Reader Letters: On nerds, CCC positives, city use of taxes
Recent column points to value of the nerds
To the editor:
A big "thank you" to editor John Baker for his wonderful column recently about comic cons and the positives they engender.
In this time of divisiveness, lack of discernment and out-right ridiculousness of people, it's a bit comforting to know that togetherness and lack of judgement or condemnation is out there. I, for one, had no idea what a comic con was about, though I've heard of them.
Thanks for a little peek into that world and the positives that it apparently delivers. Perhaps you're right, John, maybe we do need to give into our inner nerd a bit. Seems they have it figured out far better than most of us.
CCC board chair points to school's positives
To the editor:
As the chair of the CCC Board of Education, I can assure you that your local college is not going anywhere. Despite insufficient state funding during the past 30 years, CCC continues to offer top-notch education for reasonable tuition in state-of-the-art facilities.
We strive to meet our community's ever-changing needs. We grow and adapt as technology, business needs and demographics change.
We recognize that a growing population in Clackamas County is Spanish speaking, including 10 percent of CCC students. The percentage of Latinx students in K-12 schools is more than 20 percent, so we are working to be responsive, equitable and accessible to all students.
We are also producing graduates who are in high demand from employers. Our medical assistant graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate and 100 percent of their employers report satisfaction with their work.
You may have heard about the importance of career technical education (CTE) and the demand for workers in those fields, such as manufacturing, health sciences, welding and automotive technology. But have you heard about the statewide shortage of instructors for these programs? It is hard to lure a professional in a CTE field to become a teacher. CCC's solution to this problem is to offer the first of its kind in Oregon CTE teacher apprenticeship program.
Based on local voters' passage of CCC's 2014 bond, we recently opened new facilities providing advanced technology, health care, automotive and science education.
These are just a few examples of CCC's responsive education. We are also looking to the future. We are developing a strategic plan to address community needs, identify areas of focus and prioritize how we allocate resources. Clackamas County is fortunate to have CCC in our community. Nowhere else will you find more caring, talented and innovative faculty and staff who always put students first.
Chair, Board of Education
Clackamas Community College
Previous letter spelled out issues with Canby funds
To the editor:
My thanks to Vicki Shaddix (Canby Herald, 2/19/2020, Mayor's speech) for pointing out problems with the handling of the City of Canby's tax generated funds.
I, too, am perplexed that the city is able to use directed tax funds for pet projects. The ridiculous "quiet zone" plan will benefit very few of Canby's citizens and, in fact, appear to appease the desires of the builders of a nearby apartment complex whose owners presumably knew about the safety laws of train crossings when they applied for their building permits.
The roads in Canby are largely in terrible condition and tax dollars requested for road repair should only be used for that purpose.
After living in Canby for 10 years, leaving for nine, and recently returning, one thing is clear. Canby's governmental hierarchy is still in the pockets of business interests and cares very little about the tax-paying citizen.
Growth for growth's sake without proper infrastructure is an ongoing problem.
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