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Opposed to county resolution

At their business meeting on Feb. 19, the Board of Clackamas County Commissioners will vote on “A Resolution in the Matter of Supporting Second Amendment Rights.” The League of Women Voters of Clackamas County would like to go on the record as opposing this resolution.

Although the league has a long record of upholding the individual liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, we feel that the intent of this resolution goes well beyond an affirmation of the Second Amendment.

Our view is that the resolution draws a highly divisive line in the sand in opposition to common-sense efforts at the state and federal levels to prevent gun violence. We believe this uncompromising stance is counter to the mission of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and to goals set forth in Clackamas County’s strategic plan (specifically those related to domestic violence and to violent crime).

The league has therefore submitted to the Board of Commissioners an alternate resolution (available online at lwvclackamas.org) that we believe more accurately reflects not only Clackamas County’s goals for public health and safety but also the will of the citizenry to save human lives.

Marge Easley and Sonja Kollias

Co-Presidents, League of Women Voters of Clackamas County

Support community

rowing program

Seventy Youth Program rowers and 10 master (adult) rowers participated in an Ergathon at 24 Hour Fitness in Tualatin on Feb. 6 to raise funds for Lake Oswego Community Rowing. Combined, the rowers rowed 350,000 meters in just over three hours. LOCR gratefully acknowledges 24 Hour Fitness for donating the use of its facilities at 17942 S.W. McEwen Road.

If you would like to help reward the concerted effort of these 80 hard-working, dedicated rowers, please make a donation. Contributions may be sent by check made out to “LOCR” and mailed to LOCR, P.O. Box 369, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Donations are tax-deductible and will be used to help offset operating costs and to invest in new equipment.

We welcome your participation in LOCR’s rowing programs, too. Our coaches strive to share the camaraderie and joy of rowing with as many people as possible. We have a nationally competitive youth team for student athletes ages 13-18 and an adult program for experienced rowers, and we teach “learn-to-row” classes during the spring, summer and fall. The coaches at LOCR love what they do, and firmly believe in the spirit of “paying it forward” to the youth and adults they coach.

The extent of LOCR’s influence is shown by the fact that LOCR Youth alum currently are rowing with Division I college programs, including women at Columbia, Oregon State, UMass and Santa Clara, and men at Cornell, West Point, Trinity, University of San Diego and UCLA.

But whether one is a potential D-1 athlete or simply someone who wants to participate in a lifetime sport that is one of the very best for maintaining overall physical fitness — and doing so in the context of what has been called “the ultimate team sport” — LOCR is truly a community rowing organization.

Kathryn Evans

Executive Director

Lake Oswego Community Rowing Honoring bus drivers

February marks Love the Bus month, the American School Bus Council’s annual recognition of school bus drivers and monitors across the country who dedicate themselves to providing safe transportation each and every day.

At First Student, we want to take this opportunity to thank our local drivers and monitors for their hard work and commitment to safely transporting students in our community. We recognize the tremendous responsibility we have to ensure student safety, and we would like to thank the community for their continued support and trust in us.

School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation, approximately 20 times safer than passenger cars, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. Even so, First Student continually evaluates and utilizes new tools and procedures to make our buses even safer.

You can join us in ensuring each student travels safely to and from school every day. By avoiding distractions such as talking on a cell phone or texting, remaining alert while driving near school buses and heeding their safety signals, you can help to keep children safe.

First Student is proud to serve so many families in our community. We recognize that you rely on our drivers and buses to provide the best start and finish to the school day, and we strive to give you many reasons to love the bus.

Robert Kilian

Location Manager-Lake Oswego

First Student

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