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Forums scheduled on CCC bond measure; Privacy for gun owners

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by: file photo The Sellwood Bridge.

To the Editor:

In January, I joined members of the Clackamas Community College Board of Education in voting to place a bond measure on the May 17 ballot. If passed, the bond measure will be used to update and renovate classrooms and college facilities and modernize equipment used in training students for jobs and university transfers.

The Board of Education made this decision after long consideration based on extensive research and input from the community. We researched the needs of business and industry, which looks to the college for skilled employees, our community and our students.

We found that much of the instructional equipment and technology at the college is outdated and will not adequately prepare students for 21st century jobs and transfer to universities. Our buildings and facilities are aging and require infrastructure and safety upgrades to protect the public's investment in CCC.

In April, the college has scheduled three public bond forums, one at each of CCC's three campuses. These forums offer the public the opportunity to review the college's facility, technology and equipment needs that are driving the bond measure. The drop-in forums will include informational displays, facility tours and an opportunity to discuss the bond with college staff.

The bond forums will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on the following dates:

• Tuesday, April 5, Wilsonville Campus, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

• Thursday, April 7, Harmony Community Campus, 7738 S.E. Harmony Road, Milwaukie

• Thursday, April 14, Oregon City Campus, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City

I encourage you to attend one of these bond forums. As your board representative, I welcome your questions and comments.

Chuck Clemans

Clackamas Community College Board of Education

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Privacy at last for Oregon gun owners

To the Editor:

The Oregon House passed a common-sense law that protects the privacy rights of Oregonians; now the Oregon Senate should get to work and pass Senate Bill 582, which:

'Prohibits public body from releasing information that identifies holder of or applicant for concealed handgun license. Authorizes disclosure for criminal justice purposes or pursuant to court order.'

This may be the most straightforward, common sense bill to come out of the Legislature this year. It simply gives the same level of privacy to Oregon's MOST law-abiding residents the state routinely gives to others, for example, those receiving state benefits, those on the Oregon Health Plan and those holding medical marijuana cards.

Critics of this bill claim the media should be allowed to demand from every Oregon sheriff a list of all CHL holders in their county AND all the information contained on their applications so that watchdog groups can ensure sheriffs are complying with Oregon law.

There are many cases of members of the media demanding this information, the most current debate was sparked by a Medford case. In Marion County, a Statesman Journal reporter has asked the court to force the sheriff there to hand over ALL CHL information. Clearly, members of the media believe they should be the judge of what privacy rights you have.

Most sheriffs support the CHL Privacy bill.

Some points to ponder...

• Have activist groups or the media demanded other private information from sheriffs in order to make sure the elected law enforcers are following the law?

• Will they use the same level of scrutiny with DHS to determine if all medical marijuana card holders (still a violation of federal law) have a legitimate need for it?

• Will CHL holders' property be safe? If their address is published, will that be an advertisement for criminals to pay a visit to their home while they're away? After all, most own more than one gun and leave them secured at their home.

• CHL holders are law-abiding citizens, do we really need to make them the bad guys, because anti-gun groups and individuals can't stand the thought of Americans exercising their Constitutional rights?

To obtain a CHL in Oregon, you must:

• pass an FBI criminal background check,

• submit your photo and fingerprints to your county sheriff,

• take an approved safety course and pass a safety test,

• swear you do not take controlled substances,

• have not received a dishonorable discharge from the military,

• have not been committed for mental illness,

• be 21 years old and a resident of the county where you apply.

Oregon law provides that if you meet these criteria the sheriff shall issue you a CHL. Are the people criticizing this law out for revenge against law-abiding Oregonians or do they just not trust elected sheriffs to follow the law?

Casey Flesch

Oregon City