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September 27, 2013
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Editorial: Roses & thorns


Think ahead, young people

We wish a new group luck in getting young people to think ahead.

The goals of Douglas County Partners for Student Success are clear: Raise graduation rates and increase the number of students who have solid post-secondary plans.

How to achieve those goals needs to be fleshed out.

There’s no doubt about the importance of the cause. Education is the best way to get or stay out of poverty.

The reasons more students don’t develop a vision for their lives are many — lack of confidence, lack of motivation, lack of role models, lack of opportunities, lack of supervision.

It might inspire some students to know there are people who want them to succeed and are ready to help them find what they lack.


Oregon: Home of the misleading ad

The Portland International Airport has banned an anti-logging ad that conservation groups want to place in the terminal. Are the free-speech rights of Oregon Wild and its partners being abused?

Maybe. This much is certain, though. The ad is incomplete and misleading.

The ad resembles a postcard, with the words, “Welcome to Oregon, Home of the Clearcut” stamped over a hill that’s been logged.

We agree clearcuts are not picturesque. Next to the logged hill, there is a forest, which looks much better. And it’s what the logged off hill will return to. Logging doesn’t mean deforestation.

Even long before the tall trees return, the bare hill will turn green. Logging doesn’t create dead zones. Shade-intolerant plants will bask in the sun. Birds and small mammals will find cover and forage and will thrive. That will be picturesque.

Meanwhile, people will have work turning the trees into useful products. That has beauty, too, and is worthy of a postcard.


Bank gives back

Umpqua Bank is marking a milestone in its history with memorable gifts to the communities where it got its start.

We congratulate the growing financial institution on its first 60 successful years. Considering it’s the largest bank in Oregon and it just doubled in size with the acquisition of Sterling Financial Corp., we expect Umpqua Bank will be around for awhile.

We’re pleased the bank, which was established in Canyonville in 1953 so millworkers and loggers could cash their checks, remembers its humble roots as South Umpqua State Bank.

And now it plans to thank the communities that provided so much early support by outfitting a computer lab at Canyonville Elementary and building a playground at Micelli Park in Roseburg.

The gifts are needed. Computers are crucial for students today and Micelli Park is experiencing a resurgence thanks to volunteer clean-up crews. Now that the park is a comfortable place for families to visit, it’s a good idea to add a playground for children to enjoy.

Umpqua Bank is showing it not only has neighborhood banks, but it’s quite neighborly.

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The News-Review Updated Sep 27, 2013 09:46AM Published Oct 10, 2013 07:20PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.