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July 17, 2014

Wizer Block redesign still 'hugely inappropriate'

by Roger Rollins
There is a saying among professional lobbyists that “everyone has their price.” In other words, if there are enough zeros behind the largess to be doled out — be it money, in-kind products or…
July 17, 2014

Put brakes on illicit drug distribution with 'no' vote on…

by David Olen Cross
Most of the illicit drugs killing Oregonians are produced, manufactured and smuggled into the state by drug cartels operating out of Mexico. On April 24, Oregon’s medical examiner reported that…
July 17, 2014

Here's how to make school lunches better

by Girls Inc of LO
We are the third and fourth grade Lake Oswego girls group of Girls Inc. NW Oregon, an affiliate of the national organization dedicated to inspire all girls to be “Strong, Smart and Bold.” When…
July 17, 2014

Review's editorial on gun ownership misses the mark

by Alan L. Baker
Your editorial on gun ownership (“Debate over gun ownership should focus on making communities safer,” July 3) misses the target. There is no “debate” over gun ownership in Oregon. The Oregon…
July 17, 2014

Wizer Block plan threatens quality of life in Lake Oswego

by Judy Davis
If permits are issued for the revised Wizer/Kessi plan for Block 137, the quality of life we enjoy in downtown Lake Oswego will be irreparably damaged. The dedicated work of citizens and city…
July 17, 2014

City should hold true to vision for downtown core, reject Wizer…

by (none)
“Study the past if you would define the future.” — Confucius Much has been made in the debate over the future of the Wizer Block of the need to preserve the “village” feel of Lake Oswego’s…
July 17, 2014

Readers' letters

by (none)
LO Lions Club says thanks I would like to thank the many people and businesses that were so helpful in making the Lake Oswego Lions Club’s 65th Fourth of July pancake breakfast such a success:…
July 17, 2014

An opportunity, not an obstacle

by James E. Griffin
I’m going to start my thoughts about the Wizer Block with a quote from Marilyn Monroe. She once said, “Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.” And that is exactly…
July 17, 2014

Words can cost taxpayers

by Charles Ormsby
Forty words in the Lake Oswego Transportation System Plan (LOTSP) draft of June 23, 2014, could have cost Lake Oswego taxpayers over $3 million in fiscal year 2014-2015 and then increase…
July 17, 2014

Don't ignore the Wizer Block project

by Gale Frank
It’s the height of summer and people are busy — this is the exact time Patrick Kessi’s Wizer development team chose to trot out the same pig the city rejected previously, only they’ve shaved an…

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Jul 17, 2014

It's time to grow: another step forward to viability

by John DeCosta
We have a key downtown block that is frozen in time. It contributes little to the vitality of our community. We need a viable core to our community that is economically sustainable. No project…
Jul 10, 2014

How to be a good summer party host

by Mikel Kelly
It’s that time of year again. Summer’s here, and you know what that means — at least for us old-timers. Barbecues. Parties. Entertaining on the deck. It used to be that summer meant swimming,…
Jul 10, 2014

Parking and traffic are concerns for Wizer Block development

by Liz Martin
In reading the pros and cons about the Wizer development and the article on density from Karen Bowerman (“Coming to a neighborhood near you,” June 26), it is clear that there are mixed reactions…
Jul 10, 2014

Readers' letters

by (none)
Why aren’t you joining the Relay for Life? Why not? What is your reason for not coming to the Relay For Life of Lake Oswego, which will benefit the American Cancer Society on July 12-13 at Lake…
Jul 10, 2014

Wizer Block: Here we go again

by Patrick Haar
I am responding to a recent “Hello L.O.,” the City of Lake Oswego’s official newsletter. By cutting off part of the proposed Wizer Block development in a photo, the publication gives a…
Jul 10, 2014

Wizer Block: LO citizens' values vs. developer's money

by Tom Grigg
"Money, Money, Money” — the famous tune from the movie and Broadway play “Cabaret” — could be the theme song for Pearl developer Patrick Kessi and his team, who are proposing a huge apartment…
Jul 10, 2014

Kessi no hometown hero

by Philip Pirfrotta
I was quite taken aback today when I picked up The Review and found a front-page article about Wizer developer Patrick Kessi. The reason for my dismay is that his very personal human-interest…
Jul 10, 2014

The myth of the Big Box

by Roger Martin
For 65 years, the Wizer family owned and operated Wizer’s Oswego Market in our downtown. For decades, Gene Wizer has been physically and emotionally intertwined with the Lake Oswego community.…
Jul 10, 2014

Wizer Block: dead space or a new beginning?

by Will Denecke
I write this both from the perspective of being a long-time resident of Lake Oswego and an urban planner experienced in real estate development. This community is at a crossroads. The practical…
Jul 03, 2014

Debate over gun ownership should focus on making communities…

by Editorial board
Every time a gun-related tragedy occurs, the cry goes out to ban certain types of weapons, establish waiting periods or pass other gun legislation, but in the end, nothing ever really gets done.…

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