernard would like to allow Metro West to bid the RFP after the fact. Metro West has donated to their campaigns so one can assume that Bernard wants to keep his seat and Smith, who just joined the board, now thinks she is qualified to replace U.S. Sen. (Kurt) Schrader.

Tootie, Where are the “shovel-ready jobs?” Stop the buying of seats and vote.

Jeanne Freeman

West Linn

(Editor’s note: Clackamas County Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to offer American Medical Response a one-year extension to the existing ambulance contract. The decision is contingent on AMR agreeing to the extension. The county is in the final weeks of an extension that expires April 30. The motion was supported by Chair John Ludlow and Commissioners Jim Bernard and Tootie Smith. Commissioners Paul Savas and Martha Schrader opposed a short-term extension and pushed for longer-term extensions.)

Sign petition to help end taxpayer funding of abortions

You can help end Oregon taxpayers’ funding of abortions right from your home computer.

Since early last year, the Oregon 2014 Petition Committee — which I serve as a chief sponsor — has been working to put a measure onto Oregon’s November 2014 ballot to end state-government funding of abortions. To succeed, we need to collect the signatures of 116,284 registered voters by mid-May.

Tens of thousands of Oregonians already have signed our petition. We’re on pace to qualify our measure for the ballot. But we need your signature as well.


— In Oregon, via the Oregon Health Plan, taxpayers fund nearly half of all elective abortions. The number of tax-paid abortions in fiscal year 2011-12 was 4,191, at a cost to taxpayers of some $1.75 million.

— Over the past decade, Oregon taxpayers spent $16 million to fund 38,455 abortions.

— Today, the number of taxpayer-funded abortions in Oregon is at a 10-year high.

A recent Action Solutions/Edge poll of 448 randomly selected Oregonians — weighted for age, gender and party affiliation — found that 54 percent oppose taxpayer funding of abortions while only 37 percent support it.

Whatever your position on abortion, certainly you can agree: Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for elective abortions.

It’s easy to get our petition. Go to Oregon2014.org, print a single-signature petition sheet, sign it and mail it to the listed address. By doing so, you can help end Oregon taxpayers’ funding of abortions.

Marylin Shannon

Oregon taxpayer and former Oregon state senator


‘We must take action now and care for those who cared for us’

I am a 17-year old senior at La Salle in Milwaukie, Ore. I’m writing to you today because I would like to express ideas on caring for the elderly of our community.

We need to take care of those who took care of us. The federal government plays a large role in the lives of the elderly as they deal with Social Security, federal assistance, Medicaid, Medicare, etc. Changes should be made within these programs so that the elderly of our nation can easily obtain health care and support.

The Older Americans Act was introduced in 1965 and has been since altered to focus on providing long-term care services for the memory-impaired, disabled or poor elders of America. The act attempts to keep people out of elder care institutions, which can be costly and not always the best care. This is just one way that our government has helped out and made a difference in the lives of the elderly.

The most important place where elders can be helped is right here at the local level. It is way easier to make a difference locally than nationally. Simply volunteering at an elderly home for a couple hours can make a difference. I had the opportunity of being able to spend time at an elder’s home and perform service and I loved it. I realized that the elders of our community are lonely. Sometimes all they need is someone to sit and talk with them and that should not be so much to ask for.

Someday, we’ll grow old and want someone who will care for us, and that is important to keep in mind. We are responsible for caring for the generation before us and we must take action now and care for those who cared for us.

Kenna Murphy


‘This kind of industrial food system is not something’ we want

An important part of this conversation that most Oregonians will care about (“Genetically modified foods hard to avoid,” Sustainable Life, inserted in the Lake Oswego Review on Jan. 16) is the large amount of chemicals that accompany GMO seeds.

The GMO seeds that Monsanto sells are “Roundup Ready” so that farmers have to buy both the seed and the pesticide from the company. The more GMO seeds planted, the more Roundup in the soil, which leaks into groundwater, remains in food products and causes problems in not just humans but other species and the environment too.

The harmful effects of pesticides are well documented over many years and in peer-reviewed journals. If people want to debate science, look at the pesticides component to GMOs. Children and pets are especially susceptible. This kind of industrial food system is not something that Oregonians want. Neither do most countries around the world.

Susan Laarman

Northeast Portland