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Donating to foundation ‘is not a partisan issue’

The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation is presently fully engaged in its efforts to raise money for the Lake Oswego School system.

It is an effort I heartily support for a number of reasons.

It is evident that our high-quality schools are one of the chief reasons people with children choose Lake Oswego as a place they want to live. I have heard this frequently before I started my tenure as mayor and even more often since then. Attracting families with children who care about quality education does a lot to help us maintain our involved citizenry and our vibrant city lifestyle.

The city provides in-kind support by doing such things as maintaining sports fields and giving the schools discounts on some services. We do this because we feel a strong school system is important.

In order for the schools to keep their class sizes smaller to promote more student-teacher contact, the schools need more money than they get from the state. It is both more palatable than imposing more taxes and also more efficient.

This is not a partisan issue because a good education is something beneficial to all of our students and their families.

Please consider donating money to this worthy cause.

Kent Studebaker

Mayor, Lake Oswego

There is still time to reverse these cuts

I am a Lake Oswego resident, business owner, veteran and Medicare Advantage beneficiary, and I have many friends who are very concerned about the past, present and future cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.

I alone have had close to a 50 percent increase in my monthly premium from 2013. In addition, I have had increases in co-pays, not to mention increases in costs, various cuts and taxes (the latter three which I have not yet realized the pain) on Medicare Advantage. Now, the Medicare agency is proposing additional cuts for 2015 that will be finalized April 7.

There is still time for us to ask our legislators to weigh in and ask to reverse these cuts. If we would like to protect quality health care choices and reasonable out-of-pocket costs, we all need to get involved in the process.

I recently spoke with Sen. Ron Wyden at his Multnomah County Town Hall meeting. He and other legislators know quality health care for seniors is a priority. We need to encourage them to take action on our behalf. Sen. Wyden told me he will vote to roll back the pending cuts.

David Ludwig

Lake Oswego

Anti-abortion letter statistics challenged

Shelby Bennett states some facts in her citizen’s review of March 13 that make it seem as though abortion were bad for women.

Allow me to clarify the statistics. She wrote, “25 percent of women who have had abortions eventually seek out psychiatric care.” If her statement is true, then the percentage of women seeking psychiatric care after having an abortion is below the average for the general population. That percentage is 26 to 27 percent. Since those seeking psychiatric care are 63 percent women and 37 percent men, the number of women in the general population who seek psychiatric care is 31 percent of all women.

In other words, if a woman has an abortion, she is much less likely to seek psychiatric care than if she did not have an abortion. Add to that statistic the 12 percent of new mothers who seek psychiatric care for perinatal depression, and there is no question that abortion is much less harrowing than giving birth.

Shelby Bennett also states that “each abortion increases (the woman’s) risk of breast cancer 300 percent.” Where she got those numbers is suspect. No studies I have found link spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or induced abortion (“abortion”) to breast cancer. In fact, generally, the studies conclude that breast cancer risk is not affected by abortion one way or the other. While there is a reduced risk of breast cancer in young women (under 30) who have carried a fetus full term, that full-term pregnancy might be the woman’s first pregnancy or her fifth pregnancy, the first four having been ended by abortion.

And last, the risk of dying from an abortion is one-tenth that associated with childbirth.

So, with regard to a woman’s mental and physical well-being, she is much better off having an abortion than carrying a fetus full term.

Peter Wright

Lake Oswego

Support education by donating to foundation

I love the community in which we live. I feel blessed to enjoy such a beautiful setting, the company of good friends and an amazing educational experience for my children.

We moved to Lake Oswego over 12 years ago, just to enable our children to matriculate into, in my opinion, the best public school district in Oregon. What I didn’t know at that time, was just how dynamic and well known this district would become.

