The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, May 25, 1983, Page 2, Image 2

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    Monologue
Idle Hands
J. Dana Haynes
Editor In Chief
The year is inexorably drawing to a close and
as I sat down before my pre-Columbian LC Smith
and Corona typewriter I realized this would be my
last Idle Hands.
Throughout the year, I have attempted to let
this column live up to Its name by being the devil’s
workshop ... or advocate, if you prefer. And as is
fitting for a last column, I had to decide whether
to do this one looking back or looking forward.
We know what’s behind us. This seems like a
good time to look ahead. Scenes to coming attrac­
tions, as it were.
Sometime next year, probably during spring
term, this College will have to go before the voters
of the county and plead for passage of our trian­
nual levy. Without the levy, there would be no
money to run the school and the doors will close.
Unfortunately, very few levies have been
passed for colleges in Oregon lately. Earlier this
year, seven schools tried and four were turned
down.
There is a fairly good chance that this Col­
lege will also get the old heave-ho and if the ad­
ministration doesn’t want to see that come about
they’d best give the voters a good reason to vote
yea.
A recent presidential council on American
education gave failing marks to this country’s
schools. In short, people are graduating from high
schools without sufficient educations and the
citizens are angry.
But revamping the high schools isn’t the1 only
answer. Education is a dinosaur in grades K
through 12. If billions of dollars and years of work
were poured into the system, it might possibly
become passable. But more likely it is fated to live
forever in the past, never quite fulfilling its pur­
pose.
Likewise, colleges and universities cannot
and should not change to meet the gap. It would
be insanity to tell the universities they can either
spend their financing on post-graduate programs
or on reading’, writin’, and ’rithmetic.
That leaves the middle ground: The com­
munity, or junior colleges.
The world is changing and the two-year in­
stitutions are perfectly suited to that metamor­
phosis. The community colleges already serve a
good and useful purpose, at least théy do In
Oregon. However, that usefulness can and
should evolve.
One realistic change would be toward com­
puters. In a few years, everyone will have to know
how to use a keyboard and those who do not will
be left behind. Manditory computers classes
would then be a logical function.
This begets the obvious questions: How to
pay for the necessary equipment?
The equally obvious answer is local industry.
The economy is improving and if most of the
middle-or low-income types cannot feel it you may
rest assured the large corporations do. These
businesses include Tektronix and Precision
Castparts, to name two of the largest local ones.
Surely these companies would want to see a more
“computer-friendly” community, as well as a
generally better educated one. Last year,
Tektronix made a large grant available to local
schools for just such a project. If they did it once,
they may do so again, given the proper incentive.
That is just one way to close the ecduca-
tional gap in our society, and to prove our worth to
the voters. The community college system is im­
portant and underrated, and it is a safe bet no one
else is going to blow our horn. That’s left for us to
do.
All right. Enough preaching.
Goodnight Mrs. Kallabash, wherever you are.
Page 2
Church, state separation
in danger of disappearing
Brett Bigham
Arts Editor
America Beware! You are
in danger of having your basic
rights taken away. Thistime it
is not by the Communists or a
corrupt government, but by
religion. I am speaking of a
growing religious movement in
this country, a movement that
is trying to stop your-right of
choice.
Religion has always
played a large role in this coun­
try. From puritan times up until
the early 1960’s many of the
laws in this country had biblical
backgrounds. It was not until
the mid-sixties that these laws
were finally questioned for their
Constitutionality. Many laws
have since been subject to
changes or done away with
altogether. Laws concerning
pornography, homosexuality,
prostitution and many other
social standards not acceptable
to the church were among
those altered. During this time
religion lost much of its in­
fluence on society. Now, two
decades later, the church is
again trying to make itself a
controling part of our govern­
ment.
In the past year there have
been several attempts made in
the judicial system to reinstate
many of these laws that had
been removed in the sixties.
Several boards of education
have tried to gain control over
thè censorship . of school­
libraries and their contents, and
many have tried to discontinue
sex education classes.
I’m not saying that this
movement is a bad thing. This
country probably needs a little
religious help but in no way
should it infringe on the lives of
others.
This has all been tried
before and it rarely works out.
Look at prohibition for an ex­
ample. The churches rallied to
make alcohol illegal and won,
even though the majority of the
country was against the act.
Prohibition turned out to be a
miserable failure and was even­
tually repealed
Our country is here to pro­
tect its people’s rights. In many
other places people do not
have any rights. That is why it
is important for us not to allow
any group (hot just religious) to
gain control over any of the
aspects of our lives. We must
retain the freedom to choose
for ourselves.
It will be very important in
coming times for the average
person to keep track of the
social pressures that the chur-
chesare placing on our govern­
ment. It will be up to us to keep
religion and government two
separate bodies. We ail have a
lot to lose if we don’t. We can
lose our right of choice, our
right to freedom.
THE PRINT, a member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers
Association, alms to be a fair and Impartial journalistic medium
covering the campus community as thoroughly as possible. Opi­
nions expressed In THE PRINT do not necessarily reflect those of
the College administration, faculty, Associated Student Govern­
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