Why are costs in LO higher than West Linn?

As a newcomer to Lake Oswego, I find two of my basic living expenses surprising:

In West Linn my monthly one-can trash pickup (free recycling pickup) was $7.95 per month. Here it is $29.52, some 271 percent higher.

My West Linn monthly water/sewer bill for a single-family home on an acre was $40 per month. Here, in a much smaller house, it is more than $100, some 150 percent higher and rising.

Combined, that’s $47.95 in West Linn versus $129.52 Lake Oswego each month.

I knew Lake Oswego was a wonderful place to live, but is it worth almost three times more for water and trash?

Peter Toll

Lake Oswego

Don’t change swim park (except for goose poop)

I’m not writing about something that I want fixed but something I want to stay the same.

I love the swim park at Lake Oswego. It’s a great way for me to have fun with my friends and I go there at least four times a week all summer. I love everything about that place.

The only thing that I want changed is the goose poop there. People could do a better job scooping it up, but I still love that place.

Ethan Wilde

Lake Oswego

‘Invest in Success’ with foundation

By now, most Lake Oswego citizens probably have seen the green lawn signs around town and know that the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation (campaign) is well under way. The “Invest in Success” signs are hard to miss. If you have given, thank you, if not please make it a point to do so. Here are some quick facts on your foundation:

The foundation is an independent non-profit corporation organized in 1986 to support the Lake Oswego schools.

Approximately 95 percent of money raised goes to fund teaching positions.

Foundation dollars pay for 20 teaching positions this school year.

The annual campaign raises funds for annual operating costs (teachers’ salaries only).

The endowment fund is an excellent way to leave your legacy and “pay it forward.”

Please consider a donation to the foundation today. Your increasing house value will be further proof that you made a wise “investment” in our community.

Tom Krueger

Lake Oswego

‘Either/or’ is different than ‘both/and’

With interest and appreciation, I read John Bogdan’s response (April 17) to my (April 10) “tree” letter. He makes valid points and a compelling case. Certainly families taking root in the community is a Lake Oswego priority.

So where’s the problem? He fails to answer one question. Can’t rooted families happen without destroying the environment, our trees and our community heritage of 25 plus years as a Tree City?

His argument is based upon either/or.

The issue is both/and.

Ann Lackey

Lake Oswego

City should ‘revise the rules’ regarding lake

In your story on April 17 (“Question of lake access heads to Court of Appeals”), the city wants us to believe that the only reason park rules bar access to Oswego Lake is due to safety concerns. There are apparently no such concerns at city-owned George Rogers Park, where access to the swift currents and debris from the Willamette River is completely unregulated.

Notably absent from any recent discussion of lake access is assertion of private ownership of the lake; even the Lake Corporation appears to acknowledge that the waters are public and that if you can get to the lake, anyone can swim in it.

Therefore, it seems clear the main reason the park rules are in place is simply to prevent people from entering the lake. The city claims that allowing access would be costly due to oversight and facility changes, yet they have spent $180,000 defending the park rules and have set aside another $160,000 for the latest appeal.

Does anyone doubt that regardless of who wins the appeal, this case is headed to the Oregon Supreme Court? How much will that cost the citizens of Lake Oswego, all in an effort to keep them from accessing our namesake lake?

The city should abandon its defense of the lawsuit and revise the rules. Spend a fraction of the money set aside for legal fees to remove fences, replace “private lake” signs with “swim at your own risk” signs, and set up a way to collect swim access and parking fees. It could even be a net revenue generator for the city.

The issue of private or public lake ownership should be settled one way or the other. But let the Lake Corporation pay the fees, not the taxpayers.

John Wallin

Lake Oswego

Make a difference, give to the foundation

We’ve lived here in Lake Oswego for many years and have our business in this community as well.

We love Lake Oswego. One of the main reasons we moved here in 1987 was so that our kids would be in the best school district in the state. We’ve supported the school foundation during their LO school years and continue to do so after our kids have graduated. We’ll continue to give our support and participation to help maintain the excellence this community has given us.

Our kids’ education gave them the tools to get ready for college and their future. In fact, they say from the first day in the college classroom they felt prepared. The teachers in Lake Oswego go out of their way to do the best for our students. Now when our kids do run into a teacher from LO they will take the time to ask about their lives.

How nice it is to live and work in such a caring place and see the results of such hard work and dedication from not only the faculty but also the administration and student body.

We thank the foundation for its continued hard work and look forward to years of continued success for our schools. So please remember to give to the foundation and help our students. And if you have never given, this is your chance to make a difference.

