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Beaverton benefits from on-campus police officers

Last week, a report came out regarding the school resource officers program with the City of Beaverton and the Beaverton School District. The City of Beaverton will be reviewing the report and making a decision if they will continue to fund SROs in the Beaverton School District.

As a longtime resident, and employee of the school district, I believe that the program should continue.

Having SROs in the buildings can help build positive relationships with staff and students. There is need now more than ever for students and staff to feel safe at school and in their workplaces. The officers are trained to assist staff with dealing with dangerous students, incidents and keeping our community safe.

We have been lucky to not have too many serious incidents in our schools, and having SROs in the building is something that is needed. Their role is to support students, staff and administrators.

I have worked with many of our SROs who work for both Beaverton Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Many of the SROs work hard to support us and also do a lot of work after school hours to support students as well. Some of them have been coaches and support our sports programs with security at football and basketball games.

The Beaverton School District SRO program has been and will continue to be supportive of keeping our students and staff safe, and I personally want to thank them for their efforts and what they do in our community.

Let's keep the SRO program in the Beaverton School District and support our officers in their roles of keeping our community and schools safe.

Cherise Arthur, Beaverton

People are responsible for choices they make, including college

It has been now more than two years since the pause for repayment of student loans started.

Our current president has elected to continue that pause despite his repeated claims of how great the economy is doing. We have low unemployment — roughly 3.5% nationally and 2.8% for those with a bachelor's degree.

By continuing this pause, it adds a hidden tax and inflation effect to all Americans. The money these former students should be paying towards their loans is a causing a false cashflow to the economy. Injecting empty dollars into the economy dilutes the value of the dollar.

We are creating too many Captain McCreas in our society. I am referencing the character in the movie "Wall-E" who has not learned to stand on his own two feet.

Are we loving our children by holding them accountable or hating them by rewarding them for being irresponsible?

My view is we are doing a disservice by not holding people accountable. We cannot afford to keep kicking this can down the road. Those who however ignorantly they made that decision to go to college need to suck it up, not wait for a bailout.

How did we get into this situation to begin with? In my family, I am the only one earning, and I can say as a father of five that did go to college I had some stake in the game. We had debt for nearly all, and three have completed that obligation.

Colleges have no responsibility to see your success. They will gladly sign you up for $50,000, saying you have plenty of time to pay that back. Easy for them to say.

Yes, there needs to be accountability all around. Parents and high school counselors need not cave to colleges saying everyone needs to go to college. There needs to be some sanity in the decision process, and part of that is that taxpayers are not responsible for your education — you are.

There is a very famous quote by a well-known president, "Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

You did not consult with me when you signed up for that bill for a degree that was projected to pay you $40,000 to $50,000, so why am I included to to pay for it?

Greg Rooker, Forest Grove

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