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July 18, 2014
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Letter: We should help fund health occupations building at Umpqua Community College

We need to support UCC

It was a beautiful sunny summer Sunday morning out on the back deck eating a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, and reading The News-Review. It hardly gets better than that. In the personals was the best of the day. A man, 5’9”, in his “early 80s,” was looking for a healthy non-smoking, non-drinking woman over 65 for a “long-term relationship.”

I also happened to agree that day with The News-Review’s editorial page calling for Umpqua Community College to get on with it and mount a campaign to raise the matching funds necessary to bring home state funding for a health occupations building. Gun shy as a result of the failed levy two years ago, there’s talk of raising the money from various sources, including new fees on the students. No! Our students do not need additional debt.

This community needs to honor its original commitment to creating a college (speaking of a long-term relationship), and pay the freight. What we should ask of the students and potential students is their commitment to the campaign. The last campaign was a “top down” exercise from community leaders that failed to make the case. This campaign needs to come from the “grass roots,” the students, and they should be all over us for our support and our vote. If it’s not important to them, I guess it’s not important to us.

Norman Gershon


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The News-Review Updated Jul 21, 2014 04:33PM Published Jul 18, 2014 12:46PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.