Letter to the Editor
These letters have been updated from their original version due to a typo.
Rally behind the Post Office
The current situation of location of our Post Office needs your input to the U.S. Post Office in Denver that is working on the permanent location.
Because of the citizens who responded to the urgent request of attending the June 21 meeting (the largest group of citizens to attend such meetings) there needs to be as many as possible write the person deciding the location of services in West Linn.
We know the current Post Office is to close in its current location on Dec. 31. Although it is possible this is a fluctuating date but plans by the site owners are to move forward with other plans. We also need to encourage timely information to the citizens.
So please take time and write a letter by July 25 with your thoughts and ideas on the Postal Service's proposal of moving the services or leaving us without all postal services for any time to:
Attn: Greg Shelton-West Linn
200 E. Kentucky Ave.
Denver, CO 80209-4058
Please encourage others to do the same. I am sending my letter "certified" to get the letter in the hands of Mr. Shelton. Thank you for your involvement in seeking adequate and continual postal service in our city.
City should support STEM
I was sadden to learn that the City Council declined only one public grant request this year.
The request came from the after- school robotics program at West Linn High School. The program is not funded by the school district and the budget for the entry fee, parts, transportation, etc. is $40,000.
All of this money is raised by the students. The students were asking for $2,900. Two-thousand of those dollars would have gone toward building an outreach robot and the other $900 to help fund a scholarship program, helping those students who cannot afford the $150 required to join the team.
At the City Council Meeting on June 24, Beth Landsem, a student, offered an eloquent detail of the program. She mentioned the many outreach programs that students participate in, including one the same week of the meeting, where they hosted over 56 kids at the West Linn Library.
STEM education is crucial, as we all know, and with over 20 young women involved in the robotics team, we should all be proud.
As Councilor Jules Walters suggested, and I agree, it is odd to separate out one particular group. The reason given by the seasoned councilors was the concern; if they gave money to the West Linn robotics team, then additional after school groups might apply.
I find this incredibly hard to understand. After all, don't we want youths involved in outreach in our communities and in championing their causes?
My son participates in this program and it has been instrumental in making him more involved in high school. Studies suggest the more involved in high school the better the outcome.
We as parents are happy to help support the program, but we cannot do it alone. Please consider donating to their Go Fund Me Campaign at WLHS FRC.
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