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Lions offering scholarships

Attention West Linn High School seniors (and parents of) Class of 2014, don’t miss this opportunity.

You have until April 1 to apply for West Linn Lions Club scholarships.

The $1,000 each scholarships are for students intending to major in these categories: education, health care, performing arts and career voc/tech. There is also a scholarship for a student with special needs intending to go to college.

Interested students should contact the career counseling staff at West Linn High School or call Ron Adams, scholarship coordinator for the West Linn Lions Service Club, at 503-636-8444.

Ron Adams

West Linn Lions

West Linn

Abuse can’t stop unless it is reported

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 (DHS) 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

Thank you to the Squires

The American Association of University Women Lake Oswego Branch wishes to publicly thank Pat and Fred Squire of Frederick Squire III Antiques in Lake Oswego for their donation of time, expertise and funds to the AAUW Lake Oswego Branch Scholarship Fund. They planned and held a very successful Antique Appraisal Day fundraiser Feb. 16.

Pat is an AAUW Board member as well as being knowledgeable about antique quilts. Fred has been in the antique business for 53 years and did the appraisals. They were both entertaining and informative. People who attended learned much about their family collectibles that they brought for appraisal. AAUW greatly appreciates Pat and Fred Squire and the people who supported this fundraiser.

Karen Rottink

AAUW Lake Oswego branch public information officer

If you value freedom, then register to vote

America is all about liberty. No other word is more closely associated with the idea of America as the word “liberty.”

The Liberty Bell is engraved with a passage taken from Leviticus: “ ... proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.”

Every U.S. coin bears the word “liberty.” The word liberty is found in the pledge: “ ... with liberty and justice, for all.” It is foremost in our founding documents.

The Declaration of Independence states: “ ... all men are created equal ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights ... Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In the preamble to the Constitution, one of the stated purposes of the document was: “ ... to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity ... “

The Declaration states liberty is unalienable, a God-given right. Flowing out of the Declaration, the Constitution established a certain kind of government (republic) to “secure the Blessings of Liberty.”

According to the founders, and Lincoln agreed, if the people do not control the government, the government will control the people.

We have the power of the vote and we have the right to use that power to preserve liberty “for ourselves and for our posterity.”

When Benjamin Franklin appeared in public at the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, it is said a woman asked him, “What have you given us, a republic or a monarchy?”

Mr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam — if you can keep it.”

Register to vote if you would keep it.

Allan Erickson

Newberg




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