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Letters to the editor for the July 28, 2021 edition of the Herald-Pioneer - paper frustration & summer school

Frustration with paper

Recently I have become very frustrated with the newspaper I receive. I subscribe to the Molalla Pioneer.

I am a lifelong resident of the area. I live outside the city limits, almost in the Canby district, in between the two. At one time I subscribed to both the Molalla Pioneer and the Canby Herald. At least until you combined them.

My complaint is that the paper no longer carries the news of the area. We now get a mixture of Newburg, Woodburn, St. Paul, McMinnville and who knows what else.

I know that newspapers are struggling to survive amid the internet era. I have to say I prefer reading the paper, as do many others. I would even be willing to pay double the subscription rate if I got a paper that actually gave me the news of my area. But you don't. I could tolerate a combined Canby-Molalla paper if it were just that, but it's not.

The Herald-Pioneer.

Here are some suggestions. If you need to keep a combined Canby-Molalla paper, fine, but separate the two — make two fronts, one side Molalla and the other Canby. Then when you open one side all the news pertains to that area — announcements, obituaries, general news, etc. In the middle between the two sections you could put all the advertisements. That would separate the two into unique sections or mini-papers, yet give advertisers access to both. Leave out Newburg, Woodburn, St. Paul. Keep the traditional areas for the two papers.

Also, let's get some real news. Not just City Council meetings or school board meetings. Go out and get the news. I can name a host of stories people are interested in for Molalla — the bowling alley closed, why and for how long, will it be sold or reopen?

What about parking downtown, with the new traffic light going in? How will that be offset? Why not just open the logging road to let traffic bypass instead of a traffic light? New stop signs and left turns lanes have been added in town, why?

There doesn't seem to be a lot of traffic at those intersections. What's the criteria for adding a stop sign anyway? Who's managing the construction on Highway 211? Seems like the crew working the north side near Safeway is hardly there, and stuff is being redone several times. What's the city doing to encourage business to come to Molalla?

What about sports? Yes, you put some high school stuff, but not all, and what about youth sports, sign-ups etc.? What about the pool, is it open now, are they signing up for swim lessons yet; what are its hours?

What about the schools and the various districts such as Mulino, Rural Dell, Dickey Prairie and Clarkes. There used to be a small section in the paper to cover news or happenings in those local areas. Remember, Molalla isn't just what's in the city limits, it's made up of all the outlying areas that feed the schools

Why not take a survey of that whole area and see what people want to read about and if they would be willing to pay more to get it rather that asking for donations to keep the paper alive.

Jeff Fawcett

Molalla

(Editor's note: There isn't space to point out the flaws in this letter or the thinking behind them. Suffice it to say that with less staff, fewer paid hours to work, and fewer resources to do the job, things are not as they used to be — for a lot of businesses. It's a time for grace, understanding and patience — a lack of which creates frustration of another kind.)

The Herald-Pioneer.

Many responsible for summer school success

Some of the most important features of the typical summer program for our high school students are college visits and field trips, which provide exposure to community resources and opportunities.

The challenges that our world has faced during the pandemic prevented some activities from taking place. Instead, we invited local employers and higher education representatives to present a variety of relevant paths to consider after high school graduation.

We'd like to thank the following organizations for the presentations delivered to the students.

• Terry Lowen, NW Line JATC, introduced electrical apprenticeship programs and powerline tree service careers. Students were excited to learn about earning a living wage while mastering a trade.

• Canby Excavation brought a team to explain the dozens of entry-level and skilled jobs with upward mobility and the job training and licensing. From drones to computerized heavy equipment, students discovered local career opportunities.

• Steve Merrill from Roth Heating/Cooling Plumbing and more shared the company core values that drive the hiring process, explained certification and training for living wage jobs and career paths.

• From Chemeketa Community College, via Zoom, Efrain Madrigal and Cristina Barba gave our students a tour of the unique programs offered at Chemeketa, including the processes for accessing funding.

• Priscila Narcio from Pacific University's teaching program, housed in Woodburn, explained the affordable path to becoming an educator with a bachelor's degree from that private university.

• Sue Winner, CHS career coordinator, spoke to students about the skilled trades that are essential in our community that offer excellent wages and job security.

Many thanks to the community partners who visited and supported the Canby Migrant Summer School high school program during our session.

Jennifer Hitchcock, instructional assistant; Magda Moreno, secretary; Karent Robles, graduation specialist-migrant education; Erika Shearer, summer school head teacher; Emily Conklin, teacher, Cami Armstrong, teacher


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