The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, March 01, 1978, Page 4, Image 4

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    opinion
Women regain
rights
The recent decision by Oregon's legislative
Emergency Board to provide state funds for a lim­
ited number
of welfare abortions once again
demonstrates its concern with the freedoms of
its citizens.
Although its new abortion legislation, which
was officially approved last Friday, is only a
compromise step, it is a vast, improvement over
the federal legislation that halted federal funding
for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or
danger to maternal health.
This federal legislation effectively discriminated
against women of limited income by refusing
them the funds necessary to obtain an abortion
by a licensed physician.
By once again forcing poor women to seek
abortions in back alleys, while at the same time
allowing their richer sisters to obtain medically
safe abortions, the federal government undoubtedly
signed the death warrant of many women. Women
who chose not to bring another unloved and
unwanted child into this world.
Oregon's legislation, which would provide state
funds for one abortion for any women over 18
who was on public assistance when she became
pregnant, and two abortions fdr any women under
18 who was eligible for public assistance when
she became pregnant, is a step in the direction
of regaining a right over their own bodies that
women and legislators have worked hard to obtain
in the first place.
If legal abortions are going to be allowed for
some, then they should be available to all, regard­
less of income. It is an injustice to force a woman
to have a baby she doesn't want just because she's
too poor to afford an abortion.
Although this decision by the legislative Emer­
gency Board will only provide funding for welfare
abortions at about half the level provided before
federal matching funds were withdrawn, it is
considerably better than nothing.
We consider this a positive sign for the future of
human rights in this state and feel that it should be
an example for the rest of the states to follow.
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Sticky fingers
The rising number of petty thefts on this campus
is appalling.
In a small community such as this college camp­
us, one would not expect to have to lock one's
doors, much less that there would be a need to
carry everything of value on one's person.
Even textbooks are not safe.
In one instance, over winter break, every useable
textbook was stolen from the bookshelves in two
offices. The thief evidently expected to sell the
books back to the bookstore for a small amount.
As far as we know he was successful.
Even desks in plain sight are not safe. In a
short period of time during the college bowl tourn­
aments several desks were gone through and wallets
and purses were stolen.
In cold statistics there have been 10 instances
of theft reported to campus security in the past
two months.
There seems to be nothing anyone can do about
these petty thefts except be aware that they are
occurring and not leave your valuables unattended.
It's too bad when the paranoia that is sweeping
the big cities and other parts of the country
spreads to a small rural community like this,
We don't like not being able to trust our fellows
and we're sure that no one else likes the situation,
but we all need to know it exists and protect
ourselves.
Immaturity
were vomiting, to the student
government offices. There were
four of us standing there watch­
ing, and all four made the com­
To the Editor:
ment at the same time -- "and
they want to get students in­
volved in student government."
Remember, student govern­
ment and senators, you are sup­
posed to represent the whole
student body and are you, in
the way some of you carry on
during the day?
When you start to act your
age and grow up, maybe then
you will get more students
involved.
Student government members
wonder why the students here
at CCC do not get involved with
student government and their
activities.
I take classes here and, believe
me, there is no way that I would
get involved with student govern­
ment.
Some of you take a good
look at how you act during the
day while carrying on student
affairs. I have seen some student
government members running a-
round the student activities of­
fices yelling and screaming like
they had their heads cut
off.
And try some day to call the
student activities area and listen
to the noise and carryings-on
over the phone, and then the
cussing and Smart sayings that
are said when a student does go
into the student activities area.
It is like he or she has walked
into forbidden land - 'what do
you want or are doing here?"
One particular day I was in
the lobby when two students
that are involved in student gov­
ernment went running from the
front entrance of the Community
(Name withheld upon request)
Apology
To the Editor:
I would greatly appreciate the
opportunity to make a sincere
apology to the College Board of
Education
and
our
admini­
stration.
In last month's board meeting,
I presented a proposal to the
board asking them to please
consider the reinstatement of
an in-district based football
gram. I also made the state!
that under the Oregon iPa
Meetings Law, I, as wellasal
others, felt that our rights|
violated due to the circuml
ces surrounding the board!
cision to drop football ini
cember. I won't go into!
now because it's basical®
relevent to this letter. Howl
I wanted it to be known that
vindictiveness was intend!
just wanted to build a foil
tion for the board to recons!
football.
As it stands now, I real
that this statement back-fl
Therefore, I retract my si
ment in order not to obful
the issue. Let it be known!
I am very sorry about wha
said. I in no way desire than
school be damaged by an
significant
bureaucrat |i|
whistle around his neck,®
please the board and the adni
stration, I no longer feel that!
rights were in jeopardy. Jl j|
would sincerely appreciate!
board to make a totally obi
ive decision. I beg of you!
Also, please understand 11
support the school no ma!
what the board decides.
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Dave Brown
Support Staff
Wednesday, March M
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