Ban all lawbreakers?

In an article in last week’s Review (“Council deadlocks over extending ban on pot dispensaries,” Sept. 17) City Attorney David Powell was quoted as saying that “currently, Lake Oswego code prohibits issuing business licenses for business whose activities violate any law — state, federal or local.”

On May 20, 2015, Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, UBS and The Royal Bank of Scotland pleaded guilty to federal felony charges and are currently on probation. Will the city be revoking the licenses of these firms or subsidiaries of these firms that do business in Lake Oswego? Or deny future licenses?

John Vogel

Lake Oswego

Carson is wrong

Over the last few days, we have seen a barrage of insensitive and inaccurate comments come from the Republican Party in regards to Islam. The most recent came from Dr. Ben Carson when he said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” Dr. Carson believes that Islamic faith is inconsistent with the Constitution.

Dr. Carson fails to realize the irony of his statement. His own views seem to be inconsistent with those of the Constitution. Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution states: “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any public office or public trust under the United States.” Either Dr. Carson has not familiarized himself with the document that he is ready to swear an oath to uphold, or he has chosen to ignore certain parts of it to appeal to the base of his party.

Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that Muslim Americans today serve in all branches of the Military. Are we to say that we entrust these Muslims to protect us from all foreign enemies, but not to protect the Constitution? Muslims make up 10 percent of the doctors in this country. Are we to say we trust these Muslim doctors to care for our health and livelihood, but not to care for the health and livelihood of this country?

A tenant of Islam is that loyalty to one’s country is part of faith. Based on this tenant, there is no conflict of interest when it comes to loyalty to one’s country and faith. Dr. Carson should familiarize himself with the religion of Islam and the Constitution before making such statements.

Waqas Hussain

Lake Oswego

Helping children

The Lake Oswego community made a direct impact on the lives of ill and injured children in Oregon and Southwest Washington with outstanding support for Dream for Doernbecher on Aug. 17 at the NW Natural Street of Dreams.

Oswego Friends of Doernbecher is particularly indebted to the Home Builders Association and our sponsors — Celebrate Catering, SecureWorld Expo, Mayerle & Tydeman Dental, Vic’s Auto Center and the families of Chris Woida and Anne Grimwood — for partnering with us. We also want to thank our generous guests, prize donors and everyone who bought a tour ticket for contributing to our success.

To share the amazing work that goes on each day at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, we have launched a new lecture series. Our second lecture will feature Dr. Dana Braner, physician-in-chief at Doernbecher and a specialist in critical care medicine. His talk, entitled “What Happens to Children in Tsunamis, Earthquakes and Other Disasters,” will give a behind-the-scenes look at how medical professionals help children through international disaster and relief missions. Not only is Dr. Braner a compassionate and skilled volunteer, but he is also an insightful and engaging storyteller.

Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 1, at Oregon Wine Reserve (600 N. State St. in Lake Oswego). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. Go to by Sept. 28 to register.

Kathy Johnson

Oswego Friends of Doernbecher

Ready to move forward

Free speech has been exercised for nearly three years, both by supporters and opponents of the Wizer Block redevelopment. I, for one, am ready to move forward, safe in the knowledge that the new development fits a long-term vision our city fathers had for our downtown and safe in the knowledge that the project meets the highest code standards set with long-term foresight, not only by our city leaders but also by a committee of our citizens.

So exercising my free-speech rights, I am stating that I am disappointed that my taxpayer money has to go toward defending yet another appeal by a diminishing group of opponents. Their latest appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court has such little chance of success that it fits into the category of a frivolous lawsuit.

The City Council, Land Use Board of Appeals and Oregon Court of Appeals have overwhelmingly disagreed with opponents’ arguments. Our state Supreme Court reviews only 6 percent of all cases and has never taken a land use case where the Court of Appeals so resoundingly rejected the legal merits of the opposition argument.

So again, exercising my free-speech rights, I say ‘Enough!”

Vast numbers of Oswegans are excited by the potential this development offers our community. We have heard and listened to all views for almost three years. There are no more new arguments to be made.

Construction begins in a few weeks and, in true Lake Oswego fashion, we will get through that. In two years, most of us will be looking forward, not backward. We will be enjoying our new neighbors, eating and shopping in the new development and taking advantage of all it brings in the way of new property taxes. A new face in the downtown center!

Maggie Martin

Lake Oswego

Change and progress

It’s been a year since the City Council overwhelmingly voted in favor of the Wizer Block development going forward, followed by two lost appeals by the opposition and now a third appeal from a small group of remaining opponents — a third appeal, I must emphasize, where the odds of success are slim to none.

I understand that logic and gambling have little in common, but I would have thought that before taking the same losing argument to the Oregon Supreme Court, someone knowledgeable in the opposition group might have pointed out to others the logic and the odds of the higher court even accepting the case, let alone coming down in their favor.

Only the same argument that the opposition lawyers have used unsuccessfully before can be made to the Oregon Supreme Court. Surely, since money is involved in funding such an appeal, someone should have pointed out the odds of success? Perhaps they did and the decision to go forward was made anyway. If that’s the case, is the goal of the appeal to try to delay the project? From what I know and can see on the site, delay will not work, either.

What Lake Oswego will get out of this latest appeal is the reputation (set by only a few) of an elite aging community with residents who are burying their heads in the sand and not willing to face the challenges of change and progress.

Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, said, “It’s not enough to be up to date, you have to be up to tomorrow.” The majority of Oswegans don’t want to just gamble with our future. They are up to tomorrow. Change and progress is tomorrow.

Victor Nelson

Lake Oswego

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("Hallinan gets HIP," Sept. 17): This is exactly the kind of private funding investment that creates fundamental and lasting inequity between the district's schools. It's one thing if private funds are paying for school parties or field trips or special guest speakers. It's another thing if they're being used to make capital investments on public property. Isn't that why we have public schools? It's a pact where we pool our resources as a collective for the benefit of everyone's children. Lift all boats. It’s not Hallinan’s fault — it’s a flaw in the district’s policy. In my opinion, private funding for capital improvements should be pooled (across elementary schools, across junior highs, across high schools) and distributed equally.

— Rachel Shafer

I for one commend such a hardworking group of parents. They got up and chose to spend their time making their school better. If they also choose to invest their money in their endeavor, more power to them. We could learn a lesson from this Hallinan crew.

— Michael Garvey

More than funding, this seems to be related to how much work every parent put in. I walked by that school this summer and there was: digging, pulling, painting and power washing — all by parents, not paid professionals. Do you want numbers and details? Tell your PTO president to talk to the Hallinan one, but the thing is that you need to have the people willing to do "dirty jobs" instead of just "calling a contractor." I donate to the foundation for money to be shared within the district, and I donate (either time or money) to PTO, and what I give to PTO I want to go to the school my kid is attending.

— Basilet

("Council deadlocks over extending ban on pot dispensaries," Sept. 17): Seems (Councilors) Gustafson, Gudman and Manz do not believe the citizens should be "bothered" by something as critical as allowing the sale of federally illegal drugs in Lake Oswego. Guess they want LO to become more "Portland-like." I was at the meeting and made the point to thank the mayor and Councilman O'Neill for their position (did not catch Councilman Buck).

— Dave Luck

Councilor Gudman challenged us to vote him out over this issue, and I'm quite tempted to take him up on that.

— Rick Parfrey

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