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    April 17, 2015 • Seaside Signal • seasidesignal.com • 5A
Gun control legislation will likely create animosity
Guns from Page 4A
Nevertheless, it will pass
and will be trumpeted as
making the public safer.
Meanwhile, the bill as-
sisting ex-felons in the job
market makes for a curious
counterpoint. If you sup-
port Prozanski’s gun bill,
take note.
Say you’re an employer
and you also hate guns. You
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ly offering a job to someone
who has committed armed
robbery. If you then want
to rescind the job offer, you
may have some explaining
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House Bill 3025, also
called the ban-the-box law
because of the box on some
job applications asking if
an applicant has a criminal
record, would restrict how
private employers can in-
terview job applicants.
No inquiry could be
made about an applicant’s
criminal history, nor could
a background check be
conducted, until after a job
has been offered. Only then
could the employer seek a
background check. If some-
thing turned up, the employ-
er could rescind the offer if
the conviction was related
to the nature of the job. The
applicant could then appeal
to the state Bureau of Labor
and Industries.
It’s popular to say that
this is a well-intentioned law,
but you know what? It isn’t.
This is the kind of law that
creates animosity. The bill
as currently written is clearly
designed to give one select
group of job applicants a cud-
gel – the threat of legal action
– to force compliance from
employers. In this job mar-
ket, there are a lot of qual-
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suitable work. Why should
ex-felons get a special break?
There are already federal
tax incentives to encourage
employers to hire ex-felons.
The Work Opportunity Tax
Credit Program has been
around since 1996 and has
been renewed ever since.
Some employers have
made it known that they
like to hire people with
criminal backgrounds.
Dick Withnell, a Salem
auto dealer, has spoken at
legislative hearings about
hiring employees out of
prison. He’s to be com-
mended for that. But it’s his
choice. Freedom of choice
is a beautiful thing. It’s bet-
ter than political force.
The ban-the-box bill
has had a hearing before
the House Business and
Labor Committee, where
advocates for ex-felons
and prisoner’s rights were
well-organized with their
testimony.
If it doesn’t pass this
session, like Prozanski’s
gun bill it will likely come
around again.
worked out an arrangement
in which he could attend
Ecola Hall and live off cam-
pus. David called this an im-
portant part of God’s plan: “I
would later see how import-
ant that rejection would be in
God’s overall plans for my
life. Since I lived off campus,
I had the opportunity to be-
come a member of the com-
munity of Cannon Beach and
didn’t have to leave when
school was over.”
In 1975, David’s pastor
mentioned that he had re-
corded the Bible for radio.
That gave David the idea to
record the Bible for the hand-
icapped, and that was the be-
ginning of Tryad Ministries.
Under his leadership, Tryad
Ministries became involved
in bringing God’s word to
the handicapped in a variety
of ways, and it continues to-
day to serve the handicapped
through an annual confer-
ence in Cannon Beach.
David is survived by
his sister Ellen (Bob) Clib-
bon, brother Mike (Greta)
O’Brien, Jim Haley (broth-
er-in-law) and various other
family members. The com-
munity and his family will
always remember David
as an individual who loved
God, and life, and had the
tenacity to always deal with
adversity with a smile.
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make memorial gifts to his
place of work before retire-
ment, the Cannon Beach
Conference Center, P.O.
Box 398, Cannon Beach,
OR 97110, or to the Cannon
Beach Community Church,
P.O. Box 37, Cannon Beach,
OR 97110.
David’s celebration of life
will be held at the Cannon
Beach Conference Center
May 17, at 3:30 p.m.
Obituaries
David O’Brien
Dec. 27, 1933 — April 1, 2015
David O’Brien, a long-
time resident of Cannon
Beach, passed away on
April 1, 2015, following an
illness that had lasted sev-
eral months. Many people
knew him as the man who
zipped around town in his
golf cart in the early years,
and then in his power wheel-
chair, always with a smile,
and always ready to enjoy
a good joke. David attend-
ed the Community Church,
worked, volunteered at the
Cannon Beach Conference
Center, and was the founder
of Tryad Ministries.
David was born in his
parent’s home in Portland,
Ore., on Dec. 27, 1933. He
attended Grout Elementary
School in SE Portland. One
of the photographs shows
David driving the family
tractor when he was about
13 years old, with his young-
er sister, Ellen Clibbon, and
his younger brother, the late
Shaun O’Brien.
David trusted in Christ
as his savior while he was
young, leading to a lifelong
desire to help others learn
about the saving grace of Je-
sus Christ.
In 1961, when David
was 27, his family moved to
British Columbia. While in
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Canada he gradually became
aware that he needed to be
on his own. So nine years
after moving to Canada, he
returned to the U.S., moving
in with his brother, Mike, in
Portland. David described
those days by saying, “Work
was scarce, and so I worked
a little in a Christmas booth
and sold things door-to-door.
Looking back I can see how
much I needed that time to
prepare for the future.”
While in Portland, David
became involved with Hand-
icapped Youth For Christ,
and regularly attended their
leadership meetings. As he
became more involved, he
also wanted to further his ed-
ucation, both in the Bible and
regular schooling. He earned
his GED, but still felt he
needed to learn more about
the Bible. When problems
with his adult foster care
caseworker caused some
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ed a break and he arranged
to spend some time during
the summer at the Cannon
Beach Conference Center.
While at the Confer-
ence Center, David learned
about Ecola Hall, the school
now known as Ecola Bible
School. He knew that was
the Bible education he need-
ed. He spoke with the dean
of Ecola Hall, who thought
David would have a hard
time with the class material,
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could give it a try. The dean
recommended that David
start with the spring semes-
ter, but David couldn’t wait
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the application for the fall se-
mester.
A short time later he re-
ceived a letter — Ecola Hall
had rejected his application.
Not one to give up, David
See page 7A for more obituaries
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