Letters to the editor
Stop Sherwood Sprawl West
From watching its meetings, it is clear that Sherwood's current City Council sees open spaces outside Sherwood's borders as wasted space, waiting to be "developed," increasing Sherwood's size, traffic, climate-changing emissions, light, noise and other pollution and encroachment on birds, pollinators and other wildlife.
In particular, the City Council intends to ask Metro in 2024 to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to include nearly 1,300 acres developers call "Sherwood West," without putting it to a vote of Sherwood residents. (See the November/December issue of the city newsletter, The Archer.)
It argues that this massive sprawl is inevitable and desirable, citing past population growth and employment trends to justify what it wants. But it disregards today's realities of climate change, extreme traffic, "for lease" signs throughout the city, remote-work trends due to COVID-19 and increased broadband accessibility, stressed wildlife, etc.
The City's promo piece in the Archer makes no mention of any of this or that Sherwood West includes Metro Title 13 Habitat Conservation Areas.
The mayor and three City Council members are up for election in Nov. 2022, giving Sherwood residents their only opportunity to stop this planned Sherwood sprawl.
If you value open spaces and believe Sherwood can and should stay within its current boundaries, please run or recruit someone to run for City Council who will stop Sherwood "Sprawl" West.
John Vandenberg, Marianne Bickett and Brian Belet
You too can be heard and make a difference
Hey citizens of Sherwood — did you know you have a voice when you have a traffic concern in Sherwood?
Don't just vent your traffic concerns on social media. There's no one there to fix it.
But if you thoughtfully describe the issue and the area in which it occurs on the Sherwood Traffic Safety Committee Request Form (available on the city of Sherwood's website), you may just be a hero for getting the problem to the right people and a solution that everyone will appreciate.
Check out their monthly meetings (on Microsoft Teams until they can meet in person), the fourth Thursday of each month. All meetings are recorded and available for viewing on the city of Sherwood's YouTube channel.
It is led by a citizen chairperson, under the guidance of the Sherwood Police Department, and attended by city personnel who have been very responsive to citizen input.
While you are in the mood, always room for interested citizens to serve on boards and committees. The Police Advisory Board and Traffic Safety Committee would love to have you get involved.
Churches do good for both the community, spirit
I have gained a renewed appreciation for the privilege of attending church the past few months after so many months of not being able to attend church meetings.
It has been noted that church attendance, including synagogues, mosques and other religions, was down (pre-pandemic) significantly nationwide.
Organized religion plays a very important part of our society. Churches have provided help for homeless, food for hungry, support groups for Alcoholics Anonymous, clean water in Third World countries, humanitarian aid to our U.S. citizens as well as many other countries.
Recently, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave two semi-truck loads of food to food pantries in the Tualatin and Lake Oswego areas. The Sherwood YMCA received a sizable amount of this food.
But for me, the most important reason for attending church is increasing my faith in God and Jesus Christ. Answers to the big questions about life, what happens after life, how to deal with inadequacies, the purpose of pain. I appreciate the opportunity to worship and learn with others. We find hope in church worship.
Some have felt disappointment in others at church. I learned a long time ago to attend church with the attitude of attending to uplift and serve others.
It is at church we can become our best selves, full of love and joy, serving others as well as finding our purpose in life, whether it be in a synagogue, mosque or other organization. I often notice a small item in our local news of churches doing good, I applaud all of those efforts. Thank you!
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