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What will South Hillsboro project cost taxpayers?

I have just finished reading your article concerning this project. I did not find any mention of how much this project is going to cost the Hillsboro taxpayers. At one time it was mentioned that it could cost the taxpayers 400 million dollars. Since they are now meeting in closed door sessions and making deals we know nothing about the question is what are they doing to us this time?

Is this another two way street project but only on a much grander scale?

I also wonder about the newest city council member. He stands to make a lot of money off of this deal.

I would like to see some hard numbers to make a decision. I also feel that Hillsboro is crowded enough at this time and we do not need more traffic etc.

These Texas developers look to me like a group that is going to squeeze every last penny they can out of the local weak-minded, growth oriented goverment.

At one time I lived in a 1,600-home development in the Houston, Texas, area. All costs from the water, sewers, streets etc. were born by the developer and passed on to the residents with a MUD for which we paid monthly fees and annual property tax.

We had schools which were built by the school district on property that was donated by the developer. (This developer has already sold property to the dumb school district for ten million dollars).

We had our own police force, which was a Harris County policeman we paid for. The homeowners group maintained the streets and esplanades between them. Also the residents club house, tennis courts and swimming pools.

This project is beginning to look like the citizens of Hillsboro should start another referendum so it can be voted on.

H. L. Bickford

Hillsboro

Family planning a health issue, not a morality issue

Regarding the Hillsboro School District/Virginia Garcia family planning controversy, I’m not a resident of Hillsboro, but I’ve been teaching The Psychology of Sexual Behavior for nine years.

A program in Colorado, begun in 2009, that offered birth control to low-income young women and teenagers succeeded in dropping the state’s birth and abortion rates by 48 percent. Young people in Europe obtain contraception through their country’s national health insurance programs for little or no money. Currently, the abortion rate in Germany is three times less than that of the U.S. The U.S. teen birth rate is eight times greater than that of the Netherlands and four times greater than in Germany.

Family planning needs to be considered as an integral part of primary health care and a school board should not be dictating what constitutes primary health care. What I find most interesting is that there is an on-campus day care center for children of students attending Century High School that is located not far from the health care center. The subliminal message this sends to young women is that if you have sex and get pregnant we’ll help take care of your child, but we won’t help you prevent having a child in the first place.

Some recent studies have found that American young people’s sexual exploration is driven mostly by hormonal boys. This finding makes it even more imperative that school based health centers offer contraception. Young women need to protect themselves.

Let us be pragmatic. Family planning is a health issue, not a morality issue. Young people today need all the help they can get to stay healthy while navigating our country’s confusing and conflicted sexual landscape.

Sorah Dubitsky

Beaverton