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for May 3, 2013

Law-abiding gun owners unfairly targeted

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, people on the radio entreated listeners not to treat Muslims with suspicion, intimidation or contempt.

But after Sandy Hook, lawful gun owners are being targeted with suspicion, intimidation and contempt. And lawmakers are being pushed to limit our ability to protect ourselves with laws that discourage gun ownership.

Understandably, victims’ families need room to grieve after suffering such a horrific traumatic loss. I wish their grief did not extend to actively advocating those innocent of a crime with these restrictive laws.

Even MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) does not advocate restricting all of us from our vehicles, but rather only those who drive while intoxicated.

Roxanne Ross


Don’t let them kill the Options Program

The Options Program at Gresham High School has been notified that it is on the list of proposed cuts from next year’s budget.

This will be detrimental to not only the students enrolled in this program, but the community as well. This program was designed to help high school students who struggle with school get back on track to graduate. Options help provide the skills needed to succeed.

This isn’t just another class of students; this is a family that supports each other to reach dreams, no matter how big or small they may be.

There will be a School Board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Gresham City Hall to discuss the cuts for next year.

Options students, former students and the supporting community, will meet by the Options room at Gresham High School at 6:30 p.m. (located in the parking lot off of Division Street). We will walk to the board meeting as a group to show our support for the options program. We will carry signs and wear bright royal blue T-shirts or our Options sweatshirts.

Our plan is to show up in large numbers and for us to submit written comments to the board explaining the importance of this program for our students and our future generation.

The Options motto is, “I am somebody and I will succeed.” By cutting this program you are telling our students and our future generation that their success isn’t important to our community or to our state.

Please join us to support this program and our students.

Natalie Gredler

Graduating class of 2013

Options student