Citizen’s View: Time for a new name

Letter by R. Bastian Wagner M.D.  Originally Published in the Lake Oswego Review 10/1/15

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

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