Teacher Appreciation; Community conversation; Gary a good choice — Letters to the Editor 5-9-18

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Teacher Appreciation Week

During Teacher Appreciation Week, we should give thanks to the amazing educators across the country and in Cottage Grove standing together to better our public schools and improve the lives of children. 

Teachers are always there for children. They get to school early and stay late.  They work to ensure everyone from the straight A student to the one struggling to get by receive the care, attention, and education that they deserve.  They dig into their own pockets to corral supplies for their classroom.

Teachers inspire students in their classroom every day, the teachers taking action across the country inspire me as they stand up for dignity in the workplace.  I'm in awe of the educators who walked off the job to do right by their students in states like West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona.

We all should be fed up with politicians putting classroom funding on the chopping block, while giving massive tax breaks to corporations.  Our political leaders need to recognize what teachers contribute.  It's time they fund our public schools and provide teachers with the means to achieve high-quality education so every child in our community can learn, grow, and thrive.

South Lane Educators, keep up the good work and know that YOU are appreciated!

-Diane Hicks

President South Lane 

Education Association

Invite to community conversation

In 2009 when I moved here, enthusiasm around the 2008 visioning process was palpable. It was the first time I knew of this kind of work—which involves community members coming together and creating a shared vision of the future. How exciting!!

 I’ve since learned that the year 2037 was chosen because it is our town’s 150th birthday. This living document was revisited in 2013 during a series of community meetings.

 The Cottage Grove Vision Keepers Committee, a volunteer group of stakeholders and residents who support and help coordinate the organizations working on the tasks outlined, are holding a series of conversations where community members can share their ideas and visions for Cottage Grove’s future.

 The second community conversation of 2018 will occur on Tuesday, May 15th from 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Cottage Grove High School (1375 S River Rd). You are invited!

 The desire is for these community conversations to occur more consistently. That will require the efforts of many. I’ve volunteered to work with this committee and I hope you, too, will contribute your energy in some way.

 This work is sponsored by the City of Cottage Grove and other community organizations, both through volunteer and fiscal support, but it truly is a process for the people and by the people and could not occur without the input of a wide variety of community members.

 Read about the projects that were envisioned in 2008 at www.cottagegrove.org/vision2037. I invite you to envision what you would like to see for the future of our community. Then, please join us for a community conversation to share those visions with each other.

 Let’s each bring someone. Reach out and invite someone who consumes information in a different manner than you. All ages are welcome and encouraged. Childcare and refreshments are provided free of charge!

 -Rose R. Miller

Cottage Grove

Gary a good choice

I served on the Cottage Grove City Council with Gary Williams for many years. Gary’s years as the Mayor and as a City Councilor, in addition to being appointed to the County Commission, make him the best choice for the position. Gary’s extensive experience will serve the citizens of East Lane County well!

Gary is also an excellent leader, working to build consensus whenever possible by listening to everyone involved in the process. We had many difficult decisions over the years and Gary provided calm guidance through those challenging meetings.

Please join me in voting for Gary Williams for East Lane County Commissioner.

-Mike Fleck

Cottage Grove