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Ready to move on

Though those of us in the Hallinan neighborhood who are most affected by the current construction feel that city codes are poorly written — and even then bent or ignored in order to favor development — we are ready to move on. We will welcome our new neighbors and hold out hope that the issues raised over lot revisions and building methods will not result in property damage or personal injury.

Change was never an issue for any of us. Indeed, my wife and I moved into our Cedar Street residence over 20 years ago in the hope that the neighborhood would be updated and upgraded. Safety and concern for maintaining the charm of our little part of the pie were the reasons for any citizen action.

I would like to publicly thank Liz Martin, Wendy McLennan and Suzanne Elstad for their tireless work in researching building codes, city laws and processes, then arranging their findings into logical, unemotional data points to be presented to the city staff, Development Review Commission and City Council. While there were certainly others involved with the efforts to save the essence of our neighborhood, these three went well above and beyond the call of duty to get their message across to anyone who might be able to help solve the issues as we see them.

While that process has left many of us feeling like money talks and citizens walk, and that who you are is more important than what you are, we do appreciate the time put forth by the city in hearing our concerns. If the Council makes good on its promise to look into some of the more glaring deficiencies of the code, then perhaps the efforts of these three women and others will not have been in vain.

Alan Elstad

Lake Oswego

‘With us always’

I am writing to let you know how thankful we were for Jillian Daley’s article on our father, Dale L Reynolds (“Community honors longtime LO educator,” Jan. 29). I am pleased that with Jillian’s help, we had a turnout of about 100 family, friends, former teachers and administrators from the Lake Oswego area for a Remembrance of Life celebration at Rossman Hall at Resurrection Catholic Parish in Tualatin on Feb. 2.

We inurned our father at Willamette National Cemetery on Feb. 3 with full military honors, remembering that almost 70 years ago he was seriously wounded in Germany during World War II. This final “march” was one of his last wishes in life, as it was to be at Willamette with our mother, Erma.

It has been said that “old solders never die, they just fade from view in this life.”

Our father may be gone from this world, but his memory and spirit will remain strong with our family, his friends and, most of all, with his former students at LO Junior High, LO High School, Waluga (Lakeridge Junior High) and Coeur d’ Alene High School.

His kindness and courage and smiles will be with us always.

Mark & Joel Reynolds and families

Lake Oswego

No pathway study, please

Why Jeff Gudman is proposing a bike pathway along the Willamette Shore Line (“Consider a pathway along Willamette Shore Line,” Jan. 29), which would preclude the possibility of future streetcar service to and from Portland, is completely puzzling to me.

Most of us have chosen to live in Lake Oswego not only because it is a great town, but also because it allows us to access what Portland offers, such as jobs, sporting events, restaurants, music, museums, medical specialists and an airport. We are an aging population and many of us are (or will be) hesitant to drive, but yet we don’t want to give up our ready access to these offerings in Portland.

A streetcar will give us the ability to continue to be independent and active. Additionally, we should be attracting younger individuals and families to Lake Oswego, and studies show that Millennials’ desire for using mass transit is greater than that of prior generations. In addition, this convenient access to mass transit increases property values.

This may not be the time to build a streetcar line due to other needs. But as time goes on and Highway 43 gets even more crowded, and more of our LO citizens want to use Portland’s offerings without driving and paying for parking, our desire for a streetcar may very well grow. Why would we eliminate forever the possibility of a streetcar in lieu of a bike pathway that most of our citizens would not realistically use?

Please let us not waste money for a study about a bike pathway.

Diane Scurlock

Lake Oswego

Editor’s note: The Review asked Councilor Jeff Gudman to respond. Here’s what he had to say: “Exploring the feasibility of constructing a bike/pedestrian trail on or along the Willamette Line does not preclude the possibility of future streetcar service. It explores the possibility of what can occur at this time. The difficulties include but are not limited to: cost of construction and operation, not having complete right of way ownership for use other than rail, and multiple jurisdictions involved.  A streetcar is several decades away; a bike/pedestrian trail is a possibility now.”

Hold On

A thread weaves

My life with yours,

Stretching through time

And place,

No matter how close or far.

We are connected,

If we hold on.

Sometimes the

Thread is broken

When someone moves

Or dies,

It falls to the ground

And waves with the wind

Remembering what it

Had.

Other times someone

Moves, and the thread,

Falling through

Time,

Is somehow lifted from

The earth and held

Once again, and we

Are reconnected;

If even for a minute

Or two.

It is a brief gift

Of life

To see one another

As aged and perhaps

Worn by a life lived. We are there

For a time, talking,

Laughing and crying,

And journeying for what is our time

In space.

The thread is there

Mostly,

Even when it falls and

Lingers,

Alone. Those who

Have gone before us

Hold the

Invisible thread that we

Long to hold, even if

Briefly, once again.

For now, we must hold

The thread in our minds

And our hearts, and

Hang on tight.

Susan Von Tobel

Lake Oswego

Oppose SB 324

One of the first public hearings of the Oregon Legislature’s 2015 session was for Senate Bill 324, which extends the sunset for a low carbon fuel standards (LCFS) program set to expire on Dec. 31.

The alleged purpose of LCFS is to reduce the “carbon intensity” of fossil fuels. Producers of biofuels will be given “carbon intensity credits” for their production of “renewable” energy products. Suppliers of gasoline and diesel will be forced to purchase these “carbon intensity credits” to “mitigate” their carbon dioxide emissions.

The Department of Environmental Quality estimates this will increase the price of gasoline by about 19 cents per gallon. Consumer user groups are estimating costs to be closer to $1 per gallon.

SB 324 requires no notification of the covert tax to be provided to consumers. Most Oregonians won’t realize that they are paying an extra $2 to $20 to fill up their gas tanks.

The LCFS is not really about saving the planet. Even the complete elimination of ALL Oregon greenhouse gas emissions would not result in a measurable difference in global emissions.

It’s not about social justice, either. Families living at or near poverty levels spend the highest percentage of their income for energy. They will suffer the greatest harm by forcing artificial and unaffordable increases in energy prices upon them.

Oregonians concerned about this misguided policy should contact their state representatives and senators and urge them to oppose SB 324.

State Sen. Doug Whitsett

Salem

Think before you cut

Spring is just around the corner, and Lake Oswego residents will renew the war on trees.

I don’t understand the mentality of some of the people who live in our beautiful city. When people come here to visit, they inevitably mention all the beautiful trees. Yet in the more than 20 years that I have lived here, there have been no less than 40 big trees cut down in my neighborhood alone.

Among the excuses: “They drop needles on my driveway.” “They drop leaves in my pool.” “They cracked my sidewalk.” But those trees also create and clean the air we breathe. They are home to a huge variety of wildlife and insects, a giant part of our eco-system.

So the next time you consider cutting down that giant fir so the sunlight hits your petunias, please reconsider.

Golden Taylor

Lake Oswego

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