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School custodial contract raises questions

Regarding the April 10 article "School board extends custodial contract." As a citizen of Forest Grove I find it interesting that more attention has not been brought to the issue of the Forest Grove school board approving a one-year contract extension to Sodexo, the custodial service provider.

Sodexo required that the extension must include an additional $34,080 more than in 2012- 2013 due to the company's labor pact with its custodial union. Now this may seem like a simple decision in order to keep Forest Grove campuses clean and safe, but there is a much larger problem lurking behind this. No efforts were even made to contact other custodial companies to compare prices.

In a time where budget cuts have wreaked havoc in school districts around the nation, there is no room for laziness. District officials should have invited other companies to bid for a new contract in order to be as financially efficient as possible.

Perhaps officials could learn a tip  my father use to tell me when he would take me to get ice cream when I was little: "Don't just pick the first one you see, look at all the options, weigh all the benefits, and then choose the right one for you." 

Shane Feuerbach

Forest Grove

Gun reforms will prevent deaths

We know that the assault weapons ban enacted 17 years ago in Australia has been effective in helping to prevent further massacres, that you don't need a weapon of war to protect your family( handguns and shotguns work for that) and that Second Amendment rights are not imperiled. Denial of these facts is irrational.

One moral principle is to do no harm. The proposed reforms will not harm your ability to protect yourself or your family or to hunt or infringe on your Second Amendment rights. But do no harm does not mean do nothing.

Another moral principle is to do the right thing. Intervening to prevent loss of life is the right thing to do. To do nothing in this situation is immoral.

If you oppose and block reforms, and a year from now we have another Newtown, you will know, deep inside, that you did not have the courage to do the right thing, and are a coward. More people are killed and you did nothing to prevent it. That will haunt your conscience for the rest of your life.

 

Robert L Seward

Forest Grove

Workers need licenses to get to jobs

I am a student with Adelante Mujeres. Please help us restore driver's licenses. It is very important for people who do not have documents.

With all due respect, I think if you would be living in this situation, you would find it very difficult to try to move from one place to another, particularly if you lived in a place with no public transportation and the only possible way to go out is by driving.

I have to work and the only way to get there is by driving — driving without a license. We work hard to not rely on the government and we are taxpayers. I also think that this country would benefit greatly because the country would have more money in the economy. If we were all deported, this country would not be the same because many of us do work for minimum wage and instead many who are here do not even want get their hands dirty while working in the fields. People work hard in the fields. Many of these people drive back home after a long day’s work with the fear of being arrested. Sometimes these hard-working people are stopped by the police without a reason, just to see if they have a driver’s license, and sometimes they just do it because they are racist. We respectfully ask that you put yourself in our shoes. We just want to comply with laws and have all our documents in order, for everyone's safety, especially when traveling with family and our children. I hope that through this letter we can be heard, because we are human beings like everyone else. Maria Elena Luna

Forest Grove

Driver's licenses are 'indispensable'

I am originally from Guerrero, Mexico and have been a resident of Oregon for the past six years. Through the means of this letter I would like you to understand and consider the problem that many people who live here in Oregon have. We have large families and need to be able to renew our driver’s license, which is an indispensable document.

Marcelina Villanueva

Forest Grove

Families need to drive legally

I am from Escárcega Campeche, Mexico. I am a single mother and I have two children. I would like to ask you to return driver's licenses. For people who study, work and have children to take to school and also for families in which only the husband works to support the family, they are very important to have. It would help a lot to get from one place to another for work. There are parents who go through a lot of trouble because they spend too much time commuting, going from home to work and back, and sometimes they have no time to rest. We hope that you will please help us.

Mary Hernandez Trinidad

Forest Grove

Driver's licenses are 'indispensable'

I am originally from Guerrero, Mexico and have been a resident of Oregon for the past six years. Through the means of this letter I would like you to understand and consider the problem that many people who live here in Oregon have. We have large families and need to be able to renew our driver’s license, which is an indispensable document.

Marcelina Villanueva

Forest Grove

Parents struggle without licenses

I am from Escárcega Campeche, Mexico. I am a single mother and I have two children. I would like to ask you to return driver's licenses. For people who study, work and have children to take to school and also for families in which only the husband works to support the family, they are very important to have. It would help a lot to get from one place to another for work. There are parents who go through a lot of trouble because they spend too much time commuting, going from home to work and back, and sometimes they have no time to rest. We hope that you will please help us.

Mary Hernandez Trinidad

Forest Grove




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