The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, February 21, 1990, Page 2, Image 2

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    OPINION
THE CLACKAMAS PRINT
Smoking not the only
tobacco problem on
Clackamas campus
by Aaron Brown
Staff Writer
After three weeks of controversial
topics, it is time for a change of pace...
Who on this campus, at one point or
another, has stepped in a brown gob of
gcx)k or dodged a brown bullet, a projectile
originating from some man’s mouth?
This catastrophe nearly happened to
me when I was walking to a class last Thurs­
day. A 5T0" male was walking ahead of me
and regurgitated some tobacco by-prod­
uct. When he was verbally assaulted for his
grotesque action, the words were barely
understandable because of a big brown ball
strategically placed between his front teeth
and lower lip.
What is this wretched protruding thing?
is it a curse? I am not too sure, but some
have said that protuberant is actually a
small brown furry animal...
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How many cups full of brown furry
glop (no other word to describe it, except
manure) littering the campus? It seems
that these cups curse parts of the library,
classrooms, the gym, but especially the game
room, where thiswriterworks. Everywhere
thatanyonc turns, the curse plagues. (Even
the mens’ washroom)
Since I lack the “enlightening experi­
ence” of this particular tobacco product,
the purpose docs not really seem clear. In
fact, why put any substance in your mouth
that causes the slurring of speech, drool­
ing, spitting, and yes the “Big C” (cancer).
But no doubt, the problem is still there.
So, what can be done about it? Well, if
someone decides to flip.a coin to start an
anti-chew campaign, this would probably
be the chain of events.
First off, legislation would be passed,
creating specific places for the public “re­
lieving” of the manure-like substance.
Consequently, the spittoon industry would
be in demand again. (Spittoons were the
big brass items sitting in the corner of
saloons in the old west that people spat
into.)
Next, these areas would be reduced to
one specific area (probably in the cafete­
ria). Then, banning of spitting indoors would
take place, causing spitters to have a spit-in
at Keyser’s office. Then this newspaper
would run too many stories and editorials
about the spitting ban, leading up to the
placement of more picnic benches out­
doors as the final resolution.
Do we really want all of this to take
place (again)? Nah, let those who wish to
make a brown mess, make a brown mess,
and avoid all of the controversy. “Spitters”
will eventually have cancer and wish they
hadn’t used that gunk in round containers.
So whenever someone spits brown goop
on your person, just remember that they
will get it in the end.
February 21,1990
Page 2
AIDS crisis plagued by 1
misconceptions, lack of
education ff "'1- :
It’s scary to think of how many people are unaware and uneducated about
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This epidemic is taking the
lives of hundreds of thousands of people in this country and millions of people
around the world.
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There are many misconceptions about AIDS and how it is transmitted.
AIDS cannot be spread by casual contact. The main way the virus is spread is by
having unsafe sex with an infected person, intravenous drug users sharing
unsterile needles, or babies bom by infected mothers. The AIDS virus is trans­
mitted through bodily fluids, that is; blood, semen, or vaginal fluids.
AIDS cannot be spread by hand shaking, hugging, sharing telephones,
coming in contact with dirty eating utensils or toilet seats, or kissing.
A ¿ It is not AIDS that actually kills the infected person. AIDS is caused by
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). If the virus gets into the blood system it
attacks the immune system and that allows other infections to enter the body,
such as pneumonia and cancer, which eventually lead to the person’s death. / •.
Another misconception about AIDS is that it affects only the homosexual
community, drug users, or prostitutes and their
disease. It affects everyone, including you, directly or indirectly.
There is no cure for the AIDS virus, but there are ways it can be prevented.
This is where education is most important. The use of a condom is the best way
of prevention. Since the virus is carried through semen, one sexual experience,
' without theuse ofa condom, withan infectedpersbn can spread AIDS. An HIV
antibody blood test can let one know if the AIDS virus is present. Tests can be
taken at your doctor’s office or at thepublic health clinic.
