Squash and pumpkin vines wilt

And leave their mute offerings

Strewn on the sodden ground.

It’s too early and too late

For what’s left to do.

Apples cling to the season.

Birds are flying south.

We’ll drink brown ale,

Dance the schottische,

And pretend we’re German.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego

A little thinning?

I walk through the Palisades neighborhood regularly, and as I look around, I have noticed that when developers are done building or remodeling, they will put in a lot of trees, in a too small area, in an effort to make the property look more mature (at least that is what I think their intention is).

As a result, as the trees grow, there is considerable overcrowding and some trees become distressed and are dying.  I see many trees that look like they are one windstorm away from toppling over.  The compound effect is that all the trees are affected and have sides that are brown and withered.  Taking one or two of the trees out would give the rest of the trees room to grow and flourish.

Don’t get me wrong, I love trees!  LO’s trees are almost as integral to our community as our citizens are.  But I suggest you all take another look at the trees in your neighborhood.  How many could benefit from a little thinning?

I would like to see the Tree Code make it less costly and less bureaucratic for homeowners to make their properties safer by removing dead trees, and prettier by giving our trees the room they need to grow. I have gone through the “tree removal” permit process twice.  It was ridiculous!

Lynn Guzie

Lake Oswego

Time for a new name

Having followed the continuing controversy over the proposed Wizer Block development, I feel the dialogue has reached a new and very unfortunate phase.

Having exhausted most of the usual appeal processes, Save Our Village is now pursuing a final appeal to the state Supreme Court. Although this is their right, there also comes a time in most every dialogue to start a reconciliation process, thus ultimately leading to understanding, acceptance and providing a basis for moving forward.

Unfortunately, this latest appeal seems mean-spirited in view of the multiple rejections of opponents’ petitions. By continuing this effort, ill will is being fostered, thereby calling into question the real purpose of the Save Our Village group. It appears their effort now is creating a Destroy Our Village atmosphere by continuing to foster arguments that do not serve the purpose of our community reconciliation process.

The group would be well advised to think seriously about their name and what their current efforts are accomplishing, and upon reflection, begin the more difficult task of moving toward healing and reconciliation.

R. Bastian Wagner M.D.

Lake Oswego

Not to worry

To all those who want the Wizer Block to be developed: Have no fear. The current project will proceed as planned. It was a rubber-stamped “Go” from the first Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency meeting, where the mayor said any concerns about size and density would be handled at the Development Review Commission. We all know how that turned out.

“All these pesky appeals just waste time and cost us taxpayer money,” you say? I, too, am concerned about wasting our money. Just sit back and watch $5 million go into the developer’s pocket as an incentive to help him make money for his investors.

The real problem for me is that I had expected a much better design for this area, other than what looks like a big-box high school drafting class project. I hope “vast numbers of Oswegans” who want this project will enjoy the equivalent of three West End Buildings with apartments crammed into the corner of our so called business district.

Me? Not so much.

Darryl Boom

Lake Oswego

Looking toward tomorrow

How perceptive was the last paragraph in Victor Nelson’s letter to the editor (“Change and progress,” Sept. 24)? At the end of his letter, Nelson included a David Ben Gurion quote — “It’s not enough to be up to date, you have to be up to tomorrow” — which I’d never heard, but which is appropriate for tomorrow’s Lake Oswego.

Tomorrow is an energetic downtown Lake Oswego, with thriving small businesses and new community members contributing to our tax base. I am up for that. Tomorrow is at least $600,000 in new property tax revenue so that we can continue to have great schools, parks, bicycle paths and superior infrastructure and services. And I’m up for that. Tomorrow is jobs, new faces and fresh ideas, and I’m most certainly up for that.

The development on the Wizer Block contributes to Lake Oswego’s tomorrow. As passersby can see, it will be shortly under construction, providing hundreds of needed construction jobs. Sure, there may be some frustrations during the construction period, but let’s look beyond that and at all we will gain as a community when this infill project is done.

Tomorrow is change, and progress, and we must not let tomorrow pass us by. We do so at our own peril!

John Beardsley

Lake Oswego

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n (“Council seeks help in prioritizing list of East End projects,” Sept. 24): As priorities are established for these projects, I certainly hope the corresponding tax impacts are identified as a part of the overall decision-making process concerning phasing. It seems like an obvious thing to be doing, but it was not followed when the decision to buy the WEB was made at a time when other capital projects were being considered.

— Rick Parfrey

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