Jeff Merkley

Editorials from around Oregon

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:

The (Eugene) Register-Guard, Dec. 4, on homelessness

The statistics in a new report were bad enough: 21,340 students in Oregon public schools were homeless in the last school year; 1,929 pre-kindergarten students were homeless; 524 students — about one out of every 10 — in the Bethel School District were homeless, 900 students in the Eugene School District, about one in 20, were homeless; 480 students in the Springfield School District were homeless, also about one out of 20.

But it was reporter Alisha Roemeling's story of one boy, Luke Perrin, age 7, that broke the hearts of some Register-Guard readers.