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Concerns about qualifications should come with suggestions

As I read the account of the recent exchange by Forest Grove School Board members Kate Grandusky and Fred Marble, it seemed clear Ms. Grandusky is not pleased with one or more of the district's budget committee members.

But after reading of Ms. Grandusky stating when the school district was forced to cut $7.5 million from its budget in the spring of 2011 that "committee members should have noticed the problem earlier" and "we need someone more attentive," I then expected to read somewhere of the potential budget committee members Ms. Grandusky had suggested.

Not reading this, I then expected to read an account of Ms. Grandusky presenting a list of recommended qualifications for a budget committee member, but again, didn't read of this happening.

As I've told employees in the past, when they present a problem, I expect solutions/options to be presented as well, and that's how we focus on potentially correcting the issue.

Given Mr. Nakijima having previously served on the budget committee coupled with his business sense managing Ace Hardware, Ms. Grandusky stating she believed the budget committee needed "new blood" totally dismisses Mr. Nakajima's experience at best and gives the perception Mr. Nakajima isn't fit to serve at worst.

Mr. Nakajima deserves better.

I would suggest a better response would've been Ms. Grandusky presenting a list of suggested qualifying credentials for a budget committee member, discuss with the board members to see if they agree on formulation of suggested criteria, and if yes, then further suggest the board rate each potential applicant against the agreed-upon suggested qualifications.

I don't believe this issue is resolved. And given the continued budget woes, it's important the budget committee has full understanding and support of the school board ... all the school board.

Allen Warren

Forest Grove

Free speech can, and should, be abridged in our homes

Why do tragedies happen? Why do individuals do terrible things? I’ll tell you why, because I know part of the reason. And I want you to know that just like you, I am part of the reason. It has to do with us and what we allow our children do and not do. We buy our kids video games full of graphic depictions of violence, sex and crime. We don’t monitor what they view in video games and on the internet. We allow our kids to go to movies full of graphic depictions of violence, sex and crime. We don’t take them to G- and PG-rated movies. We allow our kids to watch television shows full of graphic depictions of violence, sex and crime. We don’t turn off the television and spend family time together. We allow our kids to listen to so-called musicians rap about violence, sex and crime. We don’t take them to concerts of uplifting music by real masters of musical composition. And then we wonder why kids do terrible things. And we do all of this in the name of free speech. The First Amendment to the Constitution reads in part “Congress shall make no law …abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …” And Congress should not. But we can! And should, both within our homes and in society in general. Yet, we do not. Why do tragedies happen? Why do individuals do terrible things? It is because we do not understand the first Amendment to the Constitution. And it is because we let, and even encourage, tragedies to happen. Shame on all of us.

Jim Kolousek

Gaston

High school concert a source of pride

The Dec. 20 concert at Forest Grove High School was renewing on many levels: the excitement of the bucket brigade of percussionists, the community warmth of the sing-along, the clarity of the choir and orchestra. But to hear Vivaldi's "Gloria" with rich phrases soaring from our own young people's instruments and voices! Kudos to teachers Leonard Ostwalt and Barry Berdahl not only for tackling such a piece but for brining it to fine performance -- a gift to our community of special pride in our own.

MaryJane Nordgren

Forest Grove




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