I say our school district is dynamic for two reasons, the volume of different educational opportunities provided to our students and also the continually creative initiatives our district implements to keep our programs strong. Our schools are funded through four main sources — the state of Oregon (76-78 percent), the individual PTO/PTA club for each school, the Lake Oswego (local option) school levy and the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. The LOS Foundation was started over 28 years ago with the sole purpose of funding additional teachers, creating a lower student to teacher ratio.

It is this lower ratio that I believe is the key component of our exceptional education. In regards to our district becoming well known, as some of you may know, my family is immersed in both the West and the East coasts.

While traveling back east last week, touring colleges with my daughter, I was happily surprised during a conversation with a recruiter that she was quite familiar with Lake Oswego High School; our good reputation is spreading. Our LOS Foundation has also received national attention from other public districts, which desire to replicate our formula. Our graduates of both high schools have proven their preparedness for college by being accepted into and excelling at the best universities and colleges in our nation.

Please join me in supporting our children’s education by donating to the foundation.

Stacy Yost

Lake Oswego

New Seasons, Rotary honored by meal network

The board of directors of the Lake Oswego Meal Network Advisory Board, the nonprofit that supports all Meals on Wheels in Lake Oswego, is pleased to announce the two new awards created to honor the continuing, vital support of the Lake Oswego community.

The Business Partnership Award was given to Mountain Park New Seasons, in its sixth year of collaborative fundraising to aid in providing more than 20,000 meals to senior and disabled residents in Lake Oswego. The award is given to the entire New Seasons Mountain Park crew, with special thanks to Debra Meadow, community coordinator, Claudia Knotek, New Seasons community relations manager, and Mountain Park Store Manager Erin Chambers Leiker.

Congratulations also go to Lake Oswego Rotary, recipients of the first Community Partnership Award. This award publicly acknowledges the vitality of the long-term commitment Lake Oswego Rotary has demonstrated, with Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels and the meal program. The award was presented to Lake Oswego Rotary President Malcolm Mathes at the group’s February meeting by LOMNAB co-chairs Brenda Grubbs and Frank Bridwell.

The Lake Oswego Rotary has repeatedly shown tremendous support of senior nutrition in our community, so that no senior goes hungry or is socially isolated. The financial support to the Meals on Wheels program has been ongoing, through generous donations from the Rotary from its signature fundraiser, the annual lobster feed. In addition, the Rotary’s serving group is one of the longest term serving groups at the adult center’s dining room, often providing service three times a month.

I am delighted to be the co-chair of this board and appreciate the hard work and tremendous support Lake Oswego continues to receive.

Brenda Grubbs

Co-chair, Lake Oswego Meal Network Advisory Board

Student appreciates work of foundation

I have been on Lakeridge’s mock trial team for three years. This year, we placed first in county and qualified for state, the first time a Lakeridge mock trial team has done so.

We were very happy, but did not stop there. For the two weeks between the county and state competitions, we worked after school till late in the evening making our case as good as it could be. We placed sixth at state, just nine points behind the winner, a record in Lakeridge’s mock trial history.

Critical to these successes were Dr. Hoppes, a Lakeridge teacher, and Mr. Levin, an attorney, Lakeridge parent and teacher for the mock trial elective class.

Dr. Hoppes and Mr. Levin stayed the long hours with us after school, giving invaluable advice. Dr. Hoppes and Mr. Levin could have done other things in the time they spent with us — as a student in her APUSH class, I know Dr. Hoppes had plenty of papers to grade, and Mr. Levin had work as an attorney — however, both of them chose to spend their time with us and support us students as teachers.

The above shows the dedication of Lake Oswego teachers and the reason to support the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. LOSF has a focused mission to invest in teachers, which results in small class sizes and unique elective options, such as mock trial.

Every student receives a world-class education. The LOSF does “invest in success” as can be seen by our success in mock trial.

As Lakeridge’s student liaison on the LOSF Board, I see the passion the board members bring to each meeting and how much a quality education means to the members of our community. As a Lake Oswego school student, I greatly appreciate the foundation’s work.

Thank you.

Kavya Sreedhar

Lake Oswego



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