Letters to the editor, April 20

AHS clinic a worthwhile project that benefits youth

Thanks to the March 24 Daily Tidings article ("Clinic at AHS gets a boost") about Judy Blickenstaff's fundraising efforts for the Ashland High School Health Clinic, the Ashland Lions Club sent a donation and the following letter to Ms. Blickenstaff.

"Dear Ms. Blickenstaff:

The Ashland Lions Club is dedicated to distributing the funds which we raise to benefit worthwhile causes in the Ashland community and the Rogue Valley. The Ashland Lions recognize that today's youth are our future and are anxious to see that their needs are met.

After reading the March 24 article in the Ashland Daily Tidings regarding your attempts to raise matching funds for the $25,000 grant from the Howard Family Foundation for the Ashland High School Health Center, the Ashland Lions unanimously approved a donation of $2,000 to help you achieve your goal.

We know that this grant will be a benefit to the young people of Ashland and hope that other service clubs, businesses and individuals in Ashland will also contribute to your worthwhile project.

Good luck in reaching your $25,000 matching goal!"

Richard Anderson

President, Ashland Lions Club

Tuition Equity bill would increase access to higher ed

On April 13, I attended the House Education Committee hearing to support House Bill 2939, Tuition Equity, in Salem. There were 64 of us sitting inside the hearing room and nearly 30 more of us crowded around the overflow TVs just outside of the hearing room. We heard senators, university presidents, students, and those directly affected by Tuition Equity explain why it is so important for Oregon to do the right thing and join the 10 other states that already have this legislation.

I attended this hearing because I know that HB 2939 is a great thing for Oregon, for my university and for students. It is unacceptable that so many of my peers can't continue on to college with me because they get charged out-of-state tuition even though they have been raised in Oregon (many born here), have gone to school in Oregon and graduated from an Oregon high school. We are essentially wasting all of the resources we have put into these students throughout their K-12 education.

As a young person staring down the pike of a fiscal crisis, I know that we need to educate as many Oregonians as possible in order to get our state back on track. By increasing access to higher education in Oregon, the passing of Tuition Equity will absolutely help us accomplish this.

Nicole M. Jolly

Director of Multicultural Affairs

Associated Students of Southern Oregon University

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