An increase seen for first time in five years to CCC Support Fund

To the editor:

I’d like to thank our communities for their continued support during this past legislative session. The result of our collective efforts was an increase in the Community College Support Fund for the first time in five years. While funding still remains at 2005 levels, the tide has at least turned. In addition, we have secured $16 million in matching funds for two capital construction projects supporting job creation and learning innovation for our district.

The community responded to our call for support in a variety of ways, by writing letters and making phone calls to our legislators or testifying before key committees. Our students played an important role as well, taking time out of their demanding schedules to travel to Salem and meet personally with our legislators. Each voice made a difference in telling the community college story.

Clackamas Community College legislators delivered on their promise to our district for education and job development support. I want to personally thank the members of CCC’s legislative delegation, along with the entire Legislature for demonstrating their belief in community colleges. Our legislators understand the critical role community colleges play in meeting job training and educational goals in our district.

The results of the modest increase in operational funding helps CCC as we expand student access and completion by delivering the first two years of a four-year degree and technical education leading to family-wage jobs. The capital matching funds dedicate $8 million toward facility improvements at the Harmony Community Campus and $8 million for advanced industrial education at the Oregon City Campus.

President Joanne Truesdell

Clackamas Community College

Richardson campaign begins

To the editor:

I believe in Oregon and the people who’ve made it great. Pioneer spirit has always been part of who we are. Oregonians have spent lifetimes enriching this great state to put the next generation in a better situation. When I travel and people learn I’m from Oregon, a common refrain is, “Wow, I hear it’s beautiful. You’re lucky you get to live there.”

Oregon is a legacy and a gift—a state whose beauty is second to none and one filled with human and natural resources that were once used in a balanced way that allowed Oregonians to thrive.

It’s disheartening to see the state my family loves falter. Instead of being first in the nation for ingenuity and a flourishing economy, instead of being a leader in education, Oregon has a high and stagnant unemployment rate, a devastating childhood poverty rate, and one of the highest uses of food stamps in America.

After serving more than 10 years in the Oregon Legislature, I believe Oregonians deserve a plan for Oregon’s future and a leader who understands our state, who has the capability and the resources needed to ensure our families thrive, and one who will see that future generations have the opportunities they need to be successful.

We can do better. We’ve built some of the most revered cities in the nation. Our universities have created a solid foundation for thousands of people. Oregonians have built businesses which have improved the world. This is the Oregon I’ve known. It’s the Oregon I love. This same pioneer spirit is still in us today, but it’s getting weaker because Oregon’s state policies no longer promote self-reliance, individual initiative and personal accomplishment.

We used to make, grow and build products that were the envy of the nation. As those industries withered, families were left wondering, what’s next? Traded-sector workers have been waiting years for change. It becomes harder to care for each other when we’re no longer able to care for ourselves. Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens—low income earning seniors, children with special needs, and disabled veterans—rely on the services we can provide when our economy is robust. Yet without a vibrant economy and enough family-wage-paying jobs, providing adequate services for our most vulnerable citizens is increasingly difficult.

In the coming weeks and months, with the help of Oregonians statewide, we’ll develop a detailed plan for Oregon’s future—a plan that will reignite Oregon’s pioneering spirit. Our plans will enable and encourage innovations in technology, medicine and foreign exports. Together we can charter a course to greater opportunities and prosperity.

I’m the son of a union carpenter who swung a hammer his whole life. He taught me about honest living and hard work. I put myself through school to make a living for my family, just like many other Oregonians have done. Oregon is our state and it is going to take hard work to move Oregon forward. I’m committed to serving you and our great state. I believe we need a leader who will stop defending the status quo and start championing a new plan for Oregon’s future. I'm running for governor because I believe we’re stronger together.

State Rep. Dennis Richardson

Oregon gubernatorial candidate

What does recycling mean?

To the editor:

What does recycling mean? Throwing objects into your curbside bin? Taking returnable items to the machines? Donating items to charity?

Recycling means all of this and more.

I am a Molalla resident and recent graduate of the Master Recycler course. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as a resource to our community for everything recycling.

To become a Master Recycler, I took an eight-week course covering the latest information on thoughtful consumption and recycling. It involved more than 30 hours of training on all aspects of recycling and field trips to local establishments. Now that the course is over, I am eager to share an array of inspiring information with my community.

Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding recycling, reducing and reusing questions or interests. I am available to offer tips, help organize recycling at your event, and be a resource for all of Molalla and the surrounding areas.

If I can leave you with one simple thought, it would be: Remember the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle.” That phrase is not just a saying, it’s a hierarchy. First, try reducing consumption, then reusing when possible, and finally recycling. By thinking about and acting on this hierarchy, we become one-step closer to sustaining our beautiful area and ultimately, our remarkable planet.

Lizzy Welle OeDell


Sharp’s air show was a delight

To the editor

Thank you Grant Sharp for the delightful air show. As we work in the yard we can hear the planes and are delighted to imagine the steep plunges, turns, high flights the folks are skilled in performing with these delightful planes. Thank you for bringing tourism to the community with this high 'blue ribbon' event. Several us will be in the area to watch the lights and fireworks. Thank you for helping keep Molalla alive and enjoyable.

Karen Graves


Contract Publishing

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