March 12

Concerned about the youth

To the community of Molalla, and High School Alumni, or parents of alumni:

I have been moved to write this letter concerning our youth. I feel it is so important to bring back the Alcohol Free, Graduation Night Party for our high school senior class, not only to keep them safe above all else, but to enjoy a carefree, fun party with classmates they might not see again for several years. Two years ago, the interest seemed to die out and not enough people responded to help, so despite hard work by the committee it couldn't be done. Today we on the new committee issue a challenge to anyone who has benefited from your MHS education, from the teachers, the friendships you made there, or your own children’s education: Please make an effort to help sponsor a youth for a very worthwhile time together. It costs about $50 per graduate to put this on, our local businesses and clubs are so faithful and are always hit upon to make a donation of money or prizes for the evening, and we thank them. But we as families and parents need to do our part. I have chaperoned several in years past. The kids always have a blast and are still talking about the things they experienced. So I encourage you today to step up to the challenge, sponsor a high school senior and help make a memory or possibly save a life. You can contact Michelle at the Molalla Library or Linda Hatswell at the High school office.

Thank you from the Grad Night Party committee, Claire Ferlan.

We hope you will support the other fundraising efforts, Bring your friends and family to the concert this Saturday at MHS Auditorium March 15, 6:30 pm. Two family movie nights coming in May, and our Huge Magic Show & Illusionist coming April 12 from Americas Got Talent, Scott Anderson!

Claire Ferlan


Trapping and treating feral cats

To the editor:

Meow Village is reaching out to the residents and businesses of Molalla. In the next few weeks, we will be implementing a plan to trap and treat a large group of feral cats that currently live within the city limits. These cats have not been altered, are starving, and many are needing medical attention.

If any of the veterinary clinics in Molalla can assist with, and/or donate spay/neuter services, vaccinations, SNAP tests, or medical treatment for injuries/health issues, it would be greatly appreciated.

If residents have a barn, stable, shop, any kind of secure outdoor structure, we will need to relocate these cats once they have recovered. Once relocated, the resident assumes the responsibility of feeding the cat(s).

If anyone would like to donate dry cat food or make a monetary donation—both would be appreciated!

Given the number of cats and urgency of the situation, we cannot resolve it without help.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Contact information:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mail: PO Box 184, Aurora, OR 97002


Leslie Birrenkott


Tennis team seeks work

To the editor:

To the people of Molalla. I am captain of the Molalla boys tennis team, and in recent years, our program has reached out to the public for help.

There are many boys on our tennis team who are willing to work to pay off the fees that exist to play on the team. If there is anyone out there who needs physical labor or help, please call me — Skyler Foster — at 541-971-0543.

We would really appreciate the opportunity to be able to work to earn the money to play tennis.

Thank You,

Skyler Foster


More to the story

To the editor:

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 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

Clackamas County

I must speak about abortion

To the editor:

“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 over 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 over 10,000 abortions per year, while the distant second cause is heart disease with just over 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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