Although there has been a lot of research on AIDS, and drugs are being '
tested, there is still a problem of availability of these drugs. The price of the
medication is too high and pharmaceutical companies are not willing to drop
the price to a reasonable level, or they will not release the drug because they are
uncertain of the side effects. How will we ever know if they work unless we allow
It is about time our society faces thcfacts about AIDS. The public needs to
be educated about and not scared of this disease. By hiding it in the dosel we
will never find a cure, and without preventive education it will continue to-;.
For more information on AIDS call the AIDS Information line, 24 hours a
■ seven days a week at 1-800-342-Al DS.
Women have yet to gain
control of financial affairs
by Grace Eagle Reed
Contributing Writer
In 1940, according to my mother, who
is now 75 years old, women had a certain
role to play. She was literally expected to
give up her career, (She was a registered
n urse, played classical piano, and sang light
opcraj to marry, have children which of
course she did. Eleven years later she
found herself divorced, homeless, seeking
welfare from the system and in big trouble.
The system -let her down by turning her
down on welfare, declaring her an unfit
mother (She had no financial support to
raise her children) placing us into foster
homes. My mother ended upon thcsirccts
a bag lady’ for ten years.
I am a woman of the 1990’s and not a
whole lot has changed!
Some subtle things have changed of course
since the fill’s but not enough as the same
thing that happened to my mother is still
happening today and for mostly one reason
LACK GF CONTROL OVER HER
FINANCIAL AFFAIRS. The banks aren’t
there for you, the system isn’t there with
taxes and inflation as it is, there aren’t a lot
of choices. Even well educated women, my
daughter being one of them, don’t have a
chance at the big money that will secure her
future. She is working at a very low paying
job while still trying to tack on more de­
grees thinking this will secure her future.
I’m addressing this article to women
EDITORIAL POLICY
The Clackamas Print welcomes Letters to the Editor. Such
letters must be signed or will not be printed. Letters must not
exceed 300 words and should be typewritten or neatly printed.
Letters can be turned in to the Clackamas Print offices in Trailer
B north of Randall Hall. The Clackamas Print reserves the right
to edit Letters to the Editor for grammar, obscenities and
libelous material. Letters to the Editor must be turned in Friday
in order to be printed in the following Wednesday’s edition.
but it is a statistical fact the most people,
families are 90 days away from bankruptcy!
I know this to be true in my persona! life as
this is the dance I did until recently. I found
a way out of the system and a way to finan­
cial security that almost seems to good to
be true and lam willing to share this knowl­
edge with other women, or anyone inter­
ested for that matter. I am particularly
interested in addressing displaced home-
makers and low income women and I need
your stories.
I am doing Money and Stress seminars
all over the state of Oregon, Los Angeles
area, and am willing to come to your center,
place, organization or wherever to share
this information. For women economi­
cally depressed I give the information free.
I am also doing a Television series on this
and am looking for women who are willing
to come onto my show with their stories.
I am a 45 year-old woman who is NOT
willing to sit around until I am 65 while the
same old game goes on. We women are
strong and we can change the system to
work for us and I believe it starts with that
financial security we not only are looking
for but deserve.
g| Grace Eagle Reed is an international
stress management consultant and teacher
and has taught stress management semi­
nars for the past 10 years both in Europe
and United States.
The Clackamas Print aims to be a fair
and impartial newspaper covering the
college community. Opinions ex­
pressed in the Clackamas Print do
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not necessarily reflect those of the col­
lege administration, faculty er Associ­
ated Student Government. Arti cles and
information printed in this newspaper
can be re-printed only with written
permission from the Clackamas Com­
munity College Student Publications
Office. The Clackamas Print is a
weekly publication distributed every
Wednesday except for finals week.
Clackamas • Community College,
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Oregon 97045. Office: Trailer B. Tele­
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Editor-In-Chief: Jim Titus
■Managing/NewsEditor: Briane C.
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Photo Editor: Jillian Porter
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