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Letters to the editor for March 30, 2011

Guardian angels, friends deserve thank you

I am still in the midst of my battle with cancer (with little hair, but lots of hope).

I have been blessed with guardian angels and friends who once again deserve a huge thank you from me and my family. 

Your continued generosity has been uplifting, appreciated and very humbling. 

Your support is felt every day, and I am so thankful to be surrounded by such a wonderful community.

Sharon Smith, Estacada

Forums offer good information about bond

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 look 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We found that much of the instructional equipment and technology at the college is outdated and will not adequately prepare students for 21st century jobs and transfer to universities.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.

The college has scheduled three public bond forums in April, 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 3-7 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 5, Wilsonville Campus, 29353 S.W. 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.

Jane Reid, Clackamas Community College Board of Education Zone 6

Thank you for bringing Sandy Sam

I want to thank Punki McNamee for getting Sandy SAM to Estacada.

It's been 11 years now since she spent a lot of time at meetings and on the phone to achieve what she wanted for the city of Estacada. They were not going to send SAM to Estacada, and she succeeded.

Julie Stevens called her one day and said she felt Punki deserved the first phone call for her caring and persistence. We're sending Sandy SAM to Estacada. She was very happy about that and I am sure she still is.

I want to thank her again, as she has sure been a big help to me.

Penny Hudson, Estacada