Canby Herald Letters to the Editor for the February 28, 2018 edition - NRA, college funds, nursing

NRA contributions are no coincidence

To the editor:

In 1982 and '83 there was a rash of tampering with over-the-counter medications that resulted in 12 deaths. Now we have tamper resistant packaging on all medications, vitamins and supplements.

In 2001, Richard Reid attempted to ignite explosives in his shoes. That attempt failed, but the result is that we all have to remove our shoes before we are allowed to board a commercial aircraft.

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Seat belt laws are a result of high numbers of traffic fatalities. Our current texting and driving laws are also a result of high traffic fatalities.

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in 2012, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults, there have been at least 1,126 mass shootings with 1,252 killed and 4,453 wounded. The best our politicians can offer for this profound loss of life is "thoughts and prayers."

Is it any coincidence that the NRA has spent $203 million since 1998 on political contributions and lobbying? When a teacher dies trying to protect their students we call him or her a hero. What do we call our politicians who turn a blind eye, over and over again?

Bill Fenton


CCC joins in legislative funding request

To the editor:

Clackamas Community College is joining Oregon's 16 other community college's in a legislative request that will allow it to maintain momentum in supporting students to complete their programs and prepare more people for local jobs. This legislative session, the state's community colleges are asking the Oregon Legislature to allocate an additional $32 million to the Community College Support Fund to mitigate tuition increases and restore funding for student advising in the second year of the 2017-2019 biennium.

The alternative is cuts in student services and other programs and larger increases in tuition. Both slow down our mission to prepare members of our community to contribute to the economic vitality and cultural richness of Clackamas County.

The lack of funding at the state level forces tuition increases at the community college level. Our college serves students with the greatest academic, financial and social challenges. The legislature must work to ensure community college students have the support they need to succeed.

Now we need action by the legislature so community college students – and our community – do not suffer a setback to local economic prosperity.

Study after study has shown that money invested in Clackamas Community College provides a greater economic return to local communities than any other public investment. The average annual added income related to the activities of CCC and its former students equals $177.6 million, which is approximately 1.2% of the county's total economy.

Community colleges work in partnership with K-12, four-year universities and local industry to ensure the best outcomes for both students and community. A $32-million statewide investment in community colleges will pay huge dividends in momentum for our local economy. Please support it.

Jane Reid, chair – Estacada

Ron Adams – West Linn,


Greg Chaimov – Milwaukie

Chris Groener – Oregon City

Dave Hunt – Gladstone

Irene Konev – Canby

Rob Wheeler – Happy Valley

Clackamas Community College Board of Education

Nursing shortage needs to be addressed

To the editor

The United States is currently in a nursing shortage, however schools are turning students away. Why is that? Some schools do not have the staff, materials, space and equipment to house and teach these students. The programs that these students apply for are point based, these points are gained via accomplishment, which comes with a lot of stress, work and time from these students.

The shortage the United States has been experiencing continues to increase. It's well known that the shortage is expected to grow as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows.

According to the Oregon Center For Nursing, just considering Oregon , "When considered individually, the selectivity rate was 36 percent for Oregon's ADN programs and 46 percent for Oregon's BSN programs."

Before applying to a nursing program, a student must have completed 2-3 years of prerequisites. Most require the student to have worked in a healthcare field, obtain CPR and First Aid Certification and maintain as close to a 4.0 GPA as possible.

Pre-nursing students have been stressed out for years trying to meet this age old criteria, and putting themselves through college.The criteria that has been used in the past for nursing program applicants was a wonderful starting point but some adjustments can be made from it. How can the United States stop turning away eligible students and still get quality employees?

Bonnie Harvey


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