To the editor: I want to take a moment to thank the 13abc All-Stars for taking time to come to Clay High School March 19 to challenge the Oregon City Schools faculty in a friendly game of basketball.
In my opinion, this is a great service that Channel 13 provides to each community and the schools that participate. In tough economic times such as these, this is a great opportunity for schools to raise money for the different programs and also to build morale within each school district.
This was a very well attended and very high-spirited event. The cost was only $3 per person, so it was very affordable to take the entire family, as I did. It was great to see our superintendent and other administrators get out there, be part of “the team” and show us that they still have “game,” even if they were feeling it the following day or two.
It was also fun to see faculty from all our different schools come together and support each other and have fun, whether they were basketball players, cheerleaders, pep band members, ones who worked behind the scenes to organize, sell tickets/concessions, make posters or members of the audience cheering our team on to victory.
It was very exciting and a lot of fun. This was definitely a morale booster and a great stress-release from the daily grind.
Thanks again to Channel 13 and all our wonderful employees who pulled together to make this such a successful event.
Employee Oregon City Schools
To the editor: Mitchell Garwolinski is a courageous Holocaust survivor living in Toledo. He now dedicates his time to retelling the horrors he experienced during World War II to high school students.
Luckily, we students at Northwood High School got the experience of a lifetime March 22 when Mr. Garwolinski came to speak to us. I encourage other schools to contact him – his story is absolutely captivating.
I would like to take the chance to thank Mr. Garwolinski on a larger, community-wide scale. It’s hard for me, a 14-year-old girl, to imagine a tragedy such as the Holocaust. It doesn’t matter how many books I read or how many movies and documentaries I watch, I will never know what it was like to live during, and then to survive the Holocaust. However, Mr. Garwolinski does and he has gathered enough courage to tell his story aloud and in written words. His book, “Silent Screams of a Survivor” was published in 2004 and can be purchased in any bookstore.
To Mr. Garwolinski, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are truly an inspiration to people. Listening to your story first-hand has made me see a whole new side of the Holocaust – a more personal one. You take time out of your own life to retell horrors that no person should ever have to endure. However, you hold your chin high and do your part to make sure that atrocities like the Holocaust never happen again.
You tell your story in such personal, informative ways that it seems like you aren’t looking for sympathy – just awareness. I loved how family-oriented and loving you sound in your book and oral presentations. We need more people like you in this world.
Thank you for gathering the strength, courage and motivation to make your story heard. Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for surviving.
To the community – treat Mr. Garwolinski with the utmost respect, care and love – he deserves it. Also, listen to him. His story is absolutely amazing, but in the most tragic version of the word. If you read his book or listen to him – the story will stay in your heart forever, just as it has stayed in my own.
Northwood High School
To the editor: I read with interest the article concerning the resignation of police officer Jeff Brown, son of former Oregon Mayor Marge Brown.
There must be a double standard in Oregon. Jeff Brown received 90 days pay for stalking and harassing his former girlfriend, among others. I received nine months in prison for the same alleged crime – stalking and harassment (based upon false reports and lies) against my former girlfriend.
My question is, “Who protects us from the protectors?”
John F. Schulte
Who you gonna call?
To the editor: The Oregon Police Department, in one man’s opinion, deserves a standing ovation. Stop for a moment and mentally put yourself in its position. When called upon to put their lives in extreme danger, they respond as quickly as possible. Not knowing the level of danger they will find, they react.
Our city’s crime rate is quite low. And this is due to our officers being alert and on guard. We don’t always agree with them if we are involved in a law-breaking situation. But overall, we should feel fortunate to know, if we call, they respond.
We should have a day set aside to show thanks to our police and fire departments. What would we do without them?
Who you gonna call?