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Wednesday,
May 14,1997
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co Educating our children offers taxpayers a
better return on investment for each tax dollar
LANEYFOUSE
Editor-in-Chief
If you
can't
teach
me,
don't
criticize
me.
-Sonya
Carson
It costs Oregon taxpayers
approximately $ 17,645 per year to
house a prisoner. Yet, on average,
we spend only $4,000 per student
per year. What’s wrong with this
picture?
Perhaps our collective mind set
needs adjusting. When I read about
the prison population and the
“luxuries” afforded them by our tax
dollars, I get irritated.
The only time we seem to get
worked up about a prison is when
it’s going to be built in our
backyard. Now, why can't get just
as excited about educating our
children? They are an investment
we can fund now, for which we will
see a long-term positive economic
outcome in our future.
It has always been my
understanding: a prisoner is
someone who has lost their right to
liberty for their crime against
society. Yet, by not providing our
children with their right to an
education, we are keeping them
prisoners. We, figuratively
speaking, make them prisoners by
locking up their minds and throwing
away the key.
In less than a week, voters in the
Oregon City School District will
make a decision concerning their
overcrowded and badly-need-to-be-
renova^ed buildinfs. The May 20
vdt^-by^ail election required
voter tunéout of^ 4,000. It neJBs
bnly-^iwR^yes".votes to win. The
college Board of Education is
putting their support behind the
bond campaign. Its slogan reads
“Bond For Our Kids.”
Perhaps the biggest question on
every voters mind is just exactly
what is this going to cost me?
According to campaign literature,
the $65 million bond would cost
each taxpayer $1.60 per $1000 of
assessed property value. Or, to
simplify it, anyone owning a
$ 100,000 home would pay less than
$14 per month.
You are probably asking yourself,
"How will the bond affect my
property taxes?"
Would you believe, because of
Measure 47, most taxpayers will end
up paying less, even when the bond
measure is approved? The “cut-and-
cap” measure limits the amount of
property taxes the school district
can collect for keeping its doors
open.
And, if you are just a bit sensitive
about teachers’ salaries, do not
worry. The money from this measure
is going to be used to upgrade and
improve facilities in each of the 14
schools in the district.
Some key areas of the measure
would positively impact the college.
Event CaJerfoar
Musical
group:
ChanneLight
■ Today
Chrysalis: Women Writers
Noon to 1 p.m.
Bl 12
Call ext. 2371 for information
■ Today
Women's Book Group
Bl 12
Noon to 1 p.m. Free event
Call ext. 2268 for information
• Saturday,
May 31
•8 p.m.
• Carnegie
Centerfold
Oregon City
library)
| • Free to the
I public.
• Refresh­
ments
available.
• For more
information
contact Bill
Briare at
ext. 2457
■ Now showing through June 5
Annual Student Art Show
Pauling Gallery — Free event
Open to the public
Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call ext. 2333 for information
■ Today
Cooperative Work Experience
Presentation
Barlow 112
Open to the public
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Enrique Washington,
staffing specialist for Nike.
Call ext. 2273 for information
■ Today
Final day to vote for next year's
Phi Theta Kappa Officers
McLoughlin 232
Open to all members
Ballots accepted all day. Place them in
the envelope outside Kate Gray's
office. New officers will be announced
next week.
Call ext. 2371 or 2210 for information
■ Now through May 26
Clackamas Basketball Rally tryouts
Sign up in CC140
Call ext. 2247 for information
■ Today
Free USTA Clinic for tennis players
and students who wish to work with
after-school programs or recreational
programs.
Randall Gym
11a.m. to 1 p.m.
Call ext. 2450 for information
■ Today
Recruiters from NW Telemarketing
Community Center
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Call ext. 2409 for information
■ Now through May 31
Spring Sell-abration at the bookstore
Located in McLoughlin Hall. Open 8
a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Closed Monday, May 26.
■ Thursday, May 15
Recruiters from UPS
Community Center
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Call ext. 2409 for information
■ Thursday, May 15 and Friday
May 16
Native Plant Sale
Environmental Learning Center
Noon to 4 p.m.
Nonnative plants are being liquidated
from the site. Bargains available on
various conifers, shrubs, bamboo, new
and old variety of apple trees.
Call ext. 2351 formore information.
%
Oregon City High School’s 50-acre
Moss campus is adjacent to
Clackamas. The expansion planned
for the Moss campus would
enhance
the
cooperative
professional-technical programs,
including the automotive classes at
Clackamas. The potential for shared
facilities would expand the learning
opportunities
available
for
students.
Now, that’s a lot of cluck for your
buck. For the cost of a pizza you
can invest in your community’s
future. So dig that ballot out of the
stack of mail on your counter, mark
it "yes" and send it in. Or, perhaps
sometime in the near future, while
eating pizza in your dining room the
prisoners in the facility outside your
window will be staring back at you.
■ TODAY
1 p.m softball class challenges all
staff to a softball gam.
On the field adjacent to Clairmont Hall.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Call ext. 2291 for information
■ Saturday, June 7
Ged & Jan Desforges Picnic/BBQ
Barton Park on the Clackamas River
Starts at 3 p.m. The potluck picnic will
include games — maybe even cricket.
This is a chance for the Fulbrighters
to start saying farewell before they
return to England in August.
Call ext. 3212 for information
■ Wednesday, May 21
Annual Instrumental Jazz Night
McLoughlin Theatre
7:30 p.m. Admission $2 for students
and seniors, $3 for nonstudents, no
charge for those 12 and under.
Call ext. 2343 for information
■ Thursday, May 22
General Meeting — Phi Theta Kappa
McLoughlin 204
12:30 p.m. — Free pizza & punch
Call ext. 2371 or 2210 for information
■ Thursday, May 29
Donations will gladly be accepted for
the Spring Garage Sale Fundraiser
Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa
in the Community Center from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call ext. 2371 or 2210 for information
■ Friday, May 30
Spring Garage Sale Fundraiser
Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa
Community Center
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call ext. 2371 or 2210 for information
■ Saturday, May 31
7th annual "Paint the Town Clean"
project, coordinated by SOLV.
Largest graffiti removal event in the
Northwest.
Volunteers needed for this one-day
event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Materials and instruction will be
provided.
Call SOLV at 503-844-9571 for complete
information.
The Clackamas Print Staff
Laney Fouse
Mairin-Anne
Editor-in Chief
Moore
(ext 2576)
Business Manager
Brad Zimmerman (ext. 2578)
Managing Editor
Cindy
(ext. 2576)
Hines Kurfman
Christina Mueller Copy Editor
Karin Redston
Joel Coreson
Feature Editors
Photo Editor
Jon Roberts
Joel Gunderson
A & E Editor
Cartoonist
Brendon Neal
Kim Harney
Sports Editor
Maggie Bragg
John Thorburn
Staff Writers &
Asst. Sports Editor
Production
Linda Vogt
JoAnne Gale
Advisor
Secretary
(ext. 2310)
(ext. 2309)
19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR
97045
(503) 657-6958 ext. 2309
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