Doug and Wendy Lee

Lake Oswego

Everyone should support foundation

I love living in Lake Oswego.

We enjoy a great community, a convenient commute to almost everything and exemplary schools. A donation to the Lake Oswego School Foundation will help to ensure being able to continue having all of these great assets that our address provides.

Each year the LOSD Foundation’s goal is to keep classroom sizes small. This is a great tradition that ensures consistency for each and every student’s experience in our schools.

If each person that appreciates living in Lake Oswego makes a donation to the Lake Oswego School Foundation, we will be sure to reach our goal of $2 million.

Please support the Lake Oswego School Foundation by donating today. Thank you for your support.

Denise Smith

Lake Oswego

People need to live here a while before running for office

It disturbs me when people move to Oregon to escape someplace unpleasant, and immediately want to change the way we do things here. It’s more disturbing when these greenhorns seek elected office without living here long enough to fully comprehend the complexities of our political values.

Case in point: (Lake Oswego City Councilor) Karen Bowerman, a transplant from California, now living in Lake Oswego, wants to be a Clackamas County Commissioner.

To be a good commissioner, one has to have firsthand knowledge of both the history of this county and complicated nature of the people who call this place home. Being such a newbie I find it impossible to imagine that Mrs. Bowerman is remotely qualified for this task.

To illustrate my point, she recently declared she supports “very aggressive development of the Stafford Basin.” This, in spite of the fact that a strong majority of the taxpayers in the region, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin and Stafford Hamlet have been trying to preserve the rural legacy of this area for (more than) 25 years.

I don’t always agree with commissioner Paul Savas, (but) he has been around long enough to understand us and our county’s complex issues.

Don’t Californicate Clackamas County, re-elect Paul Savas.

Dave Adams

Stafford Hamlet

No-spin candidate Bates ‘listens to people’s views’

For Position 5 on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, I am supporting a man who has for years demonstrated the type of leadership I appreciate and hope for every time I mark my ballot.

I am supporting Steve Bates because of my close observation of the honesty and sincerity of his leadership during the past four years while I was a reporter for newspapers in the Boring area of Clackamas County.

Bates’ style of leadership gives the power to the people he represents. At meetings and visits to his home office, I was impressed with his exhaustive research on current topics. He listens to people’s views, says what he’s thinking and doesn’t put political spin on anything.

Bates is an extremely organized person who would be an excellent addition to the commission. He would bring added integrity to a board that has not always enjoyed the esteem and respect of local residents. He also would keep the board on task, add new ideas and increase its collective knowledge with his incessant research into agenda topics.

This position is likely to be decided in the primary, so please vote in May for Steve Bates for Commissioner No. 5. Visit for information.

Jim Hart


Editor’s note: Jim Hart is a former reporter for the West Linn Tidings.

Savas has ‘a true public servant’s heart’

Clackamas County commissioner Paul Savas is a man of vision, honor and integrity.

Over the last three years on the commission, Paul has earned a reputation as a thoughtful and pragmatic problem-solver, who is willing to move beyond partisan politics in order to do what’s best for Clackamas County.

We should feel fortunate to have a county commissioner with a true public servant’s heart. On May 20th I ask that you join me in re-electing Paul Savas for Clackamas County Commissioner, Position 2.

Jon Kloor


Smith would be right one to take on Schrader

The May primary election to select a candidate to face Kurt Schrader next November is a serious race.

At stake: A very real opportunity to unseat Kurt Schrader, who voted for Obamacare without reading the bill, and the urgent opportunity to replace and repeal Obamacare.

Tootie Smith has won multiple elections within the boundaries in Congressional District 5, and she knows how to get the job done; she knows how to take out an entrenched Democrat incumbent. She will not be distracted in this critical mission by a well-meaning, but very inexperienced young opponent who is desperate to get publicity.

Republicans are glad to see that she will not allow our primary to be turned into a media circus. Her sights are set on Kurt Schrader — her campaign is aimed at winning in November.

Tyler Church

Lewis & Clark student


Weigh in with opposition to dirty power plants

The world is heating up at an alarming rate and with these increased temperatures come problematic shifts in the delicate balance of our natural world. President Obama’s Climate Action Plan seeks to directly address the environmental challenges that we are facing.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed regulations on carbon pollution from power plants.

These proposals are not only important, since power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, but they also are historic since this is the first time we’ve seen federal regulations on carbon pollution.

Through cleaning up existing power plants and preventing the creation of new dirty plants, we can work toward a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future.

Our future generations are depending on us to act boldly and immediately.

Maria Fish


Contract Publishing

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