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More help for pet owners

I want to thank The Review for the article about low-cost dog services (“Low-cost dog services offered in Clackamas County,” Jan. 22) in last week’s edition. It addresses an extremely important issue: keeping people and their pet companions together. The organizations mentioned deserve many thanks for their efforts in making this happen.

I would like to make everyone aware of another organization in Clackamas County dedicated to helping people and their pet companions stay together. The organization is F.I.D.O. We are a 501c3 all-volunteer organization that has been serving Clackamas County residents since 2004.

F.I.D.O. provides food for cats and dogs through our AniMeals program, which partners with Meals-on-Wheels; our monthly Dog and Cat Food Bank, which assists low-income pet owners; and our Vet Pets program, which provides assistance to veterans and active duty service members and their families.

We also have periodic rabies vaccination and ID chip clinics to aid in licensing and pet return. Our clinics are low-cost, and our food programs are no-cost!

For more information about AniMeals, call 971-678-6940 or send an email to animeals.clackamas@gmail.com. For more information about the Dog and Cat Food Bank, call 971-678-6928 or email fidofoodbank@gmail.com.

Ron Smith

Lake Oswego

Provide technical training

The Lake Oswego School District is ranked fourth in terms of best public school districts in the state of Oregon. The district has incredible scores in terms of standardized testing, and excels at college readiness. Yet our district fails to teach students meaningful and applicable skills that fall outside of these areas.

Other neighboring districts offer a plethora of professional-technical classes: programming, photography, website design, game design, 3D graphical rendering, robotics and auto shop, for example. Lake Oswego is falling behind in offering students a comprehensive education compared to other districts.

Prior to Measure 5, Lake Oswego had a thriving vocational-technical curriculum. Since that measure, the district axed classes down to the core curriculum and college-prep electives. As a result, students are deprived of applicable skills in exchange for standardized tests and state-mandated education requirements.

Courses that offer technical training skills provide a foundation for students by teaching them critical life skills that may be omitted in college. Furthermore, professional-technical classes would be invaluable to students, especially kids who might not aspire to a traditional liberal arts college experience. If high schools in the surrounding area can offer far broader programs with a fraction of the funding, then so can we.

Only limited opportunities exist for students in this district, and are exclusive to off-campus tuition programs. With the increasingly competitive tech-savvy marketplace of the 21st century, the district needs to think about funding programs that allow all students to thrive. The district needs to begin taking steps to fund relevant professional-technical classes, rather than maintaining college-preparatory curriculum germane to 20th century demands.

The new superintendent, Dr. Heather Beck, needs to take the helm and steer the district towards a renewed outlook on funding professional-technical and high-tech education.

Mitchell Moos

Lake Oswego

Teaching life lessons

At a time when we are celebrating the achievements of Louis Zamperini, Chris Kyle and other heroes, we have little tolerance for those who provide the kind of training that led to their survival and success. Lake Oswego High coach Mark Shoff is one man who has used the athletic field to mold boys into men and prepare them for the adversity and challenges of life.

Much like our Armed Forces’ basic training and other stringent, maturing exploits, the harsh discipline and seemingly unfair expectations result in the formation of a resilient and persevering candidate for life. The lessons learned from coaches like Mark Shoff teach us the tenacity that leads to success and survival in personal relationships, in careers and on the battle field.

In contrast, a drive around the streets of Portland will reveal many people without direction and without self-discipline. Perhaps, had these individuals encountered a “coach” like Mark Shoff earlier in life, they might be more productive and contented members of our community today.

Pete Lubisich III

Vancouver, Wash.

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