Author: Delana Beaton

THE POWER OF PENNIES

The students of Chapman Hill Elementary School in West Salem have connected with a school devastated by the Tubbs fire that swept through Santa Rosa, California.   Hidden Valley Elementary lost their entire school to the fire.  Total loss.  Now classes are meeting in temporary classrooms. Over 25 percent of both the student body and the staff also lost their personal homes.  The story of such loss being suffered by others moved a parent volunteer, Ruth Ingebrigtsen, parent of a fifth grader and chairperson for the school’s book fair to take immediate action.  She approached the Chapman Hill librarian,...

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Our Nation Built on Compromises -Is it Time to Revisit the Electoral College?

From May through September of 1787 fifty-five men, representing 12 of the 13 states, met in Philadelphia to write a new document to become the foundational law of the land.  They also needed to devise a process through which it would be accepted/ratified by a majority of the states.  Quite a summer project!  The result was the Constitution of the United States of America.  It became accepted largely because of its several major compromises.  The Constitution said that a slave was counted as 3/5 of a person (Article I, Section 2). That was a compromise between the states with...

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Where Should We Sleep? Salem’s homeless face a universal human need

Where should we sleep, we the thousand-plus residents of Salem who do not have homes? Our fellow residents do not want us sleeping in their yards, and we do not want to sleep there.  It is cold, and wet, and scary.  They do not want us sleeping in the parks, or the alleys, or in the doorways of businesses, or in vehicles on their streets.  But, where then? There are shelters, right?  Don’t they house those without homes?  There are the following shelters in the Salem-Keizer community:   Union Gospel Mission can bed down approximately 150 adult single men...

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A new place for help and hope in Salem

People started coming right away – even while desks and phones were still in boxes.  The ARCHES staff responded, opening services in their new building on July 3, just three days after moving their entire staff and inventory.     The ARCHES project is part of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.  The mission of ARCHES is “to provide referral and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those at risk of becoming homeless.”  These services and this project are acutely needed now.  The new location at 615 Commercial St. NE seems ideal for connecting effectively with clients.  Directly...

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What’s Happening Under the Marion Street Bridge?

People started coming at 4:30p.m.  Quietly.  Alone and in small groups.  They formed a line and waited patiently.   It was bitterly cold, and heavy traffic was whipping past on all sides – on Commercial, on the Marion Street Bridge overhead, and on the off-ramp onto Front Street.  At 5:00 p.m. other people arrived on foot carrying coolers, baskets, large heavy bags, all full of food.  Finally one SUV arrived with three folding tables and more food, including a huge crock pot cooker.  Five volunteers quickly set up folding tables and within minutes created a serving line offering fresh...

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