Great job, Oregon City drama students; 2 things everyone should know about PERS

Walt and I had a great evening watching Oregon City High School students perform the "Drowsy Chaperone" play. It was incredibly well done.

PHOTO BY DICK TRTEK - Senior Ellie Lundgreen is the center of attention from many cast members in 'The Drowsy Chaperone,' which played onstage at Oregon City High School Dec. 5-8. Our grandson Cole Pearson had one of the staring roles and sang and danced like a Broadway star. (We didn't know he could dance!) All of the cast members were so terrific and so talented.

It was directed by Clyde Berry and choreographed by Jeff George. The entire play was as good as any New York Broadway play I have ever seen. It was a magical night and for sure. Walt and I are looking forward to the next one. We are very proud of our grandson Cole Pearson and will be supporting the OCHS thespians.

Thank you, OCHS staff and leadership, for your support of the cast and crew.

Ginny Van Loo

Jennings Lodge

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Cole Pearson starred in 'The Drowsy Chaperone,' which played onstage at Oregon City High School Dec. 5-8.

2 things everyone should know about PERS

I am a retired Navy and Vietnam veteran. I have two children and four grandchildren and am not a PERS member.

Edith Rusch's opinion article in the Dec. 5 issue of the Clackamas Review was well-written and informative. What it didn't do was address two very important events in the history of PERS.

One was the Oregon Supreme Court ruling that there can be no single, sweeping change to reform benefits. The court ruled that each individual PERS account must be treated as exactly that, a sole contract between the member and PERS. The second event was the handling of an enormous surplus during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Against the recommendation of their own financial advisors, PERS elected to distribute the surplus to member accounts instead of holding the funds back for that inevitable "rainy day." A foolish, greedy decision in light of the more than $25 billion shortfall PERS is now saddled with.

Mike Plocher

Happy Valley

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