WCS welcomes support from community

The board of Wilsonville Community Sharing is pleased to announce its decision to lease dedicated space at the administrative building owned by Grace Chapel. Following a comprehensive review of three potential sites relative to our established criteria, on March 4 the board selected the site at Grace in which to operate the food bank and information and referral services. We are grateful to the leadership of Grace Chapel for offering to host WCS in this space.

As we anticipate a transition to this new site, the board extends its deep appreciation to Meridian United Church of Christ, which has hosted WCS for over 15 years and which offered to provide a long-term land lease for a new facility as an option. The board also wishes to thank Wilsonville United Methodist Church for offering its site under a similar long-term land lease as a third option.

We look forward this spring to signing an agreement with Grace Chapel that will enable WCS to increase food supply, utility assistance and a variety of other services to the vulnerable in our community. We welcome support from the entire community as we continue to serve those most in need.

Claudia Roldan

Ron Owens

Michelle Ripple

Larry Edwards


Cheryl Kelly


Wes Morris

Vice president

Rich Truitt


Program delivers pet food for homebound seniors

FIDO operates the Clackamas County AniMeals program. (It delivers) pet food to homebound seniors so they don’t feed their food to their pets, so no one eats good. (These pets are often the only family they have.) Wilsonville seniors receive pet food every two weeks, delivered with Meals on Wheels. Now you can help support the program by dropping off pet food at the Wilsonville Community Center. We accept open bags and appreciate all donations. Anyone qualifying that needs pet food can contact FIDO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 971-678-6928.

The AniMeals program is new to Wilsonville, we have been on the edge of the county for a long time, glad to see the seniors in need here receiving food too.

Jackie Catto

President, FIDO

Keep pets safe, keep them inside

Attention pet lovers, keep your pets inside. I have been noticing a lot more the “lost cat” notices as the weather warms up. So I did some more research on coyotes. According to and forest service sites, coyotes have their litters from February to June, four to eight in the litter. The young stay with the parents for six to eight months.The parents must hunt to feed their pups until the pups join them in hunting. In both cases they will need much more food (i.e., mainly our cats and small dogs) from now until the winter. Hopefully then the offspring will move on.It is a problem that will only get better if we take away their food supply — our beloved pets.Please keep your pets inside, especially from dusk to dawn.

Sue Merrill

Lake Oswego

‘Savas understands our community, values’

Commissioner Paul Savas is one of us. 

He has been involved in our community for the past 25 years. This has given him an in-depth understanding of the issues that matter most to the people of Clackamas County. Paul has raised his family here and realizes the importance of enhancing public safety to keep our loved ones and all communities safe.

As a business owner, he is keenly aware of the need for a business-friendly environment and sound economic policies. They will help create much needed family wage jobs and fill the job deficit. 

Commissioner Savas understands our community and our values. I ask you to join me in voting for Paul Savas for Clackamas County Commissioner in May.

Jeanne Freeman

West Linn

‘I must speak about abortion’

“Your embarrassing problem is our Tuesday morning.” These words, posted high above Highway 213, advertise for the top abortion provider in America — Planned Parenthood.

As a 19-year-old woman, I know that women should be able to make their own decisions about their body. But based on science and reason, it is clear that unborn children are not their mother’s body — they have unique and distinct DNA, fingerprints and genders.

We all have the right to make choices, but that right must end where another person’s rights begin. Oregon holds over a dozen Planned Parenthood clinics, two within 10 miles of my house. They often gain support with the claim that their goal is to “make abortion rare.” However, in recent years, many Planned Parenthood employees — even directors — have quit their jobs as they’ve watched this “health organization” turn into an abortion mill.

In fact, research shows that while every non-abortion-related service has dropped, Planned Parenthood’s abortion rates have continued growing, with more than 150 abortions for every one adoption referral. If Planned Parenthood were simply a health organization trying to educate women and provide birth control, I wouldn’t really mind. But I must speak out when a local business so blatantly advertises abortion — a procedure that takes one life and leaves the other scarred physically and emotionally.

Most women don’t know that each abortion increases their risk of breast cancer by 300 percent or that 25 percent of women who have had abortions eventually seek out psychiatric care. Abortion is the leading cause of death in Oregon with over 10,000 abortions per year, while the distant second cause is heart disease with just over 1,000 deaths per year. Because I care about both the women and children of Oregon, I must speak about abortion — the business of Planned Parenthood.

Shelby Bennett

Oregon City

Abuse can’t stop unless it is reported

You may have seen news accounts reporting the number of child abuse victims in Oregon dropped in 2012 compared to 2011. Unfortunately, there is more to the story before we falsely celebrate the safety of Oregon children.

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Protective Services department reports 10,054 confirmed victims of abuse or neglect in 2012, compared to 11,599 in 2011. The report shows fewer reports of abuse were made during that year, a smaller number were referred for DHS investigation.

This report only captures child abuse cases that involved DHS. Many cases are investigated only by law enforcement. This does not mean fewer children are being hurt — a statement DHS officials agree with.

At Children’s Center, the only place in Clackamas County where suspected victims of child abuse or neglect receive a comprehensive medical evaluation and intervention services, we saw a 9 percent increase in referrals.Children are still being abused at alarming rates, and most abuse remains unreported. Experts estimate only one in 10 cases of child abuse are reported.

We are fortunate in Clackamas County that Children’s Center stands ready to respond and to help every child and family who can benefit from our services. But none of us can help a child until a responsible adult reports a concern of child abuse or neglect.

If you have concerns about the safety of a child, have the courage to call the Child Abuse Hotline (971-673-7112) or law enforcement. Children’s Center and our kids need you. Visit to see how you can join the movement against child abuse so that one day, we will read that children truly are safe in Oregon.

Barbara Peschiera

Children’s Center executive director

Oregon City

Dorchester Conference is not the Republican Party

The Clackamas County Republican Party would like to remind the public, media and Republicans in Oregon that the Dorchester Conference is not a Republican Party event and never has been.

Dorchester was started by Bob Packwood in 1964 after Barry Goldwater’s defeat in the presidential race. Packwood, in defiance of the party leadership, founded the annual Dorchester Conference in Lincoln City as a forum for progressive Republicans to gather and share ideas.

Dorchester is and always has been, an event put on by an independent group of people who come together annually to discuss the politics of Oregon.

While many of the attendees and candidates who attend are Republicans, the views and policies put forth there are simply those of the attendees and do not speak for the platform or beliefs of the Clackamas County Republican Party or the Oregon Republican Party.

Republicans throughout Oregon are encouraged to get involved in our party and help us stand for the principals that make Oregon and America great.

We encourage Republicans and supporters in Clackamas County to get involved now and help us elect Republicans to positions from senator to governor, county commissioner to city council. Get started by visiting our website,

John Lee

Clackamas County Republican Party

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