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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • The State of Oregon has a population of 3,871,859, according to the 2011 Census. Assuming four people per family, there are roughly 967,965 families residing in Oregon.
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  • The State of Oregon has a population of 3,871,859, according to the 2011 Census. Assuming four people per family, there are roughly 967,965 families residing in Oregon.
    There are 1,304 Oregon public schools. Police officers make roughly $60,000, and when factoring fringe benefits and retirement benefits, police officers cost tax payers about $100,000 per year.
    To place one hired police officer in each Oregon public school, the cost would be $1.3 billion per year. This equates to $1,347 additional tax dollars for every Oregon family.
    The number of public schools in our nation is 49,000. If we were to hire 10 police officers per public school, as some national politicians suggest, the cost would be one-half trillion dollars per year.
    Spent money we don't have as a state and nation?
    Statistically our children are extremely safe in the nation's public schools. Electronic media bring negative happenstances into our living rooms nightly. As a society, we have no business allowing our precious grade school children the viewing or discussion of such news where they have neither control nor the ability to understand the statistical probability of such an occurrence ever happening to them. — William Walton, Central Point
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