Letters to the Editor: Feb. 14, 2018
Farewell to the News-Times from a former reporter
Over my five years working for the newspaper I have covered a wide range of events, topics and controversies. It is time for me to leave my post as a News-Times reporter and enter the next stage of my life.
Forest Grove is an amazing, diverse, special and thriving community. I have really appreciated that this town cares so much about its paper and the staff members who work so hard each week to create it.
I will always hold the News-Times and Forest Grove, which I have gotten to know so well, in a special place in my heart. Thank you.
Stephanie Haugen, Scholls
Hillsboro district's graduation rate on the rise
I appreciated the Hillsboro Tribune's recent article on the Hillsboro School District's graduation rates. With a long way to go, the district is making great strides. A number that should be also discussed is the progress the district is making regarding non-completers. The number of 2016-17 non-completers was 127, while 2015-16 was 145, 2014-15 was 187 and 2013-14 was 199.
A lot of the credit needs to go to the employees of the district that have turned up their "tough love" for those students that struggle, making them feel that they can succeed and checking with them to make sure they are accountable and making progress on their goals. Increasing the number of graduation coaches in each high school has gone a long way as well.
Making graduation rates a strategic plan objective and actually measuring success against these goals by the district has been paramount in setting the tone for students to graduate and succeed after high school.
As parents and community members, we need to make sure the district knows we have their backs and support their efforts to get every student through high school and equipped to succeed in life.
Monte Akers, Hillsboro
Voter Assistance Team does valuable work
Before each election, we reserve the free services of the Voter Assistance Team to assist our residents to vote at Hearthstone of Beaverton Assisted Living Community. Because they come, our residents are able to get unbiased help with the voting process and thus do their civic duty to vote as long as they possibly can.
For this past election, many were able to mail in their ballot but about a third of our residents were assisted with their voting or dropped their ballot into the official ballot box brought by the team.
This team is greatly appreciated. Their kind, friendly manner is remembered by our voters. Several said that not only did the VAT help them understand the issue on the ballot, they elevated the voting process to the important place it holds in the democratic process in our country.
Many thanks to this team. We are usually the first to reply before each election in order to get them scheduled and are indebted to the Elections Office for this valuable service.
Nancy Anderson, Beaverton
Bible offers good lessons for those who represent us
With all the talk about some of the language coming out of the mouths of our elected representatives, it should be recommended that they pick up the good book and read in Matthew 15-11: "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."
Also, Mark 7-15: "There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him, but things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man."
Charles Mariam, Newberg
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