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No donation is ever too small or too big

It’s that time of the year again to give to the Lake Oswego School Foundation.

The foundation supports our outstanding schools. We are very lucky, in 1986 a group of community members were forward thinking and founded the foundation to help support schools in Lake Oswego.

The Lake Oswego School Foundation each year funds teachers in our district. Each district receives funds from the state, however our district is able to generate additional funding through our foundation.

When deciding to move to Lake Oswego regardless if you have children in the school system, one of the huge draws is our outstanding schools. To make sure we continue to have strong schools we need to maintain the funding of our Lake Oswego School Foundation.

Remember less than 30 percent of our community has children in the district, yet we all benefit from outstanding schools. We hope that each and every community member will consider giving to the foundation.

You may give annually, semiannually or even monthly. You can write a check, give appreciated stock or put it on your credit card and even get miles. No donation is ever too small, and for that matter, no donation would be too large. The idea is to give and participate.

We hope you will consider giving a donation to the Lake Oswego School Foundation.

Mitch and Beth Taylor

Lake Oswego

Coyotes are on the prowl, keep pets safe

Attention pet lovers. Keep your pets inside.

I have been noticing a lot more the lost cat notices as the weather warms up.

So I did some more research on coyotes. According to audubonportland.org and Forest Service sites, coyotes have their litters from February to June, four to eight in the litter. The young stay with the parents for six to eight months.

The parents must hunt to feed their pups until the pups join them in hunting. In both cases they will need much more food (i.e., mainly our cats and small dogs) from now until the winter. Hopefully then the offspring will move on.

It is a problem that will only get better if we take away their food supply: our beloved pets.

Please keep your pets inside, especially from dusk to dawn.

Sue Merrill

Lake Oswego

‘Let’s keep a good thing going’

We are writing today in support of the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, a 28-year-old nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of our children’s education by reducing class sizes. Approximately 95 percent of all monies raised will be used to fund teachers’ salaries. Foundation dollars will pay for 20 additional teaching positions this school year.

If we want the best and the brightest to be instructing our children, finding creative ways to compensate our teachers for their extremely valuable work is imperative.

The generous donations that have been made to the LOSF thus far are getting results. Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools consistently out-perform state averages in ACT and SAT scores. In addition, our SAT and ACT scores are equal to or better than comparable private college preparatory schools in the area.

This year’s campaign slogan is “Invest in Success,” and the investment of a generous donation would be much appreciated. We are all fortunate to be able to live in this community. Let’s keep a good thing going.

Danny and Michelle McGinley

Lake Oswego

‘Every contribution, big and small, counts’

Ask residents and you’ll hear many different answers for why they love living in Lake Oswego. A common thread, though, will be our schools.

Whether you are a young family with children not yet old enough to attend school, a family with kids in the district, a family whose children have long since graduated or perhaps a member of our community with no immediate tie to our schools, you know that our schools are among the best in the state and that our schools are a key building block to the tight sense of community here in Lake Oswego.

It is not an accident that our schools are topnotch. Much of the credit goes to the visionaries who created the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation more than 20 years ago. The LOS Foundation is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to support our schools by raising money exclusively to pay for the costs of teachers.

State funding is inadequate for the results that we want for our kids. The dollars raised by the foundation bridge that gap, allowing our district to hire and retain great teachers, which keeps our class sizes small and our results high.  

I urge you to answer the call when you get it and ask that you donate to this year’s annual campaign. Your donation represents an investment in the ongoing success of our schools and our students. Every contribution, big and small, counts.

Our goal is to raise $2 million this year, a lofty, but achievable goal. With those dollars we will cover the teaching salaries of more than 20 educators, a huge win for our kids and community. To support that goal, go to losFoundation.org to make a one-time contribution or establish a monthly giving plan. 

Lara James

Board member and co-captain for Lake Grove Elementary School Foundation Campaign 

School board lauded for unanimous decision

I would like to congratulate the Lake Oswego School Board for its unanimous selection of Dr. Heather Beck to be Lake Oswego’s School District’s new superintendent.

It is refreshing to see unanimity after the disagreements in the past.

I suggest the board will be facing important decisions before Dr. Beck takes office.

Out of deference to Dr. Beck, I hope the school board will defer any decisions until Dr. Beck can have her input into actions that will affect her operations and that she will have to administer.

Martin L. Jacobs

Lake Oswego

‘Is win at any cost the new motto ...?’

Another slap in the face for the Lakeridge football program. No one could have imagined that the player who led the state in catches and yardage would be omitted from the Les Schwab North South Bowl team. This is what happened to JR McLaughlin, the all-Conference, second team all-state senior receiver from Lakeridge.

Could it be that the conduct of the team and the total lack of action by Coach Chad Carlson, Athletic Director Ian Lamont, Principal Jennifer Schiele and, last but not least, school Superintendent Bill Korach who allowed the team to play out of control the entire season with no repercussions has left such a bad taste in the mouth of the high school athletics community in Oregon that a player who had no part in the problems is now being penalized... (just) because he was a member of the team?

It is time for the school board to resolve this problem. Why is Chad Carlson still being considered to be the head football coach at Lakeridge? Is win at any cost the new motto for the Lake Oswego School District? I hope not.

Joe Dahl

Lake Oswego

‘Children are still being abused at alarming rates’

You may have seen news accounts reporting the number of child abuse victims in Oregon dropped in 2012 compared to 2011. Unfortunately, there is more to the story before we falsely celebrate the safety of Oregon children.

The Oregon Department of Human Services Child Protective Services department reports 10,054 confirmed victims of abuse or neglect in 2012, compared to 11,599 in 2011. The report shows fewer reports of abuse were made during that year, a smaller number were referred for DHS investigation.

This report only captures child abuse cases that involved DHS. Many cases are investigated only by law enforcement. This does not mean fewer children are being hurt — a statement DHS officials agree with.

At Children’s Center, the only place in Clackamas County where suspected victims of child abuse or neglect receive a comprehensive medical evaluation and intervention services, we saw a 9 percent increase in referrals.

Children are still being abused at alarming rates, and most abuse remains unreported. Experts estimate only one in 10 cases of child abuse are reported. We are fortunate in Clackamas County that Children’s Center stands ready to respond and to help every child and family who can benefit from our services.

But none of us can help a child until a responsible adult reports a concern of child abuse or neglect. If you have concerns about the safety of a child, have the courage to call the Child Abuse Hotline (971-673-7112) or law enforcement.

Children’s Center and our kids need you. Visit childrenscenter.cc to see how you can join the movement against child abuse so that one day, we will read that children truly are safe in Oregon.

Barbara Peschiera

Children’s Center executive director

Oregon City

‘I must speak about abortion’

“Your embarrassing problem is our Tuesday morning.” These words, posted high above Highway 213, advertise for the top abortion provider in America - Planned Parenthood. As a 19-year-old woman, I know that women should be able to make their own decisions about their body. But based on science and reason, it is clear that unborn children are not their mother’s body — they have unique and distinct DNA, fingerprints and genders. We all have the right to make choices, but that right must end where another person’s rights begin. Oregon holds more than a dozen Planned Parenthood clinics, two within 10 miles of my house. They often gain support with the claim that their goal is to “make abortion rare.” However, in recent years, many Planned Parenthood employees — even directors — have quit their jobs as they’ve watched this “health organization” turn into an abortion mill. In fact, research shows that while every non-abortion-related service has dropped, Planned Parenthood’s abortion rates have continued growing, with more than 150 abortions for every one adoption referral. If Planned Parenthood were simply a health organization trying to educate women and provide birth control, I wouldn’t really mind. But I must speak out when a local business so blatantly advertises abortion — a procedure that takes one life and leaves the other scarred physically and emotionally.

Most women don’t know that each abortion increases their risk of breast cancer by 300 percent or that 25 percent of women who have had abortions eventually seek out psychiatric care. Abortion is the leading cause of death in Oregon with more than 10,000 abortions per year, while the distant second cause is heart disease with just more than 1,000 deaths per year. Because I care about both the women and children of Oregon, I must speak about abortion — the business of Planned Parenthood.

Shelby Bennett

Oregon